Welcome to the new home of the Ark console.

The original Ark console was designed and built by Malcolm Toft.
Last year, Malcolm decided to retire from pro audio manufacturing, and is no longer designing or building professional audio products.
As a result, the original Ark is no longer available.

While the original Ark was a good concept, there was definitely a lot of room for improvement.
A whole group of people has been working on a new version of the Ark for over 18 months, with the ultimate goal to deliver a fully modular and configurable analogue console suited for todays workflows and setups, with quality and features unheard of in this price range.
We are now more than happy to announce that the all new
Ark8 is available.

The
Ark8 is an extremely high-quality analogue console which offers a large amount of new and exciting features and functions.
We listed some of theses features below.


Ark8
High Voltage - Discrete - Class-A - Modular - Configurable - Analogue - Console

Priced as a small-to-medium format analogue recording and mixing console, the Ark8 has the features and attitude of a large-format console.

The concept and design of the Ark8 has taken over 12 months, and is the sum of the input from professionals from all over the world and from all parts of the audio industry.
The
Ark8 has been designed - from the ground up - by this international team of audio professionals.

Every function, every feature, every switch and every knob has been questioned and discussed, with full respect for decades of recording technology, but also constantly keeping in mind that the best way to use an analogue console today may not necessarily be the way it was used in the past.

* To allow for different workflows and setups, the Ark8 is fully modular, fully configurable and fully expandable.
* For signal amplification and control, all new, high-voltage, discrete op-amp cards have been developed that eliminate crossover distortion while offering extended headroom, dynamic range, and improved frequency response.
* To allow full flexibility, the console has been split-up in 8-channel buckets, each bucket has been split-up in channels, and each channel has been split-up in separate sections. Each of these channel sections is available in different versions.
* The
Ark8 is designed and hand-built in the EU and the UK

Short overview:
* Fully discrete, Class-A design
* High Voltage (48V)
* Fully symmetrically balanced discrete summing bus system
* Fully modular, configurable and expandable
* Independent frames of 8 channels (bucket)
* Independent frame with master section (bucket)
* Independent, 19” wide frame with space for rack mount units or patch bay (producer desk)
* Double-wide producer desk with flat (horizontal) wooden workspace
* Multiple frames can be combined to build any size console
* 8 to 64 mono, inline or stereo channels
* 8 to 128 mono or stereo inputs to the mix busses
* Up to sixteen 500-series slots per block of 8 channels
* Middle section with 500-series slots or Ark8-specific modules (EQ’s, compressors) per block of 8 channels
* 8 subgroups
* Unique Aux Doubling Technology offering up to 16 auxes (patent pending)
* 5.1 and 7.1 monitoring
* External inputs to Master busses, group busses and aux busses for “side-car” or direct connection
* Optional Transport Control and Fader Automation
* Designed in the EU and the UK.
* Hand-built in the EU.

The
Ark8 is ready to be installed in your studio.



Ark8
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Ark8 - Concept (or how combining channel buckets builds any size console)
To offer maximum flexibility, the Ark8 has been split-up in:
  • independent modular frames consisting of Single, Inline or Stereo channels
  • input channels split-up in separate modules / sections
  • input channel section modules of which different versions are available
The Ark8 is constructed using buckets of 8-channel frames.
Each bucket is fully modular, and has either of the following:
  • 8 Single Input Channels
  • 8 Inline Input Channels
  • 8 Stereo Input Channels
  • Master section
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The 8-channel buckets can be put right next to each other, or spread out in a wing format. You decide how you want the Ark8 to be configured when you place your order, but you can also add additional buckets at a later stage. Adding buckets to an existing (installed) Ark8 is easier than assembling an Ikea cabinet.

The
Ark8 is fully modular, but to offer extended configurability, each channel has been split up in separate modules / sections. Different versions of each of the channel section modules are available.

  • The upper section of the channels holds input and routing modules.
  • The middle section of the channels can hold 500-series modules, or can hold modules which have been specially designed for the Ark8.
  • The lower module section of the channels holds sends and faders.

Ark8 - Quality (or the sound of high-voltage, fully discrete, class-A circuitry)
When designing the Ark8, we did not want to cut any corners, and took every single detail into consideration.
The
Ark8 has been designed from the ground up, evaluating every single knob, switch, connection and function.
Even placement of the circuit boards, screws, and cable paths took hours of discussion and evaluation.
Not only to make sure she looks as good on the inside as on the outside, but mostly to make sure that the absolute best signal quality and the absolute best user experience are achieved.

We don’t want to publish technical specifications before we do final measurements, but the Ark8's performance is expected to be “off the charts” in terms of headroom, distortion and dynamic range.
 
This is being achieved by using high-voltage, fully discrete, class-A circuitry throughout the console, in combination with fully balanced master mix busses. In order to keep the audio as clean as possible, active circuitry is kept to a minimum, passive circuits are used where possible and there are no electrolytic capacitors anywhere in the signal path (so no re-capping necessary in the future).

For signal amplification and control, we designed high-voltage, discrete op-amp cards that eliminate crossover distortion while offering extended headroom, dynamic range and improved frequency response. These discrete op-amp cards are used throughout the console.
 
Fully balanced mix busses are more work and more expensive to implement, so most manufacturers (even the “famous” ones) use semi-balanced busses, at the expense of dynamic range. But because our aim is to offer you simply the best analogue console ever built, we have chosen not to take the easy way so in the Ark8 all Group and Mix busses are fully balanced.
 
Even so, and despite using only top quality components, painstaking design of both the electronics and the mechanical construction means we can offer the Ark8 at extremely attractive prices.

In doubt? Check our
Configuration and Pricing page.


Ark8 - Input Channels (or how the Ark8 can be fully configured to your needs)
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While the Ark8 has been designed as an inline console from the start, we also offer non-inline input channels, stereo input channels and split-console functionality.

Each channel is build by combining different channel sections:
  • VU meter section
  • upper input channel section
  • middle input channel section
  • lower input channel section
  • fader section

This is not to confuse you, but to offer maximum flexibility so you can configure the Ark8 the way you want.



Input channel versions:
Four different input channel versions are available.
Two inline channels, one standard (non-inline) and one stereo channel.

For practical reasons, all modules in an 8-channel bucket need to be of the same kind.
But you can of course have more than one 8-channel bucket, different input modules can be combined in the same console. Each 8-channel bucket has it’s own, specific modules (non-inline, inline or stereo)


inline Mic/Line/DAW input channels 
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As standard, the Ark8 has inline input channels with :
* Mic input
* Line input
* DAW input

Each of these inputs can be routed through the small fader path, or the large fader path.

Independent routing and insert points are available for each of the paths.
The Direct Out of the channel is switchable between small fader or large fader output.

Colour and character is added in the middle input channel section, with either our own EQ (left picture) or with 500 series modules (right picture).

The lower input channel section features up to 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux Doubling Technology.







Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted on the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB

The upper input section of the Mic/Line input channel holds the IP111 which is our inline input / routing module.
Like the rest of the
Ark8, it is a fully discrete, class-A design and offers exceptional sound quality.
It’s designed to effectively handle multiple sources, and to offer extended routing options for each of these sources.
The
IP111 has a Mic, Line and DAW input, each controlled with their own trim pot.
Any of these inputs can use the small fader or the large fader path.
The
IP111 also holds the routing controls for the small fader and large fader output. Each of these can be independently routed to 14 outputs, including subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out.

Check the
IP111 page for more details

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The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP211, which is an inductive EQ / Hi-Cut filter / Lo-Cut filter / Swing EQ.
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the
IP211 can be found here.
More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.
The lower section of the Mic/Line input channel holds the IP311.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the Large Fader and Small Fader.
The IP311 can send the LF and SF signals to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP311 page for more details

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As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS K-series faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

inline Line/Group/DAW input channels 
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The inline Line / Group / DAW input channel is an alternative to our standard Mic/Line channels.

These input channels are very similar to the standard Mic/Line channels, with two large and important exceptions.

1. Instead of a Mic input, there is a second Line input.

2. The second Line input can be configured as Group master, actually turning the complete channel in master channel for one of the subgroups.


Similar to the standard inline input channels, each of these inputs can be routed through the small fader path, or the large fader path.

Independent routing and insert points are available for each of the paths.
The Direct Out of the channel can be switched post small fader or large fader.

There are a total of 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux doubling technology.

Colour is added with either our own EQ sections or with 500 series modules.






Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
The upper section of the Line/Group input channel holds the IP115 which is one of our inline input / routing modules.

The
IP115 has a Line, Line/Group and DAW input, each controlled with their own trim pot.
Any of these inputs can use the small fader or the large fader path.
Similar to the IP111, the
IP115 also holds the routing controls for the small fader and large fader output. Each of these can be independently routed to 14 outputs, including subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out.

While the
IP115 is a dual line and DAW input, it can also be configured as group master, actually turning the complete channel into master channel for one of the subgroups.

Check the
IP115 page for more details

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The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP211, which is an inductive EQ / Hi-Cut filter / Lo-Cut filter / Swing EQ.
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the
IP211 can be found here.
More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.
The lower input section of the Line/Group/DAW input channel holds the IP311.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the Large Fader and Small Fader.
The IP311 can send the LF and SF signals to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP311 page for more details

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As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

Stereo input channels 
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The stereo input channels are another alternative to our standard Mic/Line channels.

These stereo input channels are actually dual stereo line channels, meaning they have two stereo inputs (for a total of 4 channels).


The main stereo input can be routed to any of the subgroups and either (or both) of the master outputs.

The secondary stereo input is directly routed to either (or both) of the master outputs.


The lower stereo input channel section features up to 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux Doubling Technology.

Colour is added with either our own EQ section or with 500 series modules.






Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
The IP125 is our dual stereo line input module.

Like the rest of the
Ark8, it is a fully discrete, class-A design and offers exceptional sound quality.
The
IP125 has 2 stereo inputs for increased input count.

Stereo A offers full routing and control, Stereo B is directly routed to the master mix busses.

Check the
IP125 page for more details
The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP221, which is a stereo inductive EQ (under development)
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.

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The lower section of the stereo input channel holds the IP321.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the main stereo input.
The
IP321 can send the signal to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP321 page for more details
As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

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Non-inline input channels 
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We’re working on non-inline input channels, to be released shortly.

Same quality but less options, intended for the cost-conscious.

The non-inline input channels are very similar to the standard inline Mic/Line/DAW channels and have :
* Mic input
* Line input
* DAW input

There is no small fader (path) on the non-inline channels, but each of these inputs can be routed through the large fader path.

Full routing, insert points and Direct Out are available.

There are a total of 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux doubling technology.

Colour is added with either our own EQ sections or with 500 series modules.






Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB

The IP101 is our standard (non-inline) Mic/Line input module.

The
IP101 has a Mic, Line and DAW input, each controlled with their own trim pot.
Any of these inputs can use the large fader path.
The
IP101 also holds the routing controls for the fader output. This can be routed to 14 outputs, including subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out.

Check the
IP101 page for more details

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The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our
IP211, which is an inductive EQ / Hi-Cut filter / Lo-Cut filter / Swing EQ.
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the
IP211 can be found here.
More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.
The lower input section of the standard input channel holds the IP301.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the fader.
The IP301 can send the signal to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP301 page for more details

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As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

Ark8 - Master Section (or how the Ark8 becomes the centre of your universe)
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Like the input channels, the Ark8 master section is 8 channels wide.

It contains the following :

  • Master VU meter section
  • upper master section with master controls for Group 1-8, Aux “A” 1-8, Aux “B” 1-8
  • middle master section: 16 slots for 500-series modules, or blank panels with room for an iPad (or similar)
  • lower master section offering full control of speakers, talkback, etc
  • optional transport control
  • producer desk with space for keyboard and/or trackpad

Master VU meter section
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The master section has 6 VU meters, which read Left and Right of each of the master outputs, and Left and Right of the Solo bus.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section.
As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
Upper Master Section
The Upper Master Section contains :
* Group master 1-8
* Aux master “A” 1-8
* Aux master “B” 1-8

The rest of the upper master section is blank, but who knows, we may find some good use for this space.
IP60x - Upper Master 
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There are 3 upper master modules, which are actually all the same.
IP601 is the master for groups 1-8
IP602 is the master for auxes A 1-8
IP603 is the master for auxes B 1-8

Each of them has 8 master output controls, and AFL selection for each of the group/aux master outputs.

Routing
Each of the master bus outputs is routed to it’s respective output on the rear panel.


IP601 Group Master
Note that the IP601 is removed, when the IP115 upper input is installed and configured as Group Master.




Middle Master Section
The Middle Master Sections has room for two rows of 8 slots for 500-series modules. (for a total of 16 slots)

If nothing is installed in the middle section, you get blank space which can nicely hold an iPad or similar, or some effect pedals if you like.


Note that none of the 500 slots are “tied” to anything in the master section.
Actually the 500 slots are totally independent from the rest of the console.
They have their own I/O connectors on the back panel, and even have their own power supply.

Consider it two 8-slot racks which are installed in the
Ark8.
This allows full flexibility, since you can use any 500 module (or chain of 500 modules) anywhere.

Lower Master Section
IP701 - Master module 

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The main master module of the Ark8 is nothing but amazing. We worked really hard on this, to make sure there is an incredible amount of functionality at your fingertips.

It features:
* Global functions including global lights dim
* Communications with Talkback and Listen Mic input, and automated functionality
* Two independent Cue mixes
* Two Master output faders with switchable inserts
* Four stereo external inputs
* One 7.1 (or 5.1) external input
* Four stereo Control Room Monitor outputs
* One 7.1 (or 5.1) Control Room Monitor out
* Independent Trim control for each of the speaker sets
* Talkback to Comms or Cues, with selectable Talkback Latch
* One large Master Volume Control in wood
* External inputs to L/R masters, master busses and master auxes

Global 

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The Global section of the main master module of the Ark8 has the following controls:

* Global Meter Select switches
all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.
* 0VU +6 switches
all VU meters to 0VU = +10dB (instead of +4dB) to avoid the meter parking itself in the right corner. (This includes the master meters)
* Global Solo Select determines the functionality of
all Solo switches on the console. This can be either PFL, AFL or (destructive) SIP
* Global Lights Dim controls the light intensity of
all switch LED’s. Turn it up if you work in a bright room, turn it down if you work in a darkened room.
Comms 

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The Comms section of the main master module of the Ark8 has the following controls:

* Listen Mic Trim and Talkback Mic Trim set the external Listen Mic level and the internal Talkback Mic level.
*
[Talk To] sets the destination for the talkback Mic
*
[Listen] activates the external listen mic, and routes this to the selected CRM

*
[Auto Comm] The Auto Comm switch and function are used in conjunction with the transport control. When the Auto Comm function is engaged:
- Listen Mic becomes active when transport is stopped (if Listen Mic switch is in)
- Talkback becomes active when transport is stopped (if Talkback Latch is in) (see Talkback section).


Cues 

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There are 2 Cue systems available.
Cues can be used for anything, going from headphone mixes to speakers in the recording room, the bar or at the swimming pool. Or just a separate feed for whatever you need.

Both Cue mixes are identical, but independent, and offer the following:
*
Cue Trim controls the level of the respective Cue output.
*
[Aux 1-8] and [Master 1-2] select the signal which is send to the Cue mix. You can use all of them at the same time if you want.
*
[CRM] can also be added to the Cue mix. This sends whatever is in the CRM speakers to the Cue mix (excluding Solo). We think this is mainly useful to send one of the External inputs to the Cue mix.
(you can send a full mix with “extra me” by using Master 1 or 2 and one or more of the auxes)



Talkback 

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There are 3 talkback buttons on the Ark8.
These allow direct communication to :
- Aux 1 to 8, depending on the selection made in the Comms section.
- Cue 1
- Cue 2

Standard, the Talkback buttons are momentary, so they are only active as long as you press and hold them.
Each of the Talkback buttons can be changed to be latching, by means of the
[Latch] switch.
When this switch is used, the Talkback stays on. You need to manually switch it off by pressing the Talkback button again. We suggest to be careful with the Talkback Latch function. Bands have split and divorces have happened because of talkback which was left on by accident.

The Talkback Latch function is effected by the Auto Comm function (see Comms)

[Auto Comm] The Auto Comm switch and function are used in conjunction with our transport control. When the Auto Comm function is engaged:
- Listen Mic becomes active when transport is stopped (if Listen Mic switch is in)
- Talkback becomes active when transport is stopped (if Talkback Latch is in).

Master Faders 

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There are two high-quality stereo master faders on the Ark 8.

Master 1 controls the level of the Stereo Master 1 output on the rear panel.
Master 2 controls the level of the Stereo Master 2 output on the rear panel.

Each of the master outputs has pre-fader insert send and return, which can be activated by means of the
[Insert On] switch.
When this switch is not active, the insert is bypassed.
Insert Send is always active and can be used as additional pre-fader master output.



Master Inputs
Signals from the external Master Inputs are added to the respective master bus outputs before the Insert Send.
This allows the master outputs of another console or side-car to be directly connected to the Master bus of the
Ark8.



Control Room 

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Click the 7.1 tab for more about 7.1 functions
There is a wide selection of inputs, outputs and controls on the Control Room section of the main master module of the Ark8.


Control Room Source Select
Master 1 or 2, External 1 to 4, or External 7.1 input can be selected here. Only one of these inputs can be active at any time. The selected source is send to the CRM speakers.
There is an additional Ext 4 input on the front panel which is in parallel with the Ext 4 input on the rear panel. (this may come in handy to temporarily connect a smartphone)

Control Room Speaker Select
There are 5 sets of Control Room Monitor speakers. All of them are controlled through the main, big CRM knob.

- CRM 1 to 4 are stereo speaker sets. Each stereo speaker set has it’s own independent trim pot.
- CRM 7.1 can be used to connect any surround speaker configuration up to 7.1 The 7.1 speaker set has it’s own trim control.

CRM 1, 2 or 3 : only one set of these speakers can be active at any time.

CRM 4 can be added to any other speaker selection, or can be used by itself by switching CRM 1-3 off.
This means you can have one of speaker sets CRM 1-3 active
and CRM 4

CRM 7.1 can be used in addition to the CRM stereo speakers which are selected.
See the 7.1 tab for more info on 7.1 sources and routing

The large
CRM Vol knob controls the main level of CRM 1 to 4, and CRM 7.1. The actual volume depends on the respective trim pots.

[Mute] with independent mute of Left and Right signal is available for the stereo CRM signal.

[Dim] is available for the stereo CRM signal. The Dim level is controlled by the Dim trim pot.

A global
[Solo Clear] switch has been added to clear all solo switches which may have remained active on the console. The level of the Solo signal is controlled by the Solo trim.
7.1 

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The Ark8 was not designed as a surround console. But we wanted to offer basic surround monitoring and functionality. Our goal was to keep this as simple as possible, but at the same time as usable as possible. We opted for 7.1 functionality, since this can also be used for 5.1

Ext 7.1 Source Select
The Ext 7.1 input is a separate connector on the rear panel. The 7.1 input is routed to the selected CRM monitors. If a stereo monitor pair is selected (CRM 1-4), you’ll only hear front L/R of the 7.1 signal.

CRM 7.1
CRM 7.1 is a separate monitor output, independent from (or actually parallel to) the stereo CRM monitors.
CRM 7.1 can be used in addition to any stereo CRM speaker set. CRM 7.1 gets it’s signal from the 7.1 master bus, or from the Ext 7.1 input.

7.1 routing and configuration
The 7.1 master bus gets it’s signal as follows:
Master 1 -> Front L/R (for 5.1 and 7.1 use)
Master 2 -> Rear L/R (for 5.1 and 7.1 use)
Aux 1 -> Front centre (for 5.1 and 7.1 use)
Aux 2 -> Sub (for 5.1, 7.1 or Sub only use)
Aux 5/6 -> Middle L/R (7.1 use only)

This routing is always active.
The 7.1 master output is paralleled with the respective individual outputs.

You can use some are all of the 7.1 channels.
If you don’t need all of them, then do not connect the respective speakers to the 7.1 output.

Full 7.1 configuration
Connect all speakers of the 7.1 set to the 7.1 output

7.1 configuration with front L/R coming from CRM 1-4
Since CRM 1-4 and CRM 7.1 can be active at the same time, you can use your main stereo speakers as part of the 7.1 set-up.
In this case, you would not connect front L/R of the 7.1 CRM output, but would use your main stereo speaker set for front L/R

5.1 configuration
Connect all speakers to the 7.1 output, apart from middle L/R

5.1 configuration with front L/R coming from CRM 1-4
Since CRM 1-4 and CRM 7.1 can be active at the same time, you can use your main stereo speakers as part of the 5.1 set-up.
In this case, you would not connect front L/R of the 7.1 CRM output, but would use your main stereo speaker set for front L/R

2.1 configuration
Connect only the subwoofer to the 7.1 output.
The CRM 7.1 switch becomes “subwoofer on/off” (with sub signal controlled from aux 2)

Ark8 - Bus and Master Inputs (or how you can easily connect a side-car to the Ark8)
Master Bus Inputs 

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The Ark8 master rear panel holds all master connections.

But apart from all the inputs and outputs you may expect from the descriptions above, we also added direct inputs to the master busses.

Inputs to the master busses? Why would you do that?
Well, in our opinion, these inputs to the master busses can be put to very good use.
Here are a couple of scenarios we have in mind.

Connect an additional console or a sidecar
If you happen to own this exclusive sidecar, or have this extra console lying around (maybe one for all your synths), you can connect this directly to the
Ark8.
- Connect the master outputs of the other console to the master bus inputs of the
Ark8
- Connect the aux outputs of the other console to the aux bus inputs of the
Ark8
- Connect subgroup outputs of the other console to the group bus inputs of the
Ark8
You get full access to auxes, subgroups and masters from both the
Ark8 and from your additional console or sidecar. It’s like both consoles become one.

Connect automated aux outputs from your DAW
Maybe you like to automate the aux sends in your DAW, but don’t really feel like using up input channels for this?
- Send the aux masters from your DAW to separate outputs on your audio interface
- Connect these outputs to the aux bus inputs of the
Ark8
You get full access to the connected (aux) effects from both the
Ark8 and from your DAW.

Connect mix outputs from your DAW
Maybe you have grouped and automated channels in your DAW, but don’t really feel like using up input channels for this?
- Send these grouped master outputs from your DAW to separate outputs on your audio interface
- Connect these outputs to the master bus inputs or group bus inputs of the
Ark8
You get full access to two Master mixes or Group busses from both the
Ark8 and from your DAW.



We can’t wait to find out what other uses you may come up with.

Ark8 - Transport Control (or how you can stay in the sweet spot while controlling your DAW)

Our team is working on this option.
We prefer not to share information before we are ready, so will have more info shortly.
Ark8 - FaderMate (or how Fader Automation becomes affordable)

Our team is working on this option.
We prefer not to share information before we are ready, so will have more info shortly.
Ark8 - Customisation (or how the Ark8 can look almost anyway you want)

The Ark8 offers different configuration options, but we can customise a lot more things.

* The Ark8 is fully modular, so you can get any size console (from the start, or build it step-by-step)
* There are different frame sizes available, so we can surely build a frame which fits your studio
* Standard metal parts hold both side profiles together, and hold the modules and motherboards. The side profiles can have different angles or dimensions. (so yes, an upright console is possible, if you like)
* Faceplates are done in small quantities using unique technology. The print is actually IN the anodising of the aluminium. The faceplates can be printed with any background colour and/or marking.
* We use custom silver aluminium knobs, but can also install black knobs.
* Solo and Mute buttons have custom inlays, which are done in house. These inlays can have any marking (or logo or picture).


There two alternative frame sizes for the Ark8.
All frames are the same width but differ in length (depth).
Each of the frames has the Upper Channel section and the Lower Channel section.
The difference between the frames is in the Middle Channel section.

Standard frame size

The L-frame has 3 sections:
- Upper Channel with inputs and routing
- Lower Channel with aux sends and faders
- Middle Channel with room for 16 slots for 500-series,
or eight Ark 8 specific modules


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Alternative frame size

The S-frame has 2 sections:
- Upper Channel (same as L and M-frame)
- Lower Channel (same as L and M-frame)
- The S-frame has no Middle Channel Section



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Alternative frame size

The M-frame has 3 sections:
- Upper Channel (same as the L-frame)
- Lower Channel (same as the L-frame)
- Middle Channel with room for 8 slots for 500-series



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Why different frame sizes ?

* The standard
L-frame offers all options. You can get a Mic input with full routing, an aux and fader module and still have room to install slots for 500-series modules. EQ and compressor come to mind.
Or you could get the
Ark8 with line inputs and use your own (500-series) Mic pre and EQ.
We’re also offering middle channel strips for the L-frame, which come instead of the 500 slots. Each of these channel strips has the length of two 500 modules.

* The alternative
M-frame only has room for one row of 500-series modules. This is intended for the studio who already has a nice collection of 500 modules. These modules can be inserted in the Ark8, and can be connected to any channel. Since the Ark8 has Mic pre on board, the M-frame is ideal to create a standard console with a great mic pre but with different EQ’s per channel. You decide on the colour you want. The Ark8 brings it all together.

* The alternative
S-frame does not have any 500-series modules, and is mostly useful for studio’s who already own a lot of (19”) outboard gear.
You could consider this a large summing mixer, and the centre of your studio where you connect all outboard. With the optional transport control and optional fader automation you really get all the options.
Ark8 - Pricing (or how a top-class console can be within your reach)
The Ark8 is in production.

You can find more info on our pricing page.