16 x 16 AD/DA <> ADAT Converter

Convert with style: Maximum quality. Most affordable.

The PULSE16 converts 16 x 16 studio-grade balanced analog inputs and outputs up to 96kHz to ADAT I/O. As a cost-effective and mature interface, ADAT is already available almost everywhere – so expanding your studio with the PULSE16 by 16 x 16 analog channels is done in a few steps.
The Low Latency Cirrus Logic converters, accompanied with a temperature-compensated clock and jitter reduction PLL, guarantees best crystal clear sound. All this packed in a compact 1HU, the PULSE16 delivers studio levels of up to +20dBu, individually adjustable in 1dB steps, brought to 32 TRS connectors. Thanks to the 4 x 4 ADAT interfaces, 16 x 16 channels can still be converted without any problems even at 96kHz.
Configuring the device is a breeze thanks to the two TFT screens. No need to consult the manual, every information is displayed clearly on the screens. Remote control via MIDI and MADI is also possible.
The headphone can be connected to any analog or digital input or output: ideal for control or monitoring.
If your studio grows, the PULSE16 grows with it: MADI I/O can be added via a MADI-SFP module together with an upgrade of the firmware. The PULSE16 then becomes a full-fledged PULSE16 MX.

Internal Routing Matrix

All 48 x 48 analog and digital channels of the Pulse16 are brought together in groups of 8 using the internal routing matrix. For easy monitoring, any channel, mono or stereo, can be selected for headphone output.

Dual TFT Display

Keep track of all 32 analog channels at any time: Everything is shows clearly on two TFT screens. Status information and all functions are presented clearly and intuitively, so no need to consult the manual anymore. Gone are the days of blinking LED‘s and incomprehensible operation!

Optional MADI Upgrade

The PULSE16 has a SFP port which can be used to upgrade to MADI. By adding the SFP module and upgrading the firmware, the unit turns into a fully equipped Pulse16 MX, including 192kHz operation.

Ferrofish Pulse16



  • 16 x 16 Balanced TRS balanced analog I/O, max 96kHz (192kHz with MADI option), Gain/Levels: -8dBu…+20dBu (1dB steps)
  • 4 x 4 ADAT I/O, each ADAT port transfers eight channels at a sample rate of 48kHz (= 32 In + 32 Out)
  • Phones Stereo TRS, Monitoring of every stereo/mono I/O via an additional stereo DAC
  • Word Clock I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • SFP Port, Optional MADI module

Analog In- and Outputs

2 x 24Bit A/D Converter
16 x TRS ¼” (6.3mm), female
  • Digital gain: +20dBu … -8dBu, 1dB steps
  • Digital gain (+24dBu Option): +24dBu … -4dBu, 1dB steps


4+4 optical ports (8 channels each with 48 kHz)

  • 16 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 8 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz (SMUX4 – only with installed MADI MX option)

Latency: 2 samples


  • 2 x DIN5 connector for remote control of the unit
  • Conversion MIDI <> MIDI over MADI possible (MADI MX option required)

Wordclock I/O

  • BNC: 1 x input, 1 x output
  • 75 Ohm Termination switchable for input

Power Supply

12V, 3A

  • 1 x input jack with screw lock.
  • Power required: 12VA in operation, 0,1VA in standby mode (Efficiency Level VI)
  • Internal resettable polyfuse
  • 1 x power supply included


  • SMUX4 with 192 kHz operation
  • Delay-compensation for MADI chain
  • MIDI over MADI Preset Management

CV Out Option*
Allows the output of DC voltage at the analog outputs of the Pulse16. This allows control voltages (CV) to be generated via a CV plugin in a DAW, allowing modular systems to be controlled from the analog outputs.

+24dBu Option*
This option raises the maximum input and output level of the 16 analog inputs and outputs from +20dBu to +24dBu, which then complies with the SMPTE standard.

*Please note that these are BTO (built-to-order) options which cannot be retrofitted.

Ferrofish PULSE16

16 x 16 AD/DA <> ADAT Converter