16 x 16 AD/DA <> DANTE <> MADI <> ADAT Converter

The audio unimatix. Plus Dante.

The PULSE16 DX is much more than a 16 x 16 channel AD / DA converter. In addition to studio-grade analog inputs and outputs up to 192kHz, the PULSE16 DX offers an impressive number of digital interfaces, ready for any task. All equipment, whether analog, ADAT, or MADI is brought together into the device, and can be distributed over a sophisticated routing matrix in groups of 8 channels. And that’s not all: The Dante interface with 64 x 64 channels (also integrated into the routing matrix), redundantly implemented via two RJ45 sockets, connects the PULSE16 DX to the network: Dante opens up a new dimension of flexibility. No matter which analog or digital signals are to be connected: the PULSE16 DX does the job.

Packed in a just 1HU, this highly integrated converter has 16 x 16 balanced analog TRS sockets using studio levels up to +20dBu – individually adjustable in 1dB steps. The Low Latency Cirrus Logic converters, accompanied with a a temperature-compensated clock and jitter reduction PLL guarantee best crystal clear sound.

Besides Dante, the 4 x 4 ADAT ports deliver enough bandwidth to convert all 16 x 16 analog signals at 96kHz, or even 32 x 32 channels at 48kHz. MADI adds another 64 x 64 channels, and is implemented using a modular SFP conection to offer different MADI standards (like Singlemode). Just replace the MADI module by a different model.

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.

The fanless, compact 1HU device is the ultimate problem solver for studio, live sound, broadcast and recording – wherever high-end, multi-format conversion is needed in the Dante network.

Dante made easy: the perfect network solution for recording, broadcast, live-sound, and house of worship.

High Quality AD/DA

The Pulse DX uses the latest low latency AD/DA converters from Cirrus Logic. With a maximum sample rate of up to 192kHz and sophisticated external circuitry, they guarantee best sound with neutral frequency response and lowest THD + N. Using TRS jacks, all channels handle +20dBu studio level maximum, while each channel is individually adjustable in 1dB steps.

Dante Plug & Play

Integrate the Pulse16 DX seamlessly into your Dante network. Just plug it in and the device is visible on the network and ready to be routed freely using the Dante Controller software. Together with the Dante Virtual Soundcard, also from Audinate, the Pulse16 DX turns into a universal audio interface.

MADI Interface

The Pulse16 DX has a modular MADI interface: The MADI SFP slot is equipped with an optical LC multimode module, which can be replaced, for example, by a Singlemode module. In addition to the 64 x 64 audio channels, a MIDI signal is also embedded, which can be used for device control and for routing to the MIDI interfaces.

Internal Routing Matrix

All 176 x 176 analog and digital channels of the Pulse16 DX 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 Screens

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!

Flexible Remote Control

A comprehensive remote software for PC and MAC is available to control the Pulse16 DX. All Ferrofish devices are automatically detected and listed in the software.

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)
  • MADI SFP Port, SFP MADI module with optical LC connector (Multimode).
    Singlemode Module optional.
  • Phones Stereo TRS, Monitoring of every stereo/mono I/O via an additional stereo DAC
  • Word Clock I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Dante Network I/O (redundant), Two RJ-45 ports connect to any Dante audio network. Simply connect a LAN Ethernet cable to the primary port. The secondary port takes automatically over in case of a network error (Dante Port Redundancy).

Dante I/O

  • 2 x RJ-45 Ethernet connector (CAT5/6 cables),
    64 x 64 channel Brooklyn II board built in.


SFP port for MADI optical Multimode (included) or Singlemode (optional) SFP module

  • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 16 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Support of MIDI over MADI.
Latency: 2 samples

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

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


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 DX

16 x 16 AD/DA <> MADI <> ADAT Converter


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