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Please read this before connecting power to the unit. There are important things about the power cable and cooling that must be done to allow for long life and reliable operation. As questions occur, contact us 715 398 3627
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IMPORTANT
The Power Cable must not be connected or
disconnected with the power on. You should
wait 60 seconds before disconnecting the
cable after powering off. Please tighten
down the thumb screws to prevent the cable
from coming disconnected.
LEVEL METER
METER SIGNAL
FROM 8 CHANNEL A/D
8 CHANNEL
LIMITER
ENABLE
CHANNEL OUTPUT
TO 8 CHANNEL A/D
GAIN SWITCH
6 TO 66 DB OF GAIN
PHASE
TRS
INSERT POINT
MIC INPUT
LEFT OUTPUT
TO STEREO MASTER
BUS
ASSIGN
PRE-AMP
LINE INPUT
BUFFER
GAIN
FILTER
BUFFER
CLEAN
PAN CONTROL
FAT
BUFFER
FAT
AMP
RIGHT OUTPUT
TO STEREO MASTER
POST
PRE
SPIDER INPUT MODULE
CHANNEL OUTPUT
TO 8 CHANNEL A/D
SUMMING
AMP
TRS
INSERT POINT
STEREO BUS
INPUT
LEVEL METER
LIMITER
AMP
STEREO FADER
ANALOG TAPE LEVEL
STEREO LIMITER ENABLE
SUMMING
AMP
ANALOG
DITHER
GENERATOR
STEREO
A/D
TRS
INSERT POINT
STEREO BUS
INPUT
AMP
LIMITER
STEREO FADER
LEVEL METER
STEREO MASTER, A/D AND DSP
DSP
STEREO OUTPUT
AES
S/PDIF
TOSLINK
LEVEL METER SEND TO INPUT MODULE
AUDIO INPUT FROM CHANNEL OUTPUT
ANALOG TAPE LEVEL
LIMITER
LIMITER CONTROL FROM CHANNEL
ANALOG
DITHER
GENERATOR
A/D
CONVERTOR
200 MIPS
DSP
8 CHANNEL OUTPUT
AES
ADAT
TDIF
PICK ONE INTERFACE
ONE OF EIGHT CHANNELS SHOWEN
8 CHANNEL, A/D, DSP AND OUTPUT
spider
The Power supply is an external 2 rack space box that is about 12 inches deep. Spider its self is 4 rack spaces and 6 inches deep. There
is a 3-foot power cable to connect the 2 units.
Ventilation is a must if you block air flow you will have trouble. The total power is in the range
of 100 watts of heat. It is best to have one rack space above and below each part of the system. If you mount them together leave a space between. Class A circuits run hot, but it turns
out that the discrete class A analog circuits can handle heat much better that the digital components.
THE INPUT CHANNEL
The GAIN SWITCH is a 11-position step control which is adjustable from 6 to 66 dB of gain in 6 dB steps.
The CHANNEL LEVEL CONTROL is a variable control that controls the channel output level and the stereo bus mix level.
The PAN OR PANORAMIC CONTROL positions the channel output on the left - right stereo bus. This affects the stereo bus only.
The PHANTOM POWER SWITCH turns on or off the 48V power for phantom power and is active when the switch is pressed in
The LINE/MIC SWITCH selects between the line and mic inputs for the channel. When the switch is out, the mic input is selected and when
it is pressed in, the line input is selected.
The PHASE SWITCH provides phase reversal for the channel. When the switch is out the channel operation is with normal phase. When
the switch is pressed in the phase is reversed. This is referenced to pin 2 signal + on the mic input and tip signal + on the line input. The
mic connector is an XLR where as the line input connector is a 1/4" TRS connector.
The LOW CUT FILTER is engaged when the switch is pushed in with a cutoff frequency of approx. 80 Hz. The filter is intended to be used
in eliminating rumble, undesired low frequency content, and mud, while keeping the effect on the desired audio to a minimum. The slope
reaches 12 dB pre octave. When the switch is out, the filter in not engaged and the low frequency response is to 3Hz.
When the STEREO BUS ASSIGNMENT SWITCH is pushed in the channel is assigned to the stereo bus. When the switch is out the
channel is not assigned to the bus. The channel outputs are always assigned to the 8 channel outputs.
The FAT AMPLIFIER is enabled when the switch is active (pressed in). The fat amplifier is used to provide a different sound by inducing
tube like distortions. This distortion content is almost all second harmonic with some third harmonic. The level of distortion is such that it
reaches 6.5% at digital zero. It is 0.3% at +4dbm at the analog output which is 20 dB below digital zero.
The LEVEL METER is a 16-segment peak reading meter and is referenced to the A/D convertor. Analog head room is such that there is 6
db of analog head room above the level that is digital zero. This is to allow up to 6db of limiting before the A/D convertor. An “over” on the
meter is a digital over, but not necessarily an indicator of analog clipping. (There is 6db of analog headroom above digital 0 with out the
limiter engaged) There is also a clip indicator on each channel. This is a small red light in the upper left hand corner of the channel. This
indicator shows an input or pre-amp overload. The level meter is an analog device that is feed from the A/D convertor input.
The LIMITER is for peak overload protection and is in front of the A/D convertor in the signal path. The level meter is post limiter. There is
an indicator on the channel next to the limiter button that lights whenever limiter action is taking place. The limiter is enabled by pushing the
LMT button down. The signal structure is such that the input channel can provide 6 dB more level that the A/D convertor needs. This headroom is for the operation of the peak limiter. The limiter will bring the level down thus protecting the A/D convertor from overload.
The ANALOG INSERT POINT is a 1/4" phone jack and is wired as tip send and ring return. This insert point is unbalanced and has a
maximum signal level of +24 dbm. It can be used as an analog output
8 CHANNEL DIGITAL SECTION
The SAMPLE RATE SELECTION SWITCH allows the selection of 1 of 4 sample rates from 44.1K to 96K or the selection of a word clock
source. The WC source is the same for both the stereo and 8 channel sections.
The STEREO BUS can be assigned to digital channels 7 and 8. This is to allow a mix to be recorded by a recorder on channels 7&8 of the
8 channel output. The assignment takes place by pushing the “bus 7&8” switch in. When this is done the normal connections from input
channels 7 and 8 are disconnected. The limiter on the digital stereo module is still used to prevent digital overload on the bus signal.
The DITHER CONTROL provides dithering to different bit levels. This source is unique to CRANE SONG and is generated by analog
means. The audio signal and the dither source are mixed together going into the A/D convertor. This is the best place to create dithering.
The switch has many selections. There are 16 and 20 bit choices and some options for play and experimentation.
DSP ANALOG TAPE EMULATION is adjustable by channel. The tape emulation feature provides a means to have analog tape sound in
Spider’s digital outputs. By selecting the channel, the LEDs around the process knob will light showing the current level of the process
By turning the process knob the control becomes active and allows the setting a new level. After a short pause the value is stored in internal
memory and will be recalled the next time Spider is powered up. 8 channel digital outputs are AES and ADAT Optical. The tape emulation
is the same as that in HEDD-192
THE STEREO OUTPUT SECTION
The STEREO BUS MASTER FADER is pre insert point. It affects the stereo digital output and the analog level that is available at the insert
point. The Stereo level meter is referenced to the stereo A/D convertor. The red LED shows “overs” on the digital stereo bus. The insert
point is in between the bus master control and the A/D convertor. This insert point also functions as an unbalanced analog output.
The STEREO PEAK LIMITER is for overload protection of the stereo A/D convertor. The limiter is designed as a stereo device, and phase
relationships between the stereo channels do not affect limiter action.
A switch selectable ANALOG DITHER control with selections from15 to 24 bits is provided. The sample rates are selectable from 44.1K to
96K. With the word clock input and output connections on the stereo master module. DSP ANALOG TAPE EMULATION is also provided
on the stereo digital bus. The digital outputs for the stereo bus are AES, S/PDIF and tos link.
THE BACK PANELS
The input module back panels consist of and XLR connector for mic input pin 2 is signal (+), pin 3 signal (-) and pin 1 ground or shield. The
line input is an 1/4" TRS jack with the tip signal + and the sleeve signal -. There are a set of jumpers on the top of the unit in each channel to
change the sensitivity of the line input. The standard mode will allow up to a +18 dbm on the input with the 6db gain setting providing 6db of
gain. In the padded mode there is a 20 db pad inserted on this input. The hi gain mode which is the standard mode will work in most cases
and is recommended. The insert point is a 1/4" TRS with tip being the send and the sleeve being the return. If you want to leave this normal
and also have the analog output available connect the tip and sleeve together and use this as you signal output.
The stereo master back has a left and right insert jack that works like the channel insert point. It also has an accessory connector to allow
the analog sections of up to 3 spiders to be tied together and the power connector.
The stereo digital sections back panel has an XLR connector for AES output, a RCA connector for S/PDIF output, a optical connector for
stereo optical output and 2 word clock connectors. The WC connectors are BNC connectors for WC in and WC out. This provides the WC
connection for both the stereo and 8 channel outputs
The 8 channel digital output connectors depends on the type of interface. For AES outputs it has 4 XLR connectors, for ADAT it has 2
optical outputs.
Things to be aware of
When the stereo bus is assigned to digital outs 7 and 8. Be aware that the Stereo bus limiter still applies, but the DSP control
is still adjusted by channel. This is because the DSP is post A/D convertor and we are reassigning the analog routing, not the digital routing.
The limiters are for peak control. If the limit light is on a lot they are being used more than intended
Boot up takes approx. 10 seconds this is to allow the A/D convertors to reach their highest accuracy level before use
When using WC. WC is common to both the stereo and 8 channel section. It may be necessary to set both sections the same depending
on what one is trying to do
8 CHANNEL AES TO 192K AND ADAT TO 96K INTERFACE
STEREO BUS, AES, SPDIF AND OPTICAL TO 192K, WITH WC IN AND OUT INTERFACE
THE AUX CONNECTORS ALLOW ADDITIONAL ANALOG OUTPUTS AND ANALOG BUS INSERTS FOR
TIEING 2 OR MORE UNITS TOGETHER. THESE ARE UNBALANCED CONNECTIONS
ALL INSERTS ARE TRS UNBALANCED.
THE LINE INPUTS ARE BALANCED.
THE INTERNAL ANALOG LEVEL IS TO +25 DBM
The red button, see next page when out the 8 channel A/D is feed from thr level control and the signal inculudes the filter and the fat amp
When in the pre amp directly feeds the A/D and the level control still works on the stereo bus.
LINE INPUTS GAIN SELECT
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SPIDER 8 CHANNEL A MIC-PRE MIXER, A/D
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