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Take command of your monitors.

You need to be able to switch between multiple sets of monitors and hear what your mix sounds like with and without a subwoofer. You want to be able to switch between multiple analog and digital sources. And you want to do it without sacrificing clarity and transparency. Meet the Central Station PLUS, the professional’s choice for monitor control.

A variety of connections for all of your sources and destinations.

With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources and one stereo digital input source. The digital inputs provide up to 24-bit, 192 kHz digital-to-analog conversion, and the converters deliver more than 115 dB of dynamic range. The Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device.

You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker. You also get two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. If two sets of cans aren’t enough, simply connect the line-level cue outputs to a headphone distribution system—say, a PreSonus HP2, HP4, or HP60. And because Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

Pure, audiophile-quality sound.

The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why we gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and we equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters.

The Central Station uses the highest-quality passive components, including military-grade, 1% tolerance, metal-film resistors; multi-element potentiometers; and durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance. This ensures the most transparent signal path and maximizes dynamic range, frequency response, and headroom while minimizing noise and coloration.

A wealth of features gives you a complete monitoring solution.

We’ve included plenty of extras to make your studio work easy and efficient. Talk to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input. Use a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and Dim and Mute switches let you reduce or mute the speaker outputs without changing the referenced position on your main level knob. To top it off, the included CSR-1 remote control lets you manage it all from your desktop.

With its combination of I/O, audio quality, and features, it’s no surprise that the Central Station PLUS is indeed the professional’s choice for monitor control.

Central Station Plus - Studio Control Bundle. Passive Monitoring Controller with Five Independent Analog and Digital I/O Sources, and Remote Control.

The PreSonus Central Station Plus is the perfect monitoring "hub" for your studio! With five stereo inputs (two digital and three analog) and three outputs, each providing the purest possible signal path, the Central Station is where all your audio sources can converge for high quality monitoring. And with the included CSR-1 remote control, you'll never need to leave your mix position to manage your monitoring.

PreSonus Central Station at a Glance:
  • Five inputs and three outputs for connecting multiple monitors
  • Pure passive signal path for uncolored monitoring
  • High-quality components and results from an economical device
Five sets of inputs...

When Presonus designed the Central Station, they wanted to make certain it met the needs of mixdown facilities that had multiple sets of monitors. So they gave Central Station five stereo input ports - three analog and two digital. Analog inputs 1 and 2 feature 1/4" TRS balanced jacks, while analog input 3 accepts unbalanced RCA connectors. A coaxial cable jack and a Toslink optical port handle the Central Station's S/PDIF digital ins.

...And three outputs The Central Station's three analog outputs - Speaker, Main and Cue - also are handled by 1/4" TRS balanced connectors. Speaker outs are passive; Main and Cue outs are active and impedance-balanced. So you can connect to powered or unpowered monitors, separate power amps, or whatever your studio configuration requires.

Hear the true sound of your mix!

The Central Station features a purely passive signal path, offering almost totally transparent sonic quality. The main audio path uses no amplifier stages - no op amps, active ICs or chips, eliminating all coloration, noise and distortion. The Central Station delivers transparent, smooth, wide-frequency, high headroom/low noise monitoring, enabling you to hear the true sound of the mix. To minimize noise and maximize signal integrity, the Central Station uses sealed silver relays so that audio never passes through extraneous electronics. The Central Station also features dual fast-acting 30-segment peak/hold LEDs for accurate metering. The front panel of the Central Station includes both dBu and dBfs scales as well as peak/hold clear switch and meter alignment switch for additional metering options.

Compare the sonic quality to the price tag! PreSonus has used the highest quality passive components in order to ensure that the Central Station will produce a top-notch, professional sound. But most users will be shocked when they see the price tag! The simplicity and economy of the Central Station makes celebrated PreSonus technology available to even small project studios.

The CSR-1 provides remote control of volume for each input pair and for the talkback mic, as well as controlling muting, input-source switching (TRS1, TRS2, Aux, and S/PDIF), and passive speaker-output switching (stereo pairs A, B, and C). An Active light illuminates when the CSR-1 is controlling main volume. The Dim and Mono features also can be controlled from the remote unit. A built-in electret condenser talkback mic with momentary on/off Talk button enables you to address the musicians through their headphones. (The Central Station main unit also has a talkback mic, so make sure to turn down whichever talkback mic you aren’t using!)

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via a proprietary DB15 cable (included), enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your desktop. This provides maximum convenience with minimum wiring, keeping your workspace free of cable clutter.

PreSonus Central Station Features:
  • Included CSR-1 remote control brings monitor management to your desktop
  • S/PDIF coax or TOSlink digital input
  • Two balanced TRS jacks and two RCA inputs with trim control
  • D/A conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Dual fast-acting 30-segment digital LED meters
  • Omnidirectional condenser microphone routed through CUE outputs
  • When talkback is used, the cue mix is automatically dimmed
  • Two headphone outputs, MUTE, DIM, INPUT select, CUE select and OUTPUT select
  • Optional remote control for talkback, mute, dim, and I/O selection

The PreSonus Central Station is a master console output section in a 1U space!

Tech Specs

Input Channels 6
Output Channels 10
Analog Inputs 4 x TRS, 2 x RCA
Analog Outputs 10 x TRS, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x TOSLINK
Talkback Yes
Form Factor Rackmount
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Weight: 0.57 KGS
SKU: CENT STATION PLUS

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