Zähl AM1 Console

Zähl AM1 Console

SKU: am1
$79,500.00Price

16 channel frame (17 slots total) loaded with
1x Master module
2x CV modules
6x stereo channels
6x mono channels
1 blank panel

  • Details:

    ZÄHL AM1 The best of both worlds. Consistently analog approach using state-of-the-art technology designed for hands-on, real-time mixing. Modular Concept: Mono-, Stereo- and CV-Channels, Link Modules

    ZÄHL AM1 The best of both worlds. Consistently analog approach using state-of-the-art technology designed for hands-on, real-time mixing. Modular Concept: Mono-, Stereo- and CV-Channels, Link Modules

    AM1 DETAILS & FEATURES
    - Highly musical circuitry, legendary EQ design
    - Fully featured stereo channels (no stripped down EQ!) with MID/SIDE STEREO conversion at INSERT SEND/RETURN, continuously variable STEREO BASE and dual PANORAMA stage
    - Smart functions like INSERT RETURN with continuously variable DRY/WET mixing for parallel compression, parallel EQing etc. and DIRECT AUX for channel-exclusive effect insertion
    - Numerous unique circuit details in order to preserve signal integrity and minimize noise and crosstalk (e.g. solid state audio switching at potentiometer minimum or zero position)

    FORMAT
    - Available in a wide range of formats for musicians studio, PostPro, Mastering or large recording/mixing studio. 8/12/16/24/32/40 mono or stereo channels, CV-Channel occupies 2 slots

    DESIGN FEATURES
    - Optimized for hands-on live mixing/ real-time mixing
    - Intuitive, user-friendly, mostly self-explaining layout
    - Super clean, lowest noise and distortion signal paths, no VCAs in mono- and stereo-channels
    - Click-free audio switching using zero cross detection on parameters relevant when mixing live
    - Unique CV-Channel - CV-controllable
    - Built with highest quality electronic and mechanical components
    - No microprocessors, no clock pulses, no switched power circuitry

    CV CHANNEL
    The unique CV-Channel is both, stereo channel and musical instrument. It links professional audio with the modular analogue synth world. It is a stereo channel with VCA technology which allows controlling parameters by hand and by control-voltage (CV) at the same time. CV can be sourced from external equipment or from integrated CV-stages. Composing, sound designing and mixing are brought together by this thoroughly musical approach.

    DETAILS CV CHANNEL
    - Stereo channel with full feature set as conventional stereo channel except for different EQ/FILTER section, but based entirely on VCA technology
    - 21 parameters (every parameter except INPUT GAIN and switches) voltage controllable via a combination of a poti for postive/negative MODULATION AMOUNT and a 12-position rotary switch for selecting a MODULATION SOURCE
    - 5 external CV INPUTS for outboard sources available on back panel (1/4” jacks)
    - 7 internal CV sources – designed in cooperation with VERBOS ELECTRONICS
    --- FLUCTUATION (randomized LFO)
    ---  ENVELOPE FOLLOWER with selectable input SOURCE, SENSITIVITY and DECAY time and curve
    ---  GATE with HOLD time control (sharing input SOURCE and SENSITIVITY with ENVELOPE FOLLOWER)
    ---  AR ENVELOPE generator with ATTACK and RELEASE control, selectable trigger
    ---  CV SUM for mixing any two of the other 11 CV sources or filtered noise
    ---  FIXED VOLTAGE adjustable between -5V and +5V
    ---  FIXED VOLTAGE SWITCHED - the same voltage, but switchable manually or by external CV INPUT 2
    - All internal CV sources available as CV outputs on back panel (1/4” jacks)
    - 4 CV busses for sharing selected external CV INPUTS 1-4 between CV-A modules

    VCA-based EQ/FILTER section
    -  1 fully parametric EQ band with GAIN range from -18 dB to +12 dB, extended FREQUENCY range from 200 Hz to 10 kHz and Q control
    -  HIGH PASS Filter with cutoff FREQUENCY and DRY/WET RATIO control
    -  LOW PASS Filter with cutoff FREQUENCY and DRY/WET RATIO control

  • Tech Specs:

    - Consistently analog approach, designed for hands-on, real-time mixing
    - Legendary EQ design – highly musical without coloring, highly effective yet sensitive
    - Intuitive, self-explanatory layout
    - Super clean signal paths meeting highest mastering demands – no VCAs except CV channel, no clock pulses (sequential logic only), no switched power converters
    - Quiet, vent-free linear external power supply
    - Zero-cross sensing on all switches relevant in live operation (minimization of clicks)
    - Freely configurable with mono, stereo or stereo CV channels
    - Minimum width 437 mm (optionally for 19” rack installation) with up to 8 stereo channels and master section
    - Maximum width 1981 mm with up to 46 stereo channels and master section, expandable by external units
    - Overall depth 885 mm, overall height 318 mm, module depth 673.5 mm, front panel angle 15.5°
    - Conveniently accessible back panel with XLR audio connectors

    MASTER SECTION (module MM-A)
    • 4 STEREO GROUP outputs
    • 4 stereo and 2 mono AUX MASTER controls (→additional AUX functions available on channels)
    • 6 STEREO RETURNS, each with 2 band semi-parametric EQ
    • comprehensive monitoring section with high quality headphones amp
    • smart functions for preparing mute scenes in real-time mixing
    • PFL (non-destructive) switchable to SOLO (destructive) logic
    MONO CHANNEL (module MC-A)
    • extensive EQ section – 4-band plus low cut, each band electronically bypassed when gain is set to zero
    • DIRECT AUX control (channel-exclusive aux send)
    • INSERT with DRY/WET return ratio control – for parallel compression, EQing, etc., or for use as channel-exclusive aux
    return in combination with DIRECT AUX (freeing up aux busses when using an effect on one channel only)

    STEREO CHANNEL (module SC-A)
    with full feature set as mono channel (no stripped down EQ as in many other consoles), and additionally including: • BALANCE control plus PAN controls for left and right channels independently
    • STEREO BASE control – from mono to stereo to phase-reversed
    • INSERT with M/S (mid/side) option

    LINK OUTPUT (module LO-A)
    ”blind master”– alternatively to module MM-A – for connecting Zähl AM1 expander with Zähl AM1 or other main console

    LINK INPUT (module LI-A)
    for merging busses from Zähl AM1 expander or other external console/expander with busses of main AM1 console

    CV CHANNEL (module CV-A)
    • stereo channel with full feature set as conventional stereo channel (module SC-A) except for different EQ/FILTER section, but based entirely on VCA technology
    • 21 parameters (every parameter except INPUT GAIN and switches) voltage controllable via a combination of a
    poti for postive/negative MODULATION AMOUNT and a 12-position rotary switch for selecting a MODULATION SOURCE
    • 5 external CV INPUTS for outboard sources available on back panel (1/4” jacks) • 7 internal CV sources – designed in cooperation with VERBOS ELECTRONICS
    - FLUCTUATION (randomized LFO)
    - ENVELOPE FOLLOWER with selectable input SOURCE, SENSITIVITY and DECAY time and curve
    - GATE with HOLD time control (sharing input SOURCE and SENSITIVITY with ENVELOPE FOLLOWER)
    - AR ENVELOPE generator with ATTACK and RELEASE control, selectable trigger SOURCE and MANUAL trigger button. - CV SUM for mixing any two of the other 11 CV sources or filtered noise
    - FIXED VOLTAGE adjustable between -5V and +5V
    - FIXED VOLTAGE SWITCHED - the same voltage, but switchable manually or by external CV INPUT 2
    • all internal CV sources available as CV outputs on back panel (1/4” jacks)
    • 4 CV busses for sharing selected external CV INPUTS 1-4 between CV-A modules • VCA-based EQ/FILTER section
    - 1 fully parametric EQ band with GAIN range from -18 dB to +12 dB, extended FREQUENCY range from 200 Hz to 10 kHz and Q control
    - HIGH PASS Filter with cutoff FREQUENCY and DRY/WET RATIO control - LOW PASS Filter with cutoff FREQUENCY and DRY/WET RATIO control