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      Apogee BIG BEN 192k Master Digital Clock (240149)
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Apogee's Big Ben 192k Master Digital Clock brings amazing clarity and quality to audio production while providing flexibility and features like no other studio clock before.

A Cure for the Jitters — Apogee's "C777" Clock

At the heart of any word clock regeneration is a phase lock loop (PLL). The PLL is a combination of analog and digital elements without the ability to dynamically adapt to the nature of the external clocks. In other words, the better the clock performance, the less flexibility it has. And conversely, the more flexibility there is in a PLL, the less effective it is at jitter reduction. Apogee's C777 is built to address these inadequacies. The C777 utilizes an entirely digital process that Apogee has developed using the most advanced Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) technology available along with DSP based digital filtering. The result is the most aggressive jitter reduction ever. With the flexibility and stability provided the C777, the Big Ben studio clock is able to re-clock devices with excessive jitter and function as if it were the master clock. The ultimate in flexibility combined with unprecedented levels of performance make the C777 unequaled in the world of clocking.

Added Flexibility with Format Conversion

Not that you would expect it from a master clock, Big Ben gives you the option of real-time format conversion. Use BIG BEN's intuitive digital display to go from S/PDIF to AES, AES to ADAT, ADAT to S/PDIF, etc.

X-Video Expansion Card for Video-Sync Generation

The multi-standard X-Video card will allow Big Ben to function as a master video sync generator, outputting a composite video black-burst (including color burst for PAL and NTSC color). When functioning as a master video sync generator Big Ben can perform as a clock slave to the video-board and generate digital audio clocks based on the video standard selected. Alternatively, the X-Video card can function as a Slave video sync generator. In this mode the output video will be a regeneration of the input video. The X-Video card will maintain the color-phase and field information through "Genlocking", while simultaneously stripping the original signal from its pixel information.

"Adaptive Loop Filtering" (ALF)

ALF maximizes Big Ben's clocking ability with an intelligent low pass filter. Because the C777 has made all incoming signals into data (1's and 0's) the Big Ben studio clock is able to dynamically compensate for excessive jitter and even improve already acceptable clock signals to levels unattainable until now. No matter what your input looks like, ALF can adapt and overcome all obstacles to create a stable, reliable, low jitter clock source.

"SureLock"... Your Drop out Defense

So, Big Ben is masterfully handling external clock signals and all of their anomalies and you've got your jitters under control. What if Big Ben encounters the ultimate disturbance in clocking, a dropped signal? Not to worry, with "SureLock" Big Ben will compensate by remaining locked on the last relevant frequency sent by the delinquent device. When the signal resumes, Big Ben will gradually, and smoothly re-synchronize without interruption.

Termination Issues... A Thing of the Past

Very often in an elaborate audio chain word clock signals are improperly terminated. Big Ben will chime in with a visual indication of over or under termination on it's digital display for each word clock output, allowing you to troubleshoot more quickly and get back to business.


IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.

If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided at the link below that are specifically indicated as "Compatible with Leopard."

http://www.apogeedigital.com/leopard/

If you have any questions, please call Apogee support at 310-584-9394.

Apogee BIG BEN 192k Master Digital Clock Features:

  • AES, S/PDIF, Optical I/O - Word Clock/Video In - 6 Word Clock Outs
    Optional X-Video expansion card to provide master video sync generator
    Realtime format conversion between all digital formats
    Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) using Apogee´s C777 Clock Technology up to 192kHz
    Adaptive Loop Filtering (ALF) to optimize clock performance and minimize jitter
    Three stage Termination Sensing for each word clock output



Apogee BIG BEN 192k Master Digital Clock Specifications:

  • Sample rates: 44.1/48-88.2-96-176-192 . All +/- 10%
    Video: PAL/NTSC/60Hz
    "SuperClock" (256fs)
    Pull up/down 0.1% and 4% from any sample rate
    Apogee´s new Ultra Low Jitter C777 clock
    Three stage termination indicator (under/correct/over) on each

    Word Clock output:
    "SureLock" technology for drop out prevention
    4 digit numeric true sample rate indication
    Universal power: 15 W 90-250 VAC 50-60 HZ

    INPUTS:
    2 x AES-EBU on XLR 44.1k-192k single-wide and 88.2 k—192k double-wide.
    S/PDIF optical on TOS-LINK 44.1-48k
    S/PDIF coaxial on RCA 44.1-192k
    ADAT 44.1-48k
    ADAT/SMUX II for 88.2-96k
    ADAT/SMUX IV for 176.4-192k
    Word Clock BNC 44.1 —192k
    Video
    Optional video sync (X-Video card sold separately)

    OUTPUTS:
    2 x AES-EBU on XLR single or double wide 44.1-192k
    S/PDIF coaxial 44.1-192k
    S/PDIF optical on TOS-LINK 44.1-48k
    6 x BNC Word Clock 44.1-192k (of which 2 can output 256fs at low sample rates)
    ADAT
    SMUX II
    SMUX IV
    Optional video sync (X-Video card sold separately)




Apogee BIG BEN 192k Master Digital Clock

Hardware warranty:

APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's option, free of charge.

All units returned to Apogee or an authorized Apogee repair facility must be prepaid, insured and properly packaged. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notice. Design changes are not implemented retrospectively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units.

This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel.

The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time.

USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Software warranty:

Limited Warranty. Apogee Electronics warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from your date of purchase that (i) the media on which the Software is recorded will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, and (ii) the Software as provided by Apogee Electronics will substantially conform to Apogee's published specifications for the Software.

Apogee Electronics' entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warranty will be, at Apogee Electronics' option, replacement of the media, refund of the purchase price or repair or replacement of the Software.

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE ONLY WARRANTY PROVIDED BY APOGEE ELECTRONICS AND ITS LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN MATERIALS. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION

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  • Studio clock

    As reviewed by Wayne Carson on 6/6/2010

    Studio clocks are absolutely necessary if you have multiple digital gear that needs sync?ing. However, in my case, I use it to clock just one digital interface. Why? . . . because you can hear the difference in the music mix using a quality clock. If you rely only on the computer clock, or each independent digital interfaces or converters internal clock, then you run the risk of a much lower quality clock, especially on low to mid level gear. Lower quality clocks can drift and float, even in the milli to micro seconds range, but it?s enough to muddy up the lower end and lose clarity on the higher end of the frequency spectrum as it digitizes the audio. Things just lose focus. So what happens is you compensate in your mix . . . if you can. Big Ben has been an industry standard for years with only one or two competitors in this quality range. When I used my BB for the first time, I immediately heard the kick and bass guitar separated and tight, each vocal and instrument spread out in the stereo field and the highs cleared up and opened up. What?s so cool is now I use less EQ, less efx?s and even less panning to achieve the same and better results. So, . . . faster post production and mixing is the bottom line. In music it?s what you hear that counts. A top quality clock can make a huge difference in what you hear.

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