New Ferrofish Pulse 16 MX w/ Analog I/O, MADI I/O Module, Modified for CV/Gate & +24dBu Level Compatibility

Sale price$1,499.00


High quality MADI converter. Flexible and affordable.

The PULSE16 MX offers maximum performance at affordable cost. In addition to the studio-quality 16 x 16 balanced analog inputs and outputs up to 192kHz, the PULSE16 MX offers both ADAT and MADI – probably the most widely used digital audio interfaces available. Up to 64 x 64 channels (or 16 x 16 channels at 192kHz) can be transmitted over a simple optical MADI cable pair, so high-end multichannel recording is not a problem. Besides, numerous ADAT channels are provided: At 96kHz, 4 x 4 ADAT ports transfer 16 x 16 channels.

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 temperature-compensated clock and jitter reduction PLL, guarantees best crystal clear sound.

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 choice, when high-end conversion is needed – thanks to the elaborated design the PULSE16 MX is the center device for your equipment.

Seamless analog / ADAT / MADI integration for recording, broadcast and live sound.

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!

MADI Interface
The Pulse16 MX 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 MX 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.


PULSE 16 MX (Multimode included)

PULSe 16 optional via SFP
SFP port for MADI optical Multimode or Singlemode 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

Analog Inputs (AD)

2 x 24 Bit A/D Converter

16 x TRS ¼” (6.3mm), female

Digital gain: +20dBu … -8dBu, 1dB steps
Digital gain (+24dBu Option): +24dBu … -4dBu, 1dB steps

@48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms
@96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms
@192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms


Level indicator

TFT screen, 28 levels

Analog Outputs (DA)

2 x 24 Bit D/A Converter

16 x TRS ¼” (6.3mm), female

Digital gain: +20dBu … -8 dBu, 1dB steps
Digital gain (+24dBu Option): +24dBu … -4dBu, 1dB steps

@48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms
@96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms
@192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms
OpAmps: RC4580

Headphones Out

1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
Selectable mono or stereo source.
Digitally controlled volume level.


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

Additional Features

SMUX4 with 192 kHz operation (requires installed MADI option).
Delay-compensation for MADI chain (requires installed MADI option).
MIDI over MADI Preset Management (requires installed MADI option)

Internal Clock

TCXO (temp. compensated oscillator) with high accuracy.
Initial accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
Over temperature range: +/-2.5ppm
Aging: +/-1ppm


Digitally controlled PLL / Jitter reduction system
Output jitter: 50ps … 100ps typ.

LCD Displays

2 x TFT Color Screens for the complete control of all analog I/O levels and all settings of the unit
One Key Control provides an easy control of all functions.
Multi language help pages guides available (No need to study the manual.)


Depth: 19cm (7.5”) (including connectors)


2 kg (4.4lbs)

Ambient temperature

41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

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 I/O 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.41°F up to 113°F (+5°C up to +45°C)

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