DuTCH.audio IMx.c module based

The DuTCH audio IM series consoles are based around modules and because of that,  it’s possible to have a custom-controller to fit your needs.

Both 1u and 2u custom units are possible. There are some physical limitations; fitting a lot of push-buttons next to a lot of stepped attenuators is not easy or not even possible at all.  

Even though the module-based system is really flexible, it's not possible to combine, let's say MS and blend on one module. You will need 2 seperate modules for that.

When we start to design your custom product, we will charge a €75 designers' fee. This fee will be discounted from the final invoice when you order the product, but will not be refunded in case of a cancellation of the order.

These are the standard modules you can choose from.

Input modules

All input modules make use of Goldplated Neutrik XLR's.

Input type A (2x input, active gain, LR swap, polarity swap)
  • 2 stereo inputs with dedicated pushbutton per input
  • Bypassable active gain with +/-5.5db gain range in 0.5dB per step (optional 0.25 per step and +/-2,75dB gain range = Input A 0.25)
  • Left/right swap
  • Polarity swap
  • All inputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Input type A 

Input type B (2x input, active gain, polarity swap)
  • 2 stereo inputs with dedicated pushbutton per input
  • Bypassable stepped active gain with +/-5.5db gain range in 0.5dB per step (optional 0.25 per step and +/-2,75dB gain range = Input A 0.25)
  • Polarity swap.
  • All inputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Input type B

Input type C (2x input, active gain)
  • 2 stereo inputs with dedicated pushbutton per input
  • bypass-able stepped active gain with +/-5.5db gain range in 0.5dB per step (optional 0.25 per step and +/-2,75dB gain range = Input A 0.25)
  • All inputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Input type C

Input type D (1x passive input)
  • 1 stereo passive input.
  • All inputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Input type D

Insert modules

All inserts are based on 2 inserts per module and they make use of the analog Tascam DB25 standard with 2x stereo in and 2x stereo output. More info about the standard we use can be found on the FAQ page.

Even though the module-based system is really flexible, it's not possible to combine, let's say MS and blend on one module. You will need 2 seperate modules for that.

Passive insert modules

Passive type A (2x passive insert with order swap)
  • 2 passive inserts with order swap functionality (1 > 2 or 2 > 1)
  • 3 buttons; 2x for inserts, 1x for swap

artnr: Pass type A

Passive type B (2x passive insert)
  • 2 passive inserts
  • 2 buttons for inserts

artnr: Pass type B

Passive type C (2x passive insert pre/post second insert)
  • 2 passive inserts with pre/post swap functionality on second insert (1>2>..>7>8>out or 8>1>2>..>7>out)
  • Pre function can also be placed at another position, for instance (1>2>3>4..>7>8>out or 1>2>8>3>4..>7>out)
  • 3 buttons; 2x for inserts, 1x for pre (off is post, on is pre)

artnr: Pass type C

Passive type D (2x passive insert pre/post first insert)
  • 2 passive inserts with pre/post swap functionality on first insert (1>2>..>7>8>out or 7>1>2>..>8>out)
  • Pre function can also be placed at another position, for instance (1>2>3>4..>7>8>out or 1>2>7>3>4..>8>out)
  • 3 buttons; 2x for inserts, 1x for pre (off is post, on is pre)

artnr: Pass type D

Passive type E (2x passive insert pre/post both insert)
  • 2 passive inserts with pre/post swap functionality on both insert (1>2>..>7>8>out or 7>8>1>2>..>out)
  • Pre function can also be placed at another position, for instance (1>2>3>4..>7>8>out or 1>2>7>8>3>4..>out)
  • 3 buttons; 2x for inserts, 1x for pre (off is post, on is pre)

artnr: Pass type E

Passive type F (2x passive insert, swap, master/mix mode)
  • 2x passive inserts with order swap (1 > 2 or 2 > 1)
  • 'master/mix mode'. Sends the connected gear to a second DB25 when not inserted in the chain so that they can be used for send/return on something like a summing box.
  • Because of its size, this module is only available for 2u units.

artnr: Pass type F

Mid/Side insert modules

MS type A (2x insert with mid/side)
  • 2 inserts with mid/side (working in mid/side on both inserts at once when engaged)
  • MS can be bypassed to work in 100% passive mode.
  • 3 buttons; 2x for insert, 1x for mid/side

artnr: MS type A

MS mode:
When the mid/side mode is switched off, both inserts will be 100% passive and will not pass the active MS circuit. When you enable the MS circuit, it will pass the active MS matrix and signals will be encoded to mid (left) and side (right).

MS type B (2x insert with mid/side, MS mute, width)
  • 2 inserts with mid/side (working in mid/side on both inserts at once when engaged)
  • MS can be bypassed to work in 100% passive mode.
  • seperate Mid and side mute
  • Bypassable Width control with a stepped gain range of -6.5dB > 3.5dB
  • 6 buttons; 2x for insert, 1x for mid/side, 2x mid/side mute, 1x width enable

artnr: MS type B

MS mode:
When the mid/side mode is switched off, both inserts will be 100% passive and will not pass the active MS circuit. When you enable the MS circuit, it will pass the active MS matrix and signals will be encoded to mid (left) and side (right).

MS type C (2x insert with mid/side, MS mute)
  • 2 inserts with mid/side (working in mid/side on both inserts at once when engaged)
  • MS can be bypassed to work in 100% passive mode.
  • Seperate Mid and side mute
  • 5 buttons; 2x for insert, 1x for mid/side, 2x mid/side mute

artnr: MS type C

MS mode:
When the mid/side mode is switched off, both inserts will be 100% passive and will not pass the active MS circuit. When you enable the MS circuit, it will pass the active MS matrix and signals will be encoded to mid (left) and side (right).

MS type D (2x insert with mid/side on first insert)
  • insert 1 with mid/side (when in bypass, 100% passive)
  • insert 2 passive
  • 3 buttons; 2x for insert, 1x for mid/side

artnr: MS type D

MS mode:
When the mid/side mode on insert 1 is switched off it will be 100% passive and will not pass the active MS circuit. When you enable the MS circuit, it will pass the active MS matrix and signals will be encoded to mid (left) and side (right). Second insert is always passive.

Blend/Parallel insert modules

Blend type A (2x insert, blend on first insert)
  • 2 inserts with blend parallel processing on first insert
  • 2 seperate stepped attenuators for wet and dry (range 0 / -33dB and off)
  • First insert can be parallel or passive
  • Second insert is always passive
  • 3 buttons, 2x for insert, 1x for blend/passive mode

artnr: Blend type A

Wet/dry with 2 controls
Most parallel processing uses one control for blending from wet to dry and uses a potmeter. The blend option we use, uses two separate controls for wet and dry with stepped switches instead of a potmeter. This way you don’t have channel imbalance, easy recall and way better control over what happens to the signal. For instance you can choose to compress the signal and blend in just a bit of dry signal. But you also choose to use the dry signal and blend in a bit of quite aggressive compression. The first steps on the stepped attenuators have 1 dB per step and the last steps have more course steps, the lowest step is -33dB. The off position mutes the wet or dry signal.

Using wet/dry as active gain
By default the blend option can only be activated when the insert that holds the blend circuit is active, but it's also possible to make the blend option also available when the insert itself is off. The wet and dry knobs become gain knobs and they will be an active gain in between the 2 inserts. Because the wet control is not passing the insert, you could combine the wet/dry gains to add up to 6dB gain. Please let us know if you want this option at no extra cost.

Blend type B (2x insert, blend on second insert)
  • 2 inserts with blend parallel processing on second insert
  • 2 seperate stepped attenuators for wet and dry (range 0 / -33dB and off)
  • Second insert can be parallel or passive
  • First insert is always passive
  • 3 buttons, 2x for insert, 1x for blend/passive mode

artnr: Blend type B

Wet/dry with 2 controls
Most parallel processing uses one control for blending from wet to dry and uses a potmeter. The blend option we use, uses two separate controls for wet and dry with stepped switches instead of a potmeter. This way you don’t have channel imbalance, easy recall and way better control over what happens to the signal. For instance you can choose to compress the signal and blend in just a bit of dry signal. But you also choose to use the dry signal and blend in a bit of quite aggressive compression. The first steps on the stepped attenuators have 1 dB per step and the last steps have more course steps, the lowest step is -33dB. The off position mutes the wet or dry signal.

Using wet/dry as active gain
By default the blend option can only be activated when the insert that holds the blend circuit is active, but it's also possible to make the blend option also available when the insert itself is off. The wet and dry knobs become gain knobs and they will be an active gain in between the 2 inserts. Because the wet control is not passing the insert, you could combine the wet/dry gains to add up to 6dB gain. Please let us know if you want this option at no extra cost.

Blend type C (2x insert, blend on both insert)
  • 2 inserts with blend parallel processing on both inserts
  • 2 seperate stepped attenuators for wet and dry (range 0 / -33dB and off)
  • Both insert will be parallel or passive at once
  • 3 buttons, 2x for insert, 1x for blend/passive mode

artnr: Blend type C

Wet/dry with 2 controls
Most parallel processing uses one control for blending from wet to dry and uses a potmeter. The blend option we use, uses two separate controls for wet and dry with stepped switches instead of a potmeter. This way you don’t have channel imbalance, easy recall and way better control over what happens to the signal. For instance you can choose to compress the signal and blend in just a bit of dry signal. But you also choose to use the dry signal and blend in a bit of quite aggressive compression. The first steps on the stepped attenuators have 1 dB per step and the last steps have more course steps, the lowest step is -33dB. The off position mutes the wet or dry signal.

Using wet/dry as active gain
By default the blend option can only be activated when the insert that holds the blend circuit is active, but it's also possible to make the blend option also available when the insert itself is off. The wet and dry knobs become gain knobs and they will be an active gain in between the 2 inserts. Because the wet control is not passing the insert, you could combine the wet/dry gains to add up to 6dB gain. Please let us know if you want this option at no extra cost.

Blend type D (1x insert with post wet control, XLR instead of DB25)
  • Post blend function with dry always at 100% and wet blend in using a potmeter (used for post blending in saturation or reverb)
  • Makes use of 4x XLR connector instead of DB25, this module can only be used in a 2U case.
  • 1 button for insert + 1x potmeter for wet blend.

artnr: Blend type D

Output modules

All output modules make use of Goldplated Neutrik XLR's.

Output type A (2x output, bypass gain compensation)
  • 2 passive stereo outputs with dedicated pushbutton per output
  • bypass gain (-2dB to +8dB potmeter) compensation on output 1 to bypass inserts and compensate for the gain loss
  • global insert bypass to bypass all inserts
  • All outputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Output type A

Bypass gain compensation:
The bypass gain compensation has a potmeter and is used to compensate for gain loss when the inserts are bypassed. When you press the 'bypass offset' button all inserts will be bypassed and the gain compensation becomes active. With the potmeter you can compensate for the gain loss with a range of approx -2 to +10dB. This will be really handy for quick level compensated AB'ing between source and master with the press of just one button. The bypass gain compensation can not be used as an active output gain.

Output type B (2x output, stepped active gain)
  • 2 passive or active stereo outputs with dedicated pushbutton per output
  • Bypassable active gain with +/-5.5db gain range in 0.5dB per step (optional 0.25 per step and +/-2,75dB gain range = Output B 0.25)
  • global insert bypass to bypass all inserts
  • All outputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Output type B

Output type C (2x output, stepped active gain, 0.25/0.5 range switch)
  • 2 passive or active stereo outputs with dedicated pushbutton per output
  • Bypassable active gain
  • Gain range switch for 0.25 or 0.5dB per step (+/- 5.5dB or +/- 2.75dB)
  • global insert bypass to bypass all inserts
  • All outputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Output type C

Output type D (1x passive output)
  • 1 passive stereo output
  • global insert bypass to bypass all inserts
  • All outputs are Neutrik goldplated XLR’s

artnr: Output type D

How to order

If you want to order a custom module-based product, please contact us by using the contactform or by sending an email to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.Please let us know what configuration you want by making a list off the modules you want (artnr. mentioned in the description) and we will make a quote based on that.

Of course it's also possible to order frontpanels in a different color, all standard RAL colors are possible at a small extra fee.