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Burl Audio

Burl Audio converters and analog gear have their own special approach when it comes to sound and designing.

Burl Audio – finest audio equipment

What does the name “Burl” stand for?

In Middle English, spoken in the years roughly from 1150 to 1500, “burl” meant ”strongly” and “heavily built”. Furthermore, the tough and knotty parts of the old Sequoia trees in western USA are being referred to as “burl”.

Burl Audio run a recording studio – with their own beer on tap

Burl Audio is based in Santa Cruz, California. They do not only design but also build their units there. Owner Rich Williams is a recording engineer, who has been running a commercial studio for a long time. There is still a recording studio the company runs. And the Burl guys brew their own beer! Unfortunately for us, they don't sell that, as it's only available on tap at the company and in the studio. But they also have different types of products that might be interesting…

Converters, Preamps, a Monitor Control Unit and a Summing Amp

Burl is well known for analog-to-digital- and digital-to-analog-converters. But there are also Microphone Preamps (like B1 and B1D). A comprehensive Monitor Controller called Burl Audio B26 Orca can be bought and a 32-in-2 summing amp that is listening to the name of B32 Vancouver is also in Burl's portfolio.

Holy Mother: Burl's key product is the Mothership

Burl pursued the plan to offer analog and digital interfacing units that are tailored to the specific needs of a studio and/or engineer. So they invented the B80 Mothership: Burl Mothership is a modular system, that can be fitted with several kinds of modules. For instance, a single B80 Mothership can house up to 80 channels of ADC and/or DAC! The Mothership houses up to eleven modules, one of which has to be a “Motherboard”-Card, ensuring connectivity to the realm of either DANTE, MADI, DIGILINK or SOUNDGRID.

ADCs and DACs can be added in various configurations. But there is also a four-channel mic pre (up to 40 channels per Mothership… including AD!) and a monitoring section available. If eleven bays seem to be over the top, Burl offers a B16 Mothership, featuring three bays altogether.

Burl Audio product range overview

Product

Format

Features

B26 Orca 19”/2HU feature-rich monitor controller with talkback
B32 Vancouver 19”/1HU 32x2 summing amplifier
B80 Mothership 19”/4HU+1HU PS frame with 11 bays and power supply
B16 Mothership 19”/2HU frame with 3 bays
BMB1 Module Digilink Card
BMB2 Module MADI Card
BMB3 Module DANTE Card
BMB4 Module SoundGrid Card
BMB6 Module AES Card
BCLK Module clock with 9 BNC, 1 XLR out
BAD8 Module 8-channel ADC
BDA4 Module 4-channel DAC
BDA8 Module 8-channel DAC
BAD4M Module 4-channel mastering ADC
BDA4M Module 4-channel mastering DAC
BAES4 Module 4/4 AES I/O
B22 Orca Module Monitor Controller
B4 Mic Pre Module 4-channel mic pre with ADCs
B2 Bomber ADC 19”/1HU 2-channel ADC
B2 Bomber DAC 19”/1HU 2-channel DAC
B1 Series 500/1U 1-channel mic pre, nickel transformer
B1D Series 500/1U 1-channel mic pre, iron transformer

Burl Audio products are not about “transparency” but about “sound”

You may ask yourself “Why should I buy Burl instead of another brand?” Burl Audios goal is not to run after utmost transparency. Or, put in different words: The gear does not really colour, but it never sterilises.

“Getting sound” does not mean that you will find lots of parts in Burl equipment, smashing all those transients and details or sounding blurry: The use only all-discrete Class-A circuits without any capacitors in the signal path. And Burl build their own discrete OP-amp! Burl does not only sound “sturdy”, everything is built to last.

What is the difference between Burl Audio B1 and B1D?

Both the Burl Audio B1 and the B1D are microphone preamps in “Lunchbox module format” for API's Series 500. They feature up to 70 dB of (stepped) gain. Their only difference is the output transformer. B1 uses a Burl BX2 nickel core tranny for a purer sound. Burl Audio B1D uses the BX4 iron transformer instead, being capable of really rich and gritty sounds, if desired and pushed hard.

Burl Audio at a glance

  • high-end converters, preamps, monitor controllers, summing amp
  • own modular system “Mothership” with lots of options
  • connects to DigiLink, DANTE, MADI, SoundGrid, AES/EBU
  • all-discrete, all Class-A circuits
  • own discrete OP-amps
  • sounding powerful and sturdy – but never washy
  • built in the USA (and … to last!)
  • Burl Audio B26 ORCA Monitor Controller Burl Audio B26 ORCA Monitor Controller

    Burl Audio B26 ORCA Monitor Controller

    The B26 ORCA is the most highly evolved of all aquatic species. One who uses sonic superiority and harmony to dominate his environment, the ORCA is the APEX PREDATOR of all of the oceans of the...

    €4,199.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €3,528.57 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BDA8 Burl Audio BDA8

    Burl Audio BDA8

    The BDA8, 8-channel digital-to-analog daughter card for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP is the result of over 25 years of R&D D/A design experience and thousands of hours of listening tests...

    €2,549.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,142.02 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BDA4M Burl Audio BDA4M

    Burl Audio BDA4M

    Announcing the BDA4M, a mastering grade DAC with stepped attenuators and switchable output transformers. Specifically designed for mixing and mastering, the BDA4M uses the latest BURL NextGen analog...

    €1,999.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €1,679.83 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BDA4 Burl Audio BDA4

    Burl Audio BDA4

    The BDA4, transformer coupled, 4-channel digital-to-analog converter Daughter Card for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP is the result of over 25 years of R&D experience in pro audio digital and analog...

    €1,499.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €1,259.66 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BCLK Burl Audio BCLK

    Burl Audio BCLK

    The B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP daughter card slots can be used for amazing AD/DA conversion, but also for digital IO and word clock output.  The BCLK card features 8 BNC style word clock outputs...

    €979.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €822.69 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BAES4 Burl Audio BAES4

    Burl Audio BAES4

    The B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP daughter card slots can be used for amazing AD/DA conversion, but also for digital IO and clock output.  The BAES4 card features 4 channels of AES/EBU IO and the...

    €1,069.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €898.32 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BAD8 Burl Audio BAD8

    Burl Audio BAD8

    The BAD8, our 8-channel analog-to-digital daughter card for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP is the result of over 25 years of R&D A/D design experience. Following on the overwhelming success of the B2...

    €3,389.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,847.90 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio BAD4M Burl Audio BAD4M Burl Audio BAD4M

    Burl Audio BAD4M

    Announcing the BAD4M, a mastering grade, 4-channel ADC daughter card for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP with stepped attenuators and switchable input transformers. Specifically designed for mixing and...

    €2,189.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €1,839.50 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B-80 Mothership Burl Audio B-80 Mothership Burl Audio B-80 Mothership Burl Audio B-80 Mothership Burl Audio B-80 Mothership

    Burl Audio B-80 Mothership

    80-CHANNEL CONFIGURABLE AD/DA INTERFACE Simply put, the B80 MOTHERSHIP has redefined digital recording. For anyone who has felt that digital recording has been lacking soul, warmth, and...

    €3,289.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,763.87 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B32 Burl Audio B32

    Burl Audio B32

    VANCOUVER Island in Canada’s British Columbia is a lush, fertile land of epic proportions. Teaming with wildlife and forests, life thrives in a temperate climate drenched with the...

    €3,189.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,679.83 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B22 ORCA

    Burl Audio B22 ORCA

    The ORCA is the most highly evolved of all aquatic species. One who uses sonic superiority and harmony to dominate his environment, the ORCA is the APEX PREDATOR of all of the oceans of the Earth...

    €2,499.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,100.00 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B4 Mic Pre Burl Audio B4 Mic Pre

    Burl Audio B4 Mic Pre

    BURL Audio is proud to announce the new B4 4-channel MIC/LINE input daughter card for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIPs. The B4 boasts the new BX6 input transformer designed for true MIC/LINE input...

    €2,389.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,007.56 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B2 DAC Burl Audio B2 DAC

    Burl Audio B2 DAC

    B2 BOMBER DAC THE B2 BOMBER DIGITAL / ANALOG CONVERTER The B2 BOMBER DAC is the result of tireless digital to analog research and development. As a result the B2 DAC features unique...

    €3,399.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,856.30 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B2 ADC Burl Audio B2 ADC

    Burl Audio B2 ADC

    B2 BOMBER ADC THE B2 BOMBER ANALOG / DIGITAL CONVERTER The B2 BOMBER ADC from BURL AUDIO is the most significant piece of audio gear in your studio, and you don’t even own it yet...

    €3,199.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,688.24 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B1D

    Burl Audio B1D

    The B1 and B1D MICROPHONE PRE AMPS from BURL AUDIO. Based on the API 500 series form factor, the B1 is meant to compliment the B2 BOMBER ADC and the B80 MOTHERSHIP and will give you multi-channel...

    €1,199.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €1,007.56 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl Audio B1

    Burl Audio B1

    The B1 gets the best out of any microphone, whether it be dynamic, condenser or ribbon. Use the B1’s 1/4” instrument/line input on the front panel, plug in, crank up the gain and go. The...

    €1,149.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €965.55 (Ex. Tax)
  • Burl B16 Mothership Burl B16 Mothership Burl B16 Mothership

    Burl B16 Mothership

    Burl Audio is proud to announce the release of the B16 Mothership, a 2U, 2-slot version of the revolutionary B80 Mothership, Burl Audio’s signature product. Simply put, the B80 Mothership...

    €2,449.00 (Inc. Tax)
    €2,057.98 (Ex. Tax)