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TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 24Bit/192kHz Firewire Desktop Audio Interface

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  • Maintain monitor control with the high resolution meter, large volume knob and the feature dedicated knobs
  • Features IMPACT(TM) Mic preamp and I/O to give you extraordinary recording quality with all you need to get the job done
  • Also includes the M40 Studio Reverb: a simple to use, great sounding reverb powered by AlgoFlex(TM).
  • Bundled with Cubase LE4 to instantly record instruments and vocals into your Mac or PC
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.5 x 2.6 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015XIAYY
  • Item model number: Desktop Konnekt 6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,512 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 10, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

Put this FireWire-equipped bad boy on your desktop and join the party at the big kids' table. Yep, TC Electronic's Desktop Konnekt 6 has the inputs, outputs, and all the other good stuff you need to step up to great recordings. Best of all, it doesn't require a guy in a lab coat to make it work! Put two channels of high-quality audio into your computer at a time. Use the onboard M40 reverb to add that cool pro touch to your monitor mix. Control the monitor level with a big ol' knob. Select setups quickly; presets let you get busy recording instead of tweaking.

From the Manufacturer

Desktop Konnekt 6 offers the same high quality recording features as the rest of the Konnekt line of interfaces, but in a desktop design that allows you to focus on performance rather than technology. Bundled with Cubase LE4 - Desktop Konnekt 6 has all the features you need to instantly record instruments and vocals into your Mac or PC.

Monitor Control: The Desktop Konnekt 6 audio interface features a selected choice of monitor control right on hand.

Big volume knob
The volume control is the knob that you use all the time. Therefore it is great that it sits right where you want it: always within reach. With a volume control independent from the computer - between the computer and the active speakers - you can always turn down the volume, no matter what your computer does.

High resolution meter
The high resolution gives you precise information about levels. With clear level indication, you can always monitor the level of the input signal and if you're near clipping. You can also choose to use the meter for mastering purposes.

Reverb for tracking
For monitoring convenience, the reverb is available as part of your monitor mix. You can control the reverb level directly from the top panel of Desktop Konnekt, and you can set reverb parameters using the control panel on the computer.

Direct monitor MIX
Use the direct monitor knob to control the direct monitor level directly from the top panel of Desktop Konnekt. Together with the DIM switch and the MONO switch you have all the monitor functions you need at hand.

Scenes
With Scene select you can easy access three independent scenes or "setups". The three default presets are for Microphone and guitar, two guitars/basses, a stereo line signal.

Control panel
The control panel gives you full control over your monitor mix, including the M40 Studio Reverb.

IMPACT™ Mic preamp and I/O: When it comes to quality of the I/O section, Desktop Konnekt has no compromises and mathces its big brothers in the Konnekt

Headphones
The headphone output has its own powerful amplifier and a separate converter, which makes you able to assign separate mix signal independent from what you hear in your monitor speakers.

Balanced outputs
The 2 balanced outputs match any powered or non powered speaker monitors.

IMPACT™ mic pre
TC is renowned for its mic preamps, notably ranking among the finest mic preamps on the market. Desktop Konnekt comes with an IMPACT™ preamp, making the recording of a vocal or instrument pure joy.

Hi-Z guitar / line inputs
Equipped with the same instrument inputs used in TC’s high-end guitar processors, Desktop Konnekt offers studio quality guitar recordings. These two hi impedance inputs will surely match the quality of your guitar, maintaining the tone and sound on the recording.

M40 Studio Reverb
Included is the M40 Studio Reverb, a simple to use, great sounding reverb that is powered by AlgoFlex™ - a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software.

Part of monitor signal path
It is available for tracking to increase the recording comfort without tying the effect to the final take, operated by the control panel and the reverb knob on the top panel of Desktop Konnekt.

VST and Audio Units
Beside being part of the monitor mix, the M40 Studio Reverb is also available as a natively running VST/AU plug-in, allowing you to use it as part of your recording session in your PC or Mac.

Hall, Room and Plate
M40 Studio Reverb features three main reverb algorithms. The Hall algorithm emulates a large hall with a broad and warm reverb. Room emulates a small and well-furnished room with an intimate ambience and going back in time the Plate reverb algorithm emulates the large metallic plates which were used to create reverbs before digital signal processing was commonplace.

Tech Specs
Monitor control

  • Big volume control
  • High resolution meter
  • Tracking reverb level control
  • Direct monitor control with input/DAW control
  • DIM switch for convenient speaker dimming
  • Instant scene recall
  • Separate headphone level control
IMPACT™ Mic preamp and I/O
  • IMPACT™ Mic preamp with 48v phantom power
  • Input configuration: mic + instr/instr+instr/stereo line
  • Balanced stereo outputs
  • True Hi-Z guitar inputs known from TC’s high-end guitar processors
  • Headphone out with separate level control and separate source

M40 Studio Reverb powered by AlgoFlex™
  • Studio sound reverb based on hardware technology
  • Hall, Room and Plate algorithms
  • Powered by AlgoFlex™ - a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software.
  • Part of monitor mix and included as VST/AU compatible plug-ins

Misc
  • Cubase LE4 included
  • TC NEAR™ compatible: works with all other Konnekt products
  • Intuitive control panel for direct monitoring control
  • FireWire 1394, bus powered
  • DICE™ digital interface chip with JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology
  • Low latency drivers for Mac and PC, WDM, ASIO and CoreAudio
  • 24-bit/192 kHz sampling rate
  • External power supply included
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 7.5" x 2.56" x 7.04" (185 x 64 x 176mm)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to install and sounds great!
djxman505
This interface is also plenty fast I'm able to do 96 khz/32 sample buffer on main stage and have just 6.7 mms of lag time!
Jesse
I believe I'm now a TC electronics fan.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By poprhythm on February 26, 2010
I had to get rid an Alesis iO device after the upgrading to Windows 7 and downgraded to an older, but compatible, Tascam USB interface device in the meantime. The Konnekt6 is better than both of them. The device buttons and knobs all have a quality feeling to them - plus they're functionally elegant with indicator illumination. The monitor volume knob, for instance, glows brighter as it is turned. The balanced output works great - as do the inputs. The WDM drivers work great in Windows 7 32 bit, as does the control panel. When running it for the first time, it recognized that there was a new firmware on the disk and seamlessly installed it. The control panel's interface seems well designed - I was able to grasp all of the mixer and device setting configuration without resorting to documentation. I probably will never use the reverb but it was easy to completely disable. So far, I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tangent VINE VOICE on September 25, 2010
If you only need 1-2 inputs then this is the interface to have in my opinion. Most of the people who complain about having issues with firewire interfaces on Windows are using the awful VIA firewire chipset. Both my laptop and desktop have the VIA chipset built in, and both of them had numerous issues with this interface and the focusrite pro 24 which I have also used. After upgrading to TI based firewire cards this interface works much better (lower cpu usage, no clipping, no driver related crashes, etc).

I was torn between this interface and the focusrite pro 24, ultimately I decided to go with this one because I wanted the easy access to the preamp gains and the larger, higher resolution VUmeter (also I use the NI Kore2 controller, and it looks like this unit was specifically designed to match that one, they look great sitting side by side).

The quality of the preamps on this unit is very high, and I can't stress enough how useful it is to have the preamp gains right in front of you when recording guitar/bass, it has really made a huge difference in my sound compared with my old interface where I couldn't easily adjust the gain so I rarely changed it.

The built in headphone amp is very high quality also, I have a headroom bithead headphone amp and I would say that this one is at least as good if not better, it does an excellent job of driving all my headphones. I have a set of Beyer DT990 cans which are notorious for sounding horrible without good amplification, my old MAudio interface could not drive them properly but they sound great on this one.

I don't use the built in reverb but it seems to be pretty good. No problem with the drivers or control panel on Win7 x64.. the only time I have had any problems was when using the VIA firewire chipset.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James F. Mcdermott on May 25, 2009
I use this with powered speakers solely for music listening. I rip CDs in Lossless, and play the files back with the Konnekt 6 and Mackie 824MK2s, and the sound is just unbelievable. I use it at 192 kHz and it's unreal how good it sounds for playback I've had high end audio gear like Krell and Wilson stuff, and this rig rivals that stuff at a tiny fraction of the price. The TC Near control software that is included is very easy to use. A superb sounding and looking product at a great price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Garrison on March 2, 2013
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I picked this interface up solely for mixing. Given the entry-level price, I didn't have very high expectations. I have been using a Focusrite Liquid Saphire 56 to drive my monitors, and I wasn't unhappy with it, but it's in a mobile rack and when I do location-recording I am not always motivated to re-cable everything.

Before I start, I'll add a few disclaimers. Everyone's ears are different, and this is my *opinion* about the sound quality--it's a subjective assessment. Chances are unless you have a treated room, clean power, good monitors, etc, it will be hard to tell a significant difference between almost any of the prosumer-grade audio interfaces. Lastly, I don't really care about the direct inject or pre-amp sound quality or AD conversion, for me this is only being used as a DAC/volume knob.

Good:
- Very clean DAC: low noise, fast transients, crisp high frequency response.
- Bus powered, (with option for wall wart, but, using bus power greatly lowers the noise floor.)
- Physical button to switch to mono.
- High gain, extremely low-noise headphone amp.

Bad:
- very easy to overrun the hardware safety buffer (causes audio playback to stop) when playing high sample-rate 96khz+ audio (running with a larger buffer is fine for me since I don't need low-latency recording monitoring.)

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In comparison to my Focusrite interface I noticed the following. (For the most part, all of these differences are because of the analog circuitry after the DAC chip. There really isn't a lot of difference in the abilities of the DAC converters in low to mid grade recording gear on the market.)

- The amps on the Konnekt are quieter, significantly so at 6khz and higher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Benson on May 15, 2010
Ok, bad puns aside... this is a fantastic little unit, but good luck getting one. I picked up the LAST ONE and i had to go to several stores and web sites to find it. I have a feeling they may have decided to pull it from the market to replace it with something new. That being said, it does exactly what says it will do. I use mine to do project work in Logic Express when i am not using my full basement studio with the full band. While this could never handle recording a full group (only two inputs Mono or stereo ins) if you just want to plug in a condenser mic or maybe a guitar or bass to add to your projects, this does a very good job. It sounds very clean and transparent, so your sound can be adjusted in the program to suit your needs. The only thing i find a bit tricky is getting the reverbs to work correctly. However i have so many verbs in Logic that i have no use for TC. Not to mention i own outboard TC reverbs. So that part is not something i was in need of. Great Job TC Electronics for getting an affordable firewire system out there to the people. Oh, one last thing... it is the OLD firewire, so if you have a new mac you will need an adapter.
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