“Probably the best converters in the world” according to KMR Audio. Alright, they are trying to sell them. But there must be something in it for the Cranesong HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device) to still be used in top-end mastering studios around the world despite it having originally been released in the early 2000s. Unlike analogue, digital technology ages fast. That’s an impressive shelf life.
Aside from crystal clear converters with a rock solid word clock, the class A analogue section is top notch, allowing for plenty of clipping before hitting the A/D – essential for transparent loudness.
But what really sets the HEDD apart is the additive digital harmonic exciter section, featuring two types of tube excitation and a tape simulator. Perfect for adding harmonic density and analogue character.
The HEDD takes the spot of main AD/DA in our analogue effects loop. Depending on the project we either use it for clear conversion and transparent clipping or use the exciter to add warmth, sparkle and bit of “magic” to recordings.