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TC Electronic Finalizer 96K Studio Mastering Processor

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Quick Overview

Finalizer 96K builds on our multi-award-winning mastering technology and delivers an unprecedented level of clarity, warmth and punch to your mix...

Finalizer 96K builds on our multi-award-winning mastering technology and delivers an unprecedented level of clarity, warmth and punch to your mix. 96 kHz internal and external processing truly puts the world of professional mastering within reach of every studio - large or small.

In short, Finalizer 96K dramatically enhances your material, creating
that "radio ready" sound that was previously unattainable outside a
professional mastering house.


  • Punch - Add a Touch of Magic to Your Production. Make it Stand Out from the Crowd. 
  • Clarity - 96 kHz Internal and External Processing. No Compromises Allowed.
  • Versatility - More than Multi-band Compression. A Complete Range of Mastering Tools.


Main Features

  • Convert -  24bit/96kHz AD/DA converters, Format conversion (AES/EBU, S/PDIF and Tos) ADAT interface
  • Sample Rate Conversion - 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz and make even asynchronous conversion possible
  • Shape - Five-band, 24bit Stereo Digital Equalizer
  • Enhance - Dynamic EQ, Stereo Adjust, Digital Radiance Generator™ and Spectral Stereo Image
  • Normalize - Real-time Gain Maximizer
  • Expand - Variable Slope Multiband Expander
  • Squeeze - Multiband Compressor
  • Trim - Variable Ceiling multiband Limiter
  • Fade - Manual or Auto Fade Tool
  • Dither - Maintain the highest resolution at the digital AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs, Tos-link and ADAT
  • Balance - L/R balance in 0.1dB steps

In short, you'll find all the tools you need in the Finalizer 96K!

True 24 Bit / 96 kHz

We have equipped Finalizer 96K with true 24bit resolution A/D and D/A converters, capable of translating AES/EBU, S/PDIF and Tos input to the Finalizer's internal or external rate. You also get full Up- and Down Sampling, and you can set the Sample Rate Conversion rate to 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz.

The ADAT interface enables you to choose 2 ADAT channels and direct them to other ADAT channels. This enables you to bounce tracks while processing the sound with the Finalizer's unique features. Finalize your mix and turn it into a masterpiece.

Simple Versatility

Finalizer 96K gives you all the features you need to add the finishing touch of magic to your mix. The multi-band processor will make your mix sound punchier and crispier, allowing you to easily turn your demo tapes into mastered recordings.

If you have a particular external device that you want to add to the arsenal of mastering tools, you can simply insert it via either the analog inputs or digitally via AES/EBU, S/PDIF or Tos-link. Likewise, you can also insert internal effects - for instance if you want to refine the overall EQ before compressing the signal.

Analyze This!

Finalizer 96K comes with a wide range of extremely useful analyzing functions: Phase Correlation Meter, Level Flow Meter, Peak Hold Meter and Digital I/O Status. Even a Calibration Tone Generator is included with Finalizer 96K.

Make your mastering decisions on monitoring and serious analyzing!


The successful Wizard function is naturally a part of Finalizer 96K, and it will immediately calculate an optimal setting for your material, making mastering easy.

However, if you prefer total control, you can also delve in to the tiny details with more than 90 parameters.

Do the Dither

Dithering is very important when you interface digitally. The output resolution of Finalizer 96K is 24bit, but you can Dither from 8-22bits.

If your signal is in Stereo, Uncorrelated Dither is the best choice, if it is in Mono, Correlated Dither will be the most unobtrusive, and if your signal is unfocused, Inverse Dither may be your best choice.




The Recall page takes you step by step through a carefully selected list of 30 presets suitable for any type of source material. There are presets for Classical, Rock, Commercials, Jazz, Techno, Live etc. In other words, you will be certain to find a preset suited for your production. 


When you want to create your own special preset, call up the Wizard. Just answer four basic questions about your source material and the type of processing you require and the Wizard will optimize your material fast and easy. You'll find your favorites as you go along, and you can store them as individual presets within Finalize 96K.



Technical specifications

Digital Inputs and Outputs
ConnectorsXLR (AES/EBU), RCA Phono (S/PDIF), Optical (Tos-link, ADAT)
FormatsAES/EBU (24 bit), S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958, EIAJ Optical (Tos-link), ADAT Lite pipe
Output DitherHPF/TPDF dither 8-24 bit, mono, stereo, inverted
Word Clock InputRCA Phono, 75 ohm, 0.6 to 10 Vpp
Sample Rates32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Processing Delay0.2 ms @ 48 kHz, 0.1 ms @ 96 kHz
Frequency Response DIODC to 23.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 48 kHz
DC to 47.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 96 kHz
Compressor THD+N-130 dB (0.00003%) @ 10 dB Compression, 20 Hz-20 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion TypeAsynchronous
Dynamic Range130 dB
THD+N-106 dB 44.1 to 48 kHz @ 1 kHz, -2 dBFS
Input Rate Range31 kHz to 49 kHz
Analog Inputs
ConnectorsXLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
Impedance20 Kohm
Max.Input Level+22 dBu (balanced)
Sensitivity@ 12 dB headroom: -22 dBu to +10 dBu
A to D Conversion24 bit (6.144 MHz delta sigma @ 48/96 kHz)
A to D Delay0.8 ms @ 48 kHz, 0.4 ms @ 96 kHz
Dynamic Range>103 dB (unweighted, BW=22 kHz), >106 dB(A)
THD-95 dB (0,0018 %) @ 1 kHz, -6 dBFS (FS @ +16 dBu)
Frequency Response10 Hz to 20 kHz: +0/-0.2 dB @ 48 kHz
10 Hz to 45 kHz: +0/-1 dB @ 96 kHz
Crosstalk<-60 dB, 10 Hz to 20 kHz, typical -90 dB @ 1 kHz
Analog Outputs
ConnectorsXLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
Impedance100 ohm (active transformer)
Max. Output Level+22 dBu (balanced)
Full Scale Output Range-10 dBu to +22 dBu
D to A Conversion24 bit (6.144 MHz delta sigma @ 48/96 kHz)
D to A Delay0.57 ms @ 48 kHz
0.28 ms @ 96 kHz>100
Dynamic Range100 dB (unweighted, BW=22KHz), >104 dB(A)
THD-82 dB (0.008 %) @ 1 kHz
-6 dBFS (FS @ +16 dBu)
Frequency Response10 Hz to 20 kHz
+0/-0.5 dB @ 48 kHz
10 Hz to 45 kHz
+0/-3 dB @ 96 kHz
Crosstalk<-60 dB, 10 Hz to 20 kHz
typical –90 dB @ 1 kHz
Complies withEN 55103-1, EN 55103-2, Class B of FCC rules/part 15, Class B of CISPR 22
Certified toIEC 65, EN 60065, UL 1419 and CSA E65
Operating Temperature32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
Storage Temperature-22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
HumidityMax. 90 % non-condensing
PCMCIA Interface
ConnectorPC Card, 68 pin type 1 cards
StandardsPCMCIA 2.0, JEIDA 4.0
Card FormatSupports up to 2 MB SRAM
Control Interface
MIDIIn/Out/Thru: 5 Pin DIN
GPI, Pedal, Fader¼" phone jack
FinishAnodized aluminum front, Plated and painted steel chassis
Dimensions56 x 128 dot graphic LCD-display
19" x 1.75" x 8.2 (483 x 44 x 208)
Weight5.2 lb. (2.35 kg)
Mains Voltage100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
Power Consumption<20 W
Backup Battery Life>10 years
Parts and Labor1 year