I was recently given this unit, along with another Behringer sound processor to repair, as the units were both displaying booting problems. This first one is a rather swish Mastering Processor, which has many features I’ll leave to Behringer to explain 😉
All the inputs are on the back of this 19″ rackmount bit of kit, nothing much on this PCB other than the connectors & a couple of switching relays.
All the magic is done on the main processor PCB, which is host to 3 Analog Devices DSP processors:
ADSP-BF531 BlackFin DSP. This one is probably handling most of the audio processing, as it’s the most powerful DSP onboard at 600Mhz. There’s a ROM on board above this for the firmware & a single RAM chip. On the right are a pair of ADSP-21065 DSP processors at a lower clock rate of 66MHz. To the left is some glue logic to interface the user controls & dot-matrix LCD.
The PSU in this unit is a pretty standard looking SMPS, with some extra noise filtering & shielding. The main transformer is underneath the mu-metal shield in the centre of the board.
This particular IC came out of a very old VHF band radio, from the early 90’s. The die was encased in a custom ceramic package, like every other IC in the radio, with a custom part number. I managed to identify it from the markings on the silicon.
This was a pretty powerful MCU for it’s time, with 16K of onboard ROM, 512 bytes of both RAM & EEPROM, a 16-bit timer, 8-bit ADC, SPI & a MC68HC11 CPU core.