Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 16-Channel D/A & FireWire

Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 16-Channel D/A & FireWire

Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 16-Channel D/A & FireWire

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Product Highlights

  • Modular Design for Flexible I/O Setups
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • 16 x Balanced Analog Outputs via XLR
  • 8-Channel Digital I/O via FireWire 400
  • 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Versatile Clocking & Routing Options
  • Low Distortion & Noise
  • Adjustable Output Levels
  • Onboard Display & Comprehensive Controls
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Prism Sound ADA-8XR overview

  • 1Description

The Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 16-Channel D/A & FireWire is a 24-bit / 192 kHz modular audio interface offering flexible inputs and outputs, versatile clocking, and configurable routing for demanding music and film production scenarios. It includes two I/O modules, a FireWire interface card, a utility module for 16 balanced analog line-level outputs via XLR 3-pin jacks, eight channels of digital I/O via two FireWire 400 ports, a 1/4" stereo headphone output, and more. With wide dynamic range, adjustable levels, and low distortion and noise, it delivers high-quality audio performance that is easily customized using the onboard display and comprehensive controls.

  • ADA-8XR Frame Audio Interface Chassis (No I/O Modules)

    The Prism Sound ADA-8XR Frame is a rack-mountable 2 RU audio interface chassis designed to deliver versatile clocking and configurability for producers, musicians, and audio engineers in home, project, and commercial studios. Its modular design yields flexible I/O arrangements thanks to four I/O module slots—two analog and two digital. A variety of modules (available separately) can be installed for access to multichannel analog/digital inputs and outputs as well as Pro Tools or FireWire workstation connectivity.

    The ADA-8XR Frame supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz, and can clock internally or to external AES3, AES11, word clock, or Pro Tools Loop Sync. The built-in Utility Module provides stereo analog RCA and digital BNC audio outputs, BNC word clock and XLR AES11 sync I/O, and a DB9 serial communications port. Additionally, the front panel has a 1/4" stereo headphone output along with assignable 8-channel bargraph meters. An onboard display and comprehensive controls enable efficient adjustment of parameters, which can be quickly stored and recalled via factory and user presets. The ADA-8XR Frame comes with no I/O modules, ready for custom configurations.

    Modular architecture accommodates special configurations and provides future-proofing with individually upgradeable A/D conversion, D/A conversion, DSP, digital interfacing, and utility hardware
    Supports sample rates up to 192 kHz
    2-channel monitor section follows channel pairs or a mix of all channels
    8-channel assignable bargraph meter array with over-detection
    Renowned Prism Sound jitter-rejecting PLL technology and low-jitter master clock
    Flexible synchronization options including sync to AES11, word clock, or video sync
    Flexible routing allows creation of digital-to-digital processing paths for processing or format conversion
    SNS noise-shapers preserves dynamic quality during 16-/20-bit transfers
    MR-X bit-splitting allows extended bit depths and sample rates on 16-bit media
    DRE (Dynamic Range Enhancement) enables 24-bit performance on 16-bit stereo media without sacrificing tracks
    Optional DSP expansion facility for extended processing features including synchronous sample-rate conversion
    Comprehensive store system for fast-access factory and user presets
    Unique "Access button" layout combines the flexibility of menus with the speed of dedicated controls
    Internet-upgradeable software loads from your computer into flash memory inside the ADA-8XR
    Rack-mountable enclosure occupies 2 RU of rack space
    UPC: 669014270986
  • 8C-DA 8-Channel D/A Module for ADA-8XR Interface

    The Prism Sound 8C-DA is an 8-channel D/A module offering uncompromising digital-to-analog conversion for producers, musicians, and audio engineers using a Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface in a variety of studio environments. Exhibiting low noise, minimal distortion, and high dynamic range, it features 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters, which feed analog line level to eight balanced XLR 3-pin male outputs.

    For precise calibration and gain optimization, each channel offers output level adjustments in 0.5 dBu increments and output trim tweaks in 0.05 dBu steps. The 8C-DA easily installs into an analog I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately).

    Adds eight analog line-level outputs to your Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface
    Supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz
    Output level (0.5 dBu increments) and trim (0.05 dBu increments) are adjustable via the host ADA-8XR's menu system
    Eight balanced XLR 3-pin male input jacks
    UPC: 669014270511
  • 8C-FW 8-Channel FireWire I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface

    The Prism Sound 8C-FW is an 8-channel FireWire I/O module offering flexible digital input and output configurations for producers, musicians, and audio engineers using a Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface in a variety of studio environments. With selectable configurations, it supports up to eight channels of I/O at up to 96 kHz or up to four channels of I/O at 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz. Two 6-pin FireWire 400 (1394a) ports enable proper connectivity with computers equipped with 4- or 6-pin FireWire 400. The 8C-FW easily installs into the upper or lower digital I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately) and is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

    Eight channels of digital audio I/O at sample rates up to 96 kHz
    Four channels of digital audio I/O at 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz
    Functions as a Core Audio device under Mac OS X (multiple FireWire modules are not supported by Mac OS X)
    Functions as a WDM and ASIO compliant device under Windows XP and later (multiple FireWire modules are supported by Windows)
    Compatible with 4- or 6-pin FireWire 400 (1394a) ports
    Supports multiple I/O configurations—8-in / 8-out, 2-in / 8-out, 8-in / 2-out, or 4-in / 4-out
    Easily installs in either digital I/O slot (DIO1 or DIO2) of an ADA-8XR (available separately)
    UPC: 669014270535
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  • 1Description
  • ADA-8XR Frame Audio Interface Chassis (No I/O Modules)
    Outputs 1 x RCA analog stereo pair (electronically balanced)
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jack
    1 x BNC digital stereo output (AES-3id or S/PDIF)
    Module Slot 2 x analog I/O module slots
    2 x digital I/O module slots
    1 x utility slot
    1 x internal DSP expansion slot
    Sync I/O 1 x BNC input (word clock, AES, or video in)
    1 x BNC output (word clock)
    1 x XLR 3-pin female input (AES11)
    1 x XLR 3-pin male output (AES11)
    Serial Communication 1 x DB9 male connector (RS-232, RS485, MIDI)
    Input Impedance XLR: 110 Ohms
    BNC (Sync): 75 Ohms
    Output Impedance RCA: 50 Ohms
    1/4": 115 Ohms
    XLR: 110 Ohms
    BNC (Sync): 75 Ohms
    Headroom RCA: 0 dBFS = +15 dBu, +18 dBu, +21 dBu, or +24 dBu
    Gain Accuracy RCA: 0.05 dB
    THD + N RCA: -101 dB (0.0009%) at 997 Hz, -1 dBFS
    Dynamic Range RCA: 105 dB at 997 Hz, -60 dBFS
    Channel Separation RCA: >120 dB at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity 1/4": 4.7 Vp-p
    Bit Depth Up to 24-bit
    Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
    Clock Precision Ultra-High-Precision Mode: 0.15%
    High-Precision Mode: 6%
    Internal: 25 ppm
    Jitter Rejection Filter Corner Frequency: 80 Hz (approximately)
    Slope: 60 dB/decade
    Attenuation: >60 dB above 700 Hz
    DSP Super Noise Shaping (SNS): TPDF dither plus 4 curve shapes, intelligent "auto-dither-defeat" system
    MR-X Bit-Mapping: 20-bit/24-bit/hi-rate on 16-bit tracks, 24-bit/hi-rate on 20-bit tracks
    DRE: 20-bit dynamic range on 16-bit tracks, 24-bit dynamic range on 20-bit tracks
    Meters Overload Indicator Threshold: 1 sample full scale or -0.05 dBFS
    Power Requirement 90 to 125 VAC or 180 to 250 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 60 W
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.0 x 15.4 x 3.5" / 483 x 390 x 88 mm
    Weight 16.5 lb / 7.5 kg
  • 8C-DA 8-Channel D/A Module for ADA-8XR Interface
    Outputs 8 x XLR 3-pin male (balanced)
    Output Impedance 50 Ohms
    Input Range +5 to +24 dBu in 1 dBu steps, trims in 0.05 dBu steps
    Gain Accuracy 0.05 dB
    Balance Output Balance: 54 dB
    THD + N -102 dB (0.0007%) at 997 Hz, -1 dBFS
    Dynamic Range 108 dB at 997 Hz, -60 dBFS
    Intermodulation Distortion (SMPTE) < -94 dB (60 Hz at -3 dBFS, 7 kHz at -12 dBFS)
    Spurious Maximum Aharmonic Spurium: < -130 dBFS (997 Hz at -1 dBFS)
    Frequency Response 44.1 kHz: 5 Hz to 20.8 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 22 kHz (-3 dB)
    48 kHz: 5.1 Hz to 22.6 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 23.9 kHz (-3 dB)
    96 kHz: 5.1 Hz to 38.9 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 47.4 kHz (-3 dB)
    192 kHz: 5.2 Hz to 37.2 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 74.4 kHz (-3 dB)
    Passband Ripple <0.005 dB
    Inter-Channel Differential Phase <0.02°
    Channel Separation 1 kHz: >115 dB
    20 Hz to 20 kHz: >110 dB
    Latency 44.1 kHz: 49.5 samples / 1.12 ms
    48 kHz: 49.5 samples / 1.03 ms
    96 kHz: 49.5 samples / 0.52 ms
    192 kHz: 49.5 samples / 0.26 ms
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.9 x 7.1 x 1.2" / 20 x 18 x 3 cm
    Weight 0.7 lb / 0.3 kg
  • 8C-FW 8-Channel FireWire I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.3.7 or later
    PowerPC G4 or G5 at 700 MHz or faster (1.2 GHz G4 processor or faster recommended for high sample rates)
    256 MB RAM minimum
    800 x 600 minimum screen resolution at 65,536 colors or more
    FireWire 400 port

    Windows XP Home or Pro (SP1) or later
    Celeron or Pentium-compatible CPU at 900 MHz or faster (2 GHz Pentium processor or faster recommended for high sample rates or multiple units)
    256 MB RAM minimum
    800 x 600 minimum screen resolution at 65,536 colors or more
    FireWire 400 port
    I/O Connectors 2 x 6-pin IEEE-1394a FireWire 400 ports
    Power IEEE-1394 Power Class: 4
    Audio Format IEC 61883-6 (2nd edition)
    Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
    Number of Channels Up to 96 kHz: 8 simultaneous input and output channels
    176.4 kHz or 192 kHz: 4 simultaneous input and output channels
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.6" / 11 x 17 x 4 cm
    Weight 0.2 lb / 0.1 kg

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