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Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel A/D-D/A, 8-Channel AES I/O & FireWire


  • Modular Design for Flexible I/O Setups
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • 8-Channel Balanced Analog I/O via XLR
  • 8-Channel AES3 I/O via DB25
  • 8-Channel Digital I/O via FireWire 400
  • 1/4″ Stereo Headphone Output
  • Versatile Clocking & Routing Options
  • Low Distortion & Noise
  • Selectable Input Limiters
  • Onboard Display & Comprehensive Controls

$6,900.00 $9,600.00

The Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel A/D-D/A, 8-Channel AES I/O & 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 three I/O modules, a FireWire interface card, and a utility module for eight balanced analog line-level inputs and outputs via XLR 3-pin jacks, eight channels of AES3 digital ins and outs via a transformer-coupled DB25 connector, eight channels of digital I/O via two FireWire 400 ports, a 1/4″ stereo headphone output, and more. A 4.9′ DB25 to XLR breakout cable is supplied for simplified hookup of AES-capable equipment. With selectable input limiters, adjustable levels, and low distortion and noise, it delivers high-quality audio performance that is easily customized using the onboard display and comprehensive controls.

Prism Sound 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

Prism Sound 8C-AD 8-Channel A/D Module for ADA-8XR Interface

The Prism Sound 8C-AD is an 8-channel A/D module offering uncompromising analog-to-digital 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 eight balanced XLR 3-pin female inputs, which accept line-level signals and feed them to 24-bit/192 kHz A/D converters.

Input level and trim are adjustable per channel for precise calibration and gain optimization. Prism Sound’s Overkiller limiters are individually selectable for each of the eight inputs, allowing protection against clipping on a channel-by-channel basis. The 8C-AD easily installs into an analog I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately).

Adds eight analog line-level inputs to your Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface
Supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz
Selectable per-channel Overkiller limiters utilize automatic threshold configuration according to the specified input level, and catch fast transients to minimize A/D clipping
Input 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 female input jacks

Prism Sound 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

Prism Sound 8C-AES 8-Channel AES I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface

The Prism Sound 8C-AES is an 8-channel AES 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. It supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, AES3 and S/PDIF channel status, and one- and two-wire modes. One transformer-coupled DB25 connector accommodates eight channels in and out and can be wired to XLR-equipped gear via the supplied 4.9′ DB25 to XLR breakout cable.

The input and output sections are independent, which allows them to operate at different sample rates, sync to different clock sources, and utilize different impedances. The 8C-AES easily installs into the upper or lower digital I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately).

Eight channels of digital audio I/O on four AES3 carriers in each direction
Input and output sections are independent and may be assigned to different paths with different sample rates, sync sources, and more
Accommodates sample rates up to 192 kHz in Split96 (two-wire) or high-speed (one-wire) mode, and can output consumer (S/PDIF) or professional (AES3) channel status
Inputs and outputs can be jumpered to comply with AES3 or S/PDIF carrier voltage levels and impedances
Supplied breakout cable features a DB25 male connector on one end and eight XLR connectors (four female and four male) on the other
Easily installs in an ADA-8XR upper slot (DIO1) if no workstation I/O card is fitted, or in the lower slot (DIO2) if a workstation card is fitted

Prism Sound 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)
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Prism Sound ADA-8XR Frame Audio Interface Chassis (No I/O Modules) Specs

Form Factor Rackmount
Channels of I/O None
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps None
Expansion Slots 2 x Analog I/O Slot
2 x Digital I/O Slot
1 x Utility Slot
1 x Internal DSP Slot
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O 1 x Stereo RCA Balanced Output
1 x 1/4″ TRS Headphone Output
Digital Audio I/O 1 x BNC Coaxial AES-3id / S/PDIF Output
Sync I/O 1 x BNC Video Sync/Word Clock Input
1 x BNC Word Clock Output
1 x XLR 3-Pin AES11 Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin AES11 Output
MIDI I/O None
Other I/O 1 x DE-9/DB-9 RS-232/RS-485 In/Out
Performance
Impedance RCA Outputs:
50 Ohms
1/4″ Outputs:
115 Ohms
XLR Outputs:
110 Ohms
BNC Sync Outputs:
75 Ohms
XLR Mic Inputs:
110 Ohms
BNC Sync Inputs:
75 Ohms
Dynamic Range RCA Outputs:
105 dB (-60 dBFS, 1 kHz)
THD+N RCA Outputs:
-101 dB / 0.0009% (1 kHz, at -1 dBFS)
Channel Separation RCA Outputs:
> 120 dB (1 kHz)
Digital Audio
dBFS Reference Level +15 / +18 / +21 / +24 dBu = 0 dBFS (Selectable)
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit
Clocking Accuracy: ±25 ppm
Jitter Suppression: > 60 dB (above 700 Hz)
Compatibility
OS Compatibility macOS
Windows
Power
AC Input Power 90 to 125 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
180 to 250 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption 60 W
Physical
Rackmount Size 2 RU
Dimensions 19 x 15.4 x 3.5″ / 483 x 390 x 88 mm
Weight 16.5 lb / 7.5 kg

Prism Sound 8C-AD 8-Channel A/D Module for ADA-8XR Interface Specs

Inputs 8 x XLR 3-pin female (balanced)
Input Impedance 21.005 kOhms
Input Range +5 to +24 dBu
Gain Accuracy ±0.05 dB
CMRR 60 Hz: < -100 dB
1 kHz: < -90 dB
20 Hz to 20 kHz: < -65 dB
Limiter Software selectable on/off
THD + N -105 dB (0.0006%) at 997 Hz, -1 dBFS
Dynamic Range 112 dB at 997 Hz, -60 dBFS
Intermodulation Distortion (SMPTE) < -100 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 20.1 kHz (-0.05 dB), 48 kHz: 5.5 Hz to 22.8 kHz (-0.05 dB), 96 kHz: 6.1 Hz to 43.3 kHz (-0.05 dB), 192 kHz: 6.2 Hz to 50.2 kHz (-0.05 dB),
Passband Ripple 48/96 kHz:
Inter-Channel Differential Phase
Channel Separation 1 kHz: >125 dB
20 Hz to 20 kHz: >117 dB
Latency 44.1 kHz: 20 samples / 0.45 ms
48 kHz: 20 samples / 0.42 ms
96 kHz: 20 samples / 0.21 ms
192 kHz: 20 samples / 0.10 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

Prism Sound 8C-DA 8-Channel D/A Module for ADA-8XR Interface Specs

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
Inter-Channel Differential Phase
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

Prism Sound 8C-AES 8-Channel AES I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface Specs

I/O Connections 1 x DB25 female (transformer coupled)
Impedance AES3 Mode: 110 Ohms
S/PDIF Mode: 75 Ohms
Output Signal Amplitude AES Mode: 3.2 V p-p (loaded)
S/PDIF Mode: 0.5 V p-p (loaded)
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
One-wire or two-wire (Split96) input and output modes are supported at 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and 192 kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit, 20-bit, 24-bit
Channel Support Consumer (S/PDIF) or professional (AES3)
Jitter Tolerance Below 200 Hz: 15 UI p-p
Above 8 kHz: 0.5 UI p-p*1 (UI = 163 ns at 48 kHz)
Latency 44.1 kHz: 34 samples / 0.77 ms
48 kHz: 34 samples / 0.71 ms
96 kHz: 34 samples / 0.35 ms
192 kHz: 34 samples / 0.18 ms
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

Prism Sound 8C-FW 8-Channel FireWire I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface Specs

Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O None
Digital Audio I/O None
Host Connection / USB 2 x FireWire 6-Pin (FireWire 400)
MIDI I/O None
Digital Audio
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Compatibility
OS Compatibility macOS 10.3.7 or Later
Windows XP or Later
Processor Requirement Mac:
700 MHz PowerPC G4
PC:
900 MHz Intel Pentium
RAM Requirements 256 MB
Minimum Display Resolution 800 x 600
Required Hardware Available FireWire 400 Port
Physical
Form Factor Internal
Channels of I/O 8 Input / 8 Output at 48/96 kHz
4 Input / 4 Output at 176.4/192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps None
Dimensions 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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