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The Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR-16AD-FW converter consists of 

sixteen-channels of A/D via two analog input modules with 16 channels of digital connectivity via two FireWire I/O modules.


The ADA-8XR provides eight channels of high-quality 24-bit, 192 kHz A/D and D/A conversion, allied with a wealth of sophisticated features for the most exacting applications in sound recording, mastering and broadcast. The Prism Sound ADA-8XR is ideal for location recording, stereo and surround mixing, mastering and monitoring, or as a flexible companion for your DAW or MDM. The ADA-8XR takes the philosophy of the widely-acclaimed Prism Sound converter range a stage further. For the first time, the same goals of ultimate sound quality and versatility have been realized in a multi-channel, 192 kHz-capable format.


The Features

Built-in Prism Sound 'SNS' noise-shapers for ultimate 16-bit & 20-bit reductions

Built-in Prism Sound 'MR-X' word-mapping for lossless recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz on standard DA-88 or ADAT MDMs, or other 16 or 20-bit media

Built-in Prism Sound 'DRE' function gives 24-bit performance on 16-bit media WITHOUT sacrificing tracks

Stereo monitor, with headphones and analog AND digital line outputs, can monitor any input or output pair, or a panned stereo mix of all eight channels

Electronically balanced, transformerless, galvanically isolated XLR analog inputs and outputs ensure freedom from noise pick-up and crosstalk, with software-controlled balance and line-up

Ultimate Prism Sound clock-stability and jitter-rejection for crystal-clear imaging, with independent multiple PLLs for A/D and D/A paths

Prism Sound 'Over-killer' selectable on analog inputs: the best-sounding gentle limiting for louder masters - with no 'overs'

Intuitive user interface, provides fast access to all I/O and processing functions; with continuous display of all settings

Versatile eight-channel LED bargraph/status monitor can access all points in A/D or D/A signal paths

Expandable DSP 'processing' module in each path

All signal processing functions can be also be carried out in 'D-D' mode, including conversion between different interface formats

Modular construction allows upgrading of all input and output cards (INCLUDING A/D, D/A, and DSP boards); no need to worry about future converter advances or new interface standards

Internet-upgradeable software - loads from your PC or Mac into 'flash' memory inside the ADA-8XR



(2) 8C-AD Analog Line Input (A/D converter) module

The 8C-AD Analog Line Input Module type PREV039/4/2 provides eight electronically-balanced analog input channels to the ADA 8XR, on eight female XLR connectors. Input line-up level (sensitivity) is variable for each channel over the range 0dBFS=+5.0dBu to 0dBFS=+24.0dBu, in 0.5dBu steps plus a fine trim. Each channel has a Prism Sound Overkiller progressive limiter capability, which prevents the A/D converter from reaching full-scale, even when the input level significantly exceeds the selected input range. More information about the Prism Sound Overkiller can be found in the Technical Background section of the Operation Manual. Control of the input line-up level and trim, and of the Overkillers, is via menus which are present in the ADA-8XR Menu System if the Module is fitted.


(2) 8C-FW FireWire I/O modules 

The 8C-FW FireWire I/O Module type PREV039/10/1 provides up to eight channels of digital audio input and output for the ADA-8 or ADA-8XR over a FireWire (also known as IEEE-1394) bus connection. The FireWire I/O Module enables the ADA-8 to be used as a high quality ‘soundcard’, or I/O interface, for native PC and Macintosh workstation applications. Up to four ADA-8s may be connected on the same FireWire bus allowing up to 32 channels of simultaneous recording and playback. Up to four ADA-8s may be connected on the same FireWire bus allowing up to 32 channels of simultaneous recording and playback. Each FireWire card caters for 8 simultaneous input and output channels at up to 96 kHz sampling rate, or for 4 simultaneous input and outputs channels at 176.4 and 192 kHz sampling rates. 8 channel simultaneous input and output applications at sampling rates over 96 kHz require two FireWire cards. 16 channel input or 16 channel output applications are also supported at up to 96 kHz with two FireWire cards. For Windows XP PC applications a driver is supplied with the module, which makes the ADA-8(s) appear as Windows Driver Model and ASIO compliant audio device(s). For Macintosh OS X applications, the Operating System will automatically recognize the connected ADA-8s and make it available to applications as an OS X Core Audio device.


Special Order Item

Prism Sound ADA-8XR-16AD-FW

  • Prism Sound ADA-8XR 16AD-FW
  • Sixteen-channel A/D via two analog input modules with 16 channels of digital connectivity via two FireWire I/O modules
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