Configuration options

The ADA-8XR is a modular system and this provides great flexibility when creating systems with larger numbers of channels. Whether you need just a few channels of high-quality conversion or large a multi-track setup, the ADA-8XR is the natural choice. Using combinations of the basic system options and the range of digital interfaces you can build the system that perfectly matches your requirements. For more detail see the ADA-8XR Configurations section.


1561025098015.jpgThe 8C-AD Analogue Line Input Module type PREV039/4/2 provides eight electronically-balanced analogue 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.

1561025269887.jpgThe 8C-DA Analogue Line Output Module type PREV039/5/1 provides eight electronically-balanced analogue output channels from the ADA 8XR, on eight male XLR connectors. 

Output line-up level (gain) is variable for each channel over the range 0dBFS=+5.0dBu to 0dBFS=+24.0dBu, in 0.5dBu steps plus a fine trim. 
Control of the output line-up level and trim is via menus which are present in the ADA-8XR Menu System if the Module is fitted.
1561025321506.jpgThe 8C-AES AES3 I/O Module type PREV039/6/1 provides eight channels of digital audio input and output for the ADA-8XR on four AES3 carriers in each direction. The input and output sections of the module are completely independent - that is, they can be assigned to different Paths with different sample rates, Sync Sources and other options. The AES3 I/O module can be thought of as two modules in one - one input module and one output module. 

The module can accommodate extended sample rates (up to 192kHz) in Split96 (two-wire) or high-speed (one-wire) modes, and can output consumer or professional Channel Status. Inputs and outputs may be jumpered to comply with either AES3 or S/PDIF carrier voltage levels and impedances.
1561025353080.jpgThe 8C-PT Pro Tools I/O interface module provides eight channels of digital audio input and output for the ADA-8XR in a form compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools 24|MIX workstations. 

The Pro Tools I/O Module enables the ADA-8XR to replace Digidesign 888|24 or 882 interfaces, providing superior audio performance and extra features. 

To Pro Tools, an ADA-8XR fitted with a Pro Tools I/O Module looks the same as an 888|24 and it can be remote-controlled in the same way.
1561025451333.jpgThe 8C-PTHD Pro Tools HD compatible interface Module provides eight channels of digital audio input and output for the ADA-8XR in a form compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools|HD workstations. 

The Pro Tools HD I/O Module enables the ADA-8XR to replace a Digidesign 96 I/O or 192 I/O interface, providing superior audio performance and extra features. 

To the Pro Tools|HD software, an ADA-8XR fitted with a Pro Tools HD I/O Module looks similar to a 192 I/O and operates in a similar way, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz. 

1561025575840.jpgThe 8C-PTHDX Pro Tools HDX Compatible interface module provides eight channels of digital audio input and output for the ADA-8XR in a form compatible with Avid Pro Tools|HDX workstations. 

The Pro Tools HD interface Module enables the ADA-8XR to replace Avid HD I/O interfaces, providing superior audio performance and additional features. 

To the Pro Tools|HDX software, an ADA-8XR fitted with a Pro Tools HDX compatible interface module looks similar to an Avid HD I/O and operates in a similar way, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz. 

1561025610972.jpgThe 8C-DSD DSD I/O Module type PREV039/9/1 provides eight channels of ‘Direct Stream Digital’ input and output for the ADA-8XR. The DSD interface format carries an over-sampled one-bit representation of the audio signal as delivered on Super Audio CDs (SACDs). 

The DSD I/O Module can transact the DSD data in either SDIF 2 (sometimes known as DSD RAW) or SDIF 3 formats, using coaxial cables via a breakout squid, and optionally in the MAC DSD / SuperMAC format using a CAT5E cable. 

When combined with the ADA-8XR’s Analogue Line Input and Output modules, the DSD I/O Module provides eight channels of analogue-to-DSD and DSD-to-analogue conversion. The Module also allows for PCM to DSD and DSD to PCM conversion where a PCM-type I/O Module is fitted, such as an AES3 I/O Module. In this case, PCM synchronous sample rate conversion can also be performed between the PCM input and output for all eight channels. 

When used in conjunction with a dedicated workstation I/O Module, such as a Pro Tools HD I/O Module, the DSD I/O Module allows DSD audio sources and destinations to be connected to the workstation directly. 

Whilst the DSD format uses a fixed sample rate of 2.8224MHz the ADA-8XR’s DSD I/O Module allows the user to run DSD-connected Paths with any of the ADA-8XR's sample rate and sync options
1561025648811.jpgThe 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 96kHz sampling rate, or for 4 simultaneous input and outputs channels at 176.4 and 192kHz sampling rates. 8 channel simultaneous input and output applications at sampling rates over 96kHz require two FireWire cards. 16 channel input or 16 channel output applications are also supported at up to 96kHz with two FireWire cards.

For Windows PC (Vista and higher, 32 and 64 bit) 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 recognise the connected ADA-8s and make it available to applications as an OS X Core Audio device.

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For computers without FireWire, this can also be used with Thunderbolt equipped computers via a third party Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor. Of course FireWire adaptors are also available for ExpressCard and various flavours of PCI cards.

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Prism Sound ADA-8 XR

The Prism sound ADA-8XR is renowned to provide the most transparent conversion available on the market today. Designed and built in England these Prism sound converters have been the workhorses behind a lot of music and soundtracks. 

Prism Sound’s converters are widely regarded as the industry standard when it comes to analogue and digital processing and are already in use at many of the world’s top recording facilities including Metropolis, Air and Abbey Road in London, Robbie Williams, Sting, Coldplay, Metallica and David Bowie are just some of the artists whose albums have benefited from the Prism Sound treatment, while in the movie business the sound teams behind films such as the Lord of The Rings trilogy, Harry Potter and Star Wars have all used the company’s equipment.



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
Specifications
DimensionsW: 483mm D: 390mm H: 88mm
Power90-125/180-250VAC, 50/60Hz, 60W
Module slots
  • 2 x Analogue I/O module slots 
  • 2 x Digital I/O module slots
  • Utility slot (monitor, sync,RS232/485/MIDI)
  • 1 x internal DSP expansion slot
Format
Electronically balanced, RCA/phono sockets
Output impedance
50 Ohm
Headroom
0dBFS=+15,+18,+21, or +24dBu
Absolute gain accuracy
+/-0.05dB
THD+N (997Hz, -1dBFS)
-101dB (0.0009%)
Dynamic range (997Hz, -60dBFS)
105dB
Channel separation 1kHz
>120dB
Prism Sound Super Noise Shaping (SNS)
TPDF dither, plus 4 curve shapes Intelligent ‘auto-dither-defeat’ system
Prism Sound ‘MR-X’ bit-mapping
20-bit/24-bit/hi-rate on 16-bit tracks 24-bit/hi-rate on 20-bit tracks
Prism Sound ‘DRE’
20-bit dynamic range on 16-bit tracks 24-bit dynamic range on 20-bit tracks - without loss of tracks
Prism Sound ‘MR-X’ bit-mapping
as above