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Prism Sound launches Orpheus audio interface
Prism Sound launched its new audio interface unit for personal recording and sound production at NAB2007. Orpheus delivers high-end audio quality in a dedicated and highly integrated firewire interface. Drawing on the company’s converter and clock synchronization expertise and technology, the interface offers new capabilities and features designed for those working in computer-based studios.
Orpheus is compatible with Mac and PC computers and offers eight analogue recording channels, eight monitoring outputs plus S/PDIF and Toslink optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Orpheus a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus stereo headphones. The unit features four digitally controlled microphone amplifiers and two instrument inputs. These are associated with the four auto-sensing analogue input channels, which automatically select the right input when the signal source is plugged in. Other features include an assignable rotary control for monitoring or output level control, a digital mixer that can be configured from the host computer to provide foldback feeds to performers and dual headphone outputs with volume controls. Outputs can also be configured for monitoring 5.1 or 7.1 surround mixes.
Orpheus is easy to connect to any computer and other audio processors. For Windows XP or Vista users, ASIO and WDM drivers are provided, while for Mac OSX 10.4 or later, Orpheus interfaces directly to Core Audio. For both platforms, there is a controller application to configure the unit and control its built-in mixer and other functions. Aside from the monitor and headphone level controls, all functions are controlled via computer. The controller software opens as a separate panel alongside your existing editing software.
For more information, visit www.prismsound.com/music_recording/studio_home.php.