Prism Sound Orpheus supports Windows Vista 64

Support for other 64-bit operating systems also is included in the upgrade to the FireWire computer interface

Prism Sound’s multichannel Orpheus computer audio interface is now fully supported on Vista 64 as well as other 64-bit operating systems. The Orpheus installer for Windows always included 64-bit versions that could be used with the XP 64-bit version. Following extensive tests, the company can confirm that Orpheus fully supports Vista 64, allowing seamless integration with the latest 64-bit DAWs.

“The main advantage of using 64-bit processing is that users can access more RAM; Vista 64 allows up to 128GB RAM. This means you can run more plug-ins and applications than was possible before. In addition, applications that are specifically optimized for 64-bit processors show a significant increase in performance,” said Graham Boswell, Prism Sound’s sales director.

Orpheus is a 1RU, 19in, rack-mount, 192kHz-capable unit that is designed as a cost-effective computer-based FireWire interface that doesn’t sacrifice the features and the quality of its products, such as the ADA-8XR. It offers eight simultaneous balanced analog inputs, four line-level jack inputs and four auto-sensing mic/line Neutrik combi jacks that will accept either jack or XLR connectors. The high‑quality mic preamps allow mic-level inputs to be boosted by up to 60dB, and each analog input has its own adjustable Prism Sound Overkiller built-in to prevent signal overloads before the A-D conversion stage.

There are also a switchable SPDIF/AES-EBU stereo digital input and an eight-channel ADAT optical input, allowing the Orpheus to handle a maximum of 18 simultaneous inputs to a computer-based recording system. A built-in mixer is included, allowing users to monitor input signals with zero latency, insert analog summing mixers or control multiple stereo or multichannel monitoring systems directly. A high-quality, low-jitter digital clock source is also built-in, along with synchronous sample-rate conversion and SNS noise-shaping, for accurate real-time reclocking or sample-rate conversion or high-quality dithering of 24-bit material down to 16-bit for CD mastering.

Orpheus is fully software-controllable via a cross-platform control application (available for PCs running Windows XP, Vista or Macs running OS X). This makes it ideally suited to DAW-based recordists who wish to maintain the quality of analog-sourced signals.

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