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Old 20th October 2020
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New prism flagship on the way๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

More info at AES tomorrow
Old 21st October 2020
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Prism Soundโ€™s new ADA-128



The ADA-128 delivers up to 128 channels of conversion at rates up to 768kHz and brings new levels of flexibility to the professional audio market.

Prism Soundโ€™s new ADA-128 will be officially unveiled this month during the (online) 149th AES Convention. An ADA-128 chassis will retail at ยฃ5,000 with Host cards from ยฃ750 and I/O cards from ยฃ1,650.

The companyโ€™s best performing product to date, the ADA-128 is the latest in Prism Soundโ€™s internationally acclaimed range of Dream A/D and D/A converters. By applying the same โ€˜no compromiseโ€™ design philosophy, Prism Sound has created a product that complements its existing range, which includes the popular ADA-8XR multichannel converter that can be found in many audio facilities worldwide. This new converter brings exceptional levels of flexibility, functionality, and cost effectiveness to the professional audio market without any compromise in sound quality.

Mark Evans, Prism Soundโ€™s Sales Director, says: โ€œThis is the first product of a new generation of Prism Sound converters and we are confident that it will be well received by audio professionals across many different disciplines, including music recording, post production, broadcast and installation. It builds on everything that is great about Prism Sound conversion but takes it to a new level in terms of power and flexibility. It is also a very cost effective solution for people who require a high channel count โ€“ to put this into perspective, for 128 channels of our flagship ADA-8XR conversion it would cost approximately ยฃ25,000 more and take up a lot more space in a rack!โ€

Designed as both a conversion system and a high-performance, networkable audio distribution and processing system, the ADA-128 is built around a flexible 2RU mainframe that can be fitted with up to 16 analogue and digital IO modules (each of which nominally provides eight input or output ports, or both). Up to four Host modules provide bidirectional multi-channel connections to host computers, workstations, networks etc. The ADA-128 provides free routing between all of these inputs and outputs under detailed user control, as well as a wide range of processing functions.

โ€œThe ADA-128 has a host of exciting features including low-jitter master clocks, flexible routing and synchronization options and a comprehensive store system for fast-access factory and user pre-sets,โ€ Mark Evans adds. โ€œHowever, one of its key benefits is the ability to independently synchronise the I/O cards to create four different domains, each with its own sample rate and clock. This will definitely appeal to facilities with more than one control room, as well as projects requiring a large amount of I/O.โ€

The inspiration for the ADA-128 originally came from discussions between Prism Soundโ€™s Managing Director Jody Thorne and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a faculty of Birmingham City University.

โ€œThe Conservatoire were looking for high quality converters and knew Prism Soundโ€™s reputation in this area, which is why they approached us,โ€ Jody Thorne says. โ€œOur discussions identified the need for a high channel count conversion system that could be networked across their entire facility. As this didnโ€™t exist, we set about designing it and that project formed the basis of the ADA-128.โ€

During the development period, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have installed Prism Sound ADA-8XR converters in its studios but will now take delivery of the first ADA-128 units to roll off the production line. Another early adopter is the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Other facilities are also specifying the unit and eagerly awaiting delivery.


Last edited by audiopc2000; 21st October 2020 at 03:06 AM..
Old 21st October 2020
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Itโ€™s here. Strangely not listed on new products here. $6500 US for base chassis. Zero detailed info on the host cards or I/O cards. And no operational manual to see its flexibility. A sloppy new release.

Price-wise, so far in the ballpark price of Merging and DAD. But no spec or manageability info yet. Which is the true bonus of these types of systems.
Old 21st October 2020
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Old 25th January 2021
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
According to the video, it looks like itโ€™s going to be an amazing product...

Capable of 64x64 (or whatever config you want) all at 192khz (128 channels) with 4 machine cards (hdx, Madi, aes, thunderbolt, or more)... all within a single 2 space chassis. They claim the converterโ€˜s are brand new as well - indicating they may surpass all previous designs? The box can do four totally separate clocks so you could have 192khz running happily beside 44k.

WOW. I was thinking of upgrading my converters at some point... this thing is looking pretty legendary at the moment.
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