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ADA-8XR multi-channel modular AD/DA converter

Prism Sound ADA-8XR front panel

ADA-8XR Videos

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Deezle on the ADA-8XR
Producer Darius 'Deezle' Harrison shares his love for our ADA-8XR multichannel interface at NAMM 2013
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Uli Frost on the ADA-8XR
We catch up with drum specialist Ulrich Frost at NAMM 2013 who waxes lyrical about our ADA-8XR multi-channel converters.

Third Party Videos

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Doctor Mix Review
Video review of the ADA-8XR courtesy of Doctor Mix

Useful Links Options and Configurations - information on available modules and configurations
Technical Specifications - detailed specifications for the ADA-8XR and modules
- use this form to request prices or arrange a demo
Product Reviews - links to some recent reviews of the ADA-8XR on the internet

How To... Set up ADA-8XR for use with FireWire...
Configure an ADA-8XR Pro Tools HD system...
Configure an ADA-8XR DSD system...
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Other Converters in the range AD2 High Resolution AD Converter - 2 channel Analogue to Digital converter
DA2 High Resolution DA Converter - 2 channel Digital to Analogue converter

The ADA-8XR is a multi-channel AD/DA converter that can be configured in numerous ways using plug-in modules to suit a very wide variety of applications. It can be a 16 channel AD converter, a 16 Channel DA converter or an 8 channel AD/DA converter. It can be a multi-channel FireWire interface, or an AES/EBU / AES3 / SPDIF Digital to Analogue or Analogue to Digital converter. It can act as a high resolution Pro Tools Interface for recording or post-production. Similarly it can work with a wide range of other popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) including Logic, Cubase, Nuendo and others. In fact, there's not a lot it can't do when it comes to digital audio conversion.

The ADA-8XR is the top professionals' converter of choice in the most exacting applications in music and sound recording, mastering, broadcast and post-production. Offering the cleanest and most transparent conversion available, the ADA-8XR is ideal for producers, engineers and songwriters wanting to produce top-quality results when recording, tracking & overdubbing, mixing to stereo or surround, mastering and monitoring. The ADA-8XR is perfect for recording vocal, single instruments, drums or orchestra and is just as much at home providing multiple outputs for external analogue summing. It is in use in the top studios around the world as well as being used in numerous film sound tracks.

Prism Sound ADA-8XR front panel Design Philosophy
The ADA-8XR takes the philosophy of the widely-acclaimed Prism Sound converter range a stage further: Now, the goals of ultimate sound quality, unbeatable performance and un-matched versatility have been realised in a modular multi-channel, 24-bit 192kHz-capable format. The ADA-8XR provides A/D and D/A conversion and the essential digital interfaces with a stereo monitor mix output in digital and analogue formats.

Clocking and Synchronization
Unlike most other converter systems, the ADA-8XR is ideal as a master clock for your entire system, whether running from its precision internal reference or from an external source. No external clock source can improve the performance or influence the sound of the ADA-8XR. In addition, the ADA-8XR can run in Pro Tools Loop Sync mode, or lock to AES3, AES11 or Wordclock. The ADA-8XR delivers your recordings with perfect transparency, whatever the setup.

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.

ADA-8XR Summary
Channel Configurations Digital Interface options info iconFor computers without FireWire, the FireWire equipped ADA-8XR can also be used with Thunderbolt equipped computers via third party Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptors. Of course FireWire adaptors are also available for ExpressCard and various flavours of PCI cards.

Clocking and synchronisation Monitoring and other features

ADA-8XR Modules

Analogue Input Module
A/D converter, 8-channel, line input
Part no. 8C-AD
Analogue line input, XLR connectors, with
'Overkiller' progressive fast-acting overload limiter.

Analogue Output Module
D/A converter, 8-channel, line output

Part no. 8C-DA
Analogue line output, XLR connectors.

Digital I/O module: AES
Part no. 8C-AES
Transformer-coupled AES I/O on DB25 connector,
1.5m break-out lead to male and female XLRs.

Digital I/O module: Pro-Tools™IHD
Compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools™IHD.
Part no. 8C-PTHD
Digital module, cable not supplied.

Digital I/O module: Pro-ToolsIMix™
Compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools.
Part no. 8C-PT
Digital module, cable not supplied.

I/O module: DSD for SACD applications
Part no. 8C-DSD
Digital module, SDIF 2/3 I/O on DB25 connector
1.5m breakout lead to BNC connectors included

Digital I/O module: MDSD for SACD applications
using Sony SuperMAC interface.
Part no. 8C-MDSD
Digital module, SuperMAC on RJ45/Cat-5, SDIF 2/3 I/O on DB25 connector
1.5m breakout lead DB25 to BNC connectors included, CAT-5 cable not supplied.

Digital I/O Module: FireWire/IEEE 1394a

Implements IEC 61883-6.
Part no. 8C-FW
Digital module, 2 x 6pin IEEE 1394a
Cable not supplied.

Trademark acknowledgements
Pro Tools|HDX is a trademark or registered trademark of Avid Technology. Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.
Digidesign, Pro Tools, Pro Tools 24|MIX, 888|24 I/O, Pro Tools|HD, 192 I/O, 96 I/O, SYNC I/O and DigiLink are trademarks of Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology Inc.
TOSLINK is a trademark of the Toshiba Corporation
Direct Stream Digital, DSD, MAC-DSD, SuperMAC and the DSD logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Super Audio CD, SACD and the SACD logo are joint trademarks of Sony Corporation and Philips Electronics N.V
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Apple, Macintosh, Core Audio, FireWire and OS X are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
Sonic and HDSP are trademarks of Sonic Inc.

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