Introduction to Lyra

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Lyra is a USB audio interface for Windows PC and Mac. As well as analogue line inputs and outputs, Lyra provides high-quality microphone preamplifiers and high-impedance instrument inputs, plus stereo digital I/O and a host of advanced synchronization and monitoring facilities.


Lyra is intended to provide 'studio in a box' functionality for the digital audio workstation (DAW) user.  That's not so unusual - there are many other interfaces on the market which provide similar functionality.  However, Lyra is unique among them in providing Prism Sound's unique pedigree of conversion, analogue, clocking and signal processing to the DAW user for the first time in a compact form, with the plug-and-play convenience of an ordinary sound card.


Lyra also includes Prism Sound's unique Verifile process. Verifile allows recordings to be reliably verified free from any dropouts (e.g. buffer wraps, missed or repeated samples etc.) which can afflict computer audio recordings. Verifile checking is fast and reliable, unlike laborious and risky listening checks. For more details, see the Verifile section.


Lyra is available in two versions: Lyra 2 has four analogue line outputs, and full mic/line/instrument capability of each of its two analogue inputs, whereas Lyra 1 provides more limited functionality, having only two analogue line outputs and only supporting one mic/line and one instrument/line input.  For a more detailed summary of the features of Lyra 1 and Lyra 2, continue to the Features section.


For directions for getting started quickly, see the Quick start guides.


For detailed hardware and software installation procedures, see the Installation procedures.


For full details of the hardware controls and connections, as well as a block diagram, look at the Hardware section.


To learn about the software, see the Lyra software section.