Prism Sound’s ADA-8 multichannel converter has been around for nearly 20 years, but according to the company, studios still consider it the standard, with it used in recording studios around the world from the likes of Disney, Sony, LucasFilm and Sterling Sound.

They’re not the only customers sticking with Prism Sound however, with Sting’s private Steerpike Studios in Wiltshire also enlisting the help of the company.

Sting’s recording engineer, Donal Hodgson, has been renovating the studios in recent months, with the Pro Tools rig being upgraded from HD to HDX.

“I was very keen to ensure that we could still use our ADA-8 converters with the new system so I ordered nine Pro Tools HDX cards from Prism Sound. I am delighted to say that, after changing the chips and the DIO interface cards, the converters worked first time,” says Donal.

Prism Sound launched its HDX compatible interface cards 18 months ago as a direct response to the changes Avid was making to its Pro Tools system.

“The release of Pro Tools V11 on HD Native and HDX hardware saw the legacy Digidesign 96 and 192 interfaces no longer supported on these Pro Tools hardware and software systems,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director for Prism Sound.

“Avid also declared that Pro Tools V10 software would be the last to support these legacy interfaces. Our response was to create the Prism Sound HDX compatible interface card. This connects directly with the Pro Tools|HDX interface cards and emulates the behaviour of the Avid HD I/O interfaces, allowing Prism Sound conversion quality with Pro Tools software. Each card allows the connection of 8 channels of digital audio. With four cards in two ADA-8 units, a 32-channel recording system is possible,” he continues.

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