Prism Sound is introducing Lyra, a new family of audio interfaces, at the upcoming 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco.
“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analog I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”
Prism Sound, which plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring.
Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.
Lyra 1 offers two analog input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O.
Lyra 2 takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.
The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.
“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”
Lyra will start shipping in November, 2012.