Sting’s recording engineer, Donal Hodgson, has recently undertaken an upgrade of Sting’s Pro Tools rig, transforming it from HD to HDX, and in the process added nine Pro Tools HDX cards in order to continue utilizing Prism Sound ADA-8 converters.
Hodgson has been working with ADA-8s since 2000 when 10 were installed in Sting’s Steerpike Studios in Wiltshire (England). “I’m delighted to say that after changing the chips and the DIO interface cards, the converters worked first time,” he notes.
Prism Sound’s HDX compatible interface cards were launched 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 behavior of the Avid HD I/O interfaces, allowing Prism Sound conversion quality with Pro Tools software. Each card allows the connection of eight channels of digital audio. With four cards in two ADA-8 units, a 32-channel recording system is possible.”
For Hodgson and many other ADA-8 users, the cards have proven quite beneficial.
“I could have taken this opportunity to swap from Prism Sound conversion, but why would I want to do that when the sound quality I get from my Prism Sound units is better than anything else on the market?” he says. “In my opinion Prism Sound is the best. I have travelled all over the world and worked in many different studios but I still haven’t found an interface that comes even close to the quality I get from my ADA-8s.”