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Prism Sound Dream ADA-128 - Modular High-Quality Audio Conversion System (48 x 48 AES)

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Equipped with 48 x 48 analogue I/O with AES Host. A new breed of audio converter has arrived: Prism Sound's Dream ADA-128. The Dream ADA-128 redefines flexibility, capacity, and performance standards in professional audio conversion. In creating it, we ripped up the rule book and started again, ... Read More

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Equipped with 48 x 48 analogue I/O with AES Host.

A new breed of audio converter has arrived: Prism Sound's Dream ADA-128. The Dream ADA-128 redefines flexibility, capacity, and performance standards in professional audio conversion. In creating it, we ripped up the rule book and started again, using all our 30+ years of ADC and DAC development experience. Building on the legacy of the Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR, the resulting Dream ADA-128 architecture is so capable that it is set to meet the needs of the most demanding facilities for years to come.

The Dream ADA-128 is a 2U chassis that can accommodate up to 20 plug-in Modules. These presently include eight-channel analogue input and output Modules and an eight-channel AES3 Module. Four of the slots can accommodate a range of 64-channel Host Modules which include Pro Tools HDX and Dante Host Modules (and more to come). As well as being able to route analogue and AES3 I/O to and from Host media, full routing flexibility allows analogue to/from AES3 routing without use of Host slots, and Host-to-Host bridging.

The Dream ADA-128 contains four independent clock generators, each of which can run at different sample rates and with different sync sources. The ADA-128's Host and I/O Modules can be dynamically assigned to these Clock Domains, allowing multiple workflows (such as separate project studios or ingest stations) to simultaneously share the resources of a single ADA-128's resources.

Every I/O Module, as well as the unit's built-in Routing Module, have dedicated DSP capability, which will allow a wide range of future functionality to be added by a simple software download.

The Dream ADA-128 incorporates Prism Sound's unique Verifile technology, wherein every ADC in the system can add imperceptible metadata to its dither signal, allowing downstream processes to check that every sample in a stream is exactly as it left the ADC. This reduces the need for expensive and unreliable listening tests of every minute of every digital recording or transmission.

These and many other unique capabilities make the Dream ADA-128 the only box you will ever need, no matter what your application.

The four independently synchronized clock domains allow this revolutionary product to run at 4 different sample rates allowing a single unit to deliver independent configurations for up to four recording and playback systems.

The modular design meets the needs of the most demanding applications, as well as the needs of the growing studio. As your requirements grow the ADA-128 can grow with you.

'Advanced Digital Routing Architecture'. The ADA-128 delivers flexible interconnectivity both internally and externally allowing point-to-point routing throughout its modular configuration.

The ADA-128 is set to become the centrepiece for studios worldwide. The ADA-128 allows you to meet the full Dolby Atmos channel count of 128 channels in a single 2U unit making this the most compact yet powerful solution available.

The Dream ADA-128 control software runs in an on-board CPU module, on a quad-core ARM processor. The intuitive control software allows you to manage every element of the unit. After 30+ years of UI engineering experience, we understand the needs of the modern audio professional; we have delivered the fastest, smoothest and most efficient workflow, based on a high-quality graphical representation of every feature.

The Dream ADA-128 can be controlled from the front panel touch screen, or else it can be controlled over IP using a browser-based control panel which has been optimised for computer, phone and tablet screens. Every accessible element of the unit is only a touch away. The swift and intuitive navigation has been developed for those working in the most pressured environments.

A versatile store system allows swift reconfiguration of all or part of the unit (including individual Clock Domain resources). The Dream ADA-128 can also be remotely controlled by other equipment in the system, for example by Dante or Pro Tools Hosts, or by dedicated controllers.

Verifile is a radical new proprietary technology exclusive to Prism Sound which allows computer audio streams and recorded files to be quickly checked for a wide range of clicks, errors and dropouts, without any compromise in the audio content or any additional metadata. The Verifile process is entirely invisible and inaudible to the user, so using it is simplicity itself.

Developed to meet the needs of our audio archiving clients where even the most minute, inaudible error is completely unacceptable. Verifile can quickly identify and detect any such imperfection making it also the ideal choice for mastering and mix engineers.

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Product Specs

Form factor 2U rack mountable
Front panel Power/standby button, 5" touch TFT control panel
Rear panel 16 I/O Module slots (1-16), 4 Host Module or I/O Module slots (17-20)
CPU Module with: 1xGbE RJ45, 2xUSB host, 1xUSB device, 1xHDMI
Utility reference sync panel with:
- XLR DARS/AES11 input, XLR DARS/AES11 output
- BNC Wordclock/Baseclock/Black-burst-video/10MHz input
- BNC Wordclock/Baseclock output
- DE-9F sync breakout, with 1x DARS out, 2xBNC out, 1xBNC in
3-pin 6A IEC mains inlet, fuse holder and isolation switch*
Clock Domains Four independent clock generators providing four Clock Domains
Each Module slot can be assigned to any Clock Domain
Host slots have access to multiple Clock Domains
Routing Every output port can be routed from any input port
Host Modules may thus operate as bridges
Dimensions W: 483mm D: 320mm H: 88mm (2U)
Weight TBC, depending on fitment
Power requirement 90-260VAC 50/60Hz, up to 80W depending on fitment
Environmental 0 to 35°C, 85% maximum relative humidity
Note * DC and redundant power options under development

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