The first MDIO expansion module for Prism Sound's Titan and Atlas professional multichannel USB audio interfaces will be demonstrated on Prism Sound's booth (#543) at the 139th AES Convention in New York.
The Pro Tools MDIO-HDX module allows multiple Titan or Atlas units to be connected directly to an AVID Pro Tools HDX or HD native system via AVID's Digilink-Mini connection.
With this setup, Pro Tools users can enjoy the sound quality of both the Titan and Atlas A/D and D/A converters, and their on-board microphone preamplifiers. Prism Sound sales & marketing director Graham Boswell told us...
We know that our customers have been anxiously waiting for these modules and we're very happy indeed to give them the good news. The MDIO-HDX module will be on display in a working Pro Tools system at the AES show in New York from Oct 30th - Nov 1st 2015, and shipping will commence in January 2016.
Control of the Prism Sound Titan or Atlas units when connected to Pro Tools is easy. All of the key controls are made available within the Pro Tools GUI and can also be stored as part of the Pro Tools session, unlike some other third-party interfaces that might require separate software or hardware controls and whose settings cannot be stored in the session.
With auto-configuration and with controls integrated into Pro Tools, the Titan and Atlas interfaces become the best choice for performance, convenience and value for money. The integrated mic preamps make it a very compelling package.
Up to four Titan or Atlas units can be connected in a stack to each Digilink port and automatically configure themselves to emulate Pro Tools HDIO interfaces. In the maximum configuration for a single Digilink, four Titan or Atlas units emulate two Pro Tools HDIO units, supporting up to 32 analogue input and output channels.
The first (or only) unit in the stack is connected to Pro Tools using its Primary connector. Additional units, to a maximum stack size of four units, are added by daisy-chaining Expansion-to-Primary connections in the usual way. Multiple stacks can be connected to multiple host Digilink ports to build systems with larger numbers of channels. The following Pro Tools UI controls are supported:
- Sample rate and Loop Sync slave/master selection (including master sync source)
- Interface 'identify' - helps find the right unit in a stack
- Line input sensitivity switching, per input channel (+4/-10)
- I/O port routing (as controlled in the Pro Tools Setup\Hardware dialogue) including use of enclosure S/PDIF/AES3 I/O. Routing to Titan and Atlas headphone port.
- Soft-clip (Prism Sound "Overkiller") switching, per input channel
- High-pass filter selection, per input channel
- Phase switching, per input channel
- Indication of mic/line/DI(instrument) input selection* (auto selecting on the Titan or Atlas unit, indicated in Pro Tools UI).
- Mic/instrument gain setting on mic/instrument preamp-equipped channels
- +48V phantom power switching on mic/instrument preamp-equipped channels
- -20dB pad switching on mic/instrument preamp-equipped channels
Its good to see another 3rd party interface solution using the Mini Digilink connector so we don't have to mess about with the adaptor cables.