Prism Sound Launches New Lyra USB Audio Interfaces
October 12, 2012 by Janice Brown
Prism Sound will launch its new Lyra line of USB interfaces at the upcoming AES Convention in San Francisco (Oct. 26-29). The new product line is based on Prism’s Orpheus 8-channel Firewire interface, but in a smaller package at a more attractive price point for a wider-range of musicians, producers, composers, DJs.
Ultimately, Prism Sound plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, but at AES will debut 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, which will retail at around $2,166, 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, which will retails at around $2,970, provides 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 Lyra 2, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.
Measuring at just 11 inches wide, the Lyra (1 and 2) is an easily portable product for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. And for studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.
Lyra will start shipping in November 2012.