Lynx Studio Technology’s new Aurora line of digital audio converters offers audio quality and control in single-rackspace 8- and 16-channel models. The Aurora 8 and Aurora 16 feature 192 kHz analog to digital and digital to analog conversion with front panel control of all routing and sample rate options. Extended functions in Aurora are accessible via computer with the Lynx AES16 or by infrared using compatible laptops and handheld Pocket PCs. The rear panel has MIDI in and out connectors and an LSlot bay, for the use of optional ADAT, Firewire and other audio interface cards. The 8-channel Aurora 8 retails for $2,195 and the 16-channel Aurora 16 for $3,295
"With the critical acceptance of our LynxONE and LynxTWO lines, we have had many requests for the same quality of audio and conversion in a non-PCI format," stated Lynx co-founder Bob Bauman. "For years, our customers have been asking us, ‘When will you design a rackmount converter?’ Rather than answering the question, we asked what they would like to see in a rackmount converter. Many responses were eloquent and detailed, some several pages in length. They were the starting point for the Aurora 8 and Aurora 16. From there we added our own innovations to set Aurora apart from what is already on the market."
The converters’ front panel controls feature sample rate selection, sync source selection, analog output source, digital output source, 16 channels of input and output metering, level control selectable for +4 dBm or –10 dBV devices, single wire/dual wire AES selection and more.
"Some customers requested the ability to have remote control. Aurora was designed with the Lynx AES16 interface in mind. In addition to giving access to all of the front panel’s controls, the AES16 in a PC or Macintosh allows more extensive control, at levels not previously available on D/A and A/D converters," explained David Hoatson, cofounder of Lynx. "Remote control allows the converters to be installed away from the primary production center without losing access or visual monitoring."
The on-board 32-channel digital mixer provides routing and mixing options. Acting as its own patch bay-style digital router, Aurora can route signals between analog and digital inputs on a channel-by-channel basis. Mixing capability on each output also provides flexible zero latency monitoring. The AES16 also provides much more detailed metering of all channels. In addition, the AES16 allows complete Aurora scenes to be saved and recalled.
For more information, please go to the Lynx Studio Technology Website at www.lynxstudio.com.