From left: Elliot Scheiner, Janice Norton (U.S. Operations Manager for Prism Sound), Ed Cherney, Frank Oglethorpe (U.S. sales and technical specialist for Prism Sound) and George Massenburg.
Prism Sound, a manufacturer of premium-quality interfaces and converters for the recording and broadcast markets based in Cambridge, UK, has been granted Music Engineering & Technology Alliance (METAlliance) certification for its ADA-8XR multichannel AD/DA converter and multichannel Orpheus FireWire computer interface.
Established in 2005 by renowned music producers and recording engineers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, and Al Schmitt, the METAlliance is a U.S.-based network and collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade.
“It is a great honor to receive METAlliance certification for one product, but to receive it for two is very special,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director of Prism Sound. “We do not mass-produce electronics. All our products are specialized performance products built to offer high quality, flexibility and ease of use to the most discerning in the industry. They are not expected to be cheap, but they are expected to do their job in a manner that leaves nothing to chance and nothing to be desired, year after year.”
Prism Sound reports that METAlliance founders Frank Filipetti and Al Schmitt have both been using Prism Sound products on recent projects, and their satisfaction with the units’ performances was instrumental in both receiving certification, which was announced at the NAMM show in Los Angeles in January.
Multiple-Grammy Award winner Filipetti used an Orpheus in conjunction with Steinberg Cubase to record Carly Simon at her home in Martha’s Vineyard. “The sound quality is fantastic and I’m really impressed with it,” Filipetti says. “I don’t make buying decisions lightly, but after evaluating the Orpheus and realizing how good it was, I just didn’t want to give it back.”
Meanwhile, at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Al Schmitt has been using Prism Sound’s ADA-8XR converters to record Willy Nelson, Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. “In my opinion, these are some of the best converters I have ever used,” he says. “I love their transparency and the fact that they don’t color the sound at all. I also love the clarity of the audio I get when I use Prism Sound ADA-8XRs. Although I’m currently based in Los Angeles, I work at many studios around the world and wherever I go I try to make sure I have Prism Sound converters in the control room.”