Avid HD I/O by psmworld
did you already have the experience of buying gear with a "wow-factor"?
here you have it.
some years back, when i started to get into pro-tools-world, i had an HD1 Core Card in combo with a Digidesign 96 io. while the software was a huge step forward from my previous love nuendo, the conversion was lacking quality big time.
i had most of the "usual" converters with nuendo. first the ESI Wamirack, which had a theoretical superior converter-chip but some designing flaws. and after some short-loves the glorious RME Fireface 800, which was a big step up.
moving to Pro Tools and the 96 io, i soon began to search for converter alternatives. 192 io weren´t cheap and also limited to 16x8/8x16 io, so after a year i bought the Lynx Aurora 16. massive io and a conversion quality at least on par with the Fireface.
after some months getting comfortable with the lynx and optimizing my studio-acoustics i realized that it had a bump in the lows/lower mids, which was hard to handle for quick reference mixes.
well, soon Avid had a gear-show not far away and i went there to check out the new HD io converters. they did a shootout with most of the HD-compatible converters. the hearing situation was excellent and i was not the only one that got blown away by the difference, especially in the bass-area. no matter if there was a thin acoustic bass, a standard e-bass or a fat bass-synth, you could hear each instrument, nothing was overemphasized.
no question, i had to order a demo-unit. just "wow". i opened older projects and most of the time i could instantly hear the issues that i had when i re-checked the mixes outside of the studio back then.
the D-A translation is extra-ordinary imho. no harsh highs, no bumped mids, no undefined lows.
the A-D translation might sound a bit flat, but brutally honest, and that´s what counts for me in the end.
after all, i got 2 "8x8x8" units and 3 "16x16 Analog" units.
the key features:
Pristine audio clarity and ultra low latency through state-of-the- art A/D and D/A conversion
premium analog circuitry, and meticulous attention to design Adapt the interface for your needs
choose from three configurations:
Get a balance of analog and digital I/O with HD I/O 8x8x8
Maximize your analog I/O with HD I/O 16x16 Analog
Go all digital with HD I/O 16x16 Digital
Versatile digital I/O on all interfaces, with built-in sample rate conversion
Expand or customize the I/O with analog or digital option cards
Completely integrates with Pro Tools|HD family system for full input, output, and routing control
Track hotter signals and smooth out sounds with Curv, a new built-in soft-knee limiter
Keep things in sync with dedicated Word Clock and Loop Sync I/O
Keep an eye on your levels easily through 32 4-segment metering LEDs
Robust 2U rack-mountable chassis
Connects to Pro Tools|HD family system through a DigiLink Mini connection (cable and adaptor included)
the only three concerns i have are:
- the fans, that can get pretty loud (they can be changed to quiet ones)
- the lack of an "8x8 Analog" version
- digital ports on the "16x16 Analog" can only be used instead of Analog io, not at the same time