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Aurora 16
Aurora 16

The new Aurora line of digital audio converters from Lynx Studio Technology are available in single-rack space eight and sixteen 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.

All primary functions are controlled from Aurora's ergonomically-designed front panel, with extended and remote control available via computer and Pocket PC. Front panel controls include:

  • Sample Rate Selection. The most popular rates are selectable: 44.1; 48; 88.2; 96; 176.4; 192 kHz.
  • Sync Source Selection. The user can choose Aurora's master clock from six different clock sources. These include: Internal; LSlot; AES-A; AES-B; External; External/2.
  • Analog Output Source. Selectable from Analog Inputs, Digital Inputs or LSlot Inputs.
  • Digital Output Source. Selectable from Analog Inputs, Digital Inputs or LSlot Inputs.
  • 16 channels of Input and Output metering (eight channels for Aurora 8) selectable for the digital or analog signal path.
  • Level control selectable for +4 dBm or --10 dBV devices.
  • Single Wire / Dual Wire AES selection. Aurora operates in single wire or dual wire modes, for maximum connectivity with digital devices.
  • The front panel also includes indicators for Infrared and MIDI activity and SynchroLock jitter reduction status.

"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 extensive routing and mixing options. Acting as its own powerful patch bay style digital router, Aurora can easily 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.

Another exclusive for Aurora is its ability to be controlled via Infrared by a desktop, laptop, or Pocket PC computer. Popular models from IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Toshiba and many others with IrDA capabilities can control Aurora functions using the detector on Aurora's front panel. This means you can set up and monitor Aurora while moving around the control room.

Aurora provides professional I/O interfaces for ease of installation in most studios and live sound applications. The analog I/O is electronically balanced and supports both +4dBu and --10dBV nominal levels. The AES digital I/O is transformer coupled and is capable of driving 500 feet of cable at 192kHz. Both dual and single wire AES channel modes are supported. All analog and digital connections use DB25 connectors with industry standard pinouts, which are compatible with off-the-shelf cables from manufacturers such as Mogami, ProCo, Hosa and others.

The eight-channel Aurora 8 has a US suggested retail price of $2195. $3295 is the US suggested retail price of the sixteen-channel Aurora 16.

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