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Responding to the strong customer demand for 24-bit 96kHz performance in professional and semi-professional audio recording, Swissonic today announced a pair of A/D and D/A converters, the AD96 and DA96. Each half rack space units features 4 balanced analog XLR connectors and ADAT optical as well as AES/EBU digital interfaces.
The AD96 analog to digital converter offers a dynamic range and signal to noise ratio of 118 dB and supports 16, 18, 20 and 24-bit digital word lengths with dithering and psycho-acoustic noise shaping for the lower resolutions. The 4 high CMR analog inputs are fully balanced and have Class-A biased multi-path input buffers. The digital output signal is provided simultaneously via 2 AES/EBU outputs and an ADAT optical output. The ADAT optical output supports bit packed / sample packed ADAT formats, enabling recording of 24/96 digital audio to conventional 16 Bit ADAT machines.
The integrated wordclock inputs and outputs support X1, X2 and super clock formats. The Wordclock format for input and output can be selected independently.
The front panel features high resolution multi-mode peak level meters for each input. An integrated 'clip counter' provides permanent control of the recording quality. The front panel settings are saved in non-volatile memory.
The DA96 digital to analog converter offers a dynamic range and signal to noise ration of 110 dB. The 4 cross-coupled high current output buffers are fully balanced and can drive cable lengths of up to 1000 ft / 300 m. Linear-phase reconstruction filters create a superior sound quality for any kind of sound material.
The ADAT optical input supports bit packed / sample packed ADAT formats, enabling playback of 24/96 data from conventional 16 Bit ADAT machines. The dual PLL data receivers effectively eliminate clock jitter while tolerating very noisy input data.
The front panel offers dual LED level indicators for each channel. Front panel settings are saved in non-volatile memory.
"The new Swissonic AD96 and DA96 offer professional sound quality at affordable prices," says Daniel Feusi, General Manager of Swissonic, "and make DVD quality audio affordable for every project and recording studio. There are thousands of used ADAT machines at low prices out there. The integrated bitpack/samplepack features turns any ADAT machine into a 24 bit / 96 kHz recorder. A smart and inexpensive alternative to new high priced 24-bit DAT recorders."