Short Description:

8 Channel I/O as well as A/D &D/A Converter, with LT-HD Card.

What We Think:

Lynx has stayed comfortably ahead of the curve with their Aurora 8 and 16 converter systems. By not settling on one interfacing solution, they’ve in essence future-proofed their design. As computer interfacing standards change (the latest iteration being Thunderbolt), Lynx has adapted and produced top quality expansion cards to meet in industries ever evolving standards (option card for PT HD and HDX systems are available as well). I take solace knowing that the investment I have made in my Aurora is a sound one. The system can adapt and ultimately not leave me feeling like I have to re-invest large amounts of money every time I update my recording computer.    These converters are truly world-class and should be a consideration for any pro tracking or mastering facility. When I track through the Aurora my projects exhibit an unparalleled depth, width, and openness that have often eluded me with previous systems. With Aurora conversion there is no color - just pure, clean, and accurate audio signals straight to my DAW. This allows me to dial in the exact amount of appropriate color through my mics, preamps, outboard processors and plugins knowing that 100% of that sound will be retained and untouched through the Aurora’s pristine and open conversion stage.    As a dedicated converter, the Aurora does not offer any headphone amp or monitor control (outside of their software mixer), however what it lacks in features, it more than makes up for in top notch conversion quality. Combining an Aurora with a Dangerous Monitor ST or Presonus Central Station and you’re equipped with all the monitoring power you need, in addition to a more pristine and accurate converter quality than what you’d find in most “all-in-one” recording interfaces. 

Manufacturer Description:

Lynx Studio Technology has announced a revised version of the LT-HD firmware for their Aurora converters. The LT-HD version 10 firmware update for the LT-HD card allows the Aurora 16 and Aurora 8 to emulate the interface characteristics of the Avid HD I/O converter, allowing seamless operation with Avid systems including HDX and HD Native.

The Aurora™ line of digital audio converters from Lynx Studio Technology offers unprecedented audio quality and control 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 Clock and MIDI In and Out connectors and an LSlot bay, for the optional use of other audio interfaces.

Several interfaces allow Aurora to be used in a number of different configurations. LT-HD allows Aurora to be recognized by and controlled from a ProTools|HD® system. FireWire access is easy using the LT-FW. 16 channels of ADAT Lightpipe I/O is made available with the LT-ADATLT-MADI allows up to four Aurora converters to send and receive up to 64 MADI channels. The LT-USB is a USB 2.0 device for up to 16 I/O channels. And Lynx AES16 and AES16e allow interface with a wide range of Windows and Macintosh computers.

Aurora converters are preconfigured for three voltages. Aurora 115 volt models are available in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The 100 volt models are available in Japan only. 230 volt units are available throughout the rest of the world through authorized distributors and retailers.

  • Simultaneous 8 Channel Analog I/O and 8 Channel AES/EBU I/O
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz Mastering Quality A/D and D/A Conversion
  • 192 kHz AES/EBU I/O Supporting Single and Dual Wire Modes
  • Single Rack Space Configuration
  • Extensive Remote Control Capability via Lynx AES16, IrDA and MIDI
  • On-board 16 Channel Digital Mixer Provides Flexible I/O Routing
  • Word clock I/O with Lynx SynchroLock™ Sample Clock Technology
  • Digital I/O DB-25 connectors follow Yamaha pinout protocol
  • Analog I/O DB-25 connectors follow Tascam pinout protocol
  • RoHS compliant
  • Available in 100V, 115V and 230V models

LT-HD Card

Avid has made great improvements with the HDX card and Pro Tools 10. The new LT-HDx firmware update for the LT-HD card allows current and new Aurora owners to get the most out of their Pro Tools HDX or Native equipped studio. Emulation of the HD I/O delay allows the ability to use Lynx and Avid hardware in the same system with sample accuracy.

New features include:

• Two modes of Avid HD I/O emulation: 32-channel mode provides two instances of the 8 x 8 x 8 analog and digital in and out model, 16-channel mode provides one instance of the 16 x 16 analog in and out model.

• Emulation of HD I/O delay times to ensure accurate delay compensation within Pro Tools. No manual adjustments needed.

• Improved internal clock management provides compatibility with changes in Avid hardware.

Thousands of studios worldwide have adopted Aurora converters as their standard, for its pristine audio quality, versatility and value. This update for the LT-HD card gives even more versatility to Aurora.

Lynx has always been committed to long-term support of our customers’ needs. Current owners of LT-HD equipped Aurora converters can update to the LT-HDx functionality at no charge with a simple firmware update. New hardware is not required.

Easily installed in Aurora’s LSlot bay, the LT-HD allows Aurora converters to be used in all current ProTools|HD systems. Connected via Digilink cables to HD Core, Accel Core, HDX or Native cards, Pro Tools recognizes the Aurora converter and controls all input and output functions, clocking, routing and other settings. One LT-HD equipped Aurora 16 can provide up to 32 channels of analog to digital and digital to analog conversion.

This is a truly plug and play system. LT-HD’s hardware and on-board software streamline installation and set-up, bringing Aurora audio quality and channel count to the ProTools system. LT-HD provides signal latency identical to that of the Avid converter for accurate delay compensation within ProTools - no manual delay adjustments are required.

The LT-HD contains one Primary and one Expansion DigiLink port. Aurora supports full channel count at sample rates up to 192 kHz. You do not lose half of your channels at higher sample rates and you do not need to purchase additional expensive modules for full channel counts. Pro Tools users can now benefit from Lynx’s exclusive SynchroLock™ word clock for very low jitter and low distortion of digital signals. 

Specifications:

LYNX AURORA 16 AND AURORA 8 SPECIFICATIONS

ANALOG I/O

        Aurora 8                      Eight inputs and eight outputs

        Aurora 16                    Sixteen inputs and sixteen outputs

        Type                             Electronically balanced or unbalanced

        Level                            +4 dBu nominal/ +20 dBu max, or -10 dBv nominal / +6 dBv max

        Input Impedance        Balanced mode: 24k Ω

                                               Unbalanced mode: 12k Ω

        Output Impedance    Balanced mode: 100 Ω

          Unbalanced mode: 50 Ω

        Output Drive               600 Ω impedance, 0.2 µF capacitance

        A/D and D/A Type     24-bit multi-level, delta sigma


ANALOG IN PERFORMANCE

    Frequency Response  20Hz - 20kHz, +0/-0.1 dB

    Dynamic Range             117 dB, A-weighted

    Channel Crosstalk        -120 dB maximum, 1 kHz signal, -1 dBFS

    THD + N                           -108 dB (0.0004%)@-1DBFS

                                               -104 db (0.0006%)@-6DBFS

                                              1 kHz signal, 22Hz-22kHz BW


ANALOG OUT PERFORMANCE

    Frequency Response   20Hz - 20kHz, +0/-0.1 dB

    Dynamic range               117 dB, A-weighted

    Channel crosstalk          -120 dB maximum, 1 kHz signal, -1 dBFS

    THD + N                           -107 dB (0.00045%)@-1DBFS

                                               -106 dB (0.00050%)@-6DBFS

                                               1 kHz signal, 22 Hz-22kHz BW


DIGITAL  I/O

    Number/Type                 Aurora 8:8 inputs and 8 outputs

                                               Aurora 16: 16 inputs and 16 outputs

                                               24 bit AES/EBU format, transformer coupled

    Channels                         Aurora 8: * in/out in single wire mode

                                               4 in/out in dual wire mode

                                               Aurora 16: 16 in/out in single wire mode

                                               8 in/out in dual wire mode

    Sample Rates                All standard rates and variable rates up to

                                              192 kHZ in both single-wire and dual-wire modes


ON-BOARD DIGITAL MIXER (VIA AES16/AES16e)

    Type                                  Hardware based, low latency 

    Routing                             Ability to route any input to any or multiple outputs

    Mixing                               Up to four input or playback signals mixed to any

                                                output, 40-bit precision

    Status                               Peak levels to -114dB on all inputs and outputs


CONNECTIONS     

    Digital I/O Ports               25-pin female D-sub connectors

                                               Port A: channels 1-8 I/O

                                               PortB: channels 9-16 I/O (aurora 16 only)

                                               Yamaha pinout standard 

    Analog I/O Ports              25-pin female D-sub connectors

                                               Analog in 1-8

                                               Analog in 9-16 (Aurora 16 only)

                                               Analog out 1-8

                                               Analog out 9-16 (Aurora 16 only)

                                               Tascam Pinout standard

   External Clock                 75-ohm BNC word clock input and output

   MIDI                                    One input and one output, standard opto-isolated

                                               5-pin female DIN connecters


REMOTE CONTROL OPTIONS

   Function                            Controls all I/O, levels, monitoring, routing and setting recall

   Method                              AES16-AES16e: with PC or Mac IrDA: For compatible Pocket 

                                               PCs and laptops

                                               MIDI: Selected MIDI devices


GENERAL

   AC Power                         110/115/230 VAC, 70 watts

   Size                                    1.75" H x 19"W x 9"D

   Shipping Weight              12lbs

   Certifications                   CE and FCC Class B EMI, CE Product Safety


LSLOT™ EXPANSION PORT

   Compatibility                   Supports Lynx Lslot expansion cards

   Channels                          Up to 16 input and 16 output simultaneously at up to 

                                               192 kHz sample rate


OPTIONAL INTERFACE CARDS FOR LSLOT

   LT-ADAT                           Provides ADAT Optical I/O

   LT-HD                                For ProTools/HD/Native

   LT-FW                                Provides up to 16 channels via FireWire 400

   LT-MADI                            Provides up to 64 MADI I/O channels

   LT-USB                             Provides up to 16 I/O channels, USB 2.0

LT-HD EXPANSION CARD SPECS

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Brand
Model
  • Aurora 8 8-Channel Mastering AD/DA Converter with LT-HD Pro Tools HD Card
Categories
Made In
  • United States
Sample Rate
  • 192 khz
Bus-Powered
  • No
Digital Input Format
  • AES/EBU
Electronics
  • Digital
  • Analog
  • Solid State
Digital Output Format
  • AES/EBU
Compatibility
  • macOS
  • Windows
Computer Connectivity
  • DigiLink
Bit Depth
  • 24-bit
Format
  • 19-inch Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O
  • 16 x 16
Number of Headphone Outputs
  • 0
Number of MIDI Outputs
  • 0
Number of MIDI Inputs
  • 0
Number of Digital Outputs
  • 8
Number of Digital Inputs
  • 8
Number of Analog Outputs
  • 8
Number of Analog Inputs
  • 8
Number of Channels
  • 32
Number of Mic Preamps
  • 0

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