Lyra is a new audio interface for the studio producer, musician and DJ 12/10/12
After our story earlier this week about Prism Sound's secret new product, the cat is now out of the bag. Prism Sound tells us that they are bringing their high performance audio technology to an even wider audience with the launch
of Lyra, a brand new family of interfaces aimed at musicians, composers, project
studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio
and podcasting. They say that it is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will
find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an
Lyra, which will make its debut at the 2012 AES Convention in San Francisco,
is based on the Orpheus interface. Prism Sound says that, with
Lyra, music recording professionals can access the power and sophistication of
the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a
much improved price point.
Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound, told Sonic State, "Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface.
recording professionals who don't need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is
the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a
convenient package and at an affordable price."
Prism Sound, which plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, has
started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-
based 'Xcore' processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP
and a low latency 'console-quality' digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both
products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.
Lyra 1 will be of particular interest to the
musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels
– one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels
and optical-only digital I/O. Prism Sound believes that, with Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and
a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a
simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.
Lyra 2 takes the concept a little further by
offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line
input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and
copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock
In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.
Prism Sound says that both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The
front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels,
while the unit's small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport
for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can
supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.
added "We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been
demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus," However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the
highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to
market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting
specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it."
Pricing and Availability:
Lyra 1: £1,349 plus VAT
Lyra 2: £1,849 plus VAT
Lyra will start shipping in November 2012 and will be fully supported by Prism
Sound's acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff. More information: