Prism Sound Titan USB Recording Interface  From Prism Sound

Prism's impeccable converter and clocking tech in a convenient USB2.0 interface

Prism Sound

$3,869.00

Retail:  $3,995.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Prism Sound

Overview

Titan is a USB multi-track audio interface for personal recording and sound production, for professional musicians, songwriters, engineers and producers as well as recording studios, post production facilities and scoring stages. Titan is ideal for music and sound recording, multitracking, overdubbing, stem-based mastering, analogue summing and critical listening applications. 

Signal path

Titan provides Prism Sound's renowned performance, sound quality and state-of-the-art clock technology in a dedicated unit compatible with both Windows (Vista and higher, 32 and 64 bit) as well as Mac OS X 10.5 and later (Intel). Once configured with a computer, Titan can also operate stand-alone using its S/PDIF or AES3 I/O. 

 

Verifile

Verifile is a radical new proprietary technology exclusive to Prism Sound which allows computer audio streams and recorded files to be quickly checked for a wide range of clicks, errors and dropouts, without any compromise in the audio content or any additional metadata. 

 

No-compromise, full Prism Sound audio quality

Titan makes no compromises on audio quality. It is the result of years of research and development into digital audio conversion and extensive dialogue with Prism Sound's customers.

Titan has the same no-compromise analogue front and back ends as Orpheus with the same fully-balanced-throughout architecture, the same isolation barriers protecting the analogue from digital and computer interference, but with a wider range of PC interface options. 

Titan draws on Prism Sound's years of experience in developing digital audio products, including its range of audio test equipment, adopted by a wide variety of clients across the audio industry from pro-audio to consumer electronics. This experience means that Titan is well-behaved both as a computer peripheral and an audio processor. 

Reliability is vitally important in professional recording. Prism Sound has always made extensive use of precise software calibration techniques in its converters - pots and tweaks are always unreliable, so there are none. 

The design team has gone to great lengths to minimise noise and interference, in particular hum. All of the analogue circuits have galvanic isolation, while the unit's electronically balanced I/O allows it to handle common mode interference sources as well as enabling trouble-free connection to unbalanced equipment. 

It is often said that THD+N figures do not always correlate well with the perception of sound quality and this is true - partly because the traditional measures of THD+N or SINAD expressed as RMS figures are rather a broad measure. With this in mind, we have taken great care to make sure that not only is the Titan noise and distortion spectrum beyond reproach, but the RMS distortion result measures up to the state of the art.

 

Standards compliant USB interface

Prism Sound has taken on board the increasing importance of native processing power for professional users and the fact that software products for standard PC and Mac platforms have been greatly enhanced in recent years. Titan uses a USB2 interface. This is a UAC2 (USB Audio Class 2) interface supported natively in Mac, iPad, Linux and Android, and in Windows via a driver.

Titan is easy to connect to your computer and to your outboard gear. For both Mac and PC platforms, there is a controller application to configure the unit and control its built-in mixer and other functions. Aside from the monitor and headphone level controls, everything else is operated solely from the Titan controller application. The controller software opens on-screen as a separate panel alongside your existing editing software.
 

Multichannel Digital Input and Output (MDIO) expansion

Atlas & Titan support Prism Sound’s MDIO expansion cards, which provide alternative “host” connections. The “host” is usually a computer and the Atlas or Titan interface provides a means of connection between the host and the external analogue and digital audio I/O ports.

Without the MDIO expansion card fitted, the host connection would always be the default USB connection.

The MDIO expansion slot provides an alternative host connection. It does not necessarily disable the USB port, but in the case of the Pro Tools interface MDIO-PTHDX, the USB port is switched off when the Pro Tools interface is to be used.

Currently, only the MDIO-PTHDX expansion card is available. Others may be produced later. 

Flexible Inputs and Outputs


Our customers told us that many professional users wanted a highly integrated solution with instrument and microphone inputs, and line outputs that could be used for stereo or multi-channel monitoring and/or foldback to performers. Titan offers eight analogue recording channels, eight monitoring outputs, stereo digital input and output on a phono connector plus concurrent optical digital I/O ports that can interface to S/PDIF or ADAT data formats, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus stereo headphones.

 

Digital Mixer

Our customers also identified a need for a unit that could provide low latency foldback to performers, particularly when tracking and overdubbing. In answer to this need, Titan has a powerful built-in digital mixer that can be configured from the host computer to provide foldback feeds to performers, each with their own stereo mix of workstation playback and any of the inputs.

 

Flexible Monitoring

Professional users demand more sophisticated monitoring capabilities and are getting used to surround sound with HDTV and DVD, so it is becoming important to support surround monitoring setups. 

As well as wanting great analogue recording channels, the DAW user also needs top-quality monitoring. The eight analogue outputs on Titan allow monitor setups from multi-stereo up to 7.1 surround. Titan has a real volume knob which can be assigned to any or all of the analogue or digital outputs for use as a control room monitor control. There are two headphone amps, suitable for all types of headphones, each with its own independent volume control. As well as having its own workstation feed and mixer, the headphones can also be quickly switched across the other output pairs, which is handy for setting up. 

Sample Rate Conversion and Noise Shaping

The digital output is equipped with the four Prism Sound SNS noise-shaping curves and includes Prism Sound's renowned synchronous sample-rate conversion, allowing outputs to various external devices at other sampling rates. The sample-rate converter can be used at the outputs as well as the inputs, so as well as dealing with unsynchronised or wrong-rate digital inputs, Titan can also generate, say, a live 44.1kHz output from a 96kHz session. Since Titan also includes the full suite of the famous Prism Sound 'SNS' noise shapers, you can also reduce to 16-bits at mastering-house quality. 

Unsurpassed Jitter Rejection

In the 1990s Prism Sound pioneered testing of sampling and interface jitter and as a result our digital audio products deliver unsurpassed jitter rejection. Prism Sound digital audio products lock up fast and re-generate ultra-stable clock outputs. Another aspect of the traditional Prism Sound converter that is retained was the clocking - it's just as important as analogue-path considerations sound-wise. So whether it's providing a high-quality master clock for the rest of the room, or dealing with a jittery clock from outside, Titan is as rock-steady as its forbears. 

Support

Over the years, Prism Sound's reputation for audio quality has been matched by its reputation for after-sales support and technical advice. Titan has the benefit of that support and customers have access to one of the best technical teams in the business. 

The Last Word

We believe that Titan delivers exactly what our personal studio customers have asked for - all the performance of a Prism Sound product in a dedicated USB unit that handles line, microphone and instrument inputs with good foldback and monitoring capabilities, yet at a more accessible price tag. We are confident that customers using the new Titan converter will agree that it sounds as good as it looks. 

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Specifications

 FRONT PANEL

 

Instrument Inputs 2 x 6.3mm mono jack sockets, auto-select to analogue inputs 1 & 2 when plugged
Headphone Outputs 2 x 6.3mm stereo TRS Jacks, each with illuminated volume control
Master volume Assignable encoder / push switch with halo indication
Standby button with standby indicator (also flashes when unit is in 'identify' mode)
Indication:
Level Meters 10 x multi-segment bargraphs with overload indication, 8 for analogue, 2 for digital, assignable to inputs or outputs
Input selection Indicate mode of analogue inputs 1-4 as Mic / line / inst & plus phantom power indicator for mic mode
Overkiller For every analogue input, lit when Overkiller limiters are acting
Digital Input indicators for digital input unlocked and SRC (sample-rate converter) selected
Digital Output indicator for SRC (sample-rate converter) selected
Sync Master indicator, lit when interface is providing system sync

 

REAR PANEL

Mic / Line inputs 1-4 4 x combo connectors with XLR sockets for mic input and 6.3mm TRS jack sockets for line input (balanced or unbalanced)
Line inputs 5-8 4 x 6.3mm TRS jack sockets (balanced or unbalanced)
Line outputs 1-8 8 x 6.3mm TRS jack sockets (balanced or unbalanced)
Digital inputs 1 x RCA
1 x TOSLINK for S/PDIF or ADAT Optical input; 
(RCA can operate as AES3 input using XLR-RCA adapter supplied)
Digital output 1 x RCA
1 x TOSLINK for S/PDIF or ADAT Optical output; 
(RCA can operate as AES3 output using XLR-RCA adapter supplied)
Wordclock 2 x BNC sockets, output and input (75R)
USB port 1 x USB 2 port
Ethernet port For future expansion / AVB
Mains power 3-pin 6A IEC inlet
 
 

SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES

Printed manual x 1
Software CD x 1
IEC mains lead x 1
19" Rackmount ears x 2 (pair)
Allen key (for rack ears) x 1
USB lead x 1
XLR-F to RCA-M adaptor
(S/PDIF/AES3)
x 1
XLR-M to RCA-M adaptor
(S/PDIF/AES3)