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Expanding its line of Aurora 192 kHz AD/DA converters, Lynx Studio Technology has announced the Aurora 16-VT Variable Trim model. With ProTools Digilink Card.

The Lynx Studio Technology Aurora 16-VT allows users to manually set the analog input and output levels within a range of +8.5 dBu to +24 dBu. 32 miniature trim pots are mounted on the primary circuit board to allow the adjustments.

Since 2004, Aurora has established its position as one of leading high end converters for recording studios around the world. Some studios, that wanted to gain the advantage of Aurora's pristine audio quality and versatility, also required the ability to manually set the levels for optimum performance. The Aurora 16-VT provides this capability, while preserving Aurora's other features, specifications and signature transparent sound.

One of the Beta testers for the Aurora 16-VT was producer/engineer Fabrice Dumont, a longtime Aurora owner. According to Fab, "After receiving the trimable version of the Aurora I can tell you that I think it's a winner product. I cannot tell a sonic difference between my regular Auroras and the variable trim one. They sound identical to me. Overall, this option makes replacing my old converters truly seamless. It actually feels like a true upgrade since any mix recalled with the Auroras now gain stages the same as my old converters, but sounds noticeably better."

Bob Muller of Dangerous Music was another Beta Tester. "I think the VT is a great feature, and particularly essential to any facilities that are going to be using Auroras in a mastering setup. A lot of mix rooms are branching out into mastering and like to avail themselves of their mix rig I/O converters for both applications. I was able to calibrate the whole unit to -18dBFS = +4 dBU in under 10 minutes."
  • Analog input and output levels can be set between +8.5 dBu and +24 dBu
  • 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, FireWire and MIDI
  • On-board 32 Channel Digital Mixer Provides Flexible I/O Routing
  • Word clock I/O with Lynx SynchroLock Sample Clock Technology
  • Connectivity via PCI, PCI Express with AES16 cards, ADAT, ProToolsHD, FireWire and MADI (mid 2009)
  • Specifications
    Analog I/O
  • Aurora 16-VT: Sixteen inputs and sixteen outputs
  • Type: Electronically balanced or unbalanced,
  • Level: Continuously variable between +8.5 dBu and +24 dBu via internal trim pots
  • Input Impedance: Balanced mode: 24k , Unbalanced mode: 12k
  • Output Impedance: Balanced mode: 100 , Unbalanced mode: 50
  • Output Drive: 600 , impedance, 0.2 F capacitance
  • A/D and D/A Type: 24-bit multi-level, delta-sigma

  • Analog In Performance
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +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%) @ -1 DBFS, -104 dB (0.0006%) @ -6 DBFS, 1 kHz signal, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW

  • Analog Out Performance
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB, A-weighted
  • Channel Crosstalk: -120 dB max., 1 kHz signal, -1 dBFS
  • THD + N: -107 dB (0.00045%) @ -1 DBFS, -106 dB (0.00050%) @ -6 DBFS, 1 kHz signal, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW

  • Digital I/O
  • Number / Type: 16 inputs and 16 outputs, 24 bit AES/EBU format, transformer coupled
  • Channels: 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 -114 dB on all inputs and outputs

  • Connections
  • Digital I/O Ports: 25-pin female D-sub connectors, Port A: channels 1-8 I/O, Port B: channels 9-16 I/O, Yamaha pinout standard
  • Analog I/O Ports: 25-pin female D-sub connectors, Analog In 1-8, Analog In 9-16, Analog Out 1-8, Analog Out 9-16, Tascam pinout standard
  • External Clock: 75
  • BNC word clock input and output
  • MIDI: One input and one output. Standard opto-isolated, 5-pin female DIN connectors

  • Remote Control Options
  • Function: Controls all I/O, levels, monitoring, routing and setting recall
  • Method: AES16/AES16e : With PC or Macintosh, MIDI: Selected MIDI devices

  • General
  • AC Power: 100 / 115 / 230 VAC, 70 watts
  • Size: 1.75" H x 19" W x 9" D
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • 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 Avid ProTools | HD / Native
  • LT-MADI: Provides up to 64 MADI I/O channels
  • LT-USB: Provides up to 16 I/O channels, USB 2.0
  • LT-TB: Provides up to 32 channels
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