Lynx Aurora 8 + ThunderBolt Card I/O D/A & A/D Converter
The Aurora 8 with its pre-installed LT-TB card provides world-class analog to digital and digital to analog conversion in a compact one-rack space format.
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.