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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 11 reviews )
 10 reviews91 %
 1 user review9 %
Audiofanzine FR11/28/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Prism Sound Orpheus
(Originally written by el gregos/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Several professionals recommended me to buy this jewel...

It was not easy to get the money!!!

I wanted the best gear for my productions!

Now I have it! I tested lots of devices so you can trust me!!

I started with an Mbox 2 (very good value for money).

After that I used a Fireface 400 (also very good value for money).

I also bought a Universal Audio 2192, which is a converter not a sound card. I used it with the Fireface 400 and I was disappointed... The price doesn't justify the difference...

I sold everything again to buy this jewel, which I combine with a wonderful Avalon 737 SP preamp and an AKG 414C mic.

UTILIZATION

And now to get to the bad points...

The installation is very problematic!!

But Prismsound makes updates constantly so it's very stable now...

At least with my setup!

I use it with Ableton Live 7.

With a powerful PC or Mac computer you get a pretty low latency!

The user's manual is clear.

GETTING STARTED

See above!

:-)

OVERALL OPINION

I've been owning it for two months.

Pros: exceptional sound quality for recording and mixing!!

It's much better than everything I've previously owned!

Considering its sound the value for money is excellent!!!!!

Cons: price... and considering nobody sane would sell it you'll have to buy it new! :-)

I'm pretty sure I'd buy it again!!!

Adieu RME, Mbox 2 and Universal 2192!!

If you have the money don't hesitate to buy it!!!!

You won't be disappointed!!!
djstefdc04/02/2014

djstefdc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Caution!"

Prism Sound Orpheus
The technical arguments on paper and the recommendations of a sound engineer pushes m have this sound card.

Using an analog chain: trident console 24 tracks, 48 ​​inline. Connectors MONSTER pro / VOVOX. PC intel I5. SSD 128GB / 1TB SATA 7200 t / 12 go DDR 3. bone WIN 7.

UTILIZATION

DRIVERS ULTRA STABLE. Using Logic Audio 5.1 + Logic control 40 tracks playing without latency. Impossible to correctly route map in SoundForge 10 and acid. No systematic updating. Total disconnection of internet.

GETTING STARTED

Utilistion and simple and logical configuration. May be too reductive, limits parameterization.

OVERALL OPINION

Use for 2 years, some hardly acceptable unpacking setbacks due to a firmware too experimental or exotic (?), I use MOTU 896 MOTU PCI 192 EDIROL before ... The problem of Orpheus Firewire ... is that they reveal to be elitist by their prices and thus inevitably reduce the number of feedback about the problems encountered. The prism service is just insufficient or non-existent so careful! Rigorous design although this interface is in my opinion real weaknesses. It does not fall enough in the low end for my taste (eg. Moog bass of a LITTLE PHATTY clearly lose their panache recording 24bit / 44.1). Extraneous noise, preamplification too slight to the headphone outputs. True relative strengths: versatility at frequencies, its total absence of noise and registration al reading and transparency evident from the bottom medium to acute hyper. Difficult to find an equivalence on the market in this price range too high given the weaknesses of the map. J m I wanted to ensure a quality manufacturing and an irreproachable reliability I still perplexed after 2 years of use of a new product purchased.
zebib12/22/2013

zebib's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellence ..."

Prism Sound Orpheus
I use this card for about 1 month.

I owned a MOTU 828 MKII Aunsi a RME Fireface UC and I wanted to change my set-up

lack can be XLR outputs

UTILIZATION

The drivers are not so stable as Motu or Rt. Similarly for sync.
Motu and Rt are truly Plug and Play. Prism parameterization and requires a lot of help on the site is succinct. I have a little anxiety the stall and worse than that, I wonder if I fully exploit the sound potential of the beast.

Latency is not so good as the RME and Motu.

I can not get down to 32 buffers under penalty of crunches.

GETTING STARTED

See above ;-)

OVERALL OPINION

The big plus of this card is sound and preamps.
In the past I've owned my Reverend with a pair of speakers K & H O300D (excellent) and then I felt like a new sound dimension with more depth and precision. Well today I feel the same with Orpheus: Everything is better defined, more precise, more relief and also more dynamic. Much better anyway and I see the instruments in the higher frequencies that were masked by my motu and my rm (eg subtle atmospheres cymbals ..)

You enter the audiophile!

Regarding preamps, they are highly transparent, very beautiful éeserve with dynamic gain. I pass without problem preamps (and I've owned Tubetech so I know the importance).

Quality / price? Before listening I thought wrong. I hesitated with Fireface UFX and Universal Audio Apollo.
After listening: Excellent quality / price ratio.
I remake this choice without hesitation.

Attention: This card makes you enter a new sound dimension It is therefore restricted to users who plan to complete the medium term upgrade their equipment if it is not up to this card. Consider a very good sound and very good speakers, if the potential of Orpheus does not speak at all!

It is a masterpiece and it must be well supported and well prepared, everything revolves around should be the height.
zebib12/22/2013

zebib's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellence"

Prism Sound Orpheus
I use this card for about 1 month.
I owned a MOTU 828 MKII Aunsi a RME Fireface UC and I wanted to change my set-up

The drivers are not so stable as Motu or Rt. Similarly for sync.
Motu and Rt are truly Plug and Play. Prism parameterization and requires a lot of help on the site is succinct. I have a little anxiety the stall and worse than that, I wonder if I fully exploit the sound potential of the beast.

The big plus of this card is sound and preamps.
In the past I've owned my Reverend with a pair of speakers K & H O300D (excellent) and then I felt like a new sound dimension with more depth and precision. Well today I feel the same with Orpheus: Everything is better defined, more precise, more relief and also more dynamic. Much better anyway and I see the instruments in the higher frequencies that were masked by my motu and my rm (eg subtle atmospheres cymbals ..)

You enter the audiophile!

Regarding preamps, they are very transparent, very dynamic with a beautiful reserve gain. I pass without problem preamps (and I've owned Tubetech so I know the importance).

Quality / price? Before listening I thought wrong. I hesitated with Fireface UFX and Universal Audio Apollo.
After listening: Excellent quality / price ratio.
I remake this choice without hesitation.

Attention: This card makes you enter a new sound dimension It is therefore restricted to users who plan to complete the medium term upgrade their equipment if it is not up to this card. Consider a very good sound and very good speakers, if the potential of Orpheus does not speak at all!

It is a masterpiece and it must be well supported and well prepared, everything revolves around should be the height.
Yod Paradise09/26/2013

Yod Paradise's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The best sound reproduction"

Prism Sound Orpheus
It is the pleasure of listening to music, especially mine, in the best condition possible hearing within my reach, which prompted me to buy this machine.
In terms of connections, it is perfect for my little studio that records a person or an instrument at a time.

UTILIZATION

I use Cubase, Wavelab and Adobe Premiere. He planted several times. I had to reset it a few times too. I think the drivers of my SSL Duende returned in conflict with those of Orpheus ... or is it Mac OS X that silliness more often when the stuff comes out or at Avid (Pro Tools, Media Composer ...), or Apple (Logic, Garage Band ...)?
Few updates. One, I think, since I bought it.
I do not have figures for latency, I know it is below than my day Delta 66, while remaining perfectly acceptable.

GETTING STARTED

No particular problems during installation.
The configuration is not the most intuitive. M-Audio is doing much better on this point.
The manual, I read ... how to reset the machine in case of crash.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 years.
Before I had an M-Audio Delta 66, which was excellent for the price. I made a comparison between the output of the Mac Pro, that the Delta 66, that of Orpheus in SPDIF and analog Vovox by Monster Cables and connectors to my LSR4328 speakers.
The difference is especially noticeable in terms of presence and topography of sound in space.
Worst: the Mac Pro output. Impeccable ... for the HiFi.
Then, out of the Delta 66 sound more presence, undoubtedly. For broadcast, it's perfect.
Then, pretty much, the SPDIF output of the Delta 66 and that of Orpheus. Note that LSR have very good DA converters.
After the analog output of the Orpheus via Monster Cables: audible difference from the first second. The sound has more depth.
Finally, the analog output of Orpheus to the LSR via cables Vovox symmetrical. Its presence similar to Monster Cables, but a much greater clarity over the entire bandwidth and overall level of precision that stunned me at first. Now, okay, but I think when one is not accustomed to such a level of sonic accuracy, it requires a period of adaptation to the mix.
All that to say that in order to take advantage of such a machine, you must ensure that the elements of your channel input and output agree that you are not using unbalanced cables for example, or other converters less sharp, such as powered speakers or a lambda preamp.
To tell the truth, I find it cheap for such a quality sound, but it seems that prices have increased since then, am I wrong?
With the experience I would do this choice without hesitation, hoping, however, that the beast is more stable.
arnoldorodeo03/13/2013

arnoldorodeo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Mi-figue, mi-raisin ..."

Prism Sound Orpheus
You buy what kind of sound card only to optimize the sound recording in a DAW. The Prism can record high resolution, has channels spdif, adat etc ... thank you refer to their site to look at all the specifications.

UTILIZATION

You download the software from the small site Prism: It can control the USB channel levels as inputs, outputs, resolution ... Quick install mac os 10.6.8.

GETTING STARTED

I will now go to the heart of the matter: If you already have a sound card (digi 003 in my case), the resell because it will no longer be of any use!
Orpheus is really a machine that is not partageuse: What trouble for six months in connection with my Digi 003 via SPDIF, the Prism Clock master, classical resolution 96kHz/24-bit. That crashes Pro Tools, no stability, hell.
I am committed to my MacBook Pro cabler directly with Orpheus and then miracle more crashes.
In conclusion, stick to the said share No firewire other than Orpheus in your system otherwise beware!

OVERALL OPINION

I'll end up being just you and evoking the sound: Significant improvement in all my arrangements from the Orpheus Master Clock. An adjustment period is necessary because you will not recognize nor your speakers or your usual settings. The Prism is so transparent that any jurisdiction, including defects. Therefore, the obligation to have a audio chain "concrete" and perfect acoustics!
I've seen and read a lot of nonsense on this subject: The Prism is not a magic box in which you get your tracks and it shows a tube ... The Prism, reasoning by contrast, you just prevents damage to your work come home a clean and come out in "post-recording" a clean sound that's all and it's already very good. Such equipment improves your computer's ability to understand, calculate and faithful to the end of the chain you save point bar.
atomslan03/04/2012

atomslan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" To top"

Prism Sound Orpheus
After having Motu 828, Mbox 2 Pro, RME Babyface, the slap.
Professional equipment, the sound is incredible. The price is hefty but nine used is correct.
Installation very simple.

UTILIZATION

Driver ok

GETTING STARTED

Ultra simple installation

OVERALL OPINION

for 1 year
Leen05/09/2011

Leen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"The rolls of sound card"

Prism Sound Orpheus
I was looking for the best possible sound card FW

I used (2) in each console Amek 24 tracks

I did a test in my studio before I buy, it was unbelievable, after testing many other sound cards and converters, is there really a difference! We had a bad mp3 and it seemed to hear a Master HD! it sounds really, finally a real musicality!


I mix of motion pictures, record and mix music of any style

They are plugged into a Mac Pro 8 core, 1O.6.7, 10 gigabytes of RAM, Raid Zero disc 10 000 rpm

UTILIZATION

The drivers are now very stable

Digital Performer 7.22

8 tracks 192 k

20 tracks 96 K appears in the console! No problem! 8 + 8 A / DD / A = 16 + both SPDIF / AES / EBU I converted with other additional devices = 20

But it is possible to channel 3 and get 24 tracks Orpheus A / DD / A 96 K. (See using the three SPDIF / AES / EBU or ADAT but then it will switch to 24 B 48 K and perhaps do 24 B 44.1 K. If we accumulated more in the SPDIF / AES / EBU and ADAT but there have reached an incredible number of tracks (I'll let you count)

The clocks are so stable that even without world clock mode (CSP by the fire wire) it works perfectly with 3 Orpheus!

Fortunately for mac is the only solution to chain 2 or 3 cards (where more https://www.prismsound.com/music_recording/products_subs/orpheus/online_manual/index.html?install_casc.htm) ... PC can use the world clock or other ...

BUT BEWARE THE ORPHEUS ARE VERY SELFISH, IT DOES NOT SHARE THE BUS WITH FIRE WIRE EXTERNAL DISC (MOSTLY FW 800) OR OTHER PERIPH. EXTERNAL FW.

REASON FOR THIS IS USING ALL THE BANDWIDTH BUS CLOCK FW THAT PASSES THROUGH THE FIRE ESPECIALLY ON MAC AND THEN GETS ON STABILITY OF CLOCK VERY GOOD THAT PROVIDES ITS PURE AND VERY DETAILED.

ALSO FOR THIS REASON IT IS POSSIBLE chains 3 to 96 K ORPHEUS WITH HIS INCREDIBLE STABILITY WITHOUT THIS WORLD CLOCK and JUST BY THE FIRE WIRE. PRISM VOLUNTARILY INTERFACE IN DEVELOPING THEIR MEANING. IT'S THE FIRE WIRE WITHOUT SHARING SO WITHOUT RISK OF LOSS OF GIVING WITH AUDIO AND OPPORTUNITIES WORTHY PCIe CARD!

DAMAGE TO MY SENSE IS NOT THAT INDICATE THAT MORE CLEARLY AS I PUT THE CHARACTERISTIC TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHY MY FIRE WIRE EXTERNAL DISC 800 WERE UNUSABLE BECAUSE THEY WERE PLANTING THE CARDS! (I would not put 10 because of this lack of information)


THE SOLUTION IS TO BUY A CARD FIRE WIRE 400 PCIe ONLY FOR OUR ROLLS OF HER!
https://www.sonnettech.com/product/allegrofw400pcie.html (50 HT) approx

SO I CAN USE PRISM 3 MAP If I WANT THE DISC + FIRE WIRE 800 or 400 BUS ON THE ORIGIN OF MAC

Of course there will always be linked to the latency FireWire which is inconvenient if we re-recorded on tracks already recorded and yet it is imperceptible when decent buffer to 128. But when manufacturers say "zero latency" is necessary even if it is severely limited by the DSP, there are still a bit tjs. But the moment we can play without interference then it will be ... But it is true that for avaoir little latency with the prism is better to have a machine able to power down the buffer easily ... M'enfin today's most powerful machine the problem too!

Tjs ago after the ProTools HD is good but not the sound aurra PRISM Nearby, the ideal is to use only as a converter plug Prism optics on a ProTools HD (for power) but bill can make you sick ... :-)



GETTING STARTED

Easy Installation

easy setup

Incompatibility with hard disc FIRE WIRE 800 (see above explanation and resolution of problem)

Manual but rather a very clear technical and pro, we are in the high-tech!

OVERALL OPINION

3 YEARS

I had a MOTU and M Audio 96, I tested converters, LYNX AURORA very good but not enough musicality to my taste, very punchy but not too late, just like Halo maps Metric also tried (I wonder if it's not the Americans against his English). Finesse allied to the dynamics I've finally found in Prism ...
I also had a card before my second Apogee Ensemble Orpheus, thinking that I could "mix" the two: big mistake not bear the sound of all beside the Orpheus!

I resolve me and my wallet to cry :-(

What I like most is how they developed while to get the maximum quality in a fire wire card, until preamp that have nothing to envy with a lot of high end preamp and then two entered high quality phono level which allows direct connection of a platinum vinyl top, vinyl scan in 24 B with 192 k what the conversion PRISM feet. And I guess the dj must entertain too! There are also over the clicker that allows each to be on record very frt without fear of saturating ...

What I like least is surely the price but still in an excellent product made in England, it's hard to get the price Made in China.

And if you add the price of 4 good preamp over a hardware limiter on each input, plus phono high quality is widely have to dessu price therefore in this sense we can say that the value for money is pretty good ...
Furykane08/23/2010

Furykane's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Prism Sound Orpheus
I use it in Snow Leopard with a Mac Pro 2 x 2.8.

I wanted the ultimate in sound card with good converters and preamps 2. The card is worth its price if you take a converter and preamp separately as we are well beyond.

The volume control made me sell my spl volume 2. And nothing to do with my old Motu 828.

Possibility to connect a turntable directly.

Provide quality cables of course!

UTILIZATION

Drivers are regularly updated and strength and find that they have improved since the first post. Only downside: The frequency change, for example passing a 48KHz project to another project in 96K, the card does not like that. EDIT: Under cubase only.



GETTING STARTED

Everything is clear.
Does not support chaining (very large latency) in a duende firewire or PowerCore. Provide a second port.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 months.

The converters are faithful, transients and harmonics preserved, and the card is equipped with overkillers, sort of hardware limitation (awesome), which makes virtually all entries are unsaturated.
Storing levels catch combos: for example, I plug in a bass combo on one front and the software automatically remembers the gain previously recorded. I unplug it reconfigures itself to the microphone plugged into the back.
The preamps are extra. The bass sound is the ultimate judge: The sound is open, precise, detailed low end and punchy.
el gregos11/28/2008

el gregos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Prism Sound Orpheus
I bought this racing machine according to the reviews of professional ..
4000 euros is not easy to find!
I do production and I was looking for the best of the best!
Now it's done and believe me I tested corny!
I started with an mbox 2 (very good value for money)
then Fireface 400 (same as it very well compared to its price)
I also had the chance to buy the Universal Audio 2192 is not a sound card converter .. but I use it with the Fireface 400 and the deception ... ... the difference is worth not the price ...

short day I sold everything to pay me this jewel coupled to the formidable preamp avalon 737 sp and micro akg 414C

UTILIZATION

Then we come to the weakness of the beast ...
I had trouble qques installation!
But hey ... Prismsound frequently releases new updates and it starts to get stable ...
In any case, knock on wood ... for me it's ok!
I use Ableton Live 7.
latency is managed very well if they have a good pc or mac because the beast is seen gourmet quality!

English manual! grrrr!
That said if you get the picture just gonna qd same! Manual is clear!

GETTING STARTED

Answer above!

:-)

OVERALL OPINION

It's been two months that I have soon.
What I like most is its extraordinary dimension he brings to your shots and mixing!
It is a world unlike anything I have ever used before!
So value for money is excellent as it sounds from home sounds!!
What I like least?? Good value but no one sells it so you do not have a choice if you buy nine .... uh .. if not ... that's what! :-)

If it again I would do no hesitate!
RME farewell farewell farewell Universal mbox 2 2192!
Go for it if you can and God knows it's hard these days to find the money to your favorite butcher to buy this wonder!!
You will not be disappointed!