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M-Audio ProFire Lightbridge FireWire Lightpipe Interface

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The ProFire Lightbridge interfaces up to four Lightpipe devices with a PC or Mac via FireWire—perfect for integrating digital mixers, AD/DA converter...Click To Read More About This Product

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Up to 32 channels of computer-to-Lightpipe connectivity!

The ProFire Lightbridge interfaces up to four Lightpipe devices with a PC or Mac via FireWire—perfect for integrating digital mixers, AD/DA converters and/or ADATs with most popular DAW software. The unit is capable of 32 channels of Lightpipe I/O, S/PDIF I/O and two-channel analog output for a total of 34 x 36 concurrent channels at 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. (It also supports 16-channel Lightpipe operation at 88.2 and 96kHz sample rates via the SMUX protocol.) The ProFire Lightbridge can output word clock as a master, or slave to external sync on any input, and MIDI I/O also accommodates MIDI Time Code and MIDI Machine Control. Independent volume controls are provided for the 1/4" balanced outputs and front panel 1/4" headphone jack. The ProFire Lightbridge is compatible with most DAW software.

The Perfect Companion for Digital Mixers
The ProFire Lightbridge is designed with today's digital mixers and workflow in mind. Record up to 32 Lightpipe tracks to your computer-based DAW simultaneously from a digital mixer. Or use your mixer to submix up to 32 DAW tracks while sending the submix back to the DAW via S/PDIF. Using the mixer's built-in processing and automation leaves more CPU power for specific tracks that require CPU-intensive plug-ins.

Need to transfer tracks between an ADAT system and your computer? The ProFire Lightbridge does it with ease. Send up to 32 channels of Lightpipe simultaneously at 44.1 or 48kHz—or transfer up to 16 channels at 88.2 or 96kHz using the SMUX protocol.

Build a Custom I/O Setup with the AD/DA Converters of Your Choice
ProFire Lightbridge plays nice with others too. Pick any ADAT-compatible A/D or D/A converter and utilize the fast and reliable FireWire driver technology to get the most out of your DAW.

Live Multitrack Recording
Combine the ProFire Lightbridge with up to four award-winning M-Audio Octane 8-channel preamps and you have a compact system for recording up to 32 Lightpipe channels of input for live shows.

  • 32-channel Lightpipe I/O via FireWire
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz SMUX operation
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • 1/4" headphone and balanced 2-channel outputs
  • Word clock and MIDI I/O > total synchronization and control
  • 32-channel Lightpipe I/O at 44.1 or 48kHz
  • 16-channel Lightpipe I/O at 88.2 or 96kHz using SMU
  • S/PDIF I/O (via included breakout cable, coax)
  • Two 1/4" TRS analog outputs with dedicated level control
  • All analog and digital I/O active simultaneously (up to a total of 34 x 36 concurrent Channels at 44.1 or 48kHz; 18 x 20 at 88.2 or 96kHz)
  • Word clock I/O (via included breakout cable, BNC)
  • MIDI I/O (via included breakout cable)
  • 1/4" front-panel headphone out with dedicated level control
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz operation
  • FireWire connectivity to computer
  • Indicators for sample rate, Lightpipe I/O, MIDI I/O, sync source and power
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Half-space rack chassis, optional mounting tray
  • Compatible with most major DAWs
  • Compatibility
    • ASIO II
    • WDM
    • Core Audio
    • GSIF II

    Easily incorporate all your Lightpipe and ADAT components into your computer recording setup with the ProFire! Order now!


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    Lightbridge Works!

    By Rufus J

    from Florida

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    At one time my studio just consisted of my Soundcraft Ghost 24LE and an Alesis HD24XR & Masterlink ML9600 plus outboard gear, then I decided to add a computer and software, everyone had the digital connect so I had to keep up with the rest of the local studios. This left me with 3 banks of lightpipe on my HD24XR, and I needed a lightpipe converter for 24 channels minimum. The M-Audio Profire Lightbridge was, at that time, the only interface in my budget and available. I have had the Lightbridge for over a year now, and it has worked flawlessly in my studio for my application, which for me was getting 24 tracks of music from my HD24XR into my computer ( I can also just use the HD24's converters and record direct to comp). I use a Texas Instrument firewire chip, and run Cubase SX3 and AA 2.0, plus Antares Auto tune with mic modeler on a Core2Duo. Hooking up the Profire, assigning i/o's was all easy, the Profire has worked, and its been dependable. Everything costs too much, and nothing is perfect, the lcd screen is hard to read for one.

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