NAMM 2009: Helix Board & Firefly Universals
Although the all new ‘Universal’ Helix Boards and Fireflys can both be found in stores as of last month, Phonic Corporation presented the first live previews of the units at NAMM. Phonic has all but made a name for itself in the digital recording field with the Helix Board and Firefly series’ of digital recording interfaces.
With the release of the Universal editions of these same units, Phonic has further solidified its reputation. The Universal family of digital recording interfaces comprises of the Helix Board 18 Universal, Helix Board 24 Universal and Firefly 808 Universal. Incorporating USB 2.0 interfaces into an already reliable mix, the Universal units allow users to record to their PC or Mac computers through either FireWire or USB – as they so wish – at extremely low-latency, with sampling rates selectable up to 96 kHz in 24-bit resolution. The Phonic control panel software allows users to adjust latency time, sampling rate, rename channels and so forth.
PC users who wish to record multi-track audio no longer need to upgrade their PCs with fidgety – and possible incompatible – FireWire cards. The USB 2.0 interface offers the same 96 kHz, 24-bit audio that was possible through the FireWire interface. Those with Mac computers can use the Universals as a plug-and-play device. A Mac USB driver is forthcoming and will be displayed during the Winter NAMM.
Phonic are still committed to giving customers the best possible recording experience possible, so Steinberg’s Cubase LE 4 software is shipped along with all of the Universal units. This software allows users to record up to 8 channels of audio simultaneously, and provides a host of audio editing functions for beginners. Users are also able to get a free upgrade to Cubase LE 4.1.2 on the Steinberg website.