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La La Land’s Composer Justin Hurwitz Chooses Prism Sound Conversion For His Own Studio

The company’s Lyra Audio Interface is giving Hurwitz the flexibility to record solo instruments at home.

Award-winning film composer Justin Hurwitz has invested in a Prism Sound Lyra 2 for his private studio and is using it as the audio interface between his preamps and his digital audio workstation.

Based in Los Angeles, Justin Hurwitz is the acclaimed composer of this year’s massive movie hit La La Land, which won in all seven categories for which it was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. The film also received 11 nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, winning five, and received 14 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, winning six. Among these Oscars were two for Hurwitz – for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (City of Stars).

Hurwitz, who also scored the Oscar-winning movie Whiplash, chose a Prism Sound Lyra 2 interface after taking advice from various sound engineers whose opinion he trusted.

“I heard that Prism Sound made great interfaces with the highest quality A/D conversion,” he says. “I wanted really high quality A/D conversion for the one or two channels that I’m recording right now, so this unit was the perfect solution. It is now set up and an important part of my recording chain.”

Based on the company’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at an improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Although he records orchestras on the larger scoring stages in Los Angeles, Hurwitz is currently building a project studio and is now set up to record vocals and overdubs there.

“I’ve also been recording some solo instruments for my next score, which is a film about Neil Armstrong,” he says. “The Lyra is proving really useful for this type of work and I love it – it’s working great.”


About Prism Sound

Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio hardware and software for music and sound production for the music, film, television, radio and multi-media markets and a range of specialized measurement equipment used in audio equipment development, manufacturing, system building and maintenance. The company’s product range includes a range of audio interfaces covering applications from desktop or mobile recording & production to major studio facilities; Prism Sound also produces the SADIE audio production workstation software used by major national broadcasters such as the BBC, as well as many of the world’s leading mastering houses and classical or live music recording engineers. Prism Sound measurement equipment is used to measure the performance of either audio electronic devices or electroacoustic devices and is well established in major manufacturing sectors such as automotive electronics, headphones and headsets as well as professional audio.

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