NOA has announced the N7000c AD/DA hardware audio interface for audio archiving, which provides a single high-quality interface handling up to four concurrent connections to analogue replayer devices, along with a wide dynamic range, classic preamp modelling, Bitproof support.

The N7000c is the first interface of its kind to offer the security of Bitproof control – a feature in conjunction with NOA Record – which eliminates interstitial errors by creating checksums in the DSP of the N7000c and comparing them against the written soundfile. It can connect simultaneously with up to four replay devices of different types –record decks, reel-to-reel tape decks, Archéophone, and other analogue players. Connections can be via RS232, 9-pin and Cat5 through the integrated Dante interface, which allows users to connect the laptop to the network to get eight uncompressed 192kHz linear streams without needing PCI cards.

With its 122dB dynamic range, the N7000c handles typical archival transfers without requiring gain readjustment, and leaves more than enough foot- and headroom. Dynamic adjustments can be left to simple server side normalisations, which can be made without raising the noise floor in the analogue domain, making transfer workflows much more efficient.

High fidelity transfers can be realised without external phono preamps for 78s and LPs by choosing one of the N7000c’s selectable phono preamp curves (RIAA, Westrex, Decca, Blumlein, Columbia, HMV). Historical phono presets can be applied and users can create their own filter coefficients.

‘Until now, to achieve something like the equivalent capabilities, a buyer would have to assemble an eight-channel A/D converter, fit PCI audio cards to a computer, add external remote capabilities, and phono preamps – at a cost of at least €10,000,’ says NOA CEO, Christophe Kummer. ‘Even then, many of the advanced features of the N7000c would be lacking. Now, audio and archive professionals can have a one-box master of all trades with amazing quality and features at a category-redefining price. ‘

Designed for use as a standalone device or with NOA Record or the NOA Record Pico system, the N7000c can form the ingest hub of an audio archiving operation, and can also be used as an AD/DA interface to any DAW.


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