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Avid has long been a trusted name in professional audio equipment, and their latest release, the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX II, is poised to revolutionize the industry once again. Designed specifically for demanding professional post-production and music production environments, the MTRX II is packed with cutting-edge features that make it the ultimate interface solution for any studio.
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the new MTRX II, and what separates it from the other popular products in the MTRX family.
One of the key features of the Pro Tools | MTRX II is its flexibility. It can connect to Pro Tools, Core Audio DAWs, Avid control surfaces, and other studio devices with built-in I/O and monitor calibration. Or use it as a high-quality standalone audio interface.
With 64 channels of DigiLink I/O, 256 channels of Dante I/O, 64 channels of MADI I/O, and Word Clock I/O, the MTRX II can handle any workflow you throw at it. Plus, MTRX II is fully modular, enabling you to customize the interface with all the I/O you need, including mic/line, Thunderbolt 3, AES3, and additional DigiLink, Dante, and more using eight option card slots (more on that later).
When it comes to sound quality, MTRX II utilizes Avid’s renowned DAD mic preamps and class-leading AD/DA converters for crystal-clear recordings and mixes. Speaking of mixing, MTRX II offers advanced monitoring support—from standard stereo to multistem Dolby Atmos summing. Quickly and accurately calibrate your speakers in any setting with 128 channels of SPQ Speaker Processing and DADman Pro | Mon monitor calibration software.
Earlier, we mentioned that MTRX II is fully modular and expandable with up to eight additional option cards (sold separately). Let’s take a quick look at the option cards available at your disposal:
Adds eight channels of line-level analog inputs
Adds two channels of analog inputs and mic preamps with relay-based gain circuit—an ideal low-cost option for talkback and tracking
Adds eight channels of analog inputs and mic preamps with relay-based gain circuit
Adds eight channels of line-level analog outputs with an output level control
Adds 64 channels of DigiLink I/O through two DigiLink Mini ports
Enables 256 channels of native low-latency I/O connectivity and routing between multiple Core Audio-based DAWs, including Pro Tools
Adds eight line AES3 inputs and outputs (16 channels), with built-in sample rate conversion
Adds 2 x 16 channels of SDI/HD/3G connections (embed/de-embed) with built-in sample rate conversion
Adds up to 128 channels of high-density, low-latency digital audio using Dante (128 channels at 41.1/48 kHz, 64 channels at 88.2/96 kHz, or 32 channels at 176.4/192 kHz)
Adds 128 channels of MADI inputs and outputs through two optical SFP ports
Adds an additional one or two 64-channel I/O coaxial or optical MADI module to the chassis
What sets the MTRX II apart from its predecessor, the original MTRX, and the smaller MTRX Studio? For one, the MTRX II features a 4,096 x 4,096 router, allowing you to route audio to any connected device across your facility. It also accommodates a full theatrical Dolby Atmos configuration with the 512 x 64 summing mixer. And if you're using an Avid S6 or other EUCON-enabled control surfaces, you can take remote control of all sources.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the differences between the new MTRX II, the original MTRX, and the compact MTRX Studio.