Avid HD OMNI

Pro Tools|HD Audio Interface with 2 Microphone Preamps and Analog and Digital I/O
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An All-in-one Solution

The next generation of Pro Tools|HD is here! HD OMNI is your all-in-one Pro Tools|HD audio interface solution. Rocking a pair of mic pres paired with additional analog and digital I/O, the HD OMNI gives you 4 x 8 analog I/O along with 8 x 8 digital I/O for effortless connectivity with Pro Tools|HD, along with two extra channels of "Cue" output. Avid also includes the "Curv" analog soft-knee limiter, which allows for hotter tracking and provides a safety net against potential clipping due to unexpected transients. The HD OMNI's integrated monitoring section and 14 x 26-channel mixer lets you monitor in up to 7.1.

Avid HD OMNI Audio Interface Features at a Glance:
  • 4-in/8-out project audio interface
  • Digitally controlled Mic Preamps/Line/DI
  • Flexible analog and digital I/O
  • Same flagship converters as HD I/O
  • Persistent surround monitoring
  • Fold-down to any monitor format
  • 14x26 channel mixer
  • Pristine audio clarity and ultra low latency through state-of-the-art A/D and D/A conversion
  • High-quality, low-noise analog I/O: 2 premium, digitally-controlled mic/DI preamps, 4 line inputs, 8 line outputs, with true analog gain
  • Versatile digital I/O, with sample rate conversion on all inputs: 8 channels of ADAT I/O (supports S/MUX II and IV), 2x8 channels of AES/EBU I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF I/O
  • Route audio independently from Pro Tools with the persistent 14X26 pass-through mixer
  • Completely integrates with Pro Tools|HD for full routing, mixing, and monitoring control
  • Track hotter signals and smooth out tracks with Curv, a new built-in soft-knee limiter
  • Hear your mixes from stereo to 7.1 surround
  • Improve communication while tracking with dedicated cue path
  • Keep things in sync with dedicated Word Clock and Loop Sync I/O
  • Compact 1U rack-mountable chassis
  • Connects to Pro Tools|HD through a DigiLink Mini connection (cable and adapter included)
A fantastic all-in-one solution for Pro Tools|HD - The Avid HD OMNI!

Additional Media

HD OMNI Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity PCI
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 8 Analog, 8 x 8 Digital
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR (Mic), 4 x TRS (Line), 2 x TRS (Return)
Analog Outputs 1 x DB25 (8 Ch.), 2 x TRS, 2 x TRS (Send), 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 2 x S/PDIF (Coax, Optical), 1 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.)
Digital Outputs 1 x DB25 (AES/EBU, 8 Ch.), 2 x S/PDIF (Coax, Optical), 1 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.)
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out on BNC), 1 x Loop Sync (In/Out on BNC)
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number 9900-58631-40

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

The HD OMNI Is a PowerHouse 7.1 Surround Interface PreAmp

I mix in 7.1 Surround and this took care of all my Pro Tools 11HD needs and even has a transparent interface with the Mac Pro internal audio to have a throughput to the monitor speakers, allowing all audio from every app from the Mac to the surround mix.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician
5/5

Awesome!!!

Wow this sounds so nice~ I just got this and I'm telling you it's making me love working on music again. Formally coming from the Ensemble and the Mbox3, I had forgotten that how much a great converter can make a difference. Mind you, Apogee Ensemble and the Mobx3 are no slouch either. This thing is accurate, detailed and yet has a very subtle color that makes it sound so nice. It's hard to put my fingers on it but I'm loving it. I can hear more details in the mixes and also I can hear the fxs such as reverbs, delays and ambience much better. I feel like my modest Yamaha HS80m just got a expensive mod on it :) Stereo image is really accurate it kinda feels awkward still if you know what I mean. Also headphone output sounds great too. The best I've heard so far. Also unlike a lot of reviews I read online, it;s very easy to operate in a sense that "it just makes sense". Love the simple yet very functional monitor controller section. I wish Avid will hurry and come out with the remote already since there is a remote out jack in the back. I haven't tested the Mic Pres yet but I can't hardly wait. I've read that it's on the clean side but I'm hoping it's a big step up from the Ensemble or the Mbox3. We'll see. Overall I'm pretty stoked!!!
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Songwriter
5/5

An all in one I/O

Works great !!! the product speaks for it's self and of course Sweetwater Top Notch.
Music background: Post Production Supervisor
4.5/5

Love the HD Omni for what it is

I have been using the HD Omni for about a year now. The sound quality is stellar and the mic preamps are a lot better than I thought they would be. I was expecting something like the old PRE and they're actually very clear and solid sounding preamps. Not a lot of character, but exactly what you need for certain things. My advice to anyone considering the Omni is to spend some time with the manual and be prepared to spend some time configuring it once you get it home. I was using a DM-3200 for monitoring and a 192 for my analog signals. I spent some time figuring out how I would set things up and it works great. I have four channels of external mic pres going into the rear analog inputs (API A2D, ADL-600). What inputs you use is something you want to think about because the 1-2 on the back have to be switched between line and front panel mic, so I put the ADL on 1-2 because I use them less and the API on 3-4. For the outputs, I have two going to my monitors. As some people stated, there is limited io. I picked up one of those Behringer 8200s to run my compressors, eq and another pre. Right now I have them going into the Omni via ADAT. I am still using a 192 Digital for my PCM-81, PCM-91, V-Verb and 11R. At some point I will run the 8200 to the 192 to get a couple extra inputs, but right now for my setup it's fine as it is. At the end of the day I love the Omni. The headphone amp is really nice. It's very quiet despite some reviews I had read and it sounds much better than my 192 analog. For certain types of rooms it's great. You don't have to buy a headphone amp, monitoring solution, etc... and you get a couple nice mic pres. It succeeded in allowing me to dump my console and 192, which I was worried would stop working. I did pick up a Command 8 (works fine in 12) for a control surface.
4.5/5

Best so far

Omni has the best sound quality I have heard so far. Im coming from Mbox 3 Pro wich I thought sounded good untill I got the Omni. I have also experience with RME UFX. Omni is head and shoulders above Mbox and UFX in sound quality. I would give it 5 stars if it had 2 headphones out,4 mic pres instead of 2 and 8 line input instead of 4. Another minus is you cant use the 4 line inputs + 2 mic pres simultaniously. Either 2 mic pres + 2 line inputs or 4 line inputs. The way I work now I can live with the limited I/O, but if I someday need more I/O I have to look for an alternative.
Music background: Hobbyist musician and engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Josh Estock

Avid's HD Omni is the perfect addition to any studio. Whether you're using it at home, on location, or in a mix room, the Omni will will definitely impress. This unit boasts it all: transparent preamps, top-notch conversion, I/O to boot. This is literally an all-in-one professional Pro Tools|HD solution in a single rackspace. What else could you ask for?

Carson McClain

The Avid HD Omni is the perfect segue from Pro Tools LE to Pro Tools HD. Aside from the power supply and a few other small internal parts, it's practically identical to the HD I/O. If you're a studio engineer, this could be a perfect addition to your rig if you need to go mobile or record and edit at home. Finally, a more scaleable solution for Pro Tools HD users!
See also: pro tools hd interface, Avid, Avid Pro Tools HD Interfaces