Firewire to AES/EBU

Discussion in 'Media Production' started by Thomas W. Bethel, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel

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    I need a firewire to AES/EBU audio interface for the Macintosh that we use for video editing so I can plug it into our router and listen to the audio on our mastering speakers. Any suggestions? I only need two channels and don't want to spend a lot. We currently have a PreSonus and it keeps losing sync when we rendering Final Cut. When it loses sync we have to restart the Mac in order for the Presonus to recognize the firewire

    Any suggestions are most welcome.
     
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    I don't know any 2 channel firewire interfaces that handle AES/EBU. The RME Fireface does AES/EBU from the S/PDif jacks and a GUI switch. You would need a converter for XLR to phono but the diagram is in the manual. The only other 1394 interface off the top of my head is the Onyx 1200F.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

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    I got a good suggestion from Dave-G at PSW and so I went the optical route with the Toslink output fed into a Toslink to AES/EBU converter and it works well. I completely forgot that almost all Macs now have a digital optical output on them in the headphone jack. For what we are doing this works GREAT!

    FWIW....
     
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    I'm surprised you got the FW to sync at all!

    Only good sync with FCP I had was with mini trs audio out and picture on graphics card.

    Or....I set up another with a BlackMagic Multibridge that had AES out on DB25, and took that to a Rosetta 800 to break out to analog.

    I know you said you didn't want to spent a lot....I've never tried the optical.
    If it works, go for it.

    Had many problems with sync in FCsP (Final Cut semi-Pro), Would sync up on clap slate, but then while running picture it would be off on same take!!

    Really needs to be there without having to incorporate 3rd party hardware.
     
  6. Thomas W. Bethel

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    We already have one of these for both our PCs but we are now getting into FCP and we are currently running it on an IMAC. Someone needs to make a good firewire audio to AES/EBU converter for under $500 with very low latency but I guess that is not a part of the game plan for most companies today.
     
  7. Kev

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    yep
    you get that

    The IMAC makes for a good editor for the extra suites ... then you file transfer to the MAIN room were you have the bigger/better systems
    but
    this assumes you have FCP in the other room

    I seem to recall some small Red coloured boxes that provided conversions and typical format changes for things like this
    HDMI to SDI and various audio solutions

    If I can remember the name, I'll be back with a post


    the Canopus DPS-475AV/575AV might work
    BUT
    I'm thinking it's not the price range you were after
    http://www.synthetic-ap.com/tips/firewireconverters.html
    $8K
    :shock:
     
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