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Best AES/EBU PCI card

Discussion in 'Recording' started by audiokid, May 21, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Summed analog 2-bus out of Lavry AD10 into second PC. Need a AES/EBU PCI card.

    Any suggestions?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Looking around I just found this: Hmm, pretty cool and priced well.

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  3. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

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  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Wir haben es! Danke

  5. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Maybe a bit too much for what you need, but excellent devices...

    RME: Hammerfall DSP AES-32
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Chris - is your AD10 fitted with the S/PDIF optical output jack and/or did it come with the AES/EBU - S/PDIF adaptor? I think if you have a short run between the converter and the computer you would get better value by going S/PDIF into either an RCA connector or an optical input. Your computer may already have one of these interfaces, or else they are available cheaply, even as a USB device. There is no audio quality issue here, as the signal is already digital. Well-supported drivers would be a pre-requisite, however.

    If you pursue the AES/EBU route and want some recommendation for the interface cards you liked to, I use Marian ADAT interface boards, and they work reliably.
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hi guys,

    Good news!

    Yes, AD10 comes with the AES/EBU - S/PDIF adaptor and would be 6 ft distance.

    I tried connecting S/PDIF some time back (when you guys helped me with the MixDream and FF800 threads) but it didn't seem to show a connection on my PC so I figured I need something else or I'm doing something incorrect. My PC has light, I'm assuming its active.
    When you say driver, what driver would I use? I expected Lavry would have their own driver when I first received it, but apparently I'm so out of date, learning there must be something I'm not doing right or need installed?

    Something else I'm curious about: Can I take advantage of the Lavry Clocks being better for everything I'm doing? Using DAW> analog out of FF800> to MixDream> 2-bus to Dangerous Master AD10 to second PC?

    What would you do with my rig?
  8. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    If the optical jack on your PC is showing red light, it's an output and not an input. An optical input should be a black hole. Are there a pair of optical jacks, with one showing red?

    The software driver I mentioned is the one for the S/PDIF interface. If the interface is built into the computer motherboard, the mobo manufacturer should issue and maintain the driver. If it's a plug-in card, the card manufacturer is responsible. It's never going to be Lavry or the makers of the gear that's sending the S/PDIF signal, unless you happen to use an RME S/PDIF interface card as well as using the FF800.

    Regarding clocking on the setup you describe, I would use the FF800 running on its internal clock for the outputting, and the AD10 running on its internal clock for capturing the 2-track mix. Given the design quality of those two pieces of gear, running this way will give you better stability than piping wordclock around using BNC or S/PDIF. There has been some debate as to whether the capture system should be synchronized to the replay system for analog mixdowns, but I generally leave them free-running as I am more often than not going from 96KHz replay to 44.1KHz capture.
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