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Can somone explain somethign to me about digital mixers?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by slowjett, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. slowjett

    slowjett Guest

    Please keep in mind I do not have this equipment, this is simply for my understanding.. Feel free to correct me if im wrong.

    Here is my Problem. I guess I dont understand how the signal travels, and a few other things like where the d/a converting takes place.

    Allright lets say this is what I have for gear

    Behringer DDX3216 Digital Mixer
    http://www.behringer.com/DDX3216/index.cfm?lang=ENG

    Firepod
    http://www.presonus.com/firepod.html

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    I understand that the DDX3216 mixer's d/a converters only go to 48k, and the firepod goes to 96k. Is there a way to use the Digital mixers motorized faders combined with the firepod as my interface to get the 96k, and still be able to post edit useing the control surface without haveing to go through the mixers d/a converter? I guess im not comprehending how this would be possable. In fact I dont even know how one of these mixers interfaces with the computer. Could you simply have it interface with computer and use the comtrol surfaces to edit the signals in their digital form on the computer without haveing to re-rout them back through the mixer? Im clueless here...

    So could someone explain how this is acomplished, and how the singla is fed.. Example Micrphone -> in XLR Mixer Chan 1 -> Out Chan 1 send -> Firepod -> D/A converstion takes place -> Computer.

    Thank you so much!
    -Josh
     
  2. cruisemates

    cruisemates Active Member

    With a DAW everything is kept digital at the sampling rate you choose, including what gets "recorded" on the computer. The only time any A/D or D/A conversion occurs is when you need to occur (if you are using an analog device like a mic or speaker or an analog outboard gear).

    The basic DAW recording chain is mic > preamp > A/D converter > computer

    The playback is computer > soundcard/mixer > D/A converter > speakers

    So, whatever sampling rate you use to record something is what you will be using to play it back.
     

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