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Clocking question

Discussion in 'Recording' started by BRH, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    I'm using a Focusrite ISA428 with the ADC card to clock a Digi 002r via ADAT and the internal Focusrite clock.
    I noticed the 428 also has Digi x256 super clock and regular word clock in.
    I have a Digi Universal Slave Driver lying around with x256 clock out. If I clock the 428 to x256 via USD which would be hooked up to Black Burst..... is this any better?... not noticable?...... too much extra rack stuff?....
    Would it help me sleep better at night knowing I have superclock?
     
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Do you need Blackburst?
    If so, is the digi slave driver your only option for synch'ing to BB?

    Obviously Superclock is a relatively dated technology used by digi to overcome deficiencies in older, less reliable digital clocks such as ADAT and video- based clocks.

    There is no appreciable difference between SC and current sample accurate clocks.

    On a side note, how are you liking the ISA428 and the digital interface? I've played with one at a friend's studio but am considering buying one myself for in-studio (rock, acoustic, jazz, etc...)
     
  3. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    Thanks for getting back to me. I guess I'll leave the USD off. I'm using the 428 as front to 002r-dongle and it also has the 4 extra line inputs which don't have transformers. I'd call it like everyone else... transparent with a touch of warmth. Quiet with 80dB of gain which comes in handy for using dynamic mics. I've tried the DIs and they are good. I like the variable mic impedance. People say it's great on drums. Only thing.... the printing is small and I have to stop and get my glasses.....
    I never use the ADC soft limiter, so I can't comment.
    I'd call it a really, really good utility pre that would sound great on a lot of stuff.
     

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