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I/O's Analog or digital that support lower sample/bit rates?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Vince Jaeger, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Its really hard to find a professional I/O these days that supports lower sample and bit rates such as a 8kHz and 8bit, is it pretty much a given that I must have this support at least for playback because I tend to work with low quality audio in my field of work.

    The only interfaces I know of personally are the lynx I/O's which seem fantastic (and I'm considering getting a model 22 or two-a), consumer sound cards, and some prosumer cards (audiophile192).

    I know this is a long shot but If anyone here knows of any other interfaces with the following specs and wouldn't mind sharing the wealth of information it would be greatly appreciated!

    2-8 analog ins, 2-8 analog outs
    8-96 or 192kHz sample rate support (lower rates mainly needed for playback)
    8-24 or 32bit support (lower rates mainly needed for playback)
    ASIO 2.0
    1 AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O
    Possibly 1midi I/O?
  2. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Could I get this moved to the digital audio recording forum?
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    any interface will do!!

    record at 44.1 kHz and sample rate convert in some kind of software..... then you should be able to monitor whatever comes out of the software....
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member


    Actually not so. Most sound cards will not playback at the low sampling rates that he is looking for. Most sound card drivers only playback at 44.1 and higher.

    Lynx does play back at like 16Hz or something like that.

    Opus :D
  5. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    I'd like to see what I/O's you're looking at because most that I've gone through (countless models/brands "RME, MOTU, Presonus, Edirol, Focusright, etc..) state that their recording and/or playback support starts at 44.1 16bit and and sometimes I see some I/O's dip down to support 32kHz 16bit support.

    My I/O (an Aardvark lx6) does not support playback of 8/11/22/32kHz sample rates and everything has to be in 44.1 16bit or higher for example so I have to playback the audio from a consumer card back into my I/O just to monitor it...
  6. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Yes all the lynx models seem to play back down to 8kHz/8Bit which is golden - May not 'sound' golden, but yes... Golden. >:]-
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    what i'm saying is that it is up to the software.....

    an example....

    you import a sample into an editor and use sample rate convert on it.... it still plays!!!!!!! the software does the interfacing......

    otherwise no software could implement sample rate conversion..... you would not be able to hear it!!!!

    i just tried on my powerbook..... works fine.... on the internal soundcard! nowhere is it specified to run at 8k.....

    so quit reading specs and relate to the real world..... you don't have to spend big bucks..... although the lynx is a nice card.... you could buy something cheaper.... especially considering the 8bit/8k work you will be doing!
  8. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Well, of course the internal soundcard on any computer will do that...he's looking for a pro sound card interface.

    And he also wants the software to NOT convert the file...

    The driver is really the issue more so than the software since the driver tells the software what is allowed and what is not allowed.

    So if the sound card will not allow anything below 44.1 to play back then the software can not play it back. All you will get is an error message saying it's not supported.

    Opus :D
  9. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Was just going to type the same thing opus stated.
    Thanks for saving me a few keystrokes. ;)
  10. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    just talked to my friend who is a pc supporter.... he has the same problem..... he has to use the internal soundcard to listen to 8k files!!!

    you guys were right...

    my powerbook replays 8k files without a glitch..... no matter if i use internal audio or digidesign mbox!!

    buy a mac :lol: or an mbox maybe??

    good luck

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