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S-PDIF and different interfaces

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by cathode_ray, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. cathode_ray

    cathode_ray Active Member

    Has anyone got any experience using multiple interfaces (2 8 channels devices, 1 Mackie and 1 MOTU 828) linked S-PDIF? Is S-PDIF a universal data format such that any hardware that speaks it can talk and/or pass data if I need to record 16 channels using CUBASE?

    I suppose I could set em up and try but as I get older (and wiser?) I appreciate learning from others knowledge/mistakes. Imagine that?

    C. Ray
    A.Davis Guitas
  2. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You mean using spdif to clock one device to the other? Yes that should work.

    You won't get 8 channels of audio down an spdif cable, if thats what you meant. Stereo only.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You could do this via optical ADAT (not optical SPDIF). This is provided one of the interfaces can be set in stand alone mode and at least one of them can be set as master or slave.
  4. TimOBrien

    TimOBrien Active Member

    More than you want to knpw about s/pdif: S/PDIF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    44.1 or 48k 2-channel stereo ONLY

    If you want 16 channels with the Motu828 you want to use something ADAT
    like the Motu8Pre or Behringer ADA8000.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I would avoid the ADA8000. Quality is poor and no telling how long it might function. The Beh**** gear does not get love around these here parts.

    Otherwise, carry on.

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