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Discussion in 'Recording' started by SirRiff, Apr 26, 2002.

  1. SirRiff

    SirRiff Guest


    Alot of audio interfaces come with 2 S/PDIF interfaces these days but for the life of me I have never heard of a practical application for them...

    If you have an ADAT interface, which can get you 8 channels of I/O from your converters, what would you use S/PDIF with? Its only 2 stereo channels, so in terms of raw channels a second ADAT port would work better..

    Can someone give me some real world examples of times when you could use S/PDIF?

  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    DAT players, CD players, Digital Samplers or keyboards with digital outs...
    Basically any two track recording or playback devices that are digital will have SPDIF on them. It's a very common interface to have. Sometimes there are digital boards with SPDIF ins so all you have to do is route your audio programs output to the board and you're all set.
    SPDIF is Sony Phillips Digital Interface Format...two channel interface...it's a great way to dump to a DAT or CDR machine
  3. SirRiff

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  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Also, most of the guitar digital modeling boxes include a S/PDIF output so you can record the direct digital output without going through another D/A conversion before getting to your audio interface where it would need a A/D conversion to get the signal to disk!

    This would bypass all those conversions.
  5. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    Outboard reverb unit with SP/DIF, stay digital without using massive amounts of DSP in the computer, still get great reverb... Steve

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