Striping SMPTE to DAW?



Quick question. (damn, I'm full of alliteration today)

My Ghost desk reads SMPTE and can automate mutes for a mix. A have used this feature before when tracking to tape in order to both sync the computer and do the mutes. I suddenly thought: why couldn't I strip code to a track in the computer when not hotting tape, and fire the mute automation with that?

I can't think of any reason why not. What am I missing? It seams too easy. Has anybody done anything like this?



I have used this to sync one PC running Cubase as slave to ProTools as master. Shouldn't be a problem. If you have access to Cubase it will generate a SMPTE wave file-fast, not real time, which you can then import into your DAW.


Sep 21, 2003
Ive done this multiple times.. u gotta always remember that SMPTE is an audio timecode.... as long as its good code, and the level is loud enough for whatever reader u send the code to, everything would work perfectly...


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Feb 23, 2001
Originally posted by Southwind:
It seams too easy. Has anybody done anything like this?
:) Is there a sync input (black burst) on the Ghost as well as the TC input? Seems like there should be an interface of sorts. Something that locks the frames. Try it, can't hurt.

Example, is this a one pass operation, or will an entire new scene need to be made for each pass? Will it find any location in the song, start, stop, search etc. and retain the settings, or will it have to be reset? Will there be any latency issues?

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