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Does anyone know a decent S/PDIF AD I could get to use the last 2 inputs on my EMU 1212?

By the way, my set-up is a nice tribute to this forum. I have an EMU 1212(new):$150. Behringer ADA8000(seems new):$140. Cubase SL3:$102. I got all those off ebay. On top of that, I get to borrow a set of mics from my friends second PA that just sit around most of the time.


Pro Audio Guest Tue, 05/30/2006 - 16:21
hey friends,
i picked up a dbx 386 2 channel tube mic pre with a/d converter to plug into my e-mu s/pdif in/outs. for 300cad (including shippin n' stuff). cool gadget. logorithmic digital convertion eliminates digital clipping without compressor (in theory at least). great for my ghetto fab settup. plentty of info on it, google it, plus article on anyone else got any exp. with this baby? (suggested usages, tips, etc.) thanks.

Spase Tue, 05/09/2006 - 21:57
Found some of them flying cows, but its unclear exactly what inputs/outputs and features it has other than the ad/da. Price is the same or more than the fast track pro. Still inclined towards that I think(at the moment anyways) especially since I could use it separately on different systems fairly easily. Would be nice if I could find something more around $100 or so with 2 inputs to S/PDIF and outs for the ins(so I can use it for live shows - though a few Y cords would do the trick there anyways).

AudioGaff Tue, 05/09/2006 - 22:18
The thing about the fast track or any other audio interface like it is that you may have conflicts when you have two audio devices in the same system. To add to that, most professional host software can only access one driver at a time so you won't be able to use both at the same time.

Now if you only use it for the A/D and mic preamps for the 1212M S/PDIF, then that should be ok except it appears to be USB powered so now you have the possible conflict problem when it is connected as well as USB powered mic pre amps usually have ppor performance and lack headroom.

I would pass on the fast track, keep saving and keep looking. Mabe even look for a cheap effects processer that has S/PDIF out and then get a cheap 2-ch mic pre to use with it.

Spase Wed, 05/10/2006 - 06:28
Thanks for the input, and I will definately keep that in mind. I guess I'm not really in a huge hurry to get something, its just dificult to have 2 inputs inaccessable :?

The Fast Track does have an external power source as well, and I would be using it for the mic pres plus S/PDIF. Though I did notice an Alesis unit that is a bit cheaper for about the same thing (though the reviews were not as good).