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I'm about to upgrade to Lavry Blue converters - currently using Frontier Designs Tango24 with Dakota interface card.

The digital I/O between Tango24 and Dakota is ADAT optical (lightpipe).

Digital I/O on the Lavry is AES/EBU.

Is there such a thing as an AES/EBU to ADAT optical converter? Or will I have to replace the Dakota with another audio interface?

I know the Lynx AES16 will do the job. Are there other audio interfaces which have AES/EBU, but with no onboard A/D D/A converters?

If I wanted to use both the Tango24 and the Lavry Blue, is there an audio interface which handles both ADAT optical and AES/EBU?



Massive Mastering Sun, 03/13/2005 - 00:16

Good move on the Lavry -

On the interface - I use the AES-16 and it certainly does the trick (for the unitiated, the Lynx AES-16 is a simple 16 I/O AES interface and clock in a PCI card with software based mixing functions. Very versatile unit).

Not familiar with the Dakota - If you're referring to a TOSLink - S/PDIF optical, you can use the M-Audio Co3 as an AES-S/PDIF RCA/Optical I/O.

If the Dakota is an actual ADAT optical (8 channels) I have no idea - There's probably something in the Dakota's literature than might tell you if it will transfer a simple stereo signal.

KurtFoster Sun, 03/13/2005 - 15:33

There should be no problems running the Lynx card along with the Dakota card ... as long as you have an extra PCI slot ot put the Lynx in.

I would check with Frontier Designs to learn if they can see any issues first however.

One problem to be considered is the Tango and Dakota are only 24 / 48 capible. You may be better off just using the Lavry and abandoning the Tango and Dakota.

anonymous Sat, 03/19/2005 - 14:17

Thanx Kurt - good points - I wasn't even thinking about the sampling rate limitations in the Dakota/Tango.

The nice thing about the Dakota is that it has built in Sync - it will automatically convert from SMPTE to MTC.

If I use the Lynx with the Lavry Blue, I guess I'll need some other means of sync-ing. The most common scenario here is transferring from 16-track tape to PC - I make two passes - 8 tracks at a time.

I certainly cannot afford 16 channels of Lavry right now - what additional hardware will I need to maintain song position and clock sync?



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