ADAT and other connections

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Filipe, Feb 21, 2009.

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  1. Filipe

    Filipe Active Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    I was going through the options for budget multitrack interfaces and some don't have Firewire nor USB, but some other connecting ways like ADAT and S/PDIF. I'm specifically talking about Mackie Onyx 800R which I was thinking about getting but my laptop doesn't have those entries . How would I connect that interface on my PC or any PC with usb/Ilink(firewire)?

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    You would need an interface that accepts ADAT lightpipe. Low end interfaces sometimes use optical spdif which is not the same and carries only 2 channels.
  3. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    What inputs does your laptop have? FW, USB, PCMCIA Cardbus?

    A fairly forward connector of ADAT to FW would be the M-Audio Lightbridge. This is however only a single suggestion and I don't have any experience with that thing. It does allow for another 800R if you would expand.
  4. Filipe

    Filipe Active Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    Nevermind this, it wasn't what I wanted to ask. Thanks for replying though.
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    You seem confused.

    USB, firewire, PCMCIA, PCI: These are ways of connecting an interface to your computer.

    ADAT/Lightpipe: These are ways of getting audio from one bit of gear to another (for example, a block of preamps to your interface).

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