ADAT and other connections

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

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  1. Filipe

    Filipe Active Member

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    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)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

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    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

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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

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

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

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    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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