Best AES/EBU PCI card

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Summed analog 2-bus out of Lavry AD10 into second PC. Need a AES/EBU PCI card.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Looking around I just found this: Hmm, pretty cool and priced well.
    http://www.marian.de/en/products/trace_pro_ae

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    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Wir haben es! Danke

    http://www.marian.de/en/products/trace_pro_ae
     
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    Big K Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a bit too much for what you need, but excellent devices...

    RME: Hammerfall DSP AES-32
    RME: HDSPe AES
     
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Chris - is your AD10 fitted with the S/PDIF optical output jack and/or did it come with the AES/EBU - S/PDIF adaptor? I think if you have a short run between the converter and the computer you would get better value by going S/PDIF into either an RCA connector or an optical input. Your computer may already have one of these interfaces, or else they are available cheaply, even as a USB device. There is no audio quality issue here, as the signal is already digital. Well-supported drivers would be a pre-requisite, however.

    If you pursue the AES/EBU route and want some recommendation for the interface cards you liked to, I use Marian ADAT interface boards, and they work reliably.
     
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    Good news!

    Yes, AD10 comes with the AES/EBU - S/PDIF adaptor and would be 6 ft distance.

    I tried connecting S/PDIF some time back (when you guys helped me with the MixDream and FF800 threads) but it didn't seem to show a connection on my PC so I figured I need something else or I'm doing something incorrect. My PC has light, I'm assuming its active.
    When you say driver, what driver would I use? I expected Lavry would have their own driver when I first received it, but apparently I'm so out of date, learning there must be something I'm not doing right or need installed?

    Something else I'm curious about: Can I take advantage of the Lavry Clocks being better for everything I'm doing? Using DAW> analog out of FF800> to MixDream> 2-bus to Dangerous Master AD10 to second PC?

    What would you do with my rig?
     
  8. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    If the optical jack on your PC is showing red light, it's an output and not an input. An optical input should be a black hole. Are there a pair of optical jacks, with one showing red?

    The software driver I mentioned is the one for the S/PDIF interface. If the interface is built into the computer motherboard, the mobo manufacturer should issue and maintain the driver. If it's a plug-in card, the card manufacturer is responsible. It's never going to be Lavry or the makers of the gear that's sending the S/PDIF signal, unless you happen to use an RME S/PDIF interface card as well as using the FF800.

    Regarding clocking on the setup you describe, I would use the FF800 running on its internal clock for the outputting, and the AD10 running on its internal clock for capturing the 2-track mix. Given the design quality of those two pieces of gear, running this way will give you better stability than piping wordclock around using BNC or S/PDIF. There has been some debate as to whether the capture system should be synchronized to the replay system for analog mixdowns, but I generally leave them free-running as I am more often than not going from 96KHz replay to 44.1KHz capture.
     
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