Chaining MOTU 8pre's together

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by mikey10101, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. mikey10101

    mikey10101 Active Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    Clifton Park, NY
    Hey everyone,

    I read on the MOTU site that I can chain 2 8pre's together to get 16 channels of recording by using the optical connections. Has anyone done something similar to this and can offer some insight as to how easy/difficult it is? I am not finding anything very descriptive on "how" to do it, and would like to order the right cables/etc the first time around.

    thanks in advance for any help!

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    It's not difficult. Just use a couple of standard optical cables to go from the optical outputs of the second (standalone) 8pre to the optical inputs of the first (FireWire-interfaced) 8pre. Set the interfaced 8pre to clock from its ADAT input.

    This should get you 16 channels of microphone inputs at up to 96KHz sampling rates. You will need a good specification computer (ideally not networked!) to deal with this data at that rate.

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