Explaining word clock

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by smog99, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. smog99

    smog99 Guest

    Hi All,
    This may be a dumb question, but do I need a master clock source in my setup ? I'm using 2 digimax 8 ch pres (lightpipe) as well as 4 analong inputs into an RME Hammerfall card, and recording to Nuendo. I don't hear anything weird but some other reading has got me concerned.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. johnwy

    johnwy Well-Known Member

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    I personally believe that a good master word clock source is a nice addition to any DAW setup and can definitely help in critical situations. If you don't have any other digital gear other than your pre's ( presonus right?) you can probably get away without one.

    The next time you record/mix/whatever I suggest, if you can, is to rent (or borrow a friends, or audition one from your local dealer, steal, whatever) a word sync generator to do an a/b test. If you hear an improvement, great. If not, don't bother buying one.
     
  3. smog99

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    maybe I will

    Thanks John. I will borrow one this weekend. But it's importance is in the recording stage and not the mixing stage correct ? I am mixing 100 % in the box.
     
  4. johnwy

    johnwy Well-Known Member

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    It is certainly critical at the a/d converter and less critical at the d/a converter since one argument is that you can have better equipment at the d/a.
     

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