hooking up an ISA428 A/D Card to PC?.................

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by musicman68, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. musicman68

    musicman68 Guest

    hell everyone,

    this may be a dumb question...but I can't figure this out. Im looking at purchasing 2 ISA 428's w/ the A/D card.

    Once the card is installed in the ISA, how do I hook it up to my PC? I currently have a Tascam FW-1884....do I hook it to this? Can I hook it to the FW-1884 through the ADAT connections? If I do this are the Tascam converters then in use, thereby degrading the signal?

    I was under the impression that in purchasing the A/D card I could have an additional 8 channels besides the FW-1884.

    I have searched in this forum and on the Focusrite site and am not finding the info I need.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Yes into the Tascam, and the ISA 428 is only 4 channels, not 8. Here's a pic of the converter.
    Line 6 Manuals
    ADAT is a digital signal, why would there be any further conversions?
  3. Dan_Pence

    Dan_Pence Guest

    Actually, the ISA 428 IS 8 channels (4 Focusrite Pres, along with 4 external balanced inputs). With the A/D option card, all 8 channels can be transmitted via ADAT or SMUX. Great piece of gear. I want one bad.
  4. musicman68

    musicman68 Guest

    thanks for the replies....

    i just want to make sure i have this right.....
    With the card I run ADAT into my TASCAM FW-1884 and I thereby have 8 inputs from the A/D card....AND I still have my other 8 on the tascam available for a total of 16? Or does doing it this way only give me 8 and eliminate the onboard pre's on the TASCAM?

    Thanks again!
  5. musicman68

    musicman68 Guest

    Do I need somekind of PCI card for my PCI that has ADAT hookups? Or is the Tascam the best way to go about this?
  6. Dan_Pence

    Dan_Pence Guest

    Okay - this should make it easy. I've never use the Tascam unit you're talking about, but I saw on Tascam's website that the unit has the ADAT lightpipe connection on the rear, very similar to many other units out there... here's how you would set it up -

    Using an optical cable, connect between the lightpipe output on the rear of the Focusrite A/D converter (make sure you plug it into the one that says 1-8 @48kHz - the tascam, to the best of my knowledge, does not support SMUX) and the lightpipe input on the rear of the Tascam. This will allow you to use channels 1-4 of your ISA 428, plus 4 more external preamps, if you have them, which can be connected and trasmitted as channels 5-8 from the ISA 428 A/D card. These 8 inputs are in ADDITION to your 8 preamps on the Tascam (to the best of my knowledge). And, yes, that equals 16 simultaneous channels.

    The only catch to using the ADAT format is that it will restrict your recording to 48kHz. This may, or may not, be a disadvantage to you, but it's worth mentioning.

    I hope this has helped some. Let me know if you need anymore help.

  7. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Agreed. This is definitely on my wish list too. I know several people who bought these and they sound excellent IMO. :cool:
  8. Eriksmusicproduction

    Eriksmusicproduction Active Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    I have both the fw1884 and 428 with ad card.

    The tascam does do smux therefore you can run 96k but limited to 4 tracks from the 428 using the adat cable.

    However, notice that the fw1884 is an 18 input machine? That means that you can also run an additional 2 track of spdif as well which the 428 card outputs thereby using 6 of the 8 outs from the 428. just get a DB9M to spdif (rca jacks) cable, which focusrite makes but is about 50$, presonus also makes one which you can find on sweetwater or similar site for about half that.

    Hook up one adat cable and one spdif and your good to go for an additional 6 track at 96k, or just use the adat and run 8 tracks if your only running 48k.

    Hope this helps.

    note that you would only be using 1 of the 4 rca's on the spdif cable.
  9. musicman68

    musicman68 Guest

    thanks everyone, this is exactly the info i was looking for. I appreciate it!
  10. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    My dream is to someday be able to have issues with a Pre, Session, and/or Producer Pak. :lol:

    Nice piece of kit, man. :cool:
  11. Dan_Pence

    Dan_Pence Guest

    Thanks for clarifying that - I have never used the 1884, so I wasn't sure if it supported SMUX or not. I'm glad someone who knew for sure was able to clarify. Now, I know. Thanks!
  12. Eriksmusicproduction

    Eriksmusicproduction Active Member

    Oct 17, 2005
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