searching for analog-to-adat- and adat-to-analog-converter

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by recordwoman, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. recordwoman

    recordwoman Guest

    i need more OUTs/INs for my MOTU 828mk II.
    so i wanna buy an analog-to-adat- and adat-to-analog-converter (each 8 channels)!
    somebody told me the RME ADI-8 PRO is a good choice. is it...?
    are there other alternatives? maybe cheaper with the same quality ;-)

    THANX in advance for your tips!
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    Check the Behringer ADA8000. For the price it is unbeatable.

  3. recordwoman

    recordwoman Guest

    if the converters are worse than MOTUs' than i don't want this unit. the converters should be equal or better to the 828s' !
    somebody told me i can use the RME multiface as stand-alone-converter....!? could this be true...........................!?!?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Alesis AI3 is a surprisingly decent 8 channel converter for about $400.

    Most converters that use the ADAT protocol, are all using identical a-d/d-a chips made by Alesis, regardless of who the manufacturer is. In the case of ADAT converters, there really isn't much difference in the most expensive and the most affordable unless they are from Apogee or other high end manufacturers where superior analog circuitry and digital clocks are employed.
  5. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    YES! The Multiface can be used in "Disconnect mode", and it can operate as a standalone AD/DA converter! I believe you just need the current Multiface Driver to allow "Disconnect" mode (you have to have the Multiface hooked up to the PC to initiate "Disconnect" mode, and you will need a power supply for it to operate while disconnected from the RME HDSP PCI card).

    I also have the ADI-8 Pro, and I got it used for $550!!! :eek: . For that price (Retailed at $1700), I am a very happy camper :wink: . I can't compare the ADI-8 to Apogee or Lavry (I wish I could), but I'm surely happy with it for now. FWIW - I am very satisfied with the Multiface + ADI-8 Pro combo. Totalmix and the rock-solid & efficient RME drivers are the bomb IMO...

  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I use the Ai3 and the ADA8000

    these guys , on paper, have some things that look pretty cool

    look for an older, cheaper model that also has the 8 channels and had the ADAT I/O
  7. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    :shock: Now I know you're off your rocker you old ear crusted bafoon! :lol: decent converters my ass. Hee Hee

    Yup...and the clock circuitry on the Alesis units are terrible

    RME is a great unit to go for. Great sound and great driver/product reliabilty as well which is a huge factor when purchasing equipment.

  8. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    but I don't use the clock circuitry on the Alesis unit

    it always slaves from the main system

    if you are looking for ultra quality... then don't use the Lightpipe and stick with AES-EBU

    you get what you pay for
  9. Dr_Simon

    Dr_Simon Guest

    I was faced with this problem and ended up getting a second 828.

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