Top banana Converters for 16 ins and outs of 'Puter.

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Antho, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Antho

    Antho Guest

    G'day all.

    I've done a search and recieved some info, but not exactly what I'm after.

    Experienced knowledge would be highly appreciated. Which converter company would you use for 16 I/O upgrade-able to 24, 36 etc that utilises analog I/O ? And which model ?

    This is to run I/O for 16 direct outs for rec * 16 line ins for mixdown from/to an Allen & Heath mixer.

    Or would you use one that had no analog I/O and used some kind of I/O breakout cable or box, or connector that ran to a another companies box that featured analog I/O?

    So to recap: Which brand, which model/s & why you chose them...

    Be greatly appreciated! Many thanks.
  2. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Hi there, there are a number of companies that make items like this. I use 2 M Audio Delta 1010's together running Nuendo and it works great. If your looking for higher quality check out Apogee. I think my Deltas sound really nice esp for the cash.

    They also have really great tech support!!

    Good luck
  3. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    i second the delta. just avoid the 1010lt and make sure you get the rack mounable 1010.
  4. jamiey

    jamiey Guest

    Also look into the Lynx Aurora.
  5. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Hey guys!

    Thanks for your help.

    I had considered that Delta's some time ago. I have Presonus Firepod, and was thinking about running dual Firepods, so in that light, It makes more sense and is cheaper to use the Pod over the 1010's. I would actually pay less for two Pods than two 1010s which is funny! I can't get the 1010's wholesale, but the Pods I can get close enough to... I can simply bypass the preamps and use them as I/O boxes and I'm pretty sure the converters in there will be as good as if not more recent and better than the 1010's. What do you reckon?

    Thing is I was looking to upgrade from this level of converters and mainly use the Pods for location recording. So the Apogees and the Lynxes and the Rosettas that you guys have mentioned are looking more and more like the path to take. Perhaps RME I should add to the list?

    Lynx Aurora eh? I'll definately shortlist that one, it looks ideal.

    So I should really visit each manufacturers site and see what equivelent models they offer.
  6. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    This product is new. It's getting good initial reviews. On Lynn Fuston's forum, they were compared to Lavry Blues (superb converters) and compared favorably. Given the price for the Aurora, they shoud be checked out.
  7. kittonian

    kittonian Guest

    We just did an install for a client in NYC of an Aurora 16 with an AES-16 to a Nuendo 3 DAW. They couldn't be happier with the sound. Unfortunately these units are on heavy backorder at the moment due to the extremely high demand since their initial announcement. Some dealers did go ahead and order a few for stock. We ordered two and as I mentioned already sold the 16 channel unit.
  8. Antho

    Antho Guest

    That's good news. I'm usually wary of new stuff. With this in mind, and the fact they may be hard to get, it's a good thing I wont be buying for a coupla months.

    I've just realised how pricey the breakout cables are for these units. around $450 for 8 channels, so abour $900 for two 16 channels. Does this sound about right? I suppose this is pretty normal for these applications, I've worked in a studio and own my own, but I never sourced or bought the cables, and my own studio is pretty low key. These kind of prices for cables are new to me :)

    The lynx Aurora does look attractive as an option. I'm just wondering is there may be some older options that would have come down considerably in price due to age, or being 'superseded'..

    Hey, I really appreciate your help, this is good so keep it coming

  9. BDFitz

    BDFitz Active Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Lake Arrowhead
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    I can't quote the cost on your computer cable needs but I just bought a Lynx Aurora 8 for a Mackie d8b set up. ETA is Friday to install. I believe I have the right cables and was pleasantly surprised to get a great bargain on my needs. The Aurora 8 is tascam technology on the anolog side and yamaha standard on the digital side. I did pass on special, silver plated cables at $250 (digital) and as I undetstand it, there is much more concern and quality needed on the analog side.

    I decided to go with analog cables directly from Lynx (made offshore) for $80+ $6 shipping. They provide a d-sub 25 pin male connector on the Aurora end and 8 female XLR (only) on the other end.

    The Digital cable for my needs (West LA Music $50 + $10 shipping) is a Hosa DBK-347. One must specify d-sub to d-sub or XLR as the product model calls out both. You can always go Mogami for quality but since Lynx supplies the anolog I thought I'd try theirs first. has them for even less in stock. The digital are harder to find but the Lynx site recommends Mogami, Hosa and Proco.
  10. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    2 rme adi boxes..... sounds better than apogee and alot cheaper....
  11. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Those cable prices are way better than what I i might've been looking at the wrong type...they were mogami's too.

    RME better than Lynx? I always thought RME were a notch or two below Lynx? Based on research not A/bing them. I've heard older RME hammerfal systems a fair bit, but not any Lynxes as yet...

    But, in light of saving doh, I will certainly consider RME options...

    Apart from that, the local community here in OZ are a bit more googaa over RME, which is good for my biz of I have RME :) Not as many muso's have heard of Lynx it seems....not that all this is driving my decision! Just interesting to note in a market research way..
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