word clock vs adat connection help?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by damo, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. damo

    damo Active Member

    Mar 20, 2009

    I want to get the best out of all my mic pre's I have and I am not sure whether to hook everything up via adat or wordclock.

    My current set up is I have a Rme hammerfall 9652 soundcard with a presonus digimax lt, Art gold dmpa pre, jlm ba2 mic pre and a behringer ada8000. I use cubase sx3.

    My best mic pre is the JLM audio BA2 which is a 2 channel analog pre and I have that going line into the ada8000 for conversion with the ada8000 going adat into Rme soundcard.
    The digimax is going adat into Rme also (that is the master) and the Art pre is going spidif into Rme card (it also could go adat but I decided to run spidif).

    My question is , is this best way to have everything connected to get the best possible sound for what I use? Would connecting via wordclock make a difference, I am not familar with it.
    Any help be much appreciated . Thanks
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I tend to use the ada8000 in a send return config
    and I've never used the BNC word clock

    the host computer and interface sends adat TO the ada8000 and this gives it an audio clock
    ada is in slave mode

    the output of the ada8000 send into the interface and carries the converted signals

    I think I'd use the analog conversion in the Hammerfall
    does it have a a line input for the Baby Animal ?
  3. damo

    damo Active Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    thanks for the reply, the rme card just has 3 adat connections and a spidif so the baby animal cannot go straight into it.
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I just did a google on the Rme hammerfall 9652 soundcard

    I would still start with a TO and FROM the ADA80000 with a 2 optics

    Set the audio session for 44.1 and 24 bit
    set the ADA for external

    BA into a line input and min gain

    remember the ADA is a budget unit and the inputs are Mic/line
    not great but workable

    I often use the ADA and an Alesis Ai3
    both very different units and both have their moments

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