Originally Posted by Mayor999
Texum - That is a great debate right now.... Some people say they "hear" a difference when they use a master word clock (Keep in mind this has nothing to do with time code or SMPTE). Other people (including Bob Katz who goes into this in great detail in a book of his) say that basically a converter can only convert as well as that converter can. And by adding a external clock... it cannot get better... only stay the same or get worse.
In my opinion.... if you have access to a clock... try it both ways and see what sounds best to you. I would have an assistant switch between them without telling you (a blind test) because I think a lot of people go out and buy a Big Ben and say "Oh god yes" when really nothing has changed except for money from your pocket.
Here is the book im talking about
: Amazon.com: Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science: Books: Bob Katz
Hi Mike, thanks for that, but I guess I choose the wrong wording in my first post. What I meant to say, is that I believe that when you want to use different converters at the same time, you have to designate one clock to "clock" them all, either that being one of the converters' internal clocks, or one independent, external clock.
So this "common" clock is what makes the converters work together, and ensure that you don't experience any latency comming from one or more of the converters.
SO, for example, in relation to the OP's question of using several different converters, I believe that in theory this should not create any sort of delays/latency, since all this devices will have to use one "common" clock.
I do this with the 002 (or at least, I believe that's what I do) when I use both the 002's own converters, together with an M-Audio Octane 8ch pre/A/D converter, and an Apogee Rosetta 2c AD/DA, and clocking them all through the Rosetta.
But I'll shut up now, really don't know much about this, just saw that no one else had chimed in, so I thought I'd give it a shot
BTW: I have read several posts about the influence of external word clocks on sound, so I'll definitively check out Bob Katz book. Should be interesting, and I guess there are a lot of good reasons for believing him if he says that master/external clocking has no influence on sound.