Originally Posted by soundgear
To use OMNI as a interface for Pro Tools it must always be connected to a PCI card. HDX , HDN , TDM , doesn't matter but it absolutely needs one of those cards to work as a PT interface. It has some stand alone features but none of them are interface features just standalone mixer features.
OMNI NEEDS TO BE CONNECTED TO A CARD
as do all Digidesign , Avid interfaces for TDM or later.
You might be right as for full interface features but as for "none" apparently the converter can also be used stand alone . ?
I personally haven't tried it so cant say yes or no, thats why I linked the DUC thread. Because this post of the the thread I linked seems to indicate the converters could be used
Although it does state "when PT is not running " which may mean for some reason it would have to be some other DAW. So in practical terms you may be correct. From the Omni manual:
When you configure the Mixer settings in
the Hardware Setup, the Mixer settings are
stored on HD OMNI. This lets you use HD
OMNI as a pre-configured standalone converter
when Pro Tools is not running.
Looks like you could have someone with an HD system configure it for you (make sure you pan the SPDIF input hard right and left) then you could take it home, use the SPDIF input on the Omni and the monitor outs to your monitors and see what the converters sound like.