My reason for this post is not ask what converters and word clocks do. I'm fairly certain I've sussed the basics of that and why people would want them.
What I'm still slightly confused on is how I would connect them with my current DAW/mixer setup.
I'm using Pro Tools 9 and the Mackie Onyx 1640i as my audio interface/mixer via firewire. I also have a few extra pres with vintage tubes I like to use when not using the Mackie pres.
Anyway, am I correct in the assumption that my mixer/audio interface is actually a poor man's ad/da converter? I mean, I'm recording via microphones that are plugged in via XLR as analog signals, I'm assuming those signals some how get "converted" by the Mackie mixer and sent into my Pro Tools DAW as digital information, yes?
If so, and I'm right in my logic, I can only assume that a much better converter like a Mytek 8X192 simply does a FAR superior job than this Mackie board, correct?
So if I purchase a Mytek (or similar) converter, how exactly would I place that in the chain of getting my microphone signal through it, then across my FW audio interface, then into Pro Tools? Do I use those DB25 connectors that I've got on the Mackie board which are also found on the Mytek?
My other question about a word clock also applies. Where exactly do I place a word clock in this setup?
I know these are noob questions, but I figured this is the best place to ask!
Thanks in advance!!