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Bringing soundcards and computer for backtracks etc to USA (voltages etc question) Dynamics Plugins
Old 7th August 2014
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Bringing soundcards and computer for backtracks etc to USA (voltages etc question)

My band might be gigging in the usa. We run everything through a mac with Logicx. We use amp sims on the bass and guitars. And run backtracks from the mac too. We are all using in ears so most of our in ear monitor mixes is done in logic too. Which also mean that we bring a 16 channel soundcard with us. All racked up ofcourse.

Here is my nerdy question. American voltage and freq is different from european. Will using an adapter from american voltage/freq to european be stable enough. I am thinking about clock frequencies between soundcard and mac etc etc?
Old 7th August 2014
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Line frequency generally shouldn't affect equipment that uses DC power (either internally via a power supply or externally via an AC adapter). Motors are a different story.

If you are using wireless equipment like mics etc. make sure it uses radio frequencies that are legal to use in the US.
Old 7th August 2014
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Mains power-line frequency has no connection to a computer or sound cards clock frequency. Most modern computers, and many sound modules use switching power supplies that can run of a wide range of voltages and frequencies . Look closely at the back of your gear where it plugs into the wall. If it says 110-220 50-60hz you are fine.
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