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Highest quality PCI interface? Audio Interfaces
Old 21st May 2008
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Hey, what are some of the highest quality PCI, PCIE interfaces out there. I'm really not fond of FW btw... It's personal

Is RME the tops here?
Lynx seems decent too??

Looking for something along the lines of an apogee....

min 8in 8out, breakout box required, no little wire connections dangling from the back of my PC please. Pre amps not required.

The more DSP the better.;-)

oh, and for a PC.

My main applications for this will be:
1. Accepting DI boxes, and pre's
2. Integrating analogue hardware (using Cubase external effects thingy)
3. Providing word clock sync for everything
4. Midi
5. Additional Inputs via AES/EBU or ADAT.

So I'm really looking for the most pristine quality line-ins.
Old 21st May 2008
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Lynx Aurora.
Old 21st May 2008
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You want a PCI/PCI-e interface for an outboard converter? Then I would suggest the Lynx AES16 or the RME AES32? I think it is.

If you're looking for a soundcard with 8 in/out, then look into the RME cards.

Regards,
Bruce
Old 21st May 2008
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The RME 9632 provides stereo in/out:

The Hammerfall HDSP 9632 from RME

It supports expansion cards that provide 4 more analog inputs or outputs each, all internal via a jumper. But that means they have to be clocked to the main card, so it's not the same as havign all the converters in one box running from the same internal clock.
Old 25th May 2008
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I ask myself the same question, to replace an ESP ESI 1010...
Old 25th May 2008
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Looks like the lynx 8 ch would be a good choice for around $1500.00

The RME stuff looks nice, but the breakout box that I would want is $3000.00 alone!

For just a digital interface the RME Raydat is an absolute BEAST! I still can't find a suitable breakout box yet....
Old 25th May 2008
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I have been really enjoying the SSL Mixpander5 PCI card (PC only) with Alpha Link AX converters. It has plenty of DSP also, and you can purchase as a download / unlock code the exact same SSL EQ that the Duende units ship with. The Mixpander5 card has enough DSP to run all ins and outs of the Alpha Link converters simultaneously up to 96k & also handle 20 instances of the SSL EQ for example.

In the low $4,000 range you're talking 24 I/O and plenty of DSP power.

Oh, and they sound absolutely fantastic.

Been using with Nuendo 4 for months now, it has been 100% flawless for me.

War
Old 26th May 2008
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I have been really enjoying the SSL Mixpander5 PCI card (PC only) with Alpha Link AX converters. It has plenty of DSP also, and you can purchase as a download / unlock code the exact same SSL EQ that the Duende units ship with. The Mixpander5 card has enough DSP to run all ins and outs of the Alpha Link converters simultaneously up to 96k & also handle 20 instances of the SSL EQ for example.

In the low $4,000 range you're talking 24 I/O and plenty of DSP power.

Oh, and they sound absolutely fantastic.

Been using with Nuendo 4 for months now, it has been 100% flawless for me.

War
That is awesome!

I did not know that it came with a duende eq! Great info!
Old 26th May 2008
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It has plenty of DSP also, and you can purchase as a download / unlock code the exact same SSL EQ that the Duende units ship with.
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That is awesome!

I did not know that it came with a duende eq! Great info!
Just to clarify, I didn't say it came with it. But for $375 USD (current price) you can run 20 instances of it on the Mixpander5 card...! To further clarify the EQ DSP, it's 20 instances up to 48k sampling rate and is halved at 88.2 / 96k.

Sydec Audio Engineering - Soundscape | Plug-ins

The way the Mixpander card works is, one of the 5 DSP chips runs all of the I/O. Keep in mind that while the Alpha Link AX has 24 analog in and out, it also has 24 ADAT in and out and can run simultaneously all 48 channels I/O @ 48k / 24 bit (you can run the ADAT at 96k but it halves the channels to 12, THE ANALOG I/O ON BOARD IS NOT AFFECTED BY 96K PERFORMANCE AND IS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES AT UP TO 96K).

The other 4 DSP chips are there to run plugs in real time, with no noticeable latency.

War
Old 26th May 2008
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The RME 9632 provides stereo in/out:

The Hammerfall HDSP 9632 from RME

It supports expansion cards that provide 4 more analog inputs or outputs each, all internal via a jumper. But that means they have to be clocked to the main card, so it's not the same as havign all the converters in one box running from the same internal clock.
EMU ve got 120db dinamic range.
my oppinion 1212m,1616m,1820m.
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Yes, and it doesn't mean a thing. Serioulsy, the usual specs don't show anything meaningful about converters

I've had an 1820m here, even modded it a lot and clocked it to a great clock, it still sounds ugly against the Aurora. I've had an old high end CD player from the early 90s once that sounded much better, only 16bit but still.


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EMU ve got 120db dinamic range.
my oppinion 1212m,1616m,1820m.
Old 27th May 2008
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Watch out for PCI audio that don't already have driver support for Windows Vista. They might never get it.
Old 19th June 2008
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the aurora isn't pci!
Old 20th June 2008
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Lynx AES 16 with Aurora
RME AES with Aurora

RME 9652 with Aurora and its Adat option.

as mentioned the SSL Alpha link is also a great I/O in fact better than Aurora imho
you do not have to use the Mixspander if you dont want to.
several ways to connect it. including the RME Madi card

Scott
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Old 20th June 2008
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I'm definantly considering the mixpander, as it seems to double as a duende.

thanks!
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