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8 in 8 out ADAT converter on the cheap?
Old 1 week ago
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8 in 8 out ADAT converter on the cheap?

Hi
looking for 8 in 8 out stand alone ADAT converter
Anything that you would recommend that would be cheap on the used market.
Looking for something that does not need any connection to a computer to set up or operate. Don't need mic pres. Just clean not noisy signal.
Thanks for your help
Dave
Old 1 week ago
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Behringer ADA8000 comes to mind.

I'm not sure how noisy it is if you don't come from mic level, though.
Old 1 week ago
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thanks will check that out!!
dave
Old 1 week ago
  #4
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Try getting a used Presonus Digimax FS. S/Mux support to 96KHz, multiple routing/insert options, built-in selectable BNC termination and all the clock options right up front, where you need them.

You could also use a MOTU 2408, which is a swiss army knife of I/O and format conversion.
Old 1 week ago
  #5
Thanks will check out the Presonus Digimax
better than the Behringer ADA8000??
thanks
Dave
Old 1 week ago
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better than the Behringer ADA8000??
Uh, you can rip out the built-in microphone from a 1970's Radio Shack portable cassette deck and that sounds better than a Behringer ADA8000. I'll never understand how people can recommend that POS with a straight face, but then again I'll never understand how people eat haggis or ratfisk either.

I hear Behringer made many improvements on their ADA8200, but I have two ADA8000s that I replaced with a pair of Digimax FSs, and the difference is hard to describe, but I'll try:

About 10 years ago, I had an extremely painful abcess in one of my upper back molars, and it required a special oral surgeon because the roots of my teeth are weird -- evidently, they are so long they ended only a couple millimeters from some nasal cavity, and the roots then went out a sharp 90 degrees in three different directions. I couldn't get an appointment with this guy for a root canal for three weeks, so my dentist put me on hydrocodone and antibiotics, which I refilled many times. When I finally got my appointment (it was pushed back twice, so six weeks later) and I finally got into the chair with the happy gas, the dentist gave me the shot of novacaine, and the intense pain I was in felt like it just slid off my face and into the floor. I almost cried. I didn't know how much pain I was actually in until it just stopped.

For me, that's how it was with replacing the ADA8Ks with the Digimax FSs -- I didn't know how bad the Behringers sounded until I replaced them with something that sounded so good.

Edit: Here's a pic of my mobile rig. I have two more attached to my MOTU main DAW that consists of 3 2408s, a 24i/o and two Presonus Digimax FS as mic pres. They're really quite something...
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Old 1 week ago
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I've got an Antelope Orion 32+ G3
Focusrite 18i20
3 ADA8200s

Doesn't bother me to use the I/O on the Behringers.
Old 1 week ago
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I know you said no computer to set up, but I use an apogee firewire ensemble and one you set it up as standalone it stays that way until you intentionally change it again. You can find them used for not very much. Mine is clocked from my apollo x8 and sounds fantastic.
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Behringer ADA8000 comes to mind.

I'm not sure how noisy it is if you don't come from mic level, though.
The ADA8200 is a much improved update, the 8000 will certainly do the job but the redesigned power supply is worth a few more dollars. You should be able to find a used 8200 if you look around.
Old 1 week ago
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Behringer ADA8000 comes to mind.

I'm not sure how noisy it is if you don't come from mic level, though.
Believe it or not, the ADA8000 actually sounds FINE.

It's one of the better-kept secrets out there, I've been to major studios that had a bank of these as extra conversion channels
Old 1 week ago
  #11
Presonus Digimax only has ADAT out not in so that may not work
Maybe the ADA8000 is the best option.
Old 1 week ago
  #12
is there much improvement going to the ADA8200 compared to the ADA8000?

thanks
Dave
Old 1 week ago
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Presonus Digimax only has ADAT out not in so that may not work
Maybe the ADA8000 is the best option.
News to me:

Old 1 week ago
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is there much improvement going to the ADA8200 compared to the ADA8000?

thanks
Dave
As mentioned, the main thing is the power supply. The ADA8000 has a linear supply that runs hot and fails over time. They put a switch mode one in the ADA8200.

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=20591.0

Other cheap 8 in/out ADAT options include the Profire 2626 (in standalone mode) and the Fostex VC-8 (half rack box with phonos).
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
Thanks will check out the Presonus Digimax
better than the Behringer ADA8000??
thanks
Dave
The Digimax FS is a quality unit... I still have 3 of them!
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
Presonus Digimax only has ADAT out not in so that may not work
Maybe the ADA8000 is the best option.
Digimax β€œFS”

You’re making it hard to help you
Old 1 week ago
  #17
sorry I was looking at the
Digimax D8 and the Digimax LT which does not seem to have ADAT in
thanks
Dave
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