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The most inputs and outputs. Digital Converters
Old 6th September 2011
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The most inputs and outputs.

Hi Everyone,

As many of you my hardware collection has been increasing again. I would like to hook up as many synthesizers and effects as I can do my iMac (new 2011). I am looking at getting the RME Fireface UFX.

I'm not sure about something though... To expand the analog I/O beyond 12 I need to use the ADAT interface... what is a good cost effective way to do this?

The example on the RME website say use the 2 ADI-8's but those are $2600 each.

"ADAT: Two 8-channel ADAT I/Os expand the UFX by 16 channels available simultaneously with the analog channels. They can be used to connect two 8-channel AD/DA converters, mixing consoles, or to insert effects devices. Both I/Os support sample rates with up to 192 kHz (S/MUX4). Using two external converters like the ADI-8 QS, the UFX will provide 28 analog inputs and outputs, 20 with a sample rate of 96 kHz, and still 16 at 192 kHz."

ps. I have an API 512c so I do not need any micpres.

Thanks for any info.

Last edited by Oliver Chesler; 6th September 2011 at 06:03 PM.. Reason: spelling
Old 6th September 2011
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Hi Everyone,

As many of you my hardware collection has been increasing again. I would like to hook up as many synthesizers and effects as I can do my iMac (new 2011). I am looking at getting the RME Fireface UFX.

I'm not sure about something though... To expand the analog I/O beyond 12 I need to use the ADAT interface... what is a good cost effective way to do this?

The example on the RME website say use the 2 ADI-8's but those are $2600 each.....
Congrats! I also have a new iMac and a UFX - so far I love it. There's no comparing the sound, the performance, the flexibility and the reliability with my old Yamaha mLan rig.

Well, for starters, the ADI-8s would be overkill for any synths. I'm not a synth guy but I'm pretty sure there's no synths out there that put out 192khz - and very few that even do 96khz. 4x SMUX is part of the high price of these units.

If you're not an absolute purist - most synth guys aren't. Why not start with a cheapie like a behringer ADA8000? I've seen stuff where The frequency response is pretty warbly up over 16k, but a lot of people seem to like the way it sounds despite this. At 150 euros used, you could always just buy a couple for use while you mull over all the other converter options

Better yet, a pair of Aphex 142's - analog to adat only are probably a little more sensible, and mods to them are a lot more common I think. You'll need a DB25 to TRS/Bantam patchpay too, but it'll still probably be a cleaner setup.

Dave
Old 6th September 2011
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Thanks Dave... the Behringer is really cheap $193 w/free shipping... it's almost worth it just to try it out. Is there anything similiar just up the price range and sound quality... somewhere between the AD8000 and ADI-8 that a lot of people are using?

Yes... its going to be synths, a spring reverb unit and maybe an old Korg SDD2000 digital delay!
Old 6th September 2011
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Thanks Dave... the Behringer is really cheap $193 w/free shipping... it's almost worth it just to try it out. Is there anything similiar just up the price range and sound quality... somewhere between the AD8000 and ADI-8 that a lot of people are using?

Yes... its going to be synths, a spring reverb unit and maybe an old Korg SDD2000 digital delay!
You want to spend more money? Or are you equating price range with sound quality? Interesting. If $193 is peanuts to you then you might as well try it out. Maybe buy a used one for around $100, that must be no money at all.
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How many channels are you recording at a time? If it's only a few then get a patchbay. If you want to get fancier and have EQ and effects with your synths before your AD converter then look into analog mixers.
Old 6th September 2011
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If cost is an issue, howsabout a Focusrite Octapre II? Should be plenty enough for synths...
Old 7th September 2011
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@tyedie No I think $200 is plenty of money like anyone! I was just thinking the quality would be bad at the price. Apparently a lot of people think the Behringer does the job fine.

@Bassmankr 8 more will be fine... no eq or fx needed.

Thanks for all the answers... I'll grab the Behringer today... !
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