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Author Topic: USB audio interface with S/PDIF input?  (Read 3079 times)

hermitnerd

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USB audio interface with S/PDIF input?
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:29:47 pm »
Can someone recommend any interfaces that have this feature?
« Last Edit: March 31, 2013, 08:46:28 pm by hermitnerd »

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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF optical input?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 08:28:25 pm »
Hmmm, I think you need to be little more spesific what do you want:
What do you wanna do with it? How many ins/outs do you need? And how about mic vs line-ins?
Price range: how much it can cost? Are you using it on mac/pc?

And finaly, why optical spdif? Origin has coaxial spdif out and isn't this the most typical in soundcards too, am I right?

Personally I have three Motus (they work fine in mac which is their first choise OS). Motu Ultralite Mk3 hybrid (both FW and USB) have spdif ins/outs and they work well I suppose (I don't use them very much). IMO ultralite is a great value for its price and compact size. It has great internal routing and FX too. One is at my home for playing/mixing/recording. Other one is working standalone as my personal digital mixer on stage.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 11:06:14 pm by JacksonP »

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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF optical input?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 08:43:07 pm »
i'm using a motu 828mk2 usb. i used to connect origin to the coaxial but the signal was too weak (as always with digital connexion) so i switched it back to the normal input (jack 6"35)

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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF optical input?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 08:48:32 pm »
 
I just bought Roland Quad Capture and find it excellent for my needs. Amazon had (still has ?) a special deal running... In a nutshell, very fast and stable asio driver, 2 high quality preamps with automatic gain control, midi in/out, spdif...

P.S.

I've been using it to fool around with u-he diva synth, and all I can say is wow...
Is it okay to love more than one...?  ;)


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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF coaxial input?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 11:41:58 pm »
And finaly, why optical spdif? Origin has coaxial spdif out and isn't this the most typical in soundcards too, am I right?

oops sorry! coaxial! I meant coaxial!

i'm just looking for a good quality compact audio interface that will send the Origin's S/PDIF digital audio signal to USB. ideally it would be powered via USB and have a headphone monitor feature

I've been using it to fool around with u-he diva synth, and all I can say is wow...
Is it okay to love more than one...?  ;)

 ;D  she does sound awesome. but then you're back to mouse-centric programming/tweaking, unless there is a good controller solution for it...which is another good topic...has anyone tried using the Origin as MIDI CC controller for soft-synths??

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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF optical input?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 08:39:39 pm »

The Komplete Audio 6 looks very good.

My next question is (for Philippe or anyone else who might know) - if you connect the Origin's SPDIF out to a USB audio interface's SPDIF in, and connect your computer to the audio interface via USB, on the surface it would seem like now you have a direct digital connection from the synth to the computer/DAW and the sound quality should be better than if you use the Origin's line outputs. Is this really the case? Or are there significant conversions necessary on this path?

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Re: USB audio interface with S/PDIF optical input?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2013, 02:40:29 pm »
You are ok ;  a signal encoded audio S / PDIF suffers no attenuation or distortion and can be exchanged without any loss.
cable coaxial asymetric  75 ohms.
Sometime I put my Origin in MA 15D with  S /PDIF connexion and it's clean...
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