Harmony Central Forums
Announcement
Collapse
No announcement yet.

usb 2.0 to spdif/coax..small interface?

Collapse



X
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • usb 2.0 to spdif/coax..small interface?

    just bought a roland fantom x and am thinking i might have better sound..if i'd even notice which i probably wouldnt, by running it through something like the title says. currently, its using stereo out to the 1/8 input on the stock motherboard soundcard of a dell desktop and i really do think there is better to be had. i dont need a fancy interface with mic pres and such, but am not adverse to one either. low budget, well, not 1k plus which i guess can be low to some, simple and win xp compatible meaning nothing that doesnt come with drivers like the cheapy behringer one i have already.



    thanks for any suggestions,

    mike

  • #2
    This will be my next interface, look's like it will do for you as well:



    http://www.zzounds.com/item--FOCSCAR18I6







    Has every thing you will need even ADAT light pipe for more inputs, Great preamps with excellent S/N, you can't go wrong and a great price too($299.95, might as well say a little over 3 bills when you add shipping).

    Comment


    • #3
      that looks like a solid option for sure, but what if i just wanted usb to digital input? does such a thing exist? it would be handy to have either way.

      Comment


      • #4
        Your probably not going to find a replacement without getting a full unit instead of just S/PDIF to USB (it's always the case if you want to upgrade your capabilities), this unit has S/PDIF digital In and Out look at the Back:












        Specifications



        Microphone Inputs 1-2



        - Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB

        - Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB

        - THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Noise EIN: 124dB analogue to digital (measured at 60dB of gain with 150Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Input Impedance: 2kOhm



        Digital Performance



        - A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs

        - D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs

        - Clock Sources:

        - Internal Clock

        - Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA)

        - Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input

        - Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds

        - Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz

        - 18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)

        - 6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)

        - 6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)

        - 18 input by 6 output mixer



        Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)



        - Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

        - Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB

        - THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Input Impedance: >10kOhm



        Line Inputs 3-8



        - Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB

        - Input Level: +10dBu for 0dBFS (balanced inputs)

        - THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Input Impedance: >10kOhm



        Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)



        - Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB

        - Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB

        - THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

        - Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)



        Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-2)



        - 2 Electronically Balanced Outputs

        - Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +16dBu

        - Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB

        - THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)



        Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)



        - Any input to input: > 100dB

        - Any output to output: > 100dB

        - Any input to output: > 100dB



        Digital Performance



        - A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs

        - D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs

        - Clock Sources:

        - Internal Clock

        - Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA)

        - Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input

        - Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds

        - Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz

        - 18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)

        - 6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)

        - 6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)

        - 18 input by 6 output mixer



        Weight and Dimensions



        - Dimensions (W x H x D):

        - Unboxed: approx. 215mm x 45mm x 220mm (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)

        - Boxed: approx. 335mm x 275mm x 125mm (13.2 x 10.8 x 4.9 inches)



        - Weights:

        - Net Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs

        - Gross Weight: approx. 2.39kg / 5.3lbs



        Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)



        - 2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel

        - 6 Line TRS (channels 3-8) on rear panel

        - Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)

        - Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett Mix Control Application



        Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1 - 96kHz



        - Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA

        - 8 optical ADAT channels (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz)



        Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)



        - 2 TRS Jacks

        - Output Level control (analogue)

        - Separate Stereo Headphones Mix (outputs 3/4) on TRS with independent analogue volume control



        Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz



        - Stereo S/PDIF Output on RCA



        Other I/O



        - 1 USB Type B Connector

        - 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out

        - DC Power Input Connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)



        Front Panel Indicators



        - 8 2-segment input meters, -18 and 0dBFS

        - LKD Lock Indicator

        - USB Host Connected Indicator

        - Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2

        - Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2



        Compatibility



        MAC: OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard



        WINDOWS: Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only) Dimensions and Weight in PackagingShipping Weight: 5 lbs Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 5 in



        It is quite comprehensive and I looked for an interface with just S/PDIF and Behringer is the only one I could find, I hope you find what your looking for.

        Comment


        • #5
          that really does look like a nice unit. for later expandability, i probably cant go wrong with it.

          Comment


          • #6
            [QUOTE=spottyaudio;47041612]just bought a roland fantom x and am thinking i might have better sound..if i'd even notice which i probably wouldnt, by running it through something like the title says. currently, its using stereo out to the 1/8 input on the stock motherboard soundcard of a dell desktop and i really do think there is better to be had. [QUOTE]



            Of course there is better, and it's worth some experimenting.








            i dont need a fancy interface with mic pres and such



            Ah, the "I don't need all the bells and whistles, just something simple" cry of the musician. Unfortunately, manufacturers find that it's easier to sell products to people who can use all the bells and whistles, so stripped down iinterfaces tend to be either at the high end, low end, or nonexistent. Roland (under the Edirol brand, now Cakewalk) used to make a simple S/PDIF-USB interface but I don't know if they still do.








            simple and win xp compatible meaning nothing that doesnt come with drivers like the cheapy behringer one i have already.



            Is that the UCA-200 series? Have you tried it with your keyboard yet? It's likely better than the built-in sound card, though you need to be careful with the (analog) input level - you may need to keep tthe output volume of the keyboard fairly low to avoid overdriving the interface. Watch the meters on your DAW. It may be all the improvement you need.



            The Focusrite Scarlett series is excellent and very flexible. If the 18i6 sounds like overkill for you, the 8i6 is less expensive (no ADAT I/O) and also has S/PDIF. There's a review on my web page.
            --
            "Today's production equipment is IT-based and cannot be operated without a passing knowledge of computing, although it seems that it can be operated without a passing knowledge of audio." - John Watkinson, Resolution Magazine, October 2006
            Drop by http://mikeriversaudio.wordpress.com now and then

            Comment


            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by spottyaudio
              View Post

              just bought a roland fantom x and am thinking i might have better sound..if i'd even notice which i probably wouldnt, by running it through something like the title says. currently, its using stereo out to the 1/8 input on the stock motherboard soundcard of a dell desktop and i really do think there is better to be had. i dont need a fancy interface with mic pres and such, but am not adverse to one either. low budget, well, not 1k plus which i guess can be low to some, simple and win xp compatible meaning nothing that doesnt come with drivers like the cheapy behringer one i have already.



              thanks for any suggestions,

              mike




              What

              Comment


              • #8
                Oh look! S/PDIF is a file transfer format.









                Quote Originally Posted by Roland


                S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a standard audio transfer file format.



                http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/455




                Gosh, you learn something new every day!

                Comment


                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gnash
                  View Post

                  What

                  Comment


                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by CTStump
                    View Post

                    Sorry Jon ... I think he was trying to improve his capabilities beyond what he has already got with the Behringer.




                    Well, does his Behringer have S/PDIF?









                    Quote Originally Posted by spottyaudio
                    View Post

                    what if i just wanted usb to digital input? does such a thing exist?




                    Call me a nut

                    Comment


                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by MikeRivers
                      View Post

                      The Focusrite Scarlett series is excellent and very flexible. If the 18i6 sounds like overkill for you, the 8i6 is less expensive (no ADAT I/O) and also has S/PDIF. There's a review on my web page.




                      That's a quite extensive review Mike,told me alot about the latency issues of this unit, I'm getting at best with my current Emu 1616 about 5ms tops so i if the 18!6 gets 7ms or better I'll be a happy camper being as it is USB. Of course I'll upgrade my windows OS before I purchase this unit.



                      Excellent and comprehensive review.

                      Comment


                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gnash
                        View Post

                        Well, does his Behringer have S/PDIF?







                        Call me a nut

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          With a simple Google search I found this unit from ESI that might also do the trick it's striped down to the very basics but might be what is needed:



                          This one comes with ASIO drivers and is a little over 100 bucks. The bare minimum with decent drivers.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            yes guys, the behr unit i have is only analog ins/outs. i have never gotten the input side to recognize under xp but the output side had been very useful. since i need to have my computer talk to me as i cant see the screen, having two soundcards when using the laptop for music between bands or at a festival is really quite handy, but its limited by the fact i cant use the input to get sound in. its ok though, i bought it for 2 dollars at guitar centers "get all this old crap out of our bins" sale a few years back.

                            Comment













                            Working...
                            X