October 10, 2006


by Chris Randall

Okay, A/D with a cheapness. I need balanced analog input, AES output. Obviously the M-Audio Flying Cow will fit the bill, but just thinking about buying something where even a penny will end up with the shareholders of Avid gives me the cold sweats; I can't bring myself to do it. Anyone have another option they'd like to expound?


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Oct.10.2006 @ 11:55 PM
Doesn't your eclipse have bal ins/AES outs? Couldn't you use that just for the conversion?

Oct.11.2006 @ 12:05 AM
What about digging up a Rosetta A/D (like the original 2 channel one)... How much could they be nowadays?


Oct.11.2006 @ 12:23 AM
Chris Randall
The Eclipse has other jobs to do. I'm not going to use a $2K multi-fx unit for a simple task like that.



Oct.11.2006 @ 1:45 AM
Mini me?

Oct.11.2006 @ 2:44 AM
Kurzweil Rumour (a $400 multi-efx unit with good convertors and not so much else to do), good old Frontier Tango, and that big, hulking, last generation ADAT (I can't remember the model number, but it's the gigantic, ridiculously expensive one they made as a last ditch effort to stave of the inevitable. If you find one with the transport broken you can get it for cheap and the audio path and convertors -- 24 bit throughput, even though only 20 to tape -- are amazing... 8 in and 8 out for roughly $200).

Oct.11.2006 @ 3:43 AM
Chris Randall
The Rumour has SPDIF, not AES. I've already thought of that. Frontier Tango is Lightpipe. ADAT is actually AssDAT, and do I really want to give up 4U and 80 lbs to that monster just for the convertors? Not really, no. That sort of thing just smacks of "Diamond Dave's School Of Studio Construction."

As for a Mini-Me, I might as well just get another Rosetta 200, really. More useful, and the same price used. (I got my current 200 for $1300.) Nah, I think I'm just gonna bite the bullet and get a Rosetta 800. It's the smartest choice. As my wife always says, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.



Oct.11.2006 @ 4:45 AM
As I sometimes say, if it worth paying for, it's worth shmoozing the finance dept. ;P

Oct.11.2006 @ 6:55 AM
"As my wife always says, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right."

You seem to have a fairly intelligent wife, if she's saying that about gear.


Oct.11.2006 @ 9:13 AM
CR thats what my wife told me when I rebuilt last year. Three cheers for smart wives!

Oct.11.2006 @ 11:44 AM
Is this for your live rig? Didn't you tour with a Behringer line mixer for a while?

I guess you'll have to buy that API A2D after all.


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