December 21, 2006


by Chris Randall

What's a cheap-ass A/D - D/A converter with AES besides the M-Audio Flying Cow? Never mind my aversion to all things Digi, the Flying Cow has been discontinued. I could probably find one somewhere, but I'd rather just order something that's new and, like, supported.

I know we had this conversation before, but I have a Kaoss Pad 3 showing up tomorrow, and Korg, for some bizarre reason, seems to lack the intrinsic understanding that it's, like, 2006 or something and it's easy to throw a pair of SPDIF jacks on any random piece of gear. This thing has RCA jacks. (Really?) So I need to get a converter just for it, because my system isn't hacked together with some whack-ass DJ mixer. I'm not going to bother using an Apogee for something that is just going to do another conversion process with A/D/A of a _much_ lower spec, so I just want to throw a cheap-ass converter on there.

I _suppose_ I could live with SPDIF->RCA->SPDIF (in for a penny, in for a pound, right?) just to use the damned thing. But I'd prefer AES, so I don't have to go through the drama of converting the native AES of my system with some silly adaptor. Oh, wait... That's what I'll be doing no matter what.



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Dec.25.2006 @ 6:28 AM
PM'd you.

Dec.25.2006 @ 9:01 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
for the price($699), the Joemeek TwinQ gives you AES/SPDIF/Optical and even word clock in. And a decent pre, very useful comp and EQ.
just a thought, i know something smaller and cheaper is what you're after. I must say the new joemeek stuff is nice, and much better made.

Dec.26.2006 @ 1:01 PM
Adam Schabtach
FWIW: 1) I've never used a physical controller in conjunction with an onscreen X/Y controller, even though I have both; 2) the majority of our customers aren't performing live.



Dec.28.2006 @ 2:42 PM
For DA, has anyone tried the fairly new phenomenon of DIY devices, like the Zhalou or Great March DACs? Basically the demand is entirely by the almost entirely nutty DIY audiophile market, but the components seem sound, and the price is undeniably low-enough-to-gamble-with.

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I'm considering picking one up to see if it's worth the effort.


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