To those of you who followed the much earlier thread on AES <-> SPDIF conversion, the matching transformers suggested (provided by markertek video) worked beautifully. No more clicks, no more pops, no more Sheer tears out his hair, just sweet audio, digital all the way through.

It’s amazing how much better it sounds, actually. It doesn’t seem like it should make that big a difference, but I guess when you have many sound modules going to one summing bus, all the noise from all of them kind of adds up. Also, I think the A/D in the Behringer mixer might be better than the A/D in the E-Mu modules. Ultimately, of course, I want to go digital all the way to the recording interface – and there’s no reason to think that I won’t be able to. The only problem is that for some reason the Panasonic and the Behringer boards don’t seem to be able to stay in sync. I might try a word clock cable or I might try feeding the Panasonic via ADAT instead of analog.

The problem with this kind of thing is that it can turn into a obsession. First, I just wanted to hand off my racks as optical so that I had less things to connect. Then, I started wanting to keep things digital throughout the racks. Now, I’m thinking of buying different versions of sound modules (the Command Station version of the XL-7, for example) in order to get SP/DIF outputs. I’m trying to figure out where I could find a upgrade card for my Emu 6400 to give it SPDIF or AES outputs.

All this in the middle of moving.

Sick sick puppy I am.

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