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A/D converter

Postby niedersteiner » Mon Mar 01, 2004 6:13 pm

Somewhat a departure from the normal list of topics but there is much experience here...

I am considering purchasing either a Fostex CR200 or an HHB CDR-850. I am interested mainly in recording live from analog and would use the built in A/D converter. There is little about either recorder available on the net, other than the company files.

Is anyone here familiar with the fidelity/sound of these converters?

Many thanks,

Anton.
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Postby Howler » Mon Mar 01, 2004 8:19 pm

Also, I've come across the Behringer ADA8000. 16-24/44.1-48 AD/DA converter. Lightpipe system. Has 8 XLR/TRS inputs with gain leveling, and 8 XLR outputs. For $200 it's a real deal I don't need the additional AD/DA, but they have a neat feature where you can plug the light-pipe out back into the light-pipe in, and it becomes an 8-channel analog preamp with phantom power. Very useful. Since the inputs (XLR & TRS) are tied together, and the 8000 senses which you're using, you can run an XLR inout, tap the TRS input to send to your mixer for 'phones, and send to MAS from the XLR outs. Flexible unit.

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Postby Howler » Mon Mar 01, 2004 8:20 pm

BTW, both of the units you mentioned are high quality.
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Behringer ADA8000

Postby Howler » Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:28 pm

Hey guys, I've just gotton off the phone with a tech guy at Behringer, and confirmed that the ADA8000 will work as a standalone AD/DA converter via lightpipe. It uses a standard ADAT-type lihjtpipe and is 24/4800. 8 ins/outs for $200. You'd have to set up a patch bay for it, so that's another $100. This is without a doubt the least expensive conterter I've run into. All the channels have XLR/TRS inputs with attenuators and phantom power, and XLR outputs. Also, by looping the lightpipe out-in, it doubles as an 8-channel analog preamp. These are the same preamps used in their boards, and I can attest to the quality and clean signal. This really drops the cost of setting up a small studio.

I'm not a Behringer rep or anything, just have been searching for a high quality, low cost unit for a friend, and this is the very best price (by $600) that I've found.

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Postby Howler » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:12 pm

Just got this clarification message from Behringer:

Hello Stephen,
We just talked on the phone a few minutes ago, and since you mention
'firewire' in your email, I feel the need to reaffirm that the digital
output from the ADAT lightpipe connection on the ADA8000 is made to feed
ADAT compatible lightpipe inputs on ADATs, our DDX3216 (with the ADT1616)
and other devices (including computer soundcards) that support the ADAT
format.
Thanks,
Richard

So you'll need a sound card, but that's a given. I'm going to research their soundcards and find the cost on them.

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Postby jcgriggs23 » Tue Mar 09, 2004 3:22 am

Stephen,

Make sure to look at RME if you are looking for a lightpipe- capable card. They have an amazing reputation for quality product and first rate support.

link:
http://www.rme-audio.com/english/index.htm

Regards,
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Postby Howler » Tue Mar 09, 2004 4:06 am

I will do that. Thanks!

I'm fine with my setup... am researching for another guy up in Washington State. He needs a small setup where he can record drums and bass and overdub his guitars. PCs are finally fast enough to do the work and that's a sorta new world for this dedicated Mac guy. *sigh* He knows nothing about it all, so I'm trying to get him into a simple-stupid system so he doesn't get bogged down with the tech part and end up distracted from recording his songs. Tough jump for him. Lotta work.
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Speaking of the Behringer ADA8000

Postby Jack Hildwine » Tue Mar 09, 2004 5:10 am

A mini-review was just posted to the ProAud listserv and is also here: http://srforum.prosoundweb.com/viewtopi ... dff73655a2
It boggles my mind to think about how they get this much functionality at that price point. I'd be very surprised if it isn't manufactured in China but I always wonder about the origins of the hardware and software designs in their products. I'll never buy their stuff.
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