Getting Digital In's to work
Using Digital In and Outs always confuses the hell out of people who have very little digital theory behind them.Getting digital outs to work is childs play but not digital ins. I have written this page to help people out.
If you set two devices as MASTER
to the same sampling rate - let's say 44.1kHz - it's REALLY unlikely
that both machines will be running at exactly 44,100 samples per
The ST AudioDSP card will auto detect the incoming
signal's sample rate if you have the card set to external clock. Thats
providing that the card is not "rate locked"
In the external links program you need to link the DB1 card to the "spdif in" it will light up orange to tell you where to put it. This is the same as putting the card into "external masterclock".
Once you have removed the signal from the digital input dont foget to put the Audio card / device back to internal masterclock or the card will be trying to slave to a clock which is not present.
Wordclock is only needed if more than one digital device is being connected. Hence the reason it was left off the CPORT box which only has 1 digital input. If wordclock is needed it can be added on to the dsp24 card via the digital station rack. If you own a O3D, O1V ect.. A digital desk and are running heaps of digital deviecs than I would recomend wordclock. Wordclock can also be used when you are syncing an analog reel to reel tape machine where the clock is constantly changing. As the tape speeds up and slows down so will the sample rate to compensate for the changes in speed. I have setup a computer based system that slaved to a 4" 24 track reel to reel tape machine using wordclock.
Try removing the CDROM digital link. Some CDROMS send a continous signal or even a random spike which can cause problems. Click Here for more details if you use the CD DIGITAL IN there are two places to put the CDROM digital cable depending on which you prefer to have first preference the SPDIF or the CDROM.
There are a few different types of digital transfers to list a few.....
What's the difference between coax and optical ?
There are a few differences but the advantage of coax is the strength of the cable, can can treat them pretty rough. Make sure you use a real SPDIF cable with double sheilding and 75 Ohms. Coax SPDIF can travel up to 10 metres without too much trouble before a booster is needed.
The advantage of Opticle is that it doesn't suffer from electromagnetic radiation (Electricity being induced into a cable). Also Optical SPDIF can be run over much greater distances than Coax. Once again 10 metres isn't too much trouble to achieve unless cheap cable is used.
AES EBU is the pofessional standard digital link and if you have any equipment with this than it must be nice gear that cost you a fair bit. AES EBU is normally sent via XLR/cannon plugs. ADAT lightpipe and TDIF is taking over from AES EBU on some types of equipment since it supports multiple channels. ADAT and TDIF are supported by an add on box for the ADSP24 range of cards.
I may add more to this one day...should be enough for now.