[LAU] Using an RME Multiface II as a DAC/ADC converter box

Moshe Werner moshwe at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 21:55:55 UTC 2012

Just FYI, I'm in need of more ADAT I/O too, I'm gonna get Ross Martin Audio
converters. He is a very interesting boutique on-man-shop.
He gets a lot of praise and Sony Recording are using his converters.
The interesting part is that his Adat unit (which he told me will be up for
sale next week) will go for 900$US.
If that is your budget maybe consider him.

About the Behringer ADA8000. As far as I know they are still in production.
I've got one. Cost me 200$. Pretty good (not high end but 200$ come on).
It's a no brainer.
Only thing to complain that the signal goes through the mic preamps as
standard, but there is a simple mod that you can do if you're handy with a
soldering iron.

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM, Brent Busby <brent at keycorner.org> wrote:

> Currently my recording setup is an RME Multiface II connected to their
> PCI-E card, which of course works great in Jack.  I'd like to find a way to
> take advantage of the 8 ADAT i/o's so I could have 16 i/o's in use total.
> The funny thing is though that almost all the standalone converter boxes
> made by RME, Lynx, and just about everyone else that have 8 i/o's and an
> ADAT port are around $1700-2000 USD.  It seems odd that RME can manage to
> put 8 analog i/o's with nice converters into a Multiface II box and sell it
> for $700-900 but they can't give you the same thing without the computer
> uplink for less than $1700.  Look at the comparative prices to see what I
> mean:
> http://www.sweetwater.com/**store/detail/Multiface2<http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Multiface2>
> http://www.sweetwater.com/**store/detail/ADI8ProDS/<http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ADI8ProDS/>
> I don't know what more the ADI-8 series would be giving me that the
> Multiface doesn't, but whatever it is, I don't think I need it...especially
> not for $1900.
> So do you think it would be possible (or weird?) to just get another
> Multiface box and hook it up to my first one via the ADAT and word clock
> ports, and have it provide another 8 i/o's visible from the first one's
> mixer as ADAT channels?  Would that even work?  The pertinent thing here is
> that I *wouldn't* be getting it its own PCI card -- it would entirely be a
> slave of the first Multiface (provided that's possible).  It seems silly,
> but maybe not so silly if it could save about $1000.
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