I would like to upgrade my Multiface II with more analog In/Out channels, so I m wondering what best options would be. I m researching into having a ADAT AD/DA converter , but all posts and blogs i find are at least 10 years old
do you have a recommendation for a good AD/DA converter? would not need mic pres, line level would be sufficient. Or any other option? I was also thinking in buying a second multifaceII and use it as a ADAT AD/DA but read that it would not keep the configuration as a standalone box when powered down… etc etc.
I would like to not go with Behringer because of their (not so ) recent politics https://www.musictech.net/news/is-this-how-behringer-responds-to-criticism/
What OS? I am guessing Linux?
Yes, it is Linux! (Linux mint and Manjaro)
Ahh I misread your OP, sorry about htat, thought you were asking about new interfaces and I was going to suggest just expanding the Multiface with AD/DA anyways but I had to look up the multiface to make sure my memory was correct and ADAT was an option, which you answered so I won’t bother:)
So you could go with some of the cheaper 8 Channel ADAT preamp options, Focusrite and Presonus both have offerings in this area for instance. Or if you want something a bit more swiss army knife toolkit that matches your multiface you could look at RME again:
Note that the RME unit will likely outlast the Multiface is my guess, depending on whether you have the PCI or PCI-E version of the multiface:) Also I don’t remember if the multiface takes Word Clock or not but the RME option would give you the otpion if it does (And I do recommend it over using ADAT for clock).
Seablade thank you for your suggestions! The RME card would be my preference if I would have the cash as I am a big fan of the build and sound quality of their products, but at the moment it is out of reach. I will look into focusrite and presonus options! They often come with preamps that i do not need, but they are still good options!
The multiface does take wordclock and I have heard that before at some point that it is better to sync via wordclock than adat, thanks for the reminder!!
the multiface is a pci card (if I remember right, I built it in years ago… ) so this is a valid point that I will need an upgrade at some point in the not so far future…!
Just reminded me: Matthias Carstens (RME chief) once stated (ages ago) that he himself would prefer syncing via ADAT (instead of WordClock) with cheap-ish devices because in his opinion those devices handle ADAT better - and ironically their WordClock implementation often is inferior. And of course the RME interfaces also do a really good job of smoothing out other devices weaknesses in these areas…
This statement has been made many years ago and devices of course improved technically since; but even more so, I think that the age-old question of ADAT sync vs. WordClock - at least for 90% of users - is a theoretical discussion with no real world implications…
Btw.: RME’s product manuals contain a lot of technical background info on all kinds of stuff. There is also a lot that can be done wrong with WordClock (connection, termination etc.) and it is definitely worth reading up on it if you intend to use it!
thanks for that info! although not my primary concern at the moment, I will read that up! I have also a jünger Vamp preamp I m syncing over wordclock…
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