Linux Compatible Audio Interface with ADAT?

  • zak89
Posted: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 03:46
I am looking to upgrade my home studio; we are moving to a much larger home and I hope to finally have space for a separate recording studio. So I am starting to research things like sound proofing/isolation, better mixing monitors, etc. One thing I'd like to upgraded sooner rather than later is my audio interface; I am using the trusty M-Audio Delta PCI card, and I may stick with that and try to add an Omni IO unit (anyone have any experience with that?), but I'd really like to have a card with an ADAT input so I can use one of the many 8-channel mic-preamp units out there. However, the only thing I know off that supports both Linux and ADAT is RME's HDSP line, and that seems like overkill for me (not to mention a bit hard on the budget). I am looking for the simplest way to add a single ADAT input to my computer, not fancy mixers or 192Khz freqs! Does anyone know of a card that would fit this bill?

9652

  • system
  • 08/21/07
  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 16:37
Why would you want a pre-HDSP? I just checked ebay and saw a used 9652 for $300. Thats the card you need and it might work for more than ten years without issues. Its become an industry standard for ADAT interfacing. If you need it in pci, then the HDSP 9652 is the model. If you need PCIe instead, the newer version is called the Raydat and I don't know this is supported yet in linux. I checked the AIO which is the updated 9632 and that was a complete no-go, although the PCIe hostcard works fine. Cheers, jonathan adams leonard

Ah, I see. I didn't catch

  • zak89
  • 03/17/09
  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 01:04
Ah, I see. I didn't catch that you also used a Hammerfall. Well, I guess the next step would be to track down a pre-HDSP Hammerfall. They seem to be rather rare these days... So no one is aware of any other Linux/ADAT compatible interfaces?

RME

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 09/08/2009 - 05:25
That's what the Hammerfall is for. The older cards are simple ADAT interfaces, and effectively removes your analog hardware from the noisy PC innards. I have DDX3216 with RME Hammerfall 9632. You'll have ADA-8000 with an ADAT card (RME recommended) Cheers, Quentin

The ADA-8000 is actually the

  • zak89
  • 03/17/09
  • Tue, 09/08/2009 - 01:31
The ADA-8000 is actually the unit I had in mind (for a multi-channel preamp), but it doesn't include a computer interface; it outputs ADAT, and I need a way to get ADAT into my computer. Just a single ADAT I/O connection on a USB/Firewire/ even PCI card is all I'm loooking for.

ADAT

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 09/06/2009 - 19:23
Plenty... I use the DDX3216 mixer, which is in my opinion the best product Ulli and his team ever made. The ADA-8000 uses the same preamps, and it has ADAT IO. There are plenty of devices like this one available from other companies as well.

Good suggestion; I should

  • zak89
  • 03/17/09
  • Sun, 09/06/2009 - 13:59
Good suggestion; I should look at the pre-HDSP cards; and I am fine with no anolog IO; I'd just be plugin in a multi-channel mic-preamp for IO; I don't currentlu use SPDIF, but the option wouldn't hurt. Are there any USB/Firewire interfaces with ADAT IO? Beringher used to carry one (one of their BCxxx models), but it's out of production and I can't seem to find it anymore.

RME

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 09/06/2009 - 11:08
I recommend the RME products, but you are right about the price of the HDSP products. I have one of the older cards, RME Hammerfal 9632 (pre HDSP) and it has served me exceptionally well so far. You might be able to pich one of these up second hand. They do not have analog IO, but 16ch of ADAT IO and 1ch of stereo SPDIF IO works great.