HOWTO use SP/DIF I/O (M-audio Delta 66 or 2496 Audiophile.) Help Requested

  • Blue Jinn
Posted: Tue, 10/21/2008 - 21:12
Hello, Need some guidance. Trying to take some songs from the DAT recorder to the PC via SP/DIF on a M-Audio 2496 using either Ardour or Audacity. NEed to do some editing for mastering. Don't see SP/DIF input anywhere, JACK, etc. Have two machines. One with 2496 the other with Delta 66. Thanks

Try learning Ardour

  • porisija
  • 09/29/07
  • Fri, 12/26/2008 - 20:29
If you like to do audio work on Linux 64Studio, I strongly recommend learning about the bells and whistles of Ardour. Once you are over the basics, you'll find the powerful audio workstation that Ardour is. In my opinion though Audacity is suitable for quick "point-and-click" recording, it generally lags in performance. Ardour is designed from ground up to be fully Jackd compatible whereas Audacity puts its "Anything goes" driver PortAudio between Jackd and the program. Jackd just "loves" the Envy24 chip on M-Audio soundcards - multitrack recording with < 5 ms latency, but only with Ardour. Not to mention Ardour uses 32 bit wave files for its native file format, that you can import to any audio editor without any conversion. Try it. I mean, really.

Am I Blind With No I Got to

  • wavesound
  • 05/23/07
  • Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:10
Am I Blind With No I Got to second this comment Ardour is well worth the learning curve. You don't need to get it all just enough for recording and mastering, using Jamin. Cheers Bob

Thanks. Did exactly as you

  • Blue Jinn
  • 10/14/08
  • Fri, 10/24/2008 - 16:53
Thanks. Did exactly as you recommended and found the S/PDIF input. Apparently, if it is an ICE1712 it has 12/10 no matter what card it is on, and alsa doesn't know the difference. I've only tried recording using Audacity to transfer from DAT. Worked fine if I set Audacity for 12 channels rather than 2. Then just delete (I guess) the empty tracks. Have not tried S/PDIF out, or the analog out doing this. Yes, both DAT recorders have coax. (The PCM-300 has both Coax and optical.) Hate to say it, but using the Windows version of Audacity was a lot easier to find the S/PDIF. (Just had too many clicks and pops.)


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 10/22/2008 - 05:22
Are you sure the DAT is SPDIF compatible? Most DATS use the ADAT transport, which is completely different from SPDIF even though it uses the exact same TOSLINK lighpipe


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 10/22/2008 - 05:20
SPDIF shows up as a normal input, because to jack it is. I have the Hammerfall 9632, and I have 18 inputs and 18 outputs in jack, of which 16 in and 16 out ADAT, and 2 in and 2 out SPDIF To see which inputs to use, monitor all the channels, and play into the SPDIF Hope it helps.