DTRS syncing: Tascam MMC-38 vrs MOTU Digital Timepiece

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Can you tell me if the MMC-38 used with a DA-38/RC-848 setup can be used in conjunction with the MOTU 2408mkII to perform digital transfers to a Mac/PC? If so, will this in itself provide sample-accurate syncing or is the MOTU Digital Timepiece still required in order to accomplish this?

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To do a straight one-way transfer into a 2408, you could forego timecode. You'd just need to make the 2408 the word clock master since the DA-38 has no wordclock output (only input). Connect a TDIF cable and wordclock and you're done.

But if you want to go back-and-forth, the MMC-38 or DTP would be needed. The MMC-38 translates the 38's ABS code into MIDI timecode or SMPTE for locational reference. This is fine for analog transfers, but to do a sample-accurate digital transfer, the Digital Time Piece would be better. The DTP does that plus a lot more.

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I appreciate your expertise and willingness to help.

Do you think I would be better off with the MOTU DTP? If I acquired the DTP, can you think of any further need that I would have for the MMC-38? Not being familiar with the DTP, what other capabilities would it give me?

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Truthfully I can't say which is better for you, because I don't know your system, needs or budget. But the DTP does provide a lot of extra features that the MMC-38 doesn't have, including a sample-accurate lockup. And if you got the DTP you'd no longer need the MMC-38. You'd be able to sync your DA-38 with a 2408mkII pretty seamlessly. Here's the details on the DTP:
http://www.motu.com/english/hardware/digitime/body.html

Follow this link for a good place to get the 2408 mkIII: zZounds.com

Good Luck,

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Another note regarding the DTP: There was a firmware update (on a chip) done in June of 2000 that added compatibility with the Tascam DA-78HR. If your DTP predates that time, check with MOTU. Sorry, I don't know the version #. If anyone else knows, please post it.

One user reports that this update is also neccesary for use with the DA-98 and DA-98HR.

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