help on a digital transfer from a da-38

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Joined: 12/13/2004

I record live my jazz band with a pcm-800, and that works pretty well. Now I am trying to transfer digitally the tracks to hard disk, with a rented da-38 and a RME interface (the adi-8 pro). The da-38 goes in RME's TDIF in. Then, the RME's ADAT out goes in my computer PCI interface.

But I am getting a bad signal. High frequencies are nasty (too sharp, or sparkling) and the sound is in general hollow. Is it a sync problem? And tracks seem to be more often in overload than when played on the pcm-800. Is it a slight incompatibility between the machines?

thanks a lot
bob

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Joined: 02/12/2009

Ideally, there should be a separate word clock (BNC) cable involved. In a perfect world, you'd send word clock out of the DTRS machine and through the format converter and into your PCI card.

BUT, the DA-38 only has a world clock input, not an output. And I'm not familiar with the adi-pro so I don't know if it has word clock in or out. Who knows what your PCI card has.

So it sounds like you might have to do this without word clock. In that case, make sure all of the sample rates are the same on every device, and set your computer to clock off of the ADAT input.

Also make sure you have the right TDIF cable.

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hi,
i managed to clock all the devices via bnc (well, i had to use another soundcard: mine was a creamware pulsar, without sync in/outs) and sound got considerably better!

thanks!
bob

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