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PCM-800 clock terminator block
Wed, 04/14/2004 - 09:49
Want to use word clock as reference for PCM-800's but need a 15 pin d terminator block that plugs into sync out on back of deck. Any idea where I can find one or how to find a wiring diagram? Sony hasn't been able to help.
Wed, 04/14/2004 - 10:52#1
These are separate issues. To use external word clock as the clock master you just need to select "word" with the "clock" button on the front on the unit. Thus the deck will be the clock slave. (Man, I hate the terms master/slave, but that's what everyone uses!)
The 15-pin sync in/out jacks are used for syncing multiple DTRS machines together (ABS aka Absolute time code aka internal sync). When using one machine with no other DTRS machines, I have always put a sync terminator on the sync out jack. However, I do this partly out of blind faith. The official manual states that you only need the terminator when multiple machines are daisy chained or when you have a remote controller plugged into the sync in jack.
So, you don't need the sync terminator to use word clock if you don't have multiple machines, but you might need it for other reasons.
Ah, now what was the question again? Oh yeah, where to buy the sync terminator plug for the PCM-800 (or DA-88). Check out my guide to DTRS cables:
For more on this, see pages 11 and 23 of the DA-88 manual. (The Tascam DA-88 and the Sony PCM-800 are identical twins.)