Can you tell the IT people to go away? You already have a
good working system and it's my opinion that you really
don't need to upgrade your kit.
If they need to spend some budget on IT wares then buy a
couple of spares of your current PC to keep it ticking over
until you have finished digitising. Some new harddirves,
RAM and sparkly keyboard and mouse could make everyone
If you really, really have to go with the upgrade then an
AES card is always the grown up option. An option being
the Lynx AES16 which is very powerful, I've not used one
but they know about audio and does have Win7 drivers:
On Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:23:59 -0400
Trey Bunn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi everyone, I'm looking for some pointers on the
> differences between
> optical, S/PDIF, and AES connections.
> We're upgrading the PCs in our audio studio. Currently,
> workstation has analog equipment plugged into an Apogee
> Rosetta 200
> A/D converter, which then connects to the PC via
> FireWire. The set-up
> has worked well for us over the years, but it's outdated,
> and our IT
> people insist that we upgrade to newer machines running
> Windows 7
> (which also means upgrading Sound Forge).
> Apogee is no longer supporting their X-FireWire option,
> but according
> to their tech support, we can continue to use the Rosetta
> 200s if we
> ditch the FireWire route and instead connect via optical,
> S/PDIF, or
> AES. The Rosetta has each of these connections, and
> presumably, we'd
> need to get our new PCs outfitted with at least one of
> the same.
> Anyone have advice on which of these three is the best to
> go with?
> This is for straight, no-frills analog to digital
> conversion for
> preservation of old recordings, not anything for fancy
> Just plain, as-close-to-the-original-as-possible
> Trey Bunn
> Audiovisual Conservator
> Emory University Libraries
> Preservation Office
> Atlanta, GA
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