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, each
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has worked well for us over the years, but it's outdated, and our IT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 production.
Just plain, as-close-to-the-original-as-possible transfers.
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