Thank you for all your help as it has been very useful to me. As I have explained in earlier posts, I am working on an audio digitization workstation for the university here and I am looking at options for equipment. I have been given the go ahead to upgrade the university’s original plans of using a Behringer interface for something more archival worthy.
For the last week I have been searching through various interfaces to find the one best to serve for our needs. I came across the newly released Apogee Quartet which seems like it should satisfy our analog to digital needs, however the only digital input is ADAT Lightpipe and no S/PDIF. I did find that the university has an unused Alesis AI-1 that I can use which converts between S/PDIF and ADAT Lightpipe. I have never used a digital converter before nor do I have a way of testing it so I cannot say if the translation is flawless or if it should be avoided for archival transfers. Our collection has a considerable amount of DAT tapes which I hope to connect via S/PDIF but we also have a handful of ADATs which I’d like to transfer over ADAT Lightpipe. As the Apogee Quartet is half the cost of the Apogee Symphony, it would be nice to get away with simply using this. Not to mention, the Apogee Quartet comes with some beautiful level monitors.
Does anybody have any experience and advice about converting S/PDIF and AES/EBU to ADAT Lightpipe?
Thank you for all your helpful advice!
Broadcast Media Digitization and Curation Librarian
University of Maryland
B0221D McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742