Quote The Elf:
You're not understanding - you can't simply plug a line/mic output into an ADAT connection!
ADAT is a multi-channel optical connection. To get electrical analogue inputs to an ADAT optical input you need an interface, hence the Behringer ADA8000s in my studio.
As you'll see from the link the ADA8000 takes 8 mic/line inputs and converts them to a single (8-channel) optical ADAT format output. It also simultaneously takes a single optical ADAT input and converts this to 8 analogue outputs. I have a pair of ADA8000s, because the Fireface 800 has two pairs of ADAT I/O.
Where is that darn "LIGHTBULB ON!!" smiley when you need it!
Thanks The Elf, I understand completely now (famous last words!).
So, in reality, if I get an interface with an ADAT I/O, I in essence (with a suitable converter like the B ADA 8000) get an extra EIGHT analogue inputs (and outputs, if needed) - nice!!
So, really, even if it were possible to connect up my old interface with my new one for the sake of an extra 4 analogue Is/Os, there would be no need to - I can get an extra EIGHT with ADAT!
I went on line to look at that Behringer ADA 8000 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/ADA8000.aspx ... looks nice, at the right price too!
Are the A/D converters there of a quality similar to the RME Fireface 800s? If not quite up to that quality, do you prioritize what kind of input goes to which device (for example, maybe vocals straight into the Fireface 800; distorted guitars, where highest quality A/D converters aren't as important, into the Behringer)?
Alexis -Cubase 6.5.0/SX18.104.22.1684, XP SP2, 4GB RAM (1GB not accessible, but used just to balance the computer so it doesn't tip over); Delta 66 in Omni i/O Studio; Motif8; UAD-1