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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:06 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Back to the Behringer then :D
Well yes but the Tascam STILL beats it hands down for analogue inputs AND you can have mic and line ins permanently connected. (big plus for me)

Yes the Behringer has ADAT but if I wanted such an interface and had the money for one of the others I would go Tassy...Frite if I foresaw needing another 8 pre amps down the line.

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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:49 pm

Yes, I get that, and I'm not aware of any line input ADAT devices.....
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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:59 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Yes, I get that, and I'm not aware of any line input ADAT devices.....

Sorry, don't follow?

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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:03 am

Sorry Dave, I just meant that the Berry claims 18 inputs but only has 8 analogue so if you need extra line inputs you'd need to use digital, either SPDIF or ADAT, plenty around with extra mic preamps but neither are particularly abundant with line inputs.
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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby sld128 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:13 am

Guys I decided: I’m gonna buy the 18i8. This was insightful but I just gotta go with my gut and stick to good old fashioned brand loyalty. Thank you all for your wonderful help :thumbup:
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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:35 am

It's a fine bit of kit, you won't be unhappy with it. :thumbup:
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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby ef37a » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:10 am

blinddrew wrote:It's a fine bit of kit, you won't be unhappy with it. :thumbup:

Indeed, we have here simply been debating the pros and cons of connection regimes. These have no impact on audio performance and all the interfaces mentioned will give excellent results.

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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:13 pm

ef37a wrote:Indeed, we have here simply been debating the pros and cons of connection regimes.
Those long winter evenings just fly by round here! :D
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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby ef37a » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:17 pm

blinddrew wrote:
ef37a wrote:Indeed, we have here simply been debating the pros and cons of connection regimes.
Those long winter evenings just fly by round here! :D

Winter Drew? I don't think we have officially done with summer yet?

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Re: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen: What is SPDIF?

Postby John Willett » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:33 pm

sld128 wrote:Hello,
I'm currently using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and I love it, but being the synth lover that I am I have found I don't have enough inputs. I'm thinking of upgrading to the Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen but I don't understand a couple of things:
What is SPDIF and why would I want SPDIF i/o on an interface?
What is an Optical Input and why would I want on an interface?

S-PDIF stands for: Sony - Philips Digital Interface and is the standard stereo digital connections for consumer audio. Connectors are normally a phono (Cinch) connector or a Toslink optical connector. Some devices have both wired and optical cobbectors.

S-PDIF carries, basically, the same information as the professional AES format, but also includes things like track numbers.
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