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  • kennedyb4
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I have beene reading a little about sync problems when capturing pcm streams via spdif out/in on computer.

Something about different clock speeds. In video we used to genlock two devices to prevent this.

Is there any type of soundcard or equipment that can minimize/eliminate this problem?

And how audible is the problem anyway?

  • eusagc
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Originally posted by kennedyb4
I have beene reading a little about sync problems when capturing pcm streams via spdif out/in on computer.

Something about different clock speeds. In video we used to genlock two devices to prevent this.

Is there any type of soundcard or equipment that can minimize/eliminate this problem?

And how audible is the problem anyway?


keneddyb4,

you have to slave your devices to a master clock source to avoid drifts in clocking.  there are some nice products from steinberg, apogee, and aardvark.  they're called sync devices.  here's aardvark's:  http://www.aardvark-pro.com/sync.html

how audible?  well, if the dirft is appreciable enough, you'll get crackles/pops at most likely regular intervals, after so-so seconds.

david (robinson) has always recommended this read, by mastering guru bob katz:  http://www.digido.com/jitteressay.html

cheers,

albert 

  • Pio2001
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Originally posted by kennedyb4
I have beene reading a little about sync problems when capturing pcm streams via spdif out/in on computer.

Is there any type of soundcard or equipment that can minimize/eliminate this problem?


The recent 24/96 soundcards (Marian Marc 2, Maudio Audiophile 2496, Terratec EWX2496, Echo Mia, Hoontech DSP, I don't know about the new Creative) can slave their clock to the incoming SPDIF stream.

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And how audible is the problem anyway?


Other soundcards resample their input, spoiling the sound. It sounds a little dull. Like with a 200 € CD player. As I don't monitor, I don't know about sync problems. The soundcards mentioned above have usually asio drivers (low latency).

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hey pio, nice to see you here, dude! 

cheers,

albert