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Old 10-21-2002, 02:59 AM
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Default Focusrite ISA 220/digital card/001


I am a voice over artist and have an Isa 220 with the digital card on order, due to be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday. I am upgrading from a Platinum Voice master.

I need to get some details on how to connect the 220 to my current system. I work a lot via ISDN and need to get a very clean signal path into the codec (a Pronto 2). I used all three of the outputs on my Voice master in the following way:

+4 output through a splitter cable to the L and R inputs on the ISDN codec.
+4 pre de-ess output to my Digidesign 001.
-10 output to my Mackie 1402 desk for headphone monitoring.

This has been great as I have had a clean path to the ISDN codec and have not had to go through the Mackie which adds unnecessary noise and also has no bypass switch for the EQ and gain - defeating the object of having a good preamp etc. It is has also allowed the same clean path to the 001. The other benefit has been that I haven't had have to unplug or re plug anything when switching between ISDN and hard disk recorded sessions.

From what I can see in the brochure, the 220 only has one +4 output. If I send this to the ISDN codec, how do I monitor myself through my headphones?

The ISDN codec has an AES/EBU input. Should I just connect the AES/EBU output from the 220 to the AES/EBU input on the codec and bypass the codec's A/D converters? Also Digi 001 doesn't have Superclock - do I just connnect the Spdif out from the 220 to the Spdif input on the 001. Is there anything else I need to do ?

This would leave the +4 output to go to my desk for headphone monitoring, and is how I am hoping that I will be able to use the unit.

Also has anybody used the converters on the 220. Are they good - I'm hoping for an improvement over 001.

Best wishes,

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