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    What is S/PDIF

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    What is S/PDIF there's an in and out on the back of my Toneport(Interface) and I have no Idea what they are for, they look like general RCA connections but what is their purpose

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    Wiki will cover it better than I can, but basically, it's a stereo digital format.

    It won't work unless you connect it to another device with spdif in/out.

    Some preamps and effects units have spdif I/O, so if you bought a 2 channel preamp with spdif out, you could use it to add two more mic preamp channels to your interface.
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    That's a tad too much terminology. What do you mean by 'mix'?

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    Finally my recording school pays off....it stands for sony phillips digital interface. Basically it's two track digital transfer over RCA cable
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    As far as real world useful ness in a low budget home studio it means absolutely nothing
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    I had a few effects units with spdif, and still have two behri amp modellers with spdif out.
    Don't look at me like that....... They were free. :P

    I have an old tascam portable dat with spdif out, which comes in handy sometimes too.

    Put it this way, Spdif has been handier to have than I ever thought it would be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    in this instance.
    Someone's bitter, didn't drink your Ensure today?

    EDIT: sorry its my time of the month, didn't see your BOLDing of my quote my bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pahtcub View Post
    Someone's bitter, didn't drink your Ensure today?

    EDIT: sorry its my time of the month, didn't see your BOLDing of my quote my bad
    lol, whoops. I edited that.
    I just meant that spdif can be over lightpipe or other types of connector; Not just Rca.
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    I guess school didn't pay off I didn't know that spdif could be use in a to slink manner as well, I guess I always just assumed that ADAT 8ch was the only thing that lightpipe was used for, thanks for the enlightenment. But am I correct in assuming that in real world applications that spdif is mostly RCA and ADAT is mostly only toslink?
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    Yeah, i think more often than not, that's what you'll see.

    My alesis q2 had optical spdif I think.
    I vaguely remember being pissed off about it.

    You'll see it on loads of consumer gear too like home dolby cards and stuff.
    Optical s/pdif definitely seems to be the less common option though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    Don't look at me like that....... They were free. :P

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