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    Just acquired an Aardvark Direct Pro Q10

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    I know this is OLD equipment, but I've just acquired an Aardvark Direct Pro Q10. Neat looking unit.

    I'm not sure if it works or not. This is a computer interface so I'm assuming it does, as computer equipment in my experience doesn't generally go bad (assuming the PCI card hasn't suffered from ESD).

    The only thing I'm missing is the DB25 audio cable that goes with it. But I'm not sure if it can be any DB25 audio cable, or if it has to specifically be made for this unit. I'm smart enough to know not to use a computer DB25 cable (serial). Or not.

    The Hosa DBD 25 looks attractive due to the $30 vs. $150 cost for a DB25 audio cable.

    Does anyone have any experience with using aftermarket audio cables with this kind of equipment?

    Incidentally, I have a more up to date Focusrite USB interface that does a great job..I'm more interested in this for possible resale value (if any). Maybe for an older system for the sole purpose of recording, if the performance isn't horrible.
    Last edited by Josh N.; 09-06-2019 at 14:07.

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    If the Aardvark is similar to the Echo Layla boxes (which I think it is)...the DB25 is a data cable, not an audio transmission cable.
    So any old computer DB25 should work if the wiring is "straight" 1-to-1.
    If you have the Aardvark manual, it should tell you how the pins are wired or if you need a specialized cable.

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    Unfortunately, all the manual indicates is to "not use any cable other than the one supplied", which is sometimes manufacturer sales scare tactics, so the manual isn't much help here.

    If anyone can confirm for certain that this is supposed to be a data cable vs an audio cable this would be a big help, and a relief to say the least.

    I just looked at the Echo Layla and it looks similar, except that it doesn't have the power connector. I assume this unit draws power from the card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh N. View Post

    If anyone can confirm for certain that this is supposed to be a data cable vs an audio cable this would be a big help, and a relief to say the least.
    You have the info in front of you.

    The audio is passed via the 1/4" I/O.
    The DB25 connects to the PCI card and there is only digital data passed on it. There is no analog audio going in/out of the computer on the DB25 cable.

    I'm kinda curious what computer OS you plan on using it with?
    I don't think you will find drivers for it with OS past Windows XP.

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    I'm confused now. Audio passes through the 1/4 out? How does it get to the computer then? There is no 1/4 in on the card..just the db25 connector.

    I'm currently looking for an Intel core 2 quad system with 2.83 ghz clock. Will be running XP for it. But not if the cost is too much more.

    I suppose I'm really curious to find out if recording is better with this and an older system, or with my Focusrite Scarlett Solo and newer i5 system. I believe the original cost for the Q10 when it was new was close to $1000, so that tells me that the Q10 had to be pretty damn good. Or expensive junk. The reviews seem good...

    The multiple inputs and outputs are what first attracted me to it, as my Focusrite only has 2 in, 2 out. This may come in handy if I want to record more than just myself... again if the quality is there. The fact that it only supports XP at best is what has me worried about final quality..XP systems aren't known for lightning speed, and the reason I purchased a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and a Dell Optiplex 7020 for recording.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh N. View Post
    I'm currently looking for an Intel core 2 quad system with 2.83 ghz clock. Will be running XP for it. But not if the cost is too much more.
    Make sure it's a DDR3 system or it comes with all the ram you'll ever need.
    DDR2 is a hard thing to buy now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh N. View Post
    I'm confused now. Audio passes through the 1/4 out? How does it get to the computer then? There is no 1/4 in on the card..just the db25 connector.
    The conversion from audio to data take place within the unit, and the db25 cable conveys data to the card.

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh N. View Post
    I believe the original cost for the Q10 when it was new was close to $1000, so that tells me that the Q10 had to be pretty damn good. Or expensive junk. The reviews seem good.
    The price may simply be indicative of the relative newness of the gear at the time. When I started recording, blank CDs were 3.50 each. Now they are 35c. I expect it would have been a decent unit, but I don't expect it would outshine the Scarlett.


    Quote Originally Posted by Josh N. View Post
    The fact that it only supports XP at best is what has me worried about final quality..XP systems aren't known for lightning speed, and the reason I purchased a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and a Dell Optiplex 7020 for recording.
    The speed of XP systems is not determined by XP, but by the the processing capacity of the computer. Run an i7 on an SSD and you will not be bothered by speed, even if you can only access 4gb of RAM.

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    Ok, so $40 for a top quality "XP era" CPU and Mobo..not too bad. Might be worth playing around with. Unfortunately I've read the resale value dropped almost immediately after the company disappeared. Feel sorry for those who shelled out the big bucks for it.

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