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    SPDIF out -> USB in?

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    I have a Joe Meek mic amp/compressor that has spdif optical/rca out. My computer only has USB and Thunderbolt inputs. Can someone suggest a adapter so I can connect from spdif to usb/thunderbolt? I know there are audio interfaces that can do this but they have a lot of stuff like preamp, xlr and line inputs that I just don't need. Thats what my Joe Meek is for. I just need to find a way to connect to my computer.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Purchase the right tool for the platform.

    Seems you need to do some research before spending any more cash...


    What were you thinking?


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    I did purchase the right tool. I've owned the joe meek for about 5 years now and worked well with my old mac. but my new mac has no options for optical in and I old mac died. I have spend a few days searching for a solution. Most have extra junk I don't need.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    Purchase the right tool for the platform.

    Seems you need to do some research before spending any more cash...


    What were you thinking?


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    Quote Originally Posted by xfan10 View Post
    I did purchase the right tool. I've owned the joe meek for about 5 years now and worked well with my old mac. but my new mac has no options for optical in and I old mac died. I have spend a few days searching for a solution. Most have extra junk I don't need.
    Um, I was not and still not trying to be a dick, but you purchased a new tool that does not work with what you have...Sounds like a wrong tool purchase to me... Just saying...

    Now it seems you need to purchase an interface that will allow you to use your preamp.

    Back to what I suggested.

    Sorry if I seem out of line, but I made the point of researching before spending. It works every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    Um, I was not and still not trying to be a dick, but you purchased a new tool that does not work with what you have...Sounds like a wrong tool purchase to me... Just saying...

    Now it seems you need to purchase an interface that will allow you to use your preamp.

    Back to what I suggested.

    Sorry if I seem out of line, but I made the point of researching before spending. It works every time.
    I see your a Windows user and you might just be talking about something you aren't familiar with. You don't know my situation, You don't how 99% of everything else works with my "Tool". This is simply a interface issue. If you don't know that answer then fine. But its not very helpful when you imply that I need a new computer.

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    You don't need a new computer and I don't see Jimmy implying that you do. What you need is an interface or soundcard with optical in to go between you current equipment. I doubt you'll find anything other than an interface to connect spdif to usb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Clean View Post
    You don't need a new computer and I don't see Jimmy implying that you do. What you need is an interface or soundcard with optical in to go between you current equipment. I doubt you'll find anything other than an interface to connect spdif to usb.

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    You need an interface.

    S/PDIF is a standard for feeding a digital signal from one AUDIO device to another. In turn, to get this into a computer you need some form of interface, be it to USB, Thunderbolt or whatever.

    If a previous computer could take S/PDIF directly, it's simply that the built in interface on that computer had an S/PDIF input. Lots of older interfaces did--even rubbish things like Sound Blaster. However, this capability is a lot less common now.

    I don't know of any "adaptors" that can do this...and, if one existed, it would be a simple interface without the bits you don't need. Unfortunately, these days S/PDIF tends to be included only on very high-end interfaces and mixers, hence Jimmy's comment.
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    Analogue Stereo to SPDIF Digital Audio Converter | LINDY UK

    That,^ gets you audio to S/PDIF. S/PDIF to audio is much cheaper, like $20.
    Likewise optical to co-ax and tother way are also cheap as chips you can even get one that does both in one box!

    If it was a PC with a PCI slot you could fit the cheap but quite good Trust Optical Expert card which has both optical and co-ax in and out. Maplin are selling the excellent 2496 card for a score.
    I have two Minidisc recorders that can do the conversions for me!

    A second hand M-A fast track pro will do the conversion both ways and if it don't like the mac it will do it stand alone if you put 9volts up its jaxy!

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    Yeah...lots of ways to get from S/PDIF to analogue (and vice versa).

    That's not what's needed. He needs S/PDIF to USB or Thunderbolt. That's easy. It's called an audio interface however you approach it.

    Personally, having got from microphone to S/PDIF digital I probably wouldn't want to go back to analogue again for an easy conversion to USB, but....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfan10 View Post
    I see your a Windows user and you might just be talking about something you aren't familiar with. You don't know my situation, You don't how 99% of everything else works with my "Tool". This is simply a interface issue. If you don't know that answer then fine. But its not very helpful when you imply that I need a new computer.
    I never implied that you need a new computer man. Jeez...

    You need only an audio interface.

    I hope that in the future you will take the time to read what is printed instead of jumping to conclusions. Not comprehending seems to have gotten you in this place.

    I didn't do it.

    Seriously man, best wishes. Just get an interface and try not to take things so personally.

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