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    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend a 2 channel 24 bit A/D converter? I want to turn line level into S/PDIF.

    Thanks, BF

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    Hello,

    Kind of a late post, but what the heck.

    Apogee is very well known for high bit-depth converters, they've been around for a long time and were doing 24-bit back in the _early_ 90's:

    http://www.apogeedigital.com/

    They make both standalone boxes, breakout boxes and cards.

    Sweetwater or "Musician's Friend" carry them:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/manufacturer/Apogee

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/

    Another alternative, depending on if you need more involved or multi-track capabilities is MotU or Pro-Tools:

    http://www.motu.com

    http://www.digidesign.com/

    For instance the MotU 2408mk3 or HD196 with Digital Performer would give you an incredible environment in which to create high-bit, multi-track files.

    For (2-track stereo) audio file editing, I like the (full version) of PEAK by BIAS:

    http://www.bias-inc.com/

    http://www.bias-inc.com/products/peak/features.html

    FYI, BIAS has been offering an upgrade from PEAK LE or DV to the full version of PEAK. I just took advantage of this offer.

    Best,

    iw

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    what's your budget?

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    Been using one of these for a while now - http://www.sonifex.co.uk/redbox/rbadda_ld.shtml

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    Default ad coverters...

    well... black lion audio makes a great adc called the sparrow. inexpensive and well worth every penny.
    not only are these guys really helpful, they are at the top of there game.
    Dynamic range, Converter: 120dB
    Dynamic range, Analog: 33dB
    SNR: -110dB
    Slew rate, Analog: approx 6000v/us, depending upon input signal strength
    Max analog input before digital clipping: +10dBu
    Min analog input necessary for digital output: -20dBu
    Inputs: Balanced, TRS
    Outputs: SPDIF, AES-EBU
    Sampling rates: 44.1kHz-192kHz
    Bit rate: 24 bit

    they dont use a lot of bells and whistles, because really... why does a converter need em... and all that $#!t gets in the way of clean audio.
    call em up and talk to them, really. the are very open and proud of what they are doing.
    http://www.blacklionaudio.com/micro_adc.html

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    I've heard nothing but good reviews from people who have had the Black Lion mods done to their budget converters.

    Nice to see 'em building their own gear. Let's hope they don't get too big, and get ruined by the corporate bean counters.

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    Its funny but just got my 002 back from the Black Lion guys today! really.
    i haven't had time to put it through its paces yet... BUT, what i have heard out of it is amazing. i never gotten the punch in the low end out ANY 002, now it has the roundness in the bass and a monster punch on the kik.
    i cant wait to track with the new pre's, and really push its new limits...

    oh bye the way i got the signature series mod done.
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