Topic: HDSPe Pre Sales Questions
I’m steadily building out my plan for a new main interface/ computer system for my studio.
Since the existing computer (2012) and new computer (2020/ 2021) will both be mac pro’s I’m thinking why not go PCIe. Historically it’s been a stronger performer.
Next issue is which HDSPe card. Ideally I want at least 4 x Adat IO as I absolutely love the new 500 series Adat Chassis by Cranbourne Audio - 500 Adat. I already have one but am planning on a second one as apart from being a reliable low noise rack their converters are nice and it offers a built in summing mixer. With 2 of these racks, 4 Adat IO will allow me to still run 16 channels at 96Khz.
If I went MADI I would team it with either the ADI-648 or a Ferrofish Pulse 16MX. The FF is around half the cost of the RME and even though converter quality of the FF is a step down from the Cranborne Audio racks those extra 16 analog IO could come in handy and it would mean that even at 96Khz I could still maintain a 32 IO system. Downside is that I would not have a spare stereo digital port to attach an ADI-2 Pro FS which I intend to add for stereo mixdown and monitoring. I rarely need more than 20 IO so all those extra analog IO’s is not that important.
Considering the HDSPe RayDat, it would give me 16 Adat IO at 96Khz and enough digital ports for the ADI-2 Pro FS. So while the RayDat would only offer around 20 IO at 96Khz it’s combination of IO is better for me and doesn’t require a MADI to adat bridge.
You can probably tell I’m leaning towards the RayDat but the big question is is other than number and types of digital IO, is the digital performance including latency and CPU overhead of the HDSPe RayDat equal to the HDSPe MADI?
For comparison does the RME USB interfaces offer as low latency and low CPU overhead as their PCIe offerings?
One final question, if I went with the RayDat can I add a second HDSPe card like the new AIO Pro and have both cards act like one bigger system within Totalmix?
All comments welcome thanks...
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