Topic: MADIface USB + Ferrofish Pulse 16 DX or Digiface Dante + Pulse 16 MX?
I’m planning for the future, specifically a case where I have 16 channels of 96kHz ADAT/SMUX coming from a pair of Cranborne 500ADAT units (via 2 TOSLINK outputs each), plus up to another 16 96kHz channels of line-level analog from other sources, and want to make all of these available over Dante and to provide a fast Dante connection to my Mac as well.
It occurs to me I could take two approaches:
(1) Connect 4 ADAT/SMUX cables to a Ferrofish Pulse 16 MX, and then send the 8 channels from each of the two Cranbornes plus the 16 channels from the Pulse 16’s converters (a total of 32 channels) over MADI to the Digiface Dante, which handles all routing to the Dante network; or
(2) Same, but use a Ferrofish Pulse 16 DX and a MADIface USB, with the Ferrofish Pulse 16 DX handling the Dante routing.
Are both of those indeed viable approaches? Other than the higher speed USB interface on the Digiface Dante (USB 3, versus USB 2 on the MADIface), is one approach clearly superior to the other?