See the ST
Audio web site for more info on this.
Its got 8 in 8 out on XLR's with mic preamps
and phantom power with insert points on every
and ADC III Package
US $848 / AU
A good package is the ADC
III and the DSP24 MK2 which provides you with...
8 high quality XLR balanced inputs with phantom
power and preamps on every channel, plus 2
balanced XLR outputs. Midi In and Out are
via the ADC III box. If you own a CPORT then
you can add on the ADCIII to essentially upgrade
to this package. You then have 8 outputs via
the ADCDAC2000 rack.
CPORT package. US
$449 / AU $1095
Also know as DSP2000 package in some countries.
The best value for money 10 IN 10 OUT 24bit
96khz recording package. When you look at
this package and see the price you will agree.
As for sound quality it has the exact same
converters that units 3 times the price contain.
MKII card. AU$529
This card has 2 balanced XLR inputs and outputs.
The internal converters in this card are high
quality AKM 24bit 96khz the same as the cport
rack. The card has lots of digital IO options.
If you want 2 inputs and 2 outputs with the
ability to add 8 channels of IO at any time,
then this is an excellent card. Either an
external rack or an aditional MIDI interface
is need for MIDI I/O.
Value Edition card (DSP24VE) US$128
Similar to the DSP24 MKII.. The main difference
is it cannot have the external boxes added
and it has unbalanced ins and outs on gold
plated RCA's... See below in the rack options
to see what you will miss out on if you buy
this card over the DSP24MKII card. This card
has MIDI in and out via an optional bracket
which is US $50 / AU
review. on the value card can be found here.
|The DSP24 MK1 card
(DSP24). This card is an interface for the external
racks and only has 18bit converters on the card.
One of the high quality racks are required for
24bit 96khz recordings. This is the card that
makes up the CPORT package. See above..... This
card is designed to work with a rack and should
not be purchased separately without a rack.
...See below for external rack options. The
cards concept is similar to a ADAT card that
needs converter boxes for analog audio I/O,
however the card is much more flexable than
a simple ADAT card... Read below for more info....
The media 7.1 has the same audio IO, dsp
engine and drivers as its bigger brother the
Cport. It only has 2 inputs and 8 outputs
but earns it claim to fame as being the only
pro card to have a built in Hardware GM/GS
midi synth. Heaps of other features, see
for more info. To hear the media 7.1 click
Add On 19" Rack
Each DSP24 (MK1 and MKII ) card can only
have 10 channels of inputs and 10 channels of outputs at a time
(20 IO)... The S/PDIF takes up 2 channels in and out leaving
8 inputs and 8 outputs accessible via external racks. You can
for example have both the DS2000 (digital station) and any of
the other racks such as the ADC III or the ADCDAC2000 connected
to the same card but you cant exceed 10 in and 10 output streams.
This is limited by the chip the DSP24 is designed around. If
you have both racks on the same card you can very quickly patch
between the two racks in EL (external links), in real-time and
without rebooting, even while the drivers are in use. You can
even MIX AND MATCH inputs from both boxes but you cant exceed
the 20 IO limit per card. This is why the DS2000 has the four
green LED's and the ADCDAC2000 has the four red LED's, to indicate
which inputs are active otherwise it would be confusing which
ones were patched in..... As for outputs all outputs are active
at the same time. You can output via the 1 card 8 channels in
ADAT and at the same time 8 channels of analog, but once again
it is the same 8 output streams. This is only scratching the
surface of what the ST Audio range can do. The Many of the racks
can be used in stand alone mode without a computer, for instance
the DACIII can also be used as a stand alone digital to analog
converter from AES EBU, optical or coaxial spdif. It can do
4 pairs at a time and at fraction of the cost of other alternatives.
You can install up to four DSP24 cards in the one computer
to allow for up to 40 inputs and 40 outputs (80 channels of
I/O) the museum in Melbourne Australia is doing just this to
stream audio to different rooms for different displays ! This
runs 12 hours a day every day without problems, that shows you
how stable the drivers are on the NT platforms.
What ever you want/need the ST Audio
DSP24 has it all. You can start off small and then add as you
go. See it, Hear it, Believe it.