High-end audio

Tom Coffin tcoffin at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Thu Jun 10 17:31:04 CDT 1999

ok - so if we go with the layla card, then the audio computer
should be a win98 os instead of the redhat linux. correct?

At 04:00 PM 6/10/99 -0600, Paul Hubbard wrote:
   >> Anyone familiar with this audio card? Looks like it could be a good
   >> addition.  Optical interconnect to the actual audio gear is nice,
   >> ultimate isolation from the noisy computer equipment.
   >ADAT denotes Alesis-format _digital_ signals, as used in their 8-channel
   >recording units. The Sonorus card, therefore, has only digital inputs, and
   >what we need is multiple analog inputs.
   >For the same price range ($750) I'd recommend the Event Electronics
   >board, see http://www.event1.com/products/layla.html for details. 8 analog
   >inputs, features galore.
   >We went and looked around today, and the Layla is a good choice if you
have the
   >money. However, the card will only work under Windows 95/98, and maybe NT
   >sometime in the future. One could probably run this on the same machine
as the
   >echo cancellation unit. We're looking at this, but will try the SB128
   >before we buy one.
   >Another option is a Yamaha card - I don't know what this one costs, but
   >specs look quite good. Anyone out there used one?
   >Alas, it's also a Win9x only product.
   >In other audio suggestions, I'd recommend adding a good equalizer and
   >compressor/limiter to the list. The EQ is very useful for tuning the
room and
   >speakers, and the c/l unit prevents damage from dropped mics, RF
glitches, and
   >so forth. The DBX 2231 is a nice unit that has both in one box, and
we've gone
   >ahead and ordered one for this project, as we've used them in our VR
lab with
   >good results. This should be used on the main mix, between the mixer
and the
   >Yet Another Piece of Gear is the DBX 1046 quad compressor/limiter - we
plan on
   >using one channel for each microphone input, as this will allow fine
control of
   >their dynamic range, which should help with the echo cancellation unit.
A bit
   >pricy like all DBX gear, but it has _lots_ of flashing lights to show your
   >For larger rooms, the Mackie HR824 monitors make a good choice - YMMV, but
   >they're only ~75 more than the Genelecs, and have much better specs.
   >Info at http://www.mackie.com/Products/HR824.asp, another choice for
   >venues is their SRM450 at http://www.mackie.com/Products/SRM450.asp
   >Paul Hubbard  phubbard at unm.edu
   >"Charm's in limited supply, and refusing to stretch"

Tom Coffin .......................... tcoffin at ncsa.uiuc.edu

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