[ardour-users] Using external processors

Joe Hartley jh at brainiac.com
Thu Feb 3 03:40:47 PST 2005

On Wed, 02 Feb 2005 17:03:43 -0800
Kevin Cosgrove <kevinc at doink.com> wrote:
> On 2 February 2005 at 6:46, Joe Hartley <jh at brainiac.com> wrote:
> > I have a balanced patchbay and use balanced patch cables, which
> > helps a good deal.
> Do you have balanced external processors?  I've got a bunch of 
> external gear, but only one or two units have balanced in/out.  
> What's your situation?

Most, but not all, of the processors have balanced i/o.  My reverb/fx
box and mixer do.  My compressor, sadly, does not.  It's at the top of 
the list for replacement.  The reverb/fx box also has SPDIF,
but the mic modelers (which I am absurdly fond of) uses AES/EBU.  The
modelers are also wierd because they have 1/4" balanced in, unbalanced 
out, though there's a balanced XLR connector :-/

It's a hodgepodge.  Fortunately, About 75% of the time, I just use the
reverb/fx box.  I haven't taken much advantage of its SPDIF port, though,
because I can't bring myself to cough up the big bux for a cable that
for all the world looks just like an ordinary RCA audio cable!

I find that my fx loop is pretty quiet even if I bring the modelers
and compressor into it.  Overall, I'm happy, given the constraints of my

       Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant - jh at brainiac.com
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