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With 8 analog inputs and one ADAT output, the SM Pro Audio A08 is perfect for use in all kinds of recording studio setups. Whether you're working with I/O cards, digital mixers, or digital instruments, this unit will convert your analog data reliably and professionally to an 8-channel digital ADAT stream with absolute fidelity. The digital to analog converter allows for internal or external sync via the word clock BNC I/O connectors.
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I've owned this for over a year, and use it with a Fostex VF160. It works great for adding extra inputs, and I've not had any problems with it. It is small, and an affordable way to add inputs. The sound is fine, I can't tell any difference between one of the ADAT inputs vs. one of the direct to mixer inputs, the sound is clean. I'm using this for keyboards and EFX returns and it works perfectly. Since there is not a preamp/trim control, this unit will NOT work for high level inputs such as drums. I've tried guitar just to see how it works, and that works well also, so long as you keep the input level reasonable. You could probably use it for drums too if you get the mics far enough away(defeats the purpose). In all, this is great for what I use it for, and gives me 8 more inputs. Now I can record 16 tracks at once. If you want a mic preamp to boost/shape vocal mics, this is not for you. Further, with my setup & mixer, I can not adjust input levels on the mixer from the ADAT, so levels must be adjusted from the source, of course, output levels are controlled by mixer faders. This is a simple box that does exactly what it says, and does it well. I still wonder, however, should I have gotten the Behringer ADA8000 just so I could have the input level control? hhhmmmmmmm
I guess i'd be impressed by a metal covered brick, but it does inspire confidence when I unpack a new piece and it's made out of durable metal and is heavy. I connected it to my Tascam FW-1884 and it works. Push the input faders all the way up-No noise. Welcome to the age of digital. I thought about the Behringer ADA8000, but as I am using this box to route in keyboards and synth modules, I didn't need the mic pre expense and possible noise they might bring. The line lump ac is better than a wall wart. I knocked the quality because the 1/4in. inputs are circuit mounted-not chassis mounted. But there is no wiggle. And the blue power light looks great. Highly recommended to anyone looking to send 8 line level audio feeds over lightpipe.
I was thinking about buying this for the longest time, but could find no one who had tried it. Bought it anyway (it's only $150) as an A/D for an additional 8 channels for Pro Tools.Out of the box you notice it's a terrible piece of junk as far as quality of parts go. But whatever, this is a set it and forget it kind of piece.After a week I still could not get the unit to function with Pro Tools until out of desperation I just tried every configuration of button pressing possible on this unit (there are only two buttons) and defying all logic, one of them worked. I discoverd that the problem is that the button for sample rate (44.1 or 48k) was mislabeled and when I thought I was at 44.1 the unit was actually set to 48k.I checked out the SM Pro website and noticed on the picture of the unit there. The problem is fixed so I don't know what unit you'll get, but just be aware.It works fine now, but also know that the inputs are unbalanced 1/4" (balanced would have been nice...)Rock on.Ben
This is unfortunately one of those cases where you get just what you pay for. If you have shopped around for a input device with this type of configuration then you know this thing is cheap. There is obviously a reason for this, it's incredibly noisey and totally unusable for any type of serious recording. Spend the extra few hundred dollars and get something that will enhance your recordings, not destroy them.