would an "ad converter" have an input for a S/PDIF cable and then have a 1/4", XLR or RCA output?
I bought the M-AUDIO Fast Track Ultra and I want to use the S/PDIF in and out, what out there would I be able to use?
I'm just looking for a way to plug a synth, guitar, bass, mic, anything into the S/PDIF in if there is a way, and then also use the S/PDIF output to speakers or something to record the session.. Any Ideas?
I really have no clue about S/PDIF even after looking around on google
an a/d converter would convert an analog signal to a digital signal. it's an analog input to digital output. there are also d/a converters and ad/da converters. if you're trying plug a synth's analog instrument outs into a spdif input on the fast track ultra, you would need an a/d converter. if you were trying to plug the spdif out from the fast track ultra into a mixer, you have two choices. get a digital mixer with a spdif in... i.e. edirol m-16dx oryou get a d/a converter. if you want to plug the spdif out into a set of speakers, you can either use a d/a converter, a monitor management system with digital input, i.e. presonus central station, or a pair of active monitors with spdif input, i.e. jbl 4300 series.
what i've done with my spdif i/o is as follows...
run the spdif output of my motherboard into a digital mixer spdif input, then run the output of the mixer into the spdif input of my interface. this allows my to keep the interface on exclusive mode for programs like Live and set my default audio output to use the spdif out so that other apps or web browsers can still output audio while Live is running, if i nneed to listen to something else. especially handy if i want to rip audio from online sources. the digital mixer isn't totally necessary but since it's an 16-in/ 2-out mixer, it allows me to add other audio sources without all the plugging and unplugging that'll wear down cables and it allowed me to save all of my analog inputs on my interface for other things like hardware fx chains.