The XLogic Alpha-Link Audio I/O range is one of the best-kept secrets of pro audio (well, not any more). Offering incredible bang for the buck, the Alpha Link range provides 24 channels of transparent... Read More
The XLogic Alpha-Link Audio I/O range is one of the best-kept secrets of pro audio (well, not any more). Offering incredible bang for the buck, the Alpha Link range provides 24 channels of transparent SSL AD/DA conversion at less than half the price of 16 channels of competing professional-level converters. Another important thing to remember is that in order to do great conversion, you have to know how to do great analog”and who knows analog better than SSL?
Alpha Link MADI SX features up to 64 channels of digital MADI I/O at 48kHz (or 32 channels at 96kHz), 12 stereo AES/EBU digital I/O, 24 balanced analogue I/O, TDM Expansion Bus and much more, the MADI SX ADA Converter delivers a dependable, versatile, high quality MADI to AES/EBU conversion solution.
What is MADI?
MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) is a digital audio standard that allows transmission of up to 64 audio channels at 24-bit/48kHz resolution (32 channels at 96kHz) point to point over a single cable; either coaxial with BNC connectors or fiber optic. MADI also allows cable runs up to 100 m (328 ft.), but obviously it's greatest advantage is the number of audio channels it can transmit via a single cable. MADI is most useful when you have MADI-equipped mixers or lots of outboard gear. When combined with the SSL MADIXtreme 64 (see #500933) or MADIXtreme 128 (see #500934) PCIe card, you have a very powerful means of getting audio in and out of your DAW with plenty of room for future expansion.
Alpha Link MADI AX or SX?
If you have outboard gear or audio interfaces with ADAT lightpipe I/O and would like to take advantage of SSL conversion, the Alpha Link MADI AX is the way to go. However, if you have a lot of professional outboard gear with AES/EBU digital I/O (or plan to), the Alpha Link MADI SX is your solution.
A recommended setup for those want to use a mixing console with their DAW, such as the Toft ATB-24A (#580040), would provide a complete AD/DA-analog recording and mixing setup. Another unit that we recommend with this setup would be a D-Sub/TT patchbay such as the Switchcraft 9625 TT Patchbay (#501601) with Planet Waves Modular Snakes (#334007 & 334008) for quick and easy setup.