MR816X as standalone preamp/converter?

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MR816X as standalone preamp/converter?

Post by zephonic » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:35 am

I could not get a clear answer from the site, so let me ask here:

Can the MR816X be used as a standalone preamp/converter, ie. connect ADAT I/O to another interface? Are the analog ins defaulted to the corresponding ADAT outs? Adn vice versa?

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Post by herrtommy » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:49 pm

If you connect your MR816 via ADAT to any other piece of equipment, the Pres' and AD converters are used, and the whole lot (0's and1's) travel through your other gear into whatever you have at the end :)
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Post by zephonic » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:21 pm

Thanks, Tom. Have you done this yourself?
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Post by Sunshy » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:06 pm

Yes, but what about the DtoA? I'm trying to integrate my volume knob (via adat) with the MR816 and don't know a way to use the DtoA of the MR816 (which sounds WAY better than my volume knob's DtoA).
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Post by Karl » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:38 am

I'm not sure that you can do what you describe. If I understand correctly, you're trying to use the ADAT in on the MR816 to feed digital audio to and play it back via the MR816's analog out's. Dont think you can route this way inside the MR.

I use the MR regularly as an analog/mic pre in, with ADAT out's running to an RME Multiface or Digiface (the unit moves back and forth between my mobile rig and studio DAW.

I wanted to do exactly this so I could use the MR816 to create mjultiple headphone mixes when I was doing location recording's (use an ADAT out from my RME Digiface, go into the MR and route different digital mixes to several analog stereo pairs on the MR816, come out of them to headphone amps for the musicians). Went into the MR's mixer and searched long and hard but could find no way to route it.

It looks to me as though the MR has an ADAT in but signals coming in to it are simply passed through to the firewire interface.

If someone does know of a way to do this (route inputs to the MR816's ADAT in to the MR's analog out's) I would love to know how to do it.
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Post by Grasshopper » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:06 pm

In the Mr editor the adat channels show up as 9-16 (as long as you're in adat mode)
then choose the analog output pairs on the right one at a time and raise the level for the adat channels you want to go to that output set. don't forget to save your changes.
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Post by Sunshy » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:05 am

This works great. Unfortunately, my volume knob does not affect anything now. I guess the adat out is a "pass through" so back to the drawing board.
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Post by Raphie » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:00 am

you can stack 6 MR816's this way

3 units via firewire with their discrete ASIO ports in the hosts
and 3 additional units, not connected via FW feeding the ADAT I/O's in the first 3 units.
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Post by eddiel82 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:50 am

Raphie wrote:you can stack 6 MR816's this way

3 units via firewire with their discrete ASIO ports in the hosts
and 3 additional units, not connected via FW feeding the ADAT I/O's in the first 3 units.
no problem whatsoever 48 ports of I/O mapped 1:1 in Cubase
Hi Raphie.

I tried connecting 2 MRs via firewire(Daisy-chain) but i cannot monitor the sound from the 2nd unit via the 1st unit.

Have you tried this before?
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Post by Raphie » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:09 am

yes u need to chain via spdif as well if u want to monitor via other outs than cubase studio out
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Post by beatpete » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:54 pm

eddiel82 wrote:
Raphie wrote:you can stack 6 MR816's this way

3 units via firewire with their discrete ASIO ports in the hosts
and 3 additional units, not connected via FW feeding the ADAT I/O's in the first 3 units.
no problem whatsoever 48 ports of I/O mapped 1:1 in Cubase
Hi Raphie.

I tried connecting 2 MRs via firewire(Daisy-chain) but i cannot monitor the sound from the 2nd unit via the 1st unit.

Have you tried this before?
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Re: MR816X as standalone preamp/converter?

Post by sergiomoba » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:20 pm

Hi all

I can use the mr816 like a preamp but i need to use for D/A converter too. I spend a lot of time in the MR Editor but i can´t get it.

Someone Can Help me?

Thankx

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