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Just because someone got upvoted on reddit, that doesn't mean it isn't total and complete nonsense. OK lets get one thing clear from the start. S/PDIF and USB are simply data transports. In reality they have absolutely nothing at all to do with audio, they are just ways of getting data from one place to another. That data might be related to audio, and in ...


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The S/PDIF I/O on the Saffire Pro 24 is stereo. The Optical is an 8-track ADAT input. The use case for using the S/PDIF I/O would be for using a digital stereo source or destination. You could use put an outboard digital effects processor in that loop, or say, get audio from a separate digital recorder into your computer, or bounce a stereo mix out to a ...


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Digital is digital, so if you are using an optical cable between your sound card and sound system, you should be fine. But don't trust me, grab a S/PDIF cable and hook it up. How does it sounds? There are two main reasons for using external sound cards, neither of which apply to your situation. External sound cards allow you to isolate the analog signal ...


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There is no benefit to connecting your audio interface to your computer via S/PDIF if you can already make a good Firewire connection. Some additional detail: The big problem with S/PDIF is that it lacks any form of flow control. That means that the sender sends bits out, and the receiver receives them. There is no way for the receiver to request a ...


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Connecting optical ADAT to optical S/PDIF will not work (just because the connectors look the same doesn't mean the digital formats, ADAT and S/PDIF are compatible) If you choose to connect the S/PDIF in/outs it will work, but not the way you expect: you can only use the 2x2 S/PDIF input/output channels, i.e. none of the real input channels. You can't get ...


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You might be able to output your DAW (Ableton here) directly to your broadcasting software. Some software have this ability natively. If not, you can try Soundflower for Mac, or Jack on Windows. These programs will allow you to route one software's audio to another. In your DAW select the routing program as the output, and in the broadcasting software, ...


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Let's assume that what you call 5.1 Dolby is Dolby Digital (aka ac3 codec). That is what your receiver expects. 1 - Any s/pdif interface can output ac3 bitstream (it is part of the standard). 2 - As you want to output the ac3 bitstream, you shouldn't worry about the decoding in the interface. 3 - No 4 - I don't know You must in any case check that the ...


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The send is (probably) the Tip and return (probably) the Ring on on TRS splitter cable, something like this: http://www.swamp.net.au/swamp-insert-cable-y-cable-trs-to-2x-ts-1m.html


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What model of mac do you have? Mac Pro and Macbook Pro machines have optical S/PDIF built in already, so all you need is a converter like the M-Audio CO2.


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