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Romy the Cat

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The experiments with remote digital clock.

Since I have finalized what kind of digital gear I will be staying with and how I will be using it I decided to figure out something what always was the source of total mystery for my – how to use sampling clocks with my digital gear. My DAW, Pacific and both A/D and D/A Lavryes are pro equipment and they are able to master clocks and to be subordinated the remote clocks. Some of them have many clocking options, including the options to recognize the clocking marks in the input digital stream and tune own clock with the clock of the driving source. Some people proposed to me different best practices, including the use of one atomic master clock. I was kind of confused and I had no idea what is better and how it should be in my situation. It is not that NEEDED to use clock slaving but those options are valuable and I was wondering if the clock slaving would do any difference.

So, I spent a couple hours to connect DAW with both of my A/D and both D/A, slaving the clocks and to see how it impacts sound.  It did impact the sound – each clock slaving made sound worse. I was trying to listen the pieces by pairs and all together and the result was always the same: the sound was more right if each devise was running from its internal clock. Perhaps in pro environment, where people run 48 channels with one master clock the approaches does make sense sonically but in my case it looks like it was not. In each case the change to external clock leads to “harder” sound. If someone have different experience then please let me know

Rgs, Romy the Cat

"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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