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"Legos for DIY Tapers"
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:24:08 AM »


Has anyone every built a project using parts from MiniDSP?  If not, any smart folks have an opinion based on what you see?  It looks like one could built all sorts of gadgets with various analog & digi in/out, et al...

https://www.minidsp.com/products/minidspkits

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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 10:28:56 AM »
I don't have any direct experience with this product. But, I did build a stereo amplifier from a similar concept. It was an $11 chip amp.  The chip amp has proven to be a fantastic sounding amp.  I like it enough that my drastically more expensive Plinius amp has been turned off for over 6 months now, and maybe even 9 months.
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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 10:55:53 AM »
I've played the underlying DSP chip on the basic kit before, it's quite powerful if you are willing to learn its GUI language.  But most people here don't want to do any pre-processing, so I'm not sure of its application here.  It's not suitable as a direct mic amp chip so you have to stick an analog front end on it including mic powering for whatever you are using.  They also come with a power consumption you don't want if you don't need the processing power (basic kit is 750mW, HD is 2.5W).  And the dynamic range specs aren't great for recording:  98dB and 103dB.  Most portable recorders are at least that good and many are better.

If you are building active speakers these sort of things can be very useful.

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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016, 11:05:23 AM »

Good feedback, Jon, thank you.  This $35 device is pretty interesting.  If I am reading it correctly, it provides optical and coax S/PDIF over USB to a computer.  Could it make for a decent method for transferring DATs->PC?  I guess if the bits all got to the destination untouched?...

https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/ministreamer

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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2016, 11:42:40 AM »
Sure, but don't you already have some type of audio interface?

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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2016, 12:16:04 PM »
Sure, but don't you already have some type of audio interface?

Yeah, an RME Fireface UFX.  But, there was a time that I wished for something like this. Back in the Zoltrix Nightingale sound card days...

It also might be good for folks wanting to have digi in on a phone or raspberry pi maybe?
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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2016, 03:09:16 PM »
I think the Pi has audio daughterboards with SPDIF I/O.  But for a phone, sure.

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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2016, 11:57:45 AM »
Mics - AKG ck61/ck63 (c480b & Naiant actives), SP-BMC-2
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Re: "Legos for DIY Tapers"
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2016, 02:21:19 PM »
Hahaha...that's awesome!
Mics:  Microtech Gefell m200/M20/nBob Actives>PFA
Pre's: USB Pre2, V2, V3, V3 (optimod), V3 (optimod), MiniME, MiniMP, MP2
Decks: R44 Oade Concert Mod, M10
Playback: Grace m9xx/MiniDAC->Sen 598, Sen 598C, AKG ATHM50X, AKG 7xx, Sen HD598, AKG 553Pro
Mixing: RME Fireface UFX->Reaper->Yamaha HS8

 

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