Digital in as a interface

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by miatadan, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. miatadan macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2006
    Sudbury,ON , Canada

    New to this forum:

    This is what I want to do:
    Use home cd player ( Rega ) digital out (toslink) to connect to digital in (toslink) on a Intel Mac Mini , in real time and record as a AIFF file.
    Do not want to use built in drive.

    I intend to play back music using itunes and output signal using digital out to feed out board Dac ( McIntosh MDA1000 dac/preamp ).

  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Umm, OK, that should work -- you'll need a program of some description to capture the incoming (digital) audio to a file on disk. GarageBand, SpinDoctor, Final Vinyl, Audacity or some such.

    Unless your CD is broken in the Mac, though, what is your anticipated benefit of doing this - vs. copying or ripping directly from the CD?

    I thought of one reason - if you have Mini-CDs or business card CDs and a Mac with a slot-loading drive.
  3. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    I cannot see why you would want to do this. It would sound worse doing it this way than using your Mac CD/DVD ROM drive. Just an example, your CD player does not output a clock, so you'll get jitter errors. There are many more factors but I wont go into detail.
  4. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    If you insert a red book CDA into your Mac Mini, the CD volume will mount, and the music files in the volume will show as AIFF files. Just copy paste them to your HDD.
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    if he's recording digital out to digital in, it's probably s/pdif format, which does indeed carry clock information.

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