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November 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm #106662
I am trying to get rid of my three RME units and get top notch converters. Since I am very satisfied with the converters in the H-8000 FW I was wondering if there's a way to have two of them working together via Firewire. In Cubase, will the driver be able to talk to both units simultaneously? Ideally I would like to have 24 channels at 96 KHz.
November 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm #119540
You should be able to use multiple H8000FW's with a PC, but I don't think we've tested it.
If you're seriously interested, let me know and I'll give it a try.
November 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm #119541
Please do, when you find some time. Will I need two Firewire inputs in my computer or can I use one of the Firewire inputs in a unit as a "thru" for the other? In that case will the FW 400 suffice? I know there are bandwidth issues…
November 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm #130663
I'll send the word to the test department and get back to you when I have some answers.
December 16, 2009 at 10:47 am #130774
December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm #130778rmaxwellModerator
We are going to do some testing here. We will keep you posted.
March 11, 2010 at 9:13 am #131297
Any news on this? Instead of getting a Prism Orpheus, I'd be happy to get another H-8000FW!
March 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm #131312
I've done some testing with 2 H8000FW and everything seems to be as it should. I can't claim to have covered every possible arrangement, but it looks good.
A few caveats:
1) You should use WordClock to lock the 2 units, otherwise it will use FireWire sync, which is not the first choice.
2) Not all DAW applications can handle simultaneous channels from multiple FW units – we can't help much with this.
3) Multiple units implies many channels – make sure your computer can handle it. Don't use FireWire drives as well.
March 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm #131313
Will I need two Firewire inputs in my computer or can I use one of the Firewire inputs in a unit as a "thru" for the other? In that case will the FW 400 suffice? I know there are bandwidth issues…
You can daisy-chain the FireWire connections as long as you don't use the FW as a power supply for "downstream" equipment – your computer only need one FW connector.
Not sure what the bandwidth limit is – FW400 is bus limited at 49mB/s (about 250 48kHz channels), but the computer hardware/software will most likely be the limiting factor. Again, the best computer you can find would be good.
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