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Solid State Logic Alpha Link MADI SX Audio Converter  

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The professional's way to send high-quality audio from DAW to digital AES/EBU-equipped outboard gear and back.

The XLogic Alpha-Link Audio I/O range is one of the best-kept secrets of pro audio (well, not any more). Offering incredible bang for the buck, the Alpha Link range provides 24 channels of transparent SSL AD/DA conversion at less than half the price of 16 channels of competing professional-level converters. Another important thing to remember is that in order to do great conversion, you have to know how to do great analog”and who knows analog better than SSL?

Alpha Link MADI SX features up to 64 channels of digital MADI I/O at 48kHz (or 32 channels at 96kHz), 12 stereo AES/EBU digital I/O, 24 balanced analogue I/O, TDM Expansion Bus and much more, the MADI SX ADA Converter delivers a dependable, versatile, high quality MADI to AES/EBU conversion solution.

What is MADI?
MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) is a digital audio standard that allows transmission of up to 64 audio channels at 24-bit/48kHz resolution (32 channels at 96kHz) point to point over a single cable; either coaxial with BNC connectors or fiber optic. MADI also allows cable runs up to 100 m (328 ft.), but obviously it's greatest advantage is the number of audio channels it can transmit via a single cable. MADI is most useful when you have MADI-equipped mixers or lots of outboard gear. When combined with the SSL MADIXtreme 64 (see #500933) or MADIXtreme 128 (see #500934) PCIe card, you have a very powerful means of getting audio in and out of your DAW with plenty of room for future expansion.

Alpha Link MADI AX or SX?
If you have outboard gear or audio interfaces with ADAT lightpipe I/O and would like to take advantage of SSL conversion, the Alpha Link MADI AX is the way to go. However, if you have a lot of professional outboard gear with AES/EBU digital I/O (or plan to), the Alpha Link MADI SX is your solution.

A recommended setup for those want to use a mixing console with their DAW, such as the Toft ATB-24A (#580040), would provide a complete AD/DA-analog recording and mixing setup. Another unit that we recommend with this setup would be a D-Sub/TT patchbay such as the Switchcraft 9625 TT Patchbay (#501601) with Planet Waves Modular Snakes (#334007 & 334008) for quick and easy setup.

  • 56 or 64 MADI digital inputs and outputs at up to 48kHz, 28 or 32 MADI digital inputs and outputs at up to 96kHz.
  • 24 balanced analogue inputs and outputs with SSL enhanced A-D/D-A at up to 96kHz on D-Sub connectors (for use with D-Sub to XLR looms).
  • Word/SuperClock input and output.
  • Video Sync input functionality for the WordClock input: the Video Sync. signal can be converted to WordClock internally and transmitted via the WordClock output.
  • MIDI input and output.
  • Connects to Mixpander via Expansion Bus port.
  • All input and output channels can be used simultaneously in any configuration.
  • Comprehensive input/output routing & mode selection matrix
  • Analogue input/output metering via 24 tri colour LEDs

Alpha Link MADI SX Audio Converter Specifications:

  • General:
  • Depth: 310mm
  • Height: 88mm (2RU)
  • Width: 19.0"
  • Weight: 6.0kg
  • Operating voltage: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: 30W
  • WordClock connector style: BNC
  • MIDI (Number of ports): 2 (1 input port and 1 output port)
  • Phones connector style: 1/4" JACK
  • Technical Specs:
  • Analogue:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, (+0dB -0.5dB) at 48kHz sampling rate
  • Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% @ 1kHz sine wave at 1dBFS with 20 kHz brickwall low pass filter
  • Dynamic Range: 128dB digital (A-weighted)
  • Adjacent Channel Crosstalk (+10dBu at 1kHz): 90dB
  • Input Levels (maximum): +22dBu
  • Output Levels (maximum): +22dBu
  • Digital: Quantization 24 bit
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
  • Inputs & Outputs:
  • Analogue:
  • Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
  • Number of ports: Input ” 3, Output - 3 (8 channels per connector)
  • Connector type: Sub-D Female
  • Electrical
  • Balanced +4dBu nominal, +22dBu maximum
  • ADAT: (Alpha-Link AX & Alpha-Link MADI AX only)
  • Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
  • Number of ports: 3 (8 input channels per connector and 8 output channels per connector)
  • Connector type: Toslink
  • AES/EBU:(Alpha-Link MADI SX only)
  • Number of channels: Input ” 24, Output - 24
  • Number of ports: 3 (8 input channels per connector and 8 output channels per connector)
  • Connector type: Sub-D
  • Expansion Bus:
  • Number of channels: 64
  • Connector type: Mini D 68 poles
  • MADI:
  • Number of channels: 64
  • Connector type: Fibre SC connectors
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