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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Both of the links are for uni-directional conversion, so will work for getting digital signal out of the macbook to apollo, but unable to return audio from your system back to the macbook.
    Thats perfectly ok. No need to send anything back to the Macbook

    Thanks for all the help guys! This has however turned out to be a bit more costly than I would have hoped! haha

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    Now that I'm actually sitting in the studio I see that my BF rack Apollo also can't switch it's optical port, so that must be the Twin only that can do that as these all have coaxial inputs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnTracks View Post
    Now that I'm actually sitting in the studio I see that my BF rack Apollo also can't switch it's optical port, so that must be the Twin only that can do that as these all have coaxial inputs.
    Wow! I'm very surprised. We buy the higher end devices for the better features and now it turns out a lesser unit than what we have has a feature that we don't! Not cool at all UA!

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    I think the real question that needs to be asked is why you're trying to pipe the audio through the Digital Out of the MBP rather than just using a VC to do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iDt View Post
    I think the real question that needs to be asked is why you're trying to pipe the audio through the Digital Out of the MBP rather than just using a VC to do it?
    Hey man, what do you mean? How could a virtual channel work in this situation?
    I'd have to connect the Macbook up somehow as the Apollo is connected to my desktop computer. I'm just trying to get the Macbook's audio (iTunes etc) to play through the Apollo.

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    Stephen, since I am using the S/PDIF for something other than the Mac, I didn't think to mention the virtual channel setup. Here is a link to a thread with a very good explanation about sending the Mac's core audio through the VC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post
    Stephen, since I am using the S/PDIF for something other than the Mac, I didn't think to mention the virtual channel setup. Here is a link to a thread with a very good explanation about sending the Mac's core audio through the VC.

    How to send System Sound to the UAD Console on a Mac

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    Thanks Don!! Great tip there

    This would work perfectly fine if I was using my Macbook as my work system.
    But since I'm using two computers, with the Apollo connected via Firewire/thunderbolt to my desktop, I need to send the Macbook's audio into the Apollo by input. I was hoping a simple ADAT connected would be the answer, but apparently it's a bit more complicated than that :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Hey man, what do you mean? How could a virtual channel work in this situation?
    I'd have to connect the Macbook up somehow as the Apollo is connected to my desktop computer. I'm just trying to get the Macbook's audio (iTunes etc) to play through the Apollo.
    Apologies! I missed the fact that you were working with two independent systems. Is there a reason you need to use digital? If not, your simplest solution would be to get a 1/8" stereo to 1/4" dual mono (L/R) and go analog from the MBP to the MP.

    EDIT - And I missed that your analog inputs are all in use. Going from S/PDIF to ADAT is a practical impossibility without converters of some sort in the mix. I feel like there was a post in the past few months talking about this specifically relating to an 8/8P which didn't have the Coax S/PDIF on it. I'll see if I can't dig it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iDt View Post
    Apologies! I missed the fact that you were working with two independent systems. Is there a reason you need to use digital? If not, your simplest solution would be to get a 1/8" stereo to 1/4" dual mono (L/R) and go analog from the MBP to the MP.

    EDIT - And I missed that your analog inputs are all in use. Going from S/PDIF to ADAT is a practical impossibility without converters of some sort in the mix. I feel like there was a post in the past few months talking about this specifically relating to an 8/8P which didn't have the Coax S/PDIF on it. I'll see if I can't dig it up.
    Yea its a bit of a pain. I feel with the cost of a good quality optical cable and the cost of an optical / coax adaptor plus import fees (as I'm not in the US), its just not worth it.
    When I upgrade to an Apollo 16 in the near future ill just run analog in from the Macbook. Seems the easiest and less-of-a-hassle-way to do it.



    Thanks for the help and advice though guys I really appreciate it !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Yea its a bit of a pain. I feel with the cost of a good quality optical cable and the cost of an optical / coax adaptor plus import fees (as I'm not in the US), its just not worth it.
    When I upgrade to an Apollo 16 in the near future ill just run analog in from the Macbook. Seems the easiest and less-of-a-hassle-way to do it.



    Thanks for the help and advice though guys I really appreciate it !!
    I would think you could find the adapter locally - at a computer store, or an appliance store that sells TVs and stereos. It should be a pretty common item.

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