surround sound adapter?

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Member Since: Nov 27, 2007

Does anyone know of such a thing?

If i have an interface with only 2 speaker outputs, could i buy an adapter or unit or something to plug into it, so i can hook up 5.1 surround?


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 30, 2009 07:39 am

Not do-able. Stereo connections can be used for ProLogic Surround, but 5.1 surround can only be done with six outputs.

ProLogic is a left and right front, center and rear (left and right the same). Subwoofer is handled externally with a crossover.

5.1 requires six individual outputs, or, optical or digital coax cables.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Sep 30, 2009 07:39 am

it seems i have 4 outputs, 2 monitors and 2 line outs.

ive been to the tascam site to have a look what it says about my us1641, and all they say is, "if you want surround sound then there are just enough outputs" then followed on to explain the outputs.

4 outputs isnt gonna give me 5.1 now is it?
im kinda confused on the whole thing.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Sep 30, 2009 09:29 am

you musta typed yours dB, just as i typed my last one. anyway, so not do able?

so what are tascam going on about with the whole 4 inputs for surround thing?

so basicly i need an interface that supports S/S?
know of any particular ones that do it?

you'd think they'd have invented a unit that you can plug in to make it happen.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 30, 2009 09:33 am

4 channels can do Pro Logic, not Dolby Digital tho.

Most modern cards (I believe) that have an optical output or a coax digital output can do surround. The mixing of surround itself is handled by the tracking and mixing application (Cakewalk Sonar can do it for the last few versions, others can too).

When getting into surround you are entering a whole new world.

Alternatively, many gaming cards can do surround too, but they do it with 3 TRS 1/8" jacks with one handling front left and right, one handling rear left and right and one handling center and sub...of course, those cards can only handle outputting surround sound, but then, that's all you need generally, input is just like anything else, generally mono per track...then mixed into the surround field, just like with standard stereo mixing.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Sep 30, 2009 09:43 am

well all this is over my head atm, im using Cubase which has the capablities for surround.

my tascam has a digi out, and the 4 outputs (monitors and Line outs)

the digi out i have, is the RCA kind of connector, is this what you were getting at with digi out?

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 30, 2009 09:45 am

Yeah, that's the digi out, but not ALL are capable of surround. Optical is, Coax is SPDIF or, if memory serves "TDIF" or something like that. You should look at your manual to see if your digital out can do it.

I am running on memory here tho, as I prefer surround via an optical out.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Sep 30, 2009 09:49 am

ok, well it is spdif.
i just hooked up my pre to the digi in and its all good there.
man sounds like i gotta a bit of reading to do on it.
ive just come across some brand new monitors for an absolute steal, so i though well i might have a look at the whole thing.

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