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Old 19th November 2010, 02:09 PM   #111
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The future is coming next year and it's Light Peak. Up 10GB/sec to start. Total isolation using fiber optic. Cable Lengths up to 100m. Ideal for digital audio.
Wow, now that is cool.
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Old 19th November 2010, 02:18 PM   #112
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The cool thing is that it will handle multiple protocols over one fiber. Should be in Macs at the beginning of the year. I imagine this would be ideal for digital audio. Just need chipsets. Then again there will probably be Light Peak to Firewire conversion chips etc.


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Old 19th November 2010, 04:08 PM   #113
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Yeah, light peak should be great if they don't mess the protocols and if we can get an accurate clock out of it.

Any word on that usb isolator you plan using?
 
Old 19th November 2010, 06:50 PM   #114
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Yeah, light peak should be great if they don't mess the protocols and if we can get an accurate clock out of it.

Any word on that usb isolator you plan using?
I would not expect to ever get an accurate clock from a computer! This is why asynchronous computer interfaces (USB, FireWire, ethernet) are so important for audio: no reliance on the computer clocks whatsoever.
Light Peak will have a good advantage with isolation, but more speed/bandwidth is no advantage over what is already possible with USB2, Firewire, and ethernet. The question will become whether someone can implement an asynchronous audio interface through Light Peak.
 
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If multiple protocols can be used over Light Peak then I imagine Firewire and USB will be among them along with their async modes . And if Apple is the first to have this I'm sure they're pushing the interface for audio/video production. Isolation is one of the advantages but so is distance. One can have their computer in another room away from the DAC.
 
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I am willing to bet any audio over it will have encryption... just because it what companies seem to do these days.
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Old 2nd December 2010, 12:55 PM   #117
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A little idea...

You've probably already thought about this but in case you haven't here is my suggestion =)

Expose volume management to outside the chip, so that it could be used with hardware volume attenuator like for example the Joshua Tree.

Example use case of why:

Billy has an mpd setup for his audio, Billy uses his smartphone app as a remote but wants to change volume. Billy changes the volume through the smartphone app instead of picking up another remote to control volume with.

Another advantage would be that generic usb-based volume management gadgets could be used.

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Wow, now that is cool.
Hey Russ, any updates?
 
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The future is coming next year and it's Light Peak. Up 10GB/sec to start. Total isolation using fiber optic. Cable Lengths up to 100m. Ideal for digital audio.
It sounds expensive, at least initially. 10GB is insane BW, there are ISP backbones in this country that dont use this much BW
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It sounds expensive, at least initially
It's a low cost solution, mainly developed because copper wiring for these speeds will either be extremely limited in length or very expensive.
 

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