S/PFIF into laptop - worth it?

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  1. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have a Boss VF-1 half-rack multi effects that I want to use as a preamp for recording. It has 1st-gen amp models, so I probably won’t use it for gain sounds, but for cleans with a lot of effects it should do well.

    It has left & right audio outputs, selectable for -20 or +4, and I could run them into my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 with no problem. However, the VF-1 also has a coax S/PDIF output, so I’m wondering why go through the A/D on its output, and then immediately D/A the signals in the Scarlett? Why not keep it digital, straight into the computer.

    The answer, of course, is that I’m running Reaper on a Dell laptop and it doesn’t have an S/PDIF input. So I ask you, how does one get a S/PDIF signal into a laptop, and is it worth the hassle over simply using audio connections?
     
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    Hmm. Well, the only way I’ve used to get from something with S/PDIF out to the computer is to go into an audio interface that has a TOSLINK input. You’d need a different interface to do that.

    Now, whether it would be worth it is the question. I’d say not for an electric guitar because it’s really a pretty limited frequency range and a 2i4 is going to handle the a/d just fine.
     
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    I did some searching around on the ‘net tonight and reached the same conclusion. Not worth the hassle.
     
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    I used to run S/PDIF into my iMac from a Roland digital mixer, because the Mac has optical S/PDIF ports. But these days I just do USB on my iMac and my singer’s MacBook Pro.

    That works fine.
     
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