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?