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Should I use my Korg Kronos SPDIF output into Studio 192 Mobile? OR let the interface digitize the analog signal?

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asked May 11, 2020 in Studio 192 USB 3.0 Interfaces by kevinsaucier (120 points)
Really I'm asking, will I get a more accurate signal by using the DACs of the Studio 192 (And also probably not be locked in at 48K sample rate which is the Kronos requirement for digital connection).

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answered May 11, 2020 by matthewritenburg (15,320 points)
The SPDIF out is a pure digital signal from the Kronos synthesis engine.  On the other hand, routing through the audio inputs on the Studio 192 means that the pure digital signal of the Kronos is converted to an analog audio signal at the Kronos Digital to Analog (DAC) Output Converters then that signal is sampled at the Studio 192 Analog to Digital Input Converters.  Even if you sample at 192khz, The DAC and ADC stages are going to introduce artifacts and distortion.  This might give your signal more character, but if you are going for the cleanest, purest signal, use the SPDIF.