FAQ published on: 10/04/2007
Last edited: 07/11/2012
All Alpha Link models feature 24 channels of SSL grade analogue I/O, an Expansion Bus port and a stereo headphone output.
Alpha Link MADI SX have converters and connection for MADI & AES/EBU
Alpha Link MADI AX have converters and connection for MADI & ADAT
Alpha Link AX have converters and connection for ADAT only.
Addendum, 07/11/2012: The Alpha-Link AX is not availaable anymore.
The 24 analogue inputs and outputs are available via six 25 pin sub D connectors wired according to the Tascam DB25 I/O specification. Each connector provides eight inputs or outputs.
ADAT ports provide 8 channels of bidirectional 24 bit digital connection between the Alpha Link and any other ADAT compatible device. The ADAT ports use Toslink™connectors. There are three ports giving a total of 24 channels of digital I/O.
AES/EBU inputs and outputs are connected via three 25 pin sub D connectors wired according to the DB25 AES digital I/O specification. Each connector provides four stereo inputs and outputs (eight input channels and eight output channels) giving a total of 24 channels of I/O.
The MADI uses Fibre SC connectors to transmit and receive the MADI data. The MADI interface supports both the “legacy pattern” and “96 kHz frame pattern” when operating at double speed (96 kHz). MADI can give up to 64 channels of digital audio I/O at 48kHz or 32 channels at 96kHz.
The Expansion Bus port can be used to connect the Alpha Link to a SSL Soundscape Mixpander PCI audio card. It provides a high speed bidirectional 64 channel connection between the Alpha Link and the SSL Soundscape Mixpander.
The Headphone output is a female stereo jack connector.It provides a stereo signal derived from the analogue output channels 23 (Left) and 24 (Right). The signal level is fixed.
All the audio connectors are located on the rear panel of the unit, except for the headphone output which is located on the front.