Alpha-Link AES/EBU DB25 pinout compatibility?
FAQ published on: 06/08/2008
Last edited: 16/05/2012
There are several standards for AES/EBU DB25 connector pinouts.
Generally speaking, the pinout of the Alpha-Link MADI-SX AES/EBU connectors is compatible with Yamaha, Mackie, Akai and Apogee equipment. It is not compatible with Tascam or Digidesign equipment.
The pinout of the Alpha-Link Live AES/EBU connectors on the other hand, follows the TASCAM specification.
The Alpha-Link installation guide features pinout tables for all Alpha-Link variants. It can be downloaded from this webpage (link correct at the time of writing): http://www.solidstatelogic.com/docs/XLogic_Alpha-Link_installation.pdf
Some adapter cables can be found to make DB25 to DB25 connections between units using the two standards. For instance, the "Mogami Gold AES YTD DB25 to DB25", which can be sourced from various online retailers.
Please note that SSL can supply some DB25, eight-way looms. The following are available from our online store:
DB25 Analogue Input Loom
DB25 AES Breakout Loom (for Alpha-Link MADI-SX only, NOT suitable for the Alpha-Link Live).