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OPTX

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Use a few inputs to multitrack your voices while also sending CV to control parameters in your DAW (and vice versa), or process full projects through your modular effects and route them right back in your session.

With a plethora of ins and outs, you can use your computer setup as an integrated part of your instrument and you can save rackspace by delegating certain duties to the computer. If you have a large collection of modular gear, the Optx is also quite useful as a high quality case connection tool. Using only two optical cables, you can send and receive CV/audio easily and neatly. Expand the flexibility and capability of your case with Boredbrain Music's Optx.

OPTX FEATURES

  • ADAT lightpipe converter
  • 8 channels of inputs and outputs
  • DC-coupled outputs
  • AC-coupled inputs (cutoff at ~1Hz)—great for audio and some CV
  • Internal and external sync

    optx

    ADAT OPTICAL CONVERTER

    $329.00

    • Encodes 8 analog inputs into ADAT Lightpipe
    • Decodes ADAT Lightpipe into 8 analog outputs
    • DC-coupled outputs support both CV and audio signals
    • Selectable 44.1/48 kHz internal sample clock or external sync
    • Dual LED indication of output signal strength and polarity

    Straightforward ADAT conversion

    Optx is a compact and bi-directional ADAT lightpipe converter for eurorack synthesizers. The module provides 8 channels of input and output expansion to many pro audio interfaces, and may be used standalone to interconnect eurorack systems.


    ADAT Encoding & Decoding

    Some computer audio interfaces are equipped with one or more pairs of ADAT expansion ports allowing for additional input and output channels. Optx takes full advantage of these often unused ports, providing multi-channel connections directly to and from eurorack systems.

    The module accepts any 8-channel ADAT encoded digital signal at the Rx TOSLINK jack (via lightpipe optical cable) and converts it into 8 discrete analog signals available at the OUT 1-8 jacks.

    Conversely, Optx accepts 8 discrete analog signals at the IN 1-8 jacks and converts them into an 8-channel ADAT encoded digital signal available at the Tx jack.

    DC-Coupled

    The module’s analog outputs are DC-coupled, meaning signals can be AC (audio) or DC (control voltages). So when used in conjunction with software such as Bitwig Studio or Ableton CV Tools, Optx becomes an interface for outgoing control voltages like 1V/oct pitch and gate signals, or LFOs, ADSRs and other modulators. The amount of creative potential here cannot be overstated.

    The module has three options for sample clock sync, selectable using the 3-way switch.

    44.1 Generates and syncs to internal clock of 44.1 kHz
    EXT Syncs to external clock from ADAT signal at Rx
    48 Generates and syncs to internal clock of 48 kHz

    With the switch set to EXT, the blue EXT SYNC LED will illuminate when a valid sample clock is detected at Rx.

    Signal LEDs

    Optx also provides visual signal indication of the 8 decoded ADAT channels feeding the OUT 1-8 jacks. Each pair of WHITE LEDs indicates the polarity (-Ve left, +Ve right) and relative strength of the signal (± 10 V).

    Audio-rate signals will generally light both LEDs continuously, whereas LFOs will alternate more apparently between the two. Gates, triggers and positive-going envelopes will generally light only the right LED (+Ve).