I came across a “studio grade” converter on someone’s bit of used eurorack kit. The machine is almost 20 years old, but the expired retail listing on sweetwater was almost $3000 US.
It’s a Lucid 88192, with 8-channel, analog to digital/digital to analog, multi-format converter – 4x ADAT-optical. The price is $650 CAN.
So a few questions if anyone cares to comment. For one, I am not in the market for this. But I might be in the market for it one day or something like it. Right now I am using either the converters on the ES-8, the converters on the elektron Analog 4 mk1 or the converter on my Apogee Jam 96k.
I like the idea that I can expand the inputs on the ES-8 with ADAT, but I am curious how having something old but industry grade compares to having something contemporary but home studio grade. I suspect that something like the Lucid 88192 would be worth something, but I am suspicious because of how much digital technology has advanced in the last 20 years, especially in terms of music production equipment.
I imagine that this is actually a very nuanced topic as the focus leads closer to the point at which the analog to digital conversion is made. Are there drawbacks to these older machines? Do the latest ADAT preamps out perform by miles, or is it a matter of taste? I am not sure where the ‘taste’ would be located on a converter.