Master Clocks F.A.Q.
The clock timing accuracy is critical in maintaining the best audio quality. In order for an analog signal to be digitized, it must be sampled precisely and accurately in repeating intervals. The master clock provides that timing information and allows the waveform to be reconstructed as an analogue signal correctly and it identifies when each individual sample should be recorded or re-played. If the clock timing varies, the audio samples will possibly be replayed or recorded at the wrong time resulting in sound distortion.
By using an external clock, you use all of its specialized and dedicated functions for clocking and synchronization. Most of the internal clocks on devices provide the basic clocking functions , sacrificing quality or technology for cost or space reasons. By having a dedicated master clock in your setup, you assure to get the highest quality/jitter free audio signals.
As a Rubidium Atomic Reference Generator based on real atomic technology, the 10M is designed specifically to appeal to the most discerning audiophiles and audio professionals. If your goal is to set up your studio for maximum performance, you will certainly appreciate a clocking reference that is a staggering 100,000 times more accurate than the quartz oscillators used in most equipment.
The 10M is not dangerous. It doesn't use/produce radiation. It uses the properties of the Rubidium atom to resonate in a very specific frequency.
To ensure longevity of the device, the 10M should be kept in a room or surrounding temperatures of no more than 45 degrees Celsius. The 10M should be kept in a rack with a space of at least 1u either side of the device and be kept away from other devices that may run hot.
It is now possible to varispeed +/- 200 cents. If you prefer, you can also adjust in percent. The sample rates have also been upgraded and now go from 32 kHz to 384 kHz. Standard pull-ups/pull-downs plus varispeed means that virtually any rate can be dialed in.
Please avoid using standard analog audio cables for digital signals. Even though they may look the same, they are not designed for use with digital audio and thus the performance will be compromised. We recommend the use of high quality cables at all costs. For SPDIF or BNC-WC cables, 75 Ohm high quality coaxial cable is recommended. For AES/EBU it is recommended to use 110 Ohm shielded twisted pair (STP) cables. Also as a basic rule, do not allow the length of Word Clock cables to exceed more than 6 meters.
The only control panel available up to now is the one for the Trinity. You can download it from the support section of our website.
No, in order to use the 10M you will need a clock too, such as the Trinity or the OCX. The unit itself is optimized for use with Antelope Clocks, but it is also compatible with any device that accepts a 10 MHz reference.