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Is it possible to use the Studiolive/3 to output a 8 channel digital stream via AES/EBU?

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asked Feb 19 in StudioLive Series III by chrisww (170 points)
Is it possible to use my Mixer to output a digital 7.1 stream via the AES out for surround mixing. i.e. convert AES to S/PDIF to send to a surround amp.

I can't seem to find any info on using the AES output.

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answered Feb 23 by danielsievert (9,970 points)
No, AES/EBU is a stereo format per XLR connector.  S/PDIF is also stereo format. The surround-encoded signals that you're referring to comprise of compressed audio signals such as ATRAC format. They reduce the bitrate ofthe audio streams so that they can fit more channels of audio through the S/PDIF format bandwidth.
It may be possible to use AES/EBU connectors to pass encoded surround sound signals but there always needs to be a surround / multi-channel encoder first to then send the encoded signal via the stereo format / connection.
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