Don't Toss the 002r!!
Here's a handy little tip for those who own a Digi002r (Rack version of the Digi002).
I was always under the impression that these would only work when actually connected to a computer and running a DAW but I have discovered this is not actually the case. My main interface is an RME Fireface UFX but sitting under it in one of my gear racks is a Digi002r which I haven't used very much in recent years. I mainly keep it for times when I need to open an old ProTools session.
I'm currently in the process of setting up my keyboard rig in my new studio location and I started thinking about options for adding more I/O to my Fireface so I can record any keyboard on its own audio channel without needing to repatch anything. Then I got the idea to just plug the 002r into the Fireface via ADAT and see if it would work as an extra eight A/D inputs....
Well, sure enough, it does indeed work in standalone mode without needing to be connected to a PC. The only real limitation is that it needs to be the master clock source. This isn't really a problem though because the RME will clean up any external clock source so that the timing is as good as the RME clock.
While the 002r converters are not as good as the RME ones, in all honesty, when it is connected to the RME and the clock signal is cleaned up, there's not much in it when it comes to the line inputs. Given that I'll be using it almost exclusively as a line level A/D with synth signals, this isn't really an issue. The 002r mic pre's are not in the same league as the RME but again, I'm not going to be using them very often.
So, those of you who have a Digi002r gathering dust somewhere, despite many thinking it doesn't work in standalone mode, it DOES!
It does NOT however, work as D/A in standalone, only A/D.