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16/20/24 Bit PCI-Bus Digital In/Out Card with ADAT® Interface
 

Overview Technical Specs / Features Settings Win95 Settings WinNT Transfer Modes Unique Technologies
 
OVERVIEW DIGI32/8
DIGI32/8 is the ultimate solution for master and multitrack tasks. The card works exactly like a DIGI32 with all its advantages, giving you a perfect 2-channel digital in/out solution. But when the card is treated as 8-track device (like in Cubase VST, Samplitude or Cakewalk) it switches automatically to the optical input and into the ADAT mode. So it's possible to transfer up to eight channels per card (16 with two, 24 with three cards) between a PC and a ADAT, or any other device equipped with such a port, like Korg's or Yamaha's digital mixing desks.

To maintain the excellent varispeed performance of the ADAT machine the DIGI32/8 does NOT use wordclock synchronization, like most of Alesis Third Party Developers do. Instead we decided to use the same PLL method used by Alesis in their ADATs, the so called Bitclock synchronization. Whatever you do with your ADAT: DIGI32/8 stays locked and will not loose a sample!
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES

Works as 2-channel stereo (SPDIF) or 8-channel (ADAT) digital in/out card
Full duplex and up to 24 bit in both modes, with Windows 95 AND NT!
Perfect bit clock synchronization
Combined Channel Interleave / Multi-device driver for use with many recording programs
3 inputs switchable during operation
Routing to the output changeable during operation
Outputs optical / cinch work simultaneous (signal distribution possible)
Ignores copy protection
High sensitive input stage (< 0,2 Vpp input level)
High bus transfer rate (> 120 MByte/s)
More than one card with only one driver useable
Inputs and outputs ground-free transformer coupled
Error LED for input signal
Low Jitter Design: < 3 ns in PLL mode
AutoSync enables perfect recording in all modes
Sample aligned simultaneous start of record and playback in Record while Play mode
Very low system load through 32 Bit memory transfer and 128 kB fast SRAM
Automatic hardware selftest when booting
Input optical (TOSLINK), coaxial (Cinch), internal (CD-ROM or Sync In)
Input format SPDIF (Consumer, Professional), with cable adapter AES / EBU
Output optical (TOSLINK), coaxial (Cinch), internal (Sync Out)
Output format SPDIF (Consumer, Professional), with cable adapter AES / EBU

DIGI32/8 SETTINGS WINDOWS 95


Using the 'Settings' tab in the device manager gives you full control over the DIGI32/8. 'Input' lets you change the actual input. 'Sample Frequency' tells you which sample rate the signal at the chosen input has (32 kHz, 44,1 khz, 48 kHz, Out of Range, No Lock.) 'Output' controls the monitoring while recording. 'Automatic' switches the input signal to the output only in record mode, 'Input' all the time except something is played back, and 'Play only' helps you to avoid feedbacks as the input signal will never be passed to the output.

AutoSync allows a constant synchronization to the input signal. 'Force ADAT' enables evry 'normal' 2 channel software to gain access to the ADAT interface. All options are available in real-time, without having to reboot or even to click OK!

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DIGI32/8 SETTINGS WINDOWS NT
Our unique Windows NT driver gives you the same options as the driver for Windows 95! There is only one driver supporting all cards of the DIGI32 series in every combination. This includes the DIGI32/8 with up to 8 channels, Full Duplex and up to 24 bit.
TRANSFER MODES: RESOLUTION / BITS PER SAMPLE

8 bit 1 byte (stereo 2 bytes) (only Windows NT)
16 bit 2 bytes (stereo 4 bytes) (works as 32 bit hi-speed transfer)
20 bit 3 bytes MSB (stereo 6 bytes)
24 bit 3 bytes (stereo 6 bytes)
24 bit 4 bytes MSB (stereo 8 bytes) (works as 32 bit hi-speed transfer)
32 bit 4 byte (stereo 8 bytes) (works as 32 bit hi-speed transfer)

UNIQUE TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGI32/8
  • AutoSync
    DIGI32 works exclusively in slave mode. With AutoSync activated it continuously searches for a valid input signal. So starting a recording on-the-fly is possible (as well as anytime during playback, thanks to Full Duplex) without first having to synchronize the card to the input signal. When using more than one card synchronizing is easy, just spread an input signal to all inputs. In case of 'local loop-back' operation (for example DAT) AutoSync leads to a loss of the digital carrier. For this special application AutoSync can be disabled.
     
  • SyncAlign
    When the Record while Play mode is activated, the corresponding software first starts Record and then Playback (or Playback then Record.) SyncAlign can compensate the time difference so that an exact simultaneous start of Record and Playback in the Record while Play mode is guaranteed.
     
  • ChannelSync
    To avoid channel swapping in ADAT mode, caused by input errors while using AutoSync, DIGI32/8 uses a highly reliable and secure technique called ChannelSync. With this it is impossible to get the channels swapped, even in the worst cases!
     
  • SuperFast
    As a PCI bus card DIGI32 of course works in 32 bit mode. Instead of being snagged with slow DMA transfer, slow multiple 16 bit transfers using I/O addresses, non-linear memory transfer, or the non-usage of an IRQ (an attempt to get rid of resource problems at the cost of performance and data integrity) DIGI32 uses a linear memory transfer with the full copy speed of modern PC systems. 32 bit data pass the CPU in one cycle, being transferred to the hardware with PCI-bursts. The software is able to send its data without any waitstate. The effective system load is almost zero, which can be shown easily when using more than one DIGI32 in one system.
     
  • Hi-Performance
    Normally the designer of hardware does not have any influence in the functions of his product, because all features are the result of the chips used. This is not only true for several features, but also for the data format between the hardware, the PC and the software. Usually a large driver is needed to correct, map or translate all these things. But all actions of the driver are also actions of the CPU, ending in a high system load. DIGI32 is different. DIGI32 is made out of a FPGA, a completely programmable chip. Thus a piece of hardware was created which works exactly the way a perfect Digital In/Out card should work and behave. The driver of the DIGI32 does not result in any slowing down the data transfer, because it has nothing else to do than to configure the user's options.
     
  • Hardware Selftest
    When loading the driver (while booting Windows) DIGI32 performs a hardware selftest. This test was originally only used in production test procedure, but as it lasts only a few hundredths of a second we decided to integrate it into the Windows driver. Therefore you can always be sure when working with Digi32 that all bits are fully functional. In case of an error a message is displayed.

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