On this FAQ page for the DIGI96 Series you will find many useful Tips and Tricks, information not found in the manuals, typical questions to the Hotline, Know How for and from insiders and much more. If you don't want to read the FAQ online, simply download it as text file: Download faq96e.zip.
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DIGI96 - 24 Bit PCI Digital Audio Card
To see all possible device configurations of the DIGI96 series in the Device Setup program deactivate 'Check Input' in the settings dialog of the DIGI driver, AND apply an ADAT Signal when using any of the /8 models. After a rescan in the Device Setup program now all configurations will show up. Using the card as 2-channel (SPDIF) device additional requires the choice of 'Stereo only'. Remember the name (or define one by yourself) of the virtual device, and choose this one in Logic under 'Audio, Audio Hardware + Driver'.
The solution for this problem is explained in detail
TECH Infopaper Installation.
An on board SCSI controller in reality is a PCI device without a slot.
As a mainboard can handle only a limited number of PCI devices, the on board
controller shares the IRQ with one of the slots. Newest boards having an
AGP slot will share the IRQ for the AGP slot with one of the PCI slots too.
This should be nothing worth
mentioning when talking about cards using a PCI bus interface - indeed it
is! Believe it or not: As far as we know RME's audio cards are still the
only ones supporting complete interrupt sharing under Windows 95/98 and NT!
Complete interrupt sharing means: SCSI controller and three DIGIs, all using
the same IRQ - no problem!
Yes, as far as there is one
master present in this kind of 'loop cabling' or 'clock loop'. The easiest
way to achieve this is to change the clock mode in the settings dialog of
the DIGI96 from 'AutoSync' to 'Master'.
Microsoft supplies a small
program for just such cases. It is installed with the audio options (audio-
and video codecs etc) during the installation of Windows. Simply choose `Microsoft
Audiomapper´ instead of the DIGI96 as the recording and playback device in
your actual application. Please note that the Audiomapper outputs data to
the preferred audio device in 'Multimedia', so DIGI96 has to be defined as
standard multimedia device. For example, DIGI96 plays back an 8 bit / 11
kHz file with 16 bit and 32 kHz successfully in the correct sound level and
speed, but it does sound fairly distorted.
In this case your software
is blocking the driver, which may be wished for. Cubase VST, for example,
begins with continual recording and playback as soon as the program is started;
changing the configurations in the settings box remains useless (apart from
the choice of input.)
The question arises 'do I really
need to gain access?'. Cubase, for example, contains 3 different monitor
options under Audio/System, which substitute our own in the settings box
without any problems. Otherwise you can release the driver after deselecting
'File/Preferences/Audio active in background', when Cubase is not in foreground.
In Samplitude it is possible to gain access to the driver without ending
the program under 'Special/Close Audio Devices'.
In this case you have probably
accidentally clicked the 'no longer ask for driver' button. The manual installation
of a Plug and Play compatible PCI device is not achieved through hardware
recognition. The hardware has already been recognized during the boot up
of Windows and can be found in the Device Manager, although it is still nameless
and is not to be found in the category 'Sound, video- and game controllers'.
Please first try to start the automatic recognition of PCI devices by hitting
'Refresh' in the Device Manager. If this fails install the DIGI96 driver
to the 'unknown device' using 'Have disc' under 'Properties/Drivers'. It
may be necessary to re-start the computer; afterwards the DIGI96 will be
available as an audio device.
The archive contains 2 files
with long names: audio32PCI.dII and audio32PCI.sys. Please make sure that
the long names have not been substituted with DOS' 8+3 abbreviation. If this
is the case then simply rename the files to the correct long ones.
The driver differentiates the
cards according to their internal slot number. These are not identical to
the slot numbers in the BIOS or those printed on the mainboard! These slot
numbers also appear in the device selection box of your application software,
for example: 'DIGI96 In (SLOT10)', so that the cards can be organized very
DIGI96/8 - 24 Bit PCI ADAT Digital Audio Card
The ADAT input of some devices
is unable to differentiate between a valid and invalid signal. These are
Yamaha 01V (the extension board MY8AT), Spirit Digital 328 and the old 'Blackface'
ADAT. As the DIGI96/8 sends out a SPDIF signal until the driver is loaded
(when 'Force ADAT' is active, else until the first multitrack playback is
started) those devices try to synchronize on SPDIF and fail. Normally they
should stop this behavior or at least mute audio, but instead they simply
send white noise out of all 8 channels.
The usage of DIGI96/8 and an Adat, where both inputs and outputs are connected so that record and playback are possible in both directions, requires one device to be always master. You have the choice of switching the DIGI96/8 into Clock Mode 'Master' or the Adat to INT (instead of DIG.) For the Blackface to use its internal clock hold 'SET LOCATE', then press 'DIGITAL INPUT'. The clock LED display now reads 'int'.
Please note that neither Blackface nor XT support Full Duplex. You can't use the AD- and DA- converters of the Adat at the same time, or use the AD-converters for recording while playing back a tape.
The FC-8 is a converter from Apogee that converts the audio data of a Tascam DA-88 recorder into the Adat format. But the converter's usage is restricted to a loop cabling with the Adat and the clock setting INT (Master mode.) Because of this the Clock Mode of the DIGI96/8 must be changed to 'Master', then everything works as expected.
While Cubase immediately opens all devices activated in the ASIO setup (so the card is in the ADAT mode like it should) other programs only activate the device in use at the time regardless of multitrack- or multicard operation. If, for example, in Samplitude you have a 16 track project where you do not play back and only record two tracks then the card would automatically switch to SPDIF operation. Here the button 'Force ADAT' can force the card into ADAT operation.
If you use 'normal' 2 track programs to play or record a stereo file, you're not only able to use SPDIF but also any ADAT interface! Just activate 'Force ADAT' and choose the stereo pair in the device list box that corresponds to the channels you want the data being transferred to.
I would like to play back simultaneously from two different programs. The DIGI96/8 has enough tracks at hand. Will it work? (Top)
Yes! Both the NT and the Windows
95 driver have independent stereo devices. Because of the SyncAlign function,
that allows sample aligned start of playback, all wave devices are stopped
as long as one of the used programs is still in stop or pause mode. Playback
will not start before all programs are switched to playback! You should adapt
the use of the programs you are using to this circumstance. Also we recommend
to check the 'Force ADAT mode' button, because the driver might first be
used from a 2-track program (thus switching in SPDIF mode) and will then
prohibit the usage of additional devices.
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