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User's Guide

Hammerfall® DSP System

MADI

TotalMix

24 Bit / 96 kHz 9

SyncAlign®

ZLM®

SyncCheck®

SteadyClock

PCI Busmaster Digital I/O Card 64 Channels MADI Interface 24 Bit / 96 kHz Digital Audio Stereo Analog Monitoring 128 x 64 Matrix Router

2 x MIDI I/O

MIDI embedded in MADI Quick Boot

General

1

Introduction ...............................................................

6

2

Package Contents .....................................................

6

3

System Requirements ..............................................

6

4

Brief Description and Characteristics.....................

6

5

Hardware Installation................................................

7

6

Hardware – Connectors

 

6.1

External Connectors ..............................................

7

6.2

Internal Connectors................................................

8

7

Accessories ...............................................................

8

8

Warranty.....................................................................

8

9

Appendix ....................................................................

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Driver Installation and Operation - Windows

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Driver and Firmware

 

 

10.1

Driver Installation .................................................

12

 

10.2

Driver Update .......................................................

12

 

10.3

Deinstalling the Drivers ........................................

12

 

10.4

Firmware Update..................................................

13

11 Configuring the HDSP MADI

 

11.1

Settings Dialog .....................................................

13

11.2

Settings Dialog – DDS .........................................

15

11.3

Clock Modes – Synchronization...........................

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12 Operation and Usage

 

12.1

Playback...............................................................

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12.2

DVD Playback (AC-3 /DTS) under MME.............

19

12.3

Low Latency under MME......................................

20

12.4

Multi-clientOperation ...........................................

20

12.5

Digital Recording ..................................................

21

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Operation under ASIO 2.0

 

 

13.1

General ................................................................

22

 

13.2

Known Problems..................................................

22

14

Operation under GSIF.............................................

23

15

Using multiple HDSP MADI / AES-32 ....................

24

16

DIGICheck ................................................................

24

17

Hotline – Troubleshooting

 

 

17.1

General ................................................................

25

 

17.2

Installation ............................................................

26

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Driver Installation and Operation - Mac OS X

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Driver and Flash Update

 

 

18.1

Driver Installation .................................................

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18.2

Driver Update.......................................................

28

 

18.3

Flash Update........................................................

28

19 Configuring the HDSP MADI

 

19.1

Settings Dialog.....................................................

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19.2

Settings Dialog – DDS .........................................

31

19.3

Clock Modes – Synchronization ..........................

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Mac OS X FAQ

 

 

20.1 Round about Driver Installation ...........................

33

 

20.2

MIDI doesn't work ................................................

33

 

20.3

Supported Sample Rates.....................................

34

 

20.4

Repairing Disk Permissions.................................

34

 

20.5

PCI Compatibility .................................................

34

 

20.6

Various Information..............................................

34

21

Hotline – Troubleshooting .....................................

35

Connections and TotalMix

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Connections

 

 

22.1

Headphones ........................................................

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22.2

MADI I/O ..............................................................

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22.3

MIDI .....................................................................

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Word Clock

 

 

23.1

Word Clock Input and Output ..............................

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23.2

Technical Description and Background...............

40

 

23.3

Cables and Termination.......................................

41

 

23.4

General Operation................................................

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TotalMix: Routing and Monitoring

 

 

24.1

Overview ..............................................................

43

 

24.2

The User Interface ...............................................

45

 

24.3

Elements of a Channel ........................................

46

 

24.4

Tour de TotalMix ..................................................

46

 

24.5

Submix View ........................................................

48

 

24.6

Mute and Solo ......................................................

48

 

24.7

Quick Access Panel .............................................

49

 

24.8

Presets .................................................................

49

 

24.9

Monitor Panel .......................................................

51

 

24.10

Preferences........................................................

51

 

24.11

Editing the Names..............................................

52

 

24.12

Hotkeys ..............................................................

53

 

24.13

Menu Options.....................................................

54

 

24.14

Level Meter ........................................................

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TotalMix: The Matrix

 

 

25.1

Overview ..............................................................

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25.2

Elements of the Matrix View ................................

56

 

25.3

Usage...................................................................

56

 

25.4

Advantages of the Matrix .....................................

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TotalMix Super-Features

 

 

26.1

ASIO Direct Monitoring (Windows only) ..............

57

 

26.2

Selection and Group based Operation ................

58

 

26.3

Copy Routings to other Channels........................

58

 

26.4

Delete Routings....................................................

58

 

26.5

Recording a Subgroup (Loopback)......................

59

 

26.6

Using external Effects Devices ............................

60

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TotalMix MIDI Remote Control

 

 

27.1

Overview ..............................................................

61

 

27.2

Setup....................................................................

61

 

27.3

Operation .............................................................

61

 

27.4

Mapping ...............................................................

62

 

27.5

Simple MIDI Control.............................................

63

 

27.6

Loopback Detection .............................................

63

Technical Reference

28

Tech Info ..................................................................

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29

Technical Specifications

 

 

29.1

Inputs ...................................................................

67

 

29.2

Outputs.................................................................

67

 

29.3

Digital ...................................................................

68

 

29.4

MIDI......................................................................

68

 

29.5

Transfer Modes: Resolution/Bits per Sample ......

68

30

Technical Background

 

 

30.1

MADI Basics.........................................................

69

 

30.2

Lock and SyncCheck ...........................................

70

 

30.3

Latency and Monitoring........................................

71

 

30.4

DS – Double Speed .............................................

72

 

30.5

QS – Quad Speed................................................

73

 

30.6

SteadyClock .........................................................

74

 

30.7

PCI - Performance ...............................................

75

 

30.8

Terminology .........................................................

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HDSP MADI

General

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1. Introduction

Thank you for choosing the Hammerfall DSP MADI. This unique audio system is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped with a MADI interface. Installation is simple, even for the inexperienced user, thanks to the latest Plug and Play technology. The numerous unique features and well thought-outconfiguration dialog puts the Hammerfall DSP MADI at the very top of the range of digital audio interface cards.

The package contains drivers for Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP, and Mac OS X.

Our high-performancephilosophy guarantees maximum system performance by executing as many functions as possible not in the driver (i.e. the CPU), but directly within the audio hardware.

2. Package Contents

Please check that your Hammerfall DSP MADI package contains each of the following:

HDSP MADI PCI card

HDSP MADI expansion board

Quick Info guide

RME Driver CD

MIDI breakout cable

Expansion Board ribbon cable (14-conductor)

3. System Requirements

Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP, Mac OS X (10.28 or higher)

PCI Interface: a free PCI rev. 2.1 Busmaster slot

4. Brief Description and Characteristics

Hammerfall design: 0% (zero!) CPU load, even using all 128 ASIO channels

All settings can be changed in real-time

8 available buffer sizes/latencies: 1.5 / 3 / 6 / 12 / 23 / 46 / 93 / 186 ms

32 channels 96 kHz/24 bit record/playback

Automatic and intelligent master/slave clock control

Word clock input and output

TotalMix for latency-freesubmixes and perfect ASIO Direct Monitoring

SyncAlign guarantees sample aligned and never swapping channels

SyncCheck tests and reports the synchronization status of input signals

2 x MIDI I/O, 32 channels high-speedMIDI

DIGICheck DSP: Level meter in hardware, peakand RMS calculation

TotalMix: 8192 channel mixer with 40 bit internal resolution

SteadyClock: Jitter-immune,super-stabledigital clock

Quick Boot technology for immediate loading of the hardware settings

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5. Hardware Installation

Before installing the PCI card, please make sure the computer is switched off and the power cable is disconnected from the mains supply. Inserting or removing a PCI card while the computer is in operation can cause irreparable damage to both motherboard and card!

1.Disconnect the power cord and all other cables from the computer.

2.Remove the computer's housing. Further information on how to do this can be obtained from your computer's instruction manual.

3.Important: Before removing the HDSP MADI from its protective bag, discharge any static in your body by touching the metal chassis of the PC.

4.Prior to installation: Connect the HDSP MADI card to the Expansion Board using the supplied flat ribbon cable.

5.Insert the HDSP MADI firmly into a free PCI slot, press and fasten the screw.

6.Insert the Expansion Board and fasten the screw.

7.Replace the computer's housing.

8.Reconnect all cables including the power cord.

6. Hardware - Connectors

6.1 External Connectors

The bracket of the mainboard has two MADI interfaces,optical andcoaxial input and output each, a MADIerror LED and theanalog stereo output.

Identical signals are available at both the optical and the coaxial output. An

obvious use for this would be to simply connect two devices, i.e. using the HDSP MADI as a splitter (distribution 1 to 2).

The Expansion Board's bracket has the word clock input and output. Next to the input BNC socket, agreen LED displays the word clock input'sLOCK state. Between the BNC sockets,75 Ohm word clock termination can be activated and verified by ayellow LED.

The included breakout cable is connected to the 9-pin Mini-DIN connector and providestwo MIDI inputs and outputs via four5-pin DIN connectors.

Note: If neither word clock I/O nor MIDI I/O are required, it is not necessary to install the Expansion Board at all.

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6.2 Internal Connectors

X6

15-pinconnector for the included HDSP MADI Expansion Board.

X7

10-pinconnector for a connection of the Time Code Option (TCO). Not functional.

X1

No function. Used to program the card in the factory.

Blue Jumper

The internal blue jumper X4 allows to change the voltage level at the coaxial MADI output. In the lower position, the card generates 600 mVpp, according to the specification. Changing the jumper to the upper position, the output voltage is increased to 1.2 Vpp. This setting is not intended to be used in normal operation. But in case of a very long or 'lossy' coaxial cable, this setting may ensure anerror-freeoperation of the transmission line.

7. Accessories

RME offers several optional components. Additionally parts of the HDSP MADI, like the special breakout cables, are available separately.

Part Number

Description

BOHDSP9652

MIDI breakout cable

VKHDSP9652

14-conductorflat ribbon cable

ONK1

MADI Optical Network Cable, 3.3 ft (1 m)

ONK3

MADI Optical Network Cable, 10 ft (3 m)

ONK6

MADI Optical Network Cable, 20 ft (6 m)

ONK10

MADI Optical Network Cable, 33 ft (10 m)

ONK20

MADI Optical Network Cable, 66 ft (20 m)

8. Warranty

Each individual Hammerfall DSP undergoes comprehensive quality control and a complete test at RME before shipping. The usage of high grade components allow us to offer a full two year warranty. We accept a copy of the sales receipt as valid warranty legitimation.

If you suspect that your product is faulty, please contact your local retailer. The warranty does not cover damage caused by improper installation or maltreatment - replacement or repair in such cases can only be carried out at the owner’s expense.

RME does not accept claims for damages of any kind, especially consequential damage. Liability is limited to the value of the Hammerfall DSP. The general terms of business drawn up by Synthax Audio AG apply at all times.

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9. Appendix

RME news, driver updates and further product information are available on our website:

http://www.rme-audio.com

If you prefer to read the information off-line,you can browse through a complete copy of the RME website, found on the RME Driver CD (in the\rmeaudio.web directory).

Manufacturer:

IMM Elektronik GmbH, Leipziger Strasse 32, D-09648Mittweida

Trademarks

All trademarks, registered or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. RME, DIGI96, SyncAlign, ZLM, SyncCheck, DIGICheck and Hammerfall are registered trademarks of RME Intelligent Audio Solutions. HDSP MADI, HDSP AES-32,TMS and TotalMix are trademarks of RME Intelligent Audio Solutions. Alesis and ADAT are registered trademarks of Alesis Corp. ADAT optical is a trademark of Alesis Corp. Microsoft, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Steinberg, Cubase and VST are registered trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. ASIO is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

Copyright © Matthias Carstens, 11/2005. Version 1.3a

Current driver version: W2k/XP: 2.5, Mac OS X: 2.5

Although the contents of this User’s Guide have been thoroughly checked for errors, RME can not guarantee that it is correct throughout. RME does not accept responsibility for any misleading or incorrect information within this guide. Lending or copying any part of the guide or the RME Driver CD, or any commercial exploitation of these media without express written permission from RME Intelligent Audio Solutions is prohibited. RME reserves the right to change specifications at any time without notice.

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CE / FCC Compliance Statements

CE

This device has been tested and found to comply with the EN55022 class B and EN50082-1norms for digital devices, according to the European Council directive on counterpart laws in the member states relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMVG).

FCC

This device has been tested and found to comply with the requirements listed in FCC Regulations, part 15 for Class ‘B’ digital devices. Compliance with these requirements provides a reasonable level of assurance that your use of this product in a residential environment will not result in harmful interference with other electronic devices.

This equipment generates radio frequencies and, if not installed and used according to the instructions in the User’s Guide may cause interference harmful to the operation of other electronic devices.

Compliance with FCC regulations does not guarantee that interference will not occur in all installations. If this product is found to be the source of interference, which can be determined by turning the unit off and on again, please try to eliminate the problem by using one of the following measures:

Relocate either this product or the device that is being affected by the interference

Use power outlets on different branch circuits, or install AC line filters

Contact your local retailer or any qualified radio and television engineer

FCC compliance statement: Tested to comply with FCC standards for home or office use.

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