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This chapter describes two optional ADAT audio cards, for other input or output boards, please see the introductory chapter.

Both ADAT audio cards allow to input and output audio (in accordance with the ASIO protocol) to and from Pandoras Box.

Sound Card 8ch ADAT (RME HDSPe AIO)

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The 8ch ADAT card carries:

S/PDIF in / out (9-pin D-sub)

AES/EBU in / out (9-pin D-sub)

ADAT in (optical; black)

ADAT out (optical; gray)

Analog / MIDI in / out (15-pin D-sub)

 

Analog, ADAT and SPDIF I/Os can be used simultaneously as well as S/PDIF (phono) and AES/EBU (XLR).

The following table shows the channel count for recording and playback according to the sample rate:

SF/Port

AES

S/PDIF

ADAT

Analog

48 kHz

2

2

8

2

96 kHz

2

2

4

2

192 kHz

2

2

2

2

The ADAT I/O can also be used as optical SPDIF I/O, if set up accordingly in the Settings dialog.

The 9-pin digital breakout cable has two RCA connectors as coaxial SPDIF I/O (the red phono socket is the output), and an XLR AES/EBU input and output.

The 15-pin analog breakout cable has four RCA connectors (stereo analog I/O), a 1/4" TRS jack (headphones), and two 5-pin DIN connectors (MIDI I/O). Using this analog XLR breakout cable, the 8ch ADAT card offers balanced Line inputs and outputs via female and male XLR connectors. When using it, please make sure that "Breakout Cable / XLR" is selected in the Settings dialog, else the analog output level will be 6 dB too high!

Sound Card 32ch ADAT (RME HDSPe RayDAT)

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The 32ch ADAT card carries:

S/PDIF in / out (9-pin D-sub)

AES/EBU in / out (9-pin D-sub)

4 x ADAT in (optical; black)

4 x ADAT out (optical; gray)

2 x MIDI in / out (9-pin Mini-DIN)

 

AES and SPDIF I/Os can be used simultaneously.

The following table shows the channel count for recording and playback according to the sample rate:

SF/Port

AES

S/PDIF

ADAT

48 kHz

2

2

32

96 kHz

2

2

16

192 kHz

2

2

8

The forth ADAT I/O (on the image the left top one) can also be used as optical SPDIF I/O, if set up accordingly in the Settings dialog.

The 9-pin digital breakout cable has two RCA connectors as coaxial SPDIF I/O (the red phono socket is the output), and an XLR AES/EBU input and output.

The included MIDI breakout cable can be connected to the 9-pin Mini-DIN connector, providing two MIDI inputs and outputs.

Driver

The card drivers are preinstalled on your Server or Player hardware. All drivers can be found locally under C:\system and in the Download-Center where you can also check for updates.
The following picture shows the Windows Device Manager and a correctly installed 8ch and 32ch ADAT card in the folder "Audio-, Video and Gamecontroller".

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Settings and TotalMix Dialog

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In the system tray of the taskbar you might find the hammer icon which opens the Settings dialog and the Mixer or FX icon which opens the TotalMix dialog. In case your taskbar is hidden due to the default behavior of the PB Menu, open the "Configuration" menu and click "Taskbar On".

The Configuration of both, the 8ch and the 32ch ADAT card is done via its own settings dialog. It can be opened by clicking on the hammer symbol in the system tray.
The first image shows the dialog "Hammerfall DSP Settings" for the 8ch ADAT card, the one for the 32ch card is very similar. Both offer the following:
- Input selection
- Level of analog I/Os
- Configuration of digital I/Os
- Synchronization behavior
- State of input and output
- Current sample rate
- Latency

Any changes made in the Settings dialog are applied immediately - confirmation (e.g. by clicking on OK or exiting the dialog) is not required. However, settings should not be changed during playback or record if it can be avoided, as this can cause unwanted noises. Also, please note that even in 'Stop' mode, several programs keep the recording and playback devices open, which means that any new settings might not be applied immediately. The status displays at the bottom of the dialog box give the user precise information about the current status of the system, and the status of all digital signals.

The digital real-time mixer, the "Hammerfall DSP Mixer" (TotalMix) can be opened by clicking on the mixer icon in the system tray.
TotalMix allows for practically unlimited mixing and routing operations, with all inputs and playback channels simultaneously, to any hardware outputs. Every single input channel, playback channel and hardware output features a  Peak and RMS level meter, calculated in hardware (hardware output is Peak only).

For more information about the Settings and Mixer dialog please see the audio card's manual: http://www.rme-audio.de/download/hdspeaio_e.pdf and http://www.rme-audio.de/download/raydat_e.pdf

Working with Audio In- and Outputs in Pandoras Box

To work with audio in- and outputs requires that the sound card is set up in the ASIO Audio section in the Configuration Tab. The chapter ASIO Audio section explains in detail how to do so and includes information regarding synchronization, timecode, sample rate setup and sample accurate audio and master volume.

To output ASIO audio from Pandoras Box, simply assign audio files from the Project tab to the dedicated Audio tracks in the Device Tree or Sequence. Audio tracks allow to playback ASIO wav files and inputs while being synchronized to a master clock. The tracks play mono and stereo PCM Wave files (16 or 24 bit) and they refer to the sample rate set in the Configuration tab. In order to assign a track to a specific audio channel of your ASIO sound card, please refer to the Track Inspector.

Please see the Product Overview to see how many audio tracks are offered for a Manager, Player and Server license. Note that in a larger master-client-setup it is possible to use either a single audio card or multiple ones and it is possible to use the audio card from the Master or from the Client.

assets_live-inputs_raydatTo input audio, you just need to go to the Asset tab > local (or Client) > folder "Live Inputs" > folder "Direct Show" and drag the input to the Project tab. Then assign the live input to an audio track in the Device Tree the same way as using wave files.

It is also possible to record the incoming signal. However, the Client computer must then be started in stand-alone mode, that is with the Pandoras Box Master software. Please see the chapter " Video Recording" for more information.