HDSP Expansion Boards
RME offers several Expansion Boards, that add more or other I/O ports to the internal cards of the Hammerfall, HDSP, HDSPe and DIGI96 series. The OPTO-X replaces the standard coaxial MADI I/O of the HDSPe MADI FX by an optical MADI I/O. The AI4S-192 AIO and AO4S-192 AIO add additional analog inputs and outputs of true studio quality to the HDSP 9632 and the HDSPe AIO. The Word Clock Module WCM adds a word clock input and two outputs in professional quality to the HDSP 9632, HDSPe RayDAT and the HDSPe AIO.
HDSP 9632 / HDSPe AIO
One AI4S-192 AIO and one AO4S-192 AIO can be connected simultaneously, for a maximum of 6 analog inputs and outputs. One TEB can be connected to the internal ADAT ports. The WCM adds one word clock input and two outputs. All options can be used at the same time.
Up to two TEBs can be used simultaneously.
Hammerfall DSP Multiface / Digiface
Multiface and Digiface use the Hammerfall DSP PCI card. This card has no internal inputs or outputs. Therefore no Expansion Boards can be used.
HDSPe MADI FX OPTO-X
Works with: HDSPe MADI FX
The OPTO-X is an alternative extension board for the HDSPe MADI FX triple MADI card with full functionality. Like the standard extension board it comes with Word Clock I/O and a D-sub connector for MIDI and AES I/O. The standard coaxial MADI I/O is replaced by an optical MADI I/O. Using the OPTO-X the HDSPe MADI FX then has three optical MADI I/Os
AI4S-192 AIO and AO4S-192 AIO: 4-Channel analog I/O modules with 192 kHz support
Works with: HDSPe AIO, HDSP 9632
These options for the HDSP 9632 and HDSPe AIO are analog expansion boards, designed as bracket with 4 stereo TRS jacks each. AI4S-192 AIO provides four servo-balanced inputs, AO4S-192 AIO provides four servo-balanced outputs. With this a maximum of 6 (including the stereo I/O of the card) inputs and/or outputs can be achieved.
The converters offer the same performance as the on-board stereo analog I/O of the HDSPe AIO: up to 192 kHz, balanced connection and the choice of three different reference levels, selected in the Settings dialog.
Both modules can be used single or in combination. The display of the channels in TotalMix changes accordingly.
Note: AI4S-192 and AO4S-192 (without the suffix AIO) do work only with the HDSP 9632. The current Expansion Boards with the suffix AIO work with both cards.
More information could be found in the manuals:
Word Clock Module (WCM)
Works with: HDSPe RayDAT, HDSPe AIO, HDSP 9632
The Word Clock Module (WCM) provides a galvanically isolated word clock input and two word clock outputs (BNC connectors). Both outputs have their own driver stages, providing an extremely low jitter signal. A push switch activates 75 Ohms termination for the hi-impedance input. SteadyClock, part of the PCI card, guarantees an excellent performance in all clock modes. Its highly efficient jitter suppression refreshes and cleans up any clock signal, and provides it as reference clock at the two outputs.
Installation is done in a convenient manner using the supplied bracket. No PCI slot on the motherboard is required. The module is internally connected via a 10-pin connector and a flat ribbon cable to the PCI card. Thanks to several LEDs (power, termination, LOCK) and the highly integrated concept of installation, first operation and usage are simple even for the inexperienced user.
More information could be found in the HDSP 9632 WCM manual.
I64 MADI Card
The I64 MADI Card provides the DMC-842 with a 64-Channel MADI input and output. Coaxial and optical output operate in parallel to the AES/EBU and ADAT output, therefore deliver the same data.
The I64 MADI Card features an optical as well as a coaxial MADI input. The input is switched automatically, according to where a valid input signal is detected. Full redundancy is ensured by the automatic input switching, immediately changing to the other input in case of loss of the input signal.
The MADI input will operate as an optional clock source (Clock section, OPTN) as well as a thru-input. Since each DMC-842 uses only 8 channels, up to 56 channels can be passed through. This technique is used to serially cascade several DMC-842. Incoming MADI data is passed through unchanged, only one block of eight channels is replaced. This allows up to 8 devices to be connected serially. All 64 combined channels are available at the last device's MADI output.
With an installed I64 MADI Card the DMC-842 can be remote controlled via MADI. At the same time MIDI data are transmitted via MADI.
Using the I64 MADI Card provides the ability of 8 channels being used as return path, sending audio via MADI to the DMC-842's ADAT, AES and analog outputs. For example stage and studio monitors can be fed from the DMC-842. The MADI output continues to carry the analog input signals and the fed-through input data.