M-Audio G5 Compatibility

Oct 31, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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M-Audio has been working closely with Apple to ensure that all of the company’s PCI-based products will be compatible with the PCI-X architecture introduced with the PowerMac G5. Delta models being redesigned for G5 compatibility include Audiophile 2496 (pictured), Delta 1010, Delta 44, Delta 66 and Delta 1010LT.

The original versions of M-Audio Delta cards operated on 5 volts as supplied by the original PCI bus standard. The newly revised cards are PCI 2.2-compliant (3.3 volts) and universally keyed, allowing compatibility with 64-bit PCI-X standards on all PowerMac G5s. Onboard sensing technology will also allow the new Delta cards to be backward-compatible to work in 32-bit 5-volt PCI systems. All revised M-Audio cards will also be compatible with current and next-generation Windows machines.

If you purchased your Delta card on or after August 1, 2003, there is no charge to upgrade your card. For users who purchased their Delta cards prior to August 1, $50 upgrade fee and $5 shipping charge apply. Availability of each redesigned model will be announced on www.m-audio.com. Existing Delta owners can also receive upgrades to G5 compatibility immediately.

In other company news, M-Audio’s new FireWire 410 is a FireWire-compatible audio/MIDI interface that offers a 4-in/10-out configuration with preamps, ideal for personal recording, routing discrete outputs to a mixer or directly driving a surround sound system. The onboard ASIO 2-compliant mixer and software control panel provide total routing flexibility, including monitoring with external effects. Users also get ultralow latency software monitoring and zero-latency hardware direct monitoring. Two headphone outs with independent level controls let the user collaborate with a partner anywhere, anytime. FireWire 410 can also be completely bus-powered for mobile operation.

Features include 2x8 24-bit analog I/O, 192kHz output (output 1 and 2 only; 96kHz on others); 96kHz input; digital I/O with S/PDIF, AC3 and DTS (co-ax and optical); 1x1 MIDI I/O; powered via DC supply or FireWire bus; dual mic/instruments preamps with gain control (66 dB available gain) and phantom power; analog outs can directly drive up to 7.1 surround; software-assigned level controller for tactile control of all input and output levels; two high-speed FireWire ports; and requires 6-pin FireWire port.

The FireWire 410 sports a frequency response of 20-40k Hz +/- 1 dB, signal-to-noise of108 dB, dynamic range (A-weighted) of 108 dB and THD + N is 0.00281% @ 0 dBFS. Minimum system requirements for a PC are a Pentium III 500MHz, Windows 2000/XP, 128MB RAM, DirectX 8.1 or higher. For the Mac, minimum requirements include a G3 500MHz with OS 9.2 or greater, 128MB RAM; G4 500MHz with OS 10.1.5 or greater and 256MB RAM.

For more, visit www.m-audio.com. For more new product announcements, visit mixonline.com/products_new_products/index.htm.

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