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PCX924e-Mic STEREO SOUND CARD

Key Workflow: Stereo sound card with on-board processing for voice-over recording

PCX924e-Mic is a PCI Express stereo sound card with on-board processing  designed for use in professional PC-based audio systems designed by Digigram Development Partners. Thanks to its  outstanding audio quality, reliability, and stability, PCX924e-Mic is the perfect choice for applications such as voice-over recording for journalists.

At a glance

PCX924e-Mic is the stereo model of the PCX series of sound cards that features a microphone input. Thanks to its broadcast grade specifications, its on-board processing and unrivaled reliability, PCX924e-Mic is the reference stereo sound card used in the voice-over  applications for journalists designed by Digigram Development Partners. The proprietary Software Development Kit (SDK) allows control of the card’s on-board features. Available as part of the systems delivered by our Development Partners, PCX924e-Mic can also be used as a linear PCM sound card with software applications based on standard driver interfaces.

  • PCI Express stereo sound card designed for the broadcast industry
  • On-board processing available through Proprietary Digigram SDK: MPEG audio, mixing of PCM and MPEG, cross-fades, real time time-scaling
  • High audio quality stereo sound card that supports balanced analog and AES/EBU audio
  • Microphone level input for dynamic or condenser microphone, with on-board analog expander/compressor/limiter, mixed with each line level input
  • The card is also compatible with most of the third party software applications for audio production, under Windows and Linux
  • PCX cards are sold to Development Partners: they design and sell the applications that include these cards

Key features

  • PCI  Express stereo sound card with on-board processing: MPEG audio, mixing of PCM and MPEG, cross-fades, real time time-scaling, 3-band parametric EQ, Maximizer
  • Two balanced analog inputs and outputs, +24 dBu max level
  • One balanced microphone input mixed with each line input (up to +66dB analog gain), with  switchable 48V phantom power and adjustable analog expander/compressor/limiter
  • One AES/EBU input with hardware sample rate converter, AES42 compatible (digital microphone), and one AES/EBU output
  • Adjustable input and output analog and digital gains
  • AES11 sync input
  • On-board 3-band parametric EQ and Maximizer effects
  • Two GPI (dry contact) and two GPO (relays)
  • Support for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit (Digigram proprietary SDK, WDM kernel streaming, DirectSound, Wasapi, ASIO)
  • Breakout cables with XLR connectors for audio connectivity

Configuration

  • Bus/Format: PCI EXPRESS (PCIe®) x1 (x2, x4, x8, x16, x32 compatible)
  • Digital Signal Processor: Motorola 56303 at 100 MHz
  • RAM: 512 kWords
  • Size: 168 mm x 99 mm x 20 mm
  • Power requirements (+3.3V/ +12V): 1.3 A / 0,22 A
  • Operating: temp / humidity (non-condensing): 0°C / +50°C • 5% / 90%
  • Storage: temp / humidity (non-condensing): -5°C / +70°C • 0% / 95%

Inputs

  • Analog line inputs (mono): 2 balanced
  • Maximum input level/impedance: +24 dBu / >10 kOhms
  • Digital inputs (stereo): 1 AES/EBU with hardware sample rate converter (SRC)
  • Programmable input gain:
     analog: from –94 dB to +16 dB Ä
    digital: from –110 dB to +18 dB
  • Other inputs: AES/EBU Sync (up to 200 kHz), 2 GPI (dry contact), LTC
  • AES11 synchronization

Additional functionalities

  • Microphone input:
    – 1 professional mono with
    – high-quality preamplifier
    – switchable 48 V phantom power
    – analog expander/compressor/limiter
    This input is mixed with the two line inputs before A/D conversion.

Digital input (stereo):

  • The input AES/EBU IN is AES42 compatible
    – supplying 10 V to feed a digital microphone
    – allowing remote microphone control.

Outputs

  • Analog line outputs (mono): 2 servo-balanced
  • Maximum output level / impedance: +24 dBu / < 100 Ohms
  • Digital outputs (stereo): 1 AES/EBU, up to 200 kHz
  • Programmable output gain:
    analog: from –24 dB to +24 dB
    – digital: from –110 dB to +18 dB
  • Other outputs: 1 stereo headphone output (600 W) 2 GPO (relay, 0.5 A, 48 VCC)

Connectors

  • Internal connector: inter-board synchronization
  • External connectors:
    – 15-pin Sub-D for analog I/Os
    – 15-pin HD Sub-D for digital I/Os, Sync., and GPIO
    – 1 mini jack headphone stereo output (3.5 mm TRS female jack)

Audio specifications

  • Sampling frequencies available: Programmable from 8 to 192 kHz
  • A/D and D/A converter resolution: 24 bits
  • Supported audio formats: PCM (8, 16, 24 bits), Float IEEE754, MPEG (Layer I, II, and III up to 48 kHz) Audio specifications
  • Sampling frequencies available: Programmable from 8 to 192 kHz
  • A/D and D/A converter resolution: 24 bits
  • Supported audio formats: PCM (8, 16, 24 bits), Float IEEE754, MPEG (Layer I, II, and III up to 48 kHz)

Analog audio performance

  • Frequency response (record + play):
    at 48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz: +0 /-0.3 dB
    – at 96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz: +0 /-0.4 dB
    – at 192 kHz: 20 Hz – 80 kHz: +0 /-1.1 dB
  • Channel phase difference: 20/20kHz: <0.2°/2°
  • Dynamic range (A-weighted):
    – analog In: >104 dB
    – analog out: > 106 dB
  • THD + noise 1 kHz at -2 dBfs:
    – analog In: >-97 dB
    – analog out: <-95 dB
  • Crosstalk (Analog in or out):
    1 kHz at 24 dBu: <–115 dB
    – 15 kHz at 24 dBu: <-100 dB

Sample rate converter performance

  • Maximum frequency: 192 kHz
  • Frequency ratio: from 1:8 to 7,5:1
  • THD + noise 1 kHz at –2 dBfs: <-130 dB

Analog mono microphone input features

  • Power supply : switchable 48 V phantom power
  • Programmable mic gain: 0 to 66 dB in 0.5 dB steps
  • Maximum input level/impedance: +10 dBu / < 10 kOhms
  • Equivalent Input Noise, A/D-D/A at 48kHz, G=60 dB: <-125 dBu
  • Programmable noise-gate threshold: -52 dB, -42 dB, -32 dB
  • Programmable compressor/limiter threshold: from –26 dB to 0 dB
  • Programmable compressor ratio: 1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5
  • Programmable compressor/limiter gain: from 0 to 16 dB
  • Limiter ratio: 15:1
  • Compressor/limiter release time: 150 ms
  • Management of line and mic inputs: Mixed together before A/D, with independent level and mute controls

AES42 microphone input features

  • Power supply: 10 V min / 250 mA max
  • Remote control
  • Supported synchronization: Operational mode 1 (the microphone generates its own clock)

Development environments

  • Digigram management under Windows: np SDK
  • Other management under Windows:  Wave (PCM & MPEG Laye II), WASAPI, ASIO, and DirectSound (all PCM)
  • OS supported: from Windows 7 and Windows server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Main on-board processing features (with np SDK): PCM play & rec, MPEG Layers I & II play & rec, Layer III play, Float IEEE754,direct monitoring, real-time mixing, level adjustment, panning, cross-fade, punch-in/punch-out, scrubbing, time-stretching, pitch-shifting, 3-band parametric equalizer, maximizer, format and frequency conversions

Benefits

  • Low OPEX: due to low failure rate and driver reliability
  • Increased system efficiency: guarantee of low latency operations and of processing power availability
  • Ongoing product support: from Digigram and its Development Partners
  • Low TCO and future-proofed