PCX881e MULTICHANNEL SOUND CARD 

PCX881e

Key Workflow: PCI Express multichannel sound card with on-board processing for on-air automation, production, permanent playback and recording .

PCX881e is the reference multichannel sound card with on-board processing designed for operating in continuous 24/7/365 use-environments, and fully digital systems, such as radio automation. Its on-board processing guarantees all audio channels are always processed whatever the PC CPU load is, which gives absolute reliability and responsiveness to the audio system.

At a glance

PCX881e is the full featured multichannel model of the PCX series of sound cards. Thanks to its broadcast grade specifications, its on-board processing and unrivaled reliability, PCX881e is the references multichannel sound card used in the radio automation systems designed by Digigram Development Partners. A proprietary Software Development Kit (SDK) allows control of the card’s on-board functionalities. Available as part of the systems delivered by Digigram Development Partners, PCX881e can also be used as a linear PCM sound card with software applications based on standard driver interfaces.

  • Multichannel sound card designed for broadcast radio
  • AES/EBU only
  • On-board processing available through Proprietary Digigram SDK: MPEG audio, mixing of PCM and MPEG, cross-fades, real time time-scaling
  • Proprietary Software Development Kit for controlling the on-board features
  • Interoperable with most of the third party software applications for audio production under Windows, through DirectSound, Wasapi, and ASIO
  • PCX cards are sold to Development partners: they design and sell the applications that include these cards

Key features

  • Multichannel PCI Express sound card with on-board processing: MPEG audio, mixing of PCM and MPEG, cross-fades, real time time-scaling, 3-band parametric EQ, Maximizer
  • Four stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs; all four inputs with hardware sample rate converters and digital gains
  • Synchronization inputs: AES11, Word Clock, black burst video reference
  • Support for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit (Digigram proprietary SDK, WDM kernel streaming, DirectSound, Wasapi, ASIO)
  • Breakout cables or 2U breakout box BOB8. XLR connectors

Benefits

Low OPEX

low failure rate and high reliability

Ongoing product support

from Digigram and its Development Partners

Increased system efficiency

guarantee of low latency operations and of processing power availability

Low TCO

& future-proofed

Specifications

Configuration
  • Bus/Format: PCI EXPRESS (PCIe®) x1 (x2, x4, x8, x16, x32 compatible)
  • Size: 168 mm x 111 mm x 20 mm
  • Power requirements (+3.3V / +12V): 1.3 A / 0.02 A
  • Operating: temp / humidity (non-condensing): 0°C/+50°C • 5%/90%
  • Storage: temp / humidity (non-condensing): -5°C/+70°C • 0%/95%
Inputs
  • Digital inputs (stereo): 4 AES/EBU with hw Sample Rate Converters, 7.5:1 to 1:8, up to 192 kHz
  • Programmable input gain: digitalfrom  –110 dB to +18 dB
  • Other inputs:AES/EBU Sync (up to 192 kHz), Word clock (up to 96 kHz), LTC, Video
  • AES11 synchronization
Connectors
  • Internal connectors: Inter-board Sync
  • External connector: 68-pin SCSI MDR
  • Digigram accessories available: Breakout cable or 2U 19″ Breakout Box
Audio specifications
  • Sampling frequencies available: Programmable from 22.05 to 192 kHz
  • Supported audio formats: MPEG, PCM (8, 16, 24 bits), Float IEEE754
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

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