Direct Pro 2496
4 in / 6 out system
Included in the 2496 package you'll find:
-Shielded PCI Card
-Rack Breakout Box
-6" Shielded 25 pin connector
-Cakewalk ProAudio 9 CD
-Manual & Quick Start Guides
Its 4 studio quality XLR mic preamps are quiete, with a THD+N of .002%, and can be used as line inputs for those looking to maximize studio quality and flexibility. Its powerful on-board DSP processor provides real-time, zero latency DSP effects keeping the host computer running lighting fast. The 2496 also has phantom power, dual headphone and line monitor outs, SPDIF, MIDI, a shielded PCI card for noise-free audio and it comes with a full version of Cakewalk's Pro Audio 9.0 recording software.
The 2496 is compatible with almost all audio recording software ... Steinberg Cubase VST/32 and Nuendo, Cakewalk Home Studio and Sonar, Emagic Logic Audio, Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro 2000 and gets ultra low-latency performance with software synths and samplers like Native Instruments, GigaStudio and Propellerheads Reason.
4 Discrete Microphone Preamps
The mic preamps in the 2496 are a discrete transistor design. Most other manufacturers soundcards use standard "mic-pre-on-a-chip" solutions, which are not discrete and can lack the clarity and definition needed for professional use. All 4 have phantom power for condenser microphones. These are shielded in the breakout box and combine with quality converters.
6 Analog Outputs
The rear-panel of the breakout box features 4 analog main outputs with 24 bit, 96 kHz +4dBu on 1/4" TRS jacks and 2 additional outputs on RCA jacks. All 6 outputs can be used simultaneously to take to a mixer or outboard effects units. These give excellent mix down flexibility and provide plenty of connectivity to the rest of your studio. The 2496 system's 6 outputs are for surround sound mixing.
Shielded PCI Card & S/PDIF Digital I/O
Aardvark provides custom shielding on PCI cards. Both the breakout box and the PCI card are designed to be completely noise free. This extra shielding keeps harmful computer noise out of the audio to give a high quality sound.
The 2 RCA connections on the PCI card provide the 24 bit, 96kHz digital In and Out to your computer for digital audio transfers from outboard digital audio gear.
The Direct Pro 24/96 system can be expanded. You can expand up to 4 units into one computer. In fact, all Aardvark audio interfaces can be expanded up to 4 units. No other line of computer interfaces allows as much flexibility and expansion as the Aardvark Direct Pro Series.
2496 Software Features
The 2496 hardware has a fully-DSP software control panel. This control panel is packed with user friendly features, and is laid out just like an analog mixer with stereo monitor outputs.
The hardware and software combination of the 2496 replaces the aspect of having an analog mixer, audio interface, and 3 effects units, so you can monitor in real-time while you record direct to the computer with ZERO-latency. This also frees up power for the native processor so you can record more tracks and use more plug-in effects processors.
2496 Control Panel
The brain of the 2496 is the DSP Control Panel, which is designed to replace the need for an external hardware mixer, while still providing real-time mixing and easy monitoring that you get with an analog mixer. All the features are powered by the DSP processor on the PCI Card. So the mixing, monitoring and metering won't slow down your computer. It works in a similar way as an outboard mixer, and works in combination with the 2496 hardware to provide a total digital mixing solution that includes flexible routing, zero-latency monitoring, snapshot preset recall, input level trim, , +4/-10 selectable I/O and true digital peak metering.
The Direct Pro 2496 Control Panel
The Direct Pro 2496 Control Panel is the DSP software control interface that completely controls the hardware. It has complete mixing capabilities built right into it and is extremely easy to use. The Control Panel is laid out just like a mixer and functions almost exactly as if you had a small mixer sitting next to your computer. It can be seen as a 10 channel mixer with a 2 channel monitor output that can be routed to any of the 6 line outputs or the headphone output for monitoring. 6 of the channels are from the physical 6 inputs of the box (4 analog and 2 digital), and the other channels are from the software application. Any combination of previously recorded audio tracks can be played back, mixed and monitored individually or in subgroups, while simultaneously recording additional audio tracks from the 2496. This control panel comes in 4 colors that you can change as often as you'd like.
Compressor, EQ and Reverb
The Direct Pro 24/96's real-time, on-board DSP effects are also accessed via the software mixer. The 100% DSP generated Reverb/Echo, Compressor/Limiter, and Multi-band EQ allow you to add effects to incoming audio "on-input" while recording in real time with no-latency. You can choose between simply monitoring the effects while recording "dry" to multitrack software, or you may record the DSP effects by hitting the REC FX button. You can also choose to audition the effects individually with the effects bypass feature.
3-Stage Input Gain
The input trim (found at the top of each mixer strip on the 2496 Software Control Panel) provides up to 75dB gain on the mic inputs. This gain is done in the analog stage (pre A/D conversion), just like an analog mixer would do. In contrast, most other audio cards provide a minimal amount of gain after the A/D, which dramatically increases the noise. The 2496 software avoids this by sending commands to the analog circuitry in the breakout box to get the best sound possible. This actually has 3 separate gain stages, which are each optimized for that particular gain range to give you the best possible sound.
ASIO Turbo ModeFbay
The enhanced ASIO 2 driver provides low latency performance. Down to 4ms or less with some applications such as software synths and VST instruments. Good forreal-time performance. ASIO driver has a 31-step ASIO Buffer Slider which lets the user dial in the exact buffer size that is optimal for his compute
Snapshot Preset Recall
Output Routing Patch Bay
Record & mix up to 128 tracks of audio
Full featured MIDI sequencer
Supports 24 Bit/ 96kHz
Real Time Effects
Import and sync digital video to audio
Edit & Print Notation w/ Guitar Tablature
Real-Time Guitar Fretboard display
Fade/Envelope & Crossfade
Direct X Plug-In compatible
Parametric EQ, Reverb, Delay/Echo
Flange, Chorus, Pitch Shifting
Vintage Amp Simulation
Converters: 24 bit, 96 kHz A/D D/A Shielded Converters
THD+N: .002% @ 1 kHz
Dynamic Range: 110 dB D/A, 100 dB A/D
Frequency Response: 7 Hz-44 kHz, +/- 5 dB at 96 kHz
Sample Rates: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz
Mic Preamp: Discrete, 8 transistor/channel design; Frequency response at -3 db: 1.6 Hz-200 kHz; EIN at 20-20 kHz, 150 Ohm: -130 dBu; THD at 20 db gain: 0.0005%
Phantom Power: 48Vdc, max current: 40 mA
Analog Inputs: Four Combo 1/4" and XLR Connectors
Headphone Output: Stereo Headphone Jack on front
Digital I/O: 24 Bit S/PDIF In/Out, OPTIONAL: AES/EBU In/Out
MIDI I/O: MIDI In/Out on 5-Pin DIN Connectors
Sync I/O: S/PDIF Digital Clock, MIDI
Modes: Full Duplex Simultaneous Record/Play
Expansion: Up to four (4) cards can be used simultaneously in one PC.
Card Type: PCI Bus Architecture, 5" length
Connectors on Card: 25-Pin Connector to Break-Out Box, S/PDIF Digital In/Out
Powerful DSP: 24 Bit, 80 MIPS
Minimum System: 233 MHz w/64 MB RAM
Software Included: Cakewalk Pro Audio 9
Software (working on Win 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP) Compatibility
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