The HDSPe MADIface from RME is a computer audio & MIDI interface specifically designed for Mac and Windows laptops that feature an Expresscard slot. The term MADI stands for Multi-channel Audio Digital Interface. It's a protocol that allows for higher numbers of audio channels to be transferred digitally, while allowing for longer cable runs of over 300 feet (100 meters). The HDSPe MADIface needs to be attached to other MADI capable hardware, such as the RME ADI-648 (which offers 8 ADAT optical inputs and outputs) in order for you to tap into its power.
MADI connections to external hardware are made through either fiber optic cable, or coaxial BNC, of which the HDSPe MADIface features an input and output of each. It's fully compatible with all MADI enabled equipment. The system makes it possible to run 64 inputs and 64 outputs of audio and MADI embedded MIDI, with sample rates up to 192 kHz, all on an ultra portable laptop computer. The HDSPe MADIface is also fully integrated with TotalMix software, which allows every channel to be routed and mixed to 64 physical outputs in any configuration you need, essentially providing an 8192 channel mixer.
In addition to being an audio & MIDI interface, the HDSPe MADIface can also act as an optical patchbay and router, a coaxial/optical converter and splitter, and a MADI redistributor, patchbay, and router. It features a configuration memory that will recall the settings that you had last used upon power-up. Also included is DIGICheck software, which is a high-quality spectral analyzer, level meter (for 2, 8, or 64 channels), a vector audio scope, and various other useful analysis tools. For tasks that require the flexibility to handle large track counts, the HDSPe MADIface cannot be beat in terms of compact portability and power.
- Much More Than a Computer I/O Unit
MADI optical patchbay and router
MADI coaxial/optical or vice versa converter and splitter
MADI redistributor, patchbay and router
- TotalMix Software
- All 64 inputs and 64 playback channels can be routed and mixed to 64 physical outputs completely freely. TotalMix can be completely remote controlled via MIDI. The hardware delivers RMS and peak level meters for full control over 192 audio channels at minimal CPU load.
- Configuration Memory
- RME uses a configuration memory for the most important settings of the card. Instead of operating in a default mode on computer power-up until loading the driver, MADIface activates the last used sample rate, master/slave configuration and MADI format immediately when switched on. This eliminates disturbing noises and clock network problems during power-up or re-boot of the computer.
- Many MADI-based devices require an additional word clock or AES line, but the MADIface (like all RME devices) uses SteadyClock to extract the reference clock at lowest jitter directly from the MADI signal, making long-distance connections even more convenient. Although not available at the MADIface itself, word clock input and output are available when using another RME MADI device.
- Virtual MIDI
- MADIface offers a virtual MIDI port within the driver. Mainly intended for remote controlling further RME devices, it can also be used to send and receive usual MIDI data. The MIDI data are invisibly inserted into and transmitted by the MADI signal. Therefore a physical access is given at the RME interface connected to the MADIface.
- Included spectral analyzer software, professional level meter for 2, 8, or 64 channels, vector audio scope, global record, various other audio analysis tools.