Topic: New HDSP(e) series Windows driver generation 4.x
RME presents the next generation of the HDSP and HDSPe Windows driver - 4.x !
The HDSP(e) series drivers have seen all Windows generations from 98 up to Windows 8.1. Over a period of more than 13 years, the basic driver design had to be changed several times, at one point even the firmware of the interfaces, to gain best performance out of the ever changing hardware and operating systems.
The new driver generation 4.x has several interesting aspects. For example, it brings back the old Interleaved option for WDM operation in an easier to understand and more flexible way. It also no longer waits for Microsoft to come up with a working sample rate control for professional multichannel audio interfaces, instead it implements complete unload/reload of WDM devices for full control under Windows 7 and 8. But even if only ASIO is used the driver 4.x has something unique to offer: TotalMix FX. Yes, we ported the latest TotalMix FX back to all devices released since 2001! Of course there is no EQ, no Echo, no Reverb, no Dynamics, as the hardware can not render these. Still there are many advantages of TotalMix FX in comparison to the previous TotalMix:
• choice of mono and stereo channels
• improved graphics including zoom states
• OSC remote control
• separate control room section, Cue, flexible talkback for all outputs, 4 Mute and Solo groups, Recall, External Input, local and global TrimGains/Post support with exclusion, Layout Presets to hide channels or MIDI remote functionality, 2 Row mode, multiple remote support, assignable F-key commands, Windows/Mac compatible mixer files, Matrix with Mono/Stereo mode, PFL mode, and and and…
The list is long - and getting longer as TM FX is still being worked on. We can only encourage you to read the chapters describing TotalMix FX in detail in the special User Guide update found here:
This update to the existing manuals also covers the new functions and features with WDM devices as well as the current clock options, plus the deinstallation issue of the old TotalMix.
Update 07/23/2014: New versions of the flash update tools have been uploaded to the website. These include no newer firmware versions (HDSPe 06/2013, HDSP 02/2009), but are now compatible to the 4.x series driver.
Update 10/27/2014: changed link to version 4.04. Removed comment about the old TM as it is uninstalled automatically now. The update manuals are now available in version 1.2.