RME Support wrote:
Yes, any combination of HDSP cards works in principle - only the MADI FX is the odd one out with a different driver.
In regards to "the odd one" Its an extremely cool product with an intelligent and flexible driver:
1st of all this is the only PCIe card with a built-in FX chip.
Then in regards to the driver .. a RME masterpiece:
"The high-tech core will process three times as many channels as the channel count of the previous MADI flagship, while actually reducing the system load and enabling ultra-low latencies down to 32 samples on modern computers.
A sophisticated new efficiency technology will automatically deactivate currently unused channels, so that they require no processing power or bandwidth. A simple stereo playback will not require any more performance than from a standard stereo audio card - despite the use of a professional multi-channel system with almost 400 channels."
And a very unique redundancy feature:
"RME's unique Seamless Redundancy Operation uses the cards 3 MADI receivers to provide professional users with state-of-the-art fail safe operation. In SRO mode the card operates as single MADI input device, recording up to 64 channels. As soon as the current input fails the audio data received from one of the other two inputs is used. The audio data is not interrupted when switching to another input and the card can use not only one, but two more sources for redundancy. No relocking and synchronization to a different clock source is required, and the interruption caused by the external failure is minimized to a few samples."
By this the number of i/o channels also reduces to 64 I/O, which is quite nice in handling, if you do not need so many channels.
And you can also configure that MADI bus1 outputs will be mirrored to MADI bus 2+3.
This makes it i.e. possible to connect an UFX+ as DURec recorder or other nice applications.
This card is awesome.
If you need a few AES channels you could maybe also think about connecting the ADI-642 via MADI with 4x AES/EBU i/o.
Or up to an ADI-6432 with 32x AES/EBU. This device is also available as ADI-6432R with redundant power supplies.
I think it would be more efficient to use the MADI flagship card and do the rest with MADI ...
Then you also require only one PCIe slot .. and you can choose the one which has best PCIe Lanes directly to the CPU without eventually having to go via Chipset.
X10SRi-F, Win7 Prof, Cubase 9.5, UFX+, Octamic XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS BE/DAC, RayDAT, ARC USB