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MOTU HD192 popular questions

While MOTU’s new HD192 is not due in until the end of January or beginning of February (subject to change), there seems to be a few pre-sales questions that are coming up frequently enough that we thought we would answer them here.

Q: How do I use effects such as EQ or reverb on live inputs I’m monitoring with the new CueMix DSP?
A: CueMix DSP itself does not provide effects processing, so, you have a few choices:
1) Bus the live signal to your host audio software and apply a plug-in effect or;
2) Bus the live signal to a hardware reverb or other effects unit that is connected to your HD192 as a send/return loop. With CueMix DSP, this loop has the same near-zero latency performance as one of today’s latest digital mixers. With plug-in effects such as reverb, you can actually combine a little of the dry CueMix signal together with the processed wet signal.

Q: Can I use my original 2408 with the PCI-424 card included with the HD192 core system?
A: Yes, older legacy MOTU Audiowire interfaces (2408, 2408mkII, 1224, 308, 24i, 1296) are fully compatible with the PCI-424. Even the new Cuemix DSP and synchronization features can be used with legacy interfaces.

Q: Can I buy an HD192 expander to use with my PCI-324 card?
A: No, while there is an HD192 expander unit, it will only work with the latest generation design of the PCI-424.

Q: What operating systems are supported by the HD192
A: Currently MacOS 9, Windows 98SE, 2K, Me, XP

Q: Will the HD192 support OS X?
A: Yes, OS X drivers for the HD192 are in development. You’ll be able to download OS X drivers from the MOTU website.

Q: What is the difference between an HD192 core system and an expander?
A: An HD192 core system includes the PCI-424 card and Audiodesk software while the expander system includes an HD192 unit only.

Q: Can I plug my MOTU 828 or 896 Firewire interfaces into the PCI-424 card?
A: No. Like the PCI-324, the PCI-424 is an Audiowire interface only.

Q: Can I plug my MOTU HD192 directly into my computer’s firewire port like the 828 or 896 – without using the PCI424 card?
A: No. The HD192 is an Audiowire interface only. It will only work when connected to the PCI424 card.

Q: How many inputs and outputs can the HD192 use simultaneously?
A: The HD192 has 12 analog XLR inputs and outputs, which can be accessed simultaneously, operating at any standard sample rate between 44.1kHz to 192kHz. The HD192 also has one pair of AES/EBU stereo digital I/O connectors, operating at up to 96kHz.

Q: What are the system requirements for the PCI-424 interfaces?
A: Macintosh System Requirements (subject to change)
– G3/500 or G4 Power Macintosh or faster.
– At least 128 MB of available RAM (a minimum of 512 MB of total system RAM is strongly recommended).
– Mac OS 9 or higher (Watch www.motu.com for OSX drivers).
– One available PCI slot.
– A large hard drive (preferably at least 20 GB) that operates at (at least) 7200 rpm.
A: PC System Requirements (subject to change)
– 800 MHz Pentium CPU or faster.
– Pentium III or faster is recommended.
– Windows 98SE or later.
– At least 128 MB of available RAM (a minimum of 512 Mb of total system RAM is strongly recommended).
– One available PCI slot.
– A large hard drive (preferably at least 20 GB) that operates at (at least) 7200 rpm.

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