RME / Audio AG July 27th, 2007 — Today RME announced the new HDSPe MADI card to be shipping. RME further expands the “e”-line of Hammerfall DSP recording solutions for the PCI Express bus found in current Apple OS and Windows based desktop computers. With higher data rates the PCI Express bus enables high channel counts associated with lowest latency options.
The HDSPe MADI card rounds up RME’s Premium Line of MADI products as it represents the interfacing flagship to the MADI world. The HDSPe MADI card offers a 128 I/O-channel computer connection while offering the most powerful router/mixer implemented on a single PCI Express card ever. All 64 input and 64 playback channels can be routed and mixed independently to 64 physical outputs. The HDSPe MADI turns every “state of the art” computer into a high-performance DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It supports 56- and 64-channel modes as well as Single and Double Wire formats.
For even higher channel counts several MADI cards can be combined.
Compared to the standard PCI HDSP MADI card, the new PCI Express version offers several advantages:
- support for higher sample rates up to 192 kHz
- Lowest latency — down to 1 ms!
- Sync to Time Code with RME’s Time Code Option Module
The card’s additional analog Monitoring/Headphone output features the new low latency DA converters known from RME’s reference converter, the ADI-8 QS. Additionally the card offers 2 independent MIDI I/O pairs for combining remote control and sequencing functions into one audio solution.
All these features make the card the perfect solution for studio or live recordings and even live mixing applications.
The HDSPe MADI comes with drivers for Windows XP (multi-client operation of MME, GSIF and ASIO 2.0) and brand new drivers for Windows Vista and Vista 64. Apple users are perfectly served with MAC OS X drivers for all INTEL-based MAC Pro computer models providing Core Audio and Core MIDI support.
The HDSPe MADI card is now available worldwide and retails in Europe for Euro 1.099,- (excl. VAT) and in the US for USD 1.398,- (excl. VAT)