Installation Guide
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Installation Guide
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Please read the following information very carefully before attempting any installation. Failure to comply with the
precise instructions may result in damage to your Merging hardware. Please read this entire section of the manual
carefully before installation.
STATIC DANGER NOTICE:
Please note that the Mykerinos and Mykerinos-X boards contain delicate electronic components that can be damaged or even destroyed when exposed to static electricity. Take all necessary precautions not to discharge static
electricity when touching any of the Mykerinos components.
INFORMATION FOR THE USER:
Mykerinos, Mykerinos-X and their daughter cards comply with the following specifications:
EMC Emissions
EN 55022 : 1994 /A1 : 1995 /A2 : 1997 Class A ITE emissions requirements (EU)
FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Class A emissions requirements (USA)
EMC Immunity
EN 50082-1: 1992 EMC residential, commercial and light industrial generic immunity standard.
FCC Notice
This product has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
These limits are designed for providing reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions contained in this manual, may cause harmful interference to radio and television
communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
Note: Connecting this device to peripheral devices that do not comply with CLASS A
requirements or using an unshielded peripheral data cable could also result in harmful
interference to radio or television reception. The user is cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. To ensure that the use of this product does not contribute to interference, it is necessary to use shielded I/O cables.
CE Notice
Such a
marking is indicative that this system’s devices meet the following applicable technical standards:
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EN 55022 – “Information Technology Equipment - Radio disturbance characteristics Limits and methods
of measurement”
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EN 50082-1: 1992 – “Electromagnetic compatibility – Generic immunity standard Part 1:Residential, commercial, and light industry”
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This product is classified for use in a typical Class A commercial environment, and is not designed or intended for
use in other EMC environments. The user of this product is obliged for proper use and installation of the product
and for taking all steps necessary to remove sources of interference to telecommunications or other devices.
Hardware Warranty Information
This product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the
date of purchase. Merging Technologies, Inc. extends this Limited Warranty to the original purchaser.
In the event of a defect or failure to confirm to this Limited warranty, Merging Technologies, Inc. will repair or
replace the product without charge within sixty (60) days. In order to make a claim under this limited warranty, the
purchaser must notify Merging Technologies, Inc. or their representative in writing, of the product failure. In this
limited warranty the customer must upon Merging Technologies, Inc. request, return the product to the place of
purchase, or other local designation, for the necessary repairs to be performed. If the consumer is not satisfied
with the repair, Merging Technologies, Inc. will have the option to either attempt a further repair, or refund the
purchase price.
This warranty does not cover: (1) Products which have been subject to misuse, abuse, accident, physical damage,
neglect, exposure to fire, water or excessive changes in the climate or temperature, or operation outside maximum rating. (2) Products on which warranty stickers or product serial numbers have been removed altered or rendered illegible. (3) The cost of installations, removal or reinstallation. (4) Damages caused to any other products.
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Installation Guide : Contents
1 Introduction
7
Thank you!
7
Scope
7
Pyramix Versions - Compatibility and Installation Steps
8
2 For Users Performing Upgrades
3 System Requirements
9
10
Mykerinos Systems
10
Pyramix MassCore Systems
10
Pyramix Native
11
MassCore and Networks
11
4 PC Setup
14
Motherboard Drivers and Utilities
14
BIOS Settings
14
Display Settings
14
Power Management
14
Aero graphics
14
Indexing
14
Other Applications
14
Video and Pyramix on one PC
14
Recommended options
15
5 Mykerinos Installation
16
Mykerinos Card Installation
16
6 Pyramix Software Installation
17
Installation Overview:
17
Driver Signing
17
Running the Installer
18
7 Pyramix Software Registration
8 MassCore Installation
9 MassCore - Ravenna
19
21
23
Installing the Merging Technologies NET-MSC-GBEX1 PCIe Ethernet Controller Card
23
Troubleshooting
26
10 First launch
11 Troubleshooting
12 Lost or Stolen Merging Technologies Security Keys
13 Contacting Merging
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28
28
29
International Office:
29
UK:
29
USA:
29
14 Index
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Installation Guide
Document: Pyramix™ Installation Guide rev14
Date: 21st December 2012
Installation Guide
1 Introduction
Thank you!
Congratulations on your purchase of Pyramix Virtual Studio. More than just a product, this is a gateway to the
future of sound recording, editing, mixing and mastering. You have joined a worldwide community of users who
have already discovered the Pyramix advantage.
Note: IMPORTANT! - The first thing you need to do is register your software to acquire
your Pyramix key(s) and to be included in our user support list.
http://www.merging.com/register/
Please also subscribe to the User Forum at:
http://www.merging.com/forum/
Scope
Pyramix Virtual Studio is a powerful and flexible Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) integrating hard disk recording
and editing, digital audio mixing, effects processing, metering, machine control, video and mastering. Complete
turnkey systems are available.
This document is intended to get you up and running with Pyramix, Pyramix MassCore and Pyramix MassCore
Ravenna as quickly as possible. For more detailed information about the Horus, Mykerinos and Mykerinos X hardware and the Pyramix software please see their specific Guides.
Important! If you are installing an upgrade to Pyramix please read: For Users Performing Upgrades on page 9 first.
If you have purchased Pyramix Virtual Studio as an integrated (Turnkey) system, the installation information in this
guide will be redundant, since these systems come with all hardware and software pre-installed. If you are configuring your own system, please refer to the following instructions.
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Pyramix Versions - Compatibility and Installation Steps
Native (ASIO on 3rd party hardware):
Compatibility: Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit, Windows XP SP3
Installation Steps:
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Pyramix Software Installation, See: Pyramix Software Installation on page 17
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Entering Authorization Keys, See: Pyramix Software Registration on page 19
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Select ASIO and the correct card/device in the VS3 Control Panel (Start Menu > Control Panel >
VS3 Control Panel)
Mykerinos only:
Not supported on version 8, upgrade to MassCore mandatory.
MassCore with Mykerinos:
Compatibility: Windows 7 32 bit, Windows XP SP3
Installation Steps:
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Mykerinos Installation, See: Mykerinos Installation on page 16
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Pyramix Software Installation, See: Pyramix Software Installation on page 17
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Entering Authorization Keys, See: Pyramix Software Registration on page 19
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MassCore Installation, See: MassCore Installation on page 21
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Select MassCore with Mykerinos in the VS3 Control Panel (Start Menu > Control Panel > VS3 Control Panel)
MassCore with Ravenna and Horus:
Compatibility: Windows 7 32 bit
Installation Steps:
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NET-MSC-GBEX1 Installation See: Installing the Merging Technologies NET-MSC-GBEX1 PCIe
Ethernet Controller Card on page 23
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Pyramix Software Installation, See: Pyramix Software Installation on page 17
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Entering Authorization Keys, See: Pyramix Software Registration on page 19
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MassCore Installation, See: MassCore Installation on page 21
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Select MassCore with Ravenna in the VS3 Control Panel (Start Menu > Control Panel > VS3 Control
Panel)
Native with ASIO for Ravenna and Horus:
Compatibility: Windows 7 32 bit and 64bit
Installation Steps:
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Optional: NET-MSC-GBEX1 Installation See: Installing the Merging Technologies NET-MSC-GBEX1
PCIe Ethernet Controller Card on page 23
Note: This step is optional since the ASIO driver for Ravenna and Horus supports any Ethernet adaptor, typically in a laptop scenario
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Install the Merging Ravenna ASIO Driver provided with your Horus or available from:
http://www.merging.com/download
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Pyramix Software Installation See: Pyramix Software Installation on page 17
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Entering Authorization Keys See: Pyramix Software Registration on page 19
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Select the desired network adapter in Merging Ravenna ASIO Panel (Start Menu > All Programs >
Merging Technologies > Merging Ravenna ASIO Driver > Merging Ravenna ASIO Panel,) please
see details in the Merging Ravenna ASIO and CoreAudio Guide available in Start Menu > All Programs > Merging Technologies > Documentation > Merging Ravenna ASIO Driver > Merging
Ravenna ASIO Panel
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Select ASIO/Ravenna in the VS3 Control Panel (Start Menu > Control Panel > VS3 Control Panel)
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2 For Users Performing Upgrades
Note: New V8 Keys have been issued for Pyramix V8 users. Be aware that 7.1 keys will
only work with the Beta and Release Candidate versions of Pyramix 8.
Pyramix
We recommend uninstalling any previous version of Pyramix before installing Pyramix 8.
From the Windows Control Panel select Programs and features (Windows 7 or Vista) Add or remove programs
(Windows XP).
Remove the installed version of Pyramix.
VCube
Pyramix 8 can coexist with VCube Version 4. (Be aware of recommended configurations.)
Masscore
MassCore users MUST remove the existing MassCore runtime by going to Windows Add or Remove Program /
Programs and Features Control Panel and removing the Interval Zero RTX runtime..
Please ensure that you perform a Reboot afterwards.
Important! On reboot, in the Windows Boot Manager screen, choose the non MassCore option before installing the new version of MassCore.
Following the install of Pyramix V8.0 you will then need to install the new MassCore Runtime from the MT Security Settings : MassCore Tab.
Note: Windows XP users must upgrade to SP3.
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3 System Requirements
Wintel platforms tend to increase in number of cores, speed and performance at a tremendous rate. New and
faster processors are released almost on a monthly basis. Therefore we have not included suggested Motherboard
or Processor specifications here.
We maintain a list of up to date PC configurations in the Support Section of our website at:
http://www.merging.com/pages/pcconfig
Other Components
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Graphics Card: The recommended graphics cards are the ATI FIREPRO series of PCIe graphics cards.
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Sufficient HD space and speed for your audio media files. The speed and amount of disk space required
depends on sample rate, wordlength, number of tracks and length of program material.
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A typical 7200 RPM SATA drive is sufficient for 48 tracks at 48 kHz. Higher track-counts and/or higher sampling rates will require multiple drives configured in Raid 0, 1, 10 or 5
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We recommend disks should be formatted as NTFS volumes with 64kB block sectors.
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DVD/CD-ROM combo drive or better (since Pyramix software is delivered on a DVD)
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SXGA 17" monitor or better. Multiple 19” monitors highly recommended.
Minimum resolution 1280x1024
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3 button mouse
Mykerinos Systems
Certified Operating Systems
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OS: We recommend and certify Pyramix Version 8.0 and later under Windows 7 Professional (32-bit
version) and Windows XP SP3 Professional (32-bit version).
Note: Although not certified, Pyramix has also been observed to work under the Home editions of Windows 7 (32-bit) XP SP3 (32-bit) and Vista for business with Service Pack 2 (32-bit)
without any known edition related issues to date.
Note: NEVER attempt to install Pyramix on Windows NT Server)
Pyramix MassCore Systems
Certified Operating Systems
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OS: We recommend and certify Pyramix Version 8.0 and later under Windows 7 Professional, and Windows XP SP3 Professional.
Note: MassCore - Ravenna is ONLY certified under Windows 7 Professional (32-bit version)
Note: Although not certified, Pyramix with MassCore™ has also been observed to work under
the Home editions of Windows 7 and XP SP3 without any known edition related issues to
date.
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Pyramix Native
Certified Operating Systems
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OS: We recommend and certify Pyramix Version 8.x under Windows 7 Professional, and Windows XP
SP3 Professional.
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Pyramix Native ONLY (versions from 7.1 onwards) is certified to work under Windows 7 - 64bit. N.B. Pyramix Native is NOT certified for Windows XP64 or Vista64 versions.
MassCore and Networks
Increase Scheduling Priority
For satisfactory operation over a network, you must add the User Group to which the User belongs to “Increase
Scheduling priority policy” with the help of gpedit.msc. If the Machine belongs to a domain the Administrator of
the domain must do this, if not then the Administrator of the system.
Procedure
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Start > Accessories > Run and type or paste gpedit.msc).
MassCore Windows GPO Editor Window
2. Navigate to: Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User
Rights Assignment
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3. Double-click on Increase scheduling priority to open the Increase scheduling priority Properties dialog:
Increase scheduling priority Properties dialog
4. Click on the Add User or Group button to open the Select Users or Groups dialog:
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5. Click on the Object Types button to open the Object Types dialog:
Object Types dialog
6. Ensure that Groups is ticked and click on OK to close the dialog.
7. In the Select Users or Groups dialog type the name of the User Group the user or users belong to (e.g. Users)
in the Enter the object names to select field and click on the OK button to close the dialog.
8. The Group name you typed in step 5.) should now appear in the increase scheduling priority Properties
dialog list.
9. Click on the OK button to close the dialog.
Note: that the Groups selection in the Object Types dialog is temporary and must be
selected every time you wish to add or remove a Group.
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4 PC Setup
Motherboard Drivers and Utilities
Motherboard drivers should be updated to current versions.
Motherboard Utilities should NOT be installed.
BIOS Settings
Recommended BIOS Settings
The following features can create MassCore overloads (blinking red MSC).
Intel® Hyperthreading Technology (or Intel® HT Technology) is not supported by MassCore, this setting must be
disabled for the relevant CPUs. This setting is commonly found in Main Bios page, or under CPU configuration.
(see the motherboard manual for further details).
Intel® Speedstep Technology (also known as Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep), as well as CPU C State (or Intel® C-State)
features must be disabled in the BIOS.
Some Recent Intel boards have a global setting to disable those features known as Intel® Dynamic Power Technology. If present this should be turned off. These settings are commonly found in BIOS Power options or CPU Configuration.
Overclocking is not supported.
Display Settings
Pyramix requires a minimum display resolution of 1280x1024 in 256 colors which MUST be set to small fonts
mode. In Windows 7 and Vista environments we strongly recommend turning OFF the Aero feature for maximum
performance.
Power Management
N.B. As with other Digital Audio Workstations and Non-Linear Editors, we recommend setting the PC to an Always
On Power management scheme. (In Windows XP: Start > Settings > Control Panel double-click Power Options.
Choose Always On from the Power Schemes drop down list.) This allows the monitor to be turned off by the system but disables hard-disk spin down and Standby.
The Mykerinos and Mykerinos-X cards are not designed to support Standby modes.
Aero graphics
Windows 7 users should disable AERO themes for maximum performance.
Indexing
In the interests of better performance we recommend turning Indexing OFF for all Data drives in the system.
Other Applications
Like all Digital Audio Workstations, Pyramix works best when there are no other unnecessary applications or services running.
Video and Pyramix on one PC
To ensure a very smooth system, (especially for seeking) when playing video with Pyramix on the same computer,
we recommend a quad core Processor PC with one or two CPUs, a dedicated hard drive for the video and Windows
7 Professional or XP Pro with SP3.
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Recommended options
Internet Connection (this will allow you to upgrade the software easily by connecting to our Web site, and to
communicate queries or suggestions to Merging by Email).
PCI MIDI Interface card (where none is fitted to the motherboard) or Sound Card with Midi interface or USB MIDI
driver (where appropriate) for customers wishing to use Pyramix MIDI functions, for example to interface Pyramix
with an external Midi remote controller such as:
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J.L. Cooper MCS-series
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Raditek SAC-2k
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Mackie Control
or external digital mixer such as:
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Sony DMX-R100
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Yamaha DM-2000
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Yamaha DM-1000
•
Yamaha 02R-96
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5 Mykerinos Installation
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Please read the following information very carefully before attempting any installation. Failure to comply with the
precise instructions may result in damage to your Merging hardware. Please read the entire chapter carefully
before installation.
STATIC DANGER NOTICE:
Please note that the Mykerinos Audio Board contains delicate electronic components that can be damaged or
even destroyed when exposed to static electricity. Please take all of the necessary precautions when handling the
Mykerinos board and all other PC computer cards.
Mykerinos Card Installation
Note: Note: for multiboard installation care must be taken in the selection of the PC
chassis components to ensure adequate thermal dissipation through sufficient fan air
cooling.
Inserting the Mykerinos Audio Board(s)
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Make sure the computer is turned off (and unplugged) before installing the Mykerinos board.
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To avoid the possibility of static electricity damage to the PC or the Mykerinos board(s) please use an antistatic strap to connect yourself to a known good earth.
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Remove the computer covers required to gain access to the peripheral slots.
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Locate a free PCI (Mykerinos) or PCI-e (Mykerinos-X) slot. It is generally inadvisable to use the slot adjacent
to an AGP slot. Remove a slot / bracket for the chosen slot(s) (if needed)
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Insert the Mykerinos board(s) into the chosen slot(s)
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Ensure each Mykerinos is properly seated in the slot
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Fit any extra break-out connector brackets (if applicable)
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Fasten the mounting screw to secure the Mykerinos back-plate to the PC frame
Multi-board Installation
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For multiboard installation it is advisable to insert all Mykerinos boards in adjacent slots sharing the same
PCI bus segment. Please refer to PC motherboard documentation.
•
In order to enable multi-board operation, all Mykerinos cards in the PC must to be connected together
using a special HDTDM ribbon cable with 30 pin plugs. This cable has to be plugged into the multi-pin
connectors located on the top edge of the I/O daughter cards. Please contact your Merging Technologies
Sales Partner for information on how to order the HDTDM ribbon cable.
Note: to reduce the risk of electro-magnetic interference being induced by other PCI
cards into the highly sensitive Mic Preamp circuitry, systems equipped with Merging’s
DUAL (Analog + AES) daughtercard are best installed in a slot with no other card
inserted in the immediately adjacent slot. (I.e. the component side of the card, which will
be on the left looking from the front of a conventional PC chassis.)
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6 Pyramix Software Installation
Note: You must have full Administrator Access to install Pyramix.
Installation Overview:
Note: Note: If you have purchased hardware options such as Mykerinos cards, the NETMSC-GBEX1 PCIe Ethernet card, the Sync Board and or an AJA video card, please install
these first following the instructions in the accompanying documentation.
Installer
The Pyramix software uses an automated installer wizard which will install all necessary prerequisites. We use a
unified installer package containing the current versions of Pyramix, VCube and Ovation. The initial installer
screen offers the choice of Pyramix, VCube and Ovation. Choosing Ovation will also install Pyramix.
You may exclude the installation of any of the individual components in the wizard, if the device in question is not
present on your machine or if you do not intend to use an item, by un-ticking the tick boxes next to the items
listed in the wizard.
Note: The security dongle must be in place and the security keys entered before attempting to launch VCube
Driver Signing
Important! Before attempting to install the Pyramix Virtual Studio software on a Windows XP system please check the following setting:
Start > Settings > Control Panel > System : Hardware
Click on the Hardware Tab, then click on Driver Signing. The Driver Signing Options dialog opens:
Windows Driver Signing Options dialog
Make sure the middle option Warn is selected.
Note: This dialog is not available in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Vista is preset to Warn.
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Running the Installer
Note: If you have a SafeNet dongle please remove this before installing Pyramix and
replace it after installation is complete.
Once the NET-MSC-GBEX1 Ethernet card and or Mykerinos card(s) have been properly installed, you can now
install the Pyramix 8.x software.
To install the Pyramix Virtual Studio V8.x software insert the USB memory stick. The installation program will autostart on a PC where auto-start is configured on. Otherwise, double click on the USB memory stick icon.
Please follow the automatic installation procedure accepting the option to install unsigned drivers (one per
Mykerinos board) and re-boot your PC once setup is complete.
Note: If the installation appears to freeze for a long period please check that the Driver
Signing warning dialogue is not hidden behind another Window. Installation will not
continue until you click OK in this dialog.
WARNING: Certain computers do not properly shut down despite the reboot command issued by the installer but
only perform a log off. In this case, please activate a full shut down manually.
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7 Pyramix Software Registration
The Pyramix Virtual Studio software and its various software options are protected by an authorization key
mechanism which uses a unique registration key number generated by Merging Technologies. Based on purchased software components, this key is unique to your security dongle or Mykerinos board serial number, your
Company Name and your User name. Once you have registered your software you will be provided with this Key
or Keys (depending on the chosen options).
In a multi-board system only one key is required for all connected boards. The master board validates the others.
If you did not receive this key, have lost it or would like to change the user and/or company name, please contact
your Merging Sales Partner with your Mykerinos serial #, your User Name, your Company Name and the list of purchased software components. Usually, a key can be issued within one business day, after the verification of your
personal data has been completed.
Entering your Key(s)
After the Pyramix installation process you will be prompted to enter your Authorization Key. If you click Yes the
MT Security Settings dialog will be launched automatically, allowing the Key or Keys to be entered immediately.
If you choose not to enter your Key at this point you can do so later by choosing one of the following procedures:
1. Double-click the file YourPersonalKeyXXXXX.mtk. This is attached to the email containing your Key(s).
2. Open the MT Security Settings Control Panel
(Windows Task Bar Start > Control Panel > MT Security Settings),
click the Import Key button and browse for your Key file called
YourPersonalKeyXXXXX.mtk
3. Open the MT Security Settings Control Panel (as above), in the Registration section select the board number corresponding to the serial number for your Keys or HASP Key for a dongle, click the Enter Key button
and type your User Name, Company Name and Key then click OK. Repeat this step for each Keys listed in the
email.
Changing or re-entering a Key
Should you need to subsequently change or re-enter a Key, follow the appropriate option above.
The key system is "smart". Only one key or set of keys is required regardless of the number of boards in a system.
Any card can hold this key set as the authorization is processed based on a "Logical OR" of all keys present on any
and all Mykerinos boards. Of course this Logical OR will only process keys with identical User Name and Company
Name to the one entered in the key enabling window.
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Evaluation Mode
If started without a valid registration key, the software will recognize that no valid key is available and will start in
“evaluation” mode, which only allows for basic operation of the software as follows:
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Limited to 2 channels of I/O on host soundcard
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No Project > Save function
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Tone is added to new recordings
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All optional extra cost features are deactivated
All editing functions, playback, file type conversions etc. are fully functional.
Keys
At any time you can check the serial number of your Security dongle or Mykerinos card(s) and check the software
options enabled in your system in the MTSecurity application.
.
General Settings, Keys Tab pane
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8 MassCore Installation
System Requirements
A quad core Intel processor is the minimum requirement.
Conditions
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You MUST be logged in as an Administrator to install MassCore
Note: You do not need to be logged in as an Administrator to RUN Pyramix with MassCore™, just to install it.
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You must have at least one Mykerinos board or a NET-MSC-GBEX1-Ethernet card in your system.
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You must have a MassCore 48 (Base) Key in order to proceed with the installation. Please contact your
Merging Technologies Sales Partner if you do not have this option but want to use MassCore.
MassCore Installation
1. Install V8.x Pyramix.exe
2. Restart your system after the Pyramix install
3. Enter Your Key(s) in MT Security Panel (make sure you have a valid MassCore key)
4. In the MT Security Panel select the MassCore Tab
5. Press the Install MassCore RunTime button (will only be enabled if the MassCore Base Key is present)
VS3 merging Technologies Security Settings dialog
6. Restart System after install
7. Launch the VS3 Control Panel
8. In the Platform section select "MassCore"
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9. We recommend by default the use of Low latency mode (Ultra low latency & Extra low latency are available
only for Mykerinos-X users currently)
VS3 Merging Technologies Virtual Studios Settings dialog
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9 MassCore - Ravenna
Certified Operating Systems (OS) for Ravenna
Pyramix Version 8.0 MassCore in Ravenna mode is certified under Windows 7 Professional (32-bit version) ONLY.
System Requirements
We maintain a list of up to date PC configurations in the Support Section of our website at:
http://www.merging.com/pages/pcconfig
Please refer to the MassCore-Ravenna recommendations (Quad-Core is the minimum requirement)
Required Hardware
The Merging Technologies NET-MSC-GBEX1 PCIe Ethernet controller card is required for MassCore - Ravenna.
Installing the Merging Technologies NET-MSC-GBEX1 PCIe Ethernet Controller Card
The NET-MSC-GBEX1 PCIe card should be installed in your computer before installing Pyramix V8.
Procedure
1. Power down your PC and switch it off at the wall. Remove the screws securing the top or side of the case and
carefully slide off the panel.
2.
An anti-static wristband is sensible precaution whenever working with sensitive electrical equipment. Keeping one hand on a metal part of the case will have the same effect, though you may need both hands when
installing certain items of hardware.
3.
Locate an empty PCIe slot and remove the metal backing plate by removing the screw holding it in place and
carefully sliding it up and out. In some cases, there are no backing plates and you will need to remove a length
of metal instead. Do this using a flat-blade screwdriver and/or pliers, taking care to avoid any sharp edges left
behind.
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4. Remove the NET-MSC-GBEX1 card from its protective anti-static envelope and align it with the vacant PCIe
slot as shown below.
5. Push down, gently at first, ensuring you have the pins aligned correctly with the slot, and then apply more
pressure to slot the card fully home.
6. Use the screw which was used to retain the backing plate to secure the card in place and check that the card
sits comfortably.
7. Finally, replace the case cover(s) and switch the machine back on at the socket.
8.
At the next power up and boot Windows will discover the Merging Ethernet PCIe card.
Pyramix V8 can now be installed.
Required Software
In order to operate Pyramix with Ravenna and Horus, Pyramix V8 must be installed. The Pyramix v8 installer
includes; the MassCore-Ravenna Connect utility, MT Discovery tool along with Apple bonjour.
Note: Driver signing. Please tick Always trust “Merging Technologies” when the first
warning message about unsigned drivers appears.
Enter your Pyramix keys
Launch MTSecurity settings and enter your Pyramix V8 keys. Please see Entering your Key(s) on page 19
Note: Pyramix V7.1 keys will only be valid with the Pyramix V8 beta versions.
Install MassCore
Please see: MassCore Installation on page 21
Note: A valid MassCore (Base) key is mandatory.
The MassCore key is held on the Safenet dongle. Please make sure that you are in possession of a dongle and valid keys in order to operate Pyramix in MassCore-Ravenna mode.
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Configure Ravenna in the VS3 Control Panel
1. Launch the VS3 Control Panel (Start: All Programs > Merging Technologies > VS3 Runtime > VS3 Control
Panel
2. Cores Allocation Leave on the default setting for now.
3. Latency Leave on the default setting Low Latency (only mode supported at present)
4. Select Platform : MassCore
5. Select Hardware : On Bus as Ravenna (box ticked)
6. Audio Bridge : Set as required.
7. Click on the OK button.
8. When the VS3 panel Do you want to save routing? dialog box appears, click on OK
9. the VS3 control panel will close.
Before First Launch
Before launching Pyramix V8, you must ensure that a PTP Master* is present on your Ravenna network. Merging
Technologies recommends using its Horus converter as PTP Master.
* The Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is a protocol used to synchronize clocks throughout a computer network.
Note: As of V8.0 Ravenna mode only supports Low Latency mode. (VS3 Control Panel)
To enable Ravenna I/O connections please refer to the separate Ravenna Easy Connect
Guide.
Note: Horus users should refer to the Horus User Manual for configuration set-up with
Pyramix.
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Troubleshooting
Ravenna: Horus & Network configuration
Merging recommend that the Ethernet MassCore card and Horus are configured to obtain an IP address automatically.
Setting Horus and Network Card to Obtain IP Addresses Automatically
Network Card
1. Open Network Connections in the Windows Control Panel
2. Right-click on the MassCore Ethernet card NET-MSC-GBEX1 and open Properties.
3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4, TPC/IPv4 (which is the only one activated) and click on Properties.
4. Select the Obtain an IP address automatically option.
5. Click on OK in each dialog to accept the changes and close the dialogs.
Horus
1. Open the Horus Setup >Advanced > Network page
2. In the IP address section select Auto
Setting Fixed IP addresses
1. First, check the IP address of the Horus device under Setup > Network
To be able to see each other, the Merging Technologies Network card and Horus must be in the same range of
addresses. (for example 192.168.xxx.xx).
2. The Horus IP address can be checked (and changed if required in the Horus Setup page> Network)
3. The IP address of the MT Network card can be changed in Windows Control Panel > Change Adapter Settings
4. Right click on the Merging Technologies NIC and select Properties.
5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4, TPC/IPv4 (which is the only one activated) and click on Properties.
6. Switch to Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is in the same range as the Horus IP
address. The Subnet Mask should be added automatically.
7. Click on OK in each dialog to accept the changes and close the dialogs.
Windows Firewall
If not configured correctly, Windows Firewall can block communication between MassCore and Horus.
Recommendation
•
Open the Windows Control Panel. Open the System and Security section and under Windows Firewall
disable the Firewall for the Public Network.
•
Go back to the Windows Control Panel and click on Windows Firewall. Click on Change notification
settings. Ensure Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed programs is
NOT ticked.
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10 First launch
Important! After installation has been completed, please reboot the PC before
attempting to launch Pyramix Virtual Studio. Then open the VS3 control panel application.
Start > All Programs > Merging Technologies > VS3 Runtime > VS3 control panel
For Systems with MassCore
Follow the instructions above, depending on whether you have one or multiple boards fitted with this exception:
•
First - choose MassCore from the Platform drop-down list.
For Systems with MassCore and Ravenna
Please see: Configure Ravenna in the VS3 Control Panel on page 25
For Pyramix systems with a single Mykerinos board:
•
Leave all default selections as they are, making sure the On Bus checkbox for your Mykerinos card is
indeed checked.
•
For now, leave all other settings as they are.
•
Click on the OK button.
•
When the VS3 panel Do you want to save routing? dialog box appears, click on OK
•
the VS3 control panel will close
For Pyramix systems with a multiboard configuration:
•
Make sure there is a check mark in the On Bus boxes for each board installed.
•
Check that the Application combo box is showing Pyramix Virtual Studio. If not, select it from the list.
•
Select which board is to provide an external Video/TC reference with the radio buttons next to the board
icons.
•
For now, leave the default DSP Allocation and all other settings as they are.
•
Click on the OK button.
•
When the VS3 panel Do you want to save routing? dialog box appears, click on OK
•
the VS3 control panel will close.
Launch Pyramix
Double-click on the Pyramix Virtual Studio desktop icon to launch Pyramix. The User Manual and
Quick Start Guide are available from within Pyramix and may be accessed via the Help menu or by
pressing F1, or online at merging.com
Note: For further information about options available in the VS3 Control Panel, please
see the Pyramix User Manual.
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11 Troubleshooting
Please visit regularly:
www.merging.com
for the latest Troubleshooting Guide and FAQ sections.
12 Lost or Stolen Merging Technologies Security Keys
(Sentinel / HASP USB Dongles)
The Merging USB Key carries all the value of your Merging software and the software licence authorization to use
it. Please ensure you do not lose the USB key as Merging Technologies cannot be held responsible if this is lost or
stolen.
If your USB key is lost or stolen then please make a claim on your insurance in the usual way just as you would for
any other item you own. Merging will be happy to confirm the details and value of the software licence and USB
key to your insurance company. If your USB key is lost or stolen and a different user should attempt to register for
this key, Merging will notify you and the authorities in your country that an attempt has been made to register this
stolen item.
If your USB key should become defective or is broken, please ensure this key is returned to Merging after requesting and RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization.) Only after the receipt of this key in the Merging Offices will it be
determined if it may be exchanged under warranty free-of-charge, or if the damage is outside the warranty scope.
in which case only a modest fee to replace it with a new key will be charged (and not the entire value of the software.)
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13 Contacting Merging
International Office:
Merging Technologies S.A.
Le Verney 4
CH-1070 Puidoux
Switzerland
Phone:
+41 21 946 0444
Fax:
+41 21 946 0445
UK:
Merging UK
St Clare House, St Clare Business Park
Holly Road, Hampton Hill
Middx UK
TW12 1QQ
Phone:
+44 (0) 20 894 16547
Fax:
+44 (0) 870 1231747
USA:
Merging USA (Independent Audio)
43 Deerfield Road
Portland,
ME 04101-1805
United States of America
Phone:
+1 (207) 773 2424
Fax:
+1 (207) 773 2422
For all documentation inquiries or suggestions for improvement:
http://www.merging.com
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Index
MT Security Settings 19
Multi-board Installation 16
Mykerinos
A
Aero graphics
14
Card Installation 16
Inserting Audio Board
Installation 16
serial number 20
B
BIOS Settings
14
Mykerinos Systems
C
CE Notice 3
Changing or re-entering a Key
Contacting Merging 29
19
10
N
Native Install
18
D
O
Digital mixers 15
Display Settings 14
Do you want to save routing?
Driver Signing 17
DUAL 16
Other Applications
25, 27
14
P
PC Setup 14
Power Management
Power Schemes 14
E
16
14
EMC Emissions 3
EMC Immunity 3
Entering Keys 19
R
F
S
FCC Notice 3
First launch
SafeNet dongle 18
small fonts 14
Software Installation 17
Software Registration 19
STATIC DANGER 16
STATIC DANGER NOTICE 3
System Requirements 10
Multi-board system 27
Single board system 26,
Ravenna 23
Recommended options
27
H
Hardware Warranty Information
4
I
T
Import Key 19
Increase Scheduling Priority 11
Increase scheduling priority 12
Indexing 14
INFORMATION FOR THE USER 3
Introduction 7
Thank you 7
Troubleshooting
K
Y
Keys
15
28
V
Video and Pyramix on one PC
VS3 control panel 25, 27
20
YourPersonalKey
14
19
M
MassCore
Ravenna
23
MassCore and Networks 11
MassCore Network Permissions
MassCore Systems 10
MIDI 15
Midi remote controllers 15
11
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