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User’s Manual
Nightingale PRO 6 PCI Audio Accelerator
Overview and Acknowledgments:
Thank you for purchasing Zoltrix Nightingale Pro 6 PCI Audio Accelerator. It will offer
you a new generation PCI audio solution: it utilizes the state-of-the-art CRL® 3D Audio
technology (HRTF 3D positional audio), and supports Microsoft® Direct Sound ® 3D,
A3D® interfaces and EAX. Better yet, it supports two, four and 5.1 speakers and DLS
based (Down Loadable Sound) wave table music synthesizer which supports the Direct
Music®. Besides being legacy audio SB16® compatible and providing professional SPDIF
IN/OUT* non-distortion digital interface, it also supports MPU-401 interface, dual game
ports, etc.
* Not applicable to Nightingale Pro 6 LITE version.
Disclaimer
Zoltrix makes no representations or warranties, expressed, statutory or implied, regarding
the fitness or merchantability of this product for any particular purpose. Further, Zoltrix is
not liable for any damages, including but not limited to, lost profits, lost savings, or other
incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of this product. Zoltrix also
reserves the right to make any improvements or modifications to the product described in
this manual at any time, without notice of these changes.
Trademark Acknowledgments
Microsoft, Windows, Direct Sound 3D, and Direct Music are trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology, Ltd. Aureal is a
trademark of Aureal Inc. A3D is a registered trademark of Aureal Inc. All other trademarks
and registered trademarks mentioned in this manual are the property of their respective
holders and are hereby acknowledged.
FCC Compliance Statement
Certified to comply with the limits for a Class B computing device according to Subpart J
or Part 15 of FCC rules.
Copyright
This manual may not be copied, photocopied, transmitted, or translated into language or
computer language, in any form, or by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior
written consent by the Manufacturer.
(c) Copyright 2000. All rights reserved.
Manual Version 1.0
Information in this manual is subject to change without notice.
Product Features:
• Special Features
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PCI Plug and Play (PnP) bus interface, 32 bit PCI bus master.
Full duplex playback and recording, built-in 16 bits CODEC.
HRTF 3D positional audio, supports both Direct Sound 3D® & A3D®
interfaces, supports earphones, two and 5.1 channel speakers mode.
Support Windows 95 / 98 /ME and Windows 2000 / NT 4.0.
Built-in 32 OHM Earphone buffer and 3D surround.
MPU-401 Game/Midi port and legacy audio SB16 support.
Downloadable Wave Table Synthesizer, supports Direct Music®.
• Digital Audio (SPDIF IN/OUT)
Up to 24 bit stereo 44KHz sampling rate voice playback/recording.
Full duplex playback and recording, 120dB audio quality measured.
Auto detectable SPDIF/IN signal level from 0.5V to 5V.
• Stereo Mixer and FM Music Synthesizer
Stereo analog mixing from CD-Audio, Line-in
Stereo digital mixing from Voice, FM/Wave-table, Digital CD-Audio
Mono mixing from MIC and software adjustable volume
OPL3 FM synthesizer (4 operators)
Up to 15 melody sounds and 5 rhythm sounds (20 voices)
• Game and Midi Interface
Fully compatible with MPU-401 Midi UART and Sound Blaster Midi mode /
Standard IBM PC joystick / game port (dual channels)
120dB audio quality in playback, recording, and bypass modes.
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Connectors and Jumper setting information
Connector
Function
J3
Analog CD/IN Port ( Signals: L-G-G-R)
J6
AUX_IN Port ( Signals: L – G – G – R )
J4
Analog CD/IN Port ( Signals: G – R – G – L )
J7
PC Speaker_IN Port
J11*
SPDIF IN
JP 1
OPTICAL SPDIF- I/O
LINE_IN
MIC
(LINE_IN) Connect with the audio output port of stereo
Connect with the Microphone ( Mono )
SPK/LINE_OUT
Output to speakers with the amplifier or earphones or
Audio_IN of home stereo
REAR OUT
Connect to the rear speakers while multi-channel speakers
mode are enabled
CENTER/BASS
Connect to center speaker and subwoofer while 5.1
speakers are used
GAME/MIDI
Connect with Joystick or devices that use MIDI interface
* J 11 will be replaced by optical SPDIF on optical module if the optical module is attached. A
second channel of SPDIF IN(J 01) on optical module will also be enabled to use.
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OS Installation
Before the installation, please make sure that your hard disk has sufficient space
(min. 4MB). Insert the driver CD into the CD-ROM drive.
1. Change directory to PCI audio DOS drivers folder (ex. D:\DOSDRV) at DOS
prompt, and type:
INSTALL [Enter]
2. Type DOS utilities path which you want to install.
3. Program will expand the file to the path which you've specified.
4. Install program will add initial drivers into AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
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Win95/98/ME Installation
1.
Power off your system, install the PCI sound card, the audio cable, the
speaker, the microphone, and insert driver CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2.
Turn on the computer, and enter Microsoft® Windows™.
3.
You will see a windows prompt like this:
“New Hardware Found
PCI Multimedia Audio Device”
4.
Click “Next” and select “Search for the best driver for your device
(Recommend)”.
5.
Click on “Next” and select “Specify a location” to D:\W95-98\drv. Note: Replace
D: with the drive letter of your CD-ROM driver if necessary.
6.
When CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device found, click “Finish”.
7.
Now, system is installing device drivers automatically. After a while, the system
will finish the installation, which includes the following device drivers.
CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Joystick Device
CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Legacy Device
DOS mode MPU-401 Emulator
8.
The Windows application will be automatically installed at this stage.
9.
Click “OK” to start the installation procedure, and follow the on-screen
instructions to finish the installation. When all the application software have
been installed, please shut down Windows system, and reboot your system.
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Win95/98/ME Un-installation
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click "Start".
Select “Program.”
Find “Uninstall device drivers and applications” program in PCI audio
applications.
Run it.
Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the device drivers or
applications.
Windows NT 4.0 Installation
Click “Start” button, move the highlight bar to “Setting” item, and select the
“Control Panel”.
1.
Double-click “Multimedia” icon.
2.
Select “Devices” page, and press “Add” button.
3.
Select “Unlisted or Updated Driver” item in “List of Drivers”.
4.
Specify the drive and the path where NT drivers are(such as D:\NT40\DRV).
5.
Select “C-Media CM8738” item and press “OK” button.
6.
Select proper I/O value.
7.
Press “OK”.
8.
Reboot the system when being asked.
9.
Now, you have already installed the PCI Audio Adapter under Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0 successfully. if you want to install the Windows applications,
continue the following steps:
10. Click “start” key.
11. Select “Run” item.
12. Key in drive and path for Windows NT application installation program, for
example, “D:\NT40\APP\SETUP.EXE”
13. Click “OK” to start the installation procedure, and follow the on-screen
instructions to finish the installation. When all of application software have
been installed, shut down the Windows NT system, and then reboot your
system.
Windows 2000 Installation
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1. Power off your system, install the PCI sound card, audio cable, speaker,
microphone, and insert driver CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2.
Turn on the computer, and enter the Microsoft Windows system.
3.
You will see a dialog box prompt like this:
“This wizard helps you install a device for a hardware device
To continue, click "Next.". Click “Next” to go on the procedures.
4.
When “Install Hardware Device Drivers” dialog box is shown, select “Search
for a suitable driver for my device, ” then click "Next button."
5.
Click “Specify a location” to specify the driver path.
6.
When “C-Media CM8738 Audio Driver(WDM)” is found, click “Finish”.
7.
Now, system is installing device drivers automatically.
The Audio Rack
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Introduction
By means of a user-friendly interface (as easy as operating your home stereo
system), this PCI audio rack avails you to your PC audio functions, including
multi-speakers mode enable / disable availability, and perfect digital sound (
SPDIF ) input / output.
This Audio Rack consists of several major components:
Control Center: Controls the display of the PCI Audio Rack’s components.
CD Player can play standard audio CDs, and allow you to create your favorite song
play list.
MIDI Player can play MIDI files, *.mid/*.rmi, and allow you to create your
favoriate song play list.
MP3/Wave Player can play mp3, wave, CDDA, and MPEG-1 files. It provides
EAX and equalizer to improve the sound effect when you playback the audio files.
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If you want to sing a song, MP3/Wave Player also provides a Karaoke function.
MP3/Wave Player can record input signals and save it in a wave file as well.
Mixer controls the volume level of your audio inputs and outputs.
Showing or Hiding Audio Rack Components
To show or hide a component from the display, click the component button(s)
listed on the top.
Showing or Hiding Audio Rack Components
To remove or add a component from the display, click on the component's button
on the Control Center’s Button Bar or toggle it off.
Detailed description of the buttons can be found by pressing this help
button.
System Mixer
Volume Control
For each output signal, a control slider controls the loudness whereas a horizontal
slider controls the balance between the two speakers. The mute button can
temporarily stop the output without changing slider positions. A button with a lit
LED means the output is available, and vice versa. Several output signals can
usually be enabled at once.
Volume: This is the master control for all outputs. The power of an output signal is
determined by both of the volume slider and the slider for the individual output. To
modify all the outputs, move the volume slider. To change individual output(s),
move its(their) slider(s).
CD: Controls the CD drive audio input level.
MIC: Controls the input level of microphone.
WAVE: Controls wave (voice) playback levels.
FM: Controls the FM music play level.
AUX IN: Controls the Auxiliary input play level.
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MONO IN: Controls the Mono input level.
LINE IN: Controls the Line-In levels.
Multi-SPK/4Speaker: Turn on or turn off the multi-speakers/4 speakers system. If
you want to use multi-speakers/4 speakers system, please turn on this button and
connect rear speakers to 'Rear-out'. If you have a 5.1 speakers system, you also can
connect center/subwoofer speakers to 'Center/Bass'.
Important: When you purchase 5.1 speaker system, please make sure that the
subwoofer and center speakers use 3.5mm stereo plug. And the connection
diagram is as follows:
Advanced: Controls the advanced settings.
Recording Control
For each input signal, a control slider controls the loudness whereas a horizontal
slider controls the balance between the two channels. The select button can
temporarily select input signal without changing slider positions. A button with a lit
LED means it is available, and vice versa.
CD: Controls the CD drive audio input level.
MIC: Controls the input level of microphone.
WAVE: Controls wave (voice) playback level.
FM: Controls the FM music play level.
AUX IN: Controls the Auxiliary input play level.
LINE IN: Controls the Line-In level.
SPDIF IN: Enables the recording from SPDIF in. SPDIF-in is mutually exclusive
with other input signals.
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Echo: Enables the echo effect of microphone for karaoke.
Advanced: Controls the advanced settings.
Advanced
Advanced dialog provides a fully control over SPDIF IN/OUT functions. You can
use these settings to connect your computer to other pieces of audio device, such as
Mini Disc, amplifier, etc. Furthermore, you can enable microphone booster and hot
keys. Using hot keys to control Mixer's status is an easy way, but please note that
some applications may be effected if you use the same hot keys setting. You can
enable independent bass output if you have a subwoofer connected.
Please use 'Load Mixer Defaults' to change all settings to default values.
Multi-Channel Audio Demo
Zoltrix Nightingale PRO 6 PCI sound card provides many advanced functions,
such as:
z HRTF-based
CRL® 3D extension positional audio; API compatible with
®
Microsoft DirectSound® 3D and Aureal® A3D API. Supports rear side
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speakers; C3DX positional audio in 5.1 CH speakers mode. (5.1 CH, DVD
AC-3® home theater available).
z EAXTM (Environment Audio eXtention).
z KARAOKE ascending/descending keys, Echo.
z Supports Center/Subwoofer side speakers.
To let everyone get familiar with and avail himself/herself of the above functions,
we design a user-friendly interface(Multi-Channel Audio Demo) which provides
the following features:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
4 CH speakers mode, including Demo1 and Demo2.
EAXTM (Environment Audio eXtention).
HRTF-based CRL® 3D extension positional audio.
KARAOKE ascending/descending keys, Echo
ascending/descending keys.
6 CH speakers mode, including Demo1 and Demo2.
,
and
microphone
Important:
The sound card is designed to use with 5.1 speakers system. If
you need to use with 4 speakers and running software DVD
program, be sure to select 4 channels mode from the software
DVD program instead of selecting 5.1 channels. Otherwise, some
sound sources of the DVD movie may not be heard.
Connection of speakers and microphone
Before running this demo program, you have to connect the speakers and the
microphone to the correct jacks. Below describes the method to connect either 4
speakers or 5.1 speakers system:
1.
Four speakers setup:
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5.1 speakers setup:
How to enable Multi-SPK
You have to open the "Mixer" program and enable the "Multi-SPK" mode to let
the audio driver recognize your rear or center/subwoofer speakers, and have the
front/rear/center/subwoofer speakers work. The audio driver will activate the
audio chip to output different sounds from the front/rear/center/subwoofer speakers
based on different playback formats. The following is the "Multi-SPK" console.
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Left-click the mouse to activate the output mode. As you can see, the "Multi-SPK"
mode is not enabled here(the light is dim):
How to adjust the volume of microphone
You have to use the microphone when enabling yourself of the "Echo" function. If
the microphone is on and is very close to the speakers, it will cause feedback
between the two. Also, unusual high frequencies or buzzing sounds might be heard
from the speakers. To avoid this, you have to adjust the volume of microphone in
both recording and playback. Sometimes you might have to adjust main and
Wave volume as well. Please left-click the mouse to adjust the microphone(MIC)
in both Volume and Recording Control.
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Test Your Speakers Connection
To make sure that the front and the rear speakers are correctly connected, you can
use the following program to testify individual speaker output. Move cursor to
whichever speaker you want to test and left-click the mouse. If the setup is correct,
you can hear music coming from that speaker alone. Each output music is
different for distinction.
Demonstrations
Demo1 and Demo 2 are specially design for 5.1speaker system demonstration.
Select Demo 1 and/or Demo 2 by left-clicking the mouse. Sit back and relax, and
let the music take control.
EAX
Monotonous footsteps generate distinctive sound effects in different environments.
In this Demo, you can hear a lady wearing high heels walk in different
surroundings: generic environment, bathroom, sewer pipe, and underwater. Leftclick the mouse to activate this Demo and feel the differences.
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HRTF
HRTF stands for Head Related Transfer Functions, and it is a set of audio filters
varying locations of sound effects(spatial hearing cues) in three-dimension measure
from listener's eardrum. This technology and special digital signal processing are
used to recreate spatial hearing cues, making our ears hear realistic and threedimensional sounds coming from a pairs of loud speakers or headphones. When
you activate this Demo, you can hear a helicopter fly around you for three times in
a clockwise direction.
Echo
Want to sing along with Karaoke? It might occur to you to use your PC for this.
However, when you turn on the microphone, play the song, and ready to sing, you
see that the effect is not very good. Why? Echo is the answer. To help you solve
this problem, we design this demo and add the echo function in it. Please left-click
the upper right of the demo screen as follows, and choose your favorite music file
to play. Please note the file type has to be MP3 file.
Please left-click "Echo" to activate the function. For pitch adjustment, please use
↑ and ↓ keys in your keyboard keyboard and for microphone pitch adjustment,
please use "+" and "-" keys in your numeric keyboard. To resume the original,
please use ← and → keys.
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