Asus XONAR DX 7 - Xonar DX Sound Card User manual

Xonar DG
PCI 5.1 & Headphone Amp Audio Card
User manual
E5947
First Edition V1
August 2010
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Contents
Notices.......................................................................................................... iv
Safety information........................................................................................ v
Trademarks.................................................................................................... v
License.......................................................................................................... v
1.
Introduction...................................................................................... 1
1.1
Package contents............................................................... 1
1.3
Specifications summary...................................................... 2
1.2
2.
3.
4.
5.
Xonar DG card layout...................................................................... 4
Installing the hardware.................................................................... 6
3.1
3.2
Connecting to a TV tuner card............................................ 7
Connecting speakers and peripherals........................................... 9
5.1
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)......... 9
5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems............................... 12
5.4
5.5
Connecting stereo headphones........................................ 10
Connecting microphone.................................................... 16
Connecting Line-In audio sources.................................... 17
Xonar Audio Center....................................................................... 18
6.1
Xonar Audio Center GUI................................................... 18
6.3
Mixer/Volume.................................................................... 28
6.2
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
7.
Installing the audio card...................................................... 6
Installing software............................................................................ 8
5.2
6.
System requirements.......................................................... 1
6.10
Main Setting...................................................................... 20
Effects............................................................................... 31
Karaoke............................................................................. 33
FlexBass........................................................................... 35
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation).................................... 36
Smart Volume Normalization............................................ 38
DS3D GX and DSP Modes............................................... 40
VocalFX............................................................................. 42
Troubleshooting and FAQs........................................................... 45
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide 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 manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
• Before installing the device on a motherboard, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
• To prevent electrical shock hazard or short circuits, switch off the power supply
before installing the device on a motherboard or connecting any singal cables
to the device.
• If the device is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected. If you
detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical
and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local
regulations for disposal of electronic products.
Trademarks
Xonar and ASUS logo are trademarks of ASUSTek Computer Inc. “Dolby”
and “Dolby Digital Live”, “Dolby Pro Logic IIx”, “Dolby Virtual Speaker”, “Dolby
Headphone” are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. EAX and A3D are trademarks
of Creative Technology Ltd. Microsoft, DirectSound3D, Windows are trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. Other company and product names may be trademarks of
the respective companies with which they are associated. ASIO is a trademark and
software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
License
Dolby Master Studio driver is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
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1.
Introduction
1.1
Package contents
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ASUS Xonar DG PCI audio card
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Support CD x1
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Low Profile Bracket x1
Quick Start Guide x1
1.2
System requirements
•
One PCI 2.2 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
•
Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or AMD® Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
•
•
•
•
•
Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32/64bit) / Vista (32/64bit) / XP (32/64bit) / MCE2005
256 MB (or above) DRAM system memory
60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive ) for software installation
High-quality headphones or powered analog speakers to enjoy the ultra-high
fidelity sound of the card
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1.3
Specifications summary
Items
Description
Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise
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Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution
44.1K/48K/96KHz @ 16/24bit for all channels
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution
44.1K/48K/96KHz @ 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output
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I/O Ports
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header on the card)
Digital S/PDIF Output
High-bandwidth Optical Connector supports 96KHz/24bit
-additional SPDIF-out header for HDMI audio output
Front-Panel Audio Header
Supports headphone jack-detection, automatically switch audio output from
back-panel to front
Driver Features
Operation System
Windows7/ Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Dolby Headphone
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch
movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or ����������
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the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also
enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming
VocalFXTM
The latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including:
- VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in
EAX games
- ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you
chat online
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Karaoke Functions
Music Pitch-Shifting, Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo effect��
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with Stereo Mix recording (Wave and Mic-in) for online Karaoke or online
DJ applications
FlexBassTM
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system
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Other Effects
10-band Equalizer/27 Environment Effects
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
7: DirectSound3D® GX 2.5, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound
SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds
processing capability
Vista: DirectSound3D® GX 2.5, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound® HW,
DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D
sounds processing capability
XP: DirectSound3D® GX 2.5, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound
SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds
processing capability
Accessories
Accessories
-Low-profile bracket
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Xonar DG card layout
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1
2
3
4
5
Audio ports
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2
3
4
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8
No
Item
Description
Microphone In port
Connect your external PC microphone to this 3.5mm port for
voice input. Built-in high-quality Microphone pre-amplifier.
Line In port
Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players,
music synthesizers and other line-level sound sources to this
3.5mm port for audio recording or processing.
2
Headphone/Front
Out port
Connect your headphones or 2/2.1 channel speakers to this
3.5mm port. For multi-channel speaker systems, connects to
the front left/right input on the powered speakers.
3
Side Surround Out
port
Connects to the surround channel input on 4/4.1/5.1 powered
analog speakers.
4
Center/Subwoofer
Out port
Connects to the center/subwoofer input on 5.1 powered
analog speakers.
5
S/PDIF Out port
Optical TOSLINK digital output port. Connects to external
digital decoder or digital speaker systems, Home Theater
systems, AV receivers for outputting digital audio including
PCM, DTS Digital, DTS, WMA-Pro, etc.
6
Front panel audio
header
9-pin Intel AC’97 / HDA front-panel which supports audio
jack-detection and audio FP Headphone selection for Analog
Out on the Audio Center.
7
Aux Input Header
4-pin header. Usually connects to the Analog Audio output of
TV tuner card or other sound source inside your PC system.
(To monitor your TV tuner card’s audio from this Aux-In, you
must enable the “monitor” function for Aux-In in the Xonar
DG Audio Center’s recording mixer.)
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S/PDIF Out header
Connects to the supported graphics card with HDMI.
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Installing the hardware
3.1
Installing the audio card
Before you proceed with the following installation steps, it’s recommended that
you disable your onboard audio device in your BIOS settings, or uninstall any
other audio cards on your PC. (For BIOS setting or uninstallation of other sound
cards, refer to the user manuals of your motherboard and audio card.)
Installing the Xonar DG card
1.
2.
Power OFF the computer, the monitor, and all other peripheral devices
connected to your computer.
Unplug the computer power cord from your computer and power outlet.
3.
Touch the metal back or side panel of the computer to avoid static electricity.
4.
Remove the chassis cover.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Remove the metal bracket from an available PCI slot for the Xonar DG audio
card.
Carefully insert the audio card into the PCI slot. Ensure the audio card sits
properly in place.
Secure the audio card with screws and the metal bracket.
Put back the chassis cover.
Reconnect all cables.
10. Plug the power cord to the computer and to a power outlet.
11. Power ON the computer.
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3.2
1.
2.
3.
Connecting to a TV tuner card
If you have a traditional PCI TV tuner card on your PC, you may need to
connect it to the Xonar DG card to send the tuner card’s sound to your PC
speakers.
Secure the PCI TV tuner card and screw it into the back-panel.
Connect the audio output header from the TV tuner card to the Aux-In header
of the Xonar DG card.
For optimum TV audio quality, Xonar DG uses ADC recording to digitize the
signal and loops it back to DAC playback. Select Aux-In as the recording source
in the Xonar DG Center’s recording mixer and enable the monitoring button
to pass this signal to the audio output. Using this setup, you can even turn on
sound effects such as Dolby Headphone to expand the stereo TV audio to 5.1
channel surround sound in any set of headphones. TV audio on your PC will
become even better than on your TV set.
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Installing software
Installing the card driver
Ensure that you have installed the audio card driver before installing the Xonar
DG driver. Otherwise, driver installation error may occur.
1.
2.
3.
After you have installed the Xonar DG card, turn on your computer. Windows®
automatically detects the audio card and searches for device drivers. When
prompted for the drivers, click Cancel.
Insert the support CD into the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your
system, the setup starts automatically. If not, run setup.exe from your
support CD.
Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation.
The version and content of the support CD are subject to change without notice.
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5.
Connecting speakers and peripherals
5.1
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)
The Xonar DG makes playback through your home theater system possible,
creating an immersive and impressive cinema surround sound experience. A single
digital cable connection can carry high-quality digital audio from any of your PC
audio sources to any digital speakers or AV Receivers.
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SPDIF Out
No
Item
Description
1
Optical cable
Plug your decoder’s TOSLINK optical cable into the S/PDIFOut connector.
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5.2
Connecting stereo headphones
5.2.1
Connecting Stereo Headphones
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Out/Headphone
Jack
The Front Out jack has a built-in high-quality amplifier to
drive headphones. Connect your stereo headphones directly
to this jack.
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5.2.2
Connecting 5.1 channel Headphones
1
2
3
No
Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connect the front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphone into this jack.
2
Side Surround Out
Connect the surround-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphone into this jack.
3
Center/Subwoofer Out
Connect the Center/Bass-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphone into this jack.
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5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems
5.3.1
Connecting Analog Power Amplifier
1
2
3
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connects to the “left front” and “right front” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the “left surround” and “right surround” input
ports of the analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the “Center” and “subwoofer” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
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5.3.2
Connecting 2/2.1 channel speakers
2 Speakers
1
2.1 Speakers
1
No
Item
Description
1
Front Out/Headphone
Jack
Connect the 2/2.1 speaker set’s 3.5mm plug into this Front
Out jack.
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5.3.3
Connecting 4/4.1 Channel Speakers
4 Speakers
1
2
4.1 Speakers
1
2
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 4/4.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the Surround input port of the 4/4.1 speakers
with the mini-jack cable.
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Connecting 5.1 Channel Speakers
5.1 Speakers
1
2
3
No
Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 5.1 speakers with the
mini-jack cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the Surround input port of the 5.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 5.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable.
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5.4
Connecting microphone
1
1
2
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1
Mic In
2
Headphone Out
No
Item
Description
1
Microphone Input
Jack
Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In jack
for voice communication, recording, or karaoke.
2
Headphone Jack
The Front Out jack has a built-in high-quality amplifier to
drive headphones. Connect your stereo headphones directly
to this jack.
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5.5
Connecting Line-In audio sources
1
Line In
No
Item
Description
1
Line Input Jack
Connect the 3.5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any other
Line level analog audio sources into this Line-In jack for
sound recording (See the “Mixer” section of the driver guide).
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6.
Xonar Audio Center
6.1
Xonar Audio Center GUI
1.
After the driver installation is complete and
your computer has been rebooted, you will
find the Xonar Audio Center’s icon in the
system tray on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Double click this
icon to open the Xonar Audio Center utility.
If the icon could not be found in the system tray, launch the Xonar Audio Center
from the Windows desktop by clicking Start > All Programs > ASUS Xonar DG
Audio > Xonar DG Audio Center.
2.
The Xonar Audio Center is the Graphic User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar
DG driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar DG driver
on the Xonar Audio Center. The following picture shows a basic overview of
the Xonar Audio Center. The following sections of this manual will describe its
functions in more detail.
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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Item
Description
1
Display Area
This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume
level, and the status of the Dolby/DTS technologies, EQ, and
DSP modes.
Note: This area just displays information, but is not used to
alter settings.
2
Menu Open/Close
Clicking this button will move the display area and reveal
the configuration area below. Clicking it again will move the
display area back down.
3
Master Volume
This rotary knob controls the master playback volume. Drag
the small circle inside it to change the volume level.
4
SVN Button
Click this button to enable the “Smart Volume Normalization”
feature for constant volume from all playback sources. It will
display a blue light when enabled.
5
Mute Button
Click this button to mute audio playback; it will display a red
light when playback is muted.
6
DSP Mode
These 2 buttons give access to quick gaming surround
sound effect (GX2.5) and effect-free (Hi-Fi) modes.
7
Setting Menu Panel
This panel gives access to setting tabs, including Main
Settings, Mixer/volume, Effects, Karaoke, FlexBass, and
VocalFX.
8
Information icon
Clicking this icon will pop up driver’s Information window.
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6.2
Main Setting
6.2.1
Sample Rate
The Sample rate determines the number of audio samples per second that the
Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and S/PDIF digital interface will output. The
Xonar DG audio card can support sample rates up to 96KHz (44.1K, 48K, 96KHz).
Usually audio CDG and MP3 files are 44.1KHz; DVD-Video uses 48KHz; DVDAudio or other HD media may contain 96KHz high-definition audio content. Please
select the corresponding sample rate for your playback sources to get the best
audio fidelity.
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No
Item
Description
1
Sample Rate
Select the sample rate that corresponds to (or exceeds that
of) your playback sources, for optimal audio fidelity. The
Xonar DG card supports sample rates up to 96KHz (44.1K,
48K, 96K). Typical values:
-Audio CD, MP3, WMA, Wave files are 44.1KHz;
-The audio of DVD-Video is 48KHz;
-DVD-Audio or other HD media may contain 96KHz highdefinition audio content.
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6.2.2
Analog Out mode
Headphone
1
2
3
4
No
Item
Description
1
Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual
speaker setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1),
4 speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, Front Panel Headphone
and Front Panel 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar DG will play the
channels and do the proper 3D surround sound processing
accordingly. Select the correct speaker type for your
connected speakers.
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
3
HP Advanced Setting
Clicking this button allows you to select the gain tuning
according to your usage scenario or matching headphone
impedance. The setting is also available for FP Headphone.
Usage scenario or Headphone impedance
DAC setting
Exciter Mode or for >64ohms headsets
16 dB boost
Pro-gaming Mode or for 32~64ohms headsets 9 dB boost
VOIP Mode or for <32ohms headsets
0 dB boost
4
Dolby Headphone
enable/disable
Tick this checkbox to enable Dolby Headphone. Click the
textbar to switch the right window to Dolby Headphone page
for manual adjusting.
* 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter can be selected only when
Dolby Headphone is enabled.
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2 Speakers & 4 Speakers
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2
No
Item
Description
1
Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual
speaker setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1),
4 speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, Front Panel Headphone
and Front Panel 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar DG will play the
channels and do the proper 3D surround sound processing
accordingly. Select the correct speaker type for your
connected speakers.
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
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2
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Item
Description
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Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual
speaker setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1),
4 speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, Front Panel Headphone
and Front Panel 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar DG will play the
channels and do the proper 3D surround sound processing
accordingly. Select the correct speaker type for your
connected speakers.
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
3
Speaker Swap
Clicking this button will pop up an advanced setting window
to allow you to:
– Swap center/bass outputs for 5.1-speaker set ups
Check the box if your speakers are outputting the incorrect
channel. Otherwise, leave them blank.
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6.2.3
SPDIF Out
It enables a single digital connection to carry high quality audio from your PC to
digital speakers and AV Receivers.
1
2
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No
Item
Description
1
S/PDIF Out enable/
disable
Click this check box to enable S/PDIF output.
2
S/PDIF Output
Formats/Functions
PCM (Pulse Code Modulation, which is a typical raw audio
data format.)
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6.2.4
Audio Channels (For Vista only)
This setting only appears in Windows Vista. Vista will deliver the audio channels
to the audio driver according to this setting, no matter what the original audio
content is or how many channels they have. Therefore, you need to set this in
accordance with your audio content before you play it. Please note that this setting
is synchronized with Vista’s system speaker configuration and changing the
setting during playback will cease the audio playback program. You may have to
restart the program after the change. It’s recommended that you close all playing
programs before you change the setting.
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No
Item
Description
1
Audio Channels
Here are some typical suggestions:
-MP3, WMA, AAC, CD, VCD, 2D games => 2 channels
-DVD-Video with Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 => 6 channels
-DVD-Video with Dolby Digital EX or DTS ES => 8 channels
-3D games => 8 channels
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6.2.5
7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter
The 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter has the following major features:
•
Expanding/upmixing audio to 7.1-channel surround sound
•
Shiftable virtual speaker positioning allows you to adjust the best sound field
easily without moving physical speakers and wires
•
Virtualizing 7.1 surround sound over any set of speakers
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3
4
5
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7
8
1
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Item
Description
1
Shifter enable/disable
Click this check box to enable the 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter.
Clicking the text bar will switch the right window to the
Speaker Shifter page for manual adjustments.
2
Drag speaker or
listener
You can drag each speaker or listener to a different relative
position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar DG
card will process it and virtualize each speaker position in
real-time. The Subwoofer has no directional sounds, and
hence can be moved only closer or further away.
3
Reset
Reset all Speaker Shifter settings to the defaults.
4
Increase/decrease
volume
Click + to increase volume (move speakers closer); click – to
decrease volume (move speakers further away)
5
Counter-clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate counterclockwise
6
Clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate clockwise
7
Manual Rotation
Manually drag and rotate all speakers (except Subwoofer)
8
Manual Drag Mode
This is the default mode that allows you to manually drag
each speaker or the listener with your mouse.
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6.2.6
Dolby Headphone
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3
4
1
No
Item
Description
1
Dolby Headphone
enable/disable
Tick this checkbox to enable Dolby Headphone. Click the
textbar to switch the right window to Dolby Headphone page
for manual adjusting.
* 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter and Dolby Pro-Logic IIx can be
selected only when Dolby Headphone is enabled.
2
DH1
Dolby Headphone (DH) provides three room filters that may
be used with any type of audio. They differ in the sense of
the “spatial dimension” they impart.
3
DH2
DH2—Livelier Room: More acoustically live than DH1
4
DH3
DH3—Larger Room: Larger room than DH1; more distant
and diffused effect.
DH1—Reference Room: Small, acoustically damped room.
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6.3
Mixer/Volume
The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording
on the Xonar DG. In addition, the Xonar DG also provides a high-quality digital
monitoring function for hearing the recorded audio from the speakers.
6.3.1
Playback Volume
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5
4
3
2
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No
Item
Description
1
Playback volume tab
Click this button to show the playback volume page.
2
Source / path name
This shows the source name for each volume control slider,
including:
- WAVE: All digital audio sources except MIDI files
- SW: Software Synthesizer; control the playback volume of
the MIDI files
- CD: CD-ROM digital playback (CD-DA) volume control
- LEFT, RIGHT…: the volume control for each speaker/
channel
NOTE: Windows® Vista does not support WAVE, Synthesizer
and CD-In volume controls.
3
Mute button
Click this button to mute the audio channel; click this button
again to restore the audio output.
4
Volume slider
Drag this slider down to decrease the volume; drag it up to
increase the volume. The tool-tip reveals the percentage
number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale level.
5
Left/Right balance
The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels. (On Windows XP only)
6
Reset
Reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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Recording/Monitoring Volume
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8
2
3
4
5
6
7
No
Item
Description
1
Recording Volume Tab
Click this button to show the recording volume page.
2
Left/Right balance
The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
3
Recording volume
slider
Drag this slider down to decrease the recording volume; drag
up to increase the recording volume. The tool-tip reveals the
percentage number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale
level.
4
Recording Selector
button
Click this button to select the path/source you are going
to record. Note that the recording function on Windows is
a one-path selector. So, you can select only one default
recording source at a time. You may have to restart the
recorder program if you switch to a different source. (Note:
On Vista, some application programs may allow you to
select the recording device/path in the recording programs
themselves.)
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Microphone-In
Advanced Setting
Click this button
Microphone-In:
to open the advanced settings for the
Enabling “Microphone Boost” will increase a volume gain
to boost microphone input signals. For typical low-cost PC
microphone, it’s recommended to enable this function. You
can check with “Front Mic” to enable microphone of front
panel.
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Monitoring button
Click this button to monitor and loopback recording audio to
outputs (PC speakers). Therefore, the recording volume will
influence the monitoring signals from speaker outputs. The
audio will be mixed into the streams you are playing out from
your PC and all DGP effects will be applied to the source,
too.
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Source / path name
This shows the source name for each volume control slider,
including:
Mix: Stereo Mix which will record analog inputs (MIC and Aux) and digital wave audio (Wave) you are playing on
PC
MIC: recording from MIC jack
Aux: recording from Aux-In for typically TV-tuner card audio
or other sound sources
Line-In: recording from Line-in jack for external audio devices
WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on
PC
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Reset
Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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6.4Effects
6.4.1Environment Effects
Environment effects can be used to create realistic listening experiences that
mimic different environments. There are a total of 27 environment options, which
can be applied to all 2D sound sources, like music.
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2
3
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Item
Description
1
Default environments
These four buttons activate Bathroom, Concert hall,
Underwater, and Music Pub environments, respectively.
2
More options
Clicking this button will apply the environment effect that you
select from the pull-down menu on the right side. There are
another 23 options in this menu.
3
Environment size
There are three size settings for each environment: Large,
Medium, and Small.
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6.4.2
10-Band Equalizer
The equalizer can modify the audio output for different frequencies, and be used
to compensate for deficiencies in your speakers/systems. There are 12 default
patterns and you can also make your own settings.
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3
5
6
No
Item
Description
1
Default equalizer
options
There are 12 available equalizer patterns. Click one to apply
it.
2
User Defined
You can click this button to apply your own defined
parameters saved in the pull-down menu.
3
Equalier slider
Adjust the gain for each band (30~16KHz)
4
Save name
Key in a name for your own “User Defined” equalizer setting
5
Add / save
Click this “+” button to save the parameters into User Defined
list
6
Delete
Click this “–” button to delete the parameters from User
Defined list
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Karaoke
The Xonar DG provides powerful features for Karaoke, including Key-Shifting,
Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo. Microphone Echo can generate natural
echo effects on your singing voice just like a karaoke machine. Key-Shifting can
change the pitch of Karaoke background music, and Vocal Cancellation can
reduce the original vocal in songs and keep the music and symphony for karaoke.
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2
3
4
No
Item
Description
1
On/Off
Click the switch to turn on or off the functions on this page.
2
Key-Shifting
Check the box to enable or disable the key shifting feature
for music playback from 4 semitones below, to 4 semitones
above.
3
Vocal Cancellation
Check the box to enable or disable the vocal cancellation
function and adjust the voice cancellation level from 0 to
+100. +100 will eliminate most original vocals (default value
is 50).
4
Mic Echo
Select the Mic Echo function and adjust the gain for echo
signals (30~16KHz)
5
Reset
Reset all settings to the default.
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The following message appears when Mic Echo is selected:
This message implies that the recording device will be set according to your
requirement. With Mic, you will only record audio source from microphone with
echo effects; but you are able to record all audio sources from Wave, Aux, and
Mic with microphone echo effect. Click OK to accept it or Cancel if you want
to enable it later. Checking Don’t remind me again and this message will not
show up again.
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6.6
FlexBass
FlexBass, an advanced bass management and enhancement mechanism, allows
you to select each satellite speaker’s type for optimal sound performance from the
speakers. (Small: common speaker that cannot produce low frequencies; Large:
wide-band speakers that can produce low frequencies well). It comes with an
adjustable crossover frequency for the boundary of the bass signals. FlexBass will
filter out the bass signals from small speaker channels and redirect them all to the
subwoofer or Large speakers.
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2
3
No
Item
Description
1
On/Off
Click this switch to turn on or off all functions on this
FlexBass page.
2
Small / Large speaker
option
Select the speaker type that you connected. If your speaker
type cannot perform low-frequency signals (bass), select
“Small” speaker type and Xonar DG will filter out the bass
signals and send them to the subwoofer channel. If those
speakers are full-range, you can select the “Large” speaker
type.
Note: Usually, low-cost PC’s 2-channel speakers are
small-type speakers. Refer to the speaker’s specification.
If you have any questions, consult your speaker vendor.
However, common 2.1 speakers with a subwoofer should
be categorized as Large speakers because the subwoofer
can redirect the bass signals inside the two channels to the
subwoofer speaker automatically.
3
Picture for Small/
Large speaker
Colors for small/large speakers are different.
Orange: large speakers
Green: small speakers
4
LFE Crossover
Frequency
Adjusts the cut-off frequency (50~250Hz) for LFE (lowfrequency effects) signals. Xonar DG will filter out the bass
signals below the crossover frequency from small speaker
channels and forward them to the subwoofer. The higher
the crossover frequency, the more bass signals will be
subtracted.
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6.7
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation)
Xonar DG provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for best voice
communication quality over your speakers. AEC technology can eliminate up-to40dB speaker echo return and suppress noises into your microphone for easier
conversation experience. AEC is an innovative feature to make Xonar DG the best
sound card choice for online chatting in VOIP applications (Skype, MSN, Google,
QQ, etc.) or online gaming. AEC provides the following benefits to you:
•
•
•
•
•
Reduce the voice acoustic echoes like speakerphone devices when others talk
to you on line
Minimize the playback sound echoes into your microphone during gaming or
music playback
Effectively suppress background or system noises into your microphone
32-bit floating point algorithm providing precisely adaptive echo cancellation
performance up to 40dB
Supports all VOIP applications and online games
To achieve the best performance of AEC function, the ideal system requirements
are as follows:
1.
Speakers and microphone are low distortion (max. THD < 2%)
3.
Use omni-direction electret microphone with >=40dB sensitivity
2.
4.
5.
6.
Flat frequency response between 300~4KHz
The microphone is more than 30cm far from PC’s speakers (fix the distance)
and do NOT turn your speakers too loud
Put your microphone 20~30cm away from you (fix the distance) and do NOT
speak too close or too loud into the microphone to avoid signal clipping and
distortion. Enable “microphone boost” on Xonar DG audio center mixer to get
proper input signal level.
It’s suggested to disable original AEC function residing in some of the
softphones or voice communication programs to get best performance from
Xonar DG audio card.
AEC function will be only suitable for bi-direction voice communication
applications. The speaker type will be set as 2 speakers and special voice
processing mode while AEC is applied (all audio effects will be suspended and
those controls on audio center will be frozen.). After you finish the voice-overIP applications, please remember to turn it off for normal high-fidelity audio
playback mode.
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Item
Description
1
AEC
Click AEC function page.
2
Enable AEC
Click the checkbox to enable AEC function. A alert message
will pop up:
This message implies the speaker configuration will be set to
2 speakers and all sound effect processors will suspended
except AEC function. Click “OK” to accept it; Click “Cancel”
if you want to enable it later. Check “Don’t remind me again”
will not show this message again.
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6.8
Smart Volume Normalization
Smart Volume NormalizationTM (SVN) automatically keeps all music or video/TV
audio output at a constant level to reduce manual adjustment hassles inherent
with sound sources of different loudness. It allows you to listen to various content,
like MP3, TV program, DVD video and even games with consistent sound level.
The following graph shows how different signals 1 & 2 will become the same level
(for example, 10dB below full scale) after you turn on SVN. Please note that for
lower volume music 2, it will become louder when you turn on SVN; and for higher
volume music 1, it will become quieter.
0dB (Full-scale)
Music 1
T
-10 dB
Music 2
SVN Off
SVN On
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No
Item
Description
1
SVN On/Off
Click this button to enable SVN. This button is outlined blue
when active.
2
SVN display
When SVN is enabled, “Smart Volume” will be lit up at the
bottom of the volume meter and the volume meter will show
the level.
3
SVN blue light
When SVN is enabled, the master volume knob will be
illuminated by a blue light. It will be lit red if the volume is
muted.
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6.9
DS3D GX and DSP Modes
Xonar DG is introducing an innovative technology –DirectSound 3D Game
Extensions v2.5 (DS3D GX 2.5)- to restore DirectSound 3D Hardware acceleration
mode and its subsidiary EAX effects on Windows Vista for 3D games. Unlike some
proprietary API like OpenAL, DS3D GX doesn’t require games to support OpenAL
API. All existing games compatible with Microsoft DirectX and DirectSound 2D/3D
will be supported with DS3D GX technology. Before you start EAX and DS3D HW
games, enable DS3D GX on the Xonar Audio Center, and disable the function after
the games.
In addition, Xonar DG also offers a Hi-Fi mode for hi-fidelity playback without any
effect processing to keep the original audio fidelity. Every time you turn on Hi-Fi
mode, Xonar DG will clear all sound effects. It’s also recommended to use Hi-Fi
mode for audio quality tests (using RMAA software or another machine-based
measurement). Use the DSP mode button as the quick setup if you don’t wish to
know the details of the effect setup.
No sound effects will be applied to high-definition 96KHz/192KHz content.
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2
No
Item
Description
1
GX Mode
DirectSound 3D Game Extensions mode to support EAX and
DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for lots of DirectX/
DirectSound3D games on Windows 7 / Vista / XP.
2
Hi-Fi Mode
This mode is set for Hi-Fidelity playback, where all effects will
be cleared to keep the original digital data and analog output
quality as high as possible.
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6.10VocalFX
VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into
the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in
online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise
who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice
communication on PC.
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3
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2
No
Item
Description
1
VoiceEX
It produces realistic and dynamic environmental
reverberation for your voice in 3D gaming communication.
2
Local VoiceEX
It produces realistic and dynamic environmental
reverberation for your voice in 3D gaming communication.
(You can hear your voice form speakers)
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3
App List
You can add VOIP application into VOIP application List.
4
ChatEX
It emulates different background environment effects when
you chat online.
5
Magic Voice
Changes your voice pitch to different types for disguising
your real voice or just for fun in online chatting.
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For 3D Games
1.
2.
Check the check box of VoiceEX and Local VoiceEX.
Make sure you and your team member can talk to each other in the game.
For VOIP
1.
Press App List
2.
If you don’t see the VOIP application of yours in the list, press Add.(Make
sure the Skype and MSN Messenger are the latest version)
3.
Look for the application’s location and Open it.
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4.
Your VOIP application has been added into list.
5.
Check the check box of ChatEX and Magic Voice.
6.
You can use ChatEX and Magic Voice when you chat online.
*Click the checkbox to enable VocalFX function, then a prompt message will
pop up:
This message implies the record device will be set to microphone. Make
sure the GX function is enabled. Click “OK” to accept it, or “Cancel” if you
want to enable it later. Check “Don’t remind me again” if you don’t want to
see this message pop up next time.
*
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Microphone input source must be selected from advanced setting under
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Troubleshooting and FAQs
[Troubleshooting]
The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Make sure that you have properly plugged the audio card in the PCI slot on
your motherboard.
Check that the Windows hardware device manager has discovered a
multimedia audio device. If no device is found, please try scanning for new
hardware.
Try soft reboot (restart) your Windows.
Remove the card, plug it into another PCI slot, and try again.
I cannot find the Xonar DG Audio Center
Instructions:
1.
Make sure you have installed the driver
2.
Locate the Xonar DG Audio Center icon in the system tray on the bottom
right-hand corner of the screen. Double-click the icon to open the Xonar DG
Audio Center utility.
3.
If the icon could not be found in the system tray, go to the Windows Control
Panel and double click the “Xonar DG Audio Center” icon to make it visible in
the system tray again.
4.
After the driver installation is complete, it’s recommended that you reboot
your computer to complete the setup. If the icon still doesn’t appear, please
try installing the driver package again.
I cannot hear any sound from my analog speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Ensure that you have connected speakers properly and have powered on
your speakers.
Ensure that the device master volume or the software player has NOT been
muted on the Xonar DG Audio Center.
Go to the sound and audio device of Windows Control Panel to check if the
playback default device is set to Xonar DG Audio Device, instead of other
onboard AC97 or HDA codec device. If it’s not, please set it to Xonar DG
Audio Device and restart your applications.
Try restarting your Windows.
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I cannot hear any sound from the S/PDIF output
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Ensure that you have enabled S/PDIF output in the Audio Center GUI (Main
page).
Ensure that you are connecting the correct S/PDIF output jack on the card to
the decoder’s (AV receiver) S/PDIF input jack.
You may need to select the correct input and mode of your decoder or AV
receiver.
If you are using 96KHz PCM output, please make sure your decoder can
support 96KHz decoding. Try changing it to 44.1K or 48KHz first.
I cannot hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, AUX, etc.) from my speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
Go to the mixer recording page in the Audio Center and select the correct
input as the recording source. If you are using Windows Vista, also go to
system audio control panel to see the current default recording/input device is
right.
Remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source.
I cannot hear the TV tuner audio from my speakers
Instructions:
1. If you are using a traditional TV tuner card which has analog audio output,
please connect it to the Aux-In header on the audio card
2. Select Aux-In as the recording source and remember to turn on the digital
monitoring button on the recording mixer page
3. If you are using a TV tuner card which has digital audio output instead of
analog, check that the sound is not muted and whether other applications can
play sound out. If you still have problem, read the TV tuner card’s software
user guide.
[FAQ]
Q1: Does the Xonar DG support Windows 7/Vista?
Answer:
Yes, the Xonar DG driver package does support Windows 7/Vista 32/64 bit and
most key features are available. In addition, Xonar DG supports unique DS3D
GX on Windows 7/Vista, which can recover DirectSound 3D hardware and EAX
gaming sound effects on Windows 7/Vista for a lot of existing DirectX games.
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Q2: Why does the Xonar DG support Dolby® Headphone?
Answer:
Dolby is the ONLY brand and technology recognized by the CE industry and
available on a wide range of audio equipment. Xonar DG includes the feature to
make your PC a powerful media and entertainment center.
Q3: Does the Xonar DG support EAX on Vista?
Answer:
Yes, Xonar DG can support the latest EAX on Windows 7/ Vista /XP through
innovative DirectSound3D Game EXtensions v2.5 (DG3D GX 2.5) technology.
Q4: Why do I need Dolby Headpone for PC games?
Answer:
Dolby Headphone is the best 3D sound positioning, spatial modeling and 5.1channel virtualization technology for regular stereo headphones and speaker
headphones.
Q5: What is the most important benefit of the Xonar DG for gamers?
Answer:
1.
2.
3.
Headphone amplifier: Enables accurate sound positioning in superb quality
for unparalleled gaming experience.
Dolby headphone: Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround and
3D positional sound field over any set of stereo headphones.
GX 2.5: Enables the latest EAX gaming audio and restore surround gaming
in Windows Vista/7 without additional software.
Q6: Will PCM sound output through S/PDIF be just 2 channels even with
different analog output channels?
Answer:
The S/PDIF protocol specification (IEC-60958) can only carry 2-channel PCM
data or non-PCM AC3/DTS data. So, when a user selects PCM output for S/PDIF,
the Xonar sound card will always deliver 2 channel PCM data through the S/PDIF
output port.
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Q7: Why can I hear and record sound from other recording devices when
Wave/Digital is selected in Record on Vista?
Answer:
Different from Windows XP, Vista has a multiple devices/streams concept in audio
structure, in which the concept can be categorized into Digital Input and Analog
Input. In other words, multiple recording devices can be used and working at the
same time. In this case, Wave In or SPDIF-In, considered as a Digital Input, is
an independent recording device from Analog Devices such as Mic In, Line In,
or Aux In. Therefore, if you have analog inputs other than Wave In and set to be
monitored, you are able to hear and even record sound from those analog devices
even Wave In / SPDIF-In is selected as the default recording device.
If you don’t want to hear the analog input sounds at that situation, simply turn off
“monitoring” function on other analog input devices.
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