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contents
Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Pro Tools Expanded Systems Without an Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Pro Tools with an Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Requirements and Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
About www.digidesign.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2. Expanded Pro Tools|HD Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Slot Order and Sample Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Adding Cards to Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Connecting Audio Interfaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Powering Up An Expanded System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Chapter 3. Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Installing the Digidesign Expansion|HD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Chapter 4. Expansion Chassis Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Magma PE6R4 6-Slot Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis and Magma 64-Bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis. . . . . . . . . . 23
Magma 32-Bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion Chassis and Magma 13-Slot Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis and SBS 7-Slot Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Contents
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Expanded Systems Guide
chapter 1
Introduction
You can expand your Pro Tools|HD® system by
adding Pro Tools|HD cards, either directly in the
computer or using an expansion chassis. Expanding your Pro Tools® system will provide
increased track count, add to the amount of possible plug-in and mixer processing, and let you
connect additional audio interfaces.
For a list of system requirements for maximum track count, visit the Digidesign
website (www.digidesign.com).
Pro Tools Expanded Systems
Without an Expansion Chassis
It is possible to install as many as five Pro Tools
cards in some computers.
If you require more PCI card slots than your
computer has available, you can use an expansion chassis.
Pro Tools with an Expansion
Chassis
You can use a Digidesign 64-bit Expansion
Chassis, a Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis, or
other Digidesign-qualified expansion chassis to
increase the number of PCI card slots for your
Pro Tools system. Expansion chassis will use
only one PCI or PCIe card slot in your computer,
and provide multiple PCI card slots in the chassis itself.
Expansion chassis consist of a chassis that provides additional slots for your Pro Tools|HD
cards, a host card (installed in your computer),
and a cable that connects the host card to the
controller card. Some chassis also include a controller card that is installed in the chassis, while
some newer expansion chassis have a built-in
controller that does not need to be installed.
Check with the manufacturer of your chassis
for details on the cable requirements for your
equipment.
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System Requirements and
Compatibility
Pro Tools|HD systems can be used with a Digidesign-qualified Windows or Mac computer running Pro Tools HD software.
For complete system requirements, visit the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and
provide support for hardware and software it
has tested and approved.
For a complete and current list of supported
configurations of computers, expansion chassis,
and hard drives, visit the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com).
PCI Compatibility Information for
Windows
For maximum track count with Pro Tools
HD Accel (for PCI) systems, 64-bit PCI slots are
are required. If using a CPU with mixed slot
types, the 64-bit slots should be used first for the
HD Core (for PCI) and subsequent HD Accel (for
PCI) or HD Process cards, then use the 32-bit
slots for any remaining HD Accel (for PCI) or
HD Process cards.
If you are using an expansion chassis, the 64-bit
expansion chassis card should go in the first 64bit PCI slot.
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About www.digidesign.com
The Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com)
is your best source for information to help you
get the most out of your Pro Tools system. The
following are just a few of the services and features available.
Product Registration Register your purchase
online. See the enclosed Digidesign Registration
Information Card for instructions.
Support and Downloads Contact Digidesign
Technical Support or Customer Service; download software updates and the latest online
manuals; find the latest system requirements;
search the online Answerbase or join the worldwide Pro Tools community on the Digidesign
User Conference.
Training and Education Become a certified
Pro Tools Operator or Expert; study on your
own using courses available online, or find out
how you can learn in a classroom setting at a
certified Pro Tools Training Center.
Products and Developers Learn about Digidesign
products; download demo software; learn about
our Development Partners and their plug-ins,
applications, and hardware.
News and Events Get the latest news from
Digidesign or sign up for a Pro Tools demo.
To learn more about these and other resources
available from Digidesign, visit the Digidesign
website (www.digidesign.com).
chapter 2
Expanded Pro Tools|HD Systems
This chapter provides the following information:
• Slot order and sample rate information that
applies to all expanded systems.
• Instructions for installing an expanded system into slots in your computer (without
an expansion chassis).
• Instructions for how to connect
Pro Tools|HD cards together using their
FlexCables. These instructions apply to all
systems.
• Instructions for connecting audio interfaces. These instructions include DigiLink
and Loop Sync connections, and apply to
all systems.
Computer Configuration (PCI) Card Type Order
1 HD Core (for PCI) card
2 HD Accel (for PCI) cards
3 HD Process (for PCI) cards
4 SCSI accelerator card
Computer Configuration (PCIe) Card Type Order
(Mac Only)
1 Accel Core (for PCIe) card
2 HD Accel (for PCIe) cards
3 SCSI HBA card
Computer Configuration with Expansion
Chassis Card Type Order
Slot Order and Sample Rates
To ensure maximum track counts and troublefree operations, it is important that cards are installed in the appropriate slot locations.
Cards and Slot Order
When installing cards in a computer or an expansion chassis, group cards according to type
and install them in the following order, based
on your Pro Tools system configuration:
1 Expansion chassis host card (PCI or PCIe)
2 SCSI HBA card
Expansion Chassis Configuration Card Type
Order
1 HD Core (for PCI) card
2 HD Accel (for PCI) cards
3 HD Process (for PCI) cards
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Sample Rate and Multiple Cards
Pro Tools|HD supports sample rates of 44.1 kHz,
48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and
192 kHz. However, due to the processing load
required for 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz sessions, a
maximum of four Pro Tools|HD cards can be
used at these higher sample rates.
The maximum number of Pro Tools|HD cards
supported in a single system is seven. If your system includes more than four Pro Tools|HD
cards, the fifth card (and any additional cards)
will automatically be taken offline when
Pro Tools sessions are set to 176.4 kHz or
192 kHz. You do not need to remove any cards;
Pro Tools automatically deactivates the additional cards, and reactivates them when the
sample rate is switched to 96 kHz or lower.
Any audio interfaces connected to inactive cards
will go offline and be unavailable. You should
turn off power to offline interfaces connected to
cards 5–7 (if any) and re-connect Loop Sync cables (bypassing the inactive interfaces) before
starting Pro Tools.
Achieving Maximum Voice Counts
A compatible expansion chassis will provide
maximum voice count for most sessions up to a
96 kHz sample rate, but has a reduced voice
count at 176.4 and 192 kHz sample rates.
Your results may vary depending on the specific
model and capabilities of your computer, the
sample rate of the current session, your operating system, and the specific model of your expansion chassis. For current information, visit
the Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
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Adding Cards to Your System
To install Pro Tools cards:
1 Turn off your computer, expansion chassis,
and any peripherals. To ensure proper grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a power
source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
2 Disconnect all cables attached to the com-
puter (such as hard drives, displays, USB and
FireWire connections) except for the power cable.
3 Open the computer case or expansion chassis.
4 Remove the metal access port cover behind
the slot you want to use by removing the screw
and sliding the cover out from the access port.
Before handling any card, discharge static
electricity from your clothes or body by
touching a grounded metal surface, such as
the power supply case inside your computer.
5 Install the HD Core (for PCI) or Accel Core (for
PCIe) card in the lowest-numbered slot.
• In a Windows computer, this will be the
slot farthest from the graphics card.
Always refer to your computer’s documentation to verify slot order.
• In a Mac, slot order varies depending on
the computer model. For details, see “Mac
Reference” on page 5.
• For systems with an expansion chassis, refer to Chapter 4, “Expansion Chassis Reference.”
6 Install HD Accel (for PCI or PCIe) cards in the
next slots.
PCIe slot 4
(hidden)
Group cards of the same type together (for
example, put all HD Accel cards next to
each other).
PCIe slot 3
PCIe slot 2
AGP slot 1
(video card)
7 Install HD Process cards (if any) in remaining
slots.
Make sure the first card is the core card for
your system. Expansion cards (HD Accel or
HD Process) cannot occupy the lowestnumbered slot.
8 Connect all Pro Tools|HD cards using Digide-
Figure 1. Mac Pro
sign TDM FlexCables (see “Connecting
Pro Tools|HD Cards” on page 6).
9 If installing a SCSI HBA card in a system or ex-
PCIe slot 4
pansion chassis that supports it, install it in the
highest numbered remaining slot.
PCIe slot 3
PCIe slot 2
Run DigiTest after making any changes to
your hardware setup (such as adding or removing cards, audio interfaces, sync cables,
and so on) to verify that your system is
functioning properly. For DigiTest information, refer to the DigiTest Guide.
AGP slot 1
(video card)
10 Secure each card in place with the slot access
port screws you removed earlier.
Mac Reference
On a Mac, the lowest-numbered slot will be the
slot closest to the graphics card, as shown in the
following examples:
Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 (PCI Express) The
PCI Express-equipped Mac Pro and Power Mac
G5 have three PCI Express (PCIe) slots (named
slots 2, 3, and 4). The PCI Express slot numbers
increase from bottom to top as you face the open
computer case from the side. Install the
Accel Core (for PCIe) card into PCI slot 2.
Figure 2. Power Mac G5 (PCI Express equipped)
To Install an HD card into Slot 4 on a Mac Pro:
1 Remove all SATA drive trays from the Mac Pro.
2 Place the rear of card into the access port.
3 Move the front of the card up and line it up
with the PCIe slot and seat the card in the slot.
4 Replace the SATA drive trays.
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Power Mac G5 (PCI) The PCI-equipped Power
Mac G5 has three PCI slots (named PCI slot 2, 3,
and 4). PCI slot numbers increase from bottom to
top as you face the open computer case from the
side. Install the HD Core card into PCI slot 2.
PCI slot 4
To connect Pro Tools|HD cards with the TDM
FlexCable:
1 Shape the FlexCable before installing it on
your Pro Tools|HD cards by grasping the cable
with both hands with its printed side facing you
and moving the Port B portion of the cable away
from you and outwards, as shown below. Do not
bend the cable more than you need to, as you
may damage the traces in the cable.
PCI slot 3
PCI slot 2
AGP slot 1
(video card)
Preparing TDM FlexCable for installation
2 Turn the cable on its side, so that the connec-
tors are facing downwards, and Port A is the
higher side.
Figure 3. Power Mac G5
Connecting Pro Tools|HD
Cards
Each Pro Tools|HD card has two ports along the
top of the card, labelled Port A and Port B. The
FlexCable has two connectors, also labeled
Port A and Port B, to ensure proper connection.
Data communication across cards is achieved by
connecting Port B of the first card to Port A of
the next card with a TDM FlexCable.
The first FlexCable always goes from Port B
on the core card to Port A on the first
expansion card, as described in the following steps.
Port A
Port B
Orienting the FlexCable
3 Slide the FlexCable into the notch of the second card, so that the Port B connector of the
FlexCable can be aligned with Port B of the first
card; and the Port A connector of the FlexCable
can be aligned with Port A of the second card as
shown below.
Port A connector
Port B
connector
HD Accel
(or Process)
HD Core
Inserting TDM FlexCable
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4 Connect the Port A connector of the FlexCa-
ble to Port A on the second card. Push down
gently but firmly until the cable is fully connected to the card. Attach the other end of the
FlexCable (labeled Port B) to Port B on the first
card.
HD Accel (or Process) card in PCI slot 3
Port
Port
BB
Port AA
Port
Port
Port
BB
Port AA
Port
HD Core card in PCI slot 2
Top view of TDM FlexCable connections for two
Pro Tools|HD cards
5 Verify the connection. Make sure the FlexCa-
ble ports seat flat against the sockets on the
Pro Tools|HD cards, and are firmly attached.
6 For systems with more than two cards, con-
nect each additional card to its preceding card.
Use FlexCables to connect card pairs together, as
described above, until all cards are connected.
(Each expansion card is packaged with a FlexCable.)
7 Close the computer case.
Connecting Audio Interfaces
All Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces require DigiLink connections. When using multiple interfaces, you must also connect Loop Sync between
all Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces. When using
multiple Legacy I/Os (Pro Tools 24|MIX-series
interfaces such as the 888|24 I/O and
882|20 I/O) you must connect Slave Clock to all
Pro Tools|24|MIX-series audio interfaces.
Recommended Ordering of Interfaces
If your setup includes different types of audio
interfaces, install them in the following order:
192 I/O or 192 Digital I/O Use as the primary audio interface. These interfaces provide the highest fidelity clock source for your system.
If you have at least one 192 I/O or
192 Digital I/O in your Pro Tools system, it
should be the primary audio interface and
Loop Sync master.
96 I/O Use as the primary interface (if a 192 I/O
or 192 Digital I/O is not installed), or as an expansion interface connected to the Expansion
port of the primary interface.
96i I/O Use as the primary interface if no other
Pro Tools|HD interfaces are installed, or as an
expansion interface connected to the Expansion
port of another Pro Tools|HD interface.
Legacy I/Os See “Connecting Legacy Audio Interfaces” on page 10.
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DigiLink Connections
The DigiLink cable connects Pro Tools|HD cards
and audio interfaces. A single Digi-Link connector carries up to 32 channels of bidirectional audio information. These 32 channels are broken
up into 2 groups of 16 channels: Group A =
Channels 1–16, Group B = Channels 17–32.
The maximum number of DigiLink cables supported on a single system is ten (for session sample rates up to 96 kHz) or eight (for session sample rates of 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz).
‹ Use the 12-foot DigiLink cable included with
each Pro Tools|HD card to connect the card to a
Digidesign audio interface. The primary audio
interface, which functions as the Loop Sync
master for other interfaces in the system, must
be connected to the HD Core card. You can purchase optional DigiLink cables of differing
lengths (25-foot, 50-foot, and 100-foot), depending on the needs of your studio configuration.
‹ Use the 18-inch DigiLink cable, included with
each Pro Tools|HD audio interface, when connecting a secondary Pro Tools|HD audio interface to the Expansion port of another
Pro Tools|HD audio interface.
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HD Core or
Accel Core card
18-inch
DigiLink
cable
12-foot DigiLink cable
Loop Sync cables
Figure 4. Two 96 I/Os, 32-channel
HD Core or
Accel Core card
18-inch
DigiLink
cable
12-foot DigiLink cable
Loop Sync cables
TDM FlexCable
Loop Sync cables
HD Accel card
or HD Process card
12-foot DigiLink cable
Figure 5. Three 96 I/Os, 48-channel
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To make DigiLink connections to Digidesign audio
interfaces:
1 Connect the primary audio interface to the
HD Core card with the provided 12-foot DigiLink cable.
2 Connect a secondary Pro Tools|HD audio in-
terface to the Expansion port on the primary audio interface using the 18-inch DigiLink cable
(included with the audio interface). See Figure 4
on page 9.
– or –
Connect a secondary Pro Tools|HD interface to
the DigiLink on the next card (HD Accel or
HD Process).
3 Connect additional Pro Tools|HD audio inter-
faces to subsequent Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces or cards. See Figure 5 on page 9.
4 If connecting a Digidesign Legacy audio inter-
face (such as the 888|24 I/O), refer to “Connecting Legacy Audio Interfaces” on page 10.
Connecting Loop Sync
To connect Loop Sync:
1 Connect the Loop Sync Out of the primary in-
terface to the Loop Sync In of the second interface with the provided Loop Sync cables.
When using a SYNC peripheral, the SYNC
peripheral is considered the primary interface of the Loop Sync connection. For more
information, refer to the SYNC peripheral
guide.
2 Connect the Loop Sync Out of the second in-
terface to the Loop Sync In of the next interface
and so forth.
3 Connect the Loop Sync Out of the last inter-
face to the Loop Sync In of the primary interface.
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Connecting Legacy Audio Interfaces
Each 192 I/O, 192 Digital I/O, and 96 I/O can
support 16 channels of audio to and from
Digidesign legacy audio interfaces, or Legacy
I/Os. These include the 888|24 I/O, 882|20 I/O,
1622 I/O, 24-bit ADAT Bridge I/O, and the original ADAT Bridge I/O. The 888 I/O and 882 I/O
interfaces are not supported with Pro Tools HD.
(The 96i I/O does not provide a Legacy port.)
The Legacy Peripheral port functions like the
Expansion port.
The Legacy port and the Expansion port
both use Group B: Channels 17–32. you
must choose between the Legacy port and
the Expansion port in the Pro Tools Hardware Setup dialog.
A single Legacy I/O can be connected to the Legacy Peripheral port using any Pro Tools MIX peripheral cable. Two Legacy I/Os can be connected to a single Legacy Peripheral port using a
“Y” cable (16-channel Peripheral Cable
Adapter).
The maximum number of Legacy I/Os that can
be connected to a Pro Tools|HD system is eight;
requiring four Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces
and four 16-channel Peripheral Cable Adapters.
The Legacy port is not available in
Pro Tools sessions at sample rates greater
than 48 kHz.
To connect Digidesign Legacy audio interfaces:
1 Connect one end of a Pro Tools|24 MIX pe-
ripheral cable to the Legacy port on a 192 I/O,
192 Digital I/O, or 96 I/O.
2 Connect the other end of the cable to your
MIX-compatible audio interface.
3 Connect the External Clock Out of the pri-
mary interface to the Slave Clock In of the Legacy audio interface using a BNC cable.
4 If connecting two Legacy peripherals, connect
the Slave Clock Out of the first Legacy peripheral to the Slave Clock In of the second Legacy
peripheral.
Do not connect the Slave Clock Out of the
last Legacy peripheral to the clock input on
any Pro Tools|HD interface.
If using an 888|24 I/O, do not power on the
888|24 until you are ready to declare it in
the Hardware Setup dialog, after launching
Pro Tools. See the Pro Tools|HD Getting
Started Guide for more information.
Identifying Audio Interfaces
If you have multiple audio interfaces of the
same type connected to your system, you can
confirm the identity of each interface. This ensures that you choose the appropriate interface
in the Peripherals list when you define its inputs
and outputs in the Hardware Setup dialog.
To identify audio interfaces in your system:
1 Choose Setup > Hardware.
2 From the Peripherals list, select an audio interface connected to your system.
3 Click Main.
4 Select the Identify option, located in the lower
left corner of the Hardware Setup dialog. This illuminates all the LEDs on the front panel of the
selected audio interface.
5 Make a note of which interface in your studio
setup corresponds to the identified interface.
6 Repeat the above steps for each additional audio interface in your setup.
Number of I/O Channels in
Expanded Systems
You can add audio interfaces to your system to
increase the number of available channels of
hardware input and output. Hardware input
and output includes digital and analog connections.
Number of Channels of I/O
Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces provide varying
numbers of hardware input and output connectors and ports, a certain number of which can be
utilized simultaneously.
For specifications of Pro Tools|HD I/Os, refer
to the Pro Tools|HD Getting Started Guide.
The 96 I/O and standard 192 I/O are examples of
symmetrical I/O, where there are the same number of input channels as output channels. For
example, there are 8 analog inputs and 8 analog
outputs. Though these I/Os provides many analog and digital connectors on their back panels,
they support a total of 16 channels of simultaneous, discrete input and output. This means
you can be listening to or recording as many as
16 channels of input while simultaneously
monitoring or sending as many as 16 channels
of output through a single I/O.
The 192 I/O can be expanded by adding a
192 A/D or 192 D/A Expansion card to increase
the number of analog inputs or analog outputs
to 16. Expanded 192 I/O interfaces are an example of asymmetrical I/O when they have a different number of input channels or output channels. For example, when a 192 A/D card is
installed on a standard 192 I/O, the I/O now has
16 analog inputs and 8 analog outputs.
On Expanded 192 I/Os, the maximum number
of simultaneous, discrete inputs and outputs is
still 16.
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Because of the way in which 192 I/O interfaces
can be expanded, the maximum number of
channels of digital or analog I/O possible with
an expanded Pro Tools|HD system depends on
whether you use digital or analog connections,
and whether you require a symmetrical or asymmetrical number of input and output channels,
as explained in the following examples:
Maximum I/O Configuration Examples
Pro Tools|HD System with Ten Interfaces
(Session Sample Rates Up to 96 kHz)
Digital Up to 160 input and output channels (requires ten 192 Digital I/O interfaces)
Analog Up to 120 simultaneous channels of input and output. Requires the following:
• Five 192 I/O interfaces modified for 16 analog inputs and 8 analog outputs (requires
adding an A/D card to each interface)
• Five 192 I/O interfaces modified for 8 analog inputs and 16 analog outputs (requires
adding a D/A card to each interface)
Pro Tools|HD System with Eight Interfaces
(Session Sample Rates Higher than 96 kHz)
Digital Up to 128 channels of input and output
(requires eight 192 Digital I/O interfaces)
Analog Up to 96 simultaneous channels of input
and output. Requires the following:
• Four 192 I/O interfaces modified for 16 analog inputs and 8 analog outputs (requires
adding an A/D card to each interface)
• Four 192 I/O interfaces modified for 8 analog inputs and 16 analog outputs (requires
a D/A card added each interface)
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If you need more analog inputs and do not need
all available analog outputs, use more A/D cards
and fewer D/A cards. Conversely, to increase
output capacity, use more D/A cards instead of
A/D cards.
Powering Up An Expanded
System
This section provides general information for
powering up expanded systems. Make sure to
have the expansion chassis cable connected to
both the expansion chassis and the computer
before powering up. If the cable becomes disconnected from the computer while the system
is powered on, shut down power to the computer and then the expansion chassis before reconnecting.
Before you connect your expansion chassis
or install cards in it, make sure to turn off
both the chassis and your computer.
Starting Up and Shutting Down
Your System
Whenever you start your system, turn on all of
your system components in a specific order.
To start up your Pro Tools system:
1 Make sure all your equipment is off (including
your computer).
2 Turn on the expansion chassis.
3 Turn on any external hard drives. Wait ap-
proximately ten seconds for them to spin up to
speed.
4 Turn on any MIDI interfaces and devices or
any synchronization peripherals.
5 Lower the volume of all output devices, then
turn on your Pro Tools audio interfaces. Wait at
least fifteen seconds for the audio interfaces to
initialize and the status LEDs to stop flashing.
6 Turn on your computer.
To shut down your Pro Tools system:
1 Lower the volume of all output devices and
monitors.
2 Shut down your computer.
3 Turn off Pro Tools audio interfaces.
4 Turn off any MIDI interfaces or devices.
5 Turn off external hard drives.
6 Turn off your expansion chassis.
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chapter 3
Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis
The Digidesign Expansion|HD is a six-slot PCI
expansion chassis for Pro Tools|HD systems.
Expansion|HD lets you install up to six
Pro Tools|HD (for PCI) cards for additional plugin and mixer processing, and for connecting additional audio interfaces to the system.
The Digidesign Expansion|HD package includes
the following components:
• Digidesign Expansion|HD chassis: 4U,
19-inch rackmount enclosure
• Expansion|HD cable: 5-meter cable to connect the host card to the Expansion|HD
chassis
• AC power cable
The following must be purchased separately
from Digidesign:
• PCI or PCIe Host Card: Dedicated card that
is installed in the host computer and provides the connection to the chassis
System Requirements
The Digidesign Expansion|HD requires the following:
• Digidesign-approved Windows or Mac
dual-processor computer with PCI or PCIe
slots
• Pro Tools|HD or Pro Tools|HD Accel system
• At least 1 GB RAM in the host computer
• Pro Tools 7.1 software or higher
For complete system requirements, visit the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and
provide support for hardware and software it
has tested and approved.
For a complete and current list of supported
configurations of computers, expansion chassis,
and hard drives, visit the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com).
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RTAS Monitoring Latency with
Expansion|HD
Systems using the Digidesign Expansion|HD
chassis will incur increased latency when monitoring the output of RTAS plug-ins, compared
with systems where the Pro Tools|HD cards are
installed in the host computer. This increase in
RTAS monitoring latency is due to the hardware
buffering needed for the Expansion|HD chassis.
A Pro Tools Hardware Buffer setting of 256 samples on a Digidesign Expansion|HD system incurs the same RTAS monitoring latency as a
hardware buffer setting of 512 samples on a system with the HD cards installed in the host
computer. This increase in monitoring latency
may be noticeable when playing RTAS virtual
instrument plug-ins in real time.
Specifications
This section provides slot layout and technical
specifications for the Digidesign Expansion|HD.
The Digidesign Expansion|HD is for
Pro Tools|HD (for PCI) cards only. It does
not support Pro Tools|HD (for PCIe) cards,
SCSI HBA cards, video cards, FireWire
cards, or other special-purpose cards.
Slot Layout
The Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis has slots
that are numbered sequentially, right-to-left
when viewed from the front (1–6).
6 5 4 3 2 1
RTAS monitoring latency can be reduced by decreasing the Hardware Buffer setting in
Pro Tools. However, decreasing this setting may
affect other areas of system performance.
When Delay Compensation is active in
Pro Tools, any delays incurred due to RTAS
monitoring latency are correctly compensated
during playback.
To minimize RTAS real time monitoring latency
when using the Digidesign Expansion|HD:
1 Launch Pro Tools.
2 Choose Setup > Playback Engine.
3 Set the HW Buffer to half of its previous set-
ting (before you installed the Expansion|HD
unit). For example, if the HW Buffer setting is
256 samples, set it to 128 samples.
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Slot numbering for Digidesign Expansion|HD
Hardware Specifications
Host Card
• PCI card or PCIe card
Chassis Slots
• Six PCI slots
• Accepts the following Pro Tools|HD cards:
• HD Core (for PCI)
• HD Accel (for PCI)
• HD Process (for PCI)
Chassis Dimensions
• Width: 19 in
• Height: 4U (4 rack spaces)
Expansion|HD Cable
• Shielded Cat 6 cable
Installing the Digidesign
Expansion|HD
Installation involves the following main steps,
detailed in the sections that follow:
• Installing the Expansion|HD host card in
your computer
• Connecting power to the Expansion|HD
chassis (see “Connecting Power to the Expansion|HD” on page 18)
• Installing Pro Tools|HD PCI cards into slots
in the Digidesign Expansion|HD chassis,
and connecting their FlexCables (see “Installing Pro Tools|HD Cards” on page 18)
• Connecting the chassis to the host card in
the computer (see “Connecting the Chassis
to the Computer” on page 19)
• Powering up your equipment (see “Starting
Up Your System” on page 20)
• RJ-45 connectors
• Maximum cable length: 10 m
Installing the Expansion|HD Host
Card
Ventilation Requirements
Ventilation space is required at the front and
rear of the unit. Do not block the front or back
of the unit, and always be sure there is adequate
air flow when mounting equipment into racks
or studio furniture.
To install the Expansion|HD host card:
1 Turn off your computer and any peripherals.
2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
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3 Install the Expansion|HD host card in the lowest numbered available slot in your computer.
Installing Pro Tools|HD Cards
• In most Windows computers, this will be
the slot farthest from the graphics card.
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
• In most Mac computers, this will be the
slot closest to the graphics card.
To ensure proper grounding, make sure the Expansion|HD is connected to a power source
(such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the
supplied AC cable.
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
Connecting Power to the
Expansion|HD
The AC Power connector on the rear panel of
the Digidesign Expansion|HD accepts a standard
AC power cable. The Expansion|HD is auto
power-selecting (100V to 240V) and will automatically work with a standard modular cable to
connect to AC power receptacles in any country.
1 Make sure the Expansion|HD is powered off.
2 Install the Pro Tools HD Core card in the first
PCI slot of the expansion chassis. (This is the
second slot from the right when the chassis is
viewed from the front.) Do not use the video
slot closest to the power supply.
6 5 4 3 2 1
Video slot
Connecting AC Power and Standby
Mode
The Digidesign Expansion|HD requires an AC
connection to power its PCI bus. The front panel
Power switch toggles the Expansion|HD between standby and operating modes.
To connect power to the Digidesign Expansion|HD:
„ Connect the supplied AC cable to the AC connector on the back panel of the Expansion|HD.
The power switch on the front panel flashes to
indicate standby mode.
Connection to a live AC power source automatically supplies power to the Expansion|HD chassis PCI bus, but does not power the unit on for
operation.
Slot numbering for Digidesign Expansion|HD
3 Install the remaining cards in successive card
slots in the chassis, in the following order:
• HD Accel
• HD Process
Only Pro Tools|HD (for PCI) cards can be
installed in the chassis. PCIe cards are not
supported.
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4 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
After connecting cards with FlexCables, connect
audio interfaces. See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7. After connecting audio interfaces, return here and complete the Digidesign
Expansion|HD installation process.
Connecting the Chassis to the
Computer
To connect the chassis to the computer:
1 Connect one end of the Expansion|HD cable
to the Expansion|HD cable port on the chassis.
Connect the cable securely (you should feel it
click into place).
Example
The table shows one possible configuration of
cards (and audio interface connections), using
all slots in the Digidesign Expansion|HD.
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces
Slot
Card
Slot 1
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Slot 2
HD Accel (Interface #3 and #4)
Expansion|HD back panel
Slot 3
HD Accel (Interface #5 and #6)
2 Attach the other end of the cable to the port
Slot 4
HD Accel (Interface #7 and #8)
Slot 5*
HD Accel (or Process)
(Interface #9 and #10)
on the host card in the computer. Connect the
cable securely (you should feel it click into
place).
Slot 6*
HD Accel (or Process)
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz,
88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz
Expansion|HD cable port
The only active port on the chassis is the
Expansion|HD cable port. Do not connect
video devices, iLoks, or other peripherals to
any of the other ports on the Expansion|HD
chassis.
If your system includes both HD Accel and
HD Process cards, always group like cards
together in the order outlined above (keep all
HD Accel cards next to each other, and any
HD Process cards next to each other).
For more information on using multiple audio interfaces, see “Number of I/O Channels
in Expanded Systems” on page 11.
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Starting Up Your System
Whenever you start your system, turn on all of
your system components in a specific order.
To start your Pro Tools system:
1 Make sure all your equipment is off (including
your computer). On the front panel of the
Digidesign Expansion|HD, the Power switch
LED should be flashing to confirm that the unit
is in Standby mode.
2 Press the Power switch on the front panel to
turn on the Digidesign Expansion|HD. The
Power switch LED remains lit when fully powered and ready for operation.
power switch
Location of the front panel Power switch
3 Turn on any external hard drives. Wait ap-
proximately ten seconds for them to spin up to
speed.
4 Turn on any MIDI interfaces and devices, or
synchronization peripherals.
5 Lower the volume of all output devices, then
turn on your Pro Tools audio interfaces. Wait at
least fifteen seconds for the audio interfaces to
initialize and the status LEDs to stop flashing.
6 Turn on your computer.
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Launching and Configuring
Pro Tools
If you are installing a new Pro Tools system, refer to the instructions for launching and configuring Pro Tools in the Pro Tools|HD Getting
Started Guide.
chapter 4
Expansion Chassis Reference
This chapter provides information for configuring Digidesign-qualified expansion chassis.
For information on configuring the Digidesign
Expansion|HD chassis, see Chapter 3, “Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis.”
For a complete and current list of supported
configurations of computers, expansion
chassis, and hard drives for maximum
voices with Pro Tools systems, visit the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Not all chassis are supported on all
Pro Tools systems. Before purchasing an expansion chassis for your Pro Tools system,
consult your Digidesign dealer or visit the
Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Magma PE6R4 6-Slot
Expansion Chassis
The Magma PE6R4 expansion chassis includes a
PCIe host card, 6-slot chassis, pair of Infiniband
cables, and power cable.
Slot Layout for Magma PE6R4
6-Slot Expansion Chassis
The Magma PE6R4 expansion chassis has PCI
slots that are numbered sequentially, right-toleft from the front (1–6).
Slot 1
Slot 6
Slot numbering for Magma model PE6R4
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Configuring the Magma PE6R4
6-Slot Expansion Chassis
Connecting the Expansion Chassis
To install the PCIe host card in the computer:
1 Turn off the expansion chassis, your com-
puter, and any peripherals. To ensure proper
grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a
power source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
3 Install the host card in the lowest numbered
PCIe slot in your computer. On a Windows PC,
this will be the slot farthest from the graphics
card. On a Mac, this will be the slot closest to the
graphics card.
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
Connect the host card to the chassis:
2 Attach the other end of each cable to the cor-
responding connector on the expansion chassis.
Each cable should be attached to connectors
with the same label (x1 or x3) on both ends.
Refer to the expansion chassis guide for
detailed instructions on connecting the
Infiniband cables.
3 If using a SCSI HBA, do one of the following:
• On Windows computers, install the SCSI
HBA in the 64-bit slot closest to the graphics card.
– or –
• On Mac computers, install the SCSI HBA
card in the highest numbered remaining
slot.
Installing the Digidesign Cards
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
1 Install the Pro Tools|HD Core card in the first
slot of the expansion chassis.
2 Install the remaining cards in successive PCI
card slots in the chassis, in the following order:
• HD Accel
• HD Process
Only Pro Tools|HD (for PCI) cards can be
installed in the chassis. PCIe cards are not
supported.
1 Attach one end of each Infiniband cable to the
two connectors (labeled x1 and x3) on the host
card.
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3 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
Magma PE6R4
(Example Configuration)
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces
Slot
Card
Slot 1
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Slot 2
HD Accel (Interface #3 and #4)
Slot 3
HD Accel (Interface #5 and #6)
Slot 4
HD Accel (Interface #7 and #8)
Slot 5*
HD Accel (or Process)
(Interface #9 and #10)
Slot 6*
HD Accel (or Process)
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz,
88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz
Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion
Chassis and Magma 64-Bit
7-Slot Expansion Chassis
Slot Layout for Digidesign 64-Bit
Expansion Chassis and Magma
64-Bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
The Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis and
Magma 64-bit, 33 MHz model P7R464-D1 and
P7R464C1.5-D1 chassis have slots that are numbered sequentially, right-to-left from the front
(1–7).
Power
Supply
Connecting Audio Interfaces
See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7.
Slot 1
Slot 7
Slot numbering for Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis
and Magma models P7R464-D1 and P7R464C1.5
Configuring the Digidesign 64-Bit
Expansion Chassis or Magma
64-Bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
Connecting the Expansion Chassis
To install the chassis host card in the computer:
1 Turn off the expansion chassis, your com-
puter, and any peripherals. To ensure proper
grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a
power source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
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2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
3 Install the host card in the lowest numbered
slot in your computer. On a Windows PC (such
as an HP Workstation xw8000), this will be the
slot furthest from the graphics card. On a Mac,
this will be the slot closest to the graphics card.
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
4 Attach a 1 meter or 1.5 meter expansion chassis cable to the host card. If necessary, refer to
the chassis guide for specific instructions.
6-foot expansion chassis cables are not supported.
5 If using a SCSI HBA, do one of the following:
• On Windows computers, install the SCSI
HBA in the 64-bit slot closest to the graphics card.
– or –
• On Mac computers, install the SCSI HBA
card in the highest numbered remaining
slot.
To install the chassis controller card (if one is
required by your model of chassis):
1 Install the Magma Controller card in the Ex-
pansion Slot of the expansion chassis.
2 Attach the other end of the expansion chassis
cable to the controller card. If necessary, refer to
the Magma guide for specific instructions.
Installing the Digidesign Cards
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
1 Install the Pro Tools|HD Core card in the first
slot (numbered slot 4 in Magma models P7R-D1
and P7RQ-D1) of the expansion chassis.
2 Install the remaining cards in successive PCI
card slots in the chassis, in the following order:
• HD Accel
• HD Process
3 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
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Magma 64-bit 7-Slot
(Example Configuration)
Magma 32-Bit 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces:
Slot
Card
Exp. Slot
Chassis Controller card (not all models)
Slot 1
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Slot 2
HD Accel (interface #3 and #4)
Slot 3
HD Accel (Interface #5 and #6)
Slot 4
HD Accel (Interface #7 and #8)
Slot 5*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
(Interface #9 and #10)
Slot 6*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Slot 7*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz,
88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz
Slot Layout Magma 32-Bit 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis
The Magma 32-bit, 33 MHz model P7R-D1 and
P7RC1.5-D1 chassis have slots that are numbered sequentially, right-to-left from the front
(4–10).
This chassis does not support maximum track
counts, and supports a maximum of 8 interfaces.
Power
Supply
Expansion
Controller
Slot 4
Connecting Audio Interfaces
See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7.
Slot 10
Slot numbering for Magma models P7R-D1 and
P7RC1.5-D1
Configuring the Magma 32-Bit
7-Slot Expansion Chassis
Connecting the Expansion Chassis
To install the chassis host card in the computer:
1 Turn off the expansion chassis, your com-
puter, and any peripherals. To ensure proper
grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a
power source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
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2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
Installing the Digidesign Cards
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
3 Install the host card in the lowest numbered
slot in your computer. On a Windows PC (such
as an HP Workstation xw8000 or Dell Precision
Workstation 650), this will be the slot furthest
from the graphics card. On a Mac, this will be
the slot closest to the graphics card.
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
1 Install the Pro Tools|HD Core card in the first
slot (numbered slot 4 in Magma models P7R-D1
and P7RQ-D1) of the expansion chassis.
2 Install the remaining cards in successive PCI
card slots in the chassis, in the following order:
• HD Accel
• HD Process
3 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
Magma 32-bit 7-Slot
(Example Configuration)
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces
4 Attach a 1 meter or 1.5 meter expansion chas-
Slot
Card
Exp. Slot
Chassis Controller card
6-foot expansion chassis cables are not supported.
Slot 1
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Slot 2
HD Accel (interface #3 and #4)
5 If using a SCSI HBA, install it in the highest
Slot 3
HD Accel (Interface #5 and #6)
Slot 4
HD Accel (Interface #7 and #8)
To install the chassis controller card:
Slot 5*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
1 Install the Magma Controller card in the Ex-
Slot 6*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Slot 7*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
sis cable to the host card. If necessary, refer to
the chassis guide for specific instructions.
numbered remaining slot in your computer.
pansion Slot of the expansion chassis.
2 Attach the other end of the expansion chassis
cable to the controller card. If necessary, refer to
the Magma guide for specific instructions.
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz,
88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz
Connecting Audio Interfaces
See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7.
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Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion
Chassis and Magma 13-Slot
Expansion Chassis
(Mac Only)
Configuring the Pro Tools 13-Slot
Expansion Chassis or Magma
13-Slot Expansion Chassis
Connecting the Expansion Chassis
The 13-slot expansion chassis will support up to
seven Pro Tools|HD cards.
To install the chassis host card in the computer:
Maximum track counts are not possible with
this and other 32-bit chassis, and it supports a
maximum of 8 audio interfaces. For track/voice
count details, visit the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com).
puter, and any peripherals. To ensure proper
grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a
power source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
Slot Layout for Pro Tools 13-Slot
Expansion Chassis and Magma
13-Slot Expansion Chassis
The Digidesign Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion
Chassis and Magma model P13R-D1 and
P13RC1.5-D1 chassis have slots that are numbered sequentially, right-to-left from the front,
in two banks (4–9 and 4–10).
Expansion
Controller
First Bank
Slots 4–9
Second Bank
Slots 4–10
Slot numbering for Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion Chassis
and Magma models P13R-D1 and P13RC1.5-D1
1 Turn off the expansion chassis, your com-
2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
3 Install the host card in the lowest numbered
slot in your computer. This will be the slot closest to the graphics card.
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
4 Attach a 1 meter or 1.5 meter expansion chassis cable to the host card.
If using Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion Chassis or Magma 13-slot expansion chassis,
make sure you attach the chassis cable to
the host card and not your SCSI HBA. Both
cards have a 68-pin VHDCI connector.
6-foot expansion chassis cables are not supported.
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5 If using a SCSI HBA, install it in the highest
numbered remaining slot in your computer.
Install the chassis controller card in the chassis:
Pro Tools 13-Slot Expansion Chassis
(Example Configuration)
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces
1 Install the Controller card in the Expansion
Slot
Card
Slot of the expansion chassis. This is the slot
nearest the power supply.
Exp. Slot
Chassis Controller card
Bank 1/Slot 4
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Bank 1/Slot 5
HD Accel (interface #3 and #4)
Bank 1/Slot 6
HD Accel (Interface #5 and #6)
Bank 1/Slot 7
HD Accel (Interface #7 and #8)
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
Bank 1/Slot 8*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
1 Install the Pro Tools Core card in slot 4 (the
Bank 1/Slot 9*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Bank 2/Slot 4*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Bank 2/Slot 5
(empty)
Bank 2/Slot 6
(empty)
Bank 2/Slot 7
(empty)
Bank 2/Slot 8
Available for non-bus master card
Bank 2/Slot 9
Available for non-bus master card
Bank 2/Slot 10
Available for non-bus master card
2 Attach the other end of the expansion chassis
cable to the controller card.
Installing the Digidesign Cards
first available slot) of the expansion chassis.
2 Install the remaining cards in successive PCI
card slots in the chassis, in the following order:
• HD Accel
• HD Process
3 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz,
and 96 kHz
Connecting Audio Interfaces
See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7.
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Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion
Chassis and SBS 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis
(Mac Only)
Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
The Digidesign Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion
Chassis is identical to the SBS 32-bit model
DD007-R. For compatibility and configuration
details, refer to the information that pertains to
that model.
Slot Layout for Pro Tools 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis and SBS 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis
The Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis and SBS
model DD007-R chassis have slots that are numbered sequentially (1–7), left-to-right, from the
front.
These chassis do not have a Backplane Controller slot. Instead, they have a built-in chassis controller with a connector on the back of the expansion chassis.
Maximum track counts are not possible with
these chassis, and they support a maximum of 8
audio interfaces. For track/voice count details,
visit the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com).
The Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
and SBS model DD007-R are supported on
Mac OS X.
Slot 7
Slot 1
SBS Technologies was previously called
“Bit 3.”
Slot numbering for Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
and SBS 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
Configuring the Pro Tools 7-Slot
Expansion Chassis or SBS
Expansion Chassis
Connecting the Expansion Chassis
To install the chassis host card in the computer:
1 Turn off the expansion chassis, your com-
puter, and any peripherals. To ensure proper
grounding, connect the expansion chassis to a
power source (such as a power strip or wall outlet), using the supplied AC cable.
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2 Open the computer case. For additional de-
2 Install the remaining cards in successive PCI
tails on installing a card in your computer, refer
to its documentation.
card slots in the chassis, in the following order:
Before removing cards from their antistatic
bags or handling any card, discharge any
static electricity that may be on your clothes
or body by touching a grounded metal surface (such as the power supply case inside
your computer).
• HD Accel
• HD Process
3 Connect all Pro Tools cards with TDM FlexCa-
bles. See “Connecting Pro Tools|HD Cards” on
page 6.
Pro Tools 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
3 Install the host card in the lowest numbered
(Example Configuration)
slot in your computer. This will be the slot closest to the graphics card.
Chassis cards with multiple audio interfaces
Refer to your computer’s documentation to
verify slot order.
4 Attach a 1 meter or 1.5 meter expansion chas-
Slot
Card
Slot 1
HD Core (Interface #1 and #2)
Slot 2
HD Accel (or HD Process)
(interface #3 and #4)
Slot 3
HD Accel (or HD Process)
(interface #5 and #6)
Slot 4
HD Accel (or HD Process)
(interface #7 and #8)
Slot 5*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Slot 6*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
Slot 7*
HD Accel (or HD Process)
sis cable to the host card.
6-foot expansion chassis cables are not supported.
5 If using a SCSI HBA, install it in the highest
numbered remaining slot in your computer.
To install the chassis controller card in the
chassis:
1 Attach the chassis cable to the connector on
the back of the expansion chassis.
* Card only available at 44.1 kHz,
48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz
2 Attach the other end of the expansion chassis
cable to the controller card.
Connecting Audio Interfaces
See “Connecting Audio Interfaces” on page 7.
Installing the Digidesign Cards
To install Digidesign audio cards in the chassis:
1 Install the Pro Tools Core card (clock master
with primary audio interface) in slot 1 of the expansion chassis.
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Expanded Systems Guide
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