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Table of Contents
Revision History....................................................................................................................... 2
Table of Contents ..................................................................................................................... 3
List of Figures.......................................................................................................................... 4
Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 5
System Requirement ................................................................................................................ 6
Display Mode ........................................................................................................................... 7
Simple Mode .................................................................................................................... 7
Full Mode......................................................................................................................... 8
Panel Detail ............................................................................................................................. 9
Top Panel ........................................................................................................................ 9
Bottom Panel................................................................................................................. 10
Configuration Panels ..................................................................................................... 11
Speaker Configuration Panel.................................................................................... 11
Mixer Configuration Panel........................................................................................ 13
Effects Configuration Panel...................................................................................... 16
Jack Configuration Panel ......................................................................................... 18
S/PDIF Configuration Panel..................................................................................... 21
System Information Panel ....................................................................................... 22
Tool Tips ............................................................................................................................... 24
Task Bar ............................................................................................................................... 25
Magic 5.1 .............................................................................................................................. 26
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1 - Simple Mode Adeck ................................................................................................... 7
2 - Full Mode Adeck ........................................................................................................ 8
3 - Top Panel ................................................................................................................. 9
4 - Speaker Configuration Panel ..................................................................................... 11
5 – Speaker Configuration Panel with Independent Headphone Enabled .............................. 11
6 - Headphone Volume Setting in Speaker Control Panel ................................................... 12
7 - Mixer Configuration Panel -- Playback Device Setting ................................................... 13
8 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Recording Device Setting................................................... 14
9 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Headphone ...................................................................... 14
10 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Front Microphone............................................................ 15
11 - Effects Configuration Panel - Equalizer...................................................................... 16
12 - Equalizer Setting with Smooth Slider Disabled........................................................... 16
13 - Equalizer Setting with Smooth Slider Enabled............................................................ 16
14 – Effects Configuration Panel – Bass Management........................................................ 17
15 – Jack Configuration Panel – Back Panel ..................................................................... 18
16 - Jack Configuration Panel – Front Panel ..................................................................... 18
17 - Jack Configuration Panel – Jack Detect Event Occur ................................................... 19
18 - Jack Configuration Panel - Headphone Configuration .................................................. 20
19 – S/PDIF Configuration Panel – S/PDIF Out ................................................................. 21
20 – S/PDIF Configuration Panel – S/PDIF In ................................................................... 21
21 - System Information Panel....................................................................................... 22
22 - Hot Key Configuration Panel .................................................................................... 22
23 - Hot Key - Set Volume with Hot Key .......................................................................... 23
24 - Tool Tip ................................................................................................................ 24
25 – Task Bar Icon for Adeck ......................................................................................... 25
26 – Task Bar Icon with Right Click................................................................................. 25
27 – Magic 5.1 – Switching to 4 Channel ......................................................................... 26
28 – Magic 5.1 – Switching to 6 Channel ......................................................................... 27
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Introduction
Audio Deck (Adeck) is a Windows based program which co-works with the VIA HD Audio driver and the
VIA HD Audio chip. With the advanced audio control interface, users can make the best use of the VIA
Audio chip and create powerful customized sound environments.
The main features of Adeck include:
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various sound enhancement settings with detailed user customization
active jack detection
jack Function configuration
configurations for independent headphone and re-direct headphone
set sampling rate of S/PDIF input/output device
hot Keys
multi-language
speaker testing
multi-device selection for playback and recording
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System Requirement
Adeck only supports the VIA HD audio chip series with VIA HD audio driver installed.
Minimum System Requirement
Intel Pentium III 1.0GHz or above
Minimum of 256MB of RAM
Minimum of 10MB of available hard disk space
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 or above
Recommended System Requirement
Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz or above
512MB of RAM or above
Microsoft Window XP Professional Service Pack 2 with DirectX 9.0C
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Display Mode
Simple Mode
Once Adeck has been launched, the panel will be displayed in the center of windows desktop. The Adeck
system is initialized using the simple mode (see Figure 1). In this mode, the user only has limited control
and audio information. The basic controls include: master volume and mute. The basic audio information
includes: peak meter, number of channels, S/PDIF out status or sound effect status, etc.
Figure 1 - Simple Mode Adeck
If the user needs to control the sound effects in detail, he can click on the buttons located on the lower
part of the panel. These buttons are labeled: Speaker, Mixer, Effect, Jack, S/PDIF and Info. When any of
the buttons are activated, the Adeck system will enter full mode for detailed control.
To exit Adeck, the user can simply click on the Power button.
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Full Mode
In the full mode, the bottom part of Adeck expands. Depending upon the button that was selected,
different panels will be displayed in the expanded portion. Figure 2 shows an example of Adeck in Full
Mode.
Figure 2 - Full Mode Adeck
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Panel Detail
Adeck consists of two parts; A top and bottom panel. In the simple mode, only the top panel will be fully
shown. In the full mode, both the top and bottom panel will be fully expanded.
Top Panel
The top panel consists of several parts as shown in Figure 3.
Volume control: This is the global volume control. The global volume is controlled using a slider. Scrolling
the slider to the left decreases the volume. Scrolling the slider to the right increases the volume.
Mute button: This is the global mute control. When the mute button is activated, all speakers connected
to the system will be silenced.
Channels Display: On the right of the peak meter, there is a display showing the number of audio
channels that is being used in the system. The number of channels can be changed in the speaker
configuration panel.
Peak Meter: The volume peak meter is located to the left of the channel display. The number of peak
meters changes according to the number of channels used in the system.
S/PDIF Output Status: The S/PDIF output status is located to the right of the Channel Display. If “Digital
PCM” is shown, that indicates the audio system will allow a PCM music stream output from the S/PDIF
output jack.
Bass Management Indicator: The Bass Management Indicator is located below the Channel Display. If it
is enabled, “BM” will be visible. Notice that the “Bass Management” and “Equalizer” functions can not be
enabled at the same time.
Equalizer Indicator: The Equalizer Indicator is located to the right of the Bass Management Indicator. If
it is enabled, “EQ” will be visible. As mentioned earlier, the Equalizer and Bass Management functions can
not be enabled at the same time.
Configuration Panels: On the bottom of the top panel, there is a row of buttons. When any of the buttons
are activated (except the "Power" button), the bottom panel expands to show the selected panel.
Power Button: When the Power button is activated, Adeck will hide itself in the system tray.
Volume Control
Mute
S/PDIF Output Status
Power
Speaker Peak Meter
Open Middle Panel
Equalizer
Channel Number
Bass Management
Figure 3 - Top Panel
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Bottom Panel
The Bottom Panel is beneath the top panel. The contents of the Bottom Panel are dependent upon the
button that activated to it. Even if the Bottom Panel is already expanded, the contents can still be
changed by selecting another button from the bottom of the Top Panel.
Speaker Configuration Panel: As Figure 4 shows, it contains the channel configuration and output volume
control. To test a speaker to see if it is connected, single-click on the desired speaker. To test all speakers,
just click the Test button.
Mixer Configuration Panel: As Figure 7 shows, it contains the basic Playback Mixer and Recording Mixer
volume controls. Additionally, the user can select which playback or recording device to be active.
Effects Configuration Panel: As Figure 11 shows, there are two sound enhancement functions that can be
selected: “Equalizer” or “Bass Management”.
Jack Configuration Panel: As Figure 15 shows, the user can re-task every jack’s usage and active jack
detection. The user can also configure the headphone to receive the same audio signals as the front
speakers.
S/PDIF Configuration Panel: As Figure 19 shows, the user can configure the S/PDIF related control.
System Information Panel: As Figure 21 shows, the user can view the system information and set the
preferred language. Additionally, the user can program the hot keys.
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Configuration Panels
Speaker Configuration Panel
As Figure 4 shows, the Speaker Configuration Panel is divided into two parts. On the left side, the user
can select the number of audio channels. There are up to 8 channels available. Once a channel
configuration is selected the right side of the panel will change accordingly.
On the right side of Speaker Configuration Panel, the user can adjust the volume level for each speaker
separately. Speaker positions can also be changed. To test a speaker, single-click on the speaker to hear
the test audio clip. A Test button is also provided through which a user can test all the speakers
accordingly.
Below side of the speaker configuration on the right side, there is a check box for Center/LFE Swapping.
This function is used to swap the center speaker and LFE speaker audio streams.
Speaker Test
Select Channels
Speaker Volume
Center/LFE Swap
Test All Speakers
Figure 4 - Speaker Configuration Panel
If the “Independent Headphone” feature has been enabled, the maximum number of channels will be six
as shown in Figure 5. To control the headphone volume, click on the headphone icon at the bottom-right
corner.
Figure 5 – Speaker Configuration Panel with Independent Headphone Enabled
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The headphone volume controls are as shown in Figure 6. To switch back to the speaker volume controls,
click on the speaker icon at the bottom-right corner.
Click here to return to speaker control
Headphone Volume
Headphone Test
Figure 6 - Headphone Volume Setting in Speaker Control Panel
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Mixer Configuration Panel
On the Mixer Configuration Panel, there are four mixer devices that can be selected: playback, recording,
headphone and microphone.
Figure 7 shows the Playback Mixer. Each of the Playback items has a volume, balance and mute control.
The user can also select the default playback device from a drop-down menu.
On the bottom-left of the playback mixer, there is an analog to line out control check box. User could
redirect the analog input sources (Microphone, Line In, Front Microphone etc.) to line out by checking this
feature.
Playback Control
Balance
Volume
Default Playback Device
Next Page
Mute
Enable/Disable Pseudo Analog to Analog Path
Figure 7 - Mixer Configuration Panel -- Playback Device Setting
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On the Recording Mixer, all possible input devices are shown. Figure 8 shows the Recording Mixer. Each
of the Recording items has a volume, balance and item select. Please note that there can only be one
source at any given time. On the bottom-left side of this page, there are Mic 20db boost control and Front
Mic 20db boost control check boxes. User could enlarge the recording sound by checking on this feature.
On the bottom-right is an AEC (acoustic echo cancellation) control check box. User can check this box to
enable AEC function. There is also a peak meter to show the volume of the audio input.
Figure 8 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Recording Device Setting
The “Headphone” and “Front Microphone” configuration panels may or may not be shown depending on
the user’s computer system. The “Headphone” mixer controls work the same way as the “Playback”
mixer controls, but it is only visible when the “Independent Headphone” feature is enabled.
Figure 9 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Headphone
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The “Front Microphone” configuration panel is shown in the figure below contains on mixer control
because the front microphone only has one input jack.
Figure 10 - Mixer Configuration Panel - Front Microphone
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Effects Configuration Panel
There are two sound enhancement controls in Adeck: “Equalizer” and “Bass Management”.
When the Equalizer is selected, the user will see the 10 bands from 31Hz to 16kHz. The equalizer settings
will only take effect after the user enables it by pressing the “On/Off” button above the equalizer.
There are seven preset equalizer settings that can be selected: Classical, Dance, Pop, Rock, Vocal, Jazz
and Party. Additionally, the user can create custom settings and save them for later use. To save the
current equalizer setting, click on the “Save” button. To delete a setting, select the setting to be deleted
from the drop-down menu and click on the “Delete” button.
Equalizer On/Off
Equalizer Control
Default Value
Smooth Adjustment
Sound Effect
Save Value
User Defined
Delete Setting
Adjust Values
Figure 11 - Effects Configuration Panel - Equalizer
Figure 12 shows an example of an adjustment being made to the 500Hz band without the “Smooth
Slider” enabled.
Figure 12 - Equalizer Setting with Smooth Slider Disabled
If “Smooth Slider” is enabled, any adjustment to any of the Equalizer bands will cause the surrounding
bands to be affected so as to produce a smoother sound.
Figure 13 - Equalizer Setting with Smooth Slider Enabled
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Figure 14 shows the “Bass Management” features. The user can enable the “Bass Management” features
by clicking on the “On/Off” button at the top of the “Bass Management” controls. The “Bass Management”
feature allows the user to control the low frequency limits for the speakers. When the low frequency limit
is set for a speaker, any audio signal below the limit will be automatically channeled to the subwoofer.
Each speaker (except for the subwoofer) can be configured to have a different low frequency limit. For
example, if the user wants to set the low frequency limit for front-left speaker to 310Hz, then the user can
click on the picture of the front-left speaker and change the “Cutoff Frequency” to 310Hz.
Additionally, the user can enhance the bass by checking the “Bass Boost” checkbox.
Figure 14 – Effects Configuration Panel – Bass Management
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Jack Configuration Panel
The Jack Configuration Controls enable the user to configure all the audio jacks on the computer system.
The “Back Panel” lists all the jacks at the rear side of the computer system. The “Front Panel” lists all the
jacks at the front side of the computer system. In general, the multi-channel playback and recording
jacks will be listed in the “Back Panel” controls. And the “Headphone” and “Front Mic” will be list on “Front
Panel”.
In the “Back Panel” controls, shown in Figure 15, the jacks can be distinguished by the different colors
used to identify each jack. The user should be able to find matching colors at the rear of the computer
system. Each of the jacks can be re-assigned. The user can easily revert to the default setting by clicking
on the “Default” button.
Back Panel Control
Press to set jack function
Default Jack Function
Auto show jack
retasking dialog
when being
checked
Jack Color
Figure 15 – Jack Configuration Panel – Back Panel
The “Front Panel” controls usually only has two jacks listed: “Headphone” and “Front Mic”.
Front Panel Control
Press to set jack function
Auto show jack
retasking dialog
when being
checked
Figure 16 - Jack Configuration Panel – Front Panel
Default Jack Function
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When a new device is plugged-in, a new panel will be displayed if the “Auto Show Dialog” checkbox is
selected. Figure 17 shows an example of a jack being plugged into the green jack. When the jack
insertion is detected, Adeck will be displayed. The user will see a red arrow indicating the jack insertion
event. An extension of the panel will also be displayed. There the user can assign the jack to any available
function. Functions that are not available will not have a checkbox next to it.
Indicates a jack has been inserted
Suggest Jack Function
Indicates unavailability
Set Jack Function
Figure 17 - Jack Configuration Panel – Jack Detect Event Occur
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The Headphone Configuration Panel is shown in Figure 18. There are two headphone configurations that
can be chosen: “Independent Headphone” or “Redirected Headphone”.
The “Independent Headphone” feature enables the user to play separate music on the headphone and
speaker. For example, the user can use a multi-channel device (such as 5.1 surround sound) to watch a
movie while simultaneously using the independent headphone feature to make phone calls through a
VoIP Internet phone.
The “Redirected Headphone” feature enables the user to hear the same audio that is being channeled to
the front speakers. In this mode, once the headphone has been inserted the audio will be redirected from
the speakers to the headphone.
Please note that the “Independent Headphone” function requires two channels. Therefore, only six
channels will be available if “Independent Headphone” is being used.
Figure 18 - Jack Configuration Panel - Headphone Configuration
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S/PDIF Configuration Panel
The S/PDIF Configuration Panel enables the user to configure S/PDIF related control.
The “S/PDIF Out” panel allows the user to enable S/PDIF output support and select the S/PDIF output
sampling rate. Please note that some S/PDIF decoders do not support 176.4 and 192kHz. Before enabling
these higher sampling rates, please checking the external S/PDIF decoder first.
S/PDIF Output Control
Enable S/PDIF Output
Output Sample Rate
Figure 19 – S/PDIF Configuration Panel – S/PDIF Out
The “S/PDIF In” panel allows the user to select the S/PDIF input sampling rate. For optimal performance,
the selected sampling rate should match the sampling rate of the incoming stream.
S/PDIF Input Control
Input Sample Rate
Figure 20 – S/PDIF Configuration Panel – S/PDIF In
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System Information Panel
The System Information Panel displays the current system information, allows the user to select the
language for Adeck and enables the user to visit the VIA web site.
Figure 21 - System Information Panel
The “Hot Key” Configuration Panel allows the user to set hot keys for controlling the volume and muting.
To use the hot keys, “Enable Hot Key Function” must first be checked.
Figure 22 - Hot Key Configuration Panel
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When a hot key is pressed, the screen will show a green volume control bar at the bottom of the screen
and a mute/un-mute icon at the top-right corner of the screen. The on-screen display can be hidden by
pressing the “Show/Hide” hot key.
Figure 23 - Hot Key - Set Volume with Hot Key
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Tool Tips
Whenever the user moves mouse curser over any interactive item, Adeck will pop out a message box that
will notify user regarding the usage of the item.
Move the cursor over an item for tool tip
Figure 24 - Tool Tip
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Task Bar
Figure 25 shows Adeck after it has been enabled. The user can single-click the system tray icon to show
the Adeck application.
Figure 25 – Task Bar Icon for Adeck
If the user right-clicks the Adeck system tray icon, a small menu will be displayed as shown in Figure 26.
The user can either open Adeck by selecting “VIA HD Audio Deck” or close Adeck by selecting “Exit”.
Show Simple Panel
Exit Adeck
Figure 26 – Task Bar Icon with Right Click
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Magic 5.1
When there are only 3 jacks at the rear of the computer system , Adeck system will enable Magic 5.1
automatically. The user can use Magic 5.1 function to retask "Line Input" to “Line Output” for
multi-stream Devices, when there are only 3 jacks at the rear of the computer system. Figure 27 shows
“Line In” Jack will be retasked to “Back Surround Output” Jack when 4 Channel.
Switching to 4 Channel
Line In Jack will be retasked to Back Surround Output
Figure 27 – Magic 5.1 – Switching to 4 Channel
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Figure 28 shows “Line In” Jack will be retasked to “Back Surround Output” Jack, and “Microphone” Jack
will be retasked to “Center/LFE Output” Jack when 6 Channel.
Switching to 6 Channel
Line In Jack will be retasked to Back Surround Output
Microphone will be retasked to Center/LFE Output
Figure 28 – Magic 5.1 – Switching to 6 Channel
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