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Congratulations on your purchase of a SADiE product; part of a range making up the most powerful hard disk editing systems in the world. These products are the result of over 15 years experience in the industry listening to our customers, taking on board their ideas, and providing for their needs. Our ethos of close customer contact, and free technical support and software upgrades has meant that customers not only buy a system but also make an investment that will reap dividends as the software expands. We feel confident that you will find using this system very enjoyable and hope that our products will be part of your production system for many years to come.

As you take your system out of the box for the first time it is worth spending just a few moments reading this document, as it will help you to set up your system effectively and efficiently. Inside you’ll find a complete packing list, help with connecting up your system and our troubleshooting guide to help overcome any initial problems.


NOTE: A complete packing list for your new equipment is enclosed. Upon unpacking the equipment, please ensure that all the items listed are present. If you think that anything may be missing or has arrived in a damaged condition, please contact your supplier immediately

SADiE digital audio workstation systems can be provided in a number of different configurations. The number and type of audio cards will all make a difference to how everything connects together. Most

SADiE systems are provided as “Turnkey” packages, where the required options will be provided fitted into a SADiE Rack PC, with software pre-installed, configured, and ready to go. Alternatively you may have ordered just the audio cards and other options, and intend to install the hardware and software yourself.

The first “Getting Started” section of this Installation Guide describes how to connect up a Turnkey system to its peripherals and breakout boxes, with some diagrams of example set-ups. The “Technical

Reference” section will describe installation and specifications of individual cards and items, for reference purposes or for those that have purchased cards and software only.

This document provides information on SADiE systems based on PCI cards, i.e. PCM4, PCM8, PCM-

H8, and PCM-H16.

Getting Started


Getting Started with SADiE6 .................................................................................................................1:5

SADiE on the Internet ...........................................................................................................................1:6

Technical Reference

PCM4, PCM8, PCM-H8 & PCM-H16 ....................................................................................................2:1

Installing SADiE6 Software ...................................................................................................................3:1

SADiE Hardware Control Panels ..........................................................................................................4:1

PCI CAT Timecode and Machine Control Card ....................................................................................5:1

Technical Specifications

PCM4 & PCM8 – I/P and O/P Specifications ........................................................................................6:1

Conformity Statements ..........................................................................................................................6:6

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This shows a simple 8 track SADiE PCM8 or PCM-H8 turnkey.

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This shows a SADiE PCM4 turnkey.

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This shows a 16-track SADiE PCM8 turnkey with options:

Balanced analogue I/O option – note that the 8in/8out XLR connectors on this replace the unbalanced jacks on the standard breakout panel. The “800B” balanced breakout panel connects directly to the 44-way connector on the back of the PCM8 card, and provides a “Y-lead” connection onto which the standard “800” breakout box connects.

NOTE: The diagram shows only one pair of breakout boxes connected. The second card (and 3 rd


4 th

for larger systems) will connect identically.

Note also that the provided DC power supply connects to the balanced panel only. The unbalanced

800” panel has a connector for a power supply, but this is used only when it is used in conjunction with an optional Apogee AD-8000 24-bit AD/DA converter.

Hardware controller pair (Jog and Fader panel) – connect usually to 9-pin Port 1 on the standard

800” breakout box. Note that the undersides of both panels are printed with details of exactly how to connect the cables.


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Depending on the configuration of the system there are a number of different connectors you may see on the back panel of your computer. The drawings below should help you identify the cards in your system (you will NOT have all of these!). In a Turnkey system, the cards will also be identified by a label below the card slot at the rear of the main SADiE rack PC.


Female 44-way D-type connector

PCM8, PCM-H8 or PCM-H16 digital processor card

Purpose: The “workhorse” of the SADiE system. Provides digital audio processing. A PCM8 or PCM-H8 occupies one PCI slot; the PCM-H16 uses the same long PCI card, however includes a second I/O daughter card which will then break out of the rear of the Pc in the next slot.


1. To Breakout box(es)


Three female 15-way

D-type connectors



PCM4 digital processing card

Purpose: The “workhorse” of the SADiE system. Provides digital audio processing.





PCM4 occupies 2 x PC slots: one for the card, and the other for the breakout lead for digital I/O (i.e. connector number 3). The breakout leads are colour coded to match the colour label next to each multi-pin connector.

RED – analogue in and out 1&2

YELLOW – analogue in and out 3&4

BLUE – digital in and out 1,2,3 & 4

2 3 1


Purpose: To allow 9-pin machine control of compatible devices and provide SMPTE Timecode support.



Male 25-way D-type connector



To breakout box (PCM8) or 9-pin breakout cable


Video Ref In

Video Ref Out


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If you have purchased a new SADiE system you will find a SADiE6 software manual in the package.

Please refer to Chapter 1 of the software manual, entitled “Getting Started”, which will take introduce you to the following areas of the system:

A general introduction to Digital Audio Editing

An introduction to SADiE systems

SADiE basics (Using Help, User Management, Starting SADiE, The Display, On-screen Help)

Tutorial (Connections, Recording, Playing and Arranging the EDL, Saving, Editing, Mixing)


A full on-line help file is available within the SADiE6 software. To access it, go to the “Help” menu at the top of the SADiE screen and select “Help on SADiE6”.

The Help File is set out in the following chapters:

Getting Started explains the concepts behind the system and the terminology used and gives you a quick guide to getting your system working for you. The Tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to editing the audio provided. We recommend that you follow this in order to save time later.


Using the Playlist

Arranging an EDL



File Management

Specific Applications contains notes on operations relevant to more specialised areas of work.

For example: CD pre-mastering; Auto-conforming for video post-production and syncing film rushes.

Customising SADiE explains the settings you can change to affect the way the system works or appears on the screen.


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The SADiE website is at http://www.sadie.com

On this site you can find new product information, customer support information, FAQ lists, software download areas, contact and supplier information, news, company details, press releases, and details of forthcoming trade shows.


There is an independently run SADiE user forum on the Internet.

Once you’ve registered for the SADiE Web board you can view new and old messages online.

Additionally you can “subscribe” to any or all of the forums on the Web board, and these messages will be e-mailed to you directly.


To Register for the SADiE Web board: a. Using a web browser go to: http://webbd.nls.net/webboard/wbpx.dll/~SADiE b. At this “front-door” you can register as a New User. Once you’ve applied, you will have to wait for a while and the Web board administrators will e-mail you a reply including your own password for the site.


Once you have received your password, return to the site and log-on using your e-mail address and the password provided. You will be able to access messages in three different ways: a. Directly on the Web board, where you have the ability to view ALL messages that have been posted. The Web board also has search facilities, so you can search to see if particular topics have already been discussed b. You can choose to receive new messages and reply to them via e-mail. Press the “MORE” button, then “Mailing Lists”, where you can sign up to receive messages from particular conferences via e-mail. c. Via a Newsreader. Point the Newsreader at webbd.nls.net

and you will be offered the sections you have access to. These may include the “Pro-Audio” and “Mastering” boards; once you have access to the SADiE Web board you can also access the other areas hosted by the Web board.

The Web board itself has further details of the facilities it offers under “Help”.


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There are a number of different PCM Series 6 hardware platforms on which the SADiE6 Software

System can run; this document describes operation of the “TNG3” model processors that are based around PCI cards - PCM4, PCM8, PCM-H8 and PCM-H16. All offer similar facilities but with differing capabilities. All are PC plug-in cards, and are based on a similar design. The installation of them is similar and so this document will describe the installation by referring to them generically as “SADiE” cards, and only describing individual cards if their installation differs from the norm.

The PCM Series 6 cards are full-length PCI plug-in cards.

The PCM8 card gives 8 channels of audio input and output which are connected via a multi-way connector to the SADIE 800 and 800B breakout boxes. The PCM8 uses 2 DSPs

The PCM-H8 card has the same audio capabilities and connections as the PCM8, but the processor card is more powerful and utilises 5 DSPs for audio processing.

The PCM-H16 card is the same as the PCM-H8, but whereas the PCM-H8 has a single daughter card that provides 8 channels of I/O, the PCM-H16 has an additional “piggy-back” daughter card to provide a further 8 channels of I/O. The second daughter-card uses the PC slot next to the main card, and so of all these PCI SADiE cards, the PCM-H16 is the only one that occupies two PCI slots.

PCM4 is similar to the PCM8 card. PCM4 provides 4 channels of audio I/O. These are connected via three 15-way D-Type connectors, which connect to XLR cable looms. Two of the 15-way connectors are on the PCM4 card itself, the other one is on a “flying” lead as described below.


It is a relatively simple task to install the SADiE hardware into your PC. However, it does involve taking the top off your PC and physically inserting the SADiE card(s). If you are unhappy delving into the innards of your PC then we would advise you to get the help of a friend who is experienced in this type of operation. In any case you will need to refer to your PC's User Manual for details on how to gain access to the expansion card slots.

NOTE: SADiE cannot guarantee that the SADiE card or software will operate correctly in your PC. If you have any difficulties making SADiE operate, please contact your supplier or SADiE directly who will be happy to quote for attempting to make it work with your equipment, or for supplying a “turnkey” solution for you.


Be sure that power is removed before opening your PC and inserting (or removing) the expansion cards. Some PC’s have an On/Off switch on the front of the unit, which does not necessarily remove

ALL power! For safety, remove all power cables completely. For sake of ease and safety, you should disconnect the mouse, keyboard, monitor and any other cables at the back of the PC.

The SADiE cards are full-length PCI cards, so you’ll need to identify one or more (depending how many cards you are fitting) PCI expansion slots in your computer into which they can fit. Pay attention to ensuring that components on the PC motherboard are not in the way of the card when it is inserted.

If such a component should come into contact with the SADiE board during operation, it may destroy both the card and your computer. Remove the blanking plate from the slot you have decided to use.

If you are installing more than one PCM8 card for a “multi-card” system, the supplied leads will probably dictate that the cards should be in adjacent PCI slots.

NOTE: It is imperative that your PC has a sufficient flow of cooling air to keep the SADiE boards at their proper operating temperature. Multiple card systems will generate more heat, and so particular care should be taken in these cases. If in doubt, you can purchase a specially made, rack-mount PC from SADiE.


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If in doubt about fitting the cards into your PC refer to your PC's Installation Guide, but pay particular attention to the following points:


The SADiE cards and other parts of your system are easily damaged by static electricity; do not remove the cards from their protective packaging until you have observed all static safety precautions.


You do not need to set any base address links or switches on the card prior to installation. The software installation is detailed in the next chapter.


Place the card(s) into the slot(s). Take care that the blue plastic bracket on the card enters the correct card guide at the front of the PC and that the edge connector at the base of the card enters the receiving connector on the PC motherboard. You will have to use firm, but not excessive, pressure to insert the card fully. Once the card is properly in the slot, replace the screw that was holding the blank plate. This is the only physical restraint on the card and it protects the card and the PC from damage caused by the card moving when you plug a cable into one of its rear panel connectors or during transport. Try to avoid positioning the cables so that they block air holes or fans, as this will affect cooling efficiency.


Although it is possible to connect PCM8 cards as multiple cards, with the availability of the PCM-H64 system, new systems will not be supplied in this way. Mention of multi-card systems in this document remains only for legacy support.

One card will be a "Master" card and the others will be designated "Slave" usually by the letter S by the side of the serial number sticker. There is no other physical difference between the cards, although they are electrically different.

When placing more than two PCM8 cards in a PC, the Master card MUST be on the "outside", thus the order of slots in the PC can be Master, Slave, Slave, Slave, or S, S, S, M, but not S,S,M,S, or



Digital Audio cable (PCM4 only) – PCM4 is supplied with three Audio I/O looms for analogue and digital audio inputs and outputs. For details of the connection of these see below. At this stage you will need to consider whether you require digital audio connections to the PCM4. This is sent via the supplied 16way to 15way “D-type” cable, that has it’s own PC fixing plate attached. For digital audio

I/O to be possible, you will need to find another back-plane slot (or some other hole in the back of the

PC) to take the 15-way D-type connector, and connect the dual-in-line connector on the other end onto connector J4 on the top edge of the PCM4 card.

PCI CAT card - You may have an RS422/timecode card. This is a smaller PCI card, and the PCI CAT is an optional extra card for PCM Series 5 kit to provide timecode and 9-pin machine control, or for connecting the Hardware Controller option. For Information on connecting the PCI CAT card please see the PCI CAT Section of this guide.

Multi-card interconnections - An interconnect cable will be supplied for multi-card systems, consisting of the appropriate number of 10-way IDC connectors. This connects to the 10-way connector J2, which is on the top of each PCM8 card (just behind the expansion board). The cards should be fitted in a Master-slave-slave-slave order, such that the Master card is on one end. Doublecheck the cables. Check that there are no trapped cables, everything is firmly connected, and in the correct orientation. Replace the lid of the computer.

Reconnect the cables you disconnected at the start of this procedure and connect any cables that you want to run to the new cards.


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You’re almost ready to power up the PC. What happens next depends on which operating system you are using, and this is described in the next chapter.



Each PCM8 card will have one or two breakout boxes, depending on whether the analogue balanced option has been purchased. The standard “800” breakout box has 4 male and 4 female XLR’s on the face for AES/EBU in and out, plus 16 mono ¼” jacks for unbalanced analogue in and out. The rear of the “800” breakout box has connections for the CAT card, 9-pin ports and LTC in and out. The optional

800B” breakout box has 8 male and 8 female XLR’s for balanced analogue I/O.

There are some diagrams in the Connections section above, which show how to connect the breakout boxes. If only an “800” breakout box is supplied, its captive lead connects directly to the rear of the

SADiE card. If both breakout boxes are provided, then the “800B” 44-way male D-type connects directly to the SADiE card, and the “800” connects to the female 44-way D-type connector which is attached near the main, male 44-way connector of the “800B”.

In either case, the PCI CAT card connects to rear of the “800” breakout box via a 25-way cable. Both ends use the same sex connector, but there is a difference: one end will be labelled “BOB” which connects onto the “800” breakout box, and the other will be labelled “CAT” which obviously connects onto the mating connector on the PCI CAT card.


The PCM-H16 card is the same as a PCM8-H8, except that TWO daughter boards for audio I/O are provided, and thus TWO sets of 800 and 800B break out boxes may be connected to provide 16 x

AES and Analog I/O.

In this case the CAT cable can be connected to either of the 800 break out boxes.


Three audio looms have been provided for connection of audio inputs and outputs to PCM4. These will need to be connected to the three 15-way D-type connectors: two on the back of the PCM4 card, the third (for AES/EBU digital connections) is on the “flying” lead that was attached to J4 of the PCM4 as above.

The leads have colour-coded shells on the 15-way connector, which match the insert of the D-type connectors on the PCM4 and flying lead. All cards have a label on the card to identify the colour.

All leads have four XLR connectors (2 male 2 female) on one end and a 15-way male D-type connector at the other end.





This is for AES/EBU digital connections. The 15-way connector attaches to the

Blue 15-way D-type on the “flying” lead attached to J4 of the PCM4.

This is for Analogue Inputs and Outputs 1 and 2. The 15-way connector attaches to the Red 15-way D-type, which is the LOWER of the two on the back of the PCM4 card.

YELLOW cable This is for Analogue Inputs and Outputs 3 and 4. The 15-way connector attaches to the Yellow 15-way D-type, which is the UPPER of the two on the back of the PCM4 card.

The XLR’s on all three cables are labelled appropriately. Male XLR’s will provide outputs and Females inputs in all cases.


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You will need to log on as an administrator in order to install SADiE.

When you first boot the PC after the SADiE hardware has been inserted in or connected via USB,

Windows™ will notice the hardware change and offer to “Plug and Play” the hardware and search for a driver.

Windows™ will report "Found new hardware – multimedia controller… Welcome to the Found new hardware wizard….". At this point you should press cancel in order to halt the plug and play.

Windows™ will have installed a generic multi-media controller device at the moment, but installing the

SADiE6 application software will resolve this and install the correct hardware driver.


You will have been provided with the installer for SADiE6. This is either on the standard “V6

SOFTWARE INSTALLATION DISK” with the blue “6” logo, or else it may have been downloaded from the SADiE Web site.


On inserting the V6 SOFTWARE INSTALLATION DISK, if you wait a short while, the “Welcome to

SADiE Version 6” menu will appear.

If this doesn’t happen, autorun may have been turned off on your CD drive; the quickest alternative way to get to this menu is to:

Press the Windows™ "Start" button; select "Run" and type z:\autorun (where in this example z: is the letter of your CD drive). The “Welcome” menu will now appear.

To install the SADiE6 software, select your hardware, then Install SADiE v6 Software and follow the installer instructions thereafter.

A SADiE6 icon will appear on your desktop. Double-click this to run the SADiE software.


The most recent version of SADiE software is available for download on the SADiE World Wide Web page. It can be found at http://www.SADiE.com

On the home page choose Support and then the Downloads link.

Then download the current version of SADiE 6 Software.

The download page offers you the SADiE software disks along with other downloads: release notes, installation notes, etc. and installers for plug-ins.

To install the SADiE6 software, you will either be offered the chance to RUN the installer, straight after downloading it, or else you will need to navigate to the location on your hard drive that it was downloaded to, and double click on the installer file.

Then follow the instructions on the screen, as above a shortcut will be placed on your desktop – run this to run the SADiE application.


You may be downloading the SADiE6 software installer in order to update the software to a newer version.

Under normal circumstances, if you are updating to a newer version of software, then running the new installer will automatically uninstall the old version first, and then will install the new application files.


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There are sometimes occasions where this is not possible – if you updating from a very old version or perhaps an intermediate beta-test version, then the software itself may tell you that you must manually uninstall first. If this happens:-

Press the Start button, and choose Control Panel

Select Add or Remove Programs

Scroll down to find the entry for “SADiE Software”, select it, and press the Remove button

Wait until that process has completed, then you can proceed to installing the new version of software.

Note that uninstalling software does not affect any projects you have created, nor will it change any settings for the program; it merely removes the application files.


Software options and plug-ins come in two differing forms – either:- a) they are part of the SADiE software and only require to be authorised, or b) they are third-party options which require an extra installer.

Internal Options / SPW files

The majority of the available options fall into the first category, and you will be supplied with an SPW file which may contain one or more authorisations codes.

With a new system, any SPW files will be in the root directory of the supplied installation CD. On starting the SADIE software for the first time, you will be asked to supply this SPW and you should navigate to the CD when asked by the software.

To install SPW files at other times:


From the File menu, select “Install Plug-in Options”

Then navigate to the supplied SPW file; the software will check the authorisations and report.

Then close SADiE and re-start the software before you use the plug-ins.

Other plug-in Installers

Currently (Januaray 2011) the following options require a separate installer :

All Cedar options (De-click96, De-Crackle96, De-Noise96, De-Thump96 and Retouch),

Soundfield Surround Zone

ProTools5 Interchange

OMF Interchange

With a new system, again, the authorisations for these will be in the root directory of the supplied software CD. The menus on the CD can be navigated to run the plug-in installer, and any authorisation codes found on the CD will install automatically.

If you are downloading the plug-in installer, it will come in one of two forms – a ZIP file or an EXE.

The ProTools5 and OMF Interchange plug-ins are downloaded as zipped sets of files which must be extracted first before the installer can be run.

The others are self-extracting EXE files which will start installing as you double-click to run them.

If the plug-in installer asks for a password, it will have been supplied to you in a file called PWD??.TXT

– open this in Notepad, select the string of random characters, right click and copy to paste. Then when the installer asks, paste this string into the dialog box.

If the installer doesn’t ask for a password, it will have found it automatically (if the PWD??.TXT is in the root directory of the disk from which the installer is running, it will find the code).


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Every PC configuration will be different, so it’s difficult to give hard and fast rules about every possible situation that may occur. Some guidelines can be offered however. If you are not confident troubleshooting the PC installation or are unsure with any of the terms used in this section then you should consult someone who is, or contact SADiE customer support.

You will need to be logged on as an Administrator to install SADiE software and fault find an installation.

It is quite likely that modern operating systems will be able allocate the PC’s resources in such a way as to avoid conflicts, however conflicts can still occur. The most likely conflict is either one of IRQ or

“interrupt” or “address” a.k.a. “Port address” a.k.a. “I/O address”.

PCI cards such as the SADiE cards will have the IRQ and I/O address allocated by the operating system. The I/O address will be unique, but (in theory) IRQ’s can be shared. The SADiE cards are happy enough sharing an IRQ with each other or another PCI device. However, some other PCI devices may not be so happy to do this. Therefore, if in Device Manager, you see another device sharing an IRQ with the SADiE audio card, this is not necessarily a problem. However, because a shared IRQ is Windows™-legal and the IRQ’s are allocated by Windows™, if there is a problem with the sharing of IRQ separating the devices can be very difficult. Sometimes a PC will allocate a particular IRQ to a particular PCI slot and thus changing the slot may cause the device to “jump” to another IRQ.


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The SADiE Hardware Controllers consist of two units that have mechanical cross sections similar to most common PC keyboards. The larger fader panel has eight assignable touch-sensitive motorised faders. The jog unit has one fader and a jog or shuttle wheel in the centre.

The units can free stand and be arranged to suit the user. A special power supply and RS422 serial interface card (the PCI CAT card) are also needed.


The serial interface card must be installed inside the PC. See the PCI CAT installation sheet later in this document for details.


Cable and power supply connection is detailed on the underside of both the jog and fader panels. See also the Connection diagrams earlier in this booklet.


To turn on the Hardware Controllers inside the SADiE software:

Under the “View” menu select “Setup Window”

Choose the “9-pin Channels” page on the left side of this window

From the drop-down list at the side of the 9-pin port to which the controllers are connected, select “Hardware Controller”. The lights on the Hardware Controller will change and they will now be operational.

Subsequently, starting SADiE will automatically search for the controllers on that 9-pin channel, and initialise them if they are there. If however, the controllers are switched off when SADiE boots, you will see an error message. You’ll have to power them up, and then initialise them again in the “9-pin

Setup” page.


This is a fully certificated custom unit that must be supplied by SADiE. A label on its underside identifies it. Connect this unit to the local mains via its embedded IEC connector. Line voltage selection is automatic. There are no user adjustments. Allow air to circulate around this power supply for cooling purposes.


There are no on-off power switches on any unit. To switch off (or force a reset) the power supply must be disconnected from the mains supply

When power is applied, the fader and jog panels should display their ROM version number (internal control software) on their LED indicators. This display will change when SADiE gains control via the serial link

The SADiE software User Manual and Help file give details throughout of hardware controller operation, and also contains a list of the keys and their functions.


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If you have purchased your PCI CAT card as part of a SADiE Turnkey unit then it will have already been installed into the system. Otherwise this section will lead you through installing the PCI CAT card into your system. This installation should only be carried out by a suitably qualified person. Do not remove the PCI CAT card from its protective packaging until indicated by these instructions. Please also observe full static safety precautions whilst handling the PCI CAT card, or touching any of the internal components of your computer.

Ensure that the computer is switched off. If your computer has a power switch on the power supply unit (near to where the mains lead is connected), this should also be switched to the off position and the power cable removed.

• Remove the computer’s lid.

• Insert the PCI CAT card into a spare PCI slot of the computer motherboard.

Connect the PCI CAT card to the PCM4 or PCM8 card with the PCI CAT SYNC lead. The 10way connector attaches to the PCI CAT card by way of the 10-way box header on the PCI

CAT card labelled SYNC. Ensure that the wires are at the rear of the connector (this is the end nearest to the MIDI connector).

On the SADiE TNG3 card, the two paired cables connect to LK1 and LK2 - it doesn't matter which colour connects to which header as these are auto-sensing but you the black cable of

each pair must be towards the top of the TNG3 card.

Screw the card into position and replace the computer’s lid.

If you are happy that everything has been reconnected correctly, connect the power and start the system up.

Once Windows has started, Plug and Play will recognise the new CAT card. Be sure to

Cancel out of this.

Then install the SADiE software again; this will load the driver for the Cat card automatically.

See Installing Software above for details on how to install the SADIE6 software.


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Figures apply for 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz operating frequencies and, in the case of digital I/O, their multiples. They do not necessarily apply for minus 0.1%, chase lock, or varispeed rates.



The PCM8 and PCM-H8 cards support four two-channel digital inputs 1 . A separate reference input is available for clock synchronisation purposes.

The PCM-H16 cards supports eight two-channel digital inputs 2 . A separate reference input is available for clock synchronisation purposes on the first daughter-card.

PCM4 cards support two two-channel digital inputs at up to 96 kHz sampling frequency.


XLR female connectors 3 : transformer balanced and isolated.

Accept levels between 500mV and 10V peak-to-peak.

Accept digital protocols to S/PDIF (consumer, IEC 958) or AES (professional AES3-1992) format, 32 – 48 kHz +10%

Impedance: 110

No equalisation fitted.


XLR female connector: transformer balanced and isolated.

Accepts levels between 500mV and 10V peak-to-peak.

Impedance: 100

± 10%

No equalisation fitted.

NOTE: The PCM8, PCM-H8 and PCM-H16 cards will support AES digital reference for synchronisation purposes. They do not support “word-clock” or SDIF-2 synchronisation signals on input or output.

All analogue XLR connectors are wired in the following order:

Pin 1

Pin 2

Pin 3


Positive, non-inverting “hot”

Negative, inverting, “cold”

1 Eight channels digital inputs up to 88.2/96kHz or four channels at 174.4/192kHz

2 Sixteen channels digital inputs up to 88.2/96kHz or eight channels at 174.4/192kHz

3 AES-3 pinout for digital audio XLR connectors.


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The PCM8 and PCM-H8 cards support 8 channels of analogue input. These signals appear on type

800” breakout box which is populated with ¼” mono jack connectors. Optionally a type “800B” breakout box is available with female XLR connectors and electrically balanced receivers.

The PCM-H16 card supports 16 channels of analogue input. These signals appear on two type “800” breakout boxes which are populated with ¼” mono jack connectors. Optionally type “800B” breakout boxes are available with female XLR connectors and electrically balanced receivers.

The PCM4 card supports 4 channels of analogue input. These signals appear on XLR cable looms supplied with the card.

Nominal Level for peak digital audio (sine wave): o 800, unbalanced jacks +12dBu 5 o 800B, balanced XLR +12dBu o PCM4 balanced XLR +18dBu

Conversion: o 24-bit 64-times over-sampling delta sigma converters, one per channel, simultaneous conversion, up to 96kHz sample rate.

Input impedance: > 10k

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz, +/- 0.5dB, AC coupled.

Total distortion and noise 6 with 1kHz applied at peak level: better than 90dB

CMRR - > 80dB @ 50Hz


XLR female located on back of type “800” breakout box. Electrically balanced

Level: -17dBu to +7dBu

Impedance: >10k


BNC connector located on back of PCI CAT card.

PCI CAT card applies termination of 75

Sync pulses should be 300mV when terminated in 75

Two line vertical interval timecode can be read



The PCM8 and PCM-H8 cards provide four two-channel digital outputs 7 . The PCM-H16 provides eight two-channel digital outputs 8 . PCM4 provides two two-channel digital outputs.

4 Onboard A to D converters do not operate faster than 96kHz sample rate

5 0 dBu = 0dBm in 600

= 0.775 Vrms

Other levels are available by arrangement

6 S / (THD +N) 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted

7 Eight channels digital input at 88.2/96kHz or four channels at 174.4/192kHz

8 Sixteen channels digital input at 88.2/96kHz or eight channels at 174.4/192kHz


PCM Hardware Installation Guide Input/output specifications


XLR 3-pin male connectors, transformer balanced and isolated.

Generates digital protocols to S/PDIF (consumer, IEC 958) or AES (professional AES3-1992) format, 32 – 96 kHz +10%, depending on software selection.

Output level: 10V p-p (5V p-p when terminated in 110


Source impedance: 110

+/- 10%

Symbol jitter < 20ns p-p RMS



PCM8 and PCM-H8 support 8 channels of analogue output. These signals appear on the type “800” breakout box which is populated with ¼” mono jack connectors. Optionally a type “800B” breakout box is available with male XLR connectors and electrically balanced drivers.

PCM-H16 supports 16 channels of analogue output. These signals appear on two type “800” breakout boxes which are populated with ¼” mono jack connectors. Optionally type “800B” breakout boxes are available with male XLR connectors and electrically balanced drivers.

PCM4 supports 4 channels of analogue input. These signals appear on XLR cable looms supplied with the card.

Level for peak digital audio (sine wave): o 800, unbalanced jacks o 800B, balanced XLR o PCM4 balanced XLR





Conversion: 24-bit 64 times over-sampling delta sigma converters, one per channel, simultaneous conversion, up to 96kHz sample rate.

Output impedance < 25

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz, +/- 0.5dB, DC coupled.

Total distortion and noise 11 with 1kHz applied at peak level: better than 90dB.


Electrically balanced XLR male connector:

Level: +3dBu

Impedance: 25


Four channel of serial interface are provided via four 9-pin female D connectors on the back of the type “800” breakout box.

RS-422 compatible signalling

Industry standard machine control pin out


BNC connector on CAT card

Source Impedance: 75

9 On board D to A converters do not function faster than 96kHz sample rate

10 0 dBu = 0dBm in 600

= 0.775 Vrms

Other levels are available by arrangement

11 S / (THD +N) 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted


Input/output specifications PCM Hardware Installation Guide


Performance when operating E-E (Electronics to Electronics, i.e. input is processed via input electronics then via output electronics without intervening recording or audio processing):


Sample rate out is locked to sample rate in.

Output protocol is independent of input protocol, i.e. can convert AES to S/PDIF or vice versa.

User bits are not passed through system.

Output data equals input data, i.e. signal is unchanged (16 - 24 bit signals only, dithering off, with both input and output selected to match the test data).


Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.5 dB, AC coupled.

Total distortion and noise 12 with 1 kHz applied at peak level: better than 90 dB below peak.


PCM Series 5 supports emphasis only in channel status sub-code.


No data compression is used. Recorded data is replayed unchanged if no processing is selected in software.


230 V or 13 +/- 10% , AC 50-60 Hz.

IEC line connector

Steady-state power requirement < 300 W

Fuse: 5 Amps (T)


Case is CE marked:

Conforms to the following standards:

EN50081-1 (EN55022); 1995

EN50082-1 (EC 801-2,3,4); 1992

Following the provisions of the Low Voltage and EMC Council Directives:



12 S / (THD +N) 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted


PCM Hardware Installation Guide


SADiE turnkey: 19” rack mounting chassis. 4U. o Max dimensions: 485mm wide x 550mm deep x 180mm high. o Mass < 20 kg

Breakout box “800”: 19” rack mounting chassis 1U o Max dimensions: 485mm wide x 280mm deep x 89mm high. o Mass < 3kg

Breakout box “800B”: 19” rack mounting chassis 1U o Max dimensions: 485mm wide x 280mm deep x 89mm high. o Mass: < 3kg

Input/output specifications


Input/output specifications PCM Hardware Installation Guide



SADiE declares that its products conform to the following standards:

EN50081-1 (EN55022); 1995

EN50082-1 (EC 801-2,3,4); 1992

Following the provisions of the Low Voltage and EMC Council Directives:




SADiE declares that its products conform to the Part 15 of FCC rules concerning generation of and susceptibility to electromagnetic interference provided it is used unmodified and in accordance with manufacturers instructions



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