High-End 192 kHz Reference HiFi Audio Interface
User’s Guide
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Revision 1, July 2007
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Prodigy HD2
INDEX
1. Introduction.................................................................................................................................. 4
2. System Requirements .................................................................................................................. 4
Minimum System Requirements................................................................................................ 4
3. Connectors .................................................................................................................................... 5
4. Hardware Installation ................................................................................................................. 5
5. Software Installation.................................................................................................................... 7
6. Prodigy HD2 Control Panel ...................................................................................................... 10
1. Main / QSound panel ........................................................................................................... 11
2. QEM panel ........................................................................................................................... 12
3. Equalizer panel..................................................................................................................... 12
4. QEM switch ......................................................................................................................... 12
5. QSizzle™ switch.................................................................................................................. 13
6. QRumble™ switch............................................................................................................... 13
7. Normalizer switch................................................................................................................ 13
8. 3D effect switch ................................................................................................................... 13
9. Equalizer switch................................................................................................................... 13
10. DirectWIRE panel.............................................................................................................. 13
13. Config panel....................................................................................................................... 13
14. File menu ........................................................................................................................... 14
7. DirectWIRE 3.0.......................................................................................................................... 14
1. What is DirectWIRE? .......................................................................................................... 14
2. DirectWIRE Control Panel .................................................................................................. 15
3. DirectWIRE Examples......................................................................................................... 15
8. Windows Multimedia Setup...................................................................................................... 16
9. Specifications .............................................................................................................................. 17
10. General Information ................................................................................................................ 17
Trademarks .............................................................................................................................. 17
The FCC and CE Regulation Warning .................................................................................... 17
Correspondence........................................................................................................................ 17
Disclaimer ................................................................................................................................ 18
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1. Introduction
Thank you for choosing the AUDIOTRAK Prodigy HD2.
Prodigy HD2 shows the latest technology in high end audio playback for audiophile users. The
hardware supports 192 kHz at 24-bit with a sensational dynamic range of 120dB(a) for playback no other hardware in this price range provides this high level of output quality. Even better: the
hardware is equipped with 3 OpAmps on sockets, this makes it possible to swap and exchange the
OpAmps based on specific requirements.
Prodigy HD2 is a Low Profile PCI card, shipping with a metal bracket for a conventional PCI slot
and with a bracket that allows the installation in Low Profile slots - this makes Prodigy HD2 perfect
for media center and home theater solutions where small PC cases are used.
The included driver software is providing perfect compatibility (ASIO, GSIF, WDM) under all
current Windows versions including Windows Vista, offering high performance and low latency
operation. DirectWIRE 3.0 support in the driver allows you to virtually patch your digital audio
sources internally between different software applications running at the same time.
2. System Requirements
Prodigy HD2 is a high end multimedia digital audio interface with many different functions and not
just a simple sound card. Even though Prodigy HD2 does not depend very much on the available
CPU in your system, it is important that the computer meets the minimum system requirements. A
faster CPU, faster HDD and more memory is generally recommended.
Minimum System Requirements
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at least Intel Pentium III or equivalent AMD CPU
motherboard with Intel or VIA chipset, or 100% compatible
at least 256MB of RAM
one available PCI slot
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 or Windows Vista operating system
Ultra DMA66/100 and 5400rpm hard disk drive
active speakers or speakers with powered amplifier
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3. Connectors
1) Stereo Line Output (left / right), provides the main output signal via RCA connectors
2) Headphone Output (stereo 1/8")
3) Line In, analog input connector (stereo 1/8"), the main input
4) S/PDIF Digital Output, via Toslink connector
5) internal Aux Input (stereo, 4 pin)
4. Hardware Installation
Prodigy HD2 and other components in the
computer could easily be damaged by electrical
shocks. You should use an anti-static device that
can discharge the static electricity of your body to
avoid potential static damage to the cards.
The Prodigy HD2 card is shipped in an anti-static
plastic pouch to protect it from static electricity do not open the pouch before you install the card.
Before installing the card, you might need to replace the standard metal bracket (attached to the
card in the picture above) with the low profile bracket (shown on the right), depending on the
computer case and the type of the PCI slot in your computer.
1. Turn off the computer power and remove the power cable from your computer power supply.
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Figure 1. Disconnecting the Power Cord
2. Refer to your computer user’s manual and remove the computer cover. Make sure that you have
an available PCI slot on your motherboard to install the Prodigy HD2.
Figure 2. Removing the computer cover
To avoid possible static shock damage to the computer parts, discharge it by touching the computer
case or something grounded. We recommend you use an anti-static device such as an anti-static
wristband.
When holding the Prodigy HD2 card, touch only the guide or the edge of card. Do not grab the card
by the board or connector.
3. Find an empty PCI slot on the motherboard
Figure 3. Typical PC Motherboard Slot Configuration
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Figure 4. Removing the PCI Slot faceplate
If the PCI slot is covered by a faceplate, you can remove it by removing the screw holding it in
place or by prying it off with a screwdriver.
Insert the Prodigy HD2 card into the PCI slot, firmly pushing the card into the slot until it is seated
securely. Replace the screw, and tighten it.
Figure 5. Prodigy HD2 installed in a PCI slot
4. Close the computer case.
5. Software Installation
After completing the hardware installation, you need to install the Windows driver. The installation
steps in the different versions of Windows vary, but they are typically very similar.
Note: Depending on your system, you may need the Windows installation CD.
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Note: Please make sure that you have installed a recent version of the chipset drivers and patches provided
by your mainboard manufacturer for your mainboard. It is important that this is done before you install the
Prodigy HD2 drivers. One way to check this is to see if there are any unknown devices listed in Device
Manager before you install the Prodigy HD2 hardware.
1. Turn on your computer. Windows will automatically detect a new device and prompt you with
the Found New Hardware Wizard screen.
2. Insert the Prodigy HD2 installation CD into your CD-/DVD-ROM drive. Choose Search for the
best driver in these locations. Select Include this location in the search, click the Browse button,
and locate the Prodigy HD driver folder (typically \DRIVER\PRODIGYHD2\X2V_EWDM_
DRIVER, depending on the version of the CD). Click Next.
3. Depending on the used Windows version, one or several messages might appear stating that “The
software has not passed Windows Logo testing”. Please note that the driver is completely tested and
verified by AUDIOTRAK and is safe to use. You can ignore the message and select Continue
Anyway.
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4. After that, follow instructions on screen. Sometimes Windows requests you to reboot the system,
if so, please confirm it. Also typically several devices are installed after each other – just keep going
until new messages from Windows appear no longer.
5. Once the installation is finished (typically after Windows has been restarted), you will see the
Prodigy HD2 control panel icon in your system tray (lower right corner of your desktop). Click on
the icon to open it.
6. Go to Device Manager, check the devices under ‘Sound, video and game controllers’. You will
see the Prodigy HD2, Prodigy HD2 Controller and QVE 96-24 (WDM) devices if you have
completed the installation process correctly. Your Prodigy HD2 is ready to use.
7. Go to Control Panel → Sounds and Audio Device Properties → Audio.
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You can choose each stereo device or multi channel device for your use as Default device on Sound
playback or Sound recording which will be used as default in your audio applications.
6. Prodigy HD2 Control Panel
The Prodigy HD2 driver software provides a simple yet powerful interface with your computer. The
Prodigy HD2 driver provides two operation modes. The normal Prodigy HD2 operation is used for
digital recording and normal audio output. The other mode QVE96-24 is based on the QSound
effect engine for virtual effect sounds. The control panel gives you control over both driver
functions.
The Prodigy HD2 control panel is installed in your system when you complete the driver
installation. To open the panel, double click the red AUDIOTRAK icon in the system tray. While
the Prodigy HD2 control panel offers you complete control over various functions, you may find
that the default settings work just fine for your needs. Just to be safe, though, we’ll cover all the
features of the panel in detail.
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The Prodigy HD2 control panel features a menu area for configuration:
1. Main / QSound panel
You can control input and output on the MAIN / QSound panel. It is also the default screen you see
when you first launch the panel. Basic functions of Prodigy HD2 are controlled from this screen.
1) The QXpander™ functions provides virtual mono-to-3D and stereo-to-3D stereo sound stage
synthesis and enhancement.
2) QSizzle™ and QRumble™ provide dynamic spectral emphasis. This is especially valuable for
restoring compressed audio (MP3, internet broadcast etc.). The faders are provided for fine tuning.
3) Normalize provides an automatic volume level normalization algorithm that can be enabled and
disabled here.
4) Output: You can change the output level on all channels by clicking and dragging the fader bar.
The number on the bottom shows the relative amount in dB. Clicking this number enables you to
mute the channel.
5) WAV·MAS: You can adjust all input / output monitoring levels by clicking and dragging the
fader in the master control panel. The number on the bottom shows you the relative monitoring
level in %. Clicking this number enables you to mute all channels. Note: MAS (Master) refers to the
actual audio output level. WAV (Wave) refers to the playback of (digital PCM) audio data only.
6) ANA DIG: Shows the analog input and digital output levels.
7) S/PDIF: Allows you to switch between “Consumer” and “Professional” as S/PDIF output status
bit.
8) M-CLOCK: Shows the current master clock of the digital output signal frequency.
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9) S.R: Shows the sampling rate. When you click “AUTO” then the setting changes to “LOCK” for
fixed sample rate. The sample rates will be converted during playback when the “LOCK” setting is
active.
2. QEM panel
QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM™) is an acoustic environment simulation.
a) QSound Environmental Modeling: You can select your acoustic environment simulation from the
choices
b) Intensity: The intensity control for QEM™
3. Equalizer panel
The QSound Equalizer.
a) EQ On: The On/Off switch for the EQ effect.
b) Reset: This switch resets all EQ settings back to normal.
4. QEM switch
QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM™) on/off.
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5. QSizzle™ switch
QSizzle™ on/off.
6. QRumble™ switch
QRumble™ on/off.
7. Normalizer switch
Turns the Normalize function on/off.
8. 3D effect switch
QMSS and QXpander, QRumble™ on/off.
9. Equalizer switch
Turns the Equalizer function on/off.
10. DirectWIRE panel
Clicking this menu will open the DirectWIRE 3.0 screen. DirectWIRE 3.0 is a unique feature of the
EWDM driver that transfers digital audio data internally within different applications. MME, MultiMME, ASIO and GSIF indicate the different driver interfaces supported by Prodigy HD2. The
numbers along the column designate the channel number of the inputs and outputs. Please refer to
Section 7. DirectWIRE 3.0 in this manual for more detailed information.
11. QSound switch
If you want to enable the QSound mode, you must turn it on by clicking in the Q logo.
12. LINK L R switch
Defines if left an right audio channels are controlled together or independandly.
13. Config panel
The config panel allows you to configure the behaviour of the control panel and the hardware itself.
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1) Mouse Wheel: Configures the mouse wheel for volume change adjustment. Default value is
±1.5dB per step. You can configure the steps to your preference.
2) Latency: Configures the latency setting for Prodigy HD2 which is especially important when
you use the hardware with music production software. Generally, for multi-track recording we
recommend higher latency for stability. For software synthesizers, we recommend lower latency.
The optimal latency setting will depend on your application and your computer system.
3) Input Monitor: Controls the monitoring of the analog input signal (i.e. you can decide if you
want to listen to the input signal via your speakers or headphones). You can either turn it off, route
it to the analog output or to the digital output.
4) Always On Top: This enables the Prodigy HD2 control panel to be always displayed on the top.
5) Factory Default: Allows you to revert back to the factory default setting for all configurations.
6) MME Panel: Shows the Windows MME sound control panel.
7) Input Gain -3dB: Lowers -3dB on input gain for reducing clipping noise on 3. Speaker tab when
you use excessive effect on QSound.
8) Use only default device: You can control “Use only default device” on “Sound and Audio
devices properties”
14. File menu
You can save the panel settings or load them in this pull down menu.
7. DirectWIRE 3.0
1. What is DirectWIRE?
DirectWIRE is a 100% purely digital wire!
DirectWIRE is a driver technology, developed by from pro audio manufacturer ESI, which can be
used for routing audio streams internally within applications using EWDM Audio/MIDI drivers,
exclusively available for ESI and AUDIOTRAK.
With the DirectWIRE router, an application can record from other application’s audio outputs
without external wiring or any loss of data when they are running at the same time.
DirectWIRE also allows you to easily rip any audio stream in real time by transferring data thru
DirectWIRE from MP3s, live On-line Broadcast and On-demand content, and more.
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2. DirectWIRE Control Panel
Click on DirectWIRE on the Prodigy HD2 control panel. The DirectWIRE panel window as shown
below will appear.
a) the INPUT column is a new feature of DirectWIRE 3.0. It's used to route signals from the card's
hardware inputs. On Prodigy HD2, the inputs 1 to 8 are identical to the left and right channels of the
analog input signal.
b) the MME column represents general application's I/O, for example from programs like
WinAmp, WaveLab (non ASIO mode) or Audition.
c) the WDM column represents Multi-MME application’s I/O, for example from programs like
SONAR (WDM/KS mode), PowerDVD, WinDVD, etc.
d) the ASIO column represents ASIO application’s I/O, for example from programs like Cubase,
Logic, Reason, Nuendo, SONAR (in ASIO mode) or Samplitude.
e) the GSIF column represents GSIF applications like GigaStudio.
f) the numbers in the column on the left represent the number of each input or output port. You can
patch the virtual cables from one point to another by draging your mouse.
3. DirectWIRE Examples
Note: Please set up DirectWIRE first before starting your audio applications.
1) recording of a stereo mix for internet broadcasting with WinAMP
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If you set up DirectWIRE like shown, you can record a mix between a microphone signal and music
(e.g. MP3) playback from WinAmp. If you want to record/broadcast only the MP3-Playback,
disconnect the input lines.
2) internal recording: you can record all WDM playback signals from your PC
3) recording of WDM signals from ASIO input
4) recording ASIO playback in a WDM application
5) recording from GigaStudio (GSIF) to Cubase (ASIO)
8. Windows Multimedia Setup
Prodigy HD2 is a premium multimedia audio device for (semi-)professional audio. It is simple to
configure Prodigy HD2 for use in games, (semi-)professional audio applications and media
applications. However, every application has its own individual settings so it is important to check
the individual software manual for the audio applications you are using.
To configure Prodigy HD2 for all normal Windows multimedia applications go to Control Panel →
Sounds and Audio Device Properties → Audio and select “Prodigy HD2” as the preferred playback
device. As long as you are not changing any setting inside your audio applications, they will
playback all audio signals via Prodigy HD2 now.
Most applications have individual setup options as well however. It is important to follow the setup
instructions of your audio software to make sure it works properly with Prodigy HD2.
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9. Specifications
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PCI audio interface based on VIA VT1721 (Envy24HT-S)
PCI card supplied with standard and low profile metal bracket
24 bit / 192kHz playback (analog & digital)
24 bit / 96kHz recording
high quality AKM AK4396 120dB(a) S/N ratio DA converter for extremly high quality 2 channel
audio playback via RCA output connectors (5Hz - 40kHz frequency response)
triple OpAmp design for audio output with three high quality Fairchild NE5532 OpAmps on
separate sockets (can be exchanged for tuning & customization)
headphone output with 1/8" connector routed via JRC4580 dual OpAmp
analog line input with 1/8" connector via AKM AK5353/7 102dB(a) S/N ratio AD converter
(20Hz - 40kHz frequency response)
optical S/PDIF digital output following IEC-958C standard, can be used for stereo audio playback
(PCM) and multichannel streams from such sources (AC-3 or DTS data)
EWDM driver for all current Windows Versions from pro audio manufacturer ESI
10. General Information
Trademarks
ESI, AUDIOTRAK, Prodigy, and Prodigy HD2 are trademarks of Ego Systems Inc., Gyrocom
C&C Co. Ltd., ESI Audiotechnik GmbH and RIDI multimedia GmbH. Windows is a trademark of
Microsoft Corporation. Other product and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.
The FCC and CE Regulation Warning
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions : (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Caution: Any
changes or modifications in construction of this device with are not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance, could void the user's authority to operate equipment.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial
environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense. If
necessary, consult an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions.
Correspondence
For technical support inquiries, contact your nearest dealer, local distributor or AUDIOTRAK
support online at www.audiotrak.net.
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Disclaimer
All features and specifications subject to change without notice.
Parts of this manual are continually being updated. Please check our web site www.audiotrak.net
occasionally for the most recent update information.
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