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creamware master port (199?) isa card




Creamware recommend a minimum DX 2-66MHz processor with of 16Mb RAM and a fast EIDE PCI (or SCSI) hard drive, but significantly better performance will be obtained with a Pentium 100 or better and 32Mb of RAM. The reference PC is an Intel Pentium 200 with VX motherboard, 256K pipeline burst cache, 48Mb of RAM and a 2Mb Trio+ PCI graphics running 1024 x 768 pixels in 64K colour mode on a 17-inch monitor. The MIDI interface used is a Mark of the Unicorn MIDI Express external unit connected to the PC parallel port.

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• PC ISA card

• 4 channels in/4 channels out, configured as two discrete analogue and digital stereo pairs.

• Sampling Frequencies: 48kHz; 44.1kHz; 32kHz.

• Analogue input/output: unbalanced stereo line-in/line-out on RCA phono jacks.

• Digital input/output: optical S/PDIF (TOS-link)/co-axial S/PDIF, unbalanced 75(omega) RCA phono jacks/optional AES/EBU, transformer-balanced 110(omega) XLR.

• MIDI Interface: In/Out

• Time Code Input/Output: MTC or MIDI Clock.

• Analogue-to-Digital Converter: 18-bit, 128x oversampling.

• Digital-to-Analogue Converter: 18-bit, 128x oversampling.

The Triple board is also used by Creamware's TripleDAT system (£1249 including VAT; £1395 with AES/EBU option), which is functionally identical to Masterport but has the following additional features: Red Book CD writing; 256 virtual tracks; real-time DSP effects processing including Warp Mode (live throughput); Pan curves; Spectrum Analyser; Correlation Metering; Time Stretch and DAT- streaming archive/backup software.
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