The system consists of two parts: the DSP interface called HDSP which allows the connection (through a PCI or PCMCIA card) of an input / output box to the computer and the Hammerfall DSP I / O Box itself which is in able to connect to any audio equipment and perform data processing. RME has prepared two types of I / O Box called Digiface and Multiface, but many more are coming and all will be connectable through HDSP through a 4.5 meter cable which has the external appearance and connection standard of Firewire but which actually follows a proprietary protocol.
In this way any G4, PowerBook or Ti will be able to become a professional audio station with these characteristics:
– HDSP + Digiface version: 52 channels 24 bit / 96 kHz Ports: 3 x ADAT, 1 x SPDIF, 2 x MIDI, 1 x analog monitor
– HDSP + Multiface version: 36 channels 24 bit / 96 kHz Ports: 8 x Analog, 1 x ADAT, 1 x SPDIF, 1 x MIDI, 1 x analog monitor
However, what is surprising is the interface on PCMCIA which, thanks to the power of the latest Macs, allows you to perform hard disk recording at the highest levels and with a high number of channels at high sampling rates.
HDSP CardBus costs around $ 355, prices for I / O modules are around $ 650. The product starts distributing these days.
For more information visit the diME website.