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Old 07-02-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default Maestro Pro sound card info.

Hi #?,

I don't understand so well the features of the Maestro Pro sound card.. it's suposed to have digital output and it apparently needs digital input from cd or DAT to record.. from amiga resource.cx:

14 bit quality analogue playback through the Amiga internal audio

What does this exactly mean? Isn't it capable of playing good quality audio through AHI via its digital output?

I'm ust wondering if I can use it via AHI to play good quality audio (16 bit) .. mp3?

Any clarification will be appreciated!

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Old 07-02-2009, 02:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Maestro Pro sound card info.

The Maestro Pro isn't actually a sound card - it lacks DA and AD converters. In a nutshell it's a purely digital audio interface, S/PDIF and Toslink.
To hear whatever you've recorded you'd need a DAC, e.g. Paula's which is directly supported by the Maestro software in pseudo 14 bit mode. Of course you can also run the output into your digital PA for HiFi output. AHI supports the Maestro Pro, so you could use that combination as 'sound card' as well.
For MP3 you'll need a beefy CPU since there's no DSP.

(There's also the earlier Maestro 'non-Pro' which is input only and lacks buffers, so it can record to memory only.)

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Default Re: Maestro Pro sound card info.

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The Maestro Pro isn't actually a sound card - it lacks DA and AD converters. In a nutshell it's a purely digital audio interface, S/PDIF and Toslink.
To hear whatever you've recorded you'd need a DAC, e.g. Paula's which is directly supported by the Maestro software in pseudo 14 bit mode. Of course you can also run the output into your digital PA for HiFi output. AHI supports the Maestro Pro, so you could use that combination as 'sound card' as well.
For MP3 you'll need a beefy CPU since there's no DSP.

(There's also the earlier Maestro 'non-Pro' which is input only and lacks buffers, so it can record to memory only.)
Thanks for the info Zac67.

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