For an Windows computer there are many programs that will allow you to record with the Ayre
A/D converter. These programs range from very basic freeware programs to high end
studio-level editors. For more information on software choices, please refer to the
Recording section after completing setup process for your Operating System.
There are a few minimum requirements that must be met to achieve reliable recordings to
your system from the Ayre A/D Converter. These requirements are as follows:
Computer Requirements for Class 1
Computer Requirements for Class 2
- Windows XP SP 2 or newer.
- An available USB 1.1 port.
Connecting the A/D Converter
- Windows XP SP 3 or newer.
- A dedicated USB 2.0 port with an unshared USB Controller. To learn more on how to
find out if your USB port is shared, please refer to the setup instructions for your OS.
Your Ayre USB A/D converter will automatically connect to your computer in Class Two mode
when connected to a USB 2.0 port allowing recording up to 192kHz sample rates. If connected
to a USB 1.1 port, the A/D converter will instead operate in Class One mode, allowing
recording up to 96 kHz sample rates.
As the connection type is automatic, there is not much that the end user has to do.
However, there are two things that you should be aware of when connecting your Ayre USB A/D
converter for the first time. First, to operate in Class Two mode via a USB 2.0 port, all
Windows operating systems require a driver to allow Windows to use "High Speed"
("Enhanced", USB 2.0) mode for streaming audio above 96 kHz through the USB ports. More
information on this as well as a link to the driver may be found in your specific OS
Second, if connecting your Ayre D/A converter to the computer while via a USB 1.1 port, you
may see a failed driver installation notification.
If you click on that window, you will see that it is for the Ayre DFU.
It is important to note that this is not
the USB Audio Device and this failed
installation notification may safely be ignored. Instead this notification refers to the
Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU). The DFU functions only in Class Two Audio mode and is used
to update firmware for the Ayre USB D/A converter if required. Instructions on how to do
this will be made available should firmware updates become necessary.
For further instructions on how to connect and set up the Ayre D/A converter, refer to the
page specific to your operating system.
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