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DigiCart-EX

360 Systems’ DigiCart/EX Ethernet Audio recorder continues a 20-year history as a first-choice for audio spots in television broadcasting. DigiCart/EX is more than an improvement on the original DigiCart® concept – it’s a high-performance, Ethernet audio system for integrated audio.

DigiCart-EX

  • Instant audio access and playout from anywhere
  • Same familiar operations as DigiCart II
  • File interchange with DigiCart II
  • Popular .WAV files as native format
  • Record/play to local drives or network file server
  • Hot Keys for instant-playback
  • 10,000 audio clips stored on internal hard drive
  • 100 Mb/s Ethernet interface to the network file server
  • Archive with internal SD memory card reader
  • Large LCD display for 40 characters text
  • 24-bit A/D, & D/A converters
  • Optional use of Dolby AC-2 format
  • Sample rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K
  • Generates any output rate from stored files
  • AES/EBU Digital I/O on XLR-3 connectors
  • AES-3-ID 75Ω or IEC-958 Type II (consumer) digital I/O on BNC connectors
  • +4 dBu analog input/output on XLR-3 connectors
  • Output level trims
  • LED level meters with clip indication
  • Threshold record trigger
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Sync sources include internal crystals, AES-3, S/P DIF, AES-11
  • Computer keyboard connector
  • EIA-422/485 (9-pin) remote control port
  • Standard DigiCart II serial protocol
  • Supports Peripheral Bus (E-Mem) serial commands
  • Accepts optional RC-320 remote control
  • Five GPI inputs with tally output
  • Internal hard drive
  • Playlisting capability
  • Software updates via network transfer

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Networked Audio Without The Computer

No computer and no mouse–just the hands-on efficiency of real buttons for all operations. Ethernet Audio® is the link to Mac® and PC-based audio workstations. Now, audio programs produced on DAWs can be easily played, manually or from automation, with DigiCart/EX. When it’s time to actually move an audio file, it’s many times faster than real-time. Clear and easy to use, DigiCart/EX is designed from the ground up for broadcast professionals.

DigiCart/EX Works the Same As DigiCart II

Anyone who uses DigiCart II will know how to use DigiCart/EX. It offers better displays, better screen messages, and new networking features, but with the same familiar buttons. It’s 100% compatible with earlier DigiCart recorders, plays files produced on them, and uses similar front panel commands.

All earlier DigiCart files can be played–whether Dolby AC-2, 16-bit linear, 44.1 or 48K-so valuable program content and archives can be carried forward. DigiCart/EX can also create new files for use in DigiCart II, letting earlier hardware remain a valid part of a new facility.

New Editing Tools

DigiCart/EX provides a faster way to edit audio. Edits can always be undone, and trim points can be easily changed for a future re-edit of the cut. DigiCart/EX provides clear indications of edit points and the present location within a cut.

  • Instant audio access and playout from anywhere
  • Same familiar operations as DigiCart II
  • File interchange with DigiCart II
  • Popular .WAV files as native format
  • Record/play to local drives or network file server
  • Hot Keys for instant-playback
  • 10,000 audio clips stored on internal hard drive
  • 100 Mb/s Ethernet interface to the network file server
  • Archive with internal SD memory card reader
  • Large LCD display for 40 characters text
  • 24-bit A/D, & D/A converters
  • Optional use of Dolby AC-2 format
  • Sample rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K
  • Generates any output rate from stored files
  • AES/EBU Digital I/O on XLR-3 connectors
  • AES-3-ID 75Ω or IEC-958 Type II (consumer) digital I/O on BNC connectors
  • +4 dBu analog input/output on XLR-3 connectors
  • Output level trims
  • LED level meters with clip indication
  • Threshold record trigger
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Sync sources include internal crystals, AES-3, S/P DIF, AES-11
  • Computer keyboard connector
  • EIA-422/485 (9-pin) remote control port
  • Standard DigiCart II serial protocol
  • Supports Peripheral Bus (E-Mem) serial commands
  • Accepts optional RC-230 remote control
  • Five GPI inputs with tally output
  • Internal hard drive
  • Playlisting capability
  • Software updates via network transfer

 

DigiCart/EX Offers These Non-Destructive Editing Features:

  • Head trims
  • Tail trims
  • Fade-ins
  • Fade-outs
  • Pre-roll time
  • Gain change

File Interchange With DAWs

DigiCart/EX uses .WAV files as a new native format, and can accept broadcast wave (.BWF) files as well. It is compatible with most popular workstations, including Pro Tools®. Using Ethernet as the file-exchange medium, DAW files can be exported in .WAV format to a 360 Systems’ Ethernet Audio™ server, where they are immediately available from any DigiCart/EX terminal.

Local Storage Plus Shared Network Storage

DigiCart/EX provides an extra level of reliability by storing audio files on its own local hard drive, in addition to the Ethernet Audio file server. For example, by optionally copying files from the server to a DigiCart/EX, playback is virtually guaranteed, regardless of the status of the audio network. Should a file used by Master Control be removed from the server, it can be played from the local hard drive on Master Control’s DigiCart.

Sophisticated Playlisting Capability

DigiCart EX provides the ability to create playlists from a simple spot break to a complex program lasting days or even weeks. Playlists can be built from individual cuts or other playlists. Rotating lists allow variations to be programmed, or operation as an “on demand” rundown list triggered by the operator or an external GPI.

Great Audio Quality For Production

24-Bit Quality

Great Audio Quality For Production . 24-Bit Quality DigiCart/EX’s 24-bit audio circuit design delivers 112 dB of dynamic range from its analog inputs. Our Bit-for-Bit™ digital design also maintains 24-bit integrity through the AES/EBU ports, assuring error-free reproduction not only of standard PCM files, but also of Dolby® AC-3 or Dolby-E recordings.

Sample Rate Compatibility

Although most users will work at a 48 kHz sample rate, DigiCart/EX is equally adept at 44.1, 88.2 and 96k. A high-quality sample rate converter can be positioned at either the input or the output, permitting conversion of any sample rate to 48K, or any other rate. Now 44.1, 88.2, and 96k music masters can be converted to standard 48K audio for video.

Word-Length Compatibility

DigiCart/EX plays files of almost any word length – 16, 20, or 24-bit. In addition to recording new material at 24-bits, it can also deliver 16-bit digital audio for compatibility with other digital audio products, or earlier DigiCart recorders.

Mixed File Types Allowed

DigiCart/EX is able to store audio in many different formats, and play them consecutively without changing machine setup. Any desired output format, such as 48K-16-bit, can be selected, regardless of how the original file was recorded.

Serial and GPI Control

A variety of serial and parallel ports adapt DigiCart/EX to most facilities:

  • An EIA-422 serial port accepts Digicart serial protocol, supported by almost every automation system. It also operates with 360 Systems’ RC-320 desktop remote control, and accepts Peripheral Bus (E-Mem) commands, giving DigiCart/EX direct control from many video switchers.
  • Five optically isolated GPI inputs provide control of play, stop, record, pause, and loop. These conform to the DigiCart II connector, making upgrades easy.

DigiCart/EX® Digital Audio Recorders

A time-proven standard DigiCart recorders are hands-on machines. Its “real” buttons, jog wheel and display make it a first choice for fast-paced operations. For good reason, the new DigiCart/EX continues as a twenty-year industry favorite. Most users will never need to open an Operations Manual to operate DigiCart/EX.

AUDIO

Audio Channels Two, configured as one stereo pair
Quantization 16 or 24-bit, linear PCM
Native File Formats WAV, DigiCart II Linear and Dolby AC-2
Data Reduction Optional; Dolby AC-2, 48K stereo
Bandwidth 10Hz to 21 kHz ±0.2 dB @ 48K sample rate
Sampling Frequencies 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K
Dynamic Range 112 dB typical
Signal-to-Noise 112 dB typical
Distortion (THD+N) <0.002%
Inter-channel Phase Deviation <0.1 degree at 15kHz
Inter-channel Crosstalk >90 dB at any frequency
Input Circuit Electronically balanced, Z=20k ohms, XLR-3 female
Common Mode Rejection Better than 60 dB @ 120 Hz
Maximum Input Level +20 dBu
Level Metering Quasi-peak, 14-segment LED display with clip indication
Nominal Operating Level +4 dBu (provides 16 dB headroom)
Sample rate converter 24-bit, 3:1 ratio; input or output
Output Circuit Balanced, Z=100 ohms, XLR-3
Maximum Output Level +20 dBu
Headphones Front panel 1/4″ (6.35mm) jack with level adjustment
Digital Audio Inputs 1. AES/EBU, XLR-3, 110W
2. AES3-ID, BNC, 75W
3. IEC-958 type II, BNC (w/ RCA adapter)
Digital Audio Outputs 1. AES/EBU, XLR-3 female, 110W
2. AES3-ID, BNC, 75W
3. IEC-958 type II, BNC (w/ RCA adapter)
Word size conversion 24-bit to 16-bit by TPD or noise-shaping
Audio sync reference Internal crystal, AES-3, or AES-11

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

Removable SD Memory Cards 2GB to 64GB SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal Storage Hard Disk
Audio Start/Restart Time Instantaneous
Display 64 x 240 pixel graphic LCD with backlight
Network connection Ethernet, 100 Mb
Xfer to/from DigiCart II 360 Systems D-NET™;
GPI Remote control Remote contacts with lamp drive; 25-pin “D” connector
9-pin Serial Remote control RS-422/485; ES-Bus or peripheral-bus interface (E-Mem)
Cue Erase/relocate Cue marker individually erased or relocated

HARD DRIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Hard Disk Reliability MTBF >625,000 hours (6,240 POH/year @ 35°C)
Component Life 5 years
Disk Interface IDE
Drive or disk Temperature 5° to 55°C (41° to 131°F)
Relative humidity, Non Condensing 10 to 85% RH

SD MEMORY CARD READER CHARACTERISTICS

Card Drive Reliability MTBF >1,000,000 hours
Card Insertion/Removal Cycles 10,000 min
Drive or disk Temperature 0 °C to + 75 °C
Relative humidity, Non Condensing 5% – 95%

PHYSICAL/MISCELLANEOUS

Form Factor Standard 2U 19″rack
Dimensions (H-W-D) 3.48″ x 17.00″x 12.00″(88mm x 433mm x 305mm)
Power 115/230 volts AC, 50-60 Hz, 25 watts
Cooling Fan
Net Weight 18.25 lb. (8.3 Kg)
Agency Approvals UL, C-UL, CE, FCC Class A