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m-audio FLYING CALF

30-Jul-2014

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m-audio FLYING CALF



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Added: 04-Jan-99  |  Author: admin

New price: A/D - $199....... D/A......$149...uk £ ???....  |   S/H price: ??

m-audio FLYING CALF

The Flying-Calf units !!..... Midiman's budget version of the Flying-Cow.... these 'Calf' units offer quality conversion from s/pdif to analog or analog-s/pdif....and fill a product gap just right.....

Ideal to gain extra analog outputs from soundcards with an un-used s/pdif output, or to add cost effective monitoring to an s/pdif eqipt edting workstation where you don't want to use the DAT machine in standby mode to get a decent monitor source..... brilliant products anyways.... simply cut down from the Cow model, with no clock......anyways... here's the blurb from the Midiman pages........







Flying Calf D/A....... $149.95 (msrp.)

Midiman's new Flying Calf D/A a professional-quality external Digital-to-Analog converter box is an extremely cost-effective and compact way to convert any S/PDIF digital audio signal into a super high fidelity stereo analog audio signal. Whether connected to an S/PDIF-capable sound card, DAT, or other audio device, the Flying Calf's 20-bit delta-sigma D/A delivers crystal clear audio from its tiny 5.2" x 3.2" x 1.2" chassis

The Flying Calf D/A sports an RCA-type S/PDIF digital input connector and dual 1/4" unbalanced audio output jacks. The Calf's D/A circuitry automatically locks to the sample rate of the incoming S/PDIF digital bit stream, so all D/A sample rates under 50 kHz are supported.



Specifications:



Size: 5.2" x 3.2" x 1.2"

Power Supply: 9 Volts DC, center pin positive, 500 ma



D/A Converter:



Technology: 20-bit delta-sigma, 128x oversampling

Dynamic Range: 102 dB typical (A-weighted)

Max Output Level: 2 Volts RMS, unbalanced

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB






Flying Calf A/D $199.95 (msrp.)

20-bit Analog to Digital Converter.......

No More Noise! A/D converters don’t belong inside the world’s noisiest environment - your computer! Instead, the Flying Calf A/D resides external to your computer and connects to your S/PDIF-equipped sound card via coaxial cable. The Flying Calf A/D captures crystal-clear audio with its 20-bit 128x oversampling converters and delivers it digitally to your computer. The Flying Calf A/D sounds so good that it can even be used to improve the sonic clarity of a DAT machine or digital audio workstation!



Features



• Twin, unbalanced analog inputs via 1/4" jacks.

• High-Quality, stereo, A/D converter.

• S/PDIF digital output on one RCA connector.

• Transformer-coupled S/PDIF eliminates potential system ground loops.

• Ultra-Compact size: 6.3"x 3.6"x 1.25".




A/D Converter

• 20-bit stereo, A/D delta-sigma converter with 128x oversampling.

• Dynamic range typically 100 dB (A-weighted).

• Internal sample rates of 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz.

• Jumper-configurable for two different input level settings.

• Nominal input level: -10 dBV.

• Maximum input level: +6 dBV (2V rms).

• Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB.




Front Panel

• A/D sample rate is adjustable from the front panel and is indicated by LED’s.

• Calibrated input level displays.




So..... there ya go...... any user comments ?.... please add them !......













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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: James P David
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I'm new to all this stuff but a CakeWalk representative informed me the DMAN2044 is the recommended soundcard for use with the CakeWalk package. Take it with a grain of salt.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: kilo
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Date: 05-Apr-99

hello......test...1...2.....3..... very good looking cards at surprisingly low prices I have to say...

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Max Dalby
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I think that the Dman stereo card is very good, the only thing I did not like, is that is does not have a means to connect it to your CD-ROM drive internally, you have to run a cable from the outside of the CD-ROM round to the back of the machine and plug it in there.

Looks a bit messy.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: kilo
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Date: 05-Apr-99

just a quick note to say that in fact the Terratec outputs a mirror of the sum-total analog out mix to the s/pdif.... you cant send say 2 channels to s/pdif & the other 4 to the 4 analog outs and get 6 discrete seperate outs..... so you cant actually get an extra pair of outs by using the Flying-Calf as I suggested..... whoops.... sorry.......

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Andy J
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Some news from MIDIMAN (22/01/1998) regarding the DMAN 2044 -



"The units for sell through are being delivered to MIDIMAN next week.They say that shipments will leave them next so I expect our units to be first week Feb.



The effects are not currently implemented but this feature plus support for 2 cards (ie 8x8) will follow soon as this is purely a driver update and will be non chargeable."



There is no sample store as implied with the original advert as this increased the noise output.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: ROBERT ALLEN
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Activity: Professional
Date: 05-Apr-99

COULD ANABODY PLEASE TELL ME IF I CAN USE THE DIO BOARD WITH SOUND FORGE OR CAKEWALK FOR PROFESSIONAL AUDIO POST PRODUCTION PURPOSES??I NEED HELP HERE

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: KILO
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Date: 05-Apr-99

YES YOU CAN..... digital s/pdif cards get recognised the same as an analog card.... so you use it the same as a standard card, but obviously, you only can connect to a digita device... I use a DAL digital only card D with cakewalk, cubase, forge, saw etc etc....

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Name: FORMI-SA
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Date: 05-Apr-99

i search a system which could play between 4 and 10 songs on each output(but outputs must be the same type) in order to buy them.

thanks.

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Name: FORMI-SA
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Date: 05-Apr-99

a pc can bring several dman 2044 simultanestly?

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: andy
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Yes, you can have x2 (?) 2044s installed with the new drivers available from the midiman site, however they are still in beta currently. The beta drivers enable the reverb and chorus effects from the onboard DSP chip. However, my card does not work at the moment, not sure whether it is the motherboard, or a faulty card. Support is very good in the UK though.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: CLAUDIO A.ROMANOLI
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Date: 05-Apr-99

NEED MORE INFO /EXPORT PRICE/SOFTWARE FOR AUDIO MEASUREMENT

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Name: kilo
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Date: 05-Apr-99

testing....1....2...3....4....5....6.

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Name: Keith M
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I need suggestions for installing the dman 2044. Bassically it is installing itself to an IRQ that is already occupied by my video card. I've talked with midiman tech support about three times so far and they can't help me change this. Nothing we do changes these configuration settings. Unless someone can help I have to return this card. Help! thanks...

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Name: justin
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Date: 05-Apr-99

i cant figure out why the dman2044 isnt working. All the diagnostics say it is installed correctly but i'm still not gettting any audio from the the inputs or outputs. Could it be my motherboard? I also still have the soundblaster card hooked up. If anyone has any info or knows where i can get some it would help me out

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: A. Layne
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I recently put a fishman pickup in my acoustic guitar and really want to plug it into my pc. Would the d-man stereo card be the way to start? could it handle a mic at the same time?

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Name: zahnbeitel
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Date: 05-Apr-99

the dman2044 surely is a quality card at a very attractive price, but one SHOULD NOT BUY IT (at least pc users - i don't know anything about macs)! and that's only because midiman are remarkably stupid and won't deliver quality drivers for their quality card. the old crackling problem keeps haunting us (for some more user comments see below), and the german support just won't answer any of my email and snailmail requests. i'm concinced a directx driver would solve all problems, but i also think there'll never be one from THOSE people.

and the thing was the same with the (vaguely) promised dsp control software and the legendary software controlled "sampler" based on the dman dsp (which was a project also promised by midiman, but then nobody ever heard of it again). oh, and think of the nt 4 driver legend...

the problem is obvious: anyone can stick a couple of codecs and a dsp on a pcb and call it a sound board, but the thing that really matters in the pc hardware world these days is the driver and software availability and quality. midiman completely failed in delivering such drivers and software, and we'll categorically seek to avoid any contact with them in the future.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Gary Douglas
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Eh Justin, I've got a 2044 and an Awe64 in my Pentium

here in Los Angeles, and it works great, no conflicts

or anything -- I didn't bother checking the IRQs it

wanted since it worked great right outta' the box. You're certain you've checked-out the 2044 control panel applet? Make sure you've got the outs routed in such a way that you can hear 'em -- also, if your application doesn't send stuff to the "DMan xxx out" device, you won't hear anything unless you've got the "monitor" levels set (see the volume control app, advanced properties, monitors).



My only complaint is that I can't change the jumpers on the card only allow me to go down to -10db and it's just not loud enough (mebbe I'm thinking wrong?) and that despite having a 266mmx/96MB ram, an Awe64 and DMan2044, I *still* can't really record 1 stereo in while 1 or more audios are playing back IN CUBASE VST -- is it just me, or does it seem like this stuff doesn't really work the way it's supposed to? Why can't it just work like tape, but on a disk? 8-(

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Name: Gary Douglas II
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Date: 05-Apr-99

...oh, what I meant to say was "the jumpers only allow input down to -10db" and it's still too damnable soft coming out of my JP8000 at full-blast -- am I like WAY confused here or something? I've gotta' be doing something wrong 'cause the JP8k nearly blows-up my monitors. 8-)

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Name: d
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I too had many problems with my DMAN 2044...actually, it worked fine up until I upgraded my motherboard and chip. I used to have a P233 w/mmx, Tx motherboard, and I upgraded to an AMD k6-2 350 w/Aopen Ax59pro motherboard. After the upgrade, my recorded audio would go out of sync and clipping would occur on the right output after about 12 sec. I tried adding/removing just about everything on my pc, but no luck. I contacted MIDIMAN tech support, but they failed to solve my problem. My advice to you: don't bother removing the card (or upgrading your computer) for audio may never be the same!

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Gary
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Yes, I'm here; I finally joined the computer age...I've been recording for 4 or 5 years with a Tascam 424. I have a DELL PII233, 32RAM, 4.1 harddrive. I want to record on computer (guitar, drum machine, bass and vocals)...where do I start,what do I need...

P.S. Let's keep it under a grand if possible!

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: dj
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I've got the Dman 2044 and haven't gotten it to work right with my system yet. I'm running Cakewalk 6.0 Pro with Win98 on a fairly new AMD K62-300MHz with 6.4 gig and 64 Meg Ram. But the only time I can get a digital audio recording without pops and clicks is when I drop the sample rate way down to 11 Mhz. If you try it at 44 or 48Mhz or even 22Mhz, forget about it. And that's only recording on two tracks simulanteously. Supposedly my AMD K62-300 can hang pretty well with Pentiums so unless there is a serious inherrent problem recording audio with the AMD K62 Chip then the problem must lie with the card or drivers?? Any input or similar comments would be appreciated. PS Is there a way for me to dedicate more of my systems resources to recording to alleviate this problem??

THanks, DJ

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: david
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Don't buy the Dman 2044 card on the basis that it is a 20-bit card because IT IS NOT!! Midiman tech support says that the 20 bit part didn't work as expected and that it is really just a high quality 16 bit card. I will send you a copy of the email from tech support if you would like.

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: exxosphere
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Date: 05-Apr-99

Be careful with the AMD processors, guys !!!. I read they were much slower than the Intels for floating point calculations, which are extensively used for digital audio stuff. So u'd probably better spend the extra $$$ required to enjoy your VST/Logic....

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Miles Wakeford
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I'm having some horrendous problems with my new DMAN 2044. I'm using Cakewalk, and I go into Cakewalk's Audio options/advanced window and tell Cakewalk that I want playback while I record.

When I go back to record, my computer will playback in record for about 1/2 second, and then it shuts down completely. The shutdown is accompanied by other problems: it stops playing back outside of record, it won't record without the playback option, and if I exit Cakewalk and get on the net, AOL goes inoperable.

Does anybody have a clue what I'm doing wrong?

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Product:  m-audio - FLYING CALF
Name: Andy
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Date: 05-Apr-99

I have had this card for a about 6 months now and I wish I never bought it. Not only have I upgraded my motherboard but spent much time in pissing around with new drivers, refresh modes with my graphics card, no throttle in ini files (advise from the technical support) in order to get the stupid card to work with no crackling. And the only thing to solve the crackling is some new drivers, in other words nothing wrong at all with my system and all a waste of time. Well, this still hasn't completely solved the crackling, sometimes it is OK, most of the time it is not. Now I am not sure whether it is just my system, but there seems to be another problem with the playback - if you listen to very quiet wavs, ie if the music is fading, then it seems to be distorted, you know in a way that an 8-bit file sounds crappy because of the sample resolution? This is with any wav file, not just ones recorded with the card. Anyway, my advise is to stay well clear of this card.

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