Replacement for the Avantech PCI card


Replacement for the Avantech PCI card

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Hello.

Unfortunately, it's looking like time to replace the hardware on which we run our Myriads. I say unfortunately as it's been working well for a long time and I'm reluctant to mess with it. However, the hardware is ancient by IT standards and showing signs of end of life. So we're going to embark on a studio overhaul and hopefully come up with something that will be equally stable and current for a few years.

My question is about the card that handles the remote start / stop interface between the mixer desk and the Myriad computer. Is there a USB device that you recommend for this task? And is it configurable by a slightly technically inclined producer as distinct from a capable engineer ;-)

thank you in advance

Dave
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Hi Dave,

Absolutely - the Advantech USB 4750 is a great card, with 16 ins and outs on a neat breakout box with screw terminals instead of a D type, so a lot easier to wire onto as well. It's a straightforward card to install as well, just install the Advantech drivers and management software and plug in the USB cable and thats you up and running.

A lot of people have started using these, particularly when using thin 1U PC's that have little PCI card space.

If you drop sales@psquared.net a line they can get you pricing info etc.

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Peter - that's welcome information, thank you.

I'll get on the email straight away.

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Hi all,

Sorry to bring this post back to the fore but I'm struggling with the best, and most cost effective, way of achieving fader starts with my Airmate mixer.  

I just looked at the prie of one of those Advantech USB cards (I'll need USB as I use a laptop) and they're nearly £200 with delivery.  That's a touch too expensive for my liking (I'd be willing to pay no more than £60).  Other than using a USB 'joystick' to wire my mixer to, is there another way I can achieve this?

If I did get the Advantech, what exactly am I wiring to it?  My understanding is that the Airmate uses the tip and sleeve of a standard 1/4 inch jack to send its pulses.  So how would I wire this to the Advantech?

Thanks in advance for all of your help.  Apologies that I'm not overly strong in the electronics field - this is probably really easy for most!

Regards,

Ady
Liam Burke
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Hello,

Beacuse Myriad works with a standard joystick input, you have a lot of options if you just want to add fader starts. If you need output also (say to switch an external source) then you are back to the advantech range.

A bit cheaper option is the Joybox which is designed for SEN use to control software via disabled switches. They are about £120 and we can supply them if needed. We can confirm they work with Myriad. http://www.sensorysoftware.com/119.html

But any USB joystick will work so you could just buy a cheap USB joystick or controller and pull it apart to use the switches to add fader starts.

Liam Burke - Broadcast Radio Ltd

Email: liamb@broadcastradio.com

Telephone: +44 1482 383700
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