It's in the Cards for AudioScience

New ASI5211 upgrades ASI5111
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Audio card maker AudioScience has upgraded its ASI5111 to a PCI Express form-factor/interface and rechristened it ASI5211.

The two-stream in/four-stream out card has 48 V phantom power and offers onboard DSP in the form of a three-band EQ and a compressor/limiter. Digital conversion and recording is 24-bit and 11–96 kHz.

Also new is the addition of a GPIO for two opto-isolated inputs and a pair of open relay outputs.

As with most AudioScience cards, drivers are available for Windows XP, 7, Server 2003/2008 and Linux. The ASI5211 also offers AudioScience's MRX mixer app and SoundGuard protection schemes.

AudioScience President Richard Gross said: “A feature request was presented to us when a radio broadcast OEM heard we were in the development stages of the ASI5211. This OEM required GPIO for a project and asked if it could be added to the ASI5211.”

The ASI5111, he said, has been a popular card for production rooms, selling in the thousands. With the upgrade to a PCIe version, it made sense to add the opto inputs and relay outputs, making the ASI5211 more versatile, he said.