In September 2012 Audio-gd started shipping gear with the new USB-32 interface.
Built-in USB interface compatible with Windows / Mac / Linux.
Supports 16 / 24 / 32 bit with sampling rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz.
Firmware upgrade capable
Firmware is the computer chip in the USB-32 module which contains the program which allows the Audio-gd gear to “talk to” your computer.
This chip is EPROM (erasable programmable read-only memory) and the program stored on it can be changed with a software tool you can download from the Audio-gd website. This tool gives you the ability to update your equipment with the latest Firmware software when it becomes available. You can also change the Firmware by swapping the chip inside the gear (but this requires a screwdriver and isn’t as much fun).
Please be certain to read the Firmware tool guide and follow the steps carefully. You are updating important software which allows your gear to “talk-to” your computer. The process is easy and will work perfectly if you follow the steps carefully in the guide included with the Firmware download package.
For Windows users, Drivers are required to be installed on your PC for the different Firmware versions. Mac and Linux users don’t require Drivers at this time.
Drives can be downloaded from the Audio-gd website. Installation is discussed on the website and in the Firmware tool guide.
Previous USB modules
You may also be able to upgrade previous Audio-gd USB interface modules to USB-32; contact Audio-gd for details.
Pops and clicks, music files won’t play properly, drop-offs, and other problems…..
It is easy to get things up and running, but it is tempting to push the limit to get the best sound from your gear. There are going to be issues, and these are typically sorted out by learning to configure your computer and audio software properly.
USB-32 supports WASAPI, Kernel Streaming, Direct Sound (and ASIO is currently being tested). I did my research, have learned a lot in a short time, and my system is running great. But there is always more to learn with this hobby.
Do some research on the applicable forums, read the guides included with the Audio-gd drivers and firmware, fool around with your audio player (Foobar etc.), and please post here so other users can help you to tune your system to perform its best.
Current USB-32 Firmware and Drivers
Refer to the Audio-gd website for the latest Firmware and Drivers. If you don’t have the latest version, update your system and enjoy the music……..
Edited by PeterCraig - 12/2/12 at 8:39pm