ASUS Xonar D-KARA Sound Card User Manual PDF

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Summary of Content for ASUS Xonar D-KARA Sound Card User Manual PDF

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Contents Notices ... iv

Safety information ... v

Trademarks ... v

License ... v

1... Introduction ... 1

1... 1 Package contents ... 1 1... 2 System requirements ... 1 1... 3 Specifications summary ... 2

2... Xonar D-Kara card layout ... 3

3... Installing the hardware ... 5

3... 1 Installing the audio card ... 5 3... 2 Connecting to a TV tuner card ... 6

4... Installing software ... 7

Installing the card driver ... 7 5... Connecting speakers and peripherals ... 8

5... 1 Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater) ... 8 5... 2 Connecting stereo headphones ... 9 5... 3 Connecting analog speaker systems ... 10 5... 4 Connecting a microphone ... 14 5... 5 Connecting Line-In audio sources ... 15

6... Xonar Audio Center ... 16

6... 1 Xonar Audio Center GUI ... 16 6... 2 Xonar D-Kara Audio Center Icon ... 18 6... 3 Music Main Settings ... 19 6... 4 Mixer/Volume ... 20 6... 5 Effects ... 22 6... 6 FlexBass ... 24 6... 7 Karaoke Main Settings ... 25 6... 8 Mixer ... 32 6... 9 Enhancer ... 35

7... Troubleshooting and FAQs ... 36

7... 1 Troubleshooting ... 36 7... 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ... 37

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Notices

Federal Communications Commission Statement

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules... Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

This device may not cause harmful interference, and This device must accept any interference received including interference that

may cause undesired operation...

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules... These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation... This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications... However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation... If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna... Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver... Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the

receiver is connected... Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help...

Canadian Department of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications...

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003...

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Safety information Before installing the device on a motherboard, carefully read all the manuals

that came with the package... To prevent electrical shock hazard or short circuits, switch off the power supply

before installing the device on a motherboard or connecting any signal cables to the device...

If the device is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself... Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer...

Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected... If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately...

To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors, sockets, and circuitry...

Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes... Do not place the product in any area where it may be exposed to moisture...

Place the product on a stable surface... If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified

service technician or your retailer...

This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste... Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products...

Trademarks Xonar and ASUS logo are trademarks of ASUSTek Computer Inc... Dolby and Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories... EAX and A3D are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd... Microsoft, DirectSound3D, and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation... Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated... ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH...

License Dolby Master Studio driver is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories...

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1... Introduction

1... 1 Package contents

ASUS Xonar D-Kara PCI audio card Driver/User Manual CD x1 Quick Start Guide x1

1... 2 System requirements

One PCI 2... 2 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card Microsoft Windows 10 / 7 (32/64bit) / Vista (32/64bit) / XP (32/64bit) /

MCE2005 Intel Pentium 4 1... 4 GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU 256 MB (or above) DRAM system memory 60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive ) for software installation High-quality headphones or powered analog speakers

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1... 3 Specifications summary

Items Description

Audio Performance

Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 106 dB for Speaker Out

Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 102 dB

Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted):

Up to 0... 0013% (-98dB)

Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1 kHz (A-Weighted):

Up to 0... 0013% (-98dB)

Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input): <10Hz to 48kHz

Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 1 Vrms (2... 828Vp-p)

Bus Compatibility

PCI PCI v2... 2 or above bus compatible

Main Chipset

Audio Processor C-Media CM8786 High-Performance Sound Processor (Max... 96KHz/24-bit)

D-A Converter of Digital Sources: Cirrus Logic CS47028

- 8 Channels of DAC output: 108dB DR, -98dB THD+N

- 4 Channels of ADC input: 105dB DR, -98dB THD+N A-D Converter for Analog Inputs:

Sample Rate and Resolution

Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution 44... 1K / 48K / 96KHz @ 16 / 24-bit for all channels

Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution 44... 1K / 48K / 96KHz @ 16 / 24-bit for all channels

S / PDIF Digital Output: 44... 1K / 48K / 96KHz @ 16 / 24-bit for all channels

ASIO 2... 0 Driver Support: 44... 1K / 48K / 96KHz @ 16 / 24-bit for all channels

I/O Ports

Analog Output Jack: 3... 50mm mini jack *3 (Front / Side / Center-Subwoofer)

Analog Input Jack: 3... 50mm mini jack *2 (Line-In / Mic-In)

Other line-level analog input (for CD-In / TV Tuner): Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)

Digital S / PDIF Output High-bandwidth Optical Connector supports 96KHz/24-bit

Front-Panel Audio Header Supports headphone jack-detection, automatic switching of audio output from back panel to front panel

S / PDIF Header Additional SPDIF-out header for connecting graphics card with HDMI audio output

Driver Features

Operating System Windows 10 / 7 / Vista / XP (32/64-bit) / MCE2005

Software 10-band Equalizer, 27 Environmental Effects, Enhancer, Mixer

Size (Width x Height) 106... 15mm x 178... 06mm

*Specifications are subject to change without notice...

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2... Xonar D-Kara card layout

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1 Microphone In port Connect an external PC microphone to this 3... 5mm port...

2 Line In port Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players, music synthesizers and other line-level sound sources to this 3... 5mm port for audio recording or processing...

3 Headphone/Front Out port

Connect your headphones or 2-channel speakers to this port... For multi-channel speaker systems, this port connects to the front left/right input on the speakers...

4 Side Surround Out port Connects to the surround channel input on 4/5... 1 powered analog speakers...

5 Center/Subwoofer Out port

Connects to the center/subwoofer input on 5... 1 powered analog speakers...

6 S/PDIF Out port

This optical TOSLINK digital output port connects to external digital decoders or digital speaker systems, home theater systems, and AV receivers for outputting digital audio such as PCM, DTS Digital, DTS, WMA-Pro, etc...

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7 Front Panel Header This 9-pin Intel AC97/HDA front-panel port supports auto jack-detection and auto FP Headphone selection for Analog Out on the Audio Center...

8 Aux Input Header

This 4-pin header connects to the Analog Audio output of TV tuner cards or other sound devices inside your PC... *

*To monitor your TV tuner cards audio from this Aux-In, you must enable the monitor function for Aux-In in the Xonar Audio Center softwares recording mixer...

9 S/PDIF Out Header Connects to a graphics card with HDMI support

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3... Installing the hardware

3... 1 Installing the audio card

Before you proceed with the following installation steps, its recommended that you disable your onboard audio device in your BIOS settings, or uninstall any other audio cards on your PC... (For BIOS settings or uninstallation of other sound cards, refer to the user manuals of your motherboard and audio card... )

Installing the Xonar D-Kara card

1... Power OFF the computer, the monitor, and all other peripheral devices connected to your computer...

2... Unplug the computer power cord from your computer and power outlet... 3... Touch the metal back or side panel of the computer to avoid static electricity... 4... Remove the chassis cover... 5... Remove the metal bracket from an available PCI slot for the Xonar D-Kara

audio card... 6... Carefully insert the audio card into the PCI slot until the card is seated firmly

in place... 7... Secure the audio card with screws and the metal bracket... 8... Replace the chassis cover... 9... Reconnect all cables... 10... Plug the power cord to the computer and to a power outlet... 11... Power ON the computer...

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3... 2 Connecting to a TV tuner card

1... If you have a traditional PCI TV tuner card on your PC, you may need to connect it to the Xonar D-Kara card to send the tuner cards sound to your PC speakers...

2... Secure the PCI TV tuner card and screw it into the back-panel... 3... Connect the audio output header from the TV tuner card to the Aux-In header

of the Xonar D-Kara card...

For optimum TV audio quality, Xonar D-Kara uses ADC recording to digitize the signal and loop it back for DAC playback... Select Aux-In as the recording source in the Xonar D-Kara Centers recording mixer and enable the monitoring button to pass this signal to the audio output... Using this setup, you can even turn on sound effects such as Dolby headphone to expand the stereo TV audio to 5... 1 channel surround sound in any set of headphones... TV audio on your PC will become even better than on your TV set...

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4... Installing software Installing the card driver

Install the audio card driver before installing the Xonar D-Kara driver... Otherwise, driver installation error may occur...

1... After you have installed the Xonar D-Kara card, turn on your computer... Windows automatically detects the audio card and searches for device drivers... When prompted for the drivers, click Cancel...

2... Insert the support CD into the optical drive... If Autorun is enabled on your system, the setup starts automatically... If not, run setup... exe from your support CD...

3... Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation...

The version and content of the support CD are subject to change without notice...

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5... Connecting speakers and peripherals

5... 1 Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)

The Xonar D-Kara makes surround sound playback through your home theater system possible... A single digital cable connection can carry high-quality digital audio from any of your PC audio sources to any digital speakers or AV Receivers...

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1 Optical cable Plug your decoders TOSLINK optical cable into the S/PDIF- Out connector...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

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5... 2 Connecting stereo headphones

5... 2... 1 Connecting Stereo Headphones

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1 Front Out/Headphone Jack

Connect stereo headphones directly to this port...

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SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

5... 3 Connecting analog speaker systems

5... 3... 1 Connecting an analog power amplifier

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1 Front Out Connect left front and right front input ports of the analog amplifier to the Front L/R port...

2 Side Surround Out Connect left surround and right surround input ports of the analog amplifier to the Side L/R port...

3 Center/Subwoofer Connect center and subwoofer input ports of the analog amplifier to the Center/Sub port...

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5... 3... 2 Connecting 2 Channel Speakers

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1 Front Out/Headphone Jack

Connect the speaker sets 3... 5mm plug to Front L/R port...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

AUDIO INPUTS

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5... 3... 3 Connecting 4 Channel Speakers

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1 Front Out Connect the front input port of the 4 channel speakers with the 3... 5mm plug...

2 Side Surround Out Connect the Surround input port of the 4 channel speakers with the 3... 5mm plug...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

AUDIO INPUTS

Side

AUDIO INPUTS

Front

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5... 3... 4 Connecting 5... 1 Channel Speakers

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1 Front Out Connect the front input port of the 5... 1 speakers with the 3... 5mm plug...

2 Side Surround Out Connect the Surround input port of the 5... 1 speakers with the 3... 5mm plug...

3 Center/Subwoofer Connect the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 5... 1 speakers with the 3... 5mm plug...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

SideFront Center/ Subwoofer

AUDIO INPUTS

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5... 4 Connecting a microphone

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1 Microphone Input Jack Connect the microphones 3... 5mm plug to the Mic In port...

2 Headphone Jack Connect headphone plugs to the Front L/R port...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

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5... 5 Connecting Line-In audio sources

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1 Line Input Jack Connect the 3... 5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any other Line level analog audio sources into the Line-In port for sound recording (See the Mixer section of this User Manual)...

SPDIF Out

Mic In

Line In

Front L/R

Side L/R

Center/Sub

CD Player

MP3 Player

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6... Xonar Audio Center 6... 1 Xonar Audio Center GUI

1... After driver installation is complete and your computer has been rebooted, you will find the Xonar Audio Centers icon in the system tray on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen... Double click this icon to open the Xonar Audio Center utility...

If the icon does not appear on the system tray, launch the Xonar Audio Center from the Windows desktop by clicking Start > All Programs > ASUS Xonar D-Kara > Xonar D-Kara Audio Center...

2... The Xonar Audio Center is the Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar D-Kara driver... You can control the functions and features of the Xonar D-Kara driver on the Xonar Audio Center... The following picture shows a basic overview of the Xonar Audio Center... The following sections of this manual will describe its functions in more detail...

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1 Display Area This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume level, status of preset, equalizer, and signal output... *

*This area displays information, but is not used to change settings...

2 Menu Open/Close Clicking this button will reveal the configuration settings... Clicking it again will move the display area back to its original position and hide the configuration area...

3 Master Volume This knob controls the master playback volume... Turn to change the volume level...

4 SVN Button Click this button to enable the Smart Volume Normalization feature for consistent volume levels from all playback sources... It will display a blue light when enabled...

5 Mute Button Click this button to mute audio playback... It will display a red light when playback is muted...

6 Settings Tab Two tabs are available for quick access to Music Playback and Karaoke features...

7 Settings Menu Panel This panel provides access to audio settings, including Main Settings, Mixer/Volume, Effects, FlexBass, and Enhancer...

To start using the Karaoke features of the Xonar D-Kara, plug in your microphone and click the Karaoke tab in the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center... Click the Mixer option and select microphone...

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1 Information icon Click this icon to display driver options... Double-click the icon to launch the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center...

2 Restore Click to restore Xonar Audio Center application window...

3 About AsusAudio Center Click to find out more about Audio Center version...

4 Edit Hot Keys Click to edit shortcut keys for volume control, master presets, sampling rate, and analog out...

5 Master Preset Click to apply a master preset...

6 Exit Click to exit...

6... 2 Xonar D-Kara Audio Center Icon

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6... 3 Music Main Settings

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1 Audio Channel The audio channel refers to the available speaker channels that can be used to mix sounds... Select an audio channel based on your speaker system ( 2CH, 4 CH, 5... 1 CH, or 7... 1 CH)...

2 Sample Rate The sample rate determines the number of audio samples per second that the Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and S/PDIF digital interface will output...

Please select the sample rate that corresponds to (or exceeds that of) your playback sources for optimal audio fidelity... The Xonar D-Kara audio card supports sample rates up to 96KHz (44... 1K, 48K, 96KHz)... Typical values for sample rates are:

- Audio CD, MP3, WMA, Wave files are 44... 1 KHz - DVD-video audio is 48KHz - DVD-Audio or other HD media may contain 96KHz high-

definition audio content

3 Analog Out The analog out setting defines your actual speaker setting, such as front headphones, rear headphones, Dolby headphones, Dolby rear headphones, 2 speakers, 4 speakers, or 5... 1 speakers... Xonar D-Kara will play the channels and process the proper 3D surround sound accordingly...

4 S/PDIF Output S/PDIF output enables a single digital connection to carry high quality audio from your PC to digital speakers and AV receivers via PCM... *

*PCM - Pulse Code Modulation is a typical raw audio data format...

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6... 4 Mixer/Volume

The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording on the Xonar D-Kara... The Xonar D-Kara also provides a high-quality digital monitoring function for playing the recorded audio from the speakers...

6... 4... 1 Playback Volume

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1 Playback Volume Tab Click this button to show the playback volume page...

2 Source/Path Name Left and Right volume controls for each speaker/channel...

3 Mute/Unmute button Click this button to mute or unmute the audio channel...

4 Volume Slider Drag this slider down to decrease the volume; drag it up to increase the volume... The tool-tip displays percentage increments...

5 Reset Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings...

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6... 4... 2 Recording/Monitoring Volume

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1 Recording Volume Tab Click this button to show the recording volume page...

2 Recording volume slider Drag this slider down to decrease the recording volume; drag up to increase the recording volume... The tool-tip displays percentage increments...

3 Recording Selector button Click this button to select the path/source you are going to record... The recording function on Windows is a one-path selector... Only one default recording source can be used at a time... You may have to restart the recorder application if you switch to a different source... *

*On Windows Vista, some application programs allow you to select the recording device/path in the application itself...

4 Monitoring button Click this button to monitor and loopback recording audio to output speakers... The recording volume will affect monitoring signals from speaker output... The audio will be mixed into the streams from your PC and all digital audio effects will be applied to both the source and the output...

5 Source/Path Name Displays the source name for each volume control slider:

FP MIC: Recording from MIC front panel jack RP MIC: Recording from MIC rear panel jack Aux: Recording from Aux-In sources such as TV-

tuner audio cards or other audio sources Line-In: Recording from Line-In jack for external audio

devices

6 Reset Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings...

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6... 5 Effects

6... 5... 1 Environment Effects Environment effects can be used to create realistic listening experiences that mimic different environments... There are 27 available environment options that be can be applied to music and other 2D sound sources...

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1 Default environments There are four default environments available: Bathroom, Concert hall, Underwater, and Music Pub...

2 More options Clicking this button will apply the environment effect selected from the pull-down menu... 23 additional options are available in this menu...

3 Environment size Three size settings are available for each environment: Large, Medium, and Small...

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6... 5... 2 10-Band Equalizer The equalizer can modify the audio output for different frequencies and can be used to compensate for deficiencies in your speakers/sound system... You can create custom settings in addition to the 12 default patterns available...

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1 Default equalizer options There are 12 available equalizer patterns... Click an item to apply a pattern to audio playback...

2 User Defined You can click this button to apply a selected User Defined setting...

3 Equalizer slider Adjusts the gain for each band (30~16KHz)

4 Save name Type a name for your own User Defined equalizer setting in the text box...

5 Add / save Click the + button to add the defined parameters to the User Defined list as a preset...

6 Delete Click the button to delete a saved preset from the User Defined list...

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6... 6 FlexBass

FlexBass is an advanced bass management and enhancement mechanism that allows you to select each satellite speakers type for optimal sound performance... It comes with an adjustable crossover frequency for the boundary of the bass signals... FlexBass will filter out the bass signals from small speaker channels and redirect them to the subwoofer or large speakers...

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1 On/Off Click this button to disable or enable all FlexBass functions...

2 Small/Large speaker option

Select the speaker type connected to the Xonar D-Kara... If your speaker type cannot handle low-frequency signals (bass), select Small speaker type... Xonar D-Kara will filter out the bass signals and send them to the subwoofer channel... If the speakers support full-range signals, you can select the Large speaker type... *

*In most cases, low-cost desktop PC 2-channel speakers are small-type speakers... Refer to speakers specifications or consult your speaker vendor to identify correct speaker type... However, common 2... 1 speakers with a subwoofer should be categorized as large speakers because the subwoofer can redirect the bass signals inside the two channels to the subwoofer speaker automatically...

3... Picture for Small/Large speaker

Small/large speakers are identified by their colors:

Orange: large speakers Green: small speakers

Standard speakers that cannot produce low frequencies are considered Small while wide-band speakers that can product low frequencies are categorized as Large...

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4 LFE Crossover Frequency Adjusts the cut-off frequency (50~250Hz) for LFE (Low- Frequency Effects) signals... Xonar D-Kara will filter out bass signals below the crossover frequency from small speaker channels and forward them to the subwoofer... Higher crossover frequency values would result in reduced bass signals...

6... 7 Karaoke Main Settings

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To start using the Karaoke features of the Xonar D-Kara, plug in your microphone and click the Karaoke tab in the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center... Click the Mixer option and select microphone...

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1 Master Preset The master preset lists multiple combinations of presets such as EQ, Compressor, Reverb, and so on... Click this dropdown box to select, save, or edit a master preset...

2 Select all/Unselect all Click this checkbox to select all or unselect all presets...

3 Preset Checkbox Click desired checkbox to apply a sound effect to playback audio...

4 Preset Click dropdown box to select presets or switch to Manual Mode...

5 Advanced Setting Click this button to access advanced controls and customize presets...

6 Bypass Click this button to temporarily disable all sound effects to compare audio before and after sound effects are applied...

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6... 7... 1 Advanced Settings

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1 Use mono microphone Select check box if you are using a mono microphone to balance the audio output...

2 Mic Boost On Select check box to boost the microphone audio by 20dB...

3 Mix with Wave On Select check box if you intend to record music audio with your voice...

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1 Master Preset Click dropdown box to select, save, or edit a master preset...

2 Save as Select a combination of presets and click Save as to create a new master preset... You may also choose to adjust settings for the current master preset...

3 Edit Click edit to delete, rename, import, or export master preset...

6... 7... 2 Master Preset The Master Preset is a quick way to save your preset combinations...

6... 7... 3 HPF/LPF High Pass Filter affects frequency ranges below the set cutoff frequency... Low Pass Filter applies to frequency ranges above the set cutoff frequency...

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1 Reset Click to reset to default... The reset option is only available under Manual Mode...

2 Preset Click dropdown box to view current preset parameters or select Manual Mode to change parameters under the Advanced Settings Panel...

3 Center Frequency This slider determines cutoff frequency... Drag the slider or input specific values in the text box...

6... 7... 4 Dynamic Boost/Compressor The dynamic boost/compressor is used for tightening up a section of audio after hitting the threshold level... The expander reduces the dynamic range below the threshold... This effect is used to add versatility to your audio tracks...

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1 Preset Click the dropdown box to view current preset parameters or select Manual Mode to change parameters under the Advanced Settings Panel...

2 Threshold This setting determines the Threshold level when an effect is applied to audio playback... Signals above the indicated value are expanded while signals below the value are compressed... Drag slider or type specific values in the text box...

3 Ratio Ratio of signal expansion or compression when threshold is met...

4 Attack Time Amount of time before effect is applied to audio when the signal level exceeds the threshold...

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6... 7... 5 EQ

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1 Preset Click the dropdown box to view current preset parameters or select Manual Mode to change parameters under the Advanced Settings Panel...

2 Frequency Band Drag the slider up or down to change the gain of each frequency band...

3 Reset Click to reset settings to default... The reset option is only available under Manual Mode...

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5 Release Time Amount of time before effect is applied after the signal level falls below the threshold...

6 Soft Knee Indicates the strength of an audio effect as sound reaches threshold... Higher values result in gentler compression/ expansion...

7 Reset Click to reset settings to default... The reset option is only available under Manual Mode...

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6... 7... 6 Reverb

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1 Preset Click the dropdown box to view current preset parameters or select Manual Mode to change parameters under the Advanced Settings Panel...

2 Reverb Intensity level of late reverbation

3 Reverb Delay Time limit between early reflection and late reverbation

4 Reflections Intensity level of early reflection

5 Reflections Delay Delay time of first reflection

6 Decay Time Reverbation decay time at low frequencies

7 Decay Ratio Ratio of high frequency delay time relative to low frequency delay time

8 HF Reference High frequency threshold reference point

9 Diffusion Echo density in late reverbation decay... High diffusion represents regular density with an evenly spread out signal... Low diffusion represents irregular and grainy sound...

10 Density Modal density in late reverbation decay... High density represents more natural sounding timber... Low density represents more hollow or colored space like the bathroom...

11 Room Intensity level for room effect

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6... 8 Mixer

6... 8... 1 Playback Volume

No Item Description

1 Playback Volume Tab Click this button to show the playback volume page

2 Source/Path Name Left and Right volume controls for each speaker/channel

3 Volume Slider Drag this slider down to decrease the volume; drag it up to increase the volume... The tool-tip displays percentage increments...

4 Mute/Unmute button Click this button to mute or unmute the audio channel...

5 Reset Resets all volume controls to the default settings...

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12 Room HF Attenuation at high frequencies relative to intensity and low frequencies...

13 Room Rolloff Factor Intensity of room effect adjusted by distance...

14 Reset Click to reset settings to default... The reset option is only available under Manual Mode...

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6... 8... 2 Recording/Monitoring Volume

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1 Recording Volume Tab Click this button to show the recording volume page...

2 Recording volume slider Drag this slider down to decrease the recording volume; drag up to increase the recording volume... The tool-tip displays the percentage increments...

3 Recording Selector button Click this button to select the path/source you are going to record... The recording function on Windows is a one-path selector... Only one default recording source can be used at a time... You may have to restart the recorder program if you switch to a different source... *

*On Windows Vista, some application programs allow you to select the recording device/path in the application itself...

4 Monitoring button Click this button to monitor and loopback recording audio to output speakers... The recording volume will affect monitoring signals from speaker output... The audio will be mixed into the streams from your PC and all DGP effects will be applied to both the source and the output...

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5 Source/Path Name This shows the source name for each volume control slider:

FP MIC: Recording from MIC front panel jack RP MIC: Recording from MIC rear panel jack Aux: Recording from Aux-In sources such as TV-

tuner audio cards or other audio sources Line-In: Recording from Line-In jack for external audio

devices

6 Advanced Settings button Click this button to access advanced settings...

7 Reset Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings...

8 Use mono microphone Select check box if you are using a mono microphone to balance the audio output...

9 Mic Boost On Select check box to boost the microphone audio by 20dB...

10 Mix with Wave On Select check box if you intend to record music audio with your voice...

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6... 9 Enhancer

The Xonar D-Kara provides powerful features for karaoke, including Key-Shifting and Vocal Cancellation... Key-Shifting can change the pitch of the karaoke background music... Vocal Cancellation can reduce the original vocals in songs while retaining the music and symphony for karaoke...

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1 On/Off Click this button to disable or enable all functions on this page...

2 Key-Shifting This checkbox is used to enable or disable key shifting for music playback... This feature can adjust the pitch from 4 semitones below to 4 semitones above the audio level...

3 Vocal Cancellation This checkbox is used to enable or disable the vocal cancellation function... Voice cancellation levels can be adjusted from 0 to +100... A value of +100 will eliminate most original vocals... Default values are set to 50...

4 Reset Reset all settings to default...

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7... Troubleshooting and FAQs 7... 1 Troubleshooting

Q1... The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC...

1... Check that the audio card is properly inserted into the PCI slot on your motherboard...

2... Run Windows hardware Device Manager and check if a multimedia audio device is listed... If no device is detected, scan manually for hardware changes...

3... Reboot Windows... 4... If Windows still fails to detect the audio card, insert the audio card in a

different PCI slot...

Q2... I cannot find the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center...

1... Make sure you have installed the driver... 2... Locate the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center icon in the System Tray on the

bottom right-hand corner of the screen... Double-click the icon to open the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center...

3... If the icon is not displayed on the System Tray, go to Windows Control Panel and double click the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center icon to make it visible in the system tray again...

4... After driver installation is complete, its recommended that you reboot your computer to complete the setup... If the icon is still not available, reinstall the device driver...

Q3... I cannot hear any sound from my analog speakers... 1... Check that you have connected the speakers properly and have

powered on your speakers... 2... Check that the device master volume or the software player is not set to

mute on the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center... 3... Go to the sound and audio device settings found in Windows Control

Panel to check if the playback default device is set to Xonar D-Kara Audio Device... If its set to another onboard AC97 or HDA codec device, set it to Xonar D-Kara Audio Device and restart your application...

4... Reboot Windows...

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Q4... I cannot hear any sound from the S/PDIF output... 1... Check that you have enabled S/PDIF output in the Audio Center GUI... 2... Check that you connected the correct S/PDIF output port on the card to

the decoders (AV receiver) S/PDIF input port... 3... You may need to select the correct input and mode of your decoder or

AV receiver... 4... If you are using 96KHz PCM output, make sure your decoder can

support 96KHz decoding... Change the PCM output to 44... 1K or 48KHz to check if your output device supports a lower value...

Q5... I cannot hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, AUX, etc... ) from my speakers... 1... On the mixer recording page in the Audio Center, select the correct

input as the recording source... If you are using Windows Vista, open the system audio control panel to check if the current recording/input device is correct...

2... Remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source...

Q6... I cannot hear the TV tuner audio from my speakers... 1... If you are using a TV tuner card with an analog audio output, connect

the analog audio output to the Aux-In header on the audio card... 2... Select Aux-In as the recording source and on the digital monitoring

button on the recording mixer page... 3... If you are using a TV tuner card with a digital audio output, check

that the sound is not set to mute and whether other applications can playback sound... If you still have a problem hearing audio, refer to the TV tuner cards user guide...

7... 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1... Does the Xonar D-Kara support Windows 7/Vista?

Yes, the Xonar D-Kara driver package does support Windows 7/Vista 32/64 bit with most key features available... Xonar D-Kara also supports DS3D GX on Windows 7/Vista, providing DirectSound 3D hardware and EAX gaming sound effects for many existing DirectX games...

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Q2... Why can I hear and record sound from other recording devices when Wave/Digital is selected in Record on Windows Vista?

Unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista manages multiple audio devices and audio streams, identifying them as either Digital Input or Analog Input... This approach allows for multiple recording devices to run simultaneously in Windows Vista... Wave In or SPDIF-In, considered as a Digital Input, is an independent recording device from Analog Devices such as Mic In, Line In, or Aux In... Therefore, if you have analog inputs other than Wave In in use and set to be monitored, you are able to hear and even record sound from those analog devices even if Wave In / SPDIF-In is selected as the default recording device...

Turn off the monitoring function for analog input devices if you only prefer to hear and record Wave In / SPDIF-In sound...

Q3... Why are sound effects not available when playing 96K sound sources?

The sound effects feature in the Xonar D-Kara currently supports standard 44... 1K and 48KHz sound sources... However, users are assured of high fidelity playback for 96K sound sources... This is the common setup professional audiophiles and musicians prefer...

Sound effects can still be applied by using commercial or free audio editing software to convert the sound files to 48KHz... Please note that the frequency meter on the Xonar D-Kara Audio Center will not take effect when the playback source is at a 96KHz sample rate to prevent any processing distortion...

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