»DIGI96/8 Add-Ons

24 Bit/96 kHz Digital/Analog PCI Audio Card

SPDIF I/O Coaxial


AES/EBU Compat.


Stereo Analog I/O

Overview Settings Dialog Technical Specs / Features Unique Technologies Pricing

is the ultimate audio interface for Mac and PC. When using headphones the stepless volume fader control is very convenient, and in ADAT® mode the analog output can be routed to each of the 4 stereo pairs. An optional breakout cable adds professional AES/EBU connectivity using XLR-connectors.

Despite being built into a computer the card reaches stunning 112 dBA SNR! Professionals will enjoy the easy way to change the Emphasis bit and immediately listen to the changes in sound on the analog output. Playing back encoded AC-3 streams is compatible to every AC-3 decoder by setting the 'Non-Audio' bit.

The optional
Expansion Boards (EXB) turn the DIGI96/8 into a fully analog version, with 4 or 8 analog inputs and outputs in exceptional quality. The optional Word Clock Module (WCM) adds word clock input and output, a unique test and 'house clock' mode. And our latest TDIF Expansion (TEB) lets you use the card as TDIF interface as well.

Last but not least: The DIGI96 series includes
DIGICheck, the ultimate measurement, analysis and test tool!

The DIGI96 series offers drivers for Windows 95/98 (MME, multi-DirectSound, ASIO 2.0, GSIF, DS/MME/ASIO/GSIF multi-client operation), Windows NT (MME with multi-client operation, ASIO 2.0), Windows 2000/XP (MME, ASIO 2.0, GSIF, MME/ASIO/GSIF multi-client operation), Mac OS 9.x (Sound Manager and ASIO 2.0), Mac OS X (Core Audio), and Linux (OSS and ALSA.)

DIGI96/8 PAD is also available as Broadcast version, offering an analog input and output level of +6 dBu and 9 dB headroom (+15 dBu @ 0 dBFS.)


Simply click on the DIGI symbol in the systray of the taskbar and the settings dialog of the DIGI96/8 PAD comes up. The clear structured, easy to understand window plus the unique informative status displays for input and output make your work with the DIGI96/8 PAD to a real pleasure. With a simple mouse click (or a freely configurable key shortcut) you gain access to the full power of your card.

RME's Settings dialog shows installed and active DIGI96® series' cards, according to their numbering in the system. Therefore even in multicard usage you'll always know which wave device belongs to which card.

The latest drivers can be found on our Download page.


Supported sample frequencies: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 64 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
All settings changeable in realtime, all output options even in playback mode
Separate record- and playback circuits; complete master mode
Enhanced Full Duplex: Different sample rates at input and output possible
Mixed Mode: ADAT® in - SPDIF out and vice versa at full synchronization
AutoSync: Automatic and intelligent master/slave clock control
Unsurpassed Bitclock PLL (audio synchronization) in ADAT® mode
Optional Word Clock Module (WCM) provides word clock input and output
TMS (Track Marker Support): Supports CD/DAT start-IDs and the read out of CD subcode
Comes with DIGICheck: the ultimate measurement, analysis and test tool
Unique status windows for record and playback, showing mode and sample rate
Zero Latency Monitoring: Hardware bypass per track, controlled by Punch-in/out
AutoSelect searches automatically for an input with valid signal
Combined Channel Interleave/Multi Device driver compatible to almost all recording programs
Complete interrupt-sharing
Windows driver with Pentium® optimization (quad times memory transfer)
High bus transfer rate (up to 130 MByte/s)
Digital inputs and outputs ground-free transformer coupled
Super low jitter design: < 1 ns in PLL mode (44.1 kHz, optical in)
32 bit memory transfer and 128 kB fast SRAM guarantee very low system load
Analog input +4 dBu/-10 dBV configurable
Superior analog 24 bit/96 kHz input. Dynamic range 109 dBA
Flexible superior analog 24 bit/96 kHz monitor output. Dynamic range 112 dBA
Low impedance output (75 ohm) ready for headphones, stepless output level through software faders
Speaker Protection minimizes noise during power on/off
Analog output routable to ADAT® tracks
Digital I/O: optical (TOSLINK), coaxial (phono), internal (CD-ROM/Sync-I/O). Optional breakout cable (not included in standard version) provides AES XLR connection.
Formats SPDIF-AES/EBU (Consumer, Professional), ADAT®

These are only some of DIGI96/8 PAD's capabilities. Click here for a complete list.

  • AutoSelect
    Automatic input selection by monitoring all inputs and incoming signals.
  • AutoSync
    Intelligent clock control according to operational mode and present/desired sample rate.
  • Bitclock PLL
    The most reliable receiver circuit for ADAT optical signal.
  • Enhanced Full Duplex
    Simultaneous record and playback even at different sample rates.
  • Enhanced ZLM®
    Monitoring of the input signal, independent from clock mode and sample rate.
  • Hardware Selftest
    Quick hardware check when booting, to improve and ensure full reliability.
  • Hi-Performance
    Custom chip (FPGA) ensures full performance and minimal driver action.
  • Latency Fast Change
    Change latency on-the-fly under ASIO, without manual reset or re-boot.
  • Mixed Mode
    ADAT® optical in - SPDIF out and vice versa.
  • Speaker Protection
    Minimizes noise during power on/off
  • SyncAlign®
    Surveillance and sample accurate synchronization of all channels.
  • Track Marker Support (TMS)
    Reads CD subcode and DAT Start IDs.
  • Zero Latency Monitoring - ZLM®
    Automatic monitoring of the input signal with zero latency.

A complete overview of all the unique technologies in the DIGI96 series can be found here.

See your local distributor's website for current price information.

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