Apparently, all the PCI slots in this expansion chassis share the same IRQ
as the slot they are derived from. Basically they are just bridged PCI
slots. The systems are mainly sold to Digidesign users. What I would want
to do is to put two DSP Factories, two AX44\'s, A Frontier Dakota and a
Frontier Montanna in the expansion box. That\'s six cards total. The DSP
Factories share IRQ\'s fine as long as you use the latest drivers. The
Dakota is supposed to share its IRQ as well, though I haven\'t actually tried
this. The Montanna and the AX44\'s don\'t use IRQ\'s. Theoretically at least,
it should work. The reason I want to do this is so that I can have 32
channels of Gigasampler (from the Frontier cards) looped back into the DSP
Factories through the AX44\'s and running under C-Consoles control. I am
already running 16 channels of Gigasampler this way and it works great. I
just don\'t have the available expansion slots in my PC to go the rest of the
way. It should work, but I\'d love to know for sure before I shell out the $
that this system will cost.
One more thing: I\'ve been told that inititially Gigastudio will not do 32 channels through the GSIF of the Combined Frontier Dakota and Montanna cards, but that eventially the drivers will be enhanced to the point where they can use the GSIF outputs of two compatible cards, so I probably won\'t be rushing out to do this anytime soon. Still I would like to know more about these systems. Gigasampler looped back from the Dakota to the DSP Factory and mixed under C-Console absolutely rocks! If I could do 32 channels instead of 16 this way it would be well worth the inflated cost of one of these boxes.
Initially, the $1,500 to $2,000 pricetag for these systems looks crazy, but usinc CNET, you can find an Aurora version for around $800. That still seems pretty expensive for as little as it actually is. On the other hand, I really want 32 C-Console channels of Gigastudio pretty bad. Think about it: Gigastudio permanently patched into a 48 channel board with four multieffects processors available, four band parametrics and dynamics processors on each channel. All this hidden away in one box. If you ask me, this is as close to a perfect system as you can get!