360 Systems DIGICART-EX

Ethernet Audio™ Recorder


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  • Instant audio access and playout from anywhere
  • Same familiar operations as DigiCart II
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360 Systems' DigiCart/EX Ethernet Audio recorder continues a twenty-year history as a first-choice for audio spots in television broadcasting. DigiCart/EX is more than an improvement on the original DigiCart® concept - it's a high-performance, Ethernet Audio system for integrated audio.

No computer and no mouse - just the hands-on efficiency of real buttons for all operations. Ethernet Audio® is the link to Mac® and PC-based audio workstations. Now, audio programs produced on DAWs can be easily played, manually or from automation, with DigiCart/EX. When it's time to actually move an audio file, it's many times faster than real-time. Clear and easy to use, DigiCart/EX is designed from the ground up for broadcast professionals.

Anyone who uses DigiCart II will know how to use DigiCart/EX. It offers better displays, better screen messages, and new networking features-but with the same familiar buttons. It's 100% compatible with earlier DigiCart recorders, plays files produced on them, and uses similar front panel commands.

All earlier DigiCart files can be played - whether Dolby AC-2, 16-bit linear, 44.1 or 48K - so valuable program content and archives can be carried forward. DigiCart/EX can also create new files for use in DigiCart II, letting earlier hardware remain a valid part of a new facility.

  • Use standard SD memory cards to move content between DigiCart/EX's. Higher capacity removable media means more storage and ease of file transfers.
  • The original D-NET file transfer protocol using AES/EBU has been maintained, making it easy to move old files to DigiCart/EX.
  • AES/EBU ports perform lossless machine-to-machine transfers. Special 75-ohm AES/EBU ports on BNC connectors now transfer files as far as 1,000 feet.
  • Industry standard .WAV files can be created, shared and received via the Ethernet Audio system.\

DigiCart/EX provides a faster way to edit audio. Edits can always be undone, and trim points can be easily changed for a future re-edit of the cut. DigiCart/EX provides clear indications of edit points and the present location within a cut.

DigiCart/EX offers these non-destructive editing features:

  • Head trims
  • Tail trims
  • Fade-ins
  • Fade-outs
  • Pre-roll time
  • Gain change

DigiCart/EX uses .WAV files as a native format, and can accept broadcast wave (.BWF) files, as well. It is compatible with most popular workstations, including Pro Tools®. Using Ethernet as the file-exchange medium, DAW files can be exported in .WAV format to a 360 Systems' Ethernet Audio™ server, where they are immediately available from any DigiCart/EX terminal.

DigiCart/EX provides an extra level of reliability by storing audio files on its own local hard drive, in addition to the Ethernet Audio file server. For example, by optionally copying files from the server to a DigiCart/EX, playback is virtually guaranteed, regardless of the status of the audio network. Should a file used by Master Control be removed from the server, it can be played from the local hard drive on Master Control's DigiCart.

DigiCart EX provides the ability to create playlists from a simple spot break to a complex program lasting days or even weeks. Playlists can be built from individual cuts or other playlists. Rotating lists allow variations to be programmed, or operation as an "on demand" rundown list triggered by the operator or an external GPI.

24-Bit Quality DigiCart/EX's 24-bit audio circuit design delivers 112 dB of dynamic range from its analog inputs. 360 Systems' Bit-for-Bit™ digital design also maintains 24-bit integrity through the AES/EBU ports, assuring error-free reproduction not only of standard PCM files, but also of Dolby® AC-3 or Dolby-E recordings.

Although most users will work at a 48 kHz sample rate, DigiCart/EX is equally adept at 44.1, 88.2 and 96k. A high-quality sample rate converter can be positioned at either the input or the output, permitting conversion of any sample rate to 48K, or any other rate. Now 44.1, 88.2, and 96k music masters can be converted to standard 48K audio for video.

DigiCart/EX plays files of almost any word length - 16, 20, or 24-bit. In addition to recording new material at 24-bits, it can also deliver 16-bit digital audio for compatibility with other digital audio products, or earlier DigiCart recorders.

DigiCart/EX is able to store audio in many different formats, and play them consecutively without changing machine setup. Any desired output format, such as 48K-16-bit, can be selected, regardless of how the original file was recorded.

A variety of serial and parallel ports adapt DigiCart/EX to most facilities:

  • An EIA-422 serial port accepts Digicart serial protocol, supported by almost every automation system. It also operates with 360 Systems' RC-320 desktop remote control, and accepts Peripheral Bus (E-Mem) commands, giving DigiCart/EX direct control from many video switchers.
  • Five optically isolated GPI inputs provide control of play, stop, record, pause, and loop. These conform to the DigiCart II connector, making upgrades easy.

A time-proven standard DigiCart recorders are hands-on machines. Its "real" buttons, jog wheel and display make it a first choice for fast-paced operations. For good reason, the DigiCart/EX continues as a twenty-year industry favorite. Most users will never need to open an Operations Manual to operate DigiCart/EX.


  • Instant audio access and playout from anywhere
  • Same familiar operations as DigiCart II
  • File interchange with DigiCart II
  • Popular .WAV files as native format
  • Record/play to local drives or network file server
  • Hot Keys for instant-playback
  • 10,000 audio clips stored on internal hard drive
  • 100 Mb/s Ethernet interface to the network file server
  • Archive with internal SD memory card reader
  • Large LCD display for 40 characters text
  • 24-bit A/D, & D/A converters
  • Optional use of Dolby AC-2 format
  • Sample rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K
  • Generates any output rate from stored files
  • AES/EBU Digital I/O on XLR-3 connectors
  • AES-3-ID 75? or IEC-958 Type II (consumer) digital I/O on BNC connectors
  • +4 dBu analog input/output on XLR-3 connectors
  • Output level trims
  • LED level meters with clip indication
  • Threshold record trigger
  • Headphone jack with level control
  • Sync sources include internal crystals, AES-3, S/P DIF, AES-11
  • Computer keyboard connector
  • EIA-422/485 (9-pin) remote control port
  • Standard DigiCart II serial protocol
  • Supports Peripheral Bus (E-Mem) serial commands
  • Accepts optional RC-230 remote control
  • Five GPI inputs with tally output
  • Internal hard drive
  • Playlisting capability
  • Software updates via network transfer
  • Rear Panel:
    • AC Power, 115/230 volts, detachable cord with IEC connector
    • Power Switch
    • Ground Lug with thumb nut (frame)
    • Ethernet Port (100 Mbps)
    • Keyboard port
    • GPI Control, 25-pin D-connector
    • Serial Port, 9-pin EIA-422/485,
    • Remote Control Port, 15-pin (RC-320 remote Control)
    • Remote Bus, RS-422, 9-pin (360 Systems remote control)
    • AES-11 Sync Input, 75-ohm BNC
    • AES/EBU Digital Audio Input, XLR-3
    • AES/EBU Digital Audio Output, XLR-3
    • AES-3-ID / IEC 958 type-2 Digital audio input, BNC
    • AES-3-ID / IEC 958 type-2 Digital audio output, BNC
    • Analog Audio Outputs, Balanced, +4 dBu, XLR-3
    • Output Level Trims (2)
    • Analog Audio Inputs, Balanced, +4 dBu, XLR-3


  • Audio:
    • Audio Channels: Two, configured as one stereo pair
    • Quantization: 16 or 24-bit, linear PCM
    • Native File Formats: WAV, DigiCart II Linear and Dolby AC-2
    • Data Reduction: Optional; Dolby AC-2, 48K stereo
    • Bandwidth: 10Hz to 21 kHz ±0.2 dB @ 48K sample rate
    • Sampling Frequencies: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K
    • Dynamic Range: 112 dB typical
    • Signal-to-Noise: 112 dB typical
    • Distortion (THD+N):
    • Inter-channel Phase Deviation:
    • Inter-channel Crosstalk: >90 dB at any frequency
    • Input Circuit: Electronically balanced, Z=20k ohms, XLR-3 female
    • Common Mode Rejection: Better than 60 dB @ 120 Hz
    • Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu
    • Level Metering: Quasi-peak, 14-segment LED display with clip indication
    • Nominal Operating Level: +4 dBu (provides 16 dB headroom)
    • Sample rate converter: 24-bit, 3:1 ratio; input or output
    • Output Circuit: Balanced, Z=100 ohms, XLR-3
    • Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu
    • Headphones: Front panel 1/4" (6.35mm) jack with level adjustment
    • Digital Audio Inputs:
      • 1. AES/EBU, XLR-3, 110W
      • 2. AES3-ID, BNC, 75W
      • 3. IEC-958 type II, BNC (with RCA adapter)
    • Digital Audio Outputs:
      • 1. AES/EBU, XLR-3 female, 110W
      • 2. AES3-ID, BNC, 75W
      • 3. IEC-958 type II, BNC (with RCA adapter)
    • Word size conversion: 24-bit to 16-bit by TPD or noise-shaping
    • Audio sync reference: Internal crystal, AES-3, or AES-11
  • General Specifications:
    • Removable SD Memory Cards: 2GB to 64GB SD/SDHC/SDXC
    • Internal Storage: Hard Disk
    • Audio Start/Restart Time: Instantaneous
    • Display: 64 x 240 pixel graphic LCD with backlight
    • Network connection: Ethernet, 100 Mb
    • Transfer to/from DigiCart II: 360 Systems D-NET™;
    • GPI Remote control: Remote contacts with lamp drive; 25-pin "D" connector
    • 9-pin Serial Remote control: RS-422/485; ES-Bus or peripheral-bus interface (E-Mem)
    • Cue Erase/relocate: Cue marker individually erased or relocated
  • Hard Drive Characteristics:
    • Hard Disk Reliability: MTBF >625,000 hours (6,240 POH/year @ 35°C)
    • Component Life: 5 years
    • Disk Interface: IDE
    • Drive or disk Temperature: 5° to 55°C (41° to 131°F)
    • Relative humidity, Non Condensing: 10 to 85% RH
  • SD Memory Card Reader Characteristics:
    • Card Drive Reliability: MTBF >1,000,000 hours
    • Card Insertion/Removal Cycles: 10,000 min
    • Drive or disk Temperature: 0 °C to + 75 °C
    • Relative humidity, Non Condensing: 5% - 95%
  • Physical Specifications/Miscellaneous:
    • Form Factor: Standard 2RU 19"rack
    • Dimensions: 3.48" H x 17.00" W x 12.00" D (88 x 433 x 305 mm)
    • Power: 115/230 volts AC, 50-60 Hz, 25 watts
    • Cooling: Fan
    • Net Weight: 18.25 lbs (8.3 kg)
    • Agency Approvals: UL, C-UL, CE, FCC Class A

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