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Spike
 With which types of computers will the Spike work?
At the time of shipping, Spike will be compatible with both Windows XP and Mac OS X.

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 What's the difference between Spike and the XD-2?
The XD-2 is the hardware USB audio/MIDI interface itself. Spike is the name for the entire system, which includes Tracktion and the Nomad Factory plug-in.

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 With which audio applications will the XD-2 work?
The XD-2 will work with audio software applications that support ASIO, WDM, or OS X Core Audio. Out of the box, Spike offers a full copy of Tracktion audio recording and mixing software, and the Nomad Factory Warmer Phaser plug-in with tube emulation.

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 What is Dual Mode Operation?
The XD-2 can be used in two separate modes: Rec/Play Mode and USB Mode. In Rec/Play Mode, the XD-2 acts as a standard USB audio interface with active inputs and monitoring features. In USB Mode, the XD-2 acts as a DSP resource in which the on-board channel dynamics and EQ can be used for a recording or a stereo mastering pass. For USB Mode, the user can control all the Mackie dynamics and EQ from the XD-2 Graphic User Interface, and all hardware inputs are disabled.

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 How much processing can the SHARC DSP chip handle?
The XD-2 DSP has enough processing headroom to power two independent channels of dynamics and EQ at 96kHz, which can be two analog recording inputs with monitoring, stereo outputs for an analog or digital two-track master, or two channels in and out all via USB. . Each channel has three separate DSP modules--a compressor/limiter, a gate/expander, and a four-band parametric EQ--all of which can be arranged in any order along the signal pathway.

In addition, each input channel has a high-pass filter (HPF) that is activated or de-activated by the channel HPF buttons on the front panel of the XD-2. Each HPF can be set to the desired roll-off frequency, and a secondary Low-Pass Filter (LPF) can be either enabled or disabled from the software as well.

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 Can the XD-2 support 24-bit/96kHz operation?
Yes - the XD-2 implements 24 bit/96kHz recording capabilities as a standard base functionality. The XD-2 will support word length between 16 and 24 bits, as well as sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96kHz.
 I am having a hard time getting my XD-2 USB interface working with my PC. Any suggestions on where to start?
Check out our Audio Interface Troubleshooting Guide (.pdf, 105 KB).
  I'm getting glitching noises when I'm recording and playing audio on my PC. What could the cause be?

There are a number of possible causes for this, especially when using a Windows-based PC. We suggest you take a look for suggestions in our extensive Audio Interface Troubleshooting Guide (.pdf, 105 KB).

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