The X-Firewire card is an option card that can be installed in supported Apogee converters. It turns the Apogee converter into an audio interface.
Q: What devices can use the X-Firewire option card?
A: The X-Firewire option card can be installed in the AD-16x, DA-16x, Rosetta-800, or Rosetta-200.
Q: What computer and operating systems can I connect to an X-Firewire equipped device?
A: You can connect an X-Firewire equipped device to any Mac computer from OSX version 10.3.9 and up, or a PC computer running 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP1 & SP2. SP3 and later versions of Windows are not supported.
Q: How do I update the firmware?
A: Installation instructions are included with the firmware download file on our website (X-Firewire).
NOTE: There are different firmware versions depending on what product the X-Firewire card is installed in. Make sure you download the correct one from our website.
-Special Note for AD-16x & DA-16x: Since these units can operate in a Standard or Advanced routing mode (Users Guide pg 8), each mode requires a different firmware version to be installed. See [this KB article] for more information on the Advanced Routing mode firmware.
The update is performed through the standard firewire connection to the computer.
On a mac, the firmware can only be updated via OSX 10.6.7 or earlier. If you are running OSX 10.6.8 or higher you will not be able to run the firmware updater application.
On a PC, you must have Windows XP SP2-32bit or earlier. SP3, 64-bit, and later versions of Windows are not supported.
Q: Will there be new software at some point that works with the newest version of OSX and Windows?
A: The X-Firewire option cards are discontinued so unfortunately there will not be any further Apogee software development for it on OSX or Windows. That said, although there are some graphical (GUI) anomalies, Maestro 1.9.13 appears to still be functional on newer versions of OSX - including Mavericks.
NOTE: Currently, you can connect an X-Firewire equipped device to a mac computer and have it automatically work as an audio interface. This is because the X-Firewire card is class-compliant and doesn’t require the installation of additional software or drivers.
The Rosetta, by default, is calibrated for -16 dBFS. To calibrate the Rosetta, press and hold the SoftLimit button until it begins to flash. Send a +4 analog tone into the analog inputs. The metering in calibration mode now reflects -21 dBFS to -11 dBFS. To calibrate to -12 dBFS, turn the A/D calibration trimpots. As the level increases one LED, which equals one dBFS, the over light will turn on indicating you have achieved the next level up in dBFS. Each LED you light up will cause the over light to come on and as you increase the gain the over LED will go off until the next LED is lit up. When you get to the desired level, stop as soon as the over LED lights up.