Tech Bulletin: Troubleshooting Symphony I/O Ribbon cables
This Tech Bulletin shows you how to resolve issues that may occur due to an improperly installed or faulty internal 64-pin I/O Module ribbon cable.
When an I/O Module ribbon cable has become defective, users report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Random “spikes” observed on the front panel meters or on Maestro Input meters.
- Clicks, pops or distortion present in the audio signal even when the audio software buffer is set high.
- The audio signal becomes distorted over time.
Testing the IO Module Ribbon Cable
To test the IO Module ribbon cable, follow these steps. DO NOT PERFORM THIS TEST with A 16 x 16 Analog Input/Analog Output module, damage to the I/O Module may result.
- Unplug the AC cable and remove Symphony I/O’s top panel.
- Re-seat both ends of the 64-pin ribbon cable (location shown below).
- Re-connect the AC cable, then connect Symphony I/O’s USB port to a Mac. Power the unit on.
- Press and hold the right encoder to set Symphony I/O to USB audio interface mode. Open Maestro,click on the Input tab and adjust the window to see all meters.
- Lightly manipulate the 64-pin ribbon cable that connects the I/O Module to the Main board, looking for spurious meter spikes on the front panel and in Maestro. If two I/O Modules are installed, test each cable.
- If any spurious signals are observed, replace the ribbon cable with an Apogee-approved cable.
- Please see the Apogee Tech Bulletin video entitled “Symphony I/O Ribbon Cable Troubleshooting” for an example of a faulty ribbon cable.
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