- The hardware platform handles the signal processing. It's the brains of your system and there are many "variations" to suit your needs.
- The plug-in is the software user interface (UI) used for controlling and configuring the DSP from a PC/Mac environment. All miniDSP platforms come with at least one free plug-in.
- Once configured, the hardware platform no longer requires a computer as all settings are stored in memory. They are automatically reloaded at each startup.
Now that you understand the basic operation of the software-controllable miniDSP, let's decide step by step what type of hardware platform you will need:
STEP 1: Before thinking about the type of filtering technique (FIR/IIR), you must first define the "I/O" (Input/Output) configuration of your system. Every system is unique, so if you're unsure, start simple! Get a handwritten basic diagram to confirm your system setup. (e.g. CD player = 2 x IN, 2-way stereo speaker = 4 x OUT).
STEP 2: Try pairing your I/O setup on top of a “hardware DSP platform”.
STEP 3: The next step is to understand if the plugin fits your applications. The best way is to review your hardware platform's user manual to see typical applications.
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