Important Hints to the Marc 2 driver version 3.06 for Windows 2000/XP

1. System Requirements
2. New Installation
3. Driver Update
4. What's new
5. MME, WDM-Audio, DirectSound and "Classic MME"
6. Software Sampler and Synthesizers

1. System Requirements

2. New Driver Installation

2.1 Windows 2000

2.2 Windows XP

3. Driver Update

4. What's new

Version 3.06:

Version 2.13:

Version 2.09:

Version 2.08:

Version 2.07:

Version 1.14:

Version 1.13:

Version 1.10:

Version 1.01:

Version 1.0 to NT4 Version 1.03

NT4 Version 1.03:

5. MME, WDM-Audio, DirectSound and "Classic MME"

5.1 MME und DirectSound:

Audio applications, who do not use ASIO, GSIF or Direct WDM-Audio (Cakewalk Sonar), now communicate with Microsoft MME (MME via WDM-Audio) or Microsoft DirectSound drivers instead of communicate with the MARIAN drivers directly. The Microsoft drivers in turn communicate with the MARIAN WDM-Audio Drivers.
For audio applications, who use these Microsoft drivers, apply:

5.2 "Classic MME"

The MARIAN driver enables you to use the MME driver interface of the previous driver versions in addition to all other driver interfaces. From now, we call this interface "Classic MME". You can activate "Classic MME" within the Marc 8 Midi Manager settings. If this driver interface is active, then you get additional recording and playback devices with the appropriate device lists. These devices have the name suffix "(MME)".
The "Classic MME" device have these advantages:

6. Software Sampler and Synthesizers

Software samplers and synthesizers normally supply MIDI output devices for other audio applications who want to use the software sampler as an instrument. If such an application starts, then normally this application opens the MIDI output devices and this in turn causes the software sampler to initialize its audio engine with the configured audio outputs.

In the described situation the software sampler and the other audio application may conflict, if they use the same audio output. You can use the Marc 2 with different audio applications at the same time but never the same output device simultaneously.


Therefore this hint:

The Windows Multimedia System also supplies a software synthesizer called  "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth". This synthesizer has also a MIDI output port with the same name. Since there is no explicit setup for the output device, the "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth" always uses the standard playback device configured in "Control Panel | Sounds and Multimedia | Audio".


(c) MARIAN Digital Audio Electronics, Leipzig 09-11-2006