Consulting and Training
Our most popular training offering is a 3-day training session covering the basics of HD Audio hardware and HD Audio (and USB) audio software for Windows. Each session is customized for the recipients, given that a chip vendor might want more information about software architecture, while a software developer might be more interested in the hardware interface.
How to develop pin configurations and verb tables Optimal Sound provides training in developing pin configurations and verb tables for UAA-compliant audio hardware. You can also read Chapter 4 and Appendix A of the HD Audio book for more details.
HD Audio book contain information on UAA-Compliant hardware design.
Optimal Sound can provide face-to-face or remote training (via Live Meeting) on how to configure a standalone DTM system consisting of a minimum of four computers and an Audio Precision test set:
- Domain Controller (running Windows Server 2003)
- DTM Controller (running Windows Server 2003)
- Audio Precision Host (running Windows XP SP2)
- System-under-test (running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server)
Step by step instructions for successfully configuring each system are provided, along with screenshots. Overall system configuration recommendations such as hardware requirements for each system, overall system storage, security, and driver signing are provided.
A special emphasis on audio fidelity testing is provided. Step by step instructions on how to select and configure the Audio Precision System Two are provided. Additional training is provided on audio test fundamentals, as well as an analysis of each audio fidelity test required for Vista launch, and written steps on how to run the tests manually to generate the same results.
This training is required knowledge for the logo test team at each system vendor, unless the system vendor wishes to contract Optimal Sound to provide the testing.
Optimal Sound can teach your team how to plan your audio designs to address problems before they become an issue. Correct analog audio system design usually costs less than sloppy design, and can save on board re-spins. Chapters 5 and 6 of the HD Audio book contain information on best practices for audio design and layout. You can also download David Roach's presentation at Microsoft WinHEC 2005 in Seattle , discussing best practices for audio hardware design in PC environment.
Audio Design Line has published How the Intel HD Audio system works taken from Chapter 9 of the HD Audio book by Intel Press. This chapter documents the signal flow of Windows XP, plus a few Vista scenarios. Optimal Sound can provide this same level of detail for your Vista systems, in the form of training in signal flow for Vista, or in the form of custom signal flow diagrams.
perform all of the logo fidelity tests manually, and learn how to correlate your results with the DTM output logs. This includes an overview of audio basics.
Optimal Sound provides training in basic audio troubleshooting techniques , including how to determine whether an issue is HW or SW, and other ways to identify and resolve audio issues.
Use Optimal Sound to add an audio expert to your team, ensuring that your systems are easy to understand, functioning properly with Windows 7 and, of course, sounding great. Contact us for more info.