_CALYPSO

NG500/500 series AD/DA converter

_CALYPSO is an audio interface designed to work in 500 series enclosure.

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_CALYPSO

NG500/500 series AD/DA converter

_CALYPSO is an audio interface designed to work in 500 series enclosure. It features state of art 8 channels of AD/DA conversion and perfectly integrates with ng500 chassis – _TITAN, through I.A.C. connector. Besides its very convenient integration with ng500 chassis, it still can be used in standard 500 series enclosure using two DB25 connectors.

Main Features

_CALYPSO AD/DA converter

  • 24bit conversion
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz(SMUX), 96kHz(SMUX)
  • Ultra low jitter clock
  • Word clock IN/OUT
  • Full integration with _TITAN via IAC connector (Just ADAT cables are need to route all signal to and from chassis)
  • Two DB25 connectors allows integration with any 500 series chassis
  • Two converter reference levels +8dBu/-10dBV
  • LCD screen with channel metering

ANALOG SOUND, DIGITAL CONTROL

NG500/500 series AD/DA converter

Integration with I.A.C.

(Internal Audio Connector) inside _TITAN chassis features almost wire-free setup.

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Integration with I.A.C.

(Internal Audio Connector) inside _TITAN chassis features almost wire-free setup.

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Standard 500 chassis support!

_CALYPSO is designed to work with standard 500 series enclosures, in that case DB-25 connectors on the front panel can be used to route audio signal to and from chassis.

DB-25 connectors can be also used to route audio signal from and to outboard gear!

Convinient Plug-in for I.A.C. recall and more!

_CALYPSO as all ng500 units is integrated with VST2/VST3/AAX/AU plug-ins. While using with a _TITAN it allows to manage I.A.C. connector in other words it manages input source to each module to be either back XLR “IN” socket, or I.A.C. direct connection to _CALYPSO.

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Convinient Plug-in for I.A.C. recall and more!

_CALYPSO as all ng500 units is integrated with VST2/VST3/AAX/AU plug-ins. While using with a _TITAN it allows to manage I.A.C. connector in other words it manages input source to each module to be either back XLR “IN” socket, or I.A.C. direct connection to _CALYPSO. This gives You totally recallable solution to route your signal differently based on DAW session. For more information please refer to examples section below! Plug-in supports:

  • Convinient metering,
  • Full unit control,
  • I.A.C. recall and management!
  • Sample rate selection based on DAW session
  • For more information please refer to manual!
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LCD screen with metering!

Calypso LCD screen will allow You to see all configuration options and manage the unit.

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Calypso LCD screen will allow You to see all configuration options and manage the unit.
1) Channel numbers
2) Metering – _CALYPSO supports very fast and accurate PPM metering
3) Clip indicator.
4) Currently active Sample Rate.
5) Source of Sample Rate configuration
6) Clock Source
7) Clock sync status
8) H-LINK – indication if DAW plug-in is connected to this particular hardware instance.

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_CALYPSO with TITAN

_CALYPSO used with _TITAN chassis features extremely convinient connectivity!

SETUP EXAMPLES

_CALYPSO inside _TITAN allow us to switch between different setus using convinient I.A.C. recall thorugh DAW plugin. As this functionality can be explored and integrated in many ways, below examples may give You a good idea how to start!

1) Recording and HW insert mixing mode setup
This setup is perfect for any studio which values easy switching between sessions. For instance, recording session is ongoing, but only for a part of a day, ability to get back to work on different mixing projects without any setup changes (RECALL!), is really convenient! For more details please refer to below picture:

2) HW insert mode and units chaining
This particular setup allows to switch between two modes:
– HW insert mode which allows to access each module separately,
– And units chaining.

Such mode can be useful, if for instance we would like to switch between mixing and mastering projects, or we simply would like to use modules in chain in some sessions:

3) _CALYPSO with external outboard gear
We can use I.A.C. connector to access modules independently. However there might be a situation that we would like to chain modules inside _TITAN with some outboard gear, and still use _CALYPSO I/O. To configure such approach, there are two important things to be aware of:
– Modules in _TITAN chassis need to be last in chain (as “OUT” of each slot is hardwired with _CALYPSO IN channel via I.A.C. connector),
– Signal has to be sent to outboard gear via DB-25 OUTPUT connector on _CALYPSO front panel.

Main features summary:

  • 100% analog device with +24dBu of headroom
  • True stereo tube “vari-mu” style compressor
  • High voltage tube operation
  • Interstage CARNHILL transformers
  • Input and output level control for maximum flexibility
  • Mix knob for parallel compression
  • THD – harmonic distortion with two modes (Medium & High)
  • SIDE CHAIN FILTERS – 3 high pass filters at 60,90 and 150 Hz
  • 500 series and ng500 (e.g. _TITAN) series compatible
  • Total Recall and plugin control compatible with most DAWs.
  • Analog automation in DAW

Other features:

  • Fully digitally controlled and isolated analog circuit,
  • Digital recall can be acheived by connecting unit directly through front panel mini USB socket, or using it inside _TITAN chassis,
  • 4 touch sensitive encoders allow record automation of particular parameters (Threshold, Mix, Input, Output) in DAW,
  • True bypass,
  • Accurate analogue GR meter and its precise simulation implemented in the plug-in itself,
  • Free software and firmware upgrades.

Specification

_Calypso specification

Power consumption150mA per rail
Dimensions76x133x158mm
Warranty2 years

Inputs(ADC)

Frequency response20Hz-20kHzm +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N(unweighted)-108 dB (0.0004%)
Dynamic range (unweighted)116 dB
Gain Settings+4 dBu/-10 dBV (selectable per input)
Max input level(+4 dBu) +20 dBu
Input Impedance10K Ohms
Connector typeDB25/IAC

Outputs(DAC)

Frequency response20Hz-20kHzm +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N(unweighted)-105 dB (0.0005%)
Dynamic range (unweighted)115 dB
Gain Settings+4 dBu/-10 dBV (selectable per input)
Max input level(+4 dBu) +20 dBu
Input Impedance100 Ohms
Connector typeDB25/IAC

User Manual

Download _Calypso User Manual

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

ng500 Module (e.g. _DIONE) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect unit either:
    1. Through front panel USB socket,
    2. Or keep the unit in ng500 chassis – _TITAN, but please note that chassis has to be connected to the PC/MAC either via USB or Ethernet cable.
  2. POWER OFF your 500 series chassis.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. _MIMAS – RATIO button,
    2. _DIONE – RATIO button,
    3. _RHEA – THD button,
    4. _PROMETHEUS – HIGH CUT encoder (top-right encoder),
    5. _HYPERIONLMF GAIN encoder,
    6. _CALYPSO – MENU encoder.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your 500 series chassis.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
The NGRack unit (e.g. ngBusComp) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect the unit to either USB or Ethernet.
  2. POWER OFF your unit.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. ngBusComp – far left Ratio on Channel 1 (Ratio “-”),
    2. ngLEVELER – use a small screwdriver and press button available on the rear panel via a small hole in the chassis.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your unit.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
Unit passes signal only when bypassed

This is a very common issue and in most cases the root cause lies in the connection of the unit and audio interface. If that happens it should be checked if audio interface input isn’t connected to the chassis input and if audio interface output isn’t connected to chassis output. As this initially would seem to be entirely wrong and shouldn’t work at all, as all our units implement “True Bypass” via relays, the unit will pass a signal when the bypass is engaged. The reason for that is that the relay is in fact hard wiring input to the output, and thus the unit will pass the signal, as it doesn’t go through any active circuit of the unit.

Plug-in doesn’t connect to hardware when a plug-in instance is created

This is actually how it is supposed to work, so after the plug-in instance is created, please use a small triangle button which usually is on the bottom side of the plug-in and select proper HW ID from the drop down menu. If the drop down menu doesn’t list any hardware units, please check Your connectivity and other possible root causes in this FAQ.

Unit can’t connect to a plug-in

This is a wide topic, and there may be at least several root causes, but there are few things that should be checked. However, the first and most important thing is to double check that GConManager doesn’t list this device in the _CONFIG app. If this is the case, it means that WesAudio unit can’t connect on the OS level, and some of the below steps may help:

  1. First of all double check if module connection is properly executed, this procedure is described here.
  2. USB specification indicates that USB 2.0 works up to 5 meters. This is however not entirely true, as it strongly depends on the peripherals that unit is connected to. Even if our modules are USB 2.0 compatible, your USB port could support USB 3.0 – USB is a backward compatible protocol, so it may be that USB 3.0 cable length limit should be considered which is 2 meters. We would recommend having a USB cable up to 2 meters to remove those limitations from the equation.
  3. USB HUB is very common root cause to those problems, if module can’t connect via HUB – just for the sake of the test, it is mandatory to connect unit directly to PC/MAC to verify if the problem isn’t caused by it.
  4. Please note any system warnings attached to “WesAudio Tray Icon”.
Unit disconnects by itself

As USB controllers have limited capacity it could be a reason for random unit disconnection. Usually, it happens when a lot of USB devices are plugged into the PC/MAC. The usual behavior would be that the unit works normally, and after reboot it doesn’t, but it strongly depends on the OS implementation so exact reaction could be a little bit different. If this is suspected, just for the test, it would be good to disconnect most of the devices from the USB ports, reboot PC/MAC and double check the connectivity from stability point of view. If it leads to the conclusion that this is the root cause of the problem, we would recommend using a decent USB hub, and ideally a TB/USB dock station which tends to offload a lot of responsibilities from our PC/MAC.

Unit can’t connect anymore

If the unit was working fine, and suddenly it couldn’t connect (it is not visible in the GConManager _CONFIG app) that could lead to the conclusion that some devices were added to our USB line, and we could have problems with the USB controller inside PC/MAC. In that case please check the description in the above “Unit disconnects by itself”.

How to open GConManager in Admin mode

GConManager in Admin mode enables special functionalities which are used during WesAudio units calibration.

OSX: 

  1. Please open terminal.
  2. Copy-Paste following command:

open /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app --args --admin

WINDOWS:

  1. Go to “START” and open “Command Line”.
  2. copy paste this command:

"c:\Program Files (x86)\WesAudio\GConManager.exe" --admin

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