Montana is an expansion card for Dakota and must be used with Dakota.
No. Montana is only an expansion card for Dakota.
No. You can only connect one Montana (and/or one Sierra) to each Dakota.
No. Montana is automatically recognized, configured, and accessed by the Dakota software driver.
No. It's features are fully supported by Dakota's single IRQ.
You can install Montana in any open PCI or ISA slot that is *next to* Dakota.
Montana's audio channels, sync input, and ADAT Sync Output are expansions of Dakota's feature set, and are controlled from Dakota control panel. For example, Dakota has ADAT optical output channels A1:8 and B1:8, and with a Montana attached it also has C1:8 and D1:8.
Yes. The Dakota/Montana sample rate when sync'd to NTSC video can be a true 48kHz or 44.1kHz, or it can be set to the pull-down rates (x 0.999). True sample rates from 25fps PAL or SECAM are also supported.
You can either 1) use a 75 ohm BNC coax cable from the word clock output to a BNC-to-male RCA adapter (provided with Montana) to Montana's RCA jack, or 2) use a BNC-to-female RCA adapter (not provided) to a 75 ohm coax cable with RCA plugs to Montana's RCA jack.
If the video signal comes from an RCA jack, you should use a 75 ohm coax video cable with RCA plugs. If the signal comes from a BNC jack, then use one of the solutions to the previous question.
Video and word clock signals contain very high frequency energy. To transmit these properly over even moderate distances you should always use a 75 ohm coaxial cable, and the signal should have a 75 ohm termination at its final receiver. (Other unterminated receivers can be used in between the source and the final receiver.) Montana's video/word clock input can be terminated or unterminated for use in any situation. The Montana User's Guide includes details and examples for proper setting and use.
Yes. Montana has an internal connector that can receive video sync from a video capture card. If your video card does not provide video sync on an internal connector, you can still sync it externally.
The current software driver passes the ADAT Sync In port information directly out the Montana ADAT Sync Out port unchanged. With both Dakota and Montana installed, the computer can be in any slave position in an ADAT sync chain. Future versions of the driver will support enhanced functionality on the Sync Out port.