BURWEN BOBCAT RE INSTRUCTIONS
Version 1.03BBRE
Copyright © 2006, 2007 Burwen Technology, Inc.
Patent pending
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  • 1 GHz Intel Pentium or AMD processor
  • 8 MB disk space on drive C: for installation
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Vista (32-bit only)
  • Computer sound card or external Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
  • CDROM or CD/DVD drive
  • Windows Media Player (WMP) 10, 11, or higher –  may be downloaded from Microsoft at
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 – may be downloaded from Microsoft at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-
034d1e7cf3a3&DisplayLang=en
OPERATION
  1. BURWEN BOBCAT RE does not open from the Start Button.
  2. Open the Windows Media Player by inserting a CD or DVD in the drive or by double clicking
    its icon.
  3. Go to the menu item View, Plug-ins, Other, Burwen Bobcat and click to place a check mark
    at Burwen Bobcat.  The Burwen Bobcat window will open.
LISTENING
Burwen Bobcat provides 19 fixed processing selections for simple operation.  18 are in the Big Bobcat
window and a universal
basic bobcat selection appears in the small Basic Bobcat window.
  1. Burwen Bobcat works only with the Windows Media Player.
  2. When playing your movie (XP, not Vista), disc, or music file select the sound you want, basic, vocal,
    jazz, pop, classical, or movies and compare to no bobcat.  Use the sound you like best.  
  3. For additional tone adjustment, use the Windows Media Player's Graphic Equalizer available under
    View, Enhancements, Graphic Equalizer.
  4. Selection basic 3 works on any program material.  Basic 2 has a darker sound.  Basic 1 Is slightly
    wider.  All the other selections are specialized for program sources with various problems.  Choosing
    one of these will improve or degrade the sound depending  upon how well the processing is matched
    to the problem.  Use the one you like best.  Compare the sound to no bobcat which is the same as
    bypass but 5 dB softer.  The lower level prevents overload due extreme low frequency boost.
  5. Clicking on the bobcat face at the top opens information on operation at burwenbobcat.com.
  6. If you are too busy to think about selections, click Go to Basic Bobcat to go the a small window with
    only one processing selection.  This selection has very little low frequency compensation, enabling
    the same level as bypass.  
  7. Files previously processed by Burwen Bobcat automatically play in bypass mode instead of your
    selection.  Both your selection and bypass are highlighted.
RECORDING CDS
Record CDs using the Windows Media Player’s Burn window.  If the Burwen Bobcat window shows, the
entire CD will have the circled Burwen Bobcat sound.  For highest fidelity start with unprocessed WMA
lossless files.

RIPPING CDS
Rip CDs to WMA compressed or WMA lossless (preferred) files using the Windows Media Player’s Rip
window.  If the Burwen Bobcat window shows, the WMA file will have the Burwen Bobcat sound.  For no
processing, close Burwen Bobcat.  To make Bobcat processed MP3 or WMA lossless files from WMA files
use the Burwen Audio Converter below.

Important: In the Windows Media Player top menu item, Tools, Options, Library, do not check “Rearrange
music in rip music folder, using rip music settings” if you want your MP3s to appear in your chosen folder.
if checked, the MP3s will appear in the original music folder and the chosen folder may disappear.

CONVERTING TO MP3 128 KBPS OR WMA LOSSLESS
Convert WAV,  WMA, or MP3 files to Burwen Bobcat processed MP3 128 kbps files using the Burwen Audio
Converter.  In Windows Explorer or My Computer, pick up one or a number of individual files with the
mouse, or a whole folder of files.  Drag and drop them anywhere on the Burwen Bobcat window.  A dialog
asks you to select MP3 or WMA.  Another dialog box will ask you to select a destination folder, which must
be different from the source folder because the converted file has the same name and information. Then
the files will be converted at high speed and will appear in that folder under the same titles with .mp3 or .
wma extensions.

Note that Microsoft Net Framework 1.1 must be installed for file conversion to work.  Net Framework 1.1 is
not part of Net Framework 2 or 3.

IDENTIFYING BURWEN BOBCAT PROCESSED FILES
In the Windows media Player a file processed by Burwen Bobcat has a subtitle “BURWEN BOBCAT B” if
processed using
basic bobcat.  A file processed using one of the Big Bobcat window's 18 selections
has a subtitle “BURWEN BOBCAT C1” if processed using
classical 1.  The last letter is the first letter of
the processing type,
basic, vocal, jazz, pop classical, or movies and the number indicates selection 1,
2, or  3.  Basic bobcat files are at 0 dB level, the same as bypass or unprocessed files.  The other 18
selections are at a softer -5 dB level to avoid overloading due to boosting extreme low frequencies.  It is
best to separate the two types into different folders.

In Windows Explorer or My Computer, Burwen Bobcat Processed files are identified by a Bobcat icon.  On
computers that do not have Burwen software installed the icons will become visible if you install the free
Bobcat File Identifier utility, bobcatshell_inst.msi, available at
http://www.burwenbobcat.com/Free-Download.
html. The icon is visible on Windows XP and Vista computers.

BURWEN BOBCAT PROCESSED FILES PLAY IN BYPASS AUTOMATICALLY
BURWEN BOBCAT software detects "BURWEN BOBCAT" in the subtitle and automatically switches to
bypass mode.  Both your selection and bypass will be circled.

Commercial CDs produced with Bobcat processing will play in
bypass if the Album name shown in the
Windows Media Player contain a caret (^).  For compilations only individual tracks will play in
bypass if the
track title contains a caret (^).  To make this work the mastering engineer must insert the ^ and notifiy the
internet database from which the Windows Media Player gets its album information.  CDs and files ripped
from them do not show the Bobcat icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer

WHEN TO OPEN AND CLOSE BURWEN BOBCAT RE
  1. When ripping CDs to WMA lossless files keep it closed.  Open in bypass is OK.  The sound will be
    unchanged and a subtitle "BURWEN BOBCAT" with no qualifying letters will appear in the Windows
    Media Player.
  2. When burning CDs for your car open it and select the processing that sounds best in the car.
  3. Convert to MP3s for your portable player by dropping on the open Bobcat window.  Plug your
    portable player's headphones into your computer and listen first to choose the best selection for your
    player.

COPY PROTECTED MUSIC
Music downloaded from websites like iTunes, Urge, and others is unlikely to allow Bobcat processing due to
specialized copy protection (part of DRM, Digital Rights Management).  You can remove the copy
protection by burning the files to CD and then ripping to a preferably higher bit rate format such as WMA
lossless or 320 kbps.  Then you can listen via BURWEN BOBCAT RE plugged into the Windows Media
Player.  Alternatively Bobcat processing can applied during ripping if the Bobcat window is open.  You can
also convert existing WAV, MP3, or WMA files to Bobcat processed MP3 128 kbps files for your portable
player or to Bobcat processed WMA lossless files for your hi-fi system.  

WINDOWS VISTA
Windows Vista is designed around DRM.  It does not allow Bobcat or any other plug-in to process DVD
stereo sound; this feature is no longer available.  

With adaption to Windows Vista we have added file conversion from WAV, MP3, and WMA to Bobcat
processed WMA lossless format files.  Previously file conversion was available only to MP3 128 kbps.  Now
we have both.

The music industry appears to have started on a path toward elimination of DRM.   

FIXING PROBLEMS
Note that BURWEN BOBCAT RE does not open from the Start Button.  See OPERATION above.

If BURWEN BOBCAT has not been activated, the Bobcat window will display in red just below the logo:
No valid license found.  Click here to activate the software.  Clicking opens the Bobcat Activation wizard which
offers the three methods for activation.

If the software has been activated and you cannot find it, it fails to process audio or convert files, or it stops
the sound, something may be blocking Bobcat.  Check the options in your software for proper speaker and
plug-in setup.  Close all programs.  Reboot your computer.  Open only the software BURWEN BOBCAT
plugs in to.  Play some music.  Then insert the Bobcat plug-in to make the Bobcat window appear.  With
music playing, click various processing selections and compare with
no bobcat or bypass.

If you are unable to make it work, email a description of what happened and a copy of any error messages
you saw to
contact@burwenbobcat.com.

HELP AND SUPPORT
Please visit Questions and Answers and other links at the top left to see if your question has already been
answered.  If not, via Email tell us what computer processor, memory, and sound card or DAC you are
using, the versions of Windows and the Windows Media Player, and your problem.

Burwen Technology, Inc.
12 Holmes Road
Lexington, MA 02420-1917
Email:   
contact@burwenbobcat.com
Websites:  www.burwenbobcat.com
                 www.burwenaudio.com
INSTALLATION AND ACTIVATION
  1. If you followed the downloading instructions, the setup utility BBREsetup.exe has been placed in a
    new folder C:\BURWEN BOBCAT.  Be sure your Internet connection is still working.  From the Start
    button, open My Computer, Local Disk (C:) and locate BBREsetup.exe.
  2. Double click, BBREsetup.exe and the instruction page displays.
  3. Click the large link to start setup.  In all security dialog boxes that pop up, allow setup to run.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installer window until the Burwen Registration Wizard appears with a
    field (slot) for Serial Number entry.
  5. Find your serial number from the Email you received earlier from sales@burwenbobcat.com having
    the subject line "Your Burwen Software Serial Number".
  6. Instead of typing your Serial Number, for perfect accuracy, you can hold down the left button while
    sliding the cursor over all the letters and numbers of the Serial Number.  Release the button.   Press
    CTRL+C to copy to the Clipboard, and then paste the number at the cursor in the Serial Number
    field, using CTRL+V.
  7. Fill in the information requested by the Wizard, click next, and your information will be sent encrypted
    to the Burwen activation server for verification with your order.
  8. Upon receiving and verifying your information the Burwen activation server gets an identification
    number (ID) from your computer and returns an unseen key number that automatically enables your
    software indefinitely, but only on your computer.  Installation finishes and you can use your new
    software.  Your computer ID is kept confidential.  If communication fails go to EMAIL REGISTRATION
    at http://www.burwenbobcat.com/Activate_Product.html.
  9. Burwen Bobcat software has been completely installed at the end of this process.  When opened, It
    will process audio only if it has been activated.  If a valid license key has not been received and
    accepted, a red notice in the Burwen Bobcat window will offer a link to the Bobcat Activation window.
INSTALLING FROM CD
The setup CD-ROM, creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Burwen Bobcat to
C:\Program Files\Burwen Technology on your computer.  Do not place  the files in a different location.
  1. Place the Burwen Bobcat CD-ROM in the drive.  AutoPlay displays the instruction page.
  2. If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:
    \bobcat.htm where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.  The instruction page will open first.
  3. Click the large link to start setup (It opens setup.exe).  In all security dialog boxes that pop up, allow
    setup to run.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installer window until the Burwen Registration Wizard appears with a
    field (slot) for Serial Number entry.
  5. Find your Serial Number on the CD case and carefully copy it into the Serial Number field.  
  6. Fill in the information requested by the Wizard, click next, and your information will be sent encrypted
    to the Burwen activation server for verification with your Serial Number.
  7. Upon receiving and verifying your information the Burwen activation server gets an identification
    number (ID) from your computer and returns an unseen key number that automatically enables your
    software indefinitely, but only on your computer.  Installation finishes and you can use your new
    software.  Your computer ID is kept confidential.  If communication fails go to EMAIL REGISTRATION
    at http://www.burwenbobcat.com/Activate_Product.html.
  8. Burwen Bobcat software has been completely installed at the end of this process.  When opened, It
    will process audio only if it has been activated.  If a valid license key has not been received and
    accepted, a red notice in the Burwen Bobcat window will offer a link to the Bobcat Activation window.
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