Getting Started With Analog Discovery 2

The Digilent Analog Discovery 2 is a multi-function instrument that comes with everything you need
to measure, visualize, generate, record, and control analog and digital signals.

  1. Remove and discard the cardboard sleeve.
  2. Open the reusable project box and take out your Analog Discovery 2.
    • Take note of the 30-pin connector, USB B-Micro connector, 2.5mm barrel jack connector for external power, and tough polycarbonate case.
  3. Remove the accessories from the box.
    • Included with the Analog Discovery 2 are five 6 pin male headers, one USB B-micro cable, one ferrite cable snap on, and one 30-pin flywire assembly.
  4. Take out and discard the cardboard insert.
    • Behind it you will find a handy pin-out diagram that shows how the flywire assembly gives you access to the Analog Discovery 2's features.
    • Without the cardboard insert, your project box can now hold the Analog Discovery 2, its included accessories, and there's even room for more!

Download WaveForms for your platform by clicking on the links below.

  1. Open the Executable File.
    • Open the executable file that you downloaded.
  2. Allow Access to WaveForms.
    • If you are prompted to allow WaveForms to make changes to your computer, click yes.
    • If not, continue to the next step.
  3. Click Next.
    • The WaveForms Setup Wizard will open.
    • Click "Next".
  4. Agree to License Agreement
    • Read the license agreement and terms and conditions and click "I Agree" if you do.
  5. Choose Installs
    • Choose the Installations you would like. You can install the Adept Runtime, WaveForms Runtime, WaveForms Application and WaveForms SDK.
    • The Adept Runtime allows WaveForms to communicate with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery, Electronics Explorer Board and Analog Discovery 2 NI Edition.
    • The WaveForms Runtime contains a library and device support files needed to run custom applications.
    • The WaveForms Application is the Digilent virtual instrumentation interface.
    • The WaveForms SDK is the software development kit for creating custom applications
    • Click "Next".
  6. Choose User
    • Next, choose the user you want to install WaveForms for, and check the box if you want shortcuts created.
    • Click "Next".
  7. Choose Installation Destination
    • You'll need to choose an installation destination or just leave it at the default.
    • Click "Install".
  8. Click Next
    • WaveForms will be installed as indicated by the progress bar.
    • Click "Next".
  9. Finish and Open WaveForms
    • Check or uncheck the boxes to open WaveForms and the readme.
    • Click "Finish".

  1. Open the DMG File
    • Expand your downloads and open the .dmg file that you have downloaded.
  2. Open the New Drive
    • A drive named "WaveForms" should have been created on your desktop. Click on it to open.
  3. Drag the WaveForms Icon into Applications
    • In the window that opens, drag the WaveForms icon into the Applications folder icon.
    • This will install WaveForms in Applications.
  4. Open the FTDI Driver Install
    • On MacOS (10.13) Sierra High and older versions the device driver should be installed to support Analog Discovery 1 & 2 and Digital Discovery devices.
    • Double click the FTDI driver icon to start the installation process.
    • On MacOS (10.14) Mojave, the device driver is not required. According to some reports, on new MacBook machines the device is not detected if the driver is installed, so uninstall the driver if the device does not connect.
  5. Allow the File to be Opened (optional)
    • Depending on your security settings, you may need to go in and allow the file to be opened.
  6. Click Continue
    • The FTDI driver installer will now open.
    • Click "Continue".
  7. Click Continue
    • Follow the steps and select “Continue” again to proceed.
  8. Read and Accept the License Agreement
    • Read through the license agreement and select “I agree” to continue with the installation.
  9. Click Accept
    • Click “Accept” to confirm that you accept the license agreement.
  10. Pick the User for the Install
    • Pick the user that you want to install WaveForms for. Click “Continue”.
  11. Click Install
    • Click "Install"
  12. Click Close
    • Click “Close” to close the installer.
  13. Open the Applications Folder
    • Open your Applications Folder
  14. Open WaveForms
    • Double click on WaveForms to open the software.
  15. Click Open
    • Click "Open".

  1. Download Adept
    • Download the correct version of Adept. The link for Adept downloads is located here.
    • Make sure the version of the Adept install file is the same as WaveForms. I used the 64 bit RPM for WaveForms so I will use the 64 bit RPM for Adept.
  2. Open the Adept File
    • Open the file you downloaded for Adept in the previous step.
  3. Click Install
    • Click "Install" on the window that pops up.
  4. Open the WaveForms File
    • Open the file you downloaded to install WaveForms.
  5. Click Install
    • Click Install in the window that pops up.
  1. Plug in your Analog Discovery 2
    • Plug the USB B-Micro cable into your computer and Analog Discovery 2.
  2. Open WaveForms
    • Click on the WaveForms icon to launch the window.
  3. Select your Device
    • When you first plug in your Analog Discovery 2, you will see the Device Manager. Select your device from the given options. If you don't have an Analog Discovery 2, you can also select "Analog Discovery 2 Demo mode".
  4. Check out the Tools
    • Note the welcome menu on the left hand side. From this menu you can launch each of the tools.
  5. Start the WaveForm Generator
    • Open the WaveForm Generator, and click "run".
  6. Start the Oscilloscope
    • Open the Oscilloscope, and click "run".
  7. Take a Measurement
    • Plug the yellow wire (Waveform Generator 1) into the orange wire (Oscilloscope Channel 1 positive.) Plug any black wire (ground) into the orange wire with the white stripe (Oscilloscope Channel 1 negative.)
  8. View your First Measurement!
    • Open the Oscilloscope to see your first measurement! To learn more about the tools, please visit our support page.
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