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Table Of Contents
Introduction..........................................................3
Welcome!...................................................................................................... 3
About the FirePort 1394 and FST/Connect
software ................................................................................4
Important features of FirePort 1394 and FST/Connect ..................... 4
Key Features of the FirePort 1394 and FST/Connect
software ........................................................................................................ 6
How to Use This Manual ...................................................7
Important Safety Instructions..........................9
Important Safety Instructions (English).......................9
Safety symbols used in this product......................................................... 9
Please follow these precautions when using this product: ................... 9
Instructions de Sécurité Importantes
(French) ................................................................................11
Symboles utilisés dans ce produit............................................................. 11
Veuillez suivre ces précautions lors de l’utilisation de
l’appareil: ...................................................................................................... 11
Lesen Sie bitte die folgende
Sicherheitshinweise (German) ........................................13
Sicherheit Symbole verwendet in diesem Produkt................................. 13
Folgen Sie bitte diesen Vorkehrungen, wenn dieses
Produkt verwendet wird: ........................................................................... 13
CE Declaration Of Conformity ........................................15
FCC Compliance Statement .............................................15
Chapter One: Getting Started ...........................17
Unpacking the FirePort 1394.................................................................... 17
Materials You Will Need....................................................17
System requirements .................................................................................. 17
Connecting/Disconnecting the FirePort 1394....................................... 18
Installing FST/Connect .....................................................20
Chapter Two: Operations...................................21
The FST/Connect Main Window......................................21
The Drive window...................................................................................... 21
The Project window ................................................................................... 22
The Song window....................................................................................... 23
The Transfer window................................................................................. 24
The Format window................................................................................... 26
The Pull-Down Menus .......................................................27
Drive ............................................................................................................. 28
Project........................................................................................................... 28
Song .............................................................................................................. 28
Transfer ........................................................................................................ 28
Help .............................................................................................................. 28
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Table Of Contents
Essentials of Exporting and Importing .........................29
Exporting and Importing SD2 files......................................................... 29
Exporting and Importing DIG/SD files ................................................ 30
Chapter Three: Applications .............................33
Tips and Tricks ...................................................................33
HD24 memory conservation .................................................................... 33
Window Navigation and Shortcuts.......................................................... 34
Free Space Preview: Using the numeric keys.......................................... 34
Selecting certain tracks for import/export ............................................. 35
Making imported tracks go where you want .......................................... 35
Useful Information .............................................................35
How the PC views your FST Drive ......................................................... 35
Starting and restarting FST/Connect and FirePort 1394 ..................... 36
Naming things: Characters you can use .................................................. 36
Naming things: Forbidden characters...................................................... 36
Troubleshooting ...................................................37
Troubleshooting Index .............................................................................. 37
Warranty/Contact Alesis.....................................39
Alesis Limited Warranty............................................................................. 39
Alesis Contact Information....................................................................... 40
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Introduction
Welcome!
Thank you for selecting the Alesis FirePort 1394™, the perfect
complement to your Alesis Adat HD24 hard disk recorder. Since
1984, we've been designing and building creative tools for the
audio community. We believe in our products, because we've heard
the results that creative people like you achieve with them.
One of Alesis' goals is to make high-quality music technology
available to everyone. This Reference Manual is an important part
of that, because in it we try to present the FirePort 1394’s features
in a way that is easy to understand and remember. If a feature were
not properly documented, you might not discover its potential
benefits for some time. So we strive to write our manuals as
carefully as we build our products.
For more effective
service and product
update notices, please
register your FirePort
1394 online at:
http://www.alesis.com/
support/warranty.htm
The goal of this manual is to get you the information you need as
quickly as possible, with a minimum of hassle. We hope we've
achieved that. If not, please drop us an email and give us your
suggestions on how we could improve future editions of this
manual.
We hope your investment will bring you many years of creative
enjoyment and help you achieve your goals.
Sincerely,
The people of Alesis
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Introduction
About the FirePort 1394 and
FST/Connect software
The Alesis FirePort 1394 is designed to complement the ADAT
HD24 hard disk recorder perfectly. It allows extremely fast and
accurate transfers of audio data between an ADAT FST™ hard
drive and your computer by using industry-standard IEEE 1394
connections (also known as FireWire). Tracks may be transferred
at speeds up to 40 times faster than 10-BaseT Ethernet! This
makes it even more practical for you to use your favorite editing
platform to modify the tracks to your heart’s content, after which
they may be sent back with equal accuracy and even greater speed
(which will be explained later).
Alesis, the company that revolutionized multitrack recording with
the introduction of the ADAT, provided yet another major priceto-performance breakthrough with the ADAT HD24 hard disk
recorder. Now with the advent of the FirePort 1394, the superior
audio quality and portability of the HD24 can be married with the
DSP-wrangling capabilities of your favorite audio editing software.
Don’t forget to eat.
Important features of FirePort 1394 and
FST/Connect
Industry-standard IEEE 1394 connection
FirePort 1394 takes advantage of the high-speed, industrystandard FireWire connection for extremely rapid file transfers.
Gone are the days of large periods of downtime while waiting for
an entire song to make the jump to or from a computer-based
audio editing software package. With the FirePort 1394 and
FST/Connect software, the entire contents of a 24-track, 48k song
can be transferred from one device to the other in far less time
than it would take to listen to the song one time through.
Simple to hook up
Plug a FireWire cable from your computer into the FirePort 1394,
plug one of your HD24’s hard drive caddies into the FirePort
1394, and turn it on. The drive spins up in seconds and you’re
ready to go.
Easy-to-use software
Create, name and delete Projects and Songs, format and name your
hard drives, export single tracks or whole songs to your computer
and import them back to the FST drive with a few clicks of the
mouse. Know at a glance the amount of free space available in
your FST drive at any of the standard sample rates. Write-protect a
song with a flick of the wrist. All of these functions are accessible
from the main page of the included FST/Connect software.
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Introduction
Provides multiple file transfer formats
The FST/Connect software allows you to move data to and from
an FST hard drive in the four most widely used formats: wav
(Wave), aif (Audio Interchange File), sd2 (Sound Designer™ 2),
and dig/sd (Sound Designer 1). There is also an option to export
tracks to the PC as 16-bit files.
Support for multiple FirePort 1394 systems
Up to four FST hard drives can be connected to your PC at the
same time through four separate FirePort 1394 systems and
FST/Connect. All you need to do to take advantage of this
capability is to “daisy-chain” four FirePort 1394 systems (each has
two FireWire ports to facilitate this), or you’ll need an interface
card for your PC with as many as four external FireWire ports. A
combination of direct and chained FirePorts is fine, too, as long as
you don’t exceed a total of four systems.
99 Projects, 99 Songs
The hard drives available to the consumer have become larger and
cheaper with each passing day. But previously, the maximum
number of songs you could record on one FST hard drive was 64,
so it was difficult to fill up an 80-gigabyte drive, for example
(unless the length of every song was over 5-1/2 minutes, on
average).
Now the good news: with file system 1.10 on your FST drive and
HD24 OS version 1.10, you have the ability to keep track of 99
Projects, each containing 99 Songs. That makes for a grand total
of 9,801 songs possible on one hard drive! Even the most prolific
songwriters among us would be hard pressed to run out of room.
Another use for the Project function could be to keep the songs
of different clients all together, without the need for a separate
hard drive for each.
Your HD24 must be equipped
with OS version 1.10 or
higher to take advantage of
all of the features offered by
FST 1.10 and FST/Connect.
FirePort 1394 and FST/Connect will allow you to take full
advantage of today’s larger hard drives. And with a maximum
possible hard drive size of 2.2 Terabytes, the FirePort is fully
prepared for the future.
Track Preview
With the proper sound card installed in your PC, tracks of any
sample rate may be previewed individually from the PC or directly
from the FST drive. This is helpful in determining ahead of time
which track or set of tracks you would like to transfer into the PC
for editing, or transfer back into the FST drive for mixdown.
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Introduction
Key Features of the FirePort 1394 and
FST/Connect software
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Lightning-fast file transfer over industry-standard FireWire
connections.
Transfer anywhere from 1 to 24 tracks of audio at one time
between your FST drive and your computer.
Supported audio file formats include .wav, .aif, .sd2 and
.dig/.sd.
Straightforward, easy-to-use interface, with all of the
important information about your hard drives, Projects and
Songs readily available.
Connect up to four FST drives at once.
Format an FST drive from your PC.
Hard drive sizes up to 2 Terabytes are supported.
Give each hard drive its own name.
Free Space Preview shows the amount of memory available
on the hard drive at a glance.
99 Projects and 99 Songs on one hard drive for extensive
archival capability (file system 1.10 only).
Create, name, and delete Projects and Songs.
Song, Project, and hard drive names up to 64 characters in
length (file system 1.10 only)
Song length, track depth, sample rate and bit resolution
readily visible.
Write-protection for Songs with a single mouse-click.
Track preview for auditioning individual tracks from the PC
or from the FST drive
16-bit transfer option for exporting tracks to the PC
Introduction
How to Use This Manual
This manual is divided into the following sections describing the
various functions and applications for the FirePort 1394 and
FST/Connect. While it's a good idea to read through the entire
manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about
computer software and hardware should use the table of contents
to look up specific functions.
Helpful tips and advice are
highlighted in a shaded box
like this.
Chapter 1: Getting Started. This chapter covers the basics of
connecting the FirePort 1394 to your computer and installing the
FST/Connect software. System requirements are listed here as
well.
Chapter 2: Operations will take you on a detailed tour of the various
features of the FST/Connect software. It covers everything from
hard drive formatting and naming to the selection and transfer of
individual or multiple tracks, detailing Project and Song functions
along the way.
Chapter 3: Applications could also be named “Tips and Tricks.” It
shows a number of ways to use FST/Connect to solve the varied
needs that may arise in the course of working on a given project. It
also covers in greater detail some of the particulars related to
formatting an FST drive using Windows (don’t!), as well as starting
and restarting FST/Connect and/or the FirePort 1394. Also
included is a list of characters that can be used in naming a hard
drive, Project, or Song.
When something important
appears in the manual, an
exclamation mark (like the
one shown at left) will appear
with some explanatory text.
This symbol indicates that
this information is vital when
operating the FirePort 1394.
Near the end of the manual are some troubleshooting tips. Turn
here if you are experiencing any difficulties with FST/Connect.
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Important Safety
Instructions
Important Safety Instructions (English)
Safety symbols used in this product
This symbol alerts the user that there are important
operating and maintenance instructions in the literature
accompanying this unit.
This symbol warns the user of uninsulated voltage within
the unit that can cause dangerous electric shocks.
This symbol warns the user that output connectors contain
voltages that can cause dangerous electrical shock.
Please follow these precautions when using
this product:
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a damp cloth. Do not spray any liquid cleaner
onto the faceplate, as this may damage the front panel controls
or cause a dangerous condition.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one
wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. When the provided plug
does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched,
particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the apparatus.
Use only attachments or accessories specified by the
manufacturer.
Continued next page
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Important Safety Instructions
12. Use only with a cart, stand, bracket, or table designed for use
with professional audio or music equipment. In any
installation, make sure that injury or damage will not result
from cables pulling on the apparatus and its mounting. If a
cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused
for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is
required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way,
such as when the power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid
has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not
operate normally, or has been dropped.
15. This unit produces heat when operated normally. Operate in a
well-ventilated area with at least six inches of clearance from
peripheral equipment.
16. This product, in combination with an amplifier and
headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound
levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate
for a long period of time at a high volume level or at a level
that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or
ringing in the ears, you should consult an audiologist.
17. Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not
place objects filled with liquids (flower vases, soft drink cans,
coffee cups) on the apparatus.
18. WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
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Important Safety Instructions
Instructions de Sécurité Importantes (French)
Symboles utilisés dans ce produit
Ce symbole alèrte l’utilisateur qu’il existe des instructions
de fonctionnement et de maintenance dans la documentation
jointe avec ce produit.
Ce symbole avertit l’utilisateur de la présence d’une
tension non isolée à l’intérieur de l’appareil pouvant engendrer des
chocs électriques.
Ce symbole prévient l'utilisateur de la présence de tensions
sur les raccordements de sorties, représentant un risque
d'électrocution.
Veuillez suivre ces précautions lors de
l’utilisation de l’appareil:
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Lisez ces instructions.
Gardez ces instructions.
Tenez compte de tous les avertissements.
Suivez toutes les instructions.
N’utilisez pas cet allareil à proximité de l’eau.
Ne nettoyez qu’avec un chiffon humide. Il est potentiellement
dangereux d'utiliser des pulvérisateurs ou nettoyants liquides
sur cet appareil.
Installez selon les recommandations du constructeur.
Ne pas installer à proximilé de sources de chaleur comme
radiateurs, cuisinière ou autre appareils (don’t les
amplificateurs) produisant de la chaleur.
Ne pas enlever la prise de terre du cordon secteur. Une prise
murale avec terre deux broches et une troisièrme reliée à la
terre. Cette dernière est présente pour votre sécurité. Si le
cordon secteur ne rentre pas dans la prise de courant,
demandez à un électricien qualifié de remplacer la prise.
Evitez de marcher sur le cordon secteur ou de le pincer, en
particulier au niveau de la prise, et aux endroits où il sor de
l’appareil.
N’utilisez que des accessoires spécifiés par le constructeur.
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12. N’utilisez qu’avec un stand, ou table conçus pour l’utilisation
d’audio professionnel ou instruments de musique. Dans toute
installation, veillez de ne rien endommager à cause de câbles
qui tirent sur des appareils et leur support.
13. Débranchez l’appareil lors d’un orage ou lorsqu’il n’est pas
utilisé pendant longtemps.
14. Faites réparer par un personnel qualifié. Une réparation est
nécessaire lorsque l’appareil a été endommagé de quelque sorte
que ce soit, par exemple losrque le cordon secteur ou la prise
sont endommagés, si du liquide a coulé ou des objets se sont
introduits dans l’appareil, si celui-ci a été exposé à la pluie ou à
l’humidité, ne fonctionne pas normalement ou est tombé.
15. Puisque son fonctionement normale génère de la chaleur,
placez cet appareil au moins 15cm. des équipments
péripheriques et assurez que l’emplacement permet la
circulation de l’air.
16. Ce produit, utilisé avec un amplificateur et un casque ou des
enceintes, est capable de produite des niveaux sonores pouvant
engendrer une perte permanente de l’ouïe. Ne l’utilisez pas
pendant longtemps à un niveau sonore élevé ou à un niveau
non confortable. Si vous remarquez une perte de l’ouïe ou un
bourdonnement dans les oreilles, consultez un spécialiste.
17. N'exposez pas l'appareil à l'égoutture ou à l'éclaboussement.
Ne placez pas les objets remplis de liquides (vases à fleur,
boîtes de boisson non alcoolique, tasses de café) sur l'appareil.
18. AVERTISSEMENT: Pour réduire le risque du feu ou de
décharge électrique, n'exposez pas cet appareil à la pluie ou à
l'humidité.
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Lesen Sie bitte die folgende Sicherheitshinweise (German)
Sicherheit Symbole verwendet in diesem
Produkt
Dieses Symbol alarmiert den Benutzer, daß es wichtige
Funktionieren und Wartung Anweisungen in der Literatur gibt, die
diese Maßeinheit begleitet.
Dieses Symbol warnt den Benutzer der nicht isolierten
Spannung innerhalb der Maßeinheit, die gefährliche elektrische
Schläge verursachen kann.
Dieses Symbol warnt den Benutzer, dem Ausgabestecker
Spannungen enthalten, die gefährlichen elektrischen Schlag
verursachen können.
Folgen Sie bitte diesen Vorkehrungen, wenn
dieses Produkt verwendet wird:
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Lesen Sie die Hinweise.
Halten Sie sich an die Anleitung.
Beachten Sie alle Warnungen.
Beachten Sie alle Hinweise.
Bringen Sie das Gerät nie mit Wasser in Berührung.
Verwenden Sie zur Reinigung nur ein weiches Tuch.
Verwenden Sie keine flüssigen Reinigungsmittel. Dies kann
gefährliche Folgen haben.
Halten Sie sich beim Aufbau des Gerätes an die Angaben des
Herstellers.
Stellen Sie das Gerät nich in der Nähe von Heizkörpern,
Heizungsklappen oder anderen Wärmequellen (einschließlich
Verstärkern) auf.
Verfehlen Sie nicht den Zweck des grounging Terminals auf
dem Netzstecker. Dieses Terminal wird für Ihre Sicherheit zur
Verfügung gestellt.
Verlegen Sie das Netzkabel des Gerätes niemals so, daß man
darüber stolpern kann oder daß es gequetscht wird.
Benutzen Sie nur das vom Hersteller empfohlene Zubehör.
Fortsetzung auf nächster Seite
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12. Verwenden Sie ausschließlich Wagen, Ständer, oder Tische, die
speziell für professionelle Audio- und Musikinstrumente
geeignet sind. Achten Sie immer darauf, daß die jeweiligen
Geräte sicher installiert sind, um Schäden und Verletzungen zu
vermeiden. Wenn Sie einen Rollwagen benutzen, achten Sie
darauf, das dieser nicht umkippt, um Verletzungen
auszuschließen.
13. Ziehen Sie während eines Gewitters oder wenn Sie das Gerät
über einen längeren Zeitraum nicht benutzen den Netzstecher
aus der Steckdose.
14. Die Wartung sollte nur durch qualifiziertes Fachpersonal
erfolgen. Die Wartung wird notwendig, wenn das Gerät
beschädigt wurde oder aber das Stromkabel oder der Stecker,
Gegenstände oder Flüssigkeit in das Gerät gelangt sind, das
Gerät dem Regen oder Feuchtigkeit ausgesetzt war und
deshalb nicht mehr normal arbeitet oder heruntergefallen ist.
15. Dieses Gerät produziert auch im normalen Betrieb Wärme.
Achten Sie deshalb auf ausreichende Lüftung mit mindestens
15 cm Abstand von anderen Geräten.
16. Dieses Produkt kann in Verbindung mit einem Verstärker und
Kopfhörern oder Lautsprechern Lautstärkepegel erzeugen, die
anhaltende Gehörschäden verursachen. Betreiben Sie es nicht
über längere Zeit mit hoher Lautstärke oder einem Pegel, der
Ihnen unangenehm is. Wenn Sie ein Nachlassen des Gehörs
oder ein Klingeln in den Ohren feststellen, sollten Sie einen
Ohrenarzt aufsuchen.
17. Setzen Sie den Apparat nicht Bratenfett oder dem Spritzen
aus. Plazieren Sie die Nachrichten, die mit Flüssigkeiten
(gefüllt werden Blumevases, Getränkdosen, Kaffeetassen)
nicht auf den Apparat.
18. WARNING: um die Gefahr des Feuers oder des elektrischen
Schlages zu verringern, setzen Sie diesen Apparat nicht Regen
oder Feuchtigkeit aus.
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CE Declaration Of Conformity
See our website at:
http://www.alesis.com
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
-- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
-- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
-- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
-- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
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1 Getting Started
Unpacking the FirePort 1394
In addition to this manual, you should find the following items
inside the FirePort 1394’s box:
• The FirePort 1394
• Four bracket stands, each with raised nubs on one side. These
serve as “feet” for your FST drive, for the sake of traction and
air circulation. They’re also indented on the other side so you
can stack FST drives securely.
• One FireWire cable
• A +5v/+12V AC/DC power adapter and power cord
• A CD-ROM, which contains the files you need in order to install
FST/Connect on your computer
Materials You Will Need
It’s easy to begin transferring HD24 tracks into your PC using the
FirePort 1394, but you will need to provide a couple of key
components in the chain.
First, you’ll need an interface card with at least one FireWire port
properly installed your computer. If you have more than one
FirePort 1394, you can use their secondary FireWire ports to
connect them together. Just be sure that at least one FirePort 1394
is connected directly to the PC!
Second, you’ll need an FST drive to connect to the FirePort 1394.
An FST drive is a hard drive that has been formatted for use with
the ADAT HD24 hard disk recorder.
Of course, we hope you already own an HD24, but it’s entirely
possible that you could be working with material sent to you by
someone else who owns one!
It isn’t necessary to have
audio material recorded on
the hard drive already; you
can transfer tracks from your
PC to the FST drive if they
are in one of the supported
formats.
System requirements
Third, you will need an IBM-PC compatible computer that meets
the following conditions:
• A properly installed FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface card (yes, we
mentioned that already, but it’s important!)
• Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system (sorry, no
Windows ME)
• 64 megabytes of onboard RAM
• 10 megabytes of available hard drive space (minimum)
• A sound card (optional). This will be necessary if you want to
preview tracks from the FST drive or the PC.
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Getting Started
Connecting/Disconnecting the FirePort 1394
The first thing to do is attach the four bracket stands to the FST
drive caddy, one to each corner, as illustrated below:
These raise the FST drive off the table or desk slightly, which will
help keep air circulating around the drive and prevent overheating
during use. The bracket stands, or “feet,” also help the FST drive
not to slide around while you’re attaching it to/detaching it from
the FirePort 1394.
Important!
Be certain the power switch on the FirePort 1394 is set to OFF
before you perform any of the following steps.
First-time connections
Here’s what to do the first time you hook up the FirePort 1394:
1. Make sure the power switch on the FirePort 1394 is set to
OFF.
2. Connect the 6-pin connector of the power adapter into the
jack on the FirePort 1394 labeled Ext. +5V +12V DC-IN.
Then plug the other end of the power adapter into a properly
grounded and rated AC power supply socket.
3. Run a FireWire cable from the computer’s FireWire interface
card to either of the FireWire ports on the FirePort 1394.
4. Connect the FST drive to the FirePort 1394.
5. Turn the power switch on the FirePort 1394 to ON.
6. Install FST/Connect (the instructions are on page 20).
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WARNING!
The power switch to the
FirePort 1394 must be
turned OFF before you
connect the FST drive or
any cables.
Operations
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Routine connections
Once you have everything working, these are the steps to observe
when connecting an FST drive to the FirePort 1394:
1. Make sure the power switch on the FirePort 1394 is set to
OFF.
2. Connect the FST drive to the FirePort 1394.
3. Turn the FirePort 1394’s power switch to ON.
4. Start FST/Connect. (If you were swapping FST drives, this
step is not necessary because FST/Connect can be left active
while you do so.)
Disconnecting an FST drive
When you want to spin the FST drive down and take it back over
to an HD24, or if you would like to connect another FST drive
with the FirePort 1394, follow these steps:
1. Use the Add/Remove Hardware utility in the Control Panel
and go through the procedures to unplug a device. At the
final step of this process, check the box that says “Show
Unplug/Eject icon on the taskbar.” You will only have to do
this step the first time you disconnect the FST drive.
2. If you’ve already gone through step 1 above in previous
disconnections, move your cursor to the lower right-hand
portion of your monitor (the taskbar) and look for the
following symbol:
3.
Click on this icon and watch for a prompt to arrive on the
screen that looks like this:
4.
Click on that prompt, and a message will be displayed on the
screen that tells you that the FST drive may be “safely
removed from the system.” This means it’s okay to turn off
the power to the FirePort 1394.
5.
After the power has been turned off you may disconnect the
FST drive from the FirePort 1394.
You don’t have to shut down
FST/Connect when swapping
hard drives. Therefore, if
FST/Connect is already
running when you want to
disconnect, simply follow the
disconnect procedure and
leave FST/Connect active.
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Getting Started
Installing FST/Connect
The brain behind the FirePort 1394’s “brawn” is FST/Connect.
This is a software program developed by Alesis, and you will find it
on the CD-ROM that was in the box with the FirePort 1394.
Installing FST/Connect is simple. Put the CD-ROM into your PC,
navigate to the CD drive (usually the D drive), and locate the file
called setup.exe. Clicking on this application and responding
appropriately to all of the prompts will run the InstallShield
Wizard, which will automatically choose the files needed to make
the FirePort 1394 work in conjunction with FST/Connect on your
computer.
To uninstall FST/Connect, use Add/Remove Programs in the
Control Panel folder.
The big picture
Below is an example of what you might see during a typical
session with FST/Connect.
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The FST/Connect Main Window
The main window of FST/Connect has four major subdivisions,
each of which contains between two and nine functions. There are
also five pull-down menus with additional functions. Everything
you can do with FST/Connect happens from here, so let’s go
through the windows and menus one by one.
The Drive window
The boxed-in section in the left upper half of the main window is
called the Drive window. It looks like this:
Window Navigation
and Shortcuts
If you are new to using a PC, you
may want to check out the
section on window navigation
and keyboard shortcuts found in
Chapter Three: Applications.
There are keystrokes that will be
very familiar for long-time
Windows users that you may find
to be very useful. To see this
information, turn to page 34.
From this window you can see the name of the selected FST drive,
its file system version, the number of projects it contains, and how
much recording time it has available.
The Drive window has three sub menus that allow different
choices. The first, “Name,” has a pull-down arrow on the right side
that allows you to select which FST drive you are using. This is for
use with multiple FirePort 1394 systems.
The second and third sub menus with selectable options are inside
the Free Space Preview (FSP) window. As you can see, the smaller
box “Length” does not have a pull-down arrow to its right; it will
change automatically as you adjust the two boxes immediately
below it. The “At” box allows you to select between four sample
rates for the FSP reading (44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96). The “For” box
allows you to select the track depth for the FSP reading: its choices
can be 2, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 24 (depending on the sample rate
selected in the “At” box). So on this particular hard drive you
would have one hour, 30 minutes and 17 seconds available for
recording a 24-track song at 48 kHz.
It is possible to give the FST
drive a name of up to 64
characters in length. This and
other functions are handled
inside the Drive pull-down menu.
See page 28 for details.
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To get the FSP reading for recording time available at 96 kHz, click
anywhere in the window to the right of the “At” box and select the
number 96 from the menu. If your 48k song has 16 or 24 tracks,
the number in the “For” box will change automatically to 12.
That’s because 12 is the maximum number of tracks an FST drive
can hold at a 96 kHz sampling rate. The Length, however, will
remain the same in the example shown (half as many tracks at
twice the sample rate uses exactly the same amount of memory).
The Project window
This is a small window with a big view: it allows you to call up the
various Projects, or sets of Songs, that reside on the FST drive. It
looks like this:
The window labeled “Name” is used to select the current Project.
If your hard drive uses file system 1.10 or higher, there can be up
to 99 of them! Use the numeric keys, the cursor keys or the pulldown menu on the Name window’s right side to make your choice.
And as you call up each Project, the second window shows how
many Songs the Project contains.
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You can use the numeric
keypad as a quick way to
select the sample rate or
track depth for the Free
Space Preview window.
For more information, see
page 34.
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The Song window
As stated earlier, each Project can hold up to 99 songs if you’re
using file system 1.10. The Song window is the one that allows you
to choose the current Song within the Project. But it also contains
five other fields that hold important information: the number of
tracks in the song (also called “track depth”), the length of the
Song, its sample rate and word length (sometimes referred to as
“bit depth”), and a checkbox for write-protecting the current song.
It is possible to give the Song
a name of up to 64 characters
in length (file system 1.10).
This and other functions are
handled inside the Song pulldown menu. See page 28 for
details.
Selection of the Song within the Project is handled in the same
way it is with other right-side pull-down menus. Click anywhere on
the Name window and it will “explode,” showing you up to nine
Songs out of the possible 99 in the Project. If there are more than
nine Songs available, a scroll bar on the right side will allow you to
navigate through the Song list until you find the right one.
As with other windows, you can use the numeric keys to type in
the number of the song you wish to access. You may also call up
Songs one after the other by using the cursor keys. The Up and
Left buttons decrement the choice, while Down and Right
increment the choice. You can also “race” through the list by
holding down one of the cursor keys.
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The Transfer window
Occupying over half of the main window, the Transfer window
sports a majority of the features found in FST/Connect. It is here
you will select which tracks to send which way, decide where they
will wind up, and determine what their format will be when they
get there. Here’s one view of the window:
We’ll go through the functions contained in this window one by
one, starting with…
The Transfer tabs
At the top of the window there are two tabs: adat FST Æ PC and
PC Æ adat FST. These determine which direction transferred files
will go. Selecting the adat FST Æ PC tab means you are able to
transfer tracks from the FST drive into your computer (export),
while selecting PC Æ adat FST means FST/Connect is ready to
send tracks from the computer into your FST drive (import).
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To switch between the two tabs, click on one or the other with the
cursor, or use the Left and Right cursor keys. You’ll notice that as
the tabs change, the button below the Preview box will change
automatically from Export to Import or vice versa.
The Directory window & Browse button
The skinny little bar right below the Transfer tabs is called the
Directory window. It displays the “path” you would follow to find
the files related to the larger Track window immediately below.
This needs some careful attention, because the Directory path
means different things depending on which Transfer tab is
selected. If the PC Æ adat FST tab has been selected, the
Directory path indicates the source folder on the PC from which
audio files will be transferred into the FST drive. This is known as
the “Import” option.
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Import or Export:
keeping it straight
Is there an easy way to
remember which term applies to
which tab? We find it helpful to
keep in mind that the focus of
FST/Connect is the FST drive. A
useful analogy is to think of the
FST drive as your “country.”
When you send files from there
into a PC, you are “exporting.”
If you are bringing files into the
FST drive, you are “importing.”
However, the illustration on page 24 shows the adat FST Æ PC
tab having been selected. (This is also known as the “Export”
option.) Those familiar with a PC will know at a glance that
“C:\ProgramFiles\Audio\Demo Project” means that the tracks
about to be exported from the FST drive will wind up on the C
drive (a hard drive inside the PC) inside a folder called “Program
Files,” and that further inside that folder is another folder called
“Audio,” wherein resides a folder called “Demo Project.” This
folder will be the final destination of any exported track.
Unless you do something about it. There are two ways to select a
different import/export folder. First, the Directory window has
one of those pull-down arrows on the right side. If you click on
that you will see up to five different paths. These are the last five
folders you’ve selected as an import/export path.
The second way to choose a new import/export folder is to use
the Browse button immediately to the right of the Directory
window. Click on that to navigate to a new folder on one of your
computer’s hard drives. This new location will show up as an
available choice in the Directory window list.
One other point regarding the Directory window: unlike the other
“skinny” windows, you can’t “explode” the Directory list by
clicking within the Directory field. Doing this will highlight the
entire Directory path. A second click will place the cursor at that
spot in the Directory path name, ready for editing.
Selecting and Previewing (single tracks)
There are several methods for selecting a track within the Track
window. The first few are obvious: click on a track, or use the Tab
key until the cursor lands in the Track window. After that you can
use the cursor keys to select different tracks; the Up and Left keys
move the cursor up through the Track list, and the Down and
Right keys move the cursor down.
The Import/Export tabs each
have their own set of five paths,
so it is possible for the Import
path to be different from the
Export path. FST/Connect keeps
track of these independently.
You may not see any files listed
in the Track window when you
have the PC->adat FST Transfer
tab selected. They may be in a
different format than you have
selected in the Format window.
Try the different format buttons
before using the Browse button
to go look for them.
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If you have a single track selected, you can listen to it through your
computer’s sound card. It doesn’t matter whether the file is on the
FST drive or on your PC’s hard drive; if the file shows up in the
Track list, it can be previewed. To do this, find the button labeled
“Preview” to the right of the Track window. When only one
track is selected, the triangle inside the button will be black.
Click on this button and the track will begin to play. As it does,
the numeric counter will increment, displaying the current
location within the audio file.
Selecting multiple tracks
It’s also possible to select multiple files at once for importing or
exporting. If one track is already selected, hold the Shift key and
click on another track. All tracks between the two you’ve selected
will be highlighted, indicating that they will be exported or
imported when you click on the button below the Preview window.
Of course you can select all the tracks in the Track window at once
using the Control and A keys.
Once you’ve determined which tracks you want to export or
import, look for the button below the Preview window. It will be
labeled “Export” or “Import” depending on which Transfer tab
you have selected at the top of the Transfer window. Once you
click on this button, the transfer will begin. If you are exporting to
your PC, the tracks you have selected will be transferred to the
folder listed in the Directory window. If you are importing to the
FST drive, the folder listed in the Directory window shows you the
source folder that contains the tracks you are transferring.
Some sound cards may
not be capable of playing
back files that were
recorded at the higher
sample rates (88.2k and
96k). If you are having
trouble playing back files
of this sort, refer to your
sound card’s technical
documentation.
Only one track may be
previewed at a time. This
is why the Play button is
grayed out when more
than one track is selected.
The Format window
This is actually a sub-window inside the Transfer window, but it
handles such an important task that it needs its own section in this
User Guide. Depending on which Transfer tab is selected at the
top of the Transfer window, the button selection made inside the
Format window will either translate an FST file into one of four
audio formats as it is exported to your PC, or it will decide what
sort of files you will be able to view within the Track window as
you are preparing to import audio files into your FST drive.
PC Æ adat FST
This is the simpler of the two tabs to describe, so we’ll start here.
When it is selected, the Format buttons tell FST/Connect which
of the four possible audio file types you want to see. In turn,
FST/Connect will filter out audio files of the other three types,
blocking them from view. All four may actually be inside the same
folder on your PC, but only the type you select with the Format
buttons will be displayed.
Once you have selected the file type you want to see, you then
may select one or more of those tracks in preparation for
importing them to the FST drive. During the “Import” process,
the audio file will be translated from its current format to the
FST format.
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Remember, if you don’t
see any files listed in the
Track window when you
have the PC->adat FST
Transfer tab selected, try
checking the other three
format buttons before
using the Browse button
to go look for the files.
For crucial notes on
importing sd2 and dig/sd
files, see pages 29-30.
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adat FST Æ PC
When this is the selected Transfer tab, the Format buttons tell
FST/Connect which of the four possible audio file types you want
the exported FST tracks to become as they are transferred to your
PC’s hard drive.
We have given you these four options because they are the most
widely used in audio editing platforms. They are:
WAV
This is the audio file type most prevalent in PCcompatible computers.
AIFF
This format is more likely to be found in Macintosh
applications.
SD2
Also a Macintosh-native file type, the Sound Designer
II format has made large inroads into the high-end
musical and post-production environments.
DIG/SD This is the file type generated by Sound Designer I. It is
expected by most audio applications to be a 16-bit
format. If this is the file type you would like to generate,
be sure to see page 28 for information on setting the
export format to 16-bit.
In order to use either of the
exported Sound Designer file
types in a Macintosh computer,
certain procedures must be
followed. SD2 files the must be
“unflattened,” and DIG/SD files
must have their File Type
changed. These procedures are
necessary because of differences
in the way Macs and PCs handle
files. For detailed instructions,
see the section on pages 29-30.
The Pull-Down Menus
As in most applications, above the main window of FST/Connect
you’ll see a series of pull-down options. The first four correspond
to the smaller windows inside the main window.
When you press the Alt key, you’ll notice the first letter of each
word in the pull-down menu has its first letter underlined. These
indicate which key to press in order to access the contents of that
particular menu. For example, Alt + P opens the Project pulldown menu as in the picture below:
Pressing the C key will access the “Create” sub-menu of the
Project pull-down menu, as shown.
Each pull-down menu provides most of the features and
information found in the corresponding window, with the
exception of the Transfer window. However, all of the pull-down
menus offer features that are unavailable anywhere else in
FST/Connect. These features are described on the next page.
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Drive
There are five options here:
Select
Switch between multiple FirePort 1394 systems
Format
Completely erase or format an FST drive
Upgrade
Convert 1.0 FST drives to 1.10, leaving data intact.
This option is grayed out if the FST drive is 1.10.
Properties View FST drive model, size, and give it a name
Exit
Quits FST/Connect
Project
This menu has four options:
Select
Switch between Projects via the usual keys
Create
Make a new Project
Delete
Choose and throw away a Project and its Songs
Properties Name the Project and view how many Songs it has
Song
There are four options here:
Select
Switch between Songs via the usual keys
Create
Make a new Song; define sample rate & track depth
Delete
Select and delete a Song
Properties Name the Song and view its track depth, length,
sample rate, word length, and write-protect status
Transfer
Only one choice here:
Options
Choose whether exported files will be 24-bit or 16bit. If you have an audio editor that can’t open 24bit files, select the 16-bit option. FST/Connect
remembers this setting after you shut down.
Help
Only one choice here as well:
About…
Displays the revision number of FST/Connect
Naming conventions
Names can be up to 64 characters in length (file system 1.10 only),
and may contain any letter, number, or character with certain
exceptions. An error message will let you know if you have used
an illegal character.
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File system 1.0 allows
only 10 characters in a
name, and only letters,
numbers, and spaces may
be used in the names.
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Essentials of Exporting and Importing
There are still some very important things to cover regarding
exporting and importing. They are mostly related to the differences
in the ways files are handled by PC and Macintosh computers. You
probably won’t have to do anything special to WAV and AIFF files,
but the other two formats require a little more effort on your part.
Exporting and Importing SD2 files
Sound Designer II (SD2) files are used by many professional audio
applications such as Digidesign’s Pro Tools. But an SD2 file taken
straight from one platform to the other generally won’t be
recognized properly without a little bit of doctoring.
Flattened vs. un-flattened files
Generally, Macintosh files have two “forks”: the resource fork and
the data fork. The resource fork contains “header” information
that tells the Macintosh about the contents of the data fork.
On the other hand, PC files have no resource fork. All the essential
information is there, but it is contained in a single stream of data.
This is what is known as a “flattened” file; i.e., it is all one file, laid
out in a row like dough “flattened” by a rolling pin. Conversely, a
dual-forked Macintosh file is known as an “un-flattened” file.
So in order for a PC to view a Mac file as “one of its own,” so to
speak, the Mac file must be flattened. And in the case of a PCgenerated SD2 file, in order for the Mac to handle the PC file
properly the PC file must be un-flattened.
Exporting SD2 files to a Macintosh application
The first thing to do is use the Internet to locate a free software
utility called MacBinary II+. It is a Macintosh application that
alternately flattens and un-flattens files, depending on the initial
state of the file. As of this writing, MacBinary II+ is available at
http://www.mac.org/utilities/macbinary.
Once you have done that, follow this procedure to make the PC
file Mac-ready:
1. Export the file from the FST drive using FST/Connect. Make
sure the Format button is set to SD2.
2. Using a network connection or a form of storage medium
recognized by both the PC and the Mac, get the file into the
Macintosh.
3. Inside the Macintosh, drop the file onto the MacBinary II+
icon. An “un-flattened” file will be generated.
4. Open the un-flattened file inside the Macintosh’s audio
editing application.
If the Macintosh audio editor
application will only open 16-bit
files, remember to select the 16bit Export option under the
Transfer pull-down menu. For
more information, see page 28.
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Importing SD2 files from a Macintosh application
Once you are done editing the audio file on the Macintosh, here is
what to do in order to get the resultant file back into the PC:
1. Inside the Macintosh, drop the file onto the MacBinary II+
icon. A “flattened” file will be generated.
2. The resultant MacBinary II+ file will have a three-letter
extension of .bin. Change this to .sd2.
3. Using a network connection or a form of storage medium
recognized by both the PC and the Mac, get the file into the
PC.
4. Import the file into the FST drive using FST/Connect.
Exporting and Importing DIG/SD files
Sound Designer I files do not contain a resource fork, so they do
not need to be flattened or un-flattened when exchanged between
a PC and a Macintosh. This makes the process simpler, but there is
still one extra step involved.
Exporting SD files to a Macintosh application
First, locate a freeware utility like Type and Creator Changer
or Apple’s ResEdit. These applications allow you to change the
File Type and/or File Creator information of Mac files. As of this
writing, Type and Creator Changer is available at
http://alphaomega.software.free.fr/ and ResEdit is available at
http://www.mac.org/utilities/resedit/.
Once you have that, here’s how to make the PC file Mac-ready:
1. Export the file from the FST drive using FST/Connect. Make
sure the Format button is set to DIG/SD.
2. Using a network connection or a storage medium recognized
by both the PC and the Mac, get the file into the Macintosh.
3. Using the software utility, change the file’s File Type from
TEXT to SFIL. You won’t need to change the File Creator.
4. Open the file inside the Macintosh’s audio editing application.
Importing SD files from a Macintosh application
Once you are done editing the audio file on the Macintosh, here is
what to do in order to get the resultant file back into the PC:
1. If the Mac’s audio editor did not keep the two-letter
extension of .sd, add this to the end of the file name. The
three-letter .dig extension is acceptable as well.
2. It will not be necessary to revert the File Type to TEXT.
3. Using a network connection or a storage medium recognized
by both the PC and the Mac, get the file into the PC.
4. Import the file into the FST drive using FST/Connect.
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If the Macintosh audio
editor application will
only open 16-bit files,
remember to select the 16bit Export option under
the Transfer pull-down
menu. For more
information, see page 28.
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Other notes about importing
Bringing files from a PC into an FST drive is similar in some ways
to copying tracks between songs on an HD24. If the segment you
are pasting fits within the destination song, then when the track is
pasted the song length does not change. But if the song is shorter
than segment you are pasting, it must be lengthened before the
pasting can take place.
The same is true of importing a file. If the song on the FST drive
needs to be lengthened in order to fit the track you are importing,
FST/Connect will do so. The good news is, since in many cases
the tracks being imported are altered versions of the original
tracks, no lengthening of the song may be needed. It’s likely that
the tracks will be imported more quickly than they were exported!
The song is already “expecting” them.
Two other important points about importing: First, the sample rate
of the destination song must match that of the tracks being
imported. If this is not true, you will see an error message.
Second, you need enough tracks in the destination song to receive
the tracks being imported. If you are trying to import too many
tracks, an error message will alert you to this as well.
Attention Mac users!
Don’t forget to add the two- or
three- letter extension name to
the files you are trying to import
(.sd2, .aif, etc.). Otherwise you
won’t be able to see the files in
the Track window.
The Import/Export functions can
be used to reclaim unused hard
drive space on the FST drive.
For an explanation of this
concept, see page 33.
Import destination
When you tell FST/Connect to import a file to your FST drive,
the first thing it will do is check the file name, starting from the
end, for a number that looks like a track number. If the file has
a valid number in its name, FST/Connect will automatically
import it to that track number. But beware! Any number can be
interpreted as a track number if it is the last or only number in the
filename. For example, if you are importing a file called
“Take_5_Vocal.wav” into a 16-track song, FST/Connect will
assume you want to place that track on track 5. But if you’re
importing a file called “Take_23_Vocal.wav” into the same song, a
screen prompt will ask you to choose the destination track
(since there aren’t 23 tracks in the song).
Likewise, if you import multiple files at once and they all have
valid numbers in their names, FST/Connect will import each
file to its track number. If any of the track names have out-ofrange numbers, a screen prompt will ask you to choose the
destination track before it imports each file.
Warning! Importing a track will
overwrite the destination track
on the FST drive. Be sure this is
what you want to do before
initiating the import process.
Be careful! A number in the
filename not intended as a track
number may lead to loss of data!
It could cause FST/Connect to
overwrite a track on the FST
drive that you wanted to keep. A
final screen prompt will show
you the track’s destination; be
sure to read this before you
import the track.
Here’s one scenario: Let’s say you have a 16-track song on your
FST drive, and you have selected tracks 9-24 for importing into
that song. After you click the Import button and answer “Yes to
All,” tracks 9-16 will go immediately to tracks 9-16 on the FST
drive. Then for each track between 17-24 you will be given the
option to place the files at any one of the first 8 tracks.
Did you catch that? FST/Connect is smart. It knows you already
imported to tracks 9-16, so it assumes you don’t want to select any
of those tracks as the destination for the remaining files. And once
you’ve used track 1 to import track 17, it removes track 1 from the
list of possible choices.
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In this chapter we’ve compiled some points of interest about
FST/Connect. They are divided into two categories: Tips and
Tricks, with some timesaving tips and practical uses for
FST/Connect, and Useful Information, which offers details
about the way FST/Connect is integrated into the Windows
environment on your PC.
No doubt you will develop some unique procedures of your own.
If you come across something you think will help people get even
more out of their FirePort 1394 systems, please e-mail the
suggestions to us! We may include them in a later version of this
manual, or put them on our website.
Tips and Tricks
HD24 memory conservation
As you may know, when you create a song on an FST drive you
define the “track depth,” or number of tracks in the song, from
the very beginning. Even if you only record on one track, the
HD24 will reserve hard drive space for each of the as yet
unrecorded tracks in the song. This goes a long way toward
preventing hard drive fragmentation, which in turn ensures that
the HD24 will be able to access your tracks with a minimal amount
of delay, no matter how far apart your locate points may be.
But occasionally you may discover that you reserved too many
tracks; for instance, you may decide that a given song sounds better
with fewer tracks than you originally anticipated. Instead of 24
tracks, you’ve only used 16 or less. So are you stuck? Is there
nothing you can do to reclaim the unused memory?
The old standby method was to transfer the tracks to another
Adat-compatible device through the optical ports in real time, and
then back the same way. Besides being somewhat time-intensive,
this process also requires a couple of extra Adats!
The FirePort 1394 will be a great help in scenarios like this. To
solve this problem even more quickly and accurately, export all the
song’s tracks into your PC, create a new 16-track song at the same
sample rate, and send the tracks back to the FST drive. After you
delete the original song, this will have freed up the hard drive space
being occupied by 8 tracks of audio for the entire length of the
song. For a 48k track of 4 minutes in duration, that’s a lot of
memory freed up!
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Applications
Window Navigation and Shortcuts
As you work with FST/Connect’s main window, you’ll want to
remember that there are a number of keystrokes and key
combinations that can make FST/Connect even easier to use.
The first thing to know is that you can jump from one window to
the next by using the Tab key.
We’ve also built in several ways to select the different options in
the smaller internal windows that have pull-down arrows to their
right.
For example, once you’re at the desired window, you can use the
Up/Down or Left/Right sets of cursor keys to increment and
decrement the choices. Holding one of those keys down will
“race” through the list.
“Exploding” windows
Another option is to hold the Alt key and press the Down cursor
key to make that window’s list “explode.” That will show you a list
of some or all of the choices available at that window. Then you
can use the cursor keys to select an option from there. When
you’ve made your choice, either hit the Return key or hit the
Escape key to close the list.
There are some keyboard shortcuts that are more specific to their
functions. They are listed on the pages in Chapter Two where
those functions are first introduced.
Free Space Preview: Using the numeric keys
You can use the numeric keys as an aid when selecting the sample
rate or track depth for the Free Space Preview window. Once
you’ve chosen the “kHz” window, press 9 to select 96k, press 8 for
88.2k, or press 4 repeatedly to toggle between 48k and 44.1k.
The “For” window has different sets of responses to the numeric
keys, depending on the selected sample rate. As stated earlier, if
the sample rate is 44.1k or 48k you can have up to 24 tracks, but
you can have no more than 12 tracks for the higher sample rates
of 88.2k and 96k. Some of the available choices are different for
that reason.
So once you’ve clicked somewhere in the "For” window, your
choices are as follows:
• for 44.1k/48k, press 2 repeatedly to toggle between 2 tracks and
24 tracks; use the 6 key to select 6 tracks, the 8 key to select 8
tracks, or the 1 key to select 16 tracks.
• for 88.2k/96k, press 2 to select 2 tracks, press 6 to select 6 tracks,
press 8 to select 8 tracks, or press the 1 key to select 12 tracks.
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Selecting certain tracks for import/export
When you’re working in the Track window, you don’t have to select
only tracks or files that are all in a row. If desired, you can
“leapfrog” over tracks which you do not want to import or export.
To choose specific tracks, click on the ones you want to transfer
while holding the Control key.
Another selection shortcut is to Select All (Control A) and then
de-select the tracks you don’t want to transfer by clicking on those
tracks while holding the Control key.
Making imported tracks go where you want
An easy way to tell FST/Connect where you want certain tracks to
be placed on the FST drive is to navigate within Windows to the
folder that contains them, and then rename them using the desired
track numbers somewhere in the file names (before the two- or
three-letter extensions).
Useful Information
How the PC views your FST Drive
When you start using a hard drive with FST/Connect for the first
time, you should use FST/Connect to format it. If you use
Windows’ Disk Management utility to format the drive, you will
still need to format it using FST/Connect before you will be able
to use it with FST/Connect.
Once you have used FST/Connect to format the drive, it will show
up as an unrecognized drive in Windows. This means you will not
be able to locate it using Windows Explorer. Also, your PC will not
recognize the FST drive’s format when you look at it using the
Disk Management utility. It will be identified as “Unknown.”
After there is FST data on the drive, you should not attempt to
format the FST drive using Windows. If you do you will destroy
your adat FST data.
It is also not possible to partition the hard drive so that it contains
a combination of an FST partition and a Windows partition. The
two formats are incompatible.
Neither should you attempt to defragment the FST drive using any
form of disk utility. The Alesis file system was designed to keep
file fragmentation to the absolute minimum. Besides, the FST drive
has a proprietary method of file organization that a third-party
disk utility would be highly unlikely to interpret properly.
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Applications
Starting and restarting FST/Connect and
FirePort 1394
You may start and restart FST/Connect without turning off the
power to the FirePort 1394. But if you want to turn its power off
you should dismount the hard drive first using the taskbar tool, as
described on page 19, and then turn off the FirePort 1394.
But if you only go halfway by dismounting the FST drive without
shutting off the FirePort 1394, then when you start FST/Connect
again the program will display “No Drive Communication” in the
Drive Name window. You will not see any Project, Song, or Track
window information from the FST drive even though it has spun
up normally.
In order for everything to operate as it should once more, you’ll
have to shut down the FirePort 1394, wait a few seconds, and then
turn it back on.
Naming things: Characters you can use
The following chart shows the list of characters that are available
to you when creating a name for a Drive, Project, or Song. Keep in
mind that file system 1.10 has an extended character set available
for use:
Letters and Numbers
A-Z, a-z, 0-9
Characters
(space)
Additional characters (1.10 only)
!#$%&‘()+,-.;=[]^_`{}~
Naming things: Forbidden characters
There are some characters that you will not be allowed to use
when creating a name for a Drive, Project, or Song. The use of
these characters might cause conflicts with the file system, and if
you try to use them you will not be allowed to save the name until
you remove them or choose one of the allowable characters from
the chart above.
Here’s the list of characters that are disallowed when creating a
name:
Illegal name characters
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\/:*?“<>|
4 Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Index
Symptoms
FST Drive contents don’t
show up in window/ “No
Drive Communication”
message in main window
PC folder contents don’t
show up in window
No output when
auditioning tracks
My audio editor won’t
open the FST file
Cause
FirePort wasn’t powered
down after HD was
disconnected from system
via taskbar
Solution
Turn off FirePort and turn
it back on again. For more
information, see page 19.
HD is attached, but
FirePort is turned off
Turn on FirePort.
Bad cables.
Replace the cables.
Wrong Format button
selected
Select the proper Format
button in the Format
window. For more
information, see page 27.
Directory path is incorrect
Use the Browse button to
navigate to the proper
folder. For more
information, see page 25.
Amplification system not
turned on
Turn on amplification
system.
Sound card can’t play back
higher sample rate files
Refer to your sound card’s
technical documentation.
You may need a different
sound card if you want to
preview 88.2k or 96k files.
Audio editor is expecting a
16-bit file
Select the 16-bit word
length export option in the
Transfer pull-down menu.
For more information, see
page 28.
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Alesis FirePort 1394 Reference Manual
Revision 1.0 by Randy Lee
Copyright 2002, Alesis Distribution, LLC. All rights reserved
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