VirtualDJ 8 – American Audio VMS4
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Table of Contents
INSTALLATION ......................................................................................................................... 3
Firmware & Drivers & Setup .................................................................................................. 3
VirtualDJ 8 Setup ................................................................................................................... 3
ADVANCED SETUP.................................................................................................................. 4
Midi Operation ........................................................................................................................ 4
Audio Setup ............................................................................................................................ 4
CONTROLS ............................................................................................................................... 5
A.Mixer ................................................................................................................................... 5
B.Decks .................................................................................................................................. 6
C.Effects & Sampler ............................................................................................................... 9
D.Front side .......................................................................................................................... 10
E.Rear side ........................................................................................................................... 11
ADVANCED SETTINGS ......................................................................................................... 13
Midilog Routing & Mixer Order ............................................................................................. 13
EQ mode .............................................................................................................................. 15
Recording & Broadcasting ................................................................................................... 17
4out mode & Audio Setup .................................................................................................... 17
Timecodes ............................................................................................................................ 18
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INSTALLATION
Firmware & Drivers & Setup
Firmware: Update the device to the latest firmware (if available) from
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1447&MainId=1&Category=23
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1478&MainId=1&Category=23
Drivers: Install the latest ASIO drivers (for Windows only) from
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1447&MainId=1&Category=23
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1478&MainId=1&Category=23
Setup: Set the front switcher to 8out position. Connect your amplified speakers or your
amplifier to the Master (RCA or XLR) outputs at the rear side and power on the unit from the
back switcher. Connect your Headphones at the front side and make sure all MIDILOGS
switchers at the front are on USB position.
VirtualDJ 8 Setup
Download and install VirtualDJ 8 from
http://www.virtualdj.com/download/index.html (in
case you have not done already)
Once VirtualDJ 8 is launched, a Login Window will
appear. Login with your virtualdj.com account. A
Pro Infinity a PLUS Controller or a Subscriber
License is required to fully use the American
Audio VMS4/VMS4.1. Without any of the above
Licenses, the controller will operate for 10 minutes
each time you restart VirtualDJ.
http://www.virtualdj.com/buy/index.html
A detection window will appear next, to
verify the proper connection. Click on the
Use Soundcard button in order VirtualDJ to
automatically apply the pre-defined audio
setup of the VMS4/VMS4.1.
Click OK.
The unit is now ready to operate.
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ADVANCED SETUP
Midi Operation
The unit should be visible in the
CONTROLLERS tab of Config and 2
different mapping selections should be
offered in the Mappings drop-down list
(factory default and Browser mode mapping)
The operations of the alternative Browser
mode mapping are explained with blue
color in this manual.
The 2 default mappings offer the functions
described in this Manual, however those can
be adjusted to your needs via VDJ Script
actions.
Find more details at
http://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/VDJscript.html
Audio Setup
The unit has a pre-defined Audio setup and
a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config
to provide that. Alternative Audio setups can
be applied in the same window (see
Advanced Audio Setup).
Please refer also refer to the manual of the unit for further connections/capabilities and
setups.
http://www.adjaudio.com/pdffiles/vms4.pdf
http://www.adjaudio.com/pdffiles/vms4-1.pdf
For further VirtualDJ settings and features please refer to the User Guides of VirtualDJ 8.
http://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/PDFManuals.html
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CONTROLS
A.Mixer
The mixer of the VMS4/VMS4.1 is routing and handling the sound internally (hardware),
but all the adjustments and movements are visible on the VirtualDJ GUI.
1. CROSSFADER. Blends audio between the channels assigned to the left and right
side of the crossfader.
2. VOLUME. Adjust the Volume of each Midilog/Deck.
3. VU METERS. Indicate the level of the Master Output. If a CUE/PFL button is
selected, the VU METERS will indicate the level of the selected Midilog/deck.
4. CUE/PFL. Press these buttons to send one or more Midilogs/decks to the
Headphones Output channel.
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5. BASS (EQ). Adjust the Low
frequencies for each Midilog/deck.
See more in EQ Mode.
6. MID (EQ). Adjust the Middle
frequencies for each Midilog/deck. .
See more in EQ Mode.
7. TREBLE (EQ). Adjust the High
frequencies for each Midilog/deck.
See more in EQ Mode
8. GAIN. Adjust the Gain of each
Midilog/deck
9. MASTER VOLUME. Adjust the level
of the Master Output.
10. BALANCE. Balance the
Output (Left I Right Pan)
Master
11. BOOTH VOLUME. Adjust the level of
the Booth Output.
12. MOUSE PAD.
13. MOUSE BUTS. Left and Right mouse click operations. Hold SHIFT down and then
use the Mouse buttons to load the selected track to the left or right selected deck.
In Alternative Mapping, the Mouse buttons have no function.
14. TOUCHSTRIPS. Use the left touch-strip to scroll through files and the right one to
scroll through files.
In Alternative Mapping, the touch-strips have no function
B.Decks
15. PAUSE. This button operates depending on the selected Stop Button behavior
(setting available in Deck Options in the default VirtualDJ GUI). By default, press
this button to pause the track if playing. If the track is paused, press this button to
cycle though the available stored Cues.
In Default Mapping, hold SHIFT down and then press this button to swap the
assigned decks for the left or right side of the VMS4. The left side of the VMS4
can be assigned to control decks 1 or 3 and the right side can be assigned to control
decks 2 and 4.
In Alternative Mapping hold SHIFT down and then press this button to stop the deck
at the beginning of the track.
16. PLAY. This button operates depending on the selected Play button mode (setting
available in Deck Options in the default VirtualDJ GUI). In default (Play-Stutter)
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mode, press this button to play the track if pausing or play-stutter from the previous
stopped point if the track is playing.
17. CUE. This button operates
depending on the selected Cue
Button mode (setting available
in Deck Options in the default
VirtualDJ GUI).
In default mode when the Deck
is paused, you can set a
temporary Cue Point. During
playback, you can press the
Cue Button to return the track to
this Cue Point. (If you did not
set a Cue Point, then it will
return to the beginning of the
track.).
If the Deck is paused, you can
press and hold the Cue Button
to play the track from the
Temporary
Cue
Point.
Releasing the Cue Button will
return the track to the
temporary Cue Point and pause
it.
To continue playback without
returning to the Temporary Cue
Point, press and hold the Cue
Button, then press and hold the
Play Button, and then release
both buttons.
A different behavior (e.g. CueHold or Cue-Cup) can be
selected
from
the
Deck
Options (available in the
default GUI of VirtualDJ 8)
18. JOG. Touch-sensitive jogwheel for scratching (Vinyl Mode), pitch bending (CD mode)
and other functions described in this manual. If the jogwheel is on Scratch (Vinyl)
mode, use the outer ring of the jogwheel to pitch-bend. Hold SHIFT down and then
use the jogwheel to fast search through the loaded track (Seek mode)
19. PITCHBEND-. Press and keep this button down to temporary slow-down the tempo
of the track. When the button is released, the track will return to the tempo defined by
the pitch slider. Hold SHIFT down and then use the same button to slow-down the
track more intensively
In Alternative Mapping, press this button on the left side to assign deck 3 as Left
Deck or the right side to assign deck 2 as Right Deck. Hold SHIFT down and then
press this button to temporary slow-down the tempo of the track.
20. PITCHBEND+. Press down this button to temporary speed-up the tempo of the
track. When the button is released, the track will return to the tempo defined by the
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pitch slider. Hold SHIFT down and use the same button to speed-up the track more
intensively.
In Alternative Mapping, press this button on the left side to assign deck 1 as Left
Deck or the right side to assign deck 4 as Right Deck. Hold SHIFT down and then
press this button to temporary slow-down the tempo of the track.
In Alternative Mapping the Leds of the PITCHBEND+/- buttons will indicate which
deck is selected as Left or Right (following the default channel mixer order 3-1-2-4.
21. SHIFT. Press and hold this button to access secondary functions (mainly in white
lettering) of other controls on the VMS4
22. VINYL. Press this button to set the Jogwheel to Vinyl (Scratch) or CD (Bend) mode.
In Vinyl mode, use the outer part of the Jogwheel to bend (temporary speed up –
slow down the tempo of the track).
Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to "lock" the track's pitch to its original
key. (Master Tempo). The track's tempo will remain at the speed designated by the
Pitch Fader.
23. SEARCH<<. Press and hold this button to move the track backwards by 4 beats.
Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to half the size of the Loop. If a Loop is
triggered use this button to half the size of the loop. The Led of the button will be lit if
a Loop is enabled to indicate the secondary function.
24. SEARCH>>. Press and hold this button to move the track forward by 4 beats. Hold
SHIFT down and then use this button to double the size of the Loop. If a Loop is
triggered use this button to double the size of the loop. The Led of the button will be
lit if a Loop is enabled to indicate the secondary function.
25. LOOP IN. Press this button to set a Loop In (Entry point). Hold SHIFT down and
then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop In mode and (fine) adjust the
Loop In point using the jog when a loop is enabled. The Led of the button will blink to
indicate the Loop In Wheel mode. Press again to return the Jogwheel to Jog mode.
26. LOOP OUT. Press this button to set a Loop Out (Exit point). Hold SHIFT down and
then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop Out mode and (fine) adjust the
Loop Out point using the jog when a loop is enabled. The Led of the button will blink
to indicate the Loop Out Wheel mode. Press again to return the Jogwheel to Jog
mode.
27. RELOOP. Press this button to exit a Loop or trigger the last enabled Loop (reloop).
Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop Move
mode and move the Loop through the track using the jog when a loop is enabled.
The Led of the button will blink to indicate the Loop Move Wheel mode. Press again
to return the Jogwheel to Jog mode.
28. LOOP. Press this button to enable/disable a Loop of the selected size. Hold SHIFT
down and then use this button to enable/disable the Smart Loop (for seamless
looping)
29. HOTCUES (1-4). The 4 buttons assign a Hot Cue Point (1 to 4) or returns the track
to that Hot Cue Point. When a Hot Cue Button is unlit, you can assign a Hot Cue
Point by pressing it at the desired point in your track. Once it is assigned, the Hot
Cue Button will light. To return to that Hot Cue Point, simply press it.
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Press and hold SHIFT and then press a Hot Cue Button to delete its assigned Hot
Cue Point.
30. PITCH. Adjust the track's playback speed (tempo).
The actual pitch fader will not alter the pitch of the track if the actual pitch and the
software pitch value do not match (software soft-takeover, ghost fader visible on the
GUI). In most cases this may happen if SYNC is prior pressed or switching decks
and the other deck is having a different pitch software value.
31. SYNC. Press this button to automatically match the corresponding Deck's tempo
with the opposite Deck's (or the Master Deck’s if using a 4 decks Skin) tempo and
phase. Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to adjust the range of the Pitch
Fader ( to ±6%, ±8%, ±10%, ±12%, ±20%, ±25%, ±33%, ±50%, and ±100%).
C.Effects & Sampler
32. FX SELECT. Use this encoder to
select the Effect applied to the Left
or Right selected decks. Hold SHIFT
down and then use this encoder to
adjust the Key of the loaded track.
33. FX ON. Use this button to trigger the
selected Effect to the Left or Right
selected deck. Hold SHIFT down and
then press this button to reset the
Key of the track to its original value.
34. FX PARAMETER. Hold down this button to offer secondary function to the FX
CONTROL (35) knob. Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to reset the
applied Low-High Pass Filter (off/middle software position)
35. FX CONTROL. Use this knob to control the 1st parameter of the selected Effect.
While the FX PARAMETER button is pressed, use this knob to control the 2nd
parameter of the selected Effect. Hold SHIFT down and then use this knob to apply
a Low-High Pass Filter.
36. SAMPLE SELECT. Use this encoder to select the sample from the loaded/selected
Sampler Bank of VirtualDJ 8. Hold SHIFT down and use this encoder to select and
load a different Sampler Bank.
Push the encoder to select the next available Trigger Pad mode (On/Off, Hold,
Stutter and Unmute)
37. SAMPLE PLAY. Use this button to trigger (behavior depends on the selected
Sampler Trigger mode) the selected Sample from the loaded/selected Sampler Bank
of VirtualDJ. Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to half the size of the
Sampler loop (if the sample is in Loop mode).
38. SAMPLE REC. Use this button to record the selected Left or Right deck to a new
Sample. Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to double the size (in beats) of
the Sampler loop (if the sample is in Loop mode)
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39. SAMPLE VOLUME. Use this knob to adjust the Volume of the selected Sample.
In Alternative Mapping the Sampler section offers an additional Browser mode. Hold
SHIFT down and then push the SAMPLER SELECT encoder to toggle between the
Sampler and Browser mode.
36. SAMPLE SELECT. In Alternative Mapping if the Browser mode is enabled, use
this encoder to scroll though files or folders. Push the encoder to load the
selected track to the left or right deck. If the focus is on the Folders list, push the
encoder to open/close the subfolders.
Hold SHIFT down and then use the encoder to cycle through the available
windows of the Sideview (Automix, Sidelist, Karaoke, Sampler and Clone)
Hold SHIFT down and then push the encoder to toggle between the Sampler and
Browser mode.
37. SAMPLE PLAY. In Alternative Mapping, if the Browser mode is enabled, press
and keep this button down to set the focus to the Folders list. If not pressed,
the focus will be set to the Songs List.
If the Browser mode is selected, the Led of this button will be lit to indicate the
selected mode.
38. SAMPLE REC. In Alternative Mapping, if the Browser mode is enabled, press
and keep this button down to set the focus to the Sideview List. If not
pressed, the focus will be set to the Songs List.
39. SAMPLE VOLUME. In Alternative Mapping, this knob has no assigned function
when the Browser mode is selected.
D.Front side
40. MIC ON. Turn On/Off the Microphone Inputs 1 and 2 of the unit.
41. MIC GAIN. Adjust the Volume of the Microphone Inputs 1 and 2 of the VMS4 (rear
connection)
42. MIC EQ. Adjust the Low (Bass), Medium (Middle) and the High (Treble) frequencies
of the Microphone Inputs 1 and 2 of the VMS4.
43. MIDILOG SWITCHER. Turn the switcher to the USB position to allow the Midilog
Channel to control the VirtualDJ deck. In 4out mode, the Midilogs 1 and 4 will not
route the sound to any VirtualDJ deck.
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Turn the switcher to ANALOGUE position to use a Midilog as an analogue input
source. In this position the sound of the VirtualDJ deck will be muted.
44. CROSSFADER CH ASSIGN. Define which Midilog will be assigned as left or right side
of the crossfader. In OFF position all Midilogs/decks will be outputted on either left or
right side of the crossfader. In all other positions, one Midilog will be assigned as left or
right. Note that the numbers on the knob indicate the Midilogs and not the VirtualDJ
decks. E.g. if the left CF CH ASSIGN knob is at the position numbered 2, (indicating
the 2nd Midilog) VirtualDJ deck 1 will be assigned as left side of the crossfader.
45. 4out-8out. Define the mode that the built-in sound card of the VMS4 will operate. See
more in Advanced Settings.
46. NORMAL-REVERSE. Switch to REVERSE position if you wish the crossfader to
operate in reverse mode (Hamster)
47. CROSSFADER CURVE. Define how the crossfader will blend left and right assigned
channels (from Smooth to Scratch curve).
48. CUE MIX. Adjust how the mixer Channels and the Master Output blend at the
Headphones Channel. Hardware operation, but movement visible on the VirtualDJ
GUI.
49. CUE GAIN. Adjust the Volume Output of the Headphones Channel. Hardware
operation, but movement visible on the GUI.
50. HEADPHONES. Connect your Headphones
E.Rear side
51. POWER: Use the included power adaptor to connect VMS4 to a power outlet. While
the power is switched off, plug the cable into VMS4 first, and then plug the cable into a
power outlet. Use the Power Switch to turn the VMS4 on and off. Turn on VMS4 after
all input devices have been connected and before you turn on amplifiers. Turn off
amplifiers before you turn off VMS4.
The power connection is not necessary if the unit is only used as a Midi controller;
however it is strongly advised to be used.
52. USB. This USB connection sends and receives audio and control information from a
connected computer.
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53. MASTER OUTPUT (XLR): Connect this low-impedance XLR output to a PA system or
powered monitors. The level of this output is controlled with the Master knob on the top
panel.
54. BOOTH OUTPUT (BALANCED): Use standard RCA cables to connect this output to a
booth monitoring system. The level of this output is controlled by the Booth knob on the
top panel.
55. MASTER OUTPUT (RCA): Use standard RCA cables to connect this output to a
speaker or amplifier system. The level of this output is controlled by the Master knob
on the top panel.
56. LINE INPUTS. Connect your audio sources to these inputs. Midilog Inputs 2 and 3 can
accept both line and phono-level signals.
57. MIC 2 INPUT. Connect your 1/4" or XLR microphone to these inputs. Microphone
controls are located at the front Microphone panel.
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ADVANCED SETTINGS
Midilog Routing & Mixer Order
The mixer of the VMS4 is pre-mapped to operate
with 2 different channel orders 3-1-2-4 (default) or
1-2-3-4.
The selection can be made with the default 4 decks
skin of VirtualDJ 8 from the Mixer Options menu.
The mixer channel order 1-3-4-2 is not supported by
the default mapping files and should be not
selected.
Note also that the Fake mixer option is selected
(cannot be changed from the menu). This option
indicates that the audio mixing is handled by the
VMS4 mixer and the VirtualDJ GUI will simply show
the status of the VMS4 mixer but will not use the
internal software mixer.
Mixer Options
Depending on the selected channel mixer order, you will also need to properly assign the
Midilogs channels, otherwise the GUI of VirtualDJ will show the correct mixer status but the
audio will be routed incorrectly.
How to:
Go to the AUDIO tab of Config and change the Outputs order at the Channel column as
per the images below
Mixer Order 3-1-2-4 (default) – Windows 8out mode
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Mixer Order 1-2-3-4 – Windows 8out mode
Mixer Order 3-1-2-4 (default) – Mac OSX 8out mode
Mixer Order 1-2-3-4 – Mac OSX 8out mode
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Midilog Routing using the ASIO settings (Windows only)
An alternative (but not suggested) way to assign the Midilogs to a different Output channel
(instead of editing the Audio configuration of VirtualDJ as above) is within the ASIO Settings
utility of the VMS4.
The default Midilog Channel assignment is the following.
Default Midilog Channels 8out mode
Default Midilog Channels 4out mode
The Midilog routing on Mac OSX computers is only available within the Audio configuration
of VirtualDJ.
EQ mode
The Equalizer (Treble, Mid & Bass) section of the VMS4/VMS4.1 can work in two different
modes, Pre EQ and Post EQ and those are offered in both 4out and 8out modes.
How to:
To toggle between the 2 EQ modes, before powering up the VMS4, press and hold the PFL
CUE (4) on the 4th MIDILOG channel and then power "ON" the unit. Release the button.
Your computer may reinstall the VMS4 as a new device, please allow 10-20 seconds for the
change to take place.
You can verify the change from the ASIO Settings Utility (Windows only)
Pre EQ mode (default)
In Pre EQ the USB audio signal is affected
by the VMS4 EQ. Pre EQ is the default EQ.
In
Pre EQ mode the ASIO Driver will list the
VMS4 device number, the first number in
the sequence will be a "0" (see image below)
Post EQ mode
Post EQ is for users who prefer using the EQ
from VirtualDJ instead of the Hardware one
(e.g. to get the parametric EQ of VirtualDJ
8).
In Post EQ mode the ASIO Driver will list the
VMS4 device number, the first number in
the sequence will be a "1" (see image below)
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Device number in Pre EQ mode
Device number in Post EQ mode
If the Post EQ mode is selected, you will also need to modify the ONINIT key of the
Mapping files (or at least the one that you need to use – Default or Browser mode).
How to:
Launch VirtualDJ 8 and head to the CONTROLLERS tab of Config. Select the American
Audio VMS4 from the left devices list and select the mapping file you wish to use (and
modify). Locate the ONINIT key from the middle Key list (you can also sort by Key for easier
search).
Click on the ONINIT key to get the pre-assigned action in the Action field.
Edit the fake_eq on action to fake_eq off
Once the change is done, a modified (custom) mapping will be auto-created which can be
renamed as well from the top-right field.
Re-launch VirtualDJ 8 or choose a different mapping and back the one you edited again, in
order the assigned action of the ONINIT key to be applied.
To verify that the “fake” EQ is off and the VMS4 is now controlling the VirtualDJ Internal EQ
(for both Windows and Mac), the EQ knobs should not now kill the sound if all 3 EQ Band
knobs are at the far left position and the EqualizerMode setting is set to Default from the
OPTIONS.
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Recording & Broadcasting
VirtualDJ will not be able to record (or broadcast) your mixing directly as the audio mixing is
handled by the VMS4. In case you need to record (or broadcast) your mixing along with all
the external sources (AUX) and the Microphone Inputs of the VMS4, you will need to
manually add a record line to the Audio configuration as following.
Audio setup – Recording (8out)
Note that the VMS4 needs to be on the 8out mode for proper recording.
4out mode & Audio Setup
The VMS4 offers a pre-defined audio configuration for the 8out mode, however if the 4out
mode is selected from the front switcher (mainly for Timecode use), the audio needs to be
manually configured as the Midilogs are not automatically assigned properly.
How to:
Go to the AUDIO tab of Config and change the decks order at the Source column as per the
following images:
4out mode – audio configuration (Windows)
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4out mode – audio configuration (Mac OSX)
Timecodes
The VMS4 is capable to offer a Timecode setup (DVS) with its built-in 4out/4in audio
interface.
How to:
Power off the unit, set the front switcher to the 4out position and power the unit back on.
Launch VirtualDJ 8, head to the AUDIO tab of Settings and click on the TIMECODE SIGNAL
button you will find at the INPUTS tab of the Audio Settings.
2 additional lines will be automatically added to the audio configuration. You will then need
to make sure that the decks are routed properly to the Midilog Channels as per the
following image or as per the images shown in the 4out mode.
Timecode Audio setup
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Useful Links
VirtualDJ web-page: http://www.virtualdj.com
VirtualDJ Support Center: http://www.virtualdj.com/contact/index.html
VirtualDJ 8 Operation Guides: http://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/PDFManuals.html
American Audio web-page: http://www.adjaudio.com/
American Audio Support Center: http://www.adjaudio.com/Support.aspx
American Audio VMS4 product page:
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1447&MainId=1&Category=23
American Audio VMS4.1 product page:
http://www.adjaudio.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNumber=1478&MainId=1&Category=23
American Audio VMS4 User Guide: http://www.adjaudio.com/pdffiles/vms4.pdf
American Audio VMS4.1 User Guide: http://www.adjaudio.com/pdffiles/vms4-1.pdf
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