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VS-2480
Tip Sheet
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Table of Contents
Welcome
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Notes and Tips ................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Connecting a PS/2 Mouse and PS/2 ASCII Keyboard
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Connecting a VGA Monitor ............................................................................................................................................ 7
About VGA, Mouse and Keyboard Configuration Parameters ............................................................................... 8
Using a VGA Monitor with the VS-2480
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Configuring Your Monitor .............................................................................................................................................. 8
VGA Parameters......................................................................................................................................................... 8
Elements of the Info Display........................................................................................................................................... 8
General Information Strip........................................................................................................................................ 9
PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 Knob Strip ............................................................................................................................ 9
Meters Strip................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Bottom Pane ................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Controlling What’s On the Info Display..................................................................................................................... 10
Selecting Info Displays Manually ......................................................................................................................... 10
Locking the Info Display......................................................................................................................................... 10
Using a Mouse with the VS-2480
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Configuring Your Mouse ............................................................................................................................................... 11
PS/2 MOUSE Parameters ....................................................................................................................................... 11
Cursors .............................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Pop-Up Menus................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Display Pop-Up ........................................................................................................................................................ 12
Channel Pop-Up....................................................................................................................................................... 12
Track Editing with the Mouse....................................................................................................................................... 12
Moving the Cursor to a Track................................................................................................................................ 12
Selecting Phrases ..................................................................................................................................................... 12
Setting Region Edit Points by Dragging .............................................................................................................. 13
Selecting One or More Phrases and Regions ..................................................................................................... 13
Setting Region Edit Points Using the Position Line .......................................................................................... 14
Other Features of the Edit Pop-Up Menu ........................................................................................................... 14
Dragging Phrases and Regions ............................................................................................................................. 15
Automix Editing with the Mouse ................................................................................................................................. 15
Selected Automix Data............................................................................................................................................ 15
The Automix Pop-Up Menu .................................................................................................................................. 16
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Using an ASCII Keyboard
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Configuring Your Keyboard..........................................................................................................................................16
PS/2 KEYBOARD Parameters................................................................................................................................16
What You Can Do With an ASCII Keyboard .............................................................................................................16
Using Roland DS-90A or DS-50A Monitors
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Setting Up for DS-90A and DS-50A Digital Monitors..............................................................................................17
Adjusting Your Listening Level
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Using the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 Knobs
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Adjusting Stereo Positioning.........................................................................................................................................18
Activating Knob Control of Channel Panning....................................................................................................18
Setting Dynamics and EQ Parameters for One Channel.........................................................................................19
Activating Knob Control of Dynamics and EQ Parameters.............................................................................19
Sending Channel Signals to an Aux Bus.....................................................................................................................19
Activating Knob Control of Aux Send Levels .....................................................................................................19
Controlling a Parameter of Your Choice.....................................................................................................................19
Activating Knob Control of Any Channel Parameter .......................................................................................20
Fader Control of Aux Sends or a USER Parameter
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Assigning Faders to Aux Send or USER Parameter Control ...........................................................................20
If the ENTER/YES Button is Blinking...
About VS-2480 Track Editing
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Regions and Phrases .......................................................................................................................................................21
Editing Screens ................................................................................................................................................................21
Edit Points .........................................................................................................................................................................21
Setting IN, OUT FROM and TO ............................................................................................................................22
Edit Point Flags .........................................................................................................................................................22
Selecting Audio for Editing ...........................................................................................................................................22
Cursoring to a Track ................................................................................................................................................22
Selecting a Phrase.....................................................................................................................................................22
Selecting a Region ....................................................................................................................................................22
TRACK EDIT Shortcut Buttons.....................................................................................................................................23
To Use a TRACK EDIT Shortcut Button ..............................................................................................................23
Resetting Mixer Parameters
Changing Channels
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Switching Between Input, Track, Aux and FX Channels .........................................................................................24
Setting Channel Unity Gain and Panning
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To Reset a Channel’s Fader and Pan ....................................................................................................................24
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Removing Input Signals from the MASTER Mix
Configuring Aux Sends
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Configuring an Aux Send from a MASTER EDIT Screen................................................................................ 25
Configuring an Aux Send from a Channel View Screen.................................................................................. 25
Adding Effects to a Headphone Mix
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Welcome
Congratulations on the purchase of the incredible VS-2480. The VS-2480 Tip Sheet
provides information to help you get started with your amazing new V-Studio.
Notes and Tips
Throughout this document, you’ll notice two symbols in the left-hand margins.
Notes provide additional information about the topic described in the main text.
Tips offer interesting ways to use the feature under discussion. They’ll also let you know
why you should care about what’s being said.
Connecting a PS/2 Mouse and PS/2 ASCII Keyboard
A mouse and ASCII keyboard can make the operation of the VS-2480 even easier. The
VS-2480 supports the use of a PS/2-type mouse and PS/2 keyboard—a PS/2 mouse is
included with your VS-2480. A keyboard must be purchased separately.
Many of the VS-2480’s operations can be performed using a mouse instead of the
VS-2480’s top-panel controls as described on Page 11. You can also perform some
important operations and navigate the VS-2480 using a connected ASCII keyboard
(Page 16).
Connect the included mouse to the rear-panel PS/2 MOUSE jack. Connect your
keyboard to the PS/2 KEYBOARD jack.
You may need to activate your ASCII keyboard. See the keyboard settings on Page 16.
Connecting a VGA Monitor
Much of what’s shown on the VS-2480’s built-in display is also sent through its VGA
output to a connected color VGA monitor acting as your Info Display. (Monitor
purchased separately.) The Info Display lets you view this information in a large, easyto-read format. See “Using a VGA Monitor with the VS-2480” on Page 8.
You can use any standard VGA display that has a refresh rate from 60-75 Hz. Connect
your monitor’s DB-15-type VGA cable to the VS-2480’s rear-panel VGA OUT jack.
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About VGA, Mouse and Keyboard Configuration Parameters
Once you’ve powered up, you’ll want to make sure your mouse, keyboard and VGA
monitor are properly configured. All of the parameters for these devices—described in
the following sections—are found on the same UTILITY Menu page. To get there:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press UTILITY.
Press PAGE—if necessary—until SYSTEM appears above F1.
Press F1 (SYSTEM).
Press F2 (Param2).
Press ", #, $ and/or % to select each desired parameter and turn the
TIME/VALUE dial to set its value.
Using a VGA Monitor with the VS-2480
Configuring Your Monitor
VGA Parameters
Parameter:
What it sets:
Typical setting is:
VGA OUT
Turns the VGA output on or off
On
REFRESH RATE
Sets the amount of monitor flicker
Manufacturer’s
recommended setting,
or highest value that
looks good on monitor
H. POSITION
Shifts the image left or right
0
V. POSITION
Shifts the image up or down
0
Elements of the Info Display
Most of the VS-2480 Info Display’s screens are divided into four areas.
General Information Strip
PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 Strip
Meters Strip
Bottom Pane
The Info Display also provides a date and time readout in its upper right-hand corner.
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General Information Strip
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This metal-brushed area appears at the top of all of the Info Display’s screens. It
contains the following readouts:
1.
ABS/REL Indicators—show whether the Info Display’s time counters are showing
absolute time or are shifted to correspond to the setting of the SYNC OFFSET TIME
parameter in the UTILITY Menu.
2. VARI PITCH Indicator—shows when VARI PITCH in the UTILITY Menu is on.
3. TIME—shows the current location in hours, minutes, seconds, frames, subframes.
4. MEASURE/BEAT/TICK—shows the current time in bars, beats and ticks. (There are
480 ticks in each beat.)
5. MARKER—shows the last marker before the current position of the timeline.
6. A.PUNCH Indicator—shows when automatic punching is turned on.
7. EXTSYNC Indicator—shows when external synchronization is active.
8. LOOP Indicator—shows when looping is turned on.
9. AUTOMIX Indicator—shows when Automix is turned on.
10. REMAIN—shows how much disk space you have left. (You can set the unit of
measurement with the REMAIN DISPLAY TYPE parameter in the UTILITY Menu.)
11. SCENE—shows the number and name of the current scene.
PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 Knob Strip
Currently selected channel group
Clipping indicators
PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob settings
The VS-2480’s PAN/AUX Send 1-8 knobs can perform a variety of functions, as
described on Page 18. This strip shows their current settings. At the left of the strip, the
currently selected channel group and channel are shown. To the right of the strip are
input clipping indicators that show when a channel’s input signal level is too loud.
Meters Strip
In certain display modes—see “Selecting Info Displays Manually” below—the Meters
Strip shows the set of meters currently selected on the Home screen.
Whenever the Meters
Strip is visible, meters
for the MONITOR and
MAIN busses appear
at its right.
Currently selected meters
Bottom Pane
The contents of the Info Display’s bottom pane changes from screen to screen.
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Controlling What’s On the Info Display
As you navigate the onboard LCD display of the VS-2480, the Info Display
automatically switches between various screens. You can also manually switch to a few
key screens, and you can lock the display so that it doesn’t change as you move from
screen to screen on the VS-2480.
Selecting Info Displays Manually
You can access several key screens from the VS-2480’s Home screen.
1.
2.
Press HOME/DISPLAY.
Press PAGE until “ID PL” appears above the F1 button.
3.
You can press F1 through F5 to view the following screens:
• ID PL (Info Display Playlist screen) —shows the track playlist in the lower area on
the display.
• ID IN (Info Display Input Channels) —shows all 24 input channels in the lower
area on the display.
• ID TR (Info Display Track Channels)— shows all 24 track channels in the lower
area on the display.
• ID Mlt (Info Display Multiple Parameters) —shows a detailed view of the currently
selected group of 16 channel strips (Page 24).
• ID ChV (Info Display Channel View)— shows the CH EDIT parameters for the
currently selected input, track or FX return channel.
When the ID PL, ID IN or ID TR screens are in view, the Meters area is visible. You can
change what’s shown on the left side of the Meters Area—the right side always shows
the MONITOR and MASTER output levels:
1.
2.
3.
Press HOME/DISPLAY.
Press PAGE until INPUT appears above F1.
Press:
• INPUT—to meter the VS-2480’s analog and digital input jacks and connectors.
• IN Mix—to meter input channel levels.
• TR Mix—to meter track channel levels.
• AUXDIR—to meter the AUX and DIR bus levels.
• OUTPUT—to meter the VS-2480’s output levels.
Locking the Info Display
You can lock the currently displayed Info Display screen so that it stays in view as you
move from screen to screen on the VS-2480.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Press HOME/DISPLAY.
Press PAGE until “IDHold” appears above the F6 button.
Press F6 (IDHold).
To unlock the display, repeat Steps 1-3.
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Using a Mouse with the VS-2480
A mouse can make many VS-2480 tasks easier to perform.You can use the mouse to set
parameter values, use it during track editing operations, and more. The VS-2480 uses a
two-button mouse, with the left button serving as a click button, and the right-hand
button calling up special menus on various screens. If we say to simply “click” the
mouse, we’re referring to a clicking with the left mouse button.
Configuring Your Mouse
PS/2 MOUSE Parameters
Parameter:
What it sets:
Typical setting is:
PS/2 MOUSE
Turns the mouse on or off
On
POINTER SPEED
Sets how fast the mouse’s cursor
moves
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Cursors
The onscreen cursor you see as you move the mouse changes to show you what the
mouse can do as you move over items on the display.
This cursor:
Means that the mouse:
is moving between items on the display. On the Home screen, you can
click on a track in the playlist to select it.
you can click on the item beneath the cursor. If it’s a switch, you can
toggle through its values by repeatedly clicking. If it’s an adjustable
parameter, you’ll see either of the next two cursors after you click.
can raise or lower the parameter’s value as you drag the mouse up or
down, respectively
can raise or lower the parameter’s value as you drag the mouse right or
left, respectively
can drag the track beneath it during editing operations
is ready to move whatever’s beneath the mouse to a new location
is ready to copy whatever’s beneath the mouse by dragging; this
appears when SHIFT is held down during track editing
Pop-Up Menus
When a pop-up menu is available—as we’ll note in the following
pages—you can select an item in the menu by dragging to it so
that the item’s highlighted, and then clicking the left mouse
button to select the item.
Drag to the
desired
menu item
and click.
The following sections describe two of the VS-2480’s more
important pop-up menus.
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Display Pop-Up
You can quickly jump to some of the VS-2480’s most important screens by clicking on
the small rectangle in the upper left-hand corner of the display.
Channel Pop-Up
If you’re using a mouse, you can also select a new input, track or FX channel from any
screen on which the currently selected channel’s number is displayed as shown here.
Input channel
Track channel
FX return channel
To select a new channel:
1.
2.
Click the mouse on the channel number. The Channel Pop-Up Menu
appears.
Move the cursor to the desired channel and click.
Track Editing with the Mouse
A mouse can perform a wide range of VS-2480 editing operations. You can also use the
mouse or the VS-2480’s buttons, or use them together.
For an overview of track editing in the VS-2480, see “About VS-2480 Track Editing” on
Page 21. You’ll find explanations for the terminology used in the following sections.
Track editing takes place on the Home screen or the Wave Display. Press HOME or
WAVE DISP, respectively, to view these screens.
Moving the Cursor to a Track
To move the cursor to a track with your mouse, click on the track or on its number to the
left of the playlist area.
Selecting Phrases
You can select a phrase using the mouse by clicking on the desired phrase or dragging
across it. In addition, you can drag vertically or diagonally across multiple tracks to
select one phrase on each, or you can also hold down SHIFT and click the phrase on
each track you’d like to select.
The VS-2480 automatically places the FROM point (Page 21) at the start of the earliest
selected phrase for your convenience. You can manually reset the FROM point if you
want to.
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Setting Region Edit Points by Dragging
1.
2.
3.
Press PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX repeatedly until it’s lit red.
Click and hold the left mouse button at the desired IN point, making sure you click
after the start of the project.
Drag rightward across the display and release the button at the desired OUT point.
4.
To re-do the operation, repeat Steps 2 and 3.
You can also drag from right to left, setting the OUT and then the IN and FROM points.
As you drag, any audio that you drag across is also selected. To un-select any of this
audio, cursor to its track and press ENTER/YES. Press ENTER/YES again to re-select it.
Selecting One or More Phrases and Regions
While you can select audio as described earlier—or by using the ENTER/YES button
(Page 22)—you can also use the mouse and the SELECT PHRASE and SELECT TRACK
Pop-Up Menus. This can be handy when you want to select multiple phrases or regions.
To select one or more phrases using the SELECT PHRASE pop-up:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX repeatedly until it’s lit green.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to place the timeline over the desired
phrase(s).
Right-click any track number to the left of the playlist.
In the SELECT PHRASE Pop-Up Menu, you can see which tracks
contain a phrase at the timeline’s current position. Click each desired
track to select its phrase. Click a track again to unselect its phrase.
Click ALL to checkmark all of the tracks, or click it again to un-check all of the tracks.
5.
Click EXIT when you’re done—all phrases that touch the timeline on the selected
tracks are now ready to be edited.
To select one or more regions using the SELECT TRACK pop-up:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX repeatedly until it’s lit red.
Make sure your IN and OUT points are set as desired.
Right click on any track number to the left of the playlist—the
SELECT TRACK Pop-Up Menu appears.
Click each track that contains a region you want to select, or click the
track again to unselect its region.
Click ALL to checkmark all of the tracks, or click it again to un-check all of the tracks.
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Click EXIT when you’re done—all audio that falls between the IN and OUT points
on the selected tracks is now ready to be edited.
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Setting Region Edit Points Using the Position Line
You can set IN, OUT, FROM and TO points with greater precision using the editing
position line. Here’s how:
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2.
Press PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX repeatedly until it’s lit red.
Click the mouse at the desired time location in the project. A dotted vertical line
appears. This is called the “position line.”
Position line
3.
4.
5.
Click the right mouse button on the track playlist. A pop-up
menu appears that offers a variety of options.
Drag to the name of the desired edit point so that it’s
highlighted in the pop-up menu.
Click the left mouse button—the selected edit point is set.
In this
illustration,
the IN point
is selected.
Other Features of the Edit Pop-Up Menu
You can perform quite a few actions from the Edit Pop-Up Menu. In all cases, once you
select the desired item from the pop-up menu, click the left mouse button:
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To:
First:
Then right-click and:
Clear region edit points
Press and hold CLEAR
select the desired edit point.
Move the timeline
Press and hold SHIFT
select the desired edit point or
choose GOTO to move to the
current location of the position
line.
To:
Right-click and:
Zoom in or out
select ZOOM ↑↓ or ZOOM ↔. In either case, a dialog
appears in which you can select the desired
magnification.
View the Wave Display from
the Home screen
select WAVE.
View the Home screen from
the Wave Display
select P.LIST.
Activate the VS-2480’s Scrub
feature
select SCRUB and left-click to checkmark it.
Use Scrub to preview audio
select SCRUB TO to preview the audio just before the
position line, SCRUB THRU to listen to audio just
before and after the position line, or SCRUB FROM to
listen to a small chunk of audio starting at the
position line.
Select a track
Sel Trk selects the track on which you’ve right-clicked
if no IN and OUT points have been set.
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To:
Right-click and:
Select a region
Sel Trk selects the region of audio between the IN and
OUT points on the track you’ve right-clicked if IN and
OUT points have been set.
Select a phrase
Sel Phr selects the phrase you’ve right-clicked.
Perform other editing
operations
select the desired operation from the menu. You can
select only those operations for which the required
edit points have been set.
Switch from region to phrase
editing and back
select PHRASE or REGION, as desired—the
PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX button lights in green
(phrase) or red (region)
Dragging Phrases and Regions
On the Home screen, you can drag phrases and regions you’ve selected to new
locations using your mouse. To do this:
1.
2.
3.
Move your mouse cursor over the desired audio. The cursor changes to an
opened hand to show that you can grab the audio.
Click on the desired audio and hold the mouse button down—the cursor
changes to a closed hand to show the audio is ready to be dragged.
Drag the audio to the desired location.
You can also copy audio on the Home screen by dragging it:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Move your mouse cursor over the desired audio. The cursor changes to an
opened hand to show that you can grab the audio.
Click on the desired audio and hold the mouse button down—the cursor
changes to a closed hand to show the audio is ready to be dragged.
Hold down SHIFT—a plus sign appears in the closed-hand cursor icon.
While continuing to hold SHIFT, drag the audio to the desired location.
Release the mouse button and then release SHIFT.
Automix Editing with the Mouse
You can select and edit Automix data using the same techniques used for editing
regions. You can:
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set edit points by dragging (Page 13).
set edit points using the position line (Page 14).
drag automation data (see above)
perform various operations using the Automix Pop-Up Menu.
Automix editing takes place from the AUTOMIX EDIT screen. To get there:
1.
2.
While holding down SHIFT, press AUTOMIX.
Press F1 (EDIT).
Selected Automix Data
Selected data in the Automix editing screen appears in
reverse: the data is white, and its background is dark.
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The Automix Pop-Up Menu
In addition to many of the same items found in the Edit Pop-Up Menu (Page 14), you’ll
find the following in the Automix Pop-Up Menu:
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MICRO—opens the AUTOMIX MICRO EDIT window.
TARGET—opens a dialog in which you can select the kind of Automix data you
want to edit.
As with the Edit Pop-Up Menu, you can hold down CLEAR and right-click to view
options for deleting edit points, or hold down SHIFT to move to the desired edit point.
Using an ASCII Keyboard
Configuring Your Keyboard
PS/2 KEYBOARD Parameters
Parameter:
What it sets:
Typical setting is:
PS/2 KEYBOARD
Turns the keyboard on or off
On
KEYBOARD TYPE
Selects the nationality of the ASCII
keyboard you’re using
101/104 for USA;
106/109 for Japan
What You Can Do With an ASCII Keyboard
You can use the keyboard to perform a variety of VS-2480 operations quickly and easily.
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You can use the keyboard’s:
To:
Letter and number keys
enter names for projects, tracks, scenes, locators, etc.
Arrow keys
move the cursor on the VS-2480’s display
SHIFT+arrow keys
zoom in and out vertically and horizontally
Home
display the Home screen
F7
display the EZ Routing VIEW screen
SHIFT+F7
display the EZ Routing P.BAY screen
SHIFT+F8
display Mastering Room screen
Ctrl+S
store the current project
Ctrl+Alt+Delete
shut down the VS-2480
And the keyboard’s:
Acts as the VS-2480’s:
F1-F6
F1-F6 buttons
Tab
the PAGE button
Enter
the ENTER/YES button or left mouse button
Esc
the EXIT/NO button
F9
the PROJECT MENU button
F10
the TRACK MENU button
F11
the EFFECT MENU button
F12
the UTILITY MENU button
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Using Roland DS-90A or DS-50A Monitors
If you’re listening to the VS-2480 through Roland’s DS-90A or DS-50A monitors, you’ll
need to make sure the MONITOR signal is routed to the digital output you’re using. (In
the factory demo songs, this step has already been taken care of—however, when you
create a new project, the MASTER stereo mix will be routed to the OPTICAL and
COAXIAL OUT connectors.)
Setting Up for DS-90A and DS-50A Digital Monitors
1.
2.
3.
Decide whether you want to use an optical or coaxial connection to your monitors.
Press EZ ROUTING•PATCHBAY.
Press F3 (OUTPUT). The OUTPUT ASSIGN display appears. This display shows
you—and allows you to change—the signal routed to each of the VS-2480 output
jacks and connectors.
All of the VS-2480’s
output jacks and
connectors.
Along the left
edge of the
screen, you see all
of the VS-2480’s
signal busses.
4.
5.
Press # until the desired digital output is selected in the top row—in this
screenshot, we’ve chosen the COAXIAL OUT:
The thick black line—think of it as a virtual cable—shows that the MASTER mix
(MASTL/R) is routed to the COAXIAL OUT (COAX).
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial clockwise so the cable connects MONL/R to the
selected digital OUT connector—”MONL/R” stands for “MONITOR Left/Right.”
Adjusting Your Listening Level
If you’re listening to the VS-2480 through monitor speakers, the MONITOR knob to the
left of the display sets your listening level. You’ll generally want to keep this at the 0dB
position (3 o’clock). Of course, you can always turn the MONITOR knob to raise or
lower the listening level as needed—the 0dB position serves as a good starting point.
Adjust your Roland DS-90A/DS-50A INPUT LEVEL or monitor-speaker amplifier level
settings so that the VS-2480 is producing sound at a reasonable level.
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If you’re using headphones, the setting of the MONITOR knob establishes the basic
monitoring level, so set it to its 0dB position. To adjust your headphones’ volume, use
the PHONES 1 or 2 knob that corresponds to the jack into which you’ve plugged your
headphones. Start with the knob turned all the way counter-clockwise, and slowly turn
it clockwise to reach the desired listening level.
If you’ve connected a speaker system directly to the VS-2480 and would like separate
control of your speakers and headphones, route the MASTER outputs to the desired
PHONES jack on the EZ ROUTING OUTPUT ASSIGN screen (see Steps 1-3 in “Setting
Up for DS-90A and DS-50A Digital Monitors” on Page 17). The MONITOR knob will
control only the speakers, and each PHONES knob will control the associated jack.
In the factory demos, the MASTER bus is routed to the PHONES jacks, so each
PHONES knob independently controls its associated jack.
Using the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 Knobs
When the channel strips are controlling input, track and Aux channels, the PAN/AUX
SEND 1-8 knobs at the top of the strips can perform a variety of functions. They can:
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•
•
Adjust the stereo positioning of the selected channels’ signals in the MASTER mix.
Adjust the dynamics and EQ CH EDIT parameters for a single channel.
Send each channel’s signal to one of the Aux busses.
Control a single parameter of your choosing in the selected channels.
AUX
SEND
The AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button sets the function of the PAN/AUX SEND
1-8 knobs. The button’s color tells you what the knobs are currently controlling.
PRM
EDIT
The VS-2480’s display can jump to the parameter whose value you’re changing with a
PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob. Turn on the PAN KNOB AUTO Disp, AUX KNOB AUTO
Disp and PRM KNOB AUTO Disp parameters in the UTILITY Menu. Otherwise,
remember that you may be changing a setting for a channel other than the one
currently being displayed.
Adjusting Stereo Positioning
When the AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button is unlit, the 16 PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs set
the stereo positioning of the 16 currently selected channels, respectively. This lets you
quickly set up the panning for all of your channels without having to individually
navigate to each channel’s pan setting.
The PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs adjust the selected channels’ CH EDIT PAN parameter.
You can also set this parameter from the desired channel’s CH EDIT screen.
Activating Knob Control of Channel Panning
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2.
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If the AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button is:
• not lit—the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs are set to control channel panning
• lit red—press the button repeatedly until it’s no longer lit.
• lit green—press the flashing KNOB/FDR ASSIGN•AUX 1-8 button in the
LOCATOR/MARKER/SCENE area of the VS-2480’s top panel.
Turn a PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob to adjust the corresponding channel’s panning.
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Setting Dynamics and EQ Parameters for One Channel
When the AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button is lit red, each of the 16 PAN/AUX SEND 1-8
knobs adjusts the value of one of the currently selected channel’s dynamics or EQ
parameters. (The parameter each knob adjusts is printed beneath the knob.) This offers
the convenience of having a dedicated knob for these important parameters.
Activating Knob Control of Dynamics and EQ Parameters
1.
2.
3.
4.
If the AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button is:
• lit red—the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs are set to control the selected channel’s
dynamics and EQ parameters
• not lit—press the button repeatedly until it’s lit red.
• lit green—press the flashing KNOB/FDR ASSIGN•AUX 1-8 button in the
LOCATOR/MARKER/SCENE area of the VS-2480’s top panel.
Activate control of the channel by pressing the FADER button that selects the
group of channels that includes the desired channel (Page 24).
Press the CH EDIT button for the channel whose parameters you wish to adjust.
Turn the desired PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob to adjust a parameter’s value.
While the above steps describe selecting the desired channel after activating the knobs
for channel-parameter control, you can select the channel first if you prefer.
Sending Channel Signals to an Aux Bus
You can use each of the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs to send the corresponding
channel’s signal to a selected AUX send bus. This allows you to quickly set up how
much signal you’d like to send to a particular effect or VS-2480 output from all of your
channels without having to navigate to their individual AUX send settings.
Activating Knob Control of Aux Send Levels
1.
2.
3.
Press the KNOB/FDR ASSIGN•AUX 1-8 button in the LOCATOR/MARKER/
SCENE area so that the button’s indicator flashes.
On the numeric keypad, press the number of the Aux bus whose send levels you’d
like to control (1-8). The selected Aux bus’s number lights on the keypad.
Turn a PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob to adjust the corresponding channel’s send to the
selected Aux bus.
Controlling a Parameter of Your Choice
The VS-2480 allows you to assign a CH EDIT parameter to the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8
knobs so you can quickly adjust its value for all of your channels. This parameter is
referred to as the “USER” parameter. This can be handy in any number of situations:
•
•
In a recording session in which you’re recording multiple players at once, select
ATT as your USER parameter so that you can move from input to input, adjusting
each input’s level attenuation by turning its PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knob.
If you’re trying to clean up your mix by adjusting the level of a specific range of
frequencies in your tracks, select the gain parameter for the desired range and use
the knobs to quickly go through your tracks and fix your EQ problem.
You can utilize the USER feature to easily automate any channel parameter changes to
one or more tracks.
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Activating Knob Control of Any Channel Parameter
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press the KNOB/FDR ASSIGN•AUX 1-8 button in the LOCATOR/MARKER/
SCENE area of the VS-2480’s top panel so that it’s flashing.
While holding down SHIFT, press 9•USER on the numeric keypad.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the desired USER parameter.
Press F6 (EXIT.)
On the numeric keypad, press 9•USER—the button lights, and the PAN/AUX
SEND 1-8 knobs are now controlling the selected USER parameter.
Your USER parameter choice is stored with each project, so that whenever you’re
working on a project, you can quickly switch the knobs back to the control of your
USER parameter by performing Steps 7 and 8 above.
Fader Control of Aux Sends or a USER Parameter
As with the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs, the VS-2480 also allows you to use your
channel faders for setting each input, track or FX channel’s:
•
•
send level to an aux bus
value for the current USER parameter (see “Activating Knob Control of Any
Channel Parameter” on Page 20)
This feature operates much the same way with the faders as it does with the PAN/AUX
SEND 1-8 knobs.
Assigning Faders to Aux Send or USER Parameter Control
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Press UTILITY.
Press PAGE repeatedly until GLOBAL appears above F2.
Press F2 (GLOBAL).
Press ", #, $ or %, if necessary, to select the KNOB/FDR ASSIGN Sw parameter.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select Fader.
Press F6 (EXIT).
Press KNOB/FDR ASSIGN so that it’s flashing.
If the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs are currently assigned to the controls of an Aux send
or a USER parameter, they’ll be automatically switched back to the control of panning
or the currently selected channel’s dynamics and EQ parameters, depending on the
setting of the AUX SEND•PRM EDIT button (Page 18).
8.
9.
Press 1-8 on the numeric keypad to select Aux 1-8, or press 9 to select USER.
To return the faders to normal operation, repeat Steps 1-5, selecting Knob in Step 5.
If the ENTER/YES Button is Blinking...
You may notice from time to time that the ENTER/YES indicator is blinking. When
you’re about to execute a track-editing, project or disk operation, the indicator blinks to
signify that you can press the ENTER/YES button to proceed or press EXIT/NO to
cancel the operation. You’ll also find the indicator blinking as you view various
parameter pages—this is the VS-2480 letting you know that it has more options for you
to see, and that you can view these options by pressing the ENTER/YES button.
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About VS-2480 Track Editing
Many of the VS-2480’s editing operations can be performed using a mouse. See “Track
Editing with the Mouse” on Page 12.
Regions and Phrases
Edit region
There are two basic types of track audio you can edit the
on the VS-2480. You can work with:
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•
a specified time “region” within a track.
pre-defined chunks of audio called “phrases.”You can
work with one phrase at a time on each track.
Each rectangle is a phrase
Editing Screens
Track editing takes place on the VS-2480’s Home screen—press the HOME button to
get there—or on the Wave Display (the WAVE DISP button). You can hold down SHIFT
and press the ", #, $ and % buttons to zoom in and out on either display.
It’s a good idea to zoom in on your tracks while editing so that you can better see what
you’re doing.
Edit Points
Region editing begins with selecting the portion of the project you want to edit. This
time range is defined when you place two edit special editing markers:
This edit point:
Sets:
IN
the beginning of the section of audio you want to edit.
OUT
the end of the section of audio you want to edit.
You can also set up time anchors that let you precisely place data you’re moving:
This edit point:
Sets:
FROM
the original time location of the data you’re moving. In the
VS-2480, FROM is automatically set to the same time as the IN
point, though you can manually reset its position as desired.
TO
the time location to which you want to move the data.
The FROM and TO points can be especially helpful when you want to precisely position
a particular audio event within a larger chunk of data. You can set FROM to the location
at which the event originally occurs, and then set TO to the exact position at which you
want the event to land when you move the region.
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Setting IN, OUT FROM and TO
You can set edit points by positioning the timeline at the desired location and pressing
the IN, OUT, FROM or TO button, respectively, or by using the mouse (Page 13).
To move the timeline to the IN, OUT, FROM or TO locations, hold down SHIFT and
press the desired IN, OUT, FROM or TO button.
Edit Point Flags
IN
FROM
OUT
TO
On the VS-2480 display, each edit point is shown as a line
with a flag at its top. Each point its own distinct flag.
Since the FROM point is set to the same location as
the IN point by default, you won’t always see its
flag—it may be covered by the IN point.
Selecting Audio for Editing
There are two basic steps to selecting audio you want to edit:
Selected phrases
1.
2.
Selected regions
Cursor to the track on which the desired audio resides.
Select the phrase or region as described below.
If you select audio on one of a pair of linked tracks, the audio on
the other linked track is also selected.
Cursoring to a Track
You can cursor to a track on the Home screen in a couple of ways:
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•
When audio is
selected, it has a
dotted outline. If
you cursor to its
track, it’s white. If
not, it’s black.
You can press $ or % to move the cursor to the desired track.
You can click on the track with your mouse (Page 12).
When a track is selected, a triangle appears to its left and the track turns white.
Triangle
Track turns white
On the Wave Display, you can select a new track using the $ or % buttons.
Selecting a Phrase
1.
2.
3.
Move the cursor to the track containing the desired phrase.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial so the timeline touches the phrase.
Press ENTER/YES to select the phrase. To unselect it, press ENTER/YES again.
Selecting a Region
1.
2.
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Move the cursor to the track containing the desired region.
Press ENTER/YES to select the audio on the track that falls between the IN and
OUT points. To unselect the region, press ENTER/YES again.
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TRACK EDIT Shortcut Buttons
The TRACK EDIT buttons beneath the display provide a quick way to execute region
and phrase edits you’ve already set up.
Phrase
operations
Region
operations
TRACK EDIT
TRIM OUT
DELETE
SPLIT
NEW
PHRASE
INSERT
CUT
ERASE
COMP / EXP.
IMPORT
GRADATION
REGION
AUTOMIX
OUT
FROM
TO
COPY
MOVE
TRIM IN
COPY
MOVE
IN
The labels above the buttons show the available phrase operations when the
PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX button is lit green. The labels below the buttons show
the available region operations when PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX is lit red.
You can prepare for one of these operations by entering IN, OUT, FROM and/or TO
points or from the screens found in the TRACK Menu. (To view the TRACK Menu,
press the TRACK button.) Once your settings are the way you want them, you can press
the appropriate TRACK EDIT button to execute the desired command.
If the required edit points for a region or phrase operation have not yet been set up, the
operation’s shortcut button will not be lit.
To Use a TRACK EDIT Shortcut Button
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press PHRASE•REGION•AUTOMIX repeatedly until it’s lit:
• red—if you want to edit by regions
• green—if you want to edit using phrases
If you’ve set up the required edit points, and the desired TRACK EDIT indicator
doesn’t light, press ENTER/YES.
Press the desired TRACK EDIT button.
Press ENTER/YES.
When the VS-2480 asks if you’re sure you want to proceed—and the displayed
settings are correct—press ENTER/YES. If you want to cancel, press EXIT/NO.
Resetting Mixer Parameters
You can quickly reset all mixer parameters to their default values. To do this:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Press UTILITY.
Press PAGE until “PrmIni” appears above F6.
Press F6 (PrmIni).
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select MIXER.
Press F5 (OK)—a confirmation screen appears.
If you’re sure you want to proceed, press ENTER/YES. To cancel the operation,
press EXIT/NO.
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Changing Channels
All of the VS-2480’s 64 mixer channels are active and available at all times.
•
•
24 input channels
8 Aux send channels
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•
24 track channels
8 FX return channels
The four FADER buttons above the MASTER fader let you choose the type of channel
you want to work with. When you press the appropriate FADER button, the controls of
the 16 physical strips become the controls for the desired group of channels.
PAN / AUX SEND 1-8
AUX
SEND
RATIO
THRESHOLD
ATTACK
RELEASE
LEVEL
Dynamics
FREQ
GAIN
Filter
FREQ
GAIN
EQ Low
FREQ
Q
GAIN
EQ Lo - Mid
FREQ
Q
GAIN
CH EDIT / SELECT / PHRASE SEQ STATUS / AUTOMIX STATUS
IN 1-16
TRACK STATUS / PHRASE PAD
Channel strips
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
9
10
AUX1MST AUX 2
FX1RTN
FX 2
PRM
EDIT
FREQ
EQ High
EQ Hi - Mid
11
12
13
14
15
16
AUX 3
AUX 4
AUX 5
AUX 6
AUX 7
AUX 8
FX 3
FX 4
FX 5
FX 6
FX 7
FX 8
(dB)
PHRASE
PAD PLAY
PHRASE
SEQ
IN 17-24
AUX MST
SOLO
MUTE
TR 1-16
TR 17-24
MASTER
EDIT
V.FADER
FADER buttons
FX RTN
FADER
MASTER
(dB)
6
6
4
R
4
0
0
4
4
8
8
12
12
18
18
24
24
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Switching Between Input, Track, Aux and FX Channels
Press a FADER button to turn the 16 physical channel strips into the group of channel
controls you want:
Press...
Channel Strips 1-16 control:
Press...
IN 17-24
IN 1-16
Input Channels 1-16
AUX MST
MUTE
SOLO
TR 1-16
TR 17-24
Track Channels 1-16
MASTER
EDIT
FX RTN
V.FADER
...and Channel Strips 1-16 control:
Input Channels 17-24
and Aux Master Channels 1-8
Track Channels 17-24
and FX Return Channels 1-8
When you change what the channel strips control, the channel faders move into
position for the group of channels you’ve selected.
If you ever get confused about what the channel strips are controlling, just look at the
four FADER buttons—they’ll tell you at a glance what they’re up to.
Setting Channel Unity Gain and Panning
The VS-2480 provides a quick shortcut for setting a channel’s fader to 0dB and its stereo
pan to its center position.
Before adjusting an input channel’s SENS knob when setting input levels, you’ll want
to start by setting the input channel’s fader to its unity gain, 0dB setting.
To Reset a Channel’s Fader and Pan
1.
2.
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Press the FADER (see above) button that activates channel strip control of the
group of channels containing the one you want to reset.
While holding down CLEAR, press the desired channel’s CH EDIT button.
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Removing Input Signals from the MASTER Mix
When you create a new project, the VS-2480’s input and track channels are routed into
the main mix to help ensure that you can easily hear input or track signals. However,
during recording, it’s a good idea to listen only to your tracks so that you can hear
what’s actually being recorded. Since you’ll likely be listening to the MASTER mix bus
as you record, here’s how to remove an input channel’s signal from the MASTER mix:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press the desired IN 1-16•SOLO or IN 17-24/AUX MST•MUTE FADER button to
select the group of channels containing the one you want to remove from the mix.
Press the desired input channel’s CH Edit button—the input channel’s CH EDIT
parameters appear.
Press ", #, $ and/or % to highlight MIX=On.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to set MIX to Off.
Configuring Aux Sends
Each VS-2480 Aux send bus can be set to receive channel signals either before their
faders (“pre”) or after their faders (“post”). You can configure an Aux bus from:
•
•
a MASTER EDIT screen—allowing you to set up all of your Aux busses at once
a Channel View screen—letting you quickly configure the Aux bus as you set other
channel parameters
You can also use the following instructions to link odd/even pairs of aux busses by
activating the selected Aux bus’s LINK or BUS LINK parameter.
Configuring an Aux Send from a MASTER EDIT Screen
1.
2.
3.
While holding down SHIFT, press TR 1-16•MASTER EDIT.
Press " or # to select the desired Aux bus’s Pre/Pst setting.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select Pre or Pst (for “Post”).
Configuring an Aux Send from a Channel View Screen
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
If you’re not already on the Channel View screen for the input or track channel
you’re working with, press the channel’s CH EDIT button. If VIEW or CH. V
appears above F6, press F6.
Use ", #, $ and/or % to select the desired Aux bus send.
Press ENTER/YES—a dialog appears.
Press " or #, if necessary, to select the POSITION parameter.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select Pre or Pst (for “Post”) as desired.
Adding Effects to a Headphone Mix
When you’ve created a headphone mix using an Aux bus, it’s easy to add an effect to
any of the signals in the headphone mix. Send each channel’s signal to the effect as
desired. The following steps describe how to route the effect to the Aux bus:
1.
Press TR-17-24•FX RTN to select the group of channels that includes the eight FX
returns.
The eight FX channels correspond to the eight effects you’ll have in your VS-2480
with three additional VS8F-2 effect boards installed. (As shipped from the factory,
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
only Effect 1 and 2 are available.) By default, FX 1 controls the return from Effect 1,
FX 2 controls Effect 2’s and so on.
Press the CH EDIT button for the FX channel that corresponds to an effect you want to
send to the headphone mix. The FX channel parameters appear.
Use ", #, $ and/or %, if necessary, to select the On/Off switch for the send to the Aux
bus you’re using for your headphone mix.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to turn the Aux send on.
Press % to select the send level.
Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to set the amount of the effect to be sent to the
headphone mix.
If you’re using a linked pair of Aux busses for a stereo headphone feed, you can still
send the effect to the headphones using the method described above.
You can send one effect into another using the Aux send controls on this screen.
You can also set the send level using the PAN/AUX SEND 1-8 knobs—see “Sending
Channel Signals to an Aux Bus” on Page 19. (You’ll still, however, need to activate the
Aux send on this screen.)
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