Read the Sound Devices 744T User's Guide

Read the Sound Devices 744T User's Guide
744T
High Resolution Digital Audio Recorder with Time Code
User Guide and Technical Information
firmware rev. 2.10
1.8" HDD
2.5" HDD
Sound Devices, LLC
300 Wengel Drive • Reedsburg, WI • USA
+1 (608) 524-0625 • fax: +1 (608) 524-0655
Toll-Free: (800) 505-0625
www.sounddevices.com
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Table of Contents
Quick Start Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Powering the Unit
Menu Navigation Basics
Connecting Audio Sources
Routing Inputs to Tracks
Selecting Recording Parameters and File Destination
Time Code Setup
Recording
Playback
FireWire File Transfer to Computer
Front Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Panel Lock
LCD Display Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Left Panel Connectors and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Right Panel Connectors and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Back Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Input Setup and Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Input Source Selection
Analog Inputs 1 and 2
Input Linking (Stereo or MS Decoding)
Analog Inputs 3 & 4
Digital Inputs – AES3
Digital Inputs – AES3id (S/PDIF)
Signal Presence and Peak Indicator
Input Delay
Input-to-Track Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Routing
Selective Input Muting
Sampling Rate and Bit Depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Sampling Rate
Bit Depths
Word Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Clock Master
Clock Slave
Multi-Unit Linking Via C. Link
Outputs – Analog and Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Master Output Bus
Output Bus 2
Headphone Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Selecting Headphone Sources
Setting Headphone Source Options
MS Stereo Monitoring
SoundField B-Format Surround Monitoring
Rotary Switch Behavior
Headphone Favorite Selection
Headphone Playback Mode
Headphone Warning Tones
Metering and Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Output Meter
Meter Ballistics
Peak LEDs
Tone Oscillator
LCD Contrast & Backlight, LED Brightness
Record Indication
Time Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Frame Rate
48048-F Sampling Rate Mode
Time Code Modes
Jam Menu
User Bits
NTSC Standard Def Video Production
Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Recording
Pre-Record Buffer
Failure During Recording
Display Options
Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
AutoPlay
Audio File Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
.WAV
iXML
MP3 Files
File Naming / Numbering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Scene Name/Numbering
Mono Track Name Designators
Duplicate File Names
File Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Folder Actions
File Viewer Navigation
File Viewer Screen
File Time and Date
File Size Maximum
Flag (Archive) Bits
File Copying Among Available Drives
File Deletion
False Take Control
Emptying the Trash and False Take Folders
Take Number Incrementing
Take List
Storage Medium – Internal Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Formatting
Media Repair Utility
Drive Type
Drive Replacement
Drive Failure
Storage Medium – Removable Compact Flash . . . . . . 47
When to Use CF
Formatting
Speed Testing
CF Media Repair
Qualified CF Cards
Storage Medium – External FireWire Drives . . . . . . . . 48
When to Use External FireWire Drives
Formatting
FireWire Bus Powering
Qualified Drives
DVD-RAM Drives
File Transfer Using FireWire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Powering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
External Powering and Battery Charging
Time Code Clock Battery
Auto Functions with External Powering
Firmware Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Version Information
Upgrading Firmware
Setup Menu Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Built-In Presets
User Setup Data File
Setup Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Connector Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Power Consumption Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Recording Time Calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Uncompressed Recording Time in Track-Hours
MP3 Compressed Record Time in Hours
Front Panel Button Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Setup Menu Shortcuts
CL-1 Remote Control and Keyboard Interface . . . . . . . 71
Connecting the CL-1
Keyboard Assignments
Standard keyboard shortcuts have been pre-assigned and are listed below.
Logic Inputs
Logic Outputs
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Warranty and Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
CE Declaration of Conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Software License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
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744T User Guide and Technical Information
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing the 744T. The ultra-compact 744T records and plays back audio to and
from its internal hard drive, Compact Flash, or external drives, making field recording simple and
fast. It writes and reads uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sampling rates between 32
kHz and 192 kHz. Compressed (MP3) audio playback is also supported. The time code implementation makes the 744T ready for any recording job—from over-the-shoulder to cart-based production.
The 744T implements a no-compromise audio path that includes Sound Devices’ next generation
microphone preamplifiers. Designed specifically for high bandwidth, high bit rate digital recording,
these preamps set a new standard for frequency response linearity, low distortion performance, and
low noise.
With documentary and ENG mixing engineers in mind, the 744T is very small, while still being feature-rich. No other recorder on the market matches its size and feature set. In addition, its learning
curve is quite short—powerful does not mean complicated. While the 744T is a very capable recorder
by itself, it truly excels when used in conjunction with an outboard audio mixer such as Sound
Devices’ own 442 or 302.
Sound Devices took advantage of the best in professional and consumer electronics technologies to
bring incredible feature depth with ease of use. Hard drive and Compact Flash are highly reliable,
industry standard, and easily obtainable. With the ability to write to an external drive, a low-cost,
portable medium can be turned in to post production. The removable, rechargeable battery is a
standard Sony-compatible Li-ion camcorder cell. The 744T interconnects with Windows and Mac OS
computers for convenient data transfer and backup.
Copyright Notice and Release
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means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the expressed written permission of SOUND DEVICES,
LLC. SOUND DEVICES is not responsible for any use of this information.
SOUND DEVICES, LLC shall not be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses
incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or
alterations to this product, or failure to strictly comply with SOUND DEVICES, LLC’s operating and installation instructions.
Microsoft Windows is registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Other
product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
The sound waves logo is a registered trademark of Sound Devices, LLC.
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Quick Start Guide
The 744T is an extremely powerful and flexible portable audio recorder. Before recording, please
familiarize yourself with the product. Several settings should be verified or set based on individual
recording needs.
Powering the Unit
1.
Apply power to the unit by attaching the (included) removable, rechargeable Li-ion (lithium ion) battery to the back panel battery mount. The metal tabs on the mount line up with the electrical contacts
on the battery. From the factory, the battery may not have a charge, so external DC may be needed for
initial operation and charging. Connect the included AC-to-DC power adapter to the DC input plug to
power and charge the battery.
2.
Press and hold the power key to turn on the unit. Press and hold the power key to turn off the unit.
If this is the first time the recorder has been powered, or if it has been without a battery for an extended period, the date and time may need to be set.
Charge the included Li-ion battery for 6 hours prior to initial use.
Menu Navigation Basics
The setup menu provides options for recording, routing, and control parameters. The single layer
menu structure allows for very quick navigation and selection of functions. To enter the setup menu
key. Once in the setup menu, the following conventions are shared for
press the front panel
navigating among selections and to select specific parameters.
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- enters setup menu
❯ITEM❮ - highlighted menu item
✔ - selects highlighted item or parameter
- moves up in menu and between menu parameters
- moves down in menu and between menu parameters
✘ - exits the selected menu or menu altogether
The
stop key will exit from any menu and cancel any changes. Use it to escape out of the
setup menus.
The right panel Rotary Switch (labeled “Select”) is a convenient control to quickly navigate among
menu items and item options. Its push-to-select function duplicates the check mark in most menus.
Connecting Audio Sources
1.
Connect audio sources, either analog or digital, to the appropriate input connector.
2.
When using either input XLR, set the appropriate input level—mic, line, or digital—with the adjacent
slide switch.
3.
If mic-level inputs are used on XLR input 1 or XLR input 2, make certain that phantom power, input
limiters, and high-pass filters are activated as required.
4.
When using inputs 3 or 4, set gain levels in the setup menu.
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Routing Inputs to Tracks
Before recording, inputs must be assigned to tracks. Each of the 744T’s four inputs (1, 2, 3, 4) can be
assigned to any of the four tracks (A, B, C, D). These 256 possible routing combinations are shown on
the front panel with 16 blue LEDs. Illuminated LEDs indicate input-to-track assignment.
1.
Press and hold the
STOP key then press the
INPUT key to cycle through factory routing presets. The 744T has six often-used presets for quick setup of input-to-track routing combinations. Note
the routing combinations on the blue LEDs with each successive press.
2.
If none of the preset routing combinations are suitable, assign a custom routing. Sequential presses of
input key will eventually cycle to the custom routing option (see Input to Track Routing, pg. 18).
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From the custom input routing menu any input can be assigned to any track, including multiple inputs
assigned to a single track.
3.
Press EXIT to leave input routing mode.
If no input is assigned to a track the 744T will not record.
Selecting Recording Parameters and File Destination
For most productions, the general recording parameters of bit depth, sampling rate, media selection,
and file format are infrequently changed. Enter the setup menu to verify recording settings. Bit depth
and sampling rate are displayed on the LCD panel.
1.
Select the bit depth as needed.
2.
Set the sampling rate as needed.
3.
Select the file format for recorded files.
4.
Select the storage medium(s) (Internal hard drive, Compact Flash, External drive, or combinations of
drives) for recording.
Time Code Setup
When using a time code workflow, proper time code setup is essential for accuracy. Skip this section
if time code is not being used.
1.
Select a time code frame rate appropriate for your project. For film production, typical the time code
rates are 30 fps non-drop (US) or 25 fps (EU). For standard definition video projects, use either 29.97 or
29.97 non-drop. For high-definition projects, use either 23.976 or 29.97.
2.
Select the time code run mode: free run, record run, 24 hr. run, or one of the external run modes.
3.
Use the 744T as the master clock source and jam time code to all other recording devices. This will
assure that every device is using the same time reference. (See Time Code for additional information on
time code setup).
Recording
With file parameters set, you are ready to begin recording. The 744T is a record-priority device—
pressing the record key cancels all functions, except file-based operations, and immediately begins
recording a new file. When record is pressed, the red record LED illuminates to confirm record
mode. The filename on the LCD display shows the currently recorded file. Push and hold the
STOP key to end recording.
Playback
When recording is stopped, the most recently recorded file is immediately available for playback.
Press the
key to begin file playback from the beginning of the file.
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To select a file for playback:
1.
Press and hold the File Viewer key
to select a drive and folder (directory) for playback. The last
file recorded is the default file ready for playback. The default playback source is the storage volume
highlighted on the LCD display.
2.
Use the Rotary Switch, or the arrow soft-keys, to navigate through the File Viewer.
3.
Once a file is highlighted, press the
play key to begin playback.
When playback has finished, the filename will begin flashing. Use the
fast-forward key or
rewind key to step through files in the folder, or press the
stop key to exit playback mode.
FireWire File Transfer to Computer
Sound Devices strongly recommends shutting down equipment before connecting to or from any
FireWire device with a connection that carries power (6-pin). Reports have come to our attention of
isolated problems when hot-plugging IEEE 1394 (FireWire) devices. (Hot-plugging refers to making connections when one or more of the devices—including the computer—is on.) When hot-plugging, there are
rare occurrences where either the FireWire device or the FireWire port on the host computer is rendered
permanently inoperable. From our experience, any FireWire connection which carries power is susceptible
to this type of damage.
When connected via FireWire (IEEE-1394a) to a Mac OS or Windows OS computer (see Specifications
for computer requirements), the internal hard drive and CF card mount onto a computer as “letter”
accessible mass storage volume. Use the appropriate FireWire cable (6-pin to 4-pin or 6-pin to 6-pin)
for interconnection. Files on the 744T can be treated as if they are local files, including renaming files,
copying, deleting and playing directly from the 744T hard drive.
In general, it is good practice to copy audio files from the 744T to a computer before any processing is
performed on the files.
To connect the 744T for FireWire computer transfer:
1.
Stop all playback and recording activity.
2.
Make certain the 744T battery is fully charged, or connect to external DC.
3.
Connect the 744T to the host computer with a FireWire cable.
4.
Initiate connection the computer by hitting the STOP then the HDD key (or go to the FireWire Connect menu item). The 744T will enter FireWire transfer, indicated by FIREWIRE CONNECTION on the
LCD display. All functions of the 744T are stopped while the 744T is connected to a computer through
FireWire.
5.
Navigate to either the CF card or hard drive from the computer and copy all needed audio files to local
storage on the computer.
To avoid any possible directory corruption on the 744T do not interrupt the connection process and
always properly dismount the drives from the operating system. On Mac OS platforms, drag the drive
icons to the trash. On Windows platforms, use the “Disconnect External Media” icon in the system tray.
Dismount the 744T after file transfer by “ejecting” the volume from the computer. In Mac OS, drag
the disk icon from the desktop to the trash or hit -e. In Windows OS, highlight the disk icon, rightclick, and select “eject”. It is best practice to “eject” the 744T volume from the computer to maintain
file integrity (see FireWire File Transfer).
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Front Panel Descriptions
All 744T settings can be accessed and monitored through the front panel LCD and navigation keys.
This allows the unit to be placed in a production bag along with field mixers and wireless transmitters and receivers.
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Digital Input LEDs
Indicates the presence of digital signal
on the respective input. When flashing,
indicates that digital input is selected
but no valid digital clock signal is present.
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LCD Display
Tone Oscillator
Input-to-Track Matrix LEDs
Blue LEDs indicate inputs (1, 2, 3, 4)
enabled for recording to tracks (A, B, C,
D). A solid blue LED indicates an input
is routed to a track. A flashing LED during “custom” routing mode shows the
selected input/track combination.
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INPUT Select Key
Pressing the INPUT key brings up the
input muting and routing menu. Hold
down the INPUT key and press one
of the four indicated soft keys to mute
inputs. Pressing the STOP key and the
INPUT select key cycles through the
six factory preset input-to-track routing
combinations plus the custom routing
menu. In the custom routing menu any
input can be routed to any track. See
Input-to-Track Routing, page 18.
Input 2 Gain
MENU Key
Used to access all 744T setup menu
selections. When in menu mode, used to
move up through the menu selections.
Pressing the HDD and MENU keys
simultaneously brings up the time code
jam menu.
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Tone frequency, tone level, and routing
are controlled in the setup menu. Press
and hold to activate the tone oscillator.
Controls input 2 gain, as in #2 above.
When inputs are linked as a stereo pair,
Input 2 Gain controls left-to-right balance.
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Primary display of 744T status. The
LCD is backlit using the LCD backlight
control (#15).
Input 1 Gain
Controls the analog gain (input trim) of
the channel 1 input. Normal mic input
range is from 25 dB to 70 dB, low gain
mic range is from 10 dB to 55 dB, line
input range is from −6 dB to 18 dB. For
line-level inputs, this control can be
defeated and gain can be setup menucontrolled. If the LCD display shows
“locked” when the pot is turned, gain
control of the line-level input is menucontrolled. When inputs are linked as
a stereo pair, Input 1 Gain controls the
gain of both inputs.
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Level Meter LEDs
Four, 19-segment track level-meters indicate level in dBFS. Metering ballistics
are selected in the setup menu.
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Power Key
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Press and hold to power up the 744T.
Press and hold to power down.
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Performs fast-forward (FF) scrubbing
through the played file when pressed in
playback and play-pause mode. Playpause indicated by flashing A-time on
LCD. Fast forward rate increases the longer the key is held. In play-stop mode
(indicated by flashing filename on LCD)
selects the next file in the record folder
(either daily folder or main folder).
Charge LED
Indicates the charge status of the onboard battery charger. LED flashes when
external power is connected and the removable battery is charging; illuminates
solid when battery is fully charged.
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Power LED
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Indicates the 744T is powered and available for operation. LED flashes when the
removable battery or external DC is in a
low-voltage state.
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Record Key
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LCD Backlight Key
Press to toggle LCD and keyboard
backlighting. Hold the key and turn the
Rotary Switch to adjust the brightness of
LEDs. In menu mode, functions as the
cancel key.
Rewind Key
Performs reverse (REW) scrubbing
through the played file when pressed in
playback and play-pause mode. Playpause indicated by flashing A-time on
LCD. Reverse playback rate increases
the longer the key is held. In play-stop
mode (indicated by flashing filename
on LCD) selects the previous file in the
record folder (either daily folder or main
folder).
Stop/Pause Key
Press and hold this key for 150 ms to
stop recording. In playback mode, a single press pauses playback (play-pause),
allowing audio scrubbing with the FF
and REW keys. Another press of the key
enters play-stop mode where the FF and
REW keys select files for playback from
the current directory. One more press
of the key exits playback mode. In the
setup menu the stop key is also used
to exit from any menu, returning to the
main display.
Play Key
Plays back the file displayed in the LCD.
If pressed immediately after recording is
stopped, the most recently recorded file
is played back.
Press to record. The 744T is a recordpriority device; pressing this key starts
recording and discontinues all other
functions, except file operations. Pressing key during recording can set a cue
marker or start a new file, as selected in
the setup menu.
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Fast-Forward Key
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HDD (File Viewer) Key
Press to enter the File Viewer. The
selected medium shown in white type
will be the destination when the button is pressed. Press-and-hold to toggle
between available media. If only one
media is present, press-and-hold is
disabled. Pressing simultaneously with
MENU opens the time code jam menu.
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Headphone Output Peak LED
Indicates overload of the headphone
amplifier. When lit, the headphone circuit is overloading. Reduce headphone
level.
21)
LIM LED
Indicates that the microphone input
limiters are engaged. This LED does not
show input limiting activity (see descriptor #27, Microphone Input Limiter LEDs).
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Link LED
Indicates that channels 1 and 2 are
linked as a stereo pair. In link mode input 1 potentiometer controls gain, input
2 potentiometer controls left-to-right
balance. Inputs can be linked as either a
stereo L/R pair or as a a Mid-Side (MS)
pair.
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High-Pass Filter LEDs
Indicates that the high-pass (low-cut)
filter is active for the input. High-pass
only operates when the input is set to
microphone level.
Microphone Input Limiter LEDs
Illuminates orange when limiting is occurring on the microphone input. If constantly lit, the microphone input is being
hit with too “hot” of a signal. Reduce the
input sensitivity until limiting occurs
infrequently.
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Input Signal Presence LEDs
Indicates presence of analog or digital
signal and its relative level on each of
the four inputs.
Media Activity LEDs
Indicates storage media read/write
activity. IN (internal hard drive), CF
(Compact Flash), EX (external Firewire
device).
Phantom Power LEDs
Indicates that phantom power (48 volts)
is active for the individual input. Phantom can be applied to microphone or
line-level signals (menu-selected).
Media Ready LEDs
Indicates storage media is present and
available to record; IN (internal hard
drive), CF (Compact Flash), EX (external Firewire device). Flashing indicates
media problem.
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Input Peak (Overload) LED
Indicates analog signal is approaching
clipping (–3 dBFS) on each of the four
inputs. Also used to indicate that an
input is muted.
Panel Lock
Press and hold the backlight key then the tone key to bring up the front panel Button Lock Screen.
Button lock prevents unintentional changing of settings or record status. The 744T will display the
current mode the LCD screen.
select the soft buttons to
activate the appropriate
button lock mode
There are three modes:
• Unlocked – all buttons are accessible and operate normally.
• Non-Transport Lock – All front panel controls are locked except the Record, Stop, Play, Rewind and Fast Forward.
• Lock All – All front panel keys are locked except the Record key. The Record key is kept active so the user can initiate recording after entering this mode and enter cue markers. To stop
recording in this mode, you must disengage the panel lock and hit the stop key.
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LCD Display Descriptions
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Battery Level Indicator
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Shows voltage level of the removable
battery or external power sources.
External power overrides battery power
when present. Graphical bar for relative
level and numeric indicator for precise
voltage measurement.
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Time & Date Display
Alternating display between the set date
and time of the 744T. This information is
written as the creation and modification
date for generated audio files.
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Bit Depth Indicator
Shows the set record bit depth. In playback, shows the file bit depth.
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Headphone Source Display
Indicates the source for headphone output. Sources and selection order are user
selectable in the setup menus.
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Time Code Display
In stop and record, shows the time code
generated or received by the 744T. In
play mode, the display shows the play
file’s time code information (if available). If non-time code files are playing,
the display shows dashes. The time code
display can be exchanged with the Atime display via a user menu selection.
Absolute Time (A-time) Display
Shows the elapsed time of the file being recorded or played back in hours,
minutes, seconds, and tenths. The Atime and the time code display can be
exchanged if a large time code display
is needed. This display can be set to reverse or flash during recording. Flashes
in playback-pause mode.
Time Code Rate
Shows the set time code frame rate. If a
file has time code information embedded, the playback frame rate is indicated. If external time code is connected
and the external rate differs from the
rate set internally, the time code rate will
flash.
File Name Display
Shows file name actively being recorded
or played back. In playback-stop mode,
flashing file name indicates that the fastforward and rewind keys can be used to
step through files in the current playback directory.
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External Media Space Status
(space remaining/record ready)
If a drive is not attached the indicator
shows dashed lines. Bar graph indicates
amount of record time remaining on
the external FireWire volume. Numbers
show time in hours and minutes based
on the presently selected number of
record tracks, sample frequency, bit rate,
and file type.
Sample Rate Indicator
Shows the set record sampling rate. In
playback shows the file sampling rate.
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Internal Hard Drive Status
(space remaining/record ready)
note the white-on-black number option
to indicate recording (menu-selectable)
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Compact Flash Status
(space remaining/record ready)
Bar graph indicates amount of record
time remaining on the Compact Flash
media. Numbers show time in hours
and minutes based on the presently selected number of record tracks, sample
frequency, bit rate, and file type.
For all three media types, an asterisk in front
of the media descriptor indicates that the media is selected for record. Highlighted media
descriptor indicates media selected for record
monitoring, playback or file directory display.
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Input 1/2 Level
When input 1 or 2 gain is turned this
indicates the gain level in dB for inputs
1 and 2. Normal mic input gain range is
from 26 dB to 70 dB, low gain mic range
is from 10 dB to 50 dB, line input range
is from −6 dB to 18 dB. “Locked” will
be displayed on the LCD when the pot
is turned with digital inputs selected or
with line inputs set to menu control.
Bar graph indicates amount of record
time remaining on the internal hard
drive. Numbers show time in hours and
minutes based on the presently selected
of number of record tracks, sample frequency, bit rate, and file type.
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14)
Cue Marker Display
In record mode, indicates when cue
markers are set. Markers set by pressing
the record key (option must be selected
in setup menu). In playback mode, displays cue points numerically as they are
reached in a file.
15)
External Digital Clock Indicator
The 744T is locked to a valid external
digital or word clock source for recording when the L is in the display.
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Left Panel Connectors and Controls
3
1
1)
4
2
XLR Input 1/AES3 Input 1&2
5
8
5)
Dual function input connection. Input
type set with switch above. Active-balanced analog microphone- or line-level
input for input 1. Transformer-balanced
two-channel AES3 input (1 and 2).
2)
XLR Input 2/AES3 Input 3&4
Mic-Line-AES3 Input Switch
6)
TA3 Channel 3&4 Line Inputs
Active-balanced line-level input connectors. Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3 (−).
TA3 Master (L/R) Analog Outputs
Headphone Output
3.5 mm TRS stereo headphone connector. Can drive headphones from 8 to
1000 ohm impedances to very high levels. Tip-left, ring-right, sleeve-ground.
7)
Headphone Volume
Adjusts the headphone volume. NOTE:
the 744T is capable of producing eardamaging levels in headphones.
Selects the input level and mode of the
associated XLR input connector.
4)
7
Active-balanced, line-level analog L/R
outputs for the Master Output Bus. Program source and attenuation level are
user selectable. Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+),
pin-3 (–).
Dual function input connection. Input
type set with switch above. Active-balanced analog microphone- or line-level
input for input 2. Transformer-balanced
two-channel AES3 input (3 and 4).
3)
6
8)
Tape Output
Unbalanced tape (–10 dBV nominal)
output on 3.5 mm TRS stereo connector.
Signal source is identical to the Master
Output Bus. Tip-left, ring-right, sleeveground.
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Right Panel Connectors and Controls
1
2
9
1)
8
Time Code Multi-Pin
3
4
7
6
6)
Time code input and output on 5-pin
LEMO® connector.
2)
3)
4)
C. Link In/Out
RS-232 protocol interface on 6-pin
modular (“RJ-12”) connector for linking multiple 722 and 744T recorders
together. Word clock, machine transport,
and time code are carried on the C. Link
connector.
5)
7)
AES3id Output Bus 2
Unbalanced digital output, two-channel,
for Output Bus 2. Signal source is menuselected.
FireWire (IEEE-1394) Port
Connection to a computer (Mac OS,
Windows 2k/XP, Linux) to access the
internal hard drive and Compact Flash
volumes as mass storage devices. Also
used to attach external FAT32-formatted
FireWire drives to the 744T for direct
recording and copying.
Word Clock Input and Out
Provides clock input and output for the
744T. Word input accepts sampling rates
between 32 kHz and 192 kHz. Word
clock output is the rate that box is running. There is no sample rate conversion
onboard the 744T.
AES3id Inputs 1/2 and 3/4
Unbalanced digital input accepta two
channel AES3 (or S/PDIF) on BNC connectors. Supports sample rates up to 200
kHz.
5
8)
AES3id Master Output Bus
Unbalanced digital output, two-channel,
for the Master Output Bus. Signal source
is menu-selected and is identical to the
Analog Master Output Bus signal.
9)
Multi-Function Rotary Switch
When in the setup menu, the rotary
switch moves between menu selections;
push to enter selection or enter data.
In record and playback modes, selects
headphone monitor source; push action
is user selectable.
External DC In
Accepts sources of 10–18 volts DC for
unit powering and removable Li-ion
battery charging. The Hirose 4-pin connector is wired pin-1 negative (−), pin-4
positive (+). Pin-2 (−) and pin-3 (+) are
used to charge the removable Li-ion
battery. DC ground at both pins-2 and
3 is at the same potential as chassis and
signal ground.
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Back Panel Descriptions
1
1)
2
Security Slot
Compatible with the Kensington® Security Slot specification. Useful for securing the recorder to a fixed object with a
compatible computer lock.
2)
Compact Flash Slot
3
3)
Battery Mount
Accepts Sony® InfoLithium L- or MSeries batteries. Also accepts batteries
conforming to this mount. Numerous
capacities, from 1500 mAh to 7000 mAh
are available.
Accepts Compact Flash medium with
the label-side up. Compatible with Type
I, Type II, and MicroDrives.
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Input Setup and Control
The 744T has four inputs and four record tracks. Inputs can be analog or digital sources. Analog
inputs 1 and 2 use XLR connectors; inputs 3 and 4 use TA3 connections. Digital inputs can be either
AES3 (balanced at the XLR) or AES3id (on BNC) inputs.
One analog pair and one digital pair can be used simultaneously.
Input Source Selection
Input sources are selected in pairs, 1, 2 and 3, 4. Each input pair (1, 2 and 3, 4) accepts analog or
digital audio. The input signal type is selected using slide switch above the XLR input connector. The
setup menu has additional input control.
Manually selecting the audio source is used to force the inputs to analog while using an AES3 or
AES3id input to lock the 744T to an external sampling rate.
Digital sources connected to AES3id BNC inputs override analog signals on the corresponding XLR input. The BNC input signal type is set in the menu settings INPUT 1,2: SOURCE and
INPUT 3,4:SOURCE. For most situations the appropriate setting is auto select—the 744T will choose
the input type based on signal present.
The 744T is capable of off-speed sampling rates when clocked from either external digital inputs or
the word clock input.
Input sources can be set to “disabled (power save)”. This option shuts down all circuitry associated with an input pair to reduce power draw and extend battery runtime. When an input pair is
disabled, the digital input LEDs associated with the pair will slowly flash. In playback-only applications, both input pairs can be shut down to maximize power-efficiency and battery runtime.
Analog Inputs 1 and 2
Analog inputs 1 and 2, on XLR connectors, are the primary connections into the recorder. These
inputs accept balanced or unbalanced mic- or line-level inputs. When at mic-level, gain is controlled
by the front panel potentiometers. Gain for the line level inputs can be controlled by the front panel
potentiometers or menu settings. Line input gain is controlled in 0.1 dB steps.
A digital input present on the BNC inputs will override an analog signal present on the XLR inputs unless the input source is set to analog in the setup menu.
In the setup menu, the following functions can be controlled for analog inputs 1 and 2:
Phantom Power
Phantom power (48 volts) can be activated for inputs 1 and 2. When active, phantom is indicated by
front panel LEDs (
).
Phantom power is available for both mic- and line-level inputs. Using line-level inputs with microphones
is useful in high SPL environments such as concert recording. Make certain to turn off phantom power
with line level output devices susceptible to damage from DC.
Shortcut: To toggle phantom power without entering the menus, press and hold the tone key then
press the menu key for channel 1. Channel 2 phantom can be toggled by pressing the tone key then
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pressing the HDD key. If the inputs are in line level mode, phantom power will not activate from the
shortcut keys and must be activated from the menus. Phantom power is linked when the inputs are
linked. (See Input Linking)
Input Limiters (mic-level only)
Microphone inputs 1 and 2 each have a limiter circuit designed to prevent input overload. In normal operation, with proper gain settings, the limiters should rarely engage. When activated, these
limiters will prevent unusually high input signal levels from clipping the analog input stage of
the preamp. The front panel LIM LED (
) shows that the limiter is engaged. Limiter activity is
indicated by additional front panel LEDs, one for each input channel (
). The input limiters are
active only with mic-level inputs. The limiters are engaged by (factory) default.
When limiters are engaged, audio on channels 1 and 2 is limited to −6 dBFS.
Microphone Level Control
Microphone gain is controlled by the front panel recessed knobs. The gain control adjusts an analog
gain stage and functions similarly to the input trim on a mixing console or stand-alone microphone
preamplifier. Gain is controllable over two ranges, normal and low.
Gain Range (microphone-level only)
The microphone inputs operate in two gain ranges, normal and low. The normal range controls input
gain from 25 dB to 70 dB of gain. The low range controls input gain from 10 dB to 55 dB. The low
range is useful for high SPL recording environments.
High-Pass Filters (microphone-level only)
The high pass filters on the microphone inputs use a combination of analog and digital filters to reduce sensitivity to low frequency signals. When the high-pass is engaged on an input, its front-panel
LED illuminates to indicate it is active (
). The first pole of the high-pass circuit is an analog filter
at 40 Hz, 6 dB per octave and is part of the microphone preamplifier circuit. Additional poles of
high-pass filtering are done in DSP.
Several frequency and slope combinations are selectable, including corner frequencies of 40, 80, 160,
or 240 Hz, and filter slopes of 12 dB, 18 dB, or 24 dB per octave. The high-pass is selected for each
input independently.
Shortcut: The filters can be toggled with a two-key combination. Press and hold the
LCD backlight key and press the
menu key for channel 1 high-pass. Press and hold the
LCD backlight
key and press the
HDD key to toggle channel 2 high-pass. The high pass filters are linked when
the inputs are linked. (See Input Linking)
Line-Level Gain Control
When in line-level position, the gain for inputs 1 and 2 is controlled by the front panel recessed
potentiometers or by a menu sensitivity setting. When set for front panel control in the user menu,
LINE INPUT 1: GAIN and LINE INPUT 2: GAIN controls in the user menu are lined out and not accessible.
Input Linking (Stereo or MS Decoding)
Analog inputs 1 and 2 can be linked as a stereo pair. When linked, the channel 1 front panel potentiometer controls the signal level of both inputs, and the channel 2 pot controls the left-to-right balance
of the pair. When the inputs are linked, their peak limiters are linked, as well.
When set to link as an MS pair, the inputs are decoded as MS stereo, where the gain and balance for
the pair work the same as stereo linking above. Input 1 is for Mid signal, input 2 for Side signal.
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When the inputs are linked, phantom power and the high pass filters also act as linked pairs. Engagging and disengaging phantom power or the high pass filters on input one will force the same function upon input two. Engaging or disengaging phantom power or the high pass filter on input two
causes no effect on input one.
If MS stereo linking is selected for inputs, program sent to tracks and headphones will be L/R stereo program. To record discrete M and S signals, do not link for MS, but monitor the MS signal in headphones.
Analog Inputs 3 & 4
Appearing on Switchcraft TA3 connectors, inputs 3 and 4 accept balanced or unbalanced linelevel signals. These inputs have few controls and are typically fed from the output of a mixer or
preamplifier.
Gain (sensitivity) for inputs 3 & 4 is controlled in the setup menu. Gain resolution is in 0.1 dB
increments.
Analog Line Input Sensitivity
Input level sensitivity for the line-level inputs is adjustable, in 0.1 dB steps, from –6 dBu to +18 dBu.
While adjusting the input sensitivity, the meters will show the relative signal level present on each
input on the meters.
While channel 1 and 2 levels can be controlled by either the menu settings or the front panel pots,
channels 3 and 4 are adjusted only in the setup menu.
Digital Inputs – AES3
The 744T accepts AES3 (AES/EBU) balanced digital at the XLR connectors. Digital inputs are in
pairs—AES3 signals on XLR-1 appear at inputs 1 and 2, AES3 signals input to XLR-2 appear at inputs 3 and 4. To use the AES3 inputs, the input mode-select switch must be set to AES/EBU.
The front panel digital input LEDs will illuminate when digital input is selected for the indicated track(s). If the LED is flashing, digital input is selected but a no valid digital clock is received.
Digital Inputs – AES3id (S/PDIF)
The 744T accepts AES3id and S/PDIF unbalanced digital signals at the BNC connectors. The 744T
will auto detect the type of digital signal and adjust accordingly. Input signals are in pairs, signals on
BNC 1 appear at inputs 1 and 2, signals on BNC 2 appear at inputs 3 and 4.
AES3id inputs override analog signals present at the XLR inputs. To input analog audio while using
the AES3id signal as a digital clock source, you must select analog in the input source menu selection
for the appropriate inputs.
When a digital signal is present, the 744T will lock its sampling rate to the source frequency. This is
indicated by a highlighted block on the main LCD display to the right of the bit depth and sampling rate indicators. Recording bit depth is not affected by the external digital source.
If you are locking the 744T to an external digital signal, be certain the source is stable. Loss of the
digital signal will cause the 744T to revert to its internally set sampling rate, even while recording.
The portion of the file recorded after the loss of signal may not play back properly. Once recording
has begun, unused digital inputs are muted, digital signals that appear on them after the record key
has been pressed will not be recorded or affect the sampling rate of the 744T.
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The 744T clocks itself to the first digital signal presented to it. If the 744T detects a digital signal on the
BNC inputs and locks to that signal, a digital signal applied to the XLR input will be ignored until the
first digital signal is removed.
Signal Presence and Peak Indicator
The four signal presence and peak indicators show audio activity before input-to-track
routing. Input signal presence LED’s illuminate when a –50 dBFS or greater signal is present. Input
signal peak LEDs illuminate when signal levels reach –3 dBFS or greater.
Input Delay
A digital delay is selectable on each channel of the 744T. Delay time per input in one microsecond
(µS) steps. 1,000 microseconds equals 1 millisecond (ms). The Rotary Switch and menu arrows are
accelerated. The more you press or spin, the faster the time setting will increase or decrease. Delay is
not set until the Rotary Switch is pressed or or the check mark is selected. The amount of delay available is dependent on the sampling frequency in use.
Sample Frequency
Maximum Amount of Delay Available (per input)
32, 44.1, 48, 48.048 kHz
30,000 µS
88.2, 96, 96.096 kHz
15,000 µS
176.4, 192 kHz
7,500 µS
Input delay can be useful for time aligning input signals from differing sources. For example, digital
wireless mics that have a processing delay in their outputs. In addition, all digital conversion stages
have delay.
Input-to-Track Routing
The 744T uses a flexible routing scheme to assign inputs and tracks for recording. The input matrix
allows any input to be routed to any recording track. Multiple inputs can be routed to a single track
to create mono-mixed recordings.
The 4-by-4 blue LED matrix makes it easy to view the set routing. A solid blue LED indicates an
input is assigned to a record track.
any combination of
the four inputs can
be routed to any of
the four tracks
Pressing the
INPUT key brings up the following menu.
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Routing
Hold down the STOP key then press the
key to cycle through the six preset input-to-track routing combinations. These presets are factory set and cannot be changed. The last three preset selections are CUSTOM ROUTE options. Press the EDIT soft key to enter the custom routing menu. Custom
routing allows any input to be assigned to any record track. In the menu, highlighted input and track
combination are displayed in white text. The four inputs are shown on the left; the four record tracks
are shown on the right.
To assign custom input routings:
1.
Press the
input key until INPUT ROUTING is displayed on the LCD display.
arrow indicates highlighted input is assigned
to highlighted track
select to exit menu and
apply selected routing
selet to move up
and down menu
select to remove
input assignment
2.
Press the EDIT soft button (
3.
Using either the Rotary Switch or the up and down arrows, navigate to desired input-to-track combinations.
4.
When a chosen pairing is highlighted press either the ASSIGN soft key or the Rotary Switch to assign the
combination. Assigned tracks are noted on the screen by the addition of an arrow pointing to the record
track. The LED routing matrix will also show a flashing blue LED for the currently selected input-totrack combination.
5.
Once a track is assigned move to the next input-to-track combination desired.
6.
To remove an input-to-track combination assignment, navigate that combination and press the
UNASSIGN soft key or Rotary Switch.
7.
Exit and complete the assignment by pressing the check mark soft key.
) and scroll to the appropriate input screen.
The input routing menu will always exit to the main screen whether entered from the input key or the
menu selection.
Selective Input Muting
When the INPUT key is pressed, individual input muting is available. This feature can be used to
quickly mute microphones while maintaining their respective track assignments.
Indicates that an input is
available for routing.
No indication here shows
that an input is muted.
A solidly lit input Peak LED indicates that an input is muted.
A solid illuminated
Peak LED indicates
that an input is muted
Mono- and polyphonic files behave differently when selective muting is applied When monophonic
files are selected, files from tracks A, B, C, and D are named with the suffix “_1, _2, _3, and _4” re-
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spectively. If, for instance, track B is muted but tracks A, C, and D are still selected, the resulting files
will be named “_1, _3, and _4.” and track B will not be recorded, saving storage space.
When polyph B being a blank track. Blank tracks in polyphonic files take up the same amout of storage space as tracks that are assigned.
Sampling Rate and Bit Depth
When recording to WAV (or BWF files) the 744T generates uncompressed, PCM audio files at the
user-selected sampling rate and bit depth. The 744T LCD calculates available recording time based
on the sampling rate, bit depth, number of tracks set for recording and the selected storage media
available capacity. See the Calculating Recording Time later in this guide to estimate record time.
Sampling Rate
When a sampling rate is selected for recording, all tracks are recorded at the selected sampling
rate. Sampling rates are selected among common rates from 32 kHz to 192 kHz. Additionally, nonstandard sampling rates can be applied when the 744T is word clocked from an external source
(clock sources between 32 kHz and 192 kHz). When recording off-speed sampling rates files will be
stamped with the rate closest to an internally generated frequency.
Sampling Frequency = Available Audio Bandwidth
The sampling frequency is expressed in samples per second (in hertz) and defines the number of
times in a second that the analog audio signal has been measured. Sampling frequency determines
the audio bandwidth, or frequency response, that can be represented by the digital signal. A quick
estimate of the maximum bandwidth capable of being represented at a given sampling rate is maximum analog frequency = sampling frequency/2. Higher sampling frequencies allow for wider audio
bandwidth.
The 744T generates the following sampling rates:
•
•
•
•
•
•
32 kHz
44.1 kHz
48 kHz
48.048 kHz
48.048F -file stamped at 48 kHz
88.2 kHz
•
•
•
•
•
96 kHz
96.096 kHz
96.096F - file stamped at 96 kHz
176.4 kHz
192 kHz
See Time Code section for more information about the 48.048F and 96.096F rates.
Bit Depths
The 744T records at bit depths of either 16 or 24 bit. 24 bit recording provides greater dynamic range
and addition headroom for signal peaks relative to 16 bit recordings. 24 bit recording (versus 16 bit)
is a significant benefit for field production audio tracks.
Bit Depth = Available Dynamic Range
Bit depth defines the digital “word length” used to represent a given sample. Bit depth correlates
to the maximum dynamic range that can be represented by the digital signal. Larger bit depths
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accomodate more dynamic range. A quick estimate of maximum dynamic range capable of being
represented by a given word length is dynamic range ~= no. of bits x 6 dB. Bit depth is an exponential measure (exponent of 2), so as bit depth increases, the amount of data it represents increases
exponentially. The majority of field recording is done with 16-bit audio, therefore, each sample is represented by a digital word of 2^16 (65,536) possible values. 24-bit audio has a word length of 2^24
(16.7 million) possible values per sample.
The 744T has 24 bit analog-to-digital converters. To obtain 16 bit recording the 744T can be set to
dither 24 bit digital signals to 16 bit. The 744T uses a proprietary pseudo-random dither routine for
accurate bit rate reduction. Dither can be defeated in the user menu. Without dither, 24 bit audio is
truncated to 16 bit, meaning the least significant 8 bits are discarded.
Once a file is recorded its sampling rate and bit depth can not be changed in the recorder. The 744T
does not perform sample rate conversion or bit depth changes. File conversion must be done in another
environment, such as an audio workstation. Alternatively, a real-time analog transfer is often performed
instead of sample rate conversion.
Word Clock
A stable word clock source is essential for high quality digital audio. The 744T uses a rock-stable
time code crystal to generate its internal word clock frequencies. The 744T can clock external devices
from its word clock and accept and lock to external clock sources for recording.
The 744T disregards external clock, both AES and word clock, during playback.
Clock Master
When sending digital audio to several devices, one unit is designated as the word clock master and
the others as slaves. Generally, the device with the analog-to-digital converter is designated as the
word clock master.
The 744T can function as an A/D converter and can be used as the master word clock source. Slaved
digital devices derive their word clock timing from either their digital audio inputs, S/PDIF or AES/
EBU, or through their word clock input connection. As a word clock master the 744T generates word
clock whether or not audio is sent. If devices use separate word clock sources unpredictable behavior
wil result.
Clock Slave
When connecting digital audio sources to the 744T inputs, the recorder will derive its clock signal
from the AES (S/PDIF) stream. It will slave to the external device. If, for example, you are using a
wireless receiver with a digital output, it may not have an external word clock input, and will be the
word clock master.
If digital audio is connected to the 744T from more than one digital device, you must word clock
theses sources together, otherwise variations between the sources will render their signals unusable.
If the 744T is slaved to external word clock, be certain that the source is stable. Loss of the word clock
signal during recording can cause the 744T to revert back to its internally set sampling frequency.
If this occurs, the portion of the file recorded after the loss of word clock may not play back at the
proper speed. For reliability, we recommend you set the 744T to the same sample frequency as the
word clock source. Loss of the word clock signal in this case will most likely cause a glitch in the file,
but the file may still be usable.
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Multi-Unit Linking Via C. Link
The proprietary C. Link (control link) connection enables multiple 744T, 722, 702T, and 702 recorders to be connected for recordings requiring high track counts. C. Link also enables connection to the
CL-1 Remote Control and Keyboard Interface.
When linked, the 7-Series recorders have a master/slave relationship. When the master recorder is
put into record, the slave unit will roll as well. Multiple units can be daisy-chained together to record
nearly unlimited tracks. The C. Link protocol links carries the following data:
• word clock
• time code information (744T, 702T only)
• RS-232 machine transport data
master
unit
slave
unit
slave
unit
To link units:
1.
Connect multiple units as shown in the illustration above.
2.
Set all linked recorders to the same sampling rate, bit depth, file format, and time code frame rate (if
used). This will ensure that all files generated are compatible.
3.
If time code is being used, set slave units to External time code mode so that they will follow the master
recorder’s time code generator.
4.
Set scene names on each of the units for easy identification in post production. Take numbers should be
set to the same on all linked recorders if take numbers are reset before recording. There is no file name
synchronization with multiple unit linking.
When linked, record start and stop on slave units will not affect units “above” in the linked chain.
This makes it possible for units to get out of synchronization if a unit other than the master is set to
record or stop. Using the master unit will assure that all machines begin and end recording together.
The C. Link jack is a proprietary RS-232 port. Under no circumstances should analog or digital telephone
lines be connected to either jack. Serious damage to the recorder could result.
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Outputs – Analog and Digital
The 744T has two two-channel output buses, the Master Output Bus and Output Bus 2. Each of these
buses is assigned audio sources independently, enabling the 744T to feed multiple outputs with
unique program.
The chart below shows the audio sources available for the each channel of the Master Output Bus
and Output Bus 2 connections. The audio sources for each output bus are selected in the setup menu.
Available Output Sources
Input 1
Input 2
Input 3
Input 4
Description
Inputs are assignable for each channel of the output bus.
When inputs are selected as the source for the outputs, the state of recording or
playback activity has no effect on the output signal. This allow uninterrupted audio
at the outputs.
Track A
Track B
Track C
Track D
Input 1,2
Input 3,4
Input 1,3
Input 2,4
Input 1,2,3
Input 2,3,4
Input 1,2,3,4
Multiple inputs are summed with these selections.
Track A,B
Track C,D
Track A,C
Track B,D
Track A,B,C
Track B,C,D
Track A,B,C,D
Multiple track assignments are summed with these selections.
Master Output Bus
Audio signals routed to the Master Output Bus are sent to three output connections:
• analog line out, 2 x TA3, two-channel
• analog tape out, 3.5 mm TRS, two-channel
• digital 1, AES3id, BNC connection, two-channel
Analog Line Out L, R
The analog line outputs are active-balanced line-level signals on Switchcraft TA3M locking connectors. The output level is a nominally 0 dBu at −20 dBFS. The level of the line output can be attenuated
in the setup menu by up to 40 dB in 1 dB increments. Attenuation is done as an output pair.
Analog Tape Output
The tape output connection is stereo, unbalanced consumer output level (–10 dBV) on a TRS 3.5 mm
connector. Output attenuation affects this output level.
Digital AES3id Output
The unbalanced AES3id output is directly compatible with most S/PDIF inputs.
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The format for the AES3id output is selectable between professional AES and SPDIF. In either case
the SCMS bit is not set.
Attenuation to the Master Output Bus affects both analog and digital signals.
Output Bus 2
Just as with the Master Output Bus, Output Bus 2 can be assigned signal sources from inputs or
tracks. Sources assigned to Output Bus 2 are exclusive and do not affect the assignments to the Master Output Bus or headphone assignments. The same signal sources available for the Master Output
Bus are available for Output Bus 2 (see chart above).
Digital AES3id Output 2
Output Bus 2 appears solely on the AES3id BNC output connector. There is no analog output connections for Output Bus 2. The unbalanced AES3id output is directly compatible with most S/PDIF
inputs. The maximum output level is 0 dBFS and can be attenuated in the setup menu in 1 dB increments by 40 dB.
Headphone Output
The 744T headphone output is a flexible tool for monitoring audio in the field. The 744T allows the
user to monitor inputs, tracks, and post-record tracks in a number of combinations. MS stereo and
B-format surround decoding are also available in headphones.
The headphone output is independent of the Master Output Bus and the Output Bus 2—audio
sources can be routed to headphones independent of routing assignments to output buses.
The 744T is capable of driving headphones to extremely high sound pressure levels. Hearing experts
advise against exposure to high sound pressure levels for extended periods.
Selecting Headphone Sources
The headphone source display on the main LCD screen (
) shows the audio sources sent to
headphones. The 744T comes from the factory with several preset headphone audio source selections
available on the Rotary Switch. These selections include inputs, tracks and track monitors. Turn the
Rotary Switch to select among the available headphone monitoring sources.
Track Monitoring While Recording (Confidence Monitoring)
The 744T can monitor actual recorded audio written to the internal hard drive or CompactFlash during recording. This is commonly referred to as “confidence monitoring”. To monitor recorded tracks,
during recording select one of the track monitor modes. Because of the record buffering topology of
the 744T, a delay of up to 12 seconds can be expected before recorded audio appears at the output.
The 744T will play back recorded audio from the media highlighted on the LCD panel (see File Management and Copying for more information on selecting and highlighting storage medium).
Setting Headphone Source Options
In addition to the 10 preset headphone routings, a total of 20 available “slots” can be filled in a user
defined order. Headphone monitoring sources can be set from various combinations of inputs,
tracks, and post-record tracks, including stereo MS decoding, and SoundField B-Format surround
decoding. The order of headphone selections is user selectable. Available audio sources for headphone monitoring include:
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HP Sources
Description
Inputs 1,2
Inputs 3,4
Stereo monitoring of input pairs. Inputs 1 and 3 are assigned to left headphone output;
inputs 2 and 4 are assigned to right headphone output.
Tracks A,B
Tracks C,D
Stereo monitoring of track pairs. Tracks 1 and 3 are assigned to left headphone output;
tracks 2 and 4 are assigned to right headphone output. Upon playback, will play as track
monitor.
Monitor A,B
Monitor C,D
Stereo monitoring of playback (post-record) track pairs. Tracks 1 and 3 are assigned to left
headphone output; tracks 2 and 4 are assigned to right headphone output.
When using the recorded track monitor selection, there is a sample rate dependent
delay in the signal. At 48 kHz sampling, the delay is approximately 12 seconds. This
delay is due to the record buffering topology. Audio can not be monitored until it has
left the record buffer and written to the recording media.
Input 1, 1
Input 2, 2
Input 3, 3
Input 4, 4
Solo monitoring of selected input. This signal is sent to both sides of the headphones.
Track A, A
Track B, B
Track C, C
Track D, D
Solo monitoring of selected track. This signal is sent to both sides of the headphones.
Upon playback, will play as track monitor.
Monitor A, A
Monitor B, B
Monitor C, C
Monitor D, D
Solo monitoring of playback (post-record) track. Highlighted media is source of monitor program. This signal is sent to both sides of the headphones. When not in playback,
headphones have no program.
Inputs 1, 2 (MS)
Inputs 3, 4 (MS)
Stereo monitoring of discrete M (mid) and S (side) input pairs. Highlighted media is source
of monitor program.
Tracks A, B (MS)
Tracks C, D (MS)
Stereo monitoring of discrete M (mid) and S (side) track pairs. Highlighted media is source
of monitor program. Upon playback will function as MS track monitor.
Monitor A,B (MS)
Monitor C,D (MS)
Stereo monitoring of playback (post-record) discrete M (mid) and S (side) track pairs.
Highlighted media is source of monitor program. When not in playback, headphones have
no program.
Inputs 1+2+3+4, 1+2+3+4
Inputs 1, 2+3+4
Inputs 1+2, 1+2
Inputs 1+3, 1+3
Inputs 2+4, 2+4
Inputs 3+4, 3+4
Inputs 1+2, 3+4
Inputs 1+3, 2+4
Combinations of summed inputs appear in each ear. The first selection is summed mono
monitoring of all four inputs.
Tracks A+B+C+D, A+B+C+D Combinations of summed tracks appear in each ear. The first selection is summed mono
Tracks A, B+C+D
monitoring of all four tracks.
Tracks A+B, A+B
Tracks A+C, A+C
Tracks B+D, B+D
Tracks C+D,C+D
Tracks A+B, C+D
Tracks A+C, B+D
Inputs B-format stereo
Tracks B-format stereo
The built-in SoundField B-format decoder uses three input or record tracks to build a
left/right stereo signal for monitoring.
When tracks (A, B, C, or D) are monitored in headphones, audio assigned to the tracks is heard in headphones during recording. During playback the recorded track audio is heard in headphones.
To set the available headphone source options for headphone monitoring:
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1.
Enter the HP: MONITOR modes menu. Once you enter the Monitor Modes menu you will immediately be
in slot-1.
2.
Turn the Rotary Switch to select the source you wish to appear first in your Headphone monitor list.
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3.
Once the chosen source appears, press the Rotary Switch or the soft key ENTER (tone) key to move to
the next slot.
4.
Continue down the list to select the source for each slot in the list.
5.
Once all sources have been chosen, select DONE and press ENTER. This will exit the headphone monitor
mode setup. You can exit the selection process by pressing the stop or cancel (backlight) key at any time.
If you press (done) in the first headphone slot, the 744T will select a single option (Tracks A, B) for headphone monitoring. The 10 factory presets will be erased.
MS Stereo Monitoring
The MS stereo mode decodes discrete Mid-Side stereo signals to a left/right stereo signal for monitoring purposes. This allows for a proper stereo signal to be monitored in the field while discrete M
and S signals are recorded for later post production. For the MS decoder to operate properly, the Mid
signal is connected to either input 1 (or input 3) and the Side signal is connected to input 2 (or input
4). The amount of stereo “spread” is fixed to a 50/50 percentage from Mid to Side signal.
If MS is selected for input linking, do not use MS stereo monitoring. This would result in two MS decoders being inserted in the signal path. The resulting audio in the headphones would be the discrete M and
S signals!
SoundField B-Format Surround Monitoring
SoundField B-format is a four channel surround sound format generated by SoundField surround
microphones. The 744T can accept the four signals output from a SoundField microphone and record
each to its own track.
When recording four-channel B-format audio, the 744T headphone monitor can decode the B-format
signal into L/R stereo. The 744T contructs a stereo signal using the W, X, and Y signals of the B-format. The Z-axis signal is not used. Similar to the 744T’s MS stereo monitoring, the stereo width is
fixed for headphone monitoring.
To record and monitor B-format signals, connect signals as follows:
SoundField
W signal
X signal
Y signal
Z signal
➞ 744T
➞
➞ input 1, track A ➞
➞ input 2, track B ➞
➞ input 3, track C ➞
➞ input 4, track D ➞
Resulting File Name (for monophonic file type)
FILE _ 1.WAV
FILE _ 2.WAV
FILE _ 3.WAV
FILE _ 4.WAV
SoundField files generated in other recorders or software applications can be copied to CompactFlash or the 744T hard drive and can be played back and monitored in stereo. Make certain that
channel asignments follow the order above for proper headphone decoding. If multiple monophonic
SoundField .wav files are named using the “_W, _X, _Y, _Z” suffixes, the 744T will recognize that
these are multiple monophonic B-format files and will play them back in the proper track order.
The 744T can play back monophonic or polyphonic B-format files.
There are two B-format monitoring selections, one for inputs and one for tracks. They are listed as
INPUT B-FMT STEREO and TRACK B-FMT STEREO. For most recording and playback applications
the track monitor selection is appropriate. If the user wants to hear the inputs at all times, the input
monitor selection is appropriate.
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Rotary Switch Behavior
The action of the Rotary Switch during recording and playback is set from among the three available
options:
• Disabled: pushing the Rotary Switch has no effect.
• Selects Favorite Mode: places the headphone source into the mode selected in the HP Favorite
menu.
• Headphones to C/D meters: shows the level of the headphone output on the C/D track meters.
• Playback/Monitor Drive Select: pushing the Rotary Switch toggles between Internal Hard
Drive, CompactFlash, and External Hard Drive for playback and monitoring while recording.
Headphone Favorite Selection
If “SELECTS FAVORITE MODE” is selected from the choices above, pushing the Rotary Switch selects
the assigned “Headphone Favorite” source. This feature is helpful to quickly return to a selected
headphone monitoring selection while recording or playing. One of the available headphone selection can be selected as the headphone favorite.
Headphone Playback Mode
A single headphone source can be set to automatically activate upon playback. All headphone monitor combinations are available for the Headphone Playback Mode, as well as “No Change”, which
makes no change to the headphone selection during playback. Headphone Playback Mode is selected in the setup menu.
Headphone Warning Tones
The 744T can generate an audible beep, or warning “bell”, in the headphones when an error has
occurred. The specific error will be reported on the LCD. The output level of the warning bell can be
selected from off or –20 to –12 dBFS in the setup menu.
Recording Start and Stop Tones
If activated from the setup menu the start of recording can be indicated audibly by a single, 440 Hz
tone sent solely to headphones. When recording is stopped, two 220 Hz tones play in headphones.
Low Battery Warning
When either the attached battery or external power supply voltage reaches their low warning levels
(6.5 V for the attached Li-ion, 11.0 V or user-selectable for external) warning tones are played in
headphones. The warning tone is a three pop note of 880 Hz every 20 seconds.
If all warning tones are turned off, no tones are sent to headphones, including low battery warning
tones.
Metering and Display
The 744T features a 76 LED (4 x 19) output meter. The DSP-controlled output meter provides a selection of ballistics and lighting intensities. In addition, separate peak indicators on input channels
show clipping activity.
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Output Meter
0 dBFS track LEDs are programmable
as peak LEDs
(0 dBFS to −20 dBFS)
The meter uses energy efficient LEDs which are viewable in full sunlight. The 744T output meter is
unaffected by shock or extremes in temperature and humidity. Meter ballistics are setup menu selectable among VU, Peak, Peak-Hold, VU + Peak and VU + PeakHold.
The meter uses a non-linear metering scale which increases meter resolution in the most important
part of the scale. From −50 to −40 dBFS, each LED segment equals approximately 10 dB. From −40 to
−12 dBFS, each segment equals 2 dB. From −12 to 0 dBFS each segment equals 4 dB.
Meter Ballistics
The output meter can be set to display any of five types of meter ballistics: VU, Peak, Peak-hold,
a combination of VU and Peak, and a combination of VU with Peak-hold. The meter ballistics are
selected in the setup menu.
VU - (Volume Units)
Ballistics correspond closely to how the human ear perceives loudness and provides a good visual
indication of how loud a signal will be. In VU mode, the attack and decay of the meter signal is
300 mS. While giving a very good visual indication of perceived loudness, VU meters gives poor
information on actual signal peaks and are virtually useless for tracking to the 744T. In VU mode, the
front panel meter labeling is in volume units.
Peak
Peak-reading ballistics correspond to actual signal maximums, but don’t necessarily correspond to
perceived signal loudness. A peak meter has a near-instantaneous attack to display maximum signal
amplitude and a slow decay to allow the user to see them. Peak metering is essential for digital recording, since signal overload can cause immediate distortion. The peak meters front panel markings
are calibrated in dBFS, decibels relative to full-scale digital signal.
Peak Hold
Essentially the same as Peak metering where the peak level indication will hold for the peak level
indication for several seconds. Peak-hold indicators are useful for metering in applications when an
overload condition is unacceptable.
Peak/VU
The meter can simultaneously display VU and Peak level information. In this mode the perceived
loudness (VU) is displayed on a bar graph, and the Peak signal on a dot above the VU. With this
combination the user gets the best of both VU and Peak metering by seeing both the “loudness” of
the signal and the peaks at the same time. Peak/VU is the factory default.
Peak Hold/VU
Similar to VU/Peak mode, this mode holds the peak level indication for several seconds before
releasing. Peak Hold indicators are useful for metering in applications when an overload condition is
unacceptable.
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Peak LEDs
input peak LEDs
input signal present LEDs
headphone peak LED
In addition to the main LED output meter, peak LEDs show input peaks, track peaks, and headphone peaks.
Input Peak
The 744T has a peak LED associated with each input. These LEDs illuminate when input signal
reaches –3 dBFS. There is no user-adjustment to the Input Peak LEDs. These LED’s also function as
indicators of input mute activity (see Input-to-Track Routing).
Track Peak
The 0 dBFS LED on each track can also function as a track peak indicator. The user can select a signal
threshold above which the 0 dB LED will flash.
Headphone Peak
Like the channel peak LEDs, the headphone circuit has an indicator for peak overload. This LED is
useful, since headphones can often overload before the recorder overloads. Monitoring without a
visual indication of headphone clipping may mislead the operator into thinking that the output or
return tracks are distorting.
Tone Oscillator
The tone oscillator level and frequency are user selectable. Reference level is adjustable over a range
of −40 to 0 dBFS. Reference tone frequency is adjustable from 100 to 10,000 Hz. Standard tone levels
vary according to the practices and needs of production and post-production, but are generally in
the –20 to −12 dBFS range.
The tone oscillator is activated by pressing the front panel
key. Tone will active only while
the tone key is pressed. Tone is routed where specified in the setup menu. Routing choices include:
outputs, outputs and tracks, tracks only, or no tone routing (disabled). When routed to tracks, all
selected record tracks will receive the tone signal. Tone can only be recorded to the head of an audio
file. To record tone, press the tone key and continue to hold it down while starting to record. Subsequent presses of the tone key are locked out to prevent tone from inadvertently being recorded.
LCD Contrast & Backlight, LED Brightness
LCD contrast is setup menu controlled. From the factory the contrast is set to 50%, suitable for most
viewing conditions. Contrast can be increased or decreased.
key toggles the LCD and key backlight. Backlighting is suitable in low or no
The front panel
ambient light situations.
LED brightness is continuously adjustable from low to high. Hold down the
key, then turn the
Rotary Controller to change brightness levels. The brightness of all LED’s is adjusted. In stealth
mode (setup menu selected) the LEDs are toggled on and off with the LCD backlight key.
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Record Indication
The position of the A-time numbers and time code numbers can be exchanged in the setup menu.
When BIG TIME CODE is selected in the menu the time code is displayed in the main numeric display. If time code is turned off A-time is shown as large numbers, even with BIG TIME CODE set.
To provide for additional visual indication that recording is in process the big numerals can be set to
reverse contrast or to flash during record. This is menu-selected.
reversed numbers indicating that recording is active
Time Code
The 744T uses time code circuitry developed by Ambient Recording GmbH, a leading developer of
stable, portable time code products (visit Ambient on the web at www.ambientaudio.com). Clock
stability and continuity are critical aspects of the 744T time code implementation. Its temperaturecontrolled (compensated) crystal oscillator ensures rock solid TC stability and accuracy (< 0.2 ppm
when tuned with an Ambient Master Controller).
The 744T holds accurate time code for up 2 hours between battery changes using its internal, rechargeable AA NiMH time code cell. After two hours without power, the 744T reverts to a less precise time-of-day crystal to maintain the date/time of the unit. This time code battery is charged from
internal or external power whenever the 744T is powered up.
If the time-of-day clock is reset during the production day or if the time code mode is changed from
24 hour run to another mode and back, the time code value will change. You must re-jam all time
code devices to ensure proper synchronization.
File-based recorders place a single time code stamp in the data header of an AES31 (Broadcast WAV)
file. The 744T generates SMPTE time code from this number and extrapolates it based on the time
code frame rate for playback.
All files generated by the 744T have time code numbers begin on the 0 frame (or 02 in DF modes). If
necessary, pre-roll is dynamically applied to accomplish this. This simplifies synchronization in post-production.
Frame Rate
A single time code frame rate is selected in the TIMECODE:FRAMERATE menu.
The 744T supports all of the common production time code rates, including:
• 23.976 – used with Sony high definition video cameras
• 24 – to sync audio to film where no transfer to NTSC video is expected
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• 25 – to sync sound to PAL video
• 29.97 – to sync sound to NTSC video shot in non-drop frame mode and Panasonic high definition cameras
• 29.97DF - to sync sound to NTSC video shot in drop frame mode
• 30 – to sync sound to film where transfer to NTSC video is expected
• 30DF – to sync sound to film for transfer to NTSC video in drop-frame mode 29.97 fps
48048-F Sampling Rate Mode
The 48.048-F mode (F stands for fake, faux, Fostex—take your pick) is a specific compatibility mode
for use with the Fostex DV40 software (1.74 and previous), Avid, Final Cut Pro, and other post-production environments that do not recognize audio files written at 48.048 kHz. In this mode files are
recorded at a 48.048 kHz sampling rate but are stamped at 48 kHz. When played, they will play back
0.1% slower than real time.
One use for the 48.048-F mode is to force a 0.1% speed reduction (pull down) of audio to match
MOS-telecined film (24 fps-to-NTSC) in non-linear edit systems, such as Avid or Final Cut Pro. Since
the file is stamped as a 48 kHz file, the edit system will play it back at 48 kHz and not at 48.048 kHz.
This “audio pull down” will match the transfered picture without the need for an intermediate step
through other software to create the pull down.
The time code frame rate (actual recording rate) is forced to 30 ND in 48.048-F mode. The front panel
of the unit will show 30 ND during recording. No other frame rate is available in 48.048-F mode.
the file is recorded at 48.048 k, 30 ND
The audio file, however, is stamped with a 29.97 ND frame rate, along the 48 kHz sampling rate. It
will appear as if the file was originally recorded at a 48 kHz sampling rate at a TC rate of 29.97 ND.
on playback, file appears at 48 k, 29.97 ND
Fostex DV40
When using files recorded in the 48.048-F mode in an older software versioned DV40, set the DV40
time code frame rate to 29.97ND. Time code stamps will properly match the original time code start
times.
Time Code Modes
The 744T includes the following time code modes:
Off
The time code generator is disabled. The front panel time code display is blank.
Free Run:
The internal time code generator runs continuously without regard to the record mode. Any time
code value can be used as the start value by “jamming value” in the jam menu.
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Record Run
The time code generator runs only when the 744T is recording. Time code in this mode defaults to
00:00:00:00 at power-up. When switching to record run from another mode, the internal generator
will stop at the last number generated. A user-defined value can be jammed into the internal generator from the jam menu.
Free Run Jam Once
The onboard time code generator will re-jam from external time code whenever a valid, running
time code signal is connected to the TC input. Similar to free run mode, the generator runs continuously without regard to record mode. For a jam to occur, the time code signal must be disconnected
and re-connected to the time code input. Free run Jam Once is useful when using the recorder as a
slave, although one of the External TC modes may be more appropriate for slaved operation.
24 Hour Run
Identical to free run with the exception that the generator will automatically jam itself from the
time-of-day clock on power-up. The generator will also re-jam if the time-of-day clock is reset. Once
jammed, the generator will run continuously from the time code clock, not the time-of-day clock.
Ext TC
The internal time code generator follows an external time code signal appearing at the time code
input. In all of the external time code modes the time code value set on the 744T appears as the recorded file’s time code rate value.
Ext TC/cont
The internal time code generator follows an external time code signal appearing at the time code input. If the external time code is removed the internal generator continues to run to preserve continuous time code. Useful for time code transmission over RF where RF “hits” may interrupt time code.
Ext TC-Auto Record
The internal time code generator follows the external time code signal appearing at the time code
input. When external code advances, the 744T enters record mode automatically. When the external
code is stopped, the 744T generator pauses and recording is stopped. This is appropriate when dualsystem sound is used with video cameras set for Rec Run time code. The video camera will function
as master time code and the recorder “transport” will follow the video camera transport.
Ext TC/cont-Auto Record
The internal time code generator follows the external time code signal appearing at the time code
input. When external code advances, the 744T enters record mode automatically. When the external
code is stopped, the 744T generator pauses and recording is stopped. If the external time code is
removed the internal generator continues to run to preserve continuous time code. Useful for time
code transmission over RF where RF “hits” may interrupt time code. This is appropriate when dualsystem sound is used with video cameras set for Rec Run time code. The video camera will function
as master time code and the recorder will follow.
In Free Run Jam Once and all four external time code modes, time code is recalculated, “back stamped,”
when external static time code advances after the 744T begins recording. If external time code does not
advance, the file will be stamped with the stopped time code number. Back stamping the file allows the
audio time code to properly correspond to picture time code if sound rolls before picture in a video Rec
Run environment.
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Jam Menu
external time code/u-bit value received by 744T
press to jam
menu
selection
current 744T timecode/u-bit value
Time code setup is done from the jam menu selection, TIMECODE JAM MENU. Pressing the
drive
key and
menu keys simultaneously quickly enters the jam menu. In this menu, the top of the display shows the value of signal present on the time code input and the bottom of the display shows
the currently set time code value. In addition, the 744T displays the frame rate of the incoming time
code and the current frame rate setting of the 744T.
The 744T time code generator can be set in three ways.
Jam RX TC
When the JAM RX TC menu item is highlighted in the jam menu, the external time code, user bits,
and frame rate are shown at the top of the LCD screen; the 744T internal generator, user bits, and
frame rate are shown at the bottom of the screen. To jam the 744T from an external value, press soft
key next to the jam button or the Rotary Switch button. The screen will display JAMMING. Once the
744T is jammed to the external time code, the external and internal numbers will match and run in
sync.
no valid time code is received
Make certain that the external time code source appears in the time code jam menu. If the 744T does
not receive valid time code from the sending source the jam menu displays lines in place of numbers.
Identical to the Ambient Recording series of time code products, the 744T time code generator can “cross
jam” differing frame rates. The 744T will cross jam time code at the top of the second for phase-accurate
(the 00 frames will match) time code at the set frame rate.
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Jam Zeros
This menu selection resets the internal generator to zero.
value to jam, or zeros
press to jam
menu selection
744T current timecode value
Jam Value
Press enter (tone key) or the Rotary Switch button to jam the user-entered time code start value into
the internal generator.
Edit Value
This menu allows the user to set any valid time code value (00:00:00:00–23:59:59:29) for entry
with the jam value selection above. The initial screen of this menu shows the currently set value as
well as the current time code setting of the 744T. Press the Rotary Switch or the enter key (tone key)
to enter into edit mode. The user can set the time code numbers in pairs (hours, minutes, seconds
and frames). Once (DONE) is selected the value is available to jam into the internal generator with
the jam value selection.
A value is not jammed into the 744T time code generator until JAM VALUE is selected.
User Bits
The 744T has seven user-selectable user bit modes. Time code user bits are a portion of the time code
data which can be allocated however the user chooses. Commonly, user bits carry information such
as the date, take, sound roll, or camera roll number.
User bits are edited from the EDIT U-BIT selection in the jam menu. Press enter (tone key) or the
Rotary Switch to enter user bit edit mode. The screen will show the format and setting of the user
bits. Using the Rotary Switch or the soft-button up and down arrows, user bit digits can be edited (in
pairs). Once DONE is selected, the user bits are set. If editing is not available in the selected user bit
mode “NO USER EDITS“ will appear in the screen.
NTSC Standard Def Video Production
NTSC video uses a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second. Unfortunately, that leaves 108 frames per
hour unaccounted. To keep 29.97 time code in sync with “clock” time, the concept of “drop frame”
was devised. Two frames are dropped at the top of each minute not divisible by 10. 54 drops per
hour x 2 frames = 108 frames per hour.
To sync the 744T to a video camera, first determine if the camera is in drop frame or non-drop frame
mode. If you, the DP or the producer are unsure about what setting to use, check with post-production, if possible.
As a rough guideline, video for NTSC broadcast is drop-frame. Whether at drop or non-drop rates, make
certain all time code devices are at the same rate.
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1.
Set the 744T to either 29.97DF or 29.97 respectively.
2.
Jam the camera using a LEMO-5 to BNC adapter cable connected to the time code input on the video
camera.
3.
Switch the camera to free run time code. The 744T time code should appear in the time code display on
the camera.
4.
Disconnect the time code cable.
The camera and recorder time code should now be running in sync. Check it after roughly 5 minutes
to be certain synchronization is maintained.
Video cameras are notorious for time code instability when switched off. If the video camera must be shut
down, re-jam it when it is powered back up.
Recording
The user interface of the product has been designed similar to a “tape recorder”. Recording and playback functions are quite similar to that of tape-based machines. The flexibility of filed-based recording provides control not possible with tape-based recorders.
Recording
The largest, most easily accessed control on the 744T is its record key. Recording takes
priority over all activity except for disk formatting, disk speed tests, and file transfers. The 744T will
immediately enter record mode whenever the record key is pressed. When recording, the adjacent
red LED will illuminate to indicate that the unit is in record mode.
If no inputs are routed to tracks, recording cannot take place. Make certain that at least one record track is
assigned for recording.
While recording, the power, ff, rew, input, tone, and drive keys are disabled. Stop recording by pressing and holding the STOP key. The STOP key must be held for 150 ms or greater to end recording.
Although you can enter the setup menu during recording, menu items that affect recording are lined
out in the menu list.
During recording, subsequent presses of the record key can perform one of three setup-menu-selected actions:
• no action,
• new cue - cue markers are set within the file being written,
• new file - a new file is started with each press of the record key, the take counter is increased by
one.
When removing the CF from the 744T, always observe the amber CF activity LED. If it is lit, wait until it
goes out before removing the CF. If you remove the CF while the LED is lit, the file will be corrupted and
there is a possibility of FAT corruption as well.
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Pre-Record Buffer
To prevent missing record cues or up-cutting takes the 744T has an available pre-record (or pre-roll)
buffer. When active, pre-record begins recording at a set number of seconds PRECEEDING the record key being pressed. The amount of pre-record is sample-rate-dependent. At 48 kHz, ten seconds
of buffered audio is available. At a 96 kHz sampling rate five seconds is available. At very high rates
(192 kHz) two seconds of pre-record buffer is available.
Failure During Recording
In the event of a storage media failure the specific error will be indicated on the front panel and by
a tone in headphones. Possible causes of media failure include a hard drive in severe motion which
results in recording errors, a the Compact Flash card filling up while recording, or an external DVDRAM that can’t keep up with the chosen data rate. If more than one drive is selected for recording
the remaining drives will continue recording without failure.
Front Panel Lockout
See Panel Lock on page 8 to engage panel lock during recording.
Display Options
The position of the A-time numbers and time code numbers can be exchanged in the setup menu.
When BIG TIME CODE is selected in the menu the time code is displayed in the main numeric display. If time code is turned off A-time is shown as large numbers, even with BIG TIME CODE set.
For additional visual indication that recording is in process the large display can menu-selected for
white numbers on black number (reversed) or the display can be set to flash during recording.
reversed numbers indicating that recording is in process
Playback
The 744T has high-resolution playback circuitry and is appropriate for any reference audio application. Any file recorded by the 744T can be played back, including MP3 file playback. In addition, files
copied to the storage medium from a computer can be played back. This is useful when using the
744T as a high-resolution playback device.
The 744T plays back the last recorded audio file unless another file is selected. There are two ways to
select another file for playback. To select another file in the current record directory, push either the
FastForward or reverse key to put the 744T in to play-stop mode. The filename display will begin
flashing and the FastForward and Reverse keys are used to step through files available in the current
record directory. To select a file in an alternate directory, press the HDD key to enter the media directories. Navigate to the appropriate directory. Select the file that to play back with the Rotary Switch
and press play.
If the stop key is pressed while playing files from an alternate directory, the 744T will revert to the
current daily directory.
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AutoPlay
The 744T can be set to play back all valid audio files in a directory. Files will play back in their order
in the directory. Autoplay can be set with the following options:
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Disabled – auto playback is off
Play all – all files in the directory will play, then stop when all files have been played
Repeat one – the selected file will play back continuously until stopped by the user
Repeat all – all files in the directory will play in succession, then repeat until stopped by the
user
Audio File Formats
The 744T records audio to the industry-standard Broadcast Wave file format, either monophonic
or polyphonic. All files created by the 744T receive the .WAV file extension. The 744T will read files
with the .BWF extension.
.WAV
The 744T writes AES-31 BWF-formatted files. The audio files created by the 744T place additional
information in the file header, called the Broadcast Audio Extension data chunk. Software that does
not recognize this additional broadcast wave data chunk will simply ignore this added information.
Among the values recorded are:
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time code stamp
time code frame rate
date and time of the original recording
bit depth
sampling rate
originating machine serial number
If time code is turned off, metadata will still be written. Files will only be written with a .WAV extension.
iXML
The 744T includes iXML (revision 1.5) data in addition to the broadcast wave extension data. For
iXML-aware software applications this data is available. For applications that don’t recognize iXML,
this information is ignored.
Notes
iXML supports notes fields. From the File Viewer select OPTIONS, then Notes.
Using an external keyboard via the CL-1 Remote Control and Keyboard Interface the entry of notes
is much quicker than using the Rotary Switch.
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MP3 Files
The 744T can play back MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3) audio files. The 744T has a high-quality MP3 decoder that can play back both fixed-rate and variable bit rate MP3 files with 44.1 or 48 kHz sampling
rates. Additionally, the 744T can play back MPEG-1 Layer II audio files with an .MP2 extension. The
Absolute Time (A-Time) of the file will appear in the file viewer and during playback on the front
panel. MP3 playback is very useful on-set to play a personal MP3 audio library during downtime.
File Naming / Numbering
Files generated by the 744T are named using a syntax made up of four parts: scene name/number,
take number, mono track designator (if mono file is selected), and file extension.
S001T01_1.WAV
scene
number
take
number
mono
file
designator
extension
Scene Name/Numbering
Scene names are selected for use from a scene name list. This list is accessed from the setup menu.
Any number of scene name lists can be generated and these can be made up of any number of scene
names. The advantage of scene name lists is that scene names can be built before production so that
Scene names are made with alphanumeric characters, including “ _” and “-” and can be any length
between zero (0) and nine (9) characters in length. Scene numbers are helpful to match audio with
the corresponding scene in a production. Scene names can also be used to identify other items, including recording date, artist name, or any other descriptor as required.
Scene names are user-selected from the setup menu and do not change until changed by the user.
To change scene numbers:
1.
Enter the user menu and navigate to the Scene Name/Number option.
2.
Use the REW (<<) and FF (>>) soft keys to move among characters. Use the PLAY key to delete characters. Characters are entered from left to right and deleted from right to left.
3.
Use the Rotary Switch or the soft key arrows to choose characters. Press the Controller or hit the fastforward key to save the character and move to the next position.
4.
To save the scene name, press the soft check key or the Controller without selecting a character. After
the ninth character is entered, the scene name is automatically saved.
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If all characters are removed, no scene name will be written to files.If Scene Folder is selected for file
management, all takes will be placed in the root of the drive.
Take Numbers
Take numbers are integers between 01 and 32000, with or without preceding zeros, which increase
by one each time a new file is recorded. Take numbers can be set with or without a take separator,
such as the character “-” or “T”. Take numbers can be overridden and a new take number can be set
in the setup menu. If the 744T detects a file with a duplicate name in the destination folder, a letter
suffix, starting with “A” is added to the file name, before the extension. Note that take number handling can be selected to reset if set in the setup menu (see File Management and Copying).
To change take numbers:
1.
Enter the user menu and navigate to the Take Name/Number option.
2.
Use the REW (<) and FF (>) soft keys to move among decimal places and to jump to the single alphanumeric take spacer character. Use the PLAY key to reset the take number to 1. Characters are entered
from left to right and deleted from right to left.
3.
The Rotary Switch or the soft keys are used to choose characters/numbers. Press the Controller or hit
the soft check key to save the character and move to the next position.
From the user menu the action for take resetting is controlled from the following options:
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Never – take numbers do not reset
When scene is changed – take resets when scene name is changed
When daily folder is changed – takes reset on new day
Either scene or daily– takes reset on either change
Mono Track Name Designators
When recording monophonic Broadcast WAV files each track is recorded in a separate data file. To
identify each track, each file is identified by an underscore and track number suffix. The file of the
first track recorded has “_1” appended to it. The file name suffix, _1, _2, _3, and _4 always corresponds to tracks A, B, C, and D. For instance, if track D is the only track recorded, it’s file name suffix
will be _4.
Track Naming
Each track in a file, whether monophic or polyphonic files can be named with a unique track name.
These names appear in the Broadcast Wave Extension (BEXT) data as well as in the iXML data. Track
names are entered from the Setup Menu.
Duplicate File Names
When the 744T detects that a duplicate file name is going to be generated in any specific folder, the
744T changes the file name by adding of a letter suffix before the extension. For instance, if take
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numbers are reset but files are recorded to the same directory as previous files, a suffix “A” is added
to the file. If additional duplicate files are generated the letter suffix increments, to B, C, etc.
File Management
The 744T, like a computer, saves audio recordings to a file system containing files and folders. The
744T formats its internal hard drive, Compact Flash medium, and attached external drives as single
drives named “744T INDD”, “744T CF”, and “744T EXTHDD,” respectively. All files generated by the
744T can be saved to the Root Folder, a Daily Folder, or a Scene Folder.
Folder Actions
Files generated by the 744T are placed in the root 744T folder, a “daily” sub-folder, or a Scene subfolder. File folder action is set in the Setup menu under the selection FILE: FOLDER OPTIONS.
Folder choices include TOP-LEVEL, MID-LEVEL, and BOTTOM LEVEL FOLDERS.
• Top-Level folder - is a root-level folder and can be set with a user-selected name. The TopLevel folder can also be de-activated by selecting <NONE> from the Setup Menu. If the TopLevel folder is not used then the next lower-level folder will reside at the drive’s root. If the
TOP-LEVEL folder is active then the MID-LEVEL and BOTTOM-LEVEL folders will be its subfolders.
• Mid-Level /Daily folder - can be selected as a <DAILY> folder, a folder with a user-selected
name, or not used. If a TOP-LEVEL folder is in use, the MID-LEVEL folder will be a sub-folder of
the TOP-LEVEL folder. If no TOP-LEVEL folder is used the MID-LEVEL folder will reside at the
drive’s root. If set to <DAILY> a new folder will be created daily. When recording past midnight the 744T will prompt to make to a new daily folder.
• Bottom-Level /Scene Folders - can be selected as a <SCENE> folder which will use the name
generated from REC: SCENE NAME/NUMBER Setup Menu, as a user-selected name, or not used
at all. If no upper-level folder is in use, the BOTTOM-LEVEL folder will reside at drive’s root. If
the MID-LEVEL and/or TOP-LEVEL are in use the BOTTOM-LEVEL folder will be a sub-folder.
Example: If a daily Folder is desired, set the TOP-LEVEL to <NONE>, the MID-LEVEL folder to
<DAILY>, and the BOTTOM-LEVEL to <NONE>. This will generate a Daily Folder in the root
directory with it’s files directly inside the folder.
A hierarchical view of files generated by the 744T is below.
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The FALSETAKES, SOUNDDEV, and TRASH folders are automatically generated. SOUNDDEV is not viewable from the 744T File Viewer.
FALSETAKES
SOUNDDEV
A TOP-LEVEL folder sits in the root directory. This folder can be
negated by choosing <None> in the menu File: Folder Options.
TRASH
TOP-LEVEL
A MID-LEVEL folder can be used as a sub-folder. This folder can be
selected to be a <Daily> folder in the menu File: Folder Options.
MID-LEVEL
BOTTOM-LEVEL
Example:
A BOTTOM-LEVEL folder could also be used as a sub-folder. This
folder can be selected to be a <Scene> folder in the menu
File: Folder Options.
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FALSETAKES
SOUNDDEV
TRASH
PROJECT
07Y01M15
SCENE
NAMET01.WAV
NAMET02.WAV
This is a TOP-LEVEL folder named PROJECT activated in the menu
File: Folder Options.
This is a MID-LEVEL folder set to <Daily> from the menu
File: Folder Options.
This is a BOTTOM-LEVEL folder set to <Scene> from the menu
File: Folder Options.
These two files are title NAME in the menu
Rec: Scene Name/Number.
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File Viewer Navigation
Moving from file to file is similar to navigating among files on a computer.
1.
Enter the file menu by either selecting FILE:VIEW FILES file in the setup menu or by pressing the front
panel HDD key. By default the folder where the last recorded file or played file is located with be the
folder first opened. The 744T knows this file name by reading a .txt file written to each time the unit
records or plays audio.
2.
To move up the hierarchy scroll up to the top of the menu to “\..” .
3.
Press enter or push the Rotary Switch to go up one menu level.
4.
From the root menu, selecting \.. opens the media select screen.
5.
Continuing up the file hierarchy the media menu is viewable. Select either internal hard drive or CF (if
installed) and drill down through the directories of that medium to the file required.
Larger files and files from Compact Flash take added time to show details; this is normal.
File Viewer Screen
The file viewer screen contains information about the individual audio files contained in the directory. The left side of the display shows files and folders. The top line displays the directory path in
the form of DRIVE\FOLDER NAME. File names are listed in the order they were recorded.
File types not recognized do not show up in the file viewer, although all folders are viewable.
File detail is shown at the right side of the display. The center divider points to the file selected for
information viewing. Information shown includes:
• file creation date, file flag (archive) bit status, checked means the file archive bit is set, clear
means the file archive bit is cleared
• file creation time, file size
• number of tracks, bit depth, sampling rate
• beginning (BEG) time code stamp of the file for BWF files or the length (LEN) of MP3 files
• There is additional information available for BWF files. Pushing the Rotary Switch will cycle
through the beginning time code stamp (BEG), file length (LEN) and user bits (USR).
The file viewer always exits to the main screen whether entered from the menus or the HDD key.
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File Time and Date
Similar to a computer file system, all files recorded by the 744T are stamped with the time and date
of file generation. To ensure that accurate time-of-day and file generation dates are written for each
file, make certain that the time-of-day clock and calendar are accurately set.
File time and date and time code are unrelated.
1.
Enter the TIME/DATE: SET menu.
2.
Set the current time and date using the navigation below.
soft keys increment
and decrement
time and date,
controller can be
turned, as well
advances to the
next selection
returns to the
previous setting
Once set, the time and date clock will be kept while the removable rechargeable battery is attached.
If it is removed the internal AA NiMH time code battery maintains the time-of-day and date for 8
days, or more.
File Size Maximum
The 744T storage volumes (internal hard drive, CF, external drives) are formatted and write to FAT32
file structures. This structure allows these drives to directly mount in a wide variety of computer
platforms, including Windows and Mac OS. Using the FireWire connection both internal drives (internal hard drive and CF) appear as external FAT32 volumes.
Windows XP has a limitation on FAT32 drive formatting; XP can format a FAT32 volume to a maximum
of 32 GB, however it can read FAT32 volumes as large as 2 TB.
FAT32 has a maximum individual file size limitation of 4 GB. While it is possible to have thousands
of files on the 744T storage medium(s), the largest any single file may be is 4 GB. The 744T automatically splits an audio file before the 1.8 GB size is reached and begins writing to a new file. When
joined in an editing program, these files match seamlessly with no samples lost. The 744T has menuselectable file size maximums of 650 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB. The 650 MB size allows the user to
break an audio program into CD-R sized files for backup to inexpensive CD-R medium. There is also
a selection of sizes to ensure that files recorded will fit onto common Compact Flash card capacities.
Flag (Archive) Bits
Flag, or archive bits are used by the 744T to identify files for transferring between hard drive and CF
within the 744T. By default, all recorded files have their flag bit set.
Pressing the
HDD key to access the file directory. Chose a file that you wish to delete, flag, or
un-flag. Press the
Fast Forward key to select OPTIONS. In the OPTIONS menu you can select
DELETE, SET COPY FLAG, CLEAR COPY FLAG.
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All files recorded by the 744T have their archive bit set to on.
The 744T can be set to clear the flag bit of copied files automatically. When enabled in the
FILE: COPY FLAG RESET menu, all files copied internally by the 744T, but not via FireWire, will have
their flag bits cleared on the original file.
File Copying Among Available Drives
Audio files are easily transferred between the 744T’s internal hard drive, CF, and external drives. File
transfer is initiated from the setup menu option FILE:COPY FILE
The File Copy menu has numerous options for each media type:
Copy All [Media] > [Media]:
Copies all files from one media to the other.
Last 24Hr [Media] > [Media]:
Copies files created in the last 24 hours between media.
Last 48Hr [Media] > [Media]:
Copies files created in the last 48 hours between media.
Flagged [Media] > [Media]:
Copies all files with their flag (archive) bit set between media.
Once file copying has begun, the 744T searches the source media for the selected files. The 744T will
then search the destination drive looking for duplicate file names. The LCD will report the number
of files found, the number of duplicates found, and the number of files to be copied and prompt to
continue.
Pressing the soft key to Enter or the Rotary Switch begins the copy process. The LCD will report the
progress of the copying operation. When file copying is completed, the 744T will report the number
of files successfully copied.
Error Conditions:
If a file is to large for the destination storage medium, the 744T will prompt to skip it or cancel copying. If an error occurs during file copying, the 744T will prompt to cancel the transfer. When the
destination storage medium is full, the 744T will report the error and end the transfer.
File Deletion
Any file or folder on either internal hard drive or Compact Flash can be deleted. Permanently deleting files is a two-step process. Similar to Mac OS and Windows operating systems, the 7-Series uses a
“trash” folder to temporarily hold files which have been deleted. To send a file to the trash, perform
the following:
1.
Press the
HDD button to enter the File Viewer.
2.
Navigate to the file to be deleted.
3.
Press the soft key marked OPTIONS.
4.
Select DELETE.
5.
You will be prompted to verify file deletion.
The file has now been moved to the trash folder and will no longer appear in the file listing. It will,
however, appear in the trash folder. Files sent the trash folder can be viewed and played.
If a file or folder has accidentally been sent to the trash the drive can be mounted to a computer via
FireWire and moved back to its original folder. Files and folders moved to the trash cannot be removed
from the trash from the 7-Series recorder.
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False Take Control
To identify a take as a false take, perform the following:
1.
Press stop
to end recording.
2.
Hold down the stop key and press rewind to be prompted to delete the most recent take.
3.
Press the soft check box to delete the take.
Files that have been deleted as false takes are moved to the FALSETAKES folder. This folder sits in
the drive root. For 722 and 744T users recording to internal hard drive and Compact Flash, files from
both media will be moved to each media’s FALSETAKES folder.
False takes will remain on the drive until the FALSETAKES folder is deleted (see Emptying the Trash
and False Take Folders above).
Emptying the Trash and False Take Folders
Files that have been moved to the trash and false take folders (see below) can be permanently deleted from the recorder. Each drive has its own Trash and False Take folders and they are permantly
deleted independently.
Once the trash and False Take folders have been emptied, any files or folders they contain are permanently
deleted and cannot be recovered.
Take Number Incrementing
To advance to a higher take number hold the STOP button and press FastForward. The file name to
be recorded is indicated above the file time.
Indicates
active take
Indicates next
upcoming take
Take List
The take list shows a sequential listing of the last 200 recorded file, without regard to what folder
they have been recorded in. The first file in the list, marked with an * indicates the file name of the
next recorded take. Subsequent takes are listed in the order of recording from the 7-Series. Only files
recorded on the unit will appear in the take list, unlike in the File Viewer, where all valid sound files
are shown.
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From the take list several controls are available. Take Number Incrementing is available, as well as
False Take deletion. Soft keys move among take numbers.
Circle Take
Take names can be altered to include the “@” symbol preceding the file name. This can be used to
highlight a take as a “circle take”. Circle takes are often used to identify good takes for transferring.
To identify a circle take, perform the following steps:
1.
Press stop to end recording.
2.
Hold the stop button down, then press PLAY to enter the Take List
3.
Scroll among files to highlight the file as a circle take.
4.
Hit the circle take soft button (play).
The file name will be altered. To remove the circle take indicate hightlight the circled file as you
would to circle it and select “uncircle”.
Storage Medium – Internal Hard Drive
The 744T’s internal hard disk drive is the 744T’s primary storage medium. The large capacity and
fast data read/write speeds of hard drives are a perfect choice when long form, high data rate recording is performed. hard disk drives offer a good balance of speed, reliability, noise performance,
and current draw.
Formatting
The drive installed in the 744T is formatted at the factory as a single-partition FAT32 volume. If a
drive with multiple partitions is installed, the 744T will only “see” and address the primary partion.
For best operation periodic re-formatting of the 744T hard drive is recommended. Formatting the
hard drive rebuilds the FAT (file allocation table) and erases all audio and data files present on the
medium. Formatting the drive prevents fragmentation and reduces the likelihood of directory corruption.
Be certain that all files on the 744T drive have been backed up to another media before formatting. Once
formatted, all data on the drive will be erased.
To format the 744T internal hard drive:
1.
Ensure that all data on the hard drive has been copied or is no longer needed.
2.
Press the Menu key.
3.
Use the Rotary Switch to scroll to IN HDD: (ERASE).
4.
Press the Rotary Switch button to begin formatting.
5.
Press the Rotary Switch once more to confirm the operation.
Formatting the 744T hard drive can take up to 20 seconds. When foratting is completed, the 744T
will generate a fresh menu hierarchy, including the daily folder if selected.
Media Repair Utility
Included in the software for the 744T is a basic media repair utility. The utility is similar to Windows
“scandisk” with added capabilities specific to WAV/BWF files. This utility can be run after improper
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media removal, or in the event of a write error during recording. When selected from the setup
menu, the repair utility will scan the drive for problems, report the number of errors and correct the
errors. Recovered files are placed in a RECOVERED directory that is generated in the SOUNDDEV folder.
Specific operations include:
1.
Boot Record Check – the volume’s boot record is checked for proper information. Any out-of-range
values are forced to the nearest valid value.
2.
FAT Chain Scan – each file on the drive is allocated space by linking together data clusters into a
“chain” of clusters. Each chain is specified in the drive’s file allocation table (FAT). In this stage of media
repair, each and every FAT chain is scanned and checked for validity. Broken chains, lost chains, crosslinked chains, and chains with no end, are fixed or truncated.
3.
Lost Chain Recovery – FAT chains that are not tied to a file are considered “lost.” These chains represent used space on the drive, and may have been separated from their file due to a drive error or
improper shut-down. These chains are converted to files and placed in the “RECOVERED” folder.
4.
RIFF (WAV/BWF) file check – All RIFF files are checked for proper format. RIFF files are composed of
“chunks” of data, where each chunk has a type and a size. If the size does not match the actual amount
of data for the particular chunk (which might be the case if the file was not closed properly), the size is
adjusted.
At the end of the repair operation, the number of errors found and fixed is displayed. In some cases,
errors can not be fixed automatically.
Also, it’s possible that the drive is corrupted in such a way the media repair utility is unable to continue. In this case the operation will abort and the user is prompted to check the hardware and try
again.
Drive Type
The 744T ships with a 2.5-inch ATA-5 interface, 5400 RPM hard drive. Sound Devices has chosen the
specific mechanism for maximum vibration and shock resistance. Most 2.5 inch drives conforming to
the ATA specification can be substituted for the factory hard drive. When choosing a substitute hard
drive, note that higher RPM hard drives draw more current, reducing battery run time. Higher speed
drives may be used with the 744T, however they will not significantly improve performance. They
will slightly increase transfer throughput with the penalty of increased current draw and reduced
battery run time. The 744T can address drives with capacities up to 2 TB.
Drive Replacement
The internal hard drive can be removed and replaced if the device fails or if a different capacity drive
is needed. The internal hard drive is not intended to be a swappable, deliverable medium. Its multipin connector is not rated for repeated insertion and removal cycles and may be prone to breakage
with repeated cycling.
In typical service conditions Sound Devices recommends hard drive replacement once every three years.
The hard drive is mounted to the bottom-side of the recorder’s chassis and is screwdriver accessible. The drive is “suspended” in the unit with a shock isolating membrane and is attached to the
main circuit board via a “flex board”. Since the unit’s high-density circuitry and tight construction
require specific electronics knowledge, Sound Devices strongly recommends drive replacement be
performed by a qualified technician using proper ESD precautions. Drive replacement done by a
qualified technician has no warranty implications.
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744T with bottom panel
removed showing hard
drive mounting location
The internal hard drive is not intended as a swappable exchange medium. The header connector is not
rated for repeated removal and insertion. Only qualified service technician using proper ESD precautions
should perform drive replacement.
Drive Failure
Hard disk drives are mechanical devices and are susceptible to damage from physical shock. One
type of physical shock, called operating shock, occurs when the disk is in operation. During operation, the drive head is typically over the drive platters reading and writing data. When a physical
shock to the drive occurs during operation, the head and the platters can come into contact causing
both components to be damaged. The second type of shock, called non-operating shock, occurs
when the head is in the unloaded position, or not positioned over the platters. When a physical
shock occurs in the non-operating state, the head can contact the ramp it is positioned over and damage the ability of the head to read and write data to the hard disk drive. All devices with hard drives
are subject to damage from operating and non-operating shock.
The mechanical construction of the 744T is designed to minimize the transmission of shock to the
hard drive. The drive is isolated from the chassis using special shock-reducing closed-cell foam. This
material increases the amount of shock the hard drive can withstand. Additional protection can be
achieved by operating the unit in a carry case.
If the recorder is used in applications subject to extreme motion, Sound Devices recommends recording to
Compact Flash only. The hard drive will park its write heads to reduce the chance of failure.
With all electrical devices, the higher the ambient temperature the shorter the device’s operational
life. Therefore, take care to observe the specified temperature rating.
There is also a risk from sudden temperature changes, which can create condensation inside the
drive. This condensation can lead to the drive’s read/write heads adhering to the disk surfaces
which will, in turn, stop the hard disk from rotating. Condensation tends to occur when the temperature inside the drive suddenly falls, for example, just after the unit is moved to a new location, or
after operation is stopped in a cold environment.
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Sudden changes in temperature or air pressure can cause disk surface material to evaporate, which
can also cause the head to adhere to the disk surface. This can happen when a hard disk drive is left
unused for a long period of time.
Storage Medium – Removable Compact Flash
Compact Flash (CF) is a practical, portable storage medium for audio recording. Its speed, capacity,
and price continue to evolve to the benefit of portable recorders. The 744T can write to and read from
CF cards as either its sole storage medium or simultaneously with the internal hard drive.
When to Use CF
The key benefits of Compact Flash include:
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wider temperature range capability than hard drives
greatly increased shock immunity versus hard drives
convenient, portable, removable media
ubiquitous card readers and transfer tools
Formatting
Upon insertion of an unformatted (or non-FAT32 formatted) CF card, the 744T will prompt the user
to format the card. If the card is formatted as a FAT32 volume the card will be ready to be selected as
a storage medium. To reformat the CF medium, follow the same procedure as formatting the hard
drive, substituting the CF menu selection for the hard drive.
The 744T can format and use Compact Flash cards with capacities of 64 MB and greater.
Formatting the CF rebuilds the FAT (file allocation table) and erases all audio and data files present
on the card. While some PC and Mac utilities can recover files immediately after formatting a CF
card, consider that the files have been permanently erased. FAT32 volumes generated by the 744T
may not be compatible with some consumer electronic devices, including entry-level digital cameras.
After recording to CF has stopped, it may take several seconds for the 744T to finish “housekeeping” on
CF. When preparing to remove the CF, always observe the amber CF activity LED. If it is lit, wait until it
is off before removing the card. If the CF is removed while the LED is lit, at the very least the file will be
corrupted and there is a possibility of FAT corruption as well.
Speed Testing
CF cards varied widely in their read and write throughput. Later generation “24x” and greater CF
cards can reliably read and write multi-track, high sample rate audio. The 744T includes a drive
speed test to measure the throughput speed of CF medium.
Few CF cards can sustain write speeds for reliable 192 kHz recording. Sound Devices strongly recommends against recording to Compact Flash if 192 kHz sampling rates are required.
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CF Media Repair
The same media repair utilities available on the internal hard drive are also available for CF medium.
Qualified CF Cards
Sound Devices does not specifically “qualify” CompactFlash cards for use in the recorder. From our
tests of numerous cards—including medium from Lexar Media, SanDisk, and Kingston Technology—cards in capacities from 128 MB and above will successfully operate in the 744T. The unit will
support up to 2 TB of data. Small capacity cards may not format as FAT32 and may not be useable.
Use the CF transfer speed test to verify that an installed card can support the needed read/write
speed.
Storage Medium – External FireWire Drives
The FireWire port on the 744T can function in either “host” mode or “drive” mode (see File Transfer
Using FireWire for additional information on drive mode). In host mode an attached FireWire storage
volume such as a hard drive or DVD-RAM can be used to record and play back audio files. Because
the 7-Series can write to all available mediums simultaneously the abilility to write to an external
drive reduces the need for post-record copying of sound files.
External hard
drive is attached
and is selected
as the recording
destination
External FireWire drives require 2.0-ready 744T hardware. Only recorders specifically labeled 2.0 ready
are able to connect to external FireWire drives as an available storage medium.
When to Use External FireWire Drives
The key benefits of recording to external drives include:
• the choice of drive types include DVD-RAM optical drive or hard drive
• near limitless recording capacity when a large volume external hard drive is attached (up to 2
TB)
• fast, no-waiting simultaneous record option
• post-record copying to quickly back up internal hard drive or CF medium
Formatting
Identical to both the internal hard drive and Compact Flash, attached FireWire drives are formatted
as FAT32 volumes. Upon connection to an unformatted (or non-FAT32 formatted) external drive, the
744T will prompt the user to format the drive. If the drive is already formatted as a FAT32 volume
the drive will be ready to be selected as a storage medium. The front panel drive LED will illuminate
to show which drives are available for recording. To reformat an attached drive, follow the same
procedure as formatting the internal hard drive, substituting the external drive menu selection for
the internal hard drive.
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After recording to an external drive has stopped, it may take several seconds for the 744T to finish
“housekeeping” on drive. This is especially true when recording to DVD-RAM disks, which generally
have slower throughput than hard drives. When preparing to disconnect a FireWire drive, always observe
the amber activity LED labeled EXT. If it is lit, wait until it is off before disconnecting the drive. If the
drive is disconnected while the LED is on, there is a high likelihood that the file being written will be
unusable and there is a possibility of FAT corruption on the drive.
FireWire Bus Powering
The six-pin FireWire port on the 744T provides power for bus-powered FireWire drives. The following conditions should be observed when connecting to bus-powered drives.
• Bus powering a drive requires external DC powering of the 744T. The 744T cannot operate buspowered drives from an attached Li-ion battery.
• When recording in realtime to bus-powered FireWire drives the XL-1394 FireWire Power Filter
is recommended. This filter network isolates the electrical noise in bus-powered drives from
the 744T.
• While hot-swapping FireWire cables is possible it is recommended to attach bus-powered
drives with the recorder turned off.
Qualified Drives
External FireWire storage volumes that can be formatted and addressed as FAT32 can be used with
the 744T. These include:
• external hard drives, bus-powered or mains powered. Drives as large as 2 TB can be addressed,
• FireWire Compact Flash card readers,
• DVD-RAM drives.
FireWire drives use a variety of chipsets to perform conversion from the drive’s native format (i.e.
IDE) to FireWire. Sound Devices has tested and qualified enclosures and card readers which use the
Oxford 911, Oxford 922, PL3507, GL711, and FW912 chipsets. Other chipsets may operate, but Sound
Devices does not officially support them. To check for compatibility with the 744T attach a FireWire
drive and run the media speed test selected from the User Menu. This will write, then read a file to
the drive. If the drive can perform this test then it can be used to record audio.
DVD-RAM Drives
DVD-RAM drives are essentially optical hard drives. Revision 2.00 firmware supports recording to
and playing back from DVD-RAM drives when formatted as FAT32 volumes.
When recording to DVD-RAM drives in realtime it is important to note the following:
1.
Keep sampling rates at or below 48048.
2.
Record to polyphonic file formats.
3.
Use DVD-RAM drive mechanisms and media that support 3X recording speeds.
Post-record copying from internal hard drive (or CF) to external drives is recommended with material
recorded at high sampling rates.
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File Transfer Using FireWire
FireWire port
FireWire cable - 744T to computer
The 744T’s FireWire (IEEE-1394) port makes transfering of recorded files to a computer quick and
easy. When connected to a computer, the internal hard drive and Compact Flash card of the 744T will
mount to a Mac OS X or Windows computer as a local, removable mass storage volume. Using Mac
Finder, Windows Explorer, or any other file utility, files can be copied, read, and deleted directly to
and from the 744T hard drive.
It is best practice to copy original audio files from the original recorded medium to another volume before
editing.
To mount the 744T to a computer via FireWire:
1.
Stop all playback and recording activity.
2.
Interconnect the 744T to a FireWire-enabled computer using an appropriate FireWire cable. No drivers
are required if the computer meets the requirements listed in Specifications.
3.
The 744T will now show COMPUTER CONNECTION on the LCD. When connected, all audio functionality of the 744T is defeated.
4.
Navigate the drives on the computer and copy all needed audio to local storage.
To avoid possible directory corruption on the 744T hard drive, always properly dismount the unit
from the operating system. On Mac platforms, drag the drive icons to the trash. On Windows platforms, use the “Disconnect External Media” icon in the system tray.
To disconnect the 744T from FireWire:
1.
Make certain that any software applications that reference the 744T drive are closed and that all file
copy functions to and from the 744T have completed.
2.
In Mac OS X highlight the drive icon on the desktop and select
drag the drive icon to the trash in the dock.
2.
In Windows, right-click the drive icon and select “eject.”
3.
The cable between the computer and 744T can now be disconnected. If a future connection is going to
be made the cable can be left connected.
-e to eject the volume. Alternatively,
If the 744T is disconnected from the computer via an eject command and the FireWire cable is still
physically connected between the computer and recorder, the data connection can be made by enter-
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ing the setup menu select FIREWIRE: CONNECTION. Alternatively, press the STOP key and HDD key
together to begin a FireWire connection.
Different than when dismounting the 744T in Windows, with Mac OS, if a 744T is disconnected from
FireWire by pulling the FireWire cable without first dismounting the drive the following error will
appear.
While it is typically safe to disregard this message and hit the soft key X, it is best practice to properly remove the 744T from a Macintosh by dragging the volume to the trash or by using the keyboard
shortcut -e.
Powering
The 744T is powered from either removable, Li-ion rechargeable batteries or external DC power. The
included, removable 7.2 V Li-ion cell can be used as a primary or backup power source. The 744T
automatically chooses the power source based on the voltage level of the external power supply. If
it falls below a factory-set threshold, the unit will transition to Li-ion power. The transition between
external and removable battery powering is seamless and has no affect on recording or playback
operation.
During typical operation the 744T will run for approximately four hours from the included 4800
mAh Li-ion battery.
Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
The 744T is compatible with Sony-mount L- or M-type Li-ion rechargeable batteries. Numerous power capacities are available in these battery types, ranging from 1000 mAh to 7000 mAh. The 744T’s
mount accommodates unlimited battery depth. Larger amp-hour cells provide more run time.
When powered by the removable Li-ion battery the LCD displays the battery voltage. The nominal
operating voltage for Li-ion batteries is 7.2 V, with operating voltages ranging between 6.5–8.5 V.
When the battery drops to 6.5 V, the LCD voltage display and the power LED begin flashing to warn
that the battery is nearly depleted. When the voltage reaches 6.3 volts the 744T will power down—
any recordings in-process will automatically be closed (stopped).
External Powering and Battery Charging
The 744T can be powered externally from 10–18 VDC (2 amp minimum). External DC fully powers the unit and charges an attached Li-ion battery simultaneously using the 744T’s onboard Li-ion
charger. The charger circuit operates whenever the unit is powered on and optionally when the unit
is off, depending on the external power wiring (see below).
DC input uses a 4-pin Hirose connector (Part # HR10-7P4P). There are two connection options available:
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External DC Input Wiring
Operation
pin-2 to negative (–)
pin-3 to positive (+)
operates the on-board Li-ion charger when the unit is both turned on and off. Use when
plugged into AC power
pin-1 to negative (–)
pin-4 to positive (+)
operates the on-board Li-ion charger only when the unit is turned on—there is no external current draw when powered off. Use when connecting to an external battery pack
Regardless of whether pins-1 and -4 or pins-2 and -3 are used, the unit will always charge the Li-ion battery when the unit is
powered on.
Pin-1 and pin-2 of the external DC input are at the same ground potential as chassis and signal ground.
The voltage level of the source powering the unit is shows on the LCD (
). When the
744T senses a low voltage condition from an external DC source the power LED and battery voltage
display flashes, to alert the user. When the external DC reaches 9 volts, the 744T will automatically
switch over to the removable battery. If no battery is installed the unit will shut down.
The included AC-to-DC “wall-wart” power supply operates the unit and charges the removable batteries simultaneously. Pins-3 and -4 are wired to (+) and pins-1 and -2 are wired to (–).
When power is applied, the charging circuit evaluates the battery condition and supplies charging current, if necessary. When charging, the amber charge LED will flash. Once the battery is fully
charged, the charger will turn off and the amber charge LED will light solid, indicating a full charge.
Large capacity cells increase the charge time.
Charge LED Activity
Description of Activity
Off
Charger disabled
On
Completed charge / battery fully charged
1 blink
Charger enabled / battery is charging
2 blinks
No Li-ion battery attached
3 blinks
High/low internal temperature state
4 blinks
Battery level error code (>15 min. in slow mode)
5 blinks
Error - charger has been operating for over 8 hours without full charge
If the charge LED shows anything but a successful charge, the Li-ion battery may require replacement.
Time Code Clock Battery
The 744T has an internal NiMH LR6 (AA) battery to power to the time code generator circuitry and
time-of-day clock. This battery is charged simultaneously with the Li-ion battery. Additionally, the
AA is charged from the Li-ion battery when the unit is powered on.
With a fully charged AA battery, accurate time code is held for two hours after power down. The
744T can be powered down and the removeable battery can be removed and replaced without worry
of time code jumps or inaccuracy. When the NiMH battery reaches a factory-set voltage, the time
code generator will shut off and the time-of-day clock will take over — holding time and date for up
to 60 days.
744T maintains accurate time code for 2 hours after power-down with a fully charged NiMH battery time
code AA battery, even with the Li-ion and external DC power sources removed.
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Auto Functions with External Powering
The 744T can perform several functions when DC power is applied to and removed from the recorder. Options available include:
• Power on unit – unit will turn on and be ready for operation.
• Power on and begin recording – unit will power on and begin recording with the settings
used when previously powered down.
• Power on, power off unit – external DC functions as the on/off switch.
• Power on and begin recording, power off – unit will power and begin recording, then turn off
when power is removed.
These functions are useful when the unit is part of a production kit powered by a single power
source. A single power switch can be used to power on the whole kit.
In addition to the internal record timer, the auto functions (power on/begin record/power off) can
be used for more extensive unattended recording control. Using an outboard timer attached to a
DC supply the 744T can be placed and activated to record events including EFX or nature, and for
surveillance applications.
Firmware Upgrades
The 744T uses upgradable EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) to hold
the unit’s operating system software, or firmware. Firmware is the source code which controls all
aspects of the device, including: menu options, signal routing, signal processing, LED’s, button and
switches, and data ports.
Version Information
During manufacturing the unit’s hardware revision number and serial number are burned into
a protected area of the EEPROM and are not changeable. These numbers can be viewed from the
INFO:VERSION selection of the setup menu. INFO:VERSION also shows the firmware version of the
recorder.
The 744T firmware version and unit serial numbers are written to the data chunk of every WAV and
BWF audio file generated by the 744T.
Upgrading Firmware
From time to time Sound Devices may issue revisions (new versions) of firmware for the 744T. Firmware is user-upgradeable. To upgrade firmware follow the steps below.
1.
Download the firmware file from the Sound Devices web site.
2.
Transfer the firmware file (it will be named VERSION _ NUMBER.PRG) to the 744T internal hard drive via
FireWire or onto a CF card. If there are multiple firmware files on the media, the 744T will indicate the
firmware file listed to apply. To prevent confusion, ensure that there is only one firmware file available
on either 744T media.
3.
Enter the firmware upgrade menu. You will be prompted to search for the firmware file. If a valid
firmware file is present on either the internal hard drive or CF the recorder will prompt if the path is
the proper file to use. Press the Rotary Switch or the tone key to say yes. The 744T will begin firmware
upgrade and validation. Progress is indicated with a bar graph.
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4.
When the upgrade and verify process is complete, power cycle the 744T. On power-up the LCD will
turn solid black and the green LED next to the FireWire port will blink 20 times. When the update sequence is complete, the 744T will reboot once again.
5.
Verify the firmware version using the INFO:SOFTWARE menu.
6.
Reset the time-of-day clock, time code generator, and verify any recording parameters.
7.
It is best practice to download the latest user guide from the Sound Devices web site, since the changes
to functionality are documented.
Firmware upgrades usually preserve all user menu settings. However, save a snapshot of the settings to
a setup file on the hard drive or CF. Once a firmware upgrade is complete, restore settings from this file,
if necessary. Some firmware updates may make changes to user setups; verify all user setups after an
upgrade.
Setup Menu Presets
Presets are useful shortcuts to speed setting the numerous parameters available in the setup menu.
The 744T has four built-in presets and unlimited user presets.
Built-In Presets
The 744T is shipped from the factory with the factory preset applied. Its settings are listed below.
Three additional presets, film, reporter, and music presets allow for quick setup of typical parameters for the defined application. Presets are applied by entering the setup menu and selecting the
preset. All previous settings are lost when a preset is applied.
744T Presets
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Factory Preset
Film
Preset
Reporter
Preset
Music
Preset
Rec: FireWire Connection
Computer Connect
Computer Connect
Computer Connect
Computer Connect
Rec: Sampling rate
48 kHz
48 kHz
44.1 kHz
44.1 kHz
Rec: Bit Depth
24 bits
24 bits
16 bits
16 bits
Rec: File Type
.wav poly
.wav mono
.wav mono
.wav poly
Rec: Media Select
EXHDD and INHDD
and CF
EXHDD only
INHDD only
EXHDD only
Rec: Scene Name/Number
None
None
None
None
Rec: Track Names
Track A: Track A
Track B: Track B
Track C: Track C
Track D: Track D
Track A: Track A
Track B: Track B
Track C: Track C
Track D: Track D
Track A: Track A
Track B: Track B
Track C: Track C
Track D: Track D
Track A: Track A
Track B: Track B
Track C: Track C
Track D: Track D
Rec: Take Name/Number
T 01
T 01
T 01
T 01
Rec: Take Reset Mode
When Scene is changed
When Scene is changed
When Scene is changed
When Scene is changed
Rec: Pre-Roll Time
2 Sec
2 Sec
2 Sec
2 Sec
Rec: Dither
Off
Off
On
On
Rec: Timer Start
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Rec: Timer Stop
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
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744T Presets
Factory Preset
Film
Preset
Reporter
Preset
Music
Preset
Rec: Error Handler
Keep Recording, to a
new file
Keep Recording, to a new file
Keep Recording, to a new file
Keep Recording, to a
new file
Rec: Record Indicator
Normal Numbers
Normal Numbers
Normal Numbers
Normal Numbers
Input: Routing
1->A / 2->B / 3->C /4-> D
1->A / 2->B / 3->C /4-> D
1->A,B / 2->A,B
1->A / 2->B
Input 1: 48V Phantom
Off
On - Mic
On - Mic
On - Mic
Input 2: 48V Phantom
Off
On - Mic
On - Mic
On - Mic
Mic Inputs: Limiter
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Mic Input 1: Low Cut
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
Mic Input 2: Low Cut
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
Mic Input 1: Low Cut Frequency
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
40 Hz, 24 dB/oct
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
Mic Input 2: Low Cut Frequency
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
40 Hz, 24 dB/oct
40 Hz, 12 dB/oct
Mic Input 1: Gain Range
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Mic Input 2: Gain Range
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Input 1,2: Source
Auto Select
Auto Select
Auto Select
Auto Select
Input 3,4: Source
Auto Select
Auto Select
Auto Select
Auto Select
Input 1,2: Linking, MS
Unlinked
Unlinked
Unlinked
Linked 1,2
Line Input 1,2: Gain Ctrl
Use Front Panel Knobs
Use Front Panel Knobs
Use Front Panel Knobs
Use Front Panel Knobs
Line Input 3: Gain
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
Line Input 4: Gain
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
0.0 dB
Input 1: Delay
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
Input 2: Delay
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
Input 3: Delay
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
Input 4: Delay
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
0 usec
File: Marker Mode
New File
New File
New File
New File
File: Max Size
2G CF (1.8 GB)
2G CF (1.8 GB)
2G CF (1.8 GB)
2G CF (1.8 GB)
File: Folder Options
None
None
None
None
File: Copy Files
Copy all INHDD> CF
Copy all INHDD > CF
Copy all INHDD > CF
Copy all INHDD > CF
File: Copy Flag Reset
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
TimeCode: Frame Rate
30
30
30
30
TimeCode: Mode
Free Run
Free Run
Off
Off
TimeCode: User Bits
mm:dd:yy.tt
mm:dd:yy.tt
Not Used
Not Used
TimeCode: Jam Menu
Jam RX TC
Jam RX TC
Jam RX TC
Jam RX TC
TimeCode: Display Mode
Big A-time
Big A-time
Big A-time
Big A-time
Output1 Left: Source
Track A
Track A
Track A
Track A
Output1 Right: Source
Track B
Track B
Track B
Track B
Output1 L,R: Attenuation
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
Output2 Left: Source
Track C
Track C
Track C
Track C
Output2 Right: Source
Track D
Track D
Track D
Track D
Output2 L,R: Attenuation
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
Digital Output: Mode
Consumer
Consumer
Consumer
Consumer
Play: AutoPlay Mode
Play All
Play All
Play All
Play All
Time/Date: 12/24 Hr
12 Hr
12 Hr
12 Hr
12 Hr
Time/Date: Date Format
MM/DD/YY
MM/DD/YY
MM/DD/YY
MM/DD/YY
LCD Contrast
50%
50%
50%
50%
Meter: Ballistics
Peak Hold + VU
Peak Hold + VU
Peak Hold + VU
Peak Hold + VU
Meter: Peak Threshold
0 dBFS
0 dBFS
0 dBFS
0 dBFS
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Factory Preset
744T Presets
Film
Preset
Reporter
Preset
Music
Preset
Meter: Stealth Mode
Off
Off
Off
HP: Rotary Sw Function
Selects Favorite Mode
Selects Favorite Mode
Selects Favorite Mode
Off
Selects Favorite Mode
HP: Monitor Modes
01> Inputs 1,2
02> Inputs 3,4
03> Tracks A,B
04> Tracks C,D
05> Input 1,1
06> Input 2,2
07> Input 3,3
08> Input 4,4
09> Monitor A,B
10> Monitor C,D
01> Inputs 1,2
02> Inputs 3,4
03> Tracks A,B
04> Tracks C,D
05> Input 1,1
06> Input 2,2
07> Input 3,3
08> Input 4,4
09> Monitor A,B
10> Monitor C,D
01> Tracks A,B
01> Inputs 1,2
02> Inputs 3,4
03> Tracks A,B
04> Tracks C,D
05> Input 1,1
06> Input 2,2
07> Input 3,3
08> Input 4,4
09> Monitor A,B
10> Monitor C,D
HP: Favorite Mode
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
HP: Playback Mode
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
Tracks A,B
HP: Warning Bell
-30 dBFS
-30 dBFS
-30 dBFS
-30 dBFS
HP: Record/Stop Bell
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Tone: Level
-20 dBFS
-20 dBFS
-12 dBFS
-12 dBFS
Tone: Frequency
1000 Hz
1000 Hz
1000 Hz
1000 Hz
Tone: Mode
To Rec Tracks and
Outputs
To Rec Tracks and Outputs
To Rec Tracks and Outputs
To Rec Tracks and Outputs
INHDD: Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
CF: Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
EXHDD: Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Empty Trash
Power: Ext Low Batt Volt
11.0 volts
11.0 volts
11.0 volts
11.0 volts
Power: Ext Power Function
Do Nothing
Do Nothing
Do Nothing
Do Nothing
Ext Keyboard: Assign
F1 > Record
F2 > Stop Button
F3 > Rewind Button
F4 > Play Button
F5 > Fast Forward Button
CTRL + C > File: Copy
Files Last 24Hr CF >
EXHDD
CTRL + H > File: Copy
Files Last 24Hr INHDD >
EXHDD
F1 > Record
F2 > Stop Button
F3 > Rewind Button
F4 > Play Button
F5 > Fast Forward Button
CTRL + C > File: Copy Files
Last 24Hr CF > EXHDD
CTRL + H > File: Copy Files
Last 24Hr INHDD > EXHDD
F1 > Record
F2 > Stop Button
F3 > Rewind Button
F4 > Play Button
F5 > Fast Forward Button
CTRL + C > File: Copy Files
Last 24Hr CF > EXHDD
CTRL + H > File: Copy Files
Last 24Hr INHDD > EXHDD
F1 > Record
F2 > Stop Button
F3 > Rewind Button
F4 > Play Button
F5 > Fast Forward Button
CTRL + C > File: Copy
Files Last 24Hr CF >
EXHDD
CTRL + H > File: Copy
Files Last 24Hr INHDD >
EXHDD
Ext Keyboard: Langauge
English
English
English
English
CL-1: Re-Program
CL-1 Module
CL-1 Module
CL-1 Module
CL-1 Module
CL-1: Logic Out Assign
(Undefined)
(Undefined)
(Undefined)
(Undefined)
User Setup Data File
All of the set parameters in the table above can be saved in a date file to internal hard drive or to CF
card. By entering the Get/Save Setup Menu, the user can save or restore parameters to and from this
data file. This binary file is named 744T.SUP and is saved in the SOUNDDEV directory on the medium
selected in the setup menu.
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Setup Menu
The setup menu controls a wide range of parameters for the 744T, including all audio routing,
recording settings, and time code options. The setup menu is a single, flat architecture with no submenus, easing navigation. Each setup controls a specific parameter with several selections. The chart
below shows the setup number, a description of the control, and the menu options available.
#
1
Setup Name
Quick Setup
Setup Description
Allows the user to quickly apply default menu
setups and save/retrieve user setups to disk
or CF.
Setup Options
• Load Factory Settings
- restores the factory default settings
• Load Film Settings
- applies typical setups for film production
• Load Reporter Settings
- applies typical setups for voice recording
• Load Music Settings
- applies typical setups for music recording
• Load User from INHDD
- applies settings saved by user to hard disk
• Load User from CF
- applies settings saved by user to CF
• Save User to INHDD
- saves present state to file on hard drive
• Save User to CF
- saves present state to file on CF
2
FireWire: Connection
Activates FireWire drive mode.
• Computer/Connect (STOP+HDD buttons)
• External Drive
3
Rec: Sample Rate
Sets the audio sampling frequency of the 744T
• 32 kHz
• 44.1 kHz
• 48 kHz
• 48.048 kHz
• 48.048k F
• 88.2 kHz
4
Rec: Bit Depth
Sets the bit depth of the 744T recordings.
• 16 bit,
• 24 bit
5
Rec: File Type
Selects the file format (type) recorded to the
selected medium.
• .WAV poly
• .WAV mono
6
Rec: Media Select
Selects the storage media used for recording.
Media is selectable even if it is not present.
7
Rec: Scene Name/Number
User-defined, alpha-numeric file scene names
can be pre-set and selected from a list. Scene
name lists can be saved to hard drive.
8
Rec: Track Names
used to identify a track name which shows up
in iXML and BWF metadata
9
Rec: Take Name/Number
Numeric, auto-incrementing number used for
take identification.
• INHDD Only
• CF Only
• EXHDD Only
• 96 kHz
• 96.096 kHz
• 96.096 k F
• 176.4 kHz
• 192 kHz
• INHDD and CF
• EXHDD and INHDD
• EXHDD and CF
• EXHDD and INHDD and CF
<up to 9 alpha-numeric characters can be entered for
the scene name>
Scene name can also be left blank
• Track A
• Track B
• Track C
• Track D
• Mix
• Boom
• <Add New Entry>
• <Load List From INHDD>
• <Save List From INHDD>
<selectable alpha character + integers up to 32000,
with or without preceding 0’s>
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10
Setup Name
Rec: Take Reset Mode
Setup Description
Defines when take numbers are reset. Reset
brings take number to <1>.
Setup Options
• Never
- take numbers do not reset
• When scene is changed
- take resets when scene name is changed
• When daily folder changes
- takes reset on new day
• Either scene or daily
- takes reset on either change
11
Rec: Pre-Roll Time
Selects the amount of pre-roll time the 744T
will add to the beginning of each file.
0–10 sec. @ 48 kHz
0–5 sec. @ 88.2–96.096 kHz
0–2 sec. @ >96.096–192 kHz
12
Rec: Dither
Selects whether to dither is added to 24 bit
digital signals while recording 16 bit files.
• Off
• On (16 bit only)
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Rec: Timer Start
Sets a specific start time/date for unattended
recording. Unit must be powered.
<enter time, date>
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Rec: Timer Stop
Set a specific time/date to stop recording.
May be used with or without the Rec: Timer
Start. May be set before the Timer Start time
to temporarily stop recording and then resume
recording with Timer Start.
<enter time, date>
15
Rec: Error Handler
Sets the behavior when a hard drive write
error occurs.
• Stop recording
• Keep Recording to New File
16
Rec: Record Indicator
Sets how the large display looks when the unit
enters record.
• Normal Numbers
• Reverse Numbers
• Flash Numbers
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Input: Routing
Allows the user to setup their routing matrix
among all available inputs and tracks. There
are preset routings and three custom routings
available. Pressing the input select key repeatedly will cycle through all preset routings.
•1➞A/2➞B
•1➞A/1➞B
• 1 ➞ A,B / 2 ➞ A,B
•1➞A/2➞B/3➞C/4➞D
• 1,2,3 ➞ A / 1 ➞ B / 2 ➞ C / 3 ➞ D
• 1 ➞ A,C / 2 ➞ B,D
•3➞C/4➞D
• Custom Route 1
• Custom Route 2
• Custom Route 3
Primarily accessible from the Input Select Key.
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19
Input 1: 48V Phantom
Input 2: 48V Phantom
Enables or disables 48 V phantom power on
inputs 1 and 2.
• Off
• On - Mic
• On - Mic and Line
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Mic Inputs: Limiter
Enables or disables the analog input limiter on
input 1 and 2 mic preamps.
• Disabled
• Enabled
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22
Mic Input 1: Low Cut
Mic Input 2: Low Cut
Enables the high-pass (low cut) filter to reduce
sensitivity to low frequencies.
• Disabled
• Enabled
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24
Mic Input 1: Low Cut Freq
Mic Input 2: Low Cut Freq
Selection of twelve high-pass filter frequency
and slope combinations for microphone inputs.
• 40, • 80, • 160, • 240 Hz @ 12 dB/oct
• 40, • 80, • 160, • 240 Hz @ 18 dB/oct
• 40, • 80, • 160, • 240 Hz @ 24 dB/oct
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Mic Input 1: Gain Range
Mic Input 2: Gain Range
Selects the sensitivity of the microphone input.
Low sensitivity is used for very loud and/or
very hot microphones.
• Normal
• Low
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Input 1, 2: Source
Input 3, 4: Source
Forces the inputs to analog or digital mode.
Default is auto-select.
• Auto-select
• Analog
• Digital (S/PDIF/AES)
• Disabled (Power Save)
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Setup Name
Input 1,2: Linking, MS
Setup Description
Selects whether the input 1 & 2 levels are
controlled independently or grouped as a pair
with or without mid-side decoding.
Setup Options
• Unlinked
Inputs 1 and 2 operate independently
• Linked 1/2
Inputs are linked, channel 1 pot controls level, channel 2 pot controls pan
• Linked 1/2 and MS
Inputs are linked, channel. 1 pot controls level,
channel. 2 pot controls pan and are decoded for MS
stereo.
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Line Input 1,2: Gain Control
When inputs 1 and 2 are in LINE input mode,
selects whether the gain setting is controlled
by the front panel knobs or by the menu
sensitivity settings below.
• Use front panel knobs
• Use sensitivity settings
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Line Input 1: Gain
Line Input 2: Gain
Line Input 3: Gain
LIne Input 4: Gain
Adjusts the input sensitivity in 0.1 dB steps –6
dB and +18 dB.
Meters show a pre-fader level of the input signal of
all four inputs on their respective meters to aid in the
adjustment.
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Input 1: Delay
Input 2: Delay
Input 3: Delay
Input 4: Delay
Sets a digital delay for each input. Can be
used to compensate for delay in various
digital wireless microphone units or digital
processors.
0 µsec to 30,000 µsec up to 48.048 kHz Fs
0 µsec to 15,000 µsec up to 96.096 kHz Fs
0 µsec to 7,500 µsec up to 192 kHz Fs
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File: Marker Mode
Enables the user to set cue points on the fly
while recording by pressing the record key.
• Markers disabled
No cue marks are set.
• New Cue
Cue markers will be set within one contiguous file.
• New File
A new file is started with each press of the record
key, the take counter is increased by one.
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File: Max Size
Selects the file size where the 744T will close,
then start a new file. The 744T will not record
a file larger than the selected size.
The largest file permissible with the 744T’s
FAT32 file system is 4 GiB
• 4 GB
• 2 GB
• 1 GB
• 640 MB
3.6 GB
1.8 GB
950 MB
450 MB
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File: Folder Options
Allows user to organize files in root and subfolders. To not use any folders select <None>
on every level.
42
File: View Files
Enters the file directory tree for the selected
drive.
Highlight media descriptor to navigate the menu
43
File: View Take List
Allows user to view the last 200 takes. Takes
can be selected and converted to circle takes.
• Circle
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File: Copy Files
Allows the user to select a file or a range of
files to be copied from one storage media to
another. Files will only be copied from their
current directory to a directory of the same
name on the other media. If a file will not fit on
the destination media, user is given the option
to skip that file and continue with the copy or
abort the copy all together. User is advised at
the end of the copy process how many files
were copied successfully.
• Copy all {drive} ➞ {drive}
Selects whether the flag bit is cleared or not
on files copied from one media to another.
• Disabled
• Enabled
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File: Copy Flag Reset
• TOP-LEVEL <None>, <Add new entry>
•MID-LEVEL <None>,<Add new entry>,
<Daily>
• BOTTOM<None>, <Add new entry>,
LEVEL
<Scene>
• Last 24 hr {drive} ➞ {drive}
• Last 48 hr {drive} ➞ {drive}
• Flagged {drive} ➞ {drive}
All files, when recorded, automatically
have their flag bit set to “on”
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Setup Name
Time Code: Frame Rate
Setup Description
Sets the time code frame rate. All common
time code frame rates are available.
Setup Options
• 23.976 – used with high definition video cameras
• 24 – to sync audio to film where no transfer to
NTSC video is expected
• 25 – to sync sound to PAL video
• 29.97 – to sync sound to NTSC video shot in nondrop frame mode
• 29.97DF - to sync sound to NTSC video shot in
drop frame mode
• 30 – to sync sound to film where transfer to NTSC
video is expected
• 30DF – to sync sound to film for transfer to NTSC
video in drop-frame mode
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Time Code: Mode
Sets the mode for the time code generator
• Off – time code not active, recorded or output
• Free Run – time code is initialized from the jam
menu and then runs continuously regardless of
record mode
• Free Run Jam Once – time code is initialized from
an external source and updates itself to the external
source when reconnected
• Record Run – time code is initially set from the jam
value item in the jam menu. Time code generation
runs only during recording generating continuous
time code from file to file.
• 24 Hr Run – time code is initialized from the system
clock on startup and enters free run mode. Time
code is updated if the time of day clock is adjusted.
• Ext TC – applies external time code to the recorder
directly. The internal time code generator has no
effect.
• Ext TC/cont – applies external time code to the
recorder; internal generator continues to run if time
code signal is lost. Useful for time code transmission
over RF
• Ext TC-Auto Record – applies external time code
to the recorder. Unit enters Record when time code
runs and stops when time code stops.
• Ext TC/cont-Auto Record – applies external time
code to the recorder; internal generator continues
to run if time code signal is lost. Unit enters Record
when time code runs and stops when time code
stops.
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Time Code: User Bits
Sets the time code user bits generated by the
744T.
• Not Used – user bits are not set or output
mm – month
dd – day of week
yy – year
tt – take number
uu – user-defined
• dd:mm:yy.tt
• mm:dd:yy.tt
• uu:uu:tt:tt – user bits are set to 4 user definable
digits with 4 take digits
• uu:uu:uu:uu
• tt:tt:tt.tt – user bits are set to the take counter for
all 8 digits
• mm:dd:yy:uu
• dd:mm:yy:uu
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Setup Name
Time Code: Jam Menu
Setup Description
Allows the user to jam or edit the internal time
code generator and user bits. (Also accessible
by pressing HDD and Menu keys simultaneously).
Setup Options
• Jam RX TC – jams the internal generator to
received external code
• Jam Zeros – resets the internal generator to zero
• Jam Value – sets the internal generator to the value
set in edit value
• Edit Value – allows to user to enter a free-form
number to initialize the time code
• Edit U-Bit – allows the user to edit allowed user bit
numbers
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Time Code: Display Mode
Sets the numbers of the large numerical
display.
• Big A-time
• Big time code
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Output 1 Left: Source
Output 1 Right: Source
Selects the signal source for the Master
Output Bus (TA3 outputs, tape outputs, and
digital 1 outputs.
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Output 1 L,R: Attenuation
Selects the attenuation level of signal sent to
the Master Output Bus.
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Output 2 Left: Source
Output 2 Right: Source
Selects the signal source for output bus 2 sent
to digital output bus 2.
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Output 2 L,R: Attenuation
Selects the attenuation level of the signal
output to bus 2.
selectable from 0 to –40 dBFS
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Digital Output: Mode
Selects whether or not the consumer SPDIF
bit is applied or not in the AES3id output.
• Consumer
• Professional
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Play: AutoPlay Mode
Allows user to play file(s) consecutively
from selected directory, one time through or
continuously.
• Disabled
• Play all
• Repeat one
• Repeat all
Great for playing an MP3 collection during
down time!
• Input 1
• Input 2
• Input 3
• Input 4
• Track A
• Track B
• Track C
• Track D
• Input 1+2
• Input 3+4
• Input 1+3
• Input 2+4
• Input 1+2+3
• Input 2+3+4
• Input 1+2+3+4
• Track A+B
• Track C+D
• Track A+C
• Track B+D
• Track A+B+C
• Track B+C+D
• Track A+B+C+D
selectable from 0 to −40 dBFS
• Input 1
• Input 2
• Input 3
• Input 4
• Track A
• Track B
• Track C
• Track D
• Input 1+2
• Input 3+4
• Input 1+3
• Input 2+4
• Input 1+2+3
• Input 2+3+4
• Input 1+2+3+4
• Track A+B
• Track C+D
• Track A+C
• Track B+D
• Track A+B+C
• Track B+C+D
• Track A+B+C+D
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Time/Date: 12/24 Hr
Selects between 12 hour and 24 hour time.
• 12 hr
• 24 hr
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Time/Date: Date Format
Selects the date syntax of the recorder.
• mm/dd/yy
• dd/mm/yy
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Time/Date: Set
Sets the internal date and time of the 744T.
<time, date>
Resetting the time re-jams the internal time
code generator to the set time. Setting the
internal clock during a production day will
require time code devices to be re-jammed.
Clock is not set until <done> is selected
Adjusts the contrast level of the LCD display.
0–100%
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LCD: Contrast
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Setup Name
Setup Description
Setup Options
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Meter: Ballistics
Selects among five different meter ballistics
settings
• VU only
• Peak only
• Peak-hold only
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Meter: Peak Threshold
User-set level in dBFS where track peak
LED’s illuminate. 0 LED doubles as track peak
indicator.
0 to −20 dBFS (1 dB increments)
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Meter: Stealth Mode
Enables LEDs to toggle on and off with the
LCD backlight key.
• Off
• On
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HP: Rotary Switch Function
Selects the functionality of the Rotary Switch’s
button when in record and playback.
• Disabled:
push makes no change to the headphone matrix.
• Peak+VU
• Peak-hold + VU
• Selects Favorite Mode:
in record and playback modes, push will change
the headphone source immediately to the favorite
selected in HP: Favorite Mode.
• Headphones to C/D Meters:
momentarily shows headphone level on tracks C & D
LED meters.
• Playback/Monitor Drive Select
Selects the media source for file playback and record
monitoring
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HP: Monitor Modes
Select the sequence of the modes that appear
in the Headphone Source Display on the LCD.
Up to 20 source selections can be entered in any
order. See headphone monitor section in guide
for adjustment and Favorite Mode below for list of
headphone selections.
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HP: Favorite Mode
Selects the audio source monitored when the
Rotary Switch is pressed during recording or
playback.
Inputs 1,2
Inputs 3,4
Tracks A,B
Tracks C,D
Monitor A,B
Monitor C,D
Input 1,1
Input 2,2
Input 3,3
Input 4,4
Track A,A
Track B,B
Track C,C
Track D,D
Monitor A,A
Monitor B,B
Monitor C,C
Monitor D,D
Inputs 1,2 (MS)
Inputs 3,4 (MS)
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HP: Playback Mode
Selects the audio source sent to headphones
upon playback.
• No change
• Same as options listed above
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HP: Warning Bell Level
Set the output level of the multi-function warning bell.
off, −60 to –12 dBFS in 1 dB steps
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HP: Rec/Stop Bell
Alerts the user with one beep at the start of
recording and two beeps when the recording
is stopped
• Disabled
• Enabled
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Tone: Level
Set the output level of the reference tone
−40 to 0 dBFS in 1 dB steps
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Tone: Frequency
Allows the user to set the frequency of the
reference tone oscillator
100–10,000 Hz in 100 Hz steps
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Tone: Mode
Select the destination of the reference tone or
to disables it completely
• disabled
• to record tracks only
• to outputs only
• to record tracks and outputs
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Tracks A,B (MS)
Tracks C,D (MS)
Monitor A,B (MS)
Monitor C,D (MS)
Inputs 1+2+3+4
Inputs 1, 2+3+4
Inputs 1+2,1+2
Inputs 1+3,1+3
Inputs 2+4,2+4
Inputs 3+4,3+4
Inputs 1+2,3+4
Inputs 1+3,2+4
Tracks A+B+C+D
Tracks A, B+C+D
Tracks A+B,A+B
Tracks A+C,A+C
Tracks B+D,B+D
Tracks C+D,C+D
Tracks A+B,C+D
Tracks A+C,B+D
In B-format stereo
Trk B-format stereo
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Setup Name
Setup Description
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INHDD: Test
Performs a write/read speed test on the
internal hard drive. Data transfer speed is
measured in KB/s.
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INHDD: Space
Shows the drive file system, total size, and
space remaining on the internal hard drive.
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INHDD: (Erase)
Formats the internal hard drive.
Caution, while various PC utilities are able to
recover files from a re-formatted drive, once
formatted old audio data is not accessible by
the 744T.
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INHDD: Repair
Runs a utility to repair minor errors in the
directory (FAT) of the drive.
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INHDD: Empty Trash
Allows user to delete files previously sent to
the trash as well as false takes.
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CF: Test
Performs a speed test on the Compact Flash
media installed. Data transfer speed is measured in KB/s.
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CF: Space
Shows the drive file system, total size, and
space remaining on connected Compact Flash
medium.
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CF: (Erase)
Formats installed Compact Flash medium
Setup Options
Caution: Drive test will disable processing and mute
outputs for duration of test. Outputs will not return
until test is exited.
• Empty Trash
• Empty False Takes
• Empty both
Caution: Drive test will disable processing and mute
outputs for duration of test. Outputs will not return
until test is exited.
Caution, while various PC utilities are able to
recover files from re-formatted drives, once
formatted, old audio data is not accessible by
the 744T.
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CF: Repair
Runs a utility that will repair minor errors in
the directory structure of the Compact Flash.
84
CF: Empty Trash
Allows user to delete files previously sent to
the trash as well as false takes.
• Empty Trash
• Empty False Takes
• Empty both
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EXHDD: Test
Performs a speed test on the external media
attached. Data transfer speed is measured in
KB/s.
Caution: Drive test will disable processing and mute
outputs for duration of test. Outputs will not return
until test is exited.
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EXHDD: Space
Shows the drive file system, total size, and
space remaining on connected Compact Flash
medium.
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EXHDD: (Erase)
Formats attached FireWire storage volume
Caution, while various PC utilities are able to
recover files from re-formatted drives, once
formatted, old audio data is not accessible by
the 744T.
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EXHDD: Repair
Runs a utility that will repair minor errors in
the directory structure of the external FireWire
storage volume.
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EXHDD: Empty Trash
Allows user to delete files previously sent to
the trash as well as false takes.
• Empty Trash
• Empty False Takes
• Empty both
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Balance Cal
Calibrates the center position of the input 2
pot when used as the balance control for MS
recording.
Place balance control to center and press to select.
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Power: Ext Low Batt Volt
Sets the warning voltage of the low battery
alert with an external power source. Internal
battery warning threshold is factory set.
10.0–18.0 VDC, 0.1 V steps
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Setup Name
Setup Description
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Power: Ext Power Function
Controls the behavior of the unit when power
is applied to the external DC jack.
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Ext Keyboard: Assign
Enter to setup keyboard shortcuts when using
the CL-1 keyboard interface
94
Ext Keyboard: Language
Select the language of the keyboard attached
to the CL-1.
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CL-1: Re-program
The CL-1 has its own firmware which is supplied from the 744T. This utility updates the
CL-1 firmware.
96
CL-1: Logic Out Assign
Each logic output pin can be assigned to go
high when the unit is in the selected mode.
Logic input overrides logic output selection.
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Info: Button Shortcuts
An informative menu showing the available
keyboard shortcuts.
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Info: Version
Shows the hardware revision, serial number,
and firmware version of the unit.
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Update Software
Upgrade tool used to apply new firmware.
It will search all connected storage for the
firmware file and prompt to update.
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Setup Options
• Do Nothing
• Power On Unit
• Power On and Start Record
• Power On/Off unit
• Power On/Off unit and Record
• English
• German
• French
• Undefined
• Stop
• Play
• Pause
• Record
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Specifications
System
Sampling Frequency
internal: 32, 44.1, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 96.096, 176.4, 192 kHz
external clocking: 32–192 kHz via word clock input
Internal Data Path and
Processing
32 bit, 192 dB dynamic range
A/D, D/A Converters
24 bit, 192 kHz sampling rate maximum. A/D converters on socketed, field-upgradeable
daughter board
A/D Dynamic Range
114 dB, A-weighted bandwidth
110 dB, 20 Hz–22 kHz bandwidth
D/A Dynamic Range
112 dB, A-weighted bandwidth
108 dB, 20 Hz–22 kHz bandwidth
Metering
76-segment (4 x 19), sunlight-viewable
selectable peak, VU, or peak (with or without peak hold) with VU ballistics, variable brightness
Analog Input
(all measurements at Fs 96 kHz, 24 bit unless noted)
Frequency Response
Mic or Line: 10 Hz–40 kHz, +0.1, −0.5 dB (gain controls centered)
Equivalent Input Noise
Mic: −133 dBu max (−135 dBV), 50 ohm source, A-weighted filter
Mic: −131 dBu max (−133 dBV), 50 ohm source, 20 Hz–20 kHz BW flat filter, gain fully up
Mic: −130 dBu max (−132 dBV), 150 ohm source, A-weighted filter
Mic: −128 dBu max (−130 dBV), 150 ohm source, 20 Hz–20 kHz BW flat filter, gain fully up
THD + Noise
Mic: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, gain control down, −15 dBu input)
Line: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, gain control down, +16 dBu input)
Gain
(input dBu to −20 dBFS)
Mic (normal gain mode): 25–70 dB
Mic (low gain mode): 10–55 dB
Line: −6–18 dB, 0.1 dB increments
Input Impedance
Mic (XLR): 7.5k ohm
Line (XLR and TA3): 20k ohm
Input Clipping Level
Mic input: −5 dBu minimum (normal gain mode, gain control fully down)
Mic input: +10 dBu minimum (low gain mode, gain control fully down)
Line input: +26 dBu minimum (gain control fully down)
Input Topology
Mic and Line: fully electronically balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot,
pin-3 cold
Gain Matching
Line inputs: ±0.1 dB, channel-to-channel
Common Mode Rejection
Ratio
Mic: 40 dB minimum at 80 Hz
High-Pass Filters
40, 80, 160, 240 Hz @ 12/18/24 dB/oct (all menu selectable)
Mic Powering
(each XLR selectable)
48 V phantom through 6.8k resistors, 10 mA per mic available, menu-selected per channel in mic
or line level positions
Mic Input Limiters
analog (pre-A/D converter), dual-stage optocoupler and FET,
−4 dBFS threshold, 20:1 limiting ratio, 5 mS attack time, 200 mS release time
Output Analog
Line Output Clipping
Level
+20 dBu minimum, 10k ohm load
Attenuation & Resolution
0–40 dB, 1 dB increments
Output Topology
Line: fully electronically-balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 driven hot,
pin-3 driven cold; let pin-3 float for unbalanced connections.
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Inputs/Outputs – Digital
AES3-id
75 ohm, 0.5 V p-p, S/PDIF compatible with RCA adapter
Digital Storage
Internal hard drive
ATA-5 interface 1.8-in or 2.5-in hard drive 4200–7200 RPM supported, FAT32 formatted, up to 2 TB
addressable
Compact Flash
CF type I, II, and + (microdrive) compatible, FAT32 formatted, up to 2 TB addressable
File Types
WAV or BWF (AES-31 format), mono or polyphonic, at supported Fs, 24-bit or 16-bit
MP3 @ 64, 96, 128, 240, or 320 kb/s stereo
Utilities
format, speed test, and repair utility for internal HD and CF volumes
Data Transfer / Control
FireWire
drive-mode, IEEE-1394a compliant, 6-pin FireWire, Windows 2000, XP, Mac OS X only
C. Link
6-wire modular input and output, RS-232 machine control, word clock, time code transfer
Time Code
Modes Supported
free run, record run, 24 hour run, external time code receive
Frame Rates
23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy
<0.2 ppm, when tuned with Ambient Master Controller, holds TC clock for 8 hours after main battery removal (AA time code battery installed); after 8 hours, retains time of day
Input / Output
20k ohm impedance, 0.3V p-p (–8 dBu) minimum / 1k ohm impedance, 3.0V p-p (+12 dBu)
Powering
Internal Voltages
±16 VDC regulated audio rails
5 VDC data
3.3 VDC data
1.5 VDC DSP core
48 VDC phantom power
Power supply (batteries)
operating cell, removable 7.2 V (nominal) Sony M- or L-type Li-ion, operational from 6–8 V,
time code battery, 1.2 V AA nickel metal-hydride
Power supply (external)
10–18 V, 1000 mA minimum, via locking 4-pin Hirose connector, use Hirose #HR10-7P-4P
(DigiKey# HR100-ND) for locking mating DC connector; pin-1 (−), pin-2 (−), pin-3 (+), pin-4 (+).
See Powering section for additional details
Environmental
Operation and Storage
ambient temperature 5–55° C,
relative humidity (non-condensing) <80%
Other
LCD Display
202 x 32 pixels, extended temperature, backlit display
Tone Oscillator
100 Hz–10 kHz, variable output, assigned to tracks or outputs (menu-selectable)
Quick Setups
four factory presets, one user setup stored to CF or HD as data file
Dimensions and Weight
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Size
45 mm x 209 mm x 125 mm (H x W x D)
1.8” x 8.2” x 4.9”
Mass
unpackaged: 1.2 kg, (2.6 lbs) without battery
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Connector Pin Assignments
Each connector type, electrical characteristics, and pin assignment is shown below.
Connector
Pin Assignments
Notes
XLR
(Analog Inputs)
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
7.5k ohm input impedance, mic level
20k ohm input impedance, line level
active-balanced
XLR
(AES Inputs)
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
transformer-balanced, for use 110 ohm twisted-pair
cabling, AES3 specification
TA3M
Inputs
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
20k ohm input impedance, line level
active-balanced. Mates with Switchcraft TA3F-type connector.
TA3M
Master Output Bus
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
120 ohm output impedance, active balanced.
For unbalanced connection, pin-1 ground, pin-2 hot,
pin-3 not connected. Mates with Switchcraft TA3F-type
connector.
3.5 mm
Master Output Bus
tip – signal L
ring – signal R
sleeve – signal ground
Master Output Bus signal in an unbalanced, consumerelectronic level.
3.5 mm
Headphone
tip – signal L
ring – signal R
sleeve – signal ground
mates with 3.5 mm TRS jack.
5-pin LEMO
Time code
1 – ground
2 – SMPTE TC In
3 – ASCII in/out
4 – tuning out
5 – SMPTE TC out
LEMO B-series connector, pin assignments as viewed
on panel-mounted connector
AES3id (S/PDIF) Inputs
center pin – signal
sleeve – ground
BNC female, unbalanced, coaxial connection, 75 ohm
connectors recommended
AES3id (S/PDIF) Outputs
center pin – signal
sleeve – ground
BNC female, unbalanced, coaxial connection, 75 ohm
connectors recommended
Word Clock Input and
Output
center pin – signal
sleeve – ground
BNC female, unbalanced, coaxial connection, 75 ohm
connectors recommended
FireWire (-1394)
center pin – signal
sleeve – ground
6-pin male FireWire cable
C. Link In / Out
1 – +3.3 V
2 – Tx (output)
3 – ground
4 – Rx (input)
5 – WC in
6 – TC in
Not a telephone jack!
Hirose 4-pin
DC Input
1 – ground
2 – ground, same as pin-1
3 – DC (+)
4 – DC (+)
DC applied to pin-3 will operate and charge the unit
when on and off
DC applied to pin-4 will operate and charge the unit
when on
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Power Consumption Variables
The 744T draws power from either its on-board Li-ion battery or from external DC sources. Two
factors need to be considered to calculate battery runtime—battery/power supply capacity and unit
power consumption. The best determination of your run time is to experiment with a given recording setup.
The 744T power consumption varies over a range between 4 W to 20 W (12 volts), depending on active functions. The following functions have the most significant affect on power consumption:
Inputs
Active analog inputs increase power consumption. If recording from digital sources, disable analog inputs, or inputs altogether to reduce power consumption. If recording solely to
inputs 1 and 2, disable inputs 3 and 4 to reduce power consumption. Analog inputs and the
microphone preamps draw current whether they are idle or active. Active inputs draw 1.5 W
compared to deactivated inputs.
Hard Drive Activity
When the unit is recording to or playing back from the internal hard drive, power consumption
raises by approximately 2 W.
Microphone Powering
Phantom powered microphones draw power for operation. Up to 1 W can be drawn from the
phantom supply.
Battery Chargers
Depending on the charge state of the on-board Li-ion and the internal AA time code battery,
the charging circuit can draw ~10 W from external DC.
Sampling Rate
The 744T draws more power at higher sampling rates. Each doubling of the sampling rate
adds ~1 W of power consumption.
Recording Time Calculation
The calculation of available 744T recording time involves three factors:
• track count - how many concurrent audio tracks are selected for recording.
• data rate - calculated from the sampling rate and bit depth for non-compressed audio and by
bit rate for data compressed audio. Data rate determines how big the data “container” is for the
audio signal (see the calculation below for determining PCM audio).
• storage capacity - typically expressed in GB
Uncompressed Recording Time in Track-Hours
(1000 MB = 1 GB)
Storage in GB
Data Rate (bit depth/sampling rate), one track
16/44.1
(5.05 MB/min)
16/48
(5.49 MB/min)
24/48
(8.24 MB/min)
24/96
(16.5 MB/min)
24/192
(33.0 MB/min)
1
3.30
3.03
2.02
1.01
0.51
2
6.60
6.07
4.05
2.02
1.01
4
13.2
12.1
8.09
4.05
2.02
8
26.4
24.3
16.2
8.09
4.05
15
49.5
45.5
30.3
15.2
7.59
40
132
121
80.9
40.5
20.2
60
198
182
121
60.7
30.3
100
330
303
202
101
50.6
The chart above shows recording time available with the 744T. Time is expressed in hours per track
(track-hours) at the specified data rate supported by the 744T. If recording two tracks, divide the
track hours figure by two. Similarly for four-track recording, divide track-hours by four. Note that
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Features and specifications are subject to change. Visit www.sounddevices.com for the latest documentation.
the 744T supports additional sampling rate / bit depth combinations, however, only the most common are included below.
Record Time
The chart shows that when recording 24-bit/48 kHz audio to a 40 GB hard drive the maximum
amount of recording time available roughly 80 track-hours. If recording a stereo two-track file, this
yields 40 stereo hours of record time.
Note that most storage media now quote capacity in GB using SI units, where 1000 megabytes equals one
gigabyte.
PCM Audio
Uncompressed digital audio is expressed numerically by two measurements, bit depth and sampling
frequency, such as 16-bit/48 kHz. These two numbers are used to compute the data rate of uncompressed audio.
Audio Data Rate = Bit Depth x Sampling Frequency
In the example below the data rate of a single 16-bit/48 kHz audio stream is computed in megabytes
per minute. Division by 1,048,576 converts from bits to megabits. Division by 8 converts from megabits to megabytes; multiply by 60 converts seconds to minutes.
(((16 x 48000) / 1,048,576) / 8) x 60 = 5.49 MB/min
MP3 Compressed Record Time in Hours
(1000 MB = 1 GB)
Storage in GB
MP3 Data Rate (bit depth/sampling rate), stereo track
64 kb/s
96 kb/s
128 kb/s
160 kb/s
192 kb/s
256 kb/s
320 kb/s
(0.47 MB/min)
(0.70 MB/min)
(0.94 MB/min)
(1.17 MB/min)
(1.40 MB/min)
(1.86 MB/min)
(2.34 MB/min)
1
35
23
17
14
11
8
7
2
71
47
35
28
23
17
14
4
142
94
71
56
47
35
28
8
284
189
142
113
94
71
56
15
533
355
266
213
177
133
106
40
1422
948
711
568
474
355
284
60
2133
1422
1066
853
711
533
426
100
3555
2370
1777
1422
1185
888
711
The chart above shows recording time available with the 744T when recording to an MP3 file. Time
is expressed in hours at the specified MP3 supported by the 744T. Note that all recordings are twochannel recordings.
Compressed Audio
When digital audio is compressed using some form of lossy, perceptual process such as MPEG2Layer3 (MP3 audio), Windows Media encoding (WMA), ATRAC encoding (used in MiniDisc), AAC
(MPEG-4 audio), or others - it can have a significant reduction in its data rate. Compressed audio has
enabled the practical distribution of audio over low speed data networks.
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Front Panel Button Shortcuts
To speed navigation the 7-Series has numerous navigation “shortcuts”. For combinations, hold down
the first identified key and continue to hold while pressing the next keys.
Function
Key Sequence
+
Jam Menu
Button Lock
Menu and HDD
Enters the time code jam menu. (702T &744T Only)
+
Backlight and Tone
Press backlight then tone to lock all front panel buttons
except for Record, Stop and Play. FF and Rew are available
in playback mode. Use backlight and tone again to unlock
the panel.
+
Input Mutes
Input
Hold down and press soft buttons to mute inputs
Stop and Input
Hold down STOP and press INPUT to cycle through input
routing presets. Last preset will open the input routing menu
to the custom route selection
Input Routing
+
Phantom #1
Phantom #2
Low-cut #1
Low-cut #2
Connect
FireWire
False
Take
Increase
Take
Take
List
+
Tone and Menu
Toggles input 1 phantom power
+
Tone and HDD
Toggles input 2 phantom power
+
Backlight and Menu
Toggles Input 1 high-pass filter
+
Backlight and HDD
Toggles Input 2 high-pass filter
Stop and HDD
Initiates FireWire connection if previously disconnected via
an “eject” command
+
+
Stop and Rewind
Delete last take prompt.
+
Stop and Fast Forward
Increments take number to be recorded for next file
+
Stop and Play
Take list and circle take identifying screen
HDD
Hold the HDD button down for 1 second to toggle between
viewable drives.
Toggle Drives
LED Level
Flashlight
Mode
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Action
Record and Tone
In the menu File: Marker Mode must be set to Markers Disabled. While recording hold the REC button and press the
tone button. Tone will be active as long as the tone button is
held.
Record Tone
+ Rotary Switch
+
+
Backlight and Rotary Switch
Adjusts level of LED brightness.
Rewind and Play and Stop
With the power off, hold down these buttons while powering
the unit to enter Flashlight mode. This illuminates all LEDs
except for three. Press power again to exit.
Features and specifications are subject to change. Visit www.sounddevices.com for the latest documentation.
Setup Menu Shortcuts
The setup menu can quickly be navigated by using the Rotary Switch to scroll up and down through
the menu. Additionally, shortcuts, or “breadcrumbs” can be placed on often-used menu items. A
breadcrumb is set by holding the play key. A small dot is shown to the left of the setup number. Any
number of breadcrumbs can be set, but their utility is reduced with too many applied.
press and hold to set or remove a menu crumb;
single press navigates to menu item #1
toggles among menu breadcrumbs to
lower numbered items
with no breadcrumbs placed, moves to
a previous general menu section
toggles among menu breadcrumbs to
higher numbered items
with no breadcrumbs placed, moves to
the next general menu section
CL-1 Remote Control and Keyboard Interface
The CL-1 Remote Control and Keyboard Interface is an available hardware accessory to interface
with PS/2 compliant computer keyboards and enable external devices to control the 744T. When using the CL-1, front panel controls and menu selections on the 744T can be mapped to keyboard shortcuts, allowing for full keyboard control of the recorder. Additionally the CL-1 has contact closures for
programming remote inputs or outputs. These are commonly used for machine control and “remote
rolling” using a mixing console with transport controls.
Connecting the CL-1
1.
Connect the included C. Link cable to the 744T’s C. Link Input connector.
2.
Connect the opposite end of the C. Link cable to the CL-1’s C. Link connector.
3.
Connect a PS/2 keyboard to the PS/2 connector on the CL-1.
4.
Connect switches between assigned pins 1-7 and pin-8 (ground) on the CL-1.
The C. Link port on the 744T provides power for CL-1 operation.
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Keyboard Assignments
Standard keyboard shortcuts have been pre-assigned and are listed below.
Menu Keys
Shortcut Key
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Function
Escape
Cancel – Exits without saving in all menus
Enter
Ok – Exits with saving in all menus (Check Mark or Edit)
Up Arrow
Mirrors the LCD Up Arrow in all menus
Down Arrow
Mirrors the LCD Down Arrow in all menus
Left Arrow
Mirrors the LCD RWD Arrow in all menus
CustomRouteUI – Un-assign Route
TimeMenu – Moves to previous field
Right Arrow
Mirrors the LCD FFWD Arrow in all menus
CustomRouteUI – Assign Route.
InRouteUI – Edit if on ‘Custom Route’
FileUI – Selects Options for Folders/Files when displayed
ShortcutEditUI – Edit shortcut if on shortcut number
Scene/TrackLists – Edits (Same as hitting Play button)
TimeMenu – Moves to next field.
CTRL + Up Arrow
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the previous category
CTRL + Down Arrow
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the next category
Page Up
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the previous category or marker
Page Down
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the next category or marker
Shortcut Edit UI Menu – Same as Enter
Home
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the top of the list.
FileUI – Moves to the top of the list
Shortcut Edit UI – Goes to first shortcut number or Hot Key
StringUI – Goes to the beginning of the string
End
Setup UI Menu - Moves to the bottom of the list.
Shortcut Edit UI – Goes to last shortcut number or Hot Key
StringUI – Goes to the end of the string being edited
Delete
Scene/TrackLists – Deletes entry when permitted
StringUI – Deletes character when permitted
Insert
Setup UI Menu - Toggles Markers
StringUI – Inserts a space when permitted
“Hot Key”
Shortcut Edit UI Menu - Selects Hot Key In Set Key Mode
Global - Executes Command if function is assigned to Hot Key
01 - 99 (number sequence)
Setup UI Menu – Jumps to menu list number.
Shortcut UI Menu – Jumps to shortcut number.
Features and specifications are subject to change. Visit www.sounddevices.com for the latest documentation.
String Edits & Take Name/Number (Renaming & Notes)
Hot Key
Function
ASCII Characters
Scene – Prints Character and moves to next character.
Take – ‘0-9’ – Prints Number, ‘A-Z’ – Prints Spacer
Backspace
Deletes previous character and moves one character to the left
Delete
Deletes currently selected character
Take – Same as ‘Reset’ (Play Button)
Enter
Carriage Return if permitted, otherwise
Ok – Exits with saving
CTRL + Enter
Ok – Exits with saving. (Only when Carriage Return is permitted.)
Insert
Inserts a space when permitted
Escape
Cancel – Exits without saving in both menus
Up Arrow
Increment Character in both menus
Down Arrow
Decrement Character in both menus
Left Arrow
Previous Character in both menus
Right Arrow
Next Character in both menus
Home
Goes to the beginning of string being edited
End
Goes to the end of the string being edited
Assignable Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts can be programmed to control nearly every function on the 744T. Shortcuts can
select and change menu items with a simple key strokes. Combinations of computer keyboard function keys, along with Control-, Alt-, and Shift- can also be programmed. The following chart shows
what keys are programmable.
Hot Key
Key
Shift-
Ctrl-
Alt-
F1-F12
X
X
X
X
0-9
-
-
X
X
A-Z
-
-
X
X
Logic In 1-6
X
-
-
-
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To program a shortcut perform the following steps:
1.
Enter the External Keyboard Assignment Setup Menu selection.
Shortcut number. Up
to 50 shortcuts can be
programmed
2.
Select an unassigned shortcut number for programming. If a duplicate key sequence is selected the lowest shortcut number action takes place. The example below shows the F1 key being reprogrammed.
3.
After selecting a key sequence select the desired Setup Menu item or action. The example below shows
the reprogramming of the F1 key to change the sampling rate to 48048.
Specific Setup
Menu options can
be programmed if
multiple options are
available.
If a single key or key combination is programmed for multiple shortcuts, the shortcut with the lowest
number will take precedence.
Shortcut List Functionality
The shortcut list is a user definable list of keyboard keys/Logic In that perform specified actions.
The actions that a keyboard key can perform are listed in the below table. Macros are currently not
implemented.
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Action
Function
Momentary Button
Simulates selected button. Can simulate in any menu
Toggle Button
Toggles state of selected button. (Play & Record) are only supported
Open Menu
Opens a SetupUI Menu
Cycle Settings
Cycles a SetupUI parameter to the next setting and saves it
Set Settings
Sets a SetupUI parameter to the given setting and saves it
Open Time Code Menu
Opens the TimeCode: Jam Menu and goes to the given parameter
Jam Time Code Item
Jams given TimeCode parameter
Edit Time Code Item
Opens the TimeCode: Jam Menu Edit screen for the given parameter
Button Shortcuts
Simulates a front panel button shortcut. Ex: (Stop+Play) opens TakeList Menu
Features and specifications are subject to change. Visit www.sounddevices.com for the latest documentation.
Logic Inputs and Outputs
Identical to shortcuts assigned to computer keyboard key sequences, the CL-1 has six contacts that
can be programmed to perform Setup Menu items or control the record, play, and stop functions of
the recorder. A switch connected between the assigned pin and ground (pin-7) will form a circuit.
Closing the circuit will activate the programmed action.
The Logic pins on the CL-1 can be set individually as either a switch-closure input or a switch closure output. The inputs and outputs are “logic low” devices, meaning that to turn “on” an input, it
must be connected to ground (zero volts). Likewise, when an output is “on”, it puts out 0 volts and
when it is “off”, it puts out +5 volts.
Logic Inputs
Configured as a switch-closure input, a pin can be connected to a switch that a user has wired to
assigned contact. This switch can then trigger the 744T to begin recording. Other functions can be
assigned as well from the Setup Menu. The switch-closure on a given pin of the CL-1 can be thought
of as just another key on the keyboard. Anything that can be assigned to a key can also be assigned
to a switch.
To configure a pin as an input, navigate to EXT KEYBOARD ASSIGN in the Setup Menu. Select a new
SHORTCUT number, then locate the Login inputs amongst the assignable keys. Choosing LOGIC IN 1
would correspond to pin 1 on the CL-1, LOGIC IN 2 would correspond to pin 2 on the CL-1, and so
on. After a Logic input is chosen assign the desired action that the Logic input will control.
Logic Outputs
Configured as a switch-closure output, the CL-1 can drive LEDs, relays, or any other sort of device
which will accept a TTL-level or similar input. For example, the CL-1 can drive a big red LED connected via a series resistor between the +5V output and a switch-closure output and light up whenever the recorder is put into record mode.
To configure a pin as an output, go to CL-1: LOGIC OUT ASSIGN in the Setup Menu. The Logic
Pin number is on the left hand side (“00”, “01”, etc). Each of these pins can be assigned to undefined, Stop, Play, Record, or Pause. Note that if a pin is assigned to be both an input (via the
EXT KEYBOARD ASSIGN Setup Menu) and an output (via the CL-1: LOGIC OUT ASSIGN Setup
Menu), the pin will automatically default to an output.
Accessories
Included Accessories
The accessories below are included with the 744T:
•
•
•
•
•
•
XL-WPH - worldwide mains power supply, 100–240 VAC input, 12 VDC, 24 W output
XL-B2 - Li-ion removable rechargeable battery, 4800 mAh
XL-14 - 3.5 mm to 1/4-inch jack for headphone output extension
XL-RJ - C. Link cable for unit-to-unit linking
XL-MAN - Padded man-bag
XL-1394 - FireWire Power conditioner
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Optional Accessories
The above accessories are just the start of building a flexible recording kit. Available accessories from
Sound Devices include:
•
CL-1
Remote Control and Keyboard Interface used to control the 744T with an external keyboard.
•
XL-DVDRAM
An external bus-powered FireWire DVD Multi-drive. Based on the slot-loading Panasonic
UJ-85 drive mechanism the XL-DVDRAM is used with a 7-Series recorder to record directly to
optical disk or as a post-record storage volume.
•
CS-3
Production bag with shoulder strap, holds 744T and is compatible with PortaBrace RM accessories; mounts onto CS-442, CS-302, and CS4W mixer bags
•
XL-1A (sold as pair)
TA3F to TA3F cable, used to connect the direct outputs of the a Sound Devices 442 mixer to the
channel 3/4 analog line-level inputs
•
XL-2 (sold as pair)
TA3F to XLR-M cable, used for output connection from the master analog output
•
XL-2F (sold as pair)
XLR-F to TA3F cable, used for input connection to line inputs 3 and 4 from balanced, XLR
outputs.
•
XL-BNC
BNC to BNC cable, to connect word clock from external sources to the 744T for synchronizing
the 744T; also used to sync external devices from the word clock of the 744T.
•
XL-LB2
5-pin LEMO to two (2) BNC, used to jam to and from video cameras.
•
XL-LL
5-pin LEMO to 5-pin LEMO, used to connect the 744T time code circuit to Ambient time code
sync boxes, slates, and controllers or to jam one 744T to another 744T; additionally used to jam
Aaton cameras from the 744T
•
XL-LX
5-pin LEMO to XLR-M and XLR-F, used to connect the time code output to SMTPE time code
inputs and outputs
•
XL-B2
removable, rechargeable, Li-ion battery; 4800 mAh battery; it’s good to have several spares
•
XL-WPH
power adapter included with unit; 100–240 VAC input, 12 VDC output; it’s good to have a
spare
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Warranty and Technical Support
Warranty & Service
Sound Devices, LLC warrants the 744T Portable Audio Recorder against defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of ONE (1) year from date of original retail purchase. This is a non-transferable warranty that extends only to the original purchaser. Sound Devices, LLC will repair or
replace the product at its discretion at no charge. Warranty claims due to severe service conditions
will be addressed on an individual basis. THE WARRANTY AND REMEDIES SET FORTH ABOVE
ARE EXCLUSIVE. SOUND DEVICES, LLC DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOUND DEVICES, LLC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY BREACH OF WARRANTY OR UNDER ANY
OTHER LEGAL THEORY. Because some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion or limitations set
forth above, they may not apply in all cases.
For all service, including warranty repair, please contact Sound Devices for an RMA (return merchandise authorization) before sending your unit in for repair. Product returned without an RMA
number may experience delays in repair. When sending a unit for repair, please do not include accessories, including CF cards, batteries, power supplies, carry cases, cables, or adapters unless instructed by Sound
Devices.
Sound Devices, LLC
Service Repair RMA #XXXXX
300 Wengel Drive
Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA
telephone: (608) 524-0625
Technical Support / Bug Reports
For technical support and bug reporting on all Sound Devices products contact:
Sound Devices, LLC
E-mail: [email protected]
web: www.sounddevices.com/contact_support.htm
Telephone: +1 (608) 524-0625 / Toll-Free in the U.S.A.: (800) 505-0625
Fax: +1 (608) 524-0655
Sound Devices hosts a support forum for 7-Series recorders. The URL is:
www.sounddevicessupport.com
Sound Devices cannot guarantee that a given computer, software, or operating system configuration can be used satisfactorily with the 744T based exclusively on the fact that it meets our minimum
system requirements.
Please check with your software editing application to make certain that it is compatible with the file
type selected.
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CE Declaration of Conformity
According to ISO/IEC Guide 22
Sound Devices, LLC
300 Wengel Drive
Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA
declares that the product, 744T Professional Digital Audio Recorder is in conformity with and passes:
EN55103-1, 1997
EMC-product family standard for audio, video, audiovisual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for
professional use. Part 1: Emissions
EN55103-2, 1997
EMC-product family standard for audio, video, audiovisual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for
professional use. Part 2: Immunity
EN55103-1 Phenomena 2, 3,
1997
Magnetic emissions at 1 meter 50 Hz – 50 kHz
EN55103-2 Phenomena 3, 1997
Magnetic immunity 50 Hz to 10 kHz
CISPR 22 (EN55022) 2003
Radiated and conducted emissions, Class B
EN61000-4-2 (2001)/
IEC61000-4-2 (2001)
ESD, ±4 kV contact, ±8 kV air discharge
EN61000-4-3 (2001)/
IEC1000-4-3 (2001)
Radiated RF immunity, 10 V/m, 80% 1 kHz amplitude
modulation
EN61000-4-4 (2001)/
IEC61000-4-4 (2001)
AC power ports: EFT Burst, I/O lines, ±0.25 kV to ±1.0
kV, power line ±0.5 kB – ±1 kV
EN61000-4-4 (2001)/
IEC61000-4-4 (2001)
EFT Burst, I/O lines, ±0.25 kV to ±1.0 kV, power line
±0.5 kB – ±1 kV
EN61000-4-5 (2001)/
IEC61000-4-5 (2001)
Surge ±1 kV differential mode (line-to-line), ±2 kV
common mode (line-to-ground)
EN61000-4-6 (2001)/
IEC61000-4-6 (2001)
Conducted RF immunity, 3 V, 80% @1 kHz amplitude
modulation
EN61000-4-11 (2002)/
IEC61000-4-11(2001)
Voltage dips and short interruptions at test voltage
level: 0% V unominal @ 70% V unominal @ 25 period
Tested by L. S. Compliance, Inc. Cedarburg, Wisconsin
November 19, 2004
Matthew Anderson
Director of Engineering
Sound Devices, LLC
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Governing Law
This agreement and limited warranty are governed by the laws of the state of Wisconsin.
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702 rev. 2.10- Printed in U.S.A.
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