MV8800WS06—Direct Recording - Roland

MV8800WS06—Direct Recording - Roland
MV-8800 Production Studio
Direct Recording
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About the MV-8800 Workshop Series
Roland’s MV-8800 Production Studio is packed with features for making
music. It’s a heavy-duty sampler that can do all sorts of things with sounds
you sample or import. Its sequencer has 136 tracks for MIDI sequencing and
playing back audio, and its set of editing tools is deep. It’s a great box for
performing—using its pads or an attached MIDI keyboard—and, of course,
it can even burn a CD of your final master mix.
Each MV-8800 Workshop Series booklet focuses on one MV-8800 topic, and
is intended as a companion to your MV-8800 Owner’s Manuals.
About This Booklet
The MV-8800’s Direct Recording feature lets you record vocals or instruments
into the MV-8800 alongside your sequenced tracks—there’s no sampling
involved, just straight-ahead recording. This booklet explains how to use
Direct Recording.
The Buttons, the LCD, or a VGA?
On the MV-8800, you can work on the built-in color LCD or on an optional
VGA monitor. You can use the MV-8800’s front-panel controls, or a mouse on
your VGA screen. No matter how you like to work, there’s an easy way to get
things done.
Probably the best idea is to work primarily with a mouse
on a VGA, using the MV-8800’s buttons to quickly get in and out of
MV-8800 screens. The procedures in this booklet typically assume you’ll be
working this way.
If you’re not, don’t worry, because the VGA windows and LCD screens are
essentially the same. There are clickable VGA icons for all of the MV-8800’s
buttons. You can also press an onscreen button by clicking your mouse or
by pressing an F button on the MV-8800. The main difference has to do with
how you deal with settings—or “parameters”—and how you select objects.
If you’re using a mouse:
Left click
If you’re using the MV-8800’s buttons:
Right click
You select parameters and objects with
a left click. You change the selected
parameter’s value by turning the scroll
wheel. You can display an object’s menu by
right-clicking the object.
You select parameters and objects with
the 3, 4, 5, and 6 CURSOR buttons.
Change a selected parameter’s value by
turning the VALUE dial or by pressing DEC
and INC.
Understanding the Symbols in This Booklet
Throughout this booklet, you’ll come across information that deserves
special attention—that’s the reason it’s labeled with one of the following
A note is something that adds information about the topic at hand.
A tip offers suggestions for using the feature being discussed.
Warnings contain important information that can help you avoid
possible damage to your equipment, your data, or yourself.
Hot Links
Each Workshop booklet is meant to be read in order from
beginning to end. However, if we mention an upcoming
section—and you see this arrow—you can click the arrow to
jump there immediately.
Where Direct Recording Gets Recorded
When you record vocals or instruments with Direct Recording, the MV-8800
stashes your audio in its sample RAM, and holds it there until you save your
current project. When you save the project, everything in sample RAM is
saved onto the MV-8800’s hard drive in the project’s SAMPLE folder.
If you’re using:
a single mic, an electric guitar, bass, or other single-output instrument—
connect it to the MIC/LINE L jack.
a keyboard or other stereo instrument—connect its left and right outputs
to the MIC/LINE L and R jacks, respectively.
If you’ve installed an optional MV8-OP1 Audio I/O Expansion board in
your MV-8800, you can connect a digital device—such as a synth with
digital outputs—to one of the MV8-OP1’s digital inputs.
Since your recordings aren’t permanently saved until you save their
project, it’s critically important that you save the project before
turning off the MV-8800 or loading another project. If you don’t save
the project first, your recordings will be lost.
Obviously, the larger your sample RAM, the more recordings you can fit in
there. The MV-8800 ships with a generous 128 MB of sample RAM, which
amounts to over 25 minutes of mono Direct Recording, or just shy of 13
minutes of stereo Direct Recording. You can expand your sample RAM up to
512 MB, as described in the MV-8800 Owner’s Manual.
Turning On Your Inputs
After making your connection, you’ve got to tell the MV-8800 which jacks
you want to use.
Press the SYSTEM button.
Select Global from the SYSTEM menu to display the
GLOBAL window.
Direct Recording shares sample RAM with anything you’ve sampled,
as well as with the samples played by any instruments you’ve loaded.
As a result, when you’ve got samples loaded, there’ll be less Direct
Recording time available.
If you’ve installed an
optional MV8-OP1
expansion board, you’ll
see its digital connectors
The Direct Recording Session
The Direct Recording Hookup
Connect your mic(s) or instrument to the MV-8800 using its rear-panel
When you’re Direct
Recording, keep the
included shorting pin
inserted in the PHONO
For recording from the MV-8800’s analog input jacks, set Input Type to:
Analog—for stereo recording from both inputs.
Analog(L+R)—to record in mono using both inputs.
Analog—to record in mono from the left input only.
The Input Select parameter is automatically set to Analog unless you’ve
installed an MV8-OP1. If you have, you can select a stereo digital input:
Coaxial, Optical, or R-BUS.
If you’re recording in stereo, set the L and R knobs to the same
Once they light, the Clip indicators stay lit to make sure you see that
there’s been a too-loud moment even if you didn’t see it happening. To
switch the Clip indicators back off, click the Reset Peak button.
Setting Your Direct Recording Level
Press the MIXER button to display the MIXER (AUX/FX/
The Direct Recording Setup
Select the pattern or song you want to record into.
Select an unused audio track. Each audio track has a little audio symbol
to its left, shown here.
IN (A) level
If the AUX/Phrs/In pane isn’t visible—as shown here—click its tab at the
top of the window to bring it forward.
Set the IN (A) level to 100, as shown above.
While listening to the sound you want to record, adjust the front-panel
SENS knob for each analog input you’re using so the level shown in the
IN (A) meters onscreen is as loud as possible without lighting its red
Clip indicators.
Clip indicators
If you have no available audio tracks, press the MENU button and
select Add Audio Tracks... to create the desired number of new audio
Use the MEAS 7 and/or 8 buttons to move to the location in the
project where you want to begin recording.
Press the REC button—the metronome starts and the
We’re in Pattern mode, so this is the
(AUDIO) window. If you’re in Song
(AUDIO) window is displayed, and
the Pattern Length and Loop Rest
parameters aren’t visible.
Once you’ve got a recording you like, press PROJECT, and then select
Save Project to store your work on the MV-8800 hard drive. This
ensures that you won’t forget to save the project later. Use Save
Project often as you work.
Rec Mode—to Direct Rec.
Sample Type—to:
Mono—if you’re recording only from the MIC/LINE L jack.
Stereo—if you’re recording from both the MIC/LINE L and R
jacks, the two PHONO inputs, or a digital input.
Count In—to the number of measures you want to hear before
recording actually begins.
Pattern Length (in Pattern mode)—to change the length of the
current pattern.
Metronome Mode—as desired. It can play during recording only,
during recording and playback, or all the time.
If you’re recording along to already-sequenced tracks, you won’t want
to hear the metronome. To turn it off, set Metronome Mode to Off. To
learn more about the metronome, see the MV-8800 Owner’s Manual.
Auto Punch
You can re-record a section of a recorded track by “punching” the section you
want to fix. When you begin re-recording, you “punch in.” When you stop rerecording, you “punch out.”
The MV-8800 offers an Auto Punch feature that makes this easy to do. To
punch a section of a track:
Hold down SHIFT and press the AUTO
PUNCH button. This turns on Auto Punch
and opens the AUTO PUNCH window.
We’ll discuss two of the remaining parameters in the “Auto Punch”
section. (Pattern mode’s Loop Rest parameter has no bearing on, and
Input Quantize parameter isn’t available for, direct recording.)
When Auto Punch is on, its
icon lights blue on the VGA.
A red bar appears on the
VGA above the section to be
The Direct Recording Process
Press the PLAY button to begin recording. The countoff
measures go by and recording starts.
When you’ve finished recording, press the STOP button.
To play back your recording, press the TOP button or use
the 7 and 8 buttons to move to the beginning of your recording, and
then hit PLAY.
If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press the UNDO/REDO button
to get rid of it. When you do this, UNDO/REDO flashes to show that
you can change your mind and get back your recording by pressing
UNDO/REDO once more. You can change your mind until you make your
next recording.
The Auto Punch window
In the AUTO PUNCH window, you can set the locations where you want
to start and stop re-recording.
Punch In—to where you want to begin re-recording. You can select
the desired bar, beat, or tick.
Punch Out—to where you want to stop recording. You can select
the desired bar, beat or tick, here, too.
If you don’t want to be bothered with bars, beats, and ticks, just play
the section you want to punch. Click the AUTO PUNCH window’s Now In
button when you get to the place where you want to start recording,
and click the Now Out button where you want to stop recording.
Use 7 and/or 8 to move to a place before the section you want to
Press PLAY—the MV-8800 waits to actually begin recording until it
reaches the Punch In location, and automatically stops recording when
it reaches the Punch Out location.
Press STOP when you’re done.
Naming the Track
It’s a good idea to name each recorded track so you don’t have to remember
which one it is. To name a track:
Double-click on the track’s name to display the EDIT TRACK NAME
window, or press MENU and select Track Name...
Click the jump button to learn how to name tracks when
you’re working on the built-in LCD.
You can edit your recording the same way you’d edit the audio on any
MV-8800 audio track. A detailed discussion of track-editing is beyond the
scope of this booklet, but here are a few tips to get you started.
When you’re ready, press the REC button—you’ll see your punch points
Editing a Direct Recording
See the MV-8800 Owner’s Manual for details on editing sequence
Selecting What You Want to Edit
Click the jump button to learn how to edit audio when
you’re working on the built-in LCD.
To select a recording for editing on the
VGA, click directly on the recording so
it turns dark.
To select a portion of a recording for editing:
Click the audio symbol next to its track name so
it turns dark.
Select the Range tool and drag from left to right
over the portion of the recording you want to edit.
The Range tool
Remember to click the Arrow button to the left of the Range tool
once you’ve finished selecting the portion of the recording you want
to edit.
In the EDIT TRACK NAME window, name the track as desired and click
The Edit Pop-Up
Dragging, Dropping
When you’ve selected a recording—or
a portion of it—right-click it with your
mouse to display the Edit pop-up. It’s filled
with editing options for the recording.
You can also use your mouse to move and/or copy the recording on your
VGA. To:
The same menu appears when you’re
editing MIDI tracks—the items that aren’t
available when you’re working with audio
are for MIDI editing only.
This menu item:
Allows you to:
move the selected audio to a different time
location and/or track.
Copy & Paste...
copy the selected audio to a different time
location and/or track, replacing whatever’s
already there.
Copy & Insert...
copy the selected audio to a different time
location and/or track, inserting it at the
desired location. If audio’s already there,
that audio is pushed back in time so it starts
at the end of the inserted audio.
move the recording—click the recording and drag it to the desired
copy the recording—hold down SHIFT and drag a copy of the recording
to the desired position.
Audio Event Parameters
When you select Audio Event Parameter from the Edit pop-up, the AUDIO
EVENT PARAMETER window appears.
This parameter:
the basic level of the recording.
Coarse Tune
the tuning of the recording, in keyboard
steps, or “semitones.”
replace the selected audio with silence.
delete the selected audio, sliding any audio
that follows it into its place.
Fine Tune
the tuning of the recording, in 100ths of a
Copy as Audio Phrase...
assign the selected audio to one of the
MV-8800 pads as an audio phrase.
BPM Sync
Audio Event Parameter
control the behavior of the recording. We’ll
get into the AUDIO EVENT PARAMETER window
in detail in “Audio Event Parameters.”
whether or not the recording’s tempo
is locked to the sequence tempo so it
automatically stays in time even if the
sequence tempo changes after Direct
Stretch Type
the algorithm the MV-8800 uses to keep
the recording in time when BPM Sync is on.
Higher values result in higher audio quality.
If you’re not sure of the setting to use, set
this to Auto.
Paste MIDI Clip becomes available in Song mode. Copy as New Pattern
and Paste Pattern have to do with managing MV-8800 patterns. We’re
not concerned with any of these menu items during direct recording.
This parameter:
the tempo of the recording. This is set by
default to the sequence’s tempo during
Direct Recording.
Click the onscreen Move button to change the recording’s starting
location. Click the Sample Edit button to display a window where you
can—among other things—normalize the recording to make it as loud as
possible, or convert a stereo recording into a mono one.
Press MENU, and select Track Name... to open the EDIT TRACK NAME
Use the VALUE dial and the 3 and 4 buttons to enter the name you
Press F5 (OK) when you’re done.
If you jumped to this section from Page 6, click here to
jump back.
Working on the Built-In LCD: Special Cases
Usually—as we’ve said—there are only small differences between working
on a VGA or on the built-in LCD. This booklet contains a few exceptions,
though: naming a track, selecting audio for editing, and opening the Edit
Pop-Up menu. The following sections explain how to do these things on the
If you’re working on a VGA, you can jump ahead—you’ve
already learned how to do these things.
Naming a Track on the Built-In LCD
Press PATTERN or SONG to display the desired screen.
Use 6 or 5 to select the desired track.
Editing on the Built-In LCD
Selecting a Recorded Region for Editing
Press PATTERN or SONG to display the desired screen.
Press F5 (Seq Edit) to display the SEQUENCE EDIT screen.
Use 6 or 5 to select the track you want to edit, and then press F1
(Track Sel) so a small white square appears to the right of the track’s
name. If you’d like to edit all of your tracks at the same time, hit F2
(All Track Sel).
If you see any numbers in the Region In/Out box, press F3 (Rgn In/Out)
once or twice to remove them.
Press F3 (Rgn
In/Out) to clear
this box.
This little white
square means the
track is selected for
The track label becomes
dark when the track is
Move to the beginning of the section you want to edit, and then press
F3 (Rgn In/Out).
Move to the end of the section you want to edit—as you do, the
selected region becomes highlighted.
Press F3 (Rgn In/Out) again. If you’d like to start over again, hit F3 (Rgn
In/Out) twice.
To start over again, hit F3 (Rgn In/Out).
If you jumped to this section from Page 6, click here to
jump back.
Quick-Selecting a Single Measure for Editing
You can use the Quick Region feature to choose a single measure for editing.
Here’s how:
Press PATTERN or SONG to display the desired screen.
Press F5 (Seq Edit) to display the SEQUENCE EDIT screen.
Use 6 or 5 to select the track you want to edit.
We’ve selected
Track 2 here.
Move to the beginning of the measure you want to edit, and then press
F4 (Quick Rgn)—the measure turns dark to show that it’s now selected
for editing.
If you jumped to this section from Page 6, click here to
jump back.
Opening the Edit Menu on the Built-In LCD
After selecting the desired audio region
on the SEQUENCE EDIT screen, press F5
(Command) to open the Edit Menu.
Select the desired menu item and hit
To jump to a list of the menu items that have to do with
editing your recording, click here.
The End
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