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Table of Contents
Warnings and WEEE.............................................................................................2
Introduction..............................................................................................................3
Features...................................................................................................................4
Compatibility and Recommended Peripherals.................................................5
Device Requirements..............................................................................................5
Care and Maintenance.........................................................................................6
Operating Conditions............................................................................................6
Legal Info.................................................................................................................6
Setup Guide & Parts Diagram............................................................................7
Front & Rear Panel Connections....................................................................7
Top Panel & Functions..................................................................................8-9
Using the Dmix-300. ..........................................................................................10
Preparing for Use..........................................................................................10
Selecting Devices & Database Creation...................................................11
Database Creation (continued)...................................................................12
File Browser & Search Options...................................................................13
Search Options (continued)...................................................................14-15
Info Button & Track Attributes......................................................................16
Play Mode & Single Auto Cue....................................................................17
Options and Shuffle Mode...........................................................................18
Time Display and Pitch Control...................................................................19
Jog Mode, Scratch and Playlist Support..................................................20
Cue Points and Cue Memorization.............................................................21
Device Menu...................................................................................................22
Mixer Section..................................................................................................23
Mixer Section (cont).......................................................................................24
Firmware Updates.........................................................................................25
Error Messages/Troubleshooting.................................................................26
Technical Specifications......................................................................................27
Warranty Information.........................................................................................28
IMPORTANT WARNING & SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
P L E A S E R E A D P R I O R TO O P E R AT I N G T H I S D E V I C E !
CAUTION: This product satisfies FCC regulations
when shielded cables and connectors are used to
connect the unit to other equipment. To prevent electromagnetic interference with electric appliances
such as radios and televisions, use shielded cables
and connectors for connections.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of
important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within
an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage"
within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock
to persons.
READ INSTRUCTIONS: All the safety and operating
instructions should be read before the product is
operated.
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS: The safety and operating
instructions should be retained for future reference.
HEED WARNINGS: All warnings on the product and
in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: All operating and use
instructions should be followed.
CLEANING: The product should be cleaned only
with a polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean
with furniture wax, benzine, insecticides or other
volatile liquids since they may corrode the cabinet.
ATTACHMENTS: Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may
cause hazards.
WATER & MOISTURE: Do not use this product near
water, for example, near a bathtub, wash bowl,
kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or
near a swimming pool; and the like.
ACCESSORIES: Do not place this product on an
unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The
product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or
adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only
with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the
manufacturer's instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.
CART: A product and cart combination should be
moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart
combination to overturn. SEE FIGURE A.
VENTILATION: Slots and openings in the cabinet
are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be blocked or
covered. The openings should never be blocked by
placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other
similar surface. This product should not be placed in
a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack
unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer's instructions have been adhered to.
POWER SOURCES: This product should be operated
only from the type of power source indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of
power supply to your home, consult your product
dealer or local power company.
LOCATION: The appliance should be installed in a
stable location.
NON-USE PERIODS: The power cord of the appliance should be unplugged from the outlet when left
unused for a long period of time.
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION:
- If this product is equipped with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having one blade
wider than the other), it will fit into the outlet only
one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable
to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do
not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug.
- If this product is equipped with a three-wire
grounding type plug, a plug having a third (grounding) pin, it will only fit into a grounding type power
outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat
the safety purpose of the grounding type plug.
POWER-CORD PROTECTION: Power-supply cords
should be routed so that they are not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to cords at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the product.
OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING: If an outside
antenna or cable system is connected to the product,
be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so
as to provide some protection against voltage
surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of the
National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides
information with regard to proper grounding of the
mast and supporting structure, grounding of the
lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of
grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode. SEE FIGURE B.
LIGHTNING: For added protection for this product
during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it
from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or
cable system. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-line surges.
POWER LINES: An outside antenna system should
not be located in the vicinity of overhead power
lines or other electric light or power circuits, or
where it can fall into such power lines or circuits.
When installing an outside antenna system, extreme
care should be taken to keep from touching such
power lines or circuits as contact with them might be
fatal.
OVERLOADING: Do not overload wall outlets,
extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles
as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
OBJECT & LIQUID ENTRY: Never push objects of
any kind into this product through openings as they
may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out
parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
SERVICING: Do not attempt to service this product
yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer
all servicing to qualified service personnel.
DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE: Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
- When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
- If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
into the product.
- If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
- If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the
product to its normal operation.
- If the product has been dropped or damaged in
any way.
- When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance, this indicates a need for service.
REPLACEMENT PARTS: When replacement parts
are required, be sure the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or
have the same characteristics as the original part.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric
shock, or other hazards.
SAFETY CHECK: Upon completion of any service or
repairs to this product, ask the service technician to
perform safety checks to determine that the product
is in proper operating condition.
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING: The product should
not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.
HEAT: The product should be situated away from
heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves,
or other products (including amplifiers) that produce
heat.
DISPOSAL: This product shall not be treated as
household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to
the applicable collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise
be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this
product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact
your local city office, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the product.
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Introduction
Foreword
Thank you for purchasing our Cortex Dmix-300. We are confident that the Cortex platform of products will not only make your life easier through
the use of the latest advancements in cross-platform connectivity and sound reproduction but will raise the bar for DJ and pro audio products. With
the proper care & maintenance, your unit will likely provide years of reliable, uninterrupted service. All Cortex products are backed by a 1-year
limited warranty*.
Preparing for First Use
Please insure that you find these accessories included with the Dmix-300:
Power supply...........................................................................................................1
Ipod Mini/Nano Support plates..........................................................................2
Operating instructions............................................................................................1
We Want You Listening For A Lifetime!
Dear Customer:
Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you
have just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the
fun and excitement your equipment offers. This
Manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s
Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out
of your equipment by playing it at a safe level.One that lets
the sound come through loud and clear without annoying
blaring or distortion-and, most importantly, without affecting
your sensitive hearing.
Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing “comfort level” adapts to higher volumes of sound. So what's
sounds “normal” can actually be loud and harmful to your
hearing. Guard against this by setting your equipment at a
safe level BEFORE your hearing adapts.
To establish a safe level:
- Start your volume control at a low setting.
- Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it
comfortably and clearly, and without distortion.
Once you have established a comfortable sound level:
- Set the dial and leave it there.
Taking a minute to do this now will help to prevent
hearing damage or loss in the future. After all, we want you
listening for a lifetime.
Used wisely, your new sound equipment will provide a
lifetime of fun and enjoyment. Since hearing damage from
loud noise is often undetectable until it is too late, This
Manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s
Consumer Electronics Group recommend you avoid prolonged exposure to excessive noise. This list of sound levels is included for your protection.
Decibel
Level Example
30
40
50
60
70
80
Quiet library, soft whispers
Living room, refrigerator, bedroom away from traffic
Light traffic, normal conversation, quiet office
Air conditioner at 20 feet, sewing machine
vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, noisy restaurant
Average city traffic, garbage disposals, alarm clock
at two feet
THE FOLLOWING NOISES CAN BE DANGEROUS
UNDER CONSTANT EXPOSURE
90
100
120
140
180
Subway, motorcycle, truck traffic, lawn mower
Garbage truck, chain saw, pneumatic drill
Rock band concert in front of speakers, thunderclap
Gunshot blast, jet plane
Rocket launching pad
Information courtesy of the Deafness Research Foundation.
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Features
The Cortex Dmix-300 has been designed & engineered to provide digital music playback and manipulation features demanded by professional
users. The Dmix-300 is designed to liberate DJs from the issues associated with PC-based solutions, by eliminating the need for a computer during performance. The Dmix-300 also offers superior portability and
flexibility over that of a typical PC.
Jog Wheels
The Jog Wheels on the Dmix-300 provide highly precise control for a
variety of functions. With the Jog Wheel, the User can search, pitch
bend or even scratch just as if it were a vinyl turntable! As well, this
can provide an extremely powerful navigation tool for searching
menus, changing parameters and selecting music on your hard drive.
Pitch Control
High precision 60mm slide potentiometer for accurate adjustment of
speed.
• 0.05% pitch precision
In order to provide more precise pitch adjustment, the unit is able to
advance in increments of 0.05%. This aids in beat-matching between
two musical programs, with much finer pitch resolution than can be found
on most conventional professional CD players.
• Multiple pitch ranges
With pitch ranges of 4, 8, 12, and 24%, the pitch control’s minimum and
maximum values can be altered to augment or reduce the amount of
pitch adjustment to a musical program.
• Pitch ON/OFF
By pressing the PITCH + and PITCH - buttons simultaneously, this toggles
whether or not the unit will respond to changes via the PITCH CONTROL
slide. The Pitch ON/OFF feature also functions as a pitch reset, when it
is used to turn the pitch OFF.
Backlit LCD Display
The backlit 20 Character LCD screen shows a variety of information,
including track titles, times, pitch, setup options, waveforms, hot starts,
loops and search parameters. This display allows more extensive visualization of parameters than a conventional CD player.
High Quality Integrated Mixer
The high-quality integrated mixer on the Dmix-300 is designed to provide a professional interface for the working DJ who may not want to
carry a sperate mixer with them but at the same time don’t want to
make any compromises as far as quality. With Bright Blue Fluid VU
meters, strong 3 band EQ, sperate Master, Booth and Record outputs
and a high quality Dual Rail crossfader, you can be confident that you
have a no compromise mixer with you at all times.
more USB devices can be connected with the use of a compatible USB
hub.
CD Audio support
Despite the fact that a vast majority of people have access to USB storage devices or portable music players, the Cortex Dmix-300 supports
the playback of CD Audio discs through a compatible USB external CDROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD-RW drive. This is particularly useful
for DJs making a gradual migration, or for playing CDs provided by
clients. Note that both sides can share one optical drive, but only one
track can be played at a time. For dual-deck CD functionality, simply
connect two USB optical drives.
Database-Driven Music Management
The entire line of Cortex Digital Music Players allows for the management of music collections via a database-driven system. Using this
method, the database can be queried based on a number of different
criteria. This allows DJs to search by artist, title, genre, album, or search
string. Using this method allows the DJ to find a specific music selection
within seconds. The database is saved to the storage device the music is
being drawn from, so that it can be used with any Cortex unit, whether
it’s in your personal rig or at a club!Cue Points that have been memorized using the Dmix-300 are also stored along with the database information on the active storage device. Once a Cue Point has been stored,
DJs have the ability to recall it each time that track is loaded.
Playlist Support
The Dmix-300 supports both iPod and User created Playlists, which can
be created using Apple iTunes® (in the case of an Ipod) or our own DB
SE software. When there are iPod Playlists available to be loaded, a
menu option will appear in the main Search Options menu. Otherwise,
user created playlists are accessible from the Playlist menu.
Ipod Dock
Located at the top of the Dmix-300 is an Ipod dock. When used in conjunction with the USB port on the back, the Dmix-300 can be used as an
Ipod computer dock to transfer files to your Ipod without having to
remove it from your Dmix! The unit comes with supports for both standard (3g and above) Ipods, as well as Ipod Mini’s and Nano’s.
Cross-Platform USB Connectivity
The Dmix-300 offers an unparalleled level of connectivity with all driverless USB devices. The Cortex line of products are the first to offer the
ability to manipulate music stored on USB devices such as hard drives,
flash memory, optical drives, and personal music players, regardless of
platform. Through this innovation, DJs are able to consolidate the
amount of equipment and music needed during a performance. Even
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Additional Information
Maintaining Storage Devices
When using writable storage devices, such as hard drives, and harddrive-based music players (iPod, Zen), certain maintenance might be
required. Because the Cortex units use streaming technology to manipulate more than one music file from one device simultaneously, hard drives
and hard-drive based units need to be defragmented regularly to
ensure the integrity of the streamed files.
Fragmentation refers to “the condition of a disk in which files are divided into pieces scattered around the disk. Fragmentation occurs naturally
when you use a disk frequently, creating, deleting, and modifying files.
At some point, the operating system needs to store parts of a file in noncontiguous clusters. This is entirely invisible to users, but it can slow down
the speed at which data is accessed because the disk drive must search
through different parts of the disk to put together a single file.”
Maintaining these storage devices must be done via your computer, and
should be performed whenever there has been a substantial change to
your music library (adding/deleting music). Note that failure to maintain
your storage devices might result in delayed access times and glitchy
audio playback.
• With Windows XP based machines
First, connect the storage device that you wish to defragment. If you are
connecting a hard-drive based music player, such as an Apple iPod or
Microsoft Zune, make sure to exit any applications that may be launched
on connection.
To load Disk Defragmenter, go to the Start menu, and find Disk
Defragmenter under Accessories/System Tools.
When Disk Defragmenter has been loaded, select the device to be
defragmented, and click the ‘Defragment’ button at the bottom of the
window.
For more information on defragmenting, consult the Windows Help guide.
• With Apple Macintosh Machines
According to Apple, provisions within the HFS file allocation system
diminish the need for any type of defragmentation. Because of this,
there is no software included in OSX to accomplish this. However, this
does not guarantee that defragmentation will not be necessary for
external storage devices and portable music players.
For more information on Apple’s claims, see this article:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25668
Cleaning the Unit
To clean the Dmix-300, use only a dry soft cloth and/or compressed air.
If the unit is soiled with stubborn dirt, we suggest using a 2:1 solution of
distilled water and 30% isopropyl alcohol. Avoid using harsh cleaning
chemicals such as benzene, paint thinner, bleach, or hydrochloric acid,
which will damage the unit.
Operating Conditions
For optimum performance, the temperature of the operating environment
should be between +5º C to +35º C (+41º F - +95º F). Failure to maintain proper operating temperature may result in difficulty reading the
LCD display, thermal overload, or system-wide instability. Avoid exposing the unit to direct sunlight.
When placing the unit in an installation, make sure that it is placed on a
stable surface, as far away from vibrations as possible. Even though the
Cortex is impervious to vibration, the storage devices (specifically hard
drive based ones) that are designed to be used in conjunction with it are
typically not. Also be sure not to place or use the player on heat generating sources, such as amplifiers or near spotlights.
Never use any other power supply other than the one provided with the
unit, as doing so may damage the unit and void the warranty. The power
supply included with the Dmix-300 is a custom made supply and is not
commercially available.
Lawful Use of Dmix-300
Neither Cortex nor its dealers assume responsibility for the use made of
the Dmix-300. The user must ensure he/she has all relevant licenses and
consents in place (whether for copyright/public performance, performers
rights, moral rights or otherwise) to allow the lawful use of the Dmix300. This is likely to include licenses from organizations administering
performance rights in audio recordings or consents from any other relevant rights holders.
The Cortex line of units, although designed to streamline the process by
which DJs perform, is not designed as a tool to facilitate media piracy.
We urge that our users legitimately purchase the music they plan to use,
and support the artists who make it possible for them to sustain a career
as a professional entertainer.
Always Make Backups!
Due to the sometimes fragile state of PC components, we insist that you
make backups of the storage devices that you plan on using with the
Cortex. All hard drives (and hard-drive-based portable music players),
are prone to failure - they have moving parts inside. Instead of taking a
chance that your hard drive will last one more performance, one more
month, or one more year, it is a far more intelligent choice to back up
your data for the worst case scenario.
Neither Cortex nor your retailer will be held responsible for data loss
because of the lack of backups.
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Important Notice
Before operating this unit, please verify that you have the latest firmware version available from our
website - http://www.cortex-pro.com. New versions of the Dmix-300 firmware will include additional
features, bug fixes, and enhanced compatibility to guarantee optimum performance of your unit. There
are even Spanish and French language versions, to make operating the Dmix-300 easier than ever!
Additionally, please also download our FREE Cortex Database Creation Software, which allows you to
create searchable databases of your entire music collection within minutes, as well as create playlists
for use on your unit! This indispensable utility is designed to save you time when preparing large storage devices to use with the Dmix-300.
To find out what version of Dmix-300 firmware you are running:
1. Power on the Dmix-300 with NO DEVICES CONNECTED.
2. At the prompt that says ‘Insert Devices,’ press the INFO button.
3. The screen will display the version number of the currently installed Dmix-300
firmware.
To upgrade your firmware to the newest version:
1. Using your PC, download the firmware update to the root directory of your USB storage
device (X:\ where X is the letter of the drive). We recommend Internet Explorer.
2. Connect the USB storage device to the Dmix-300.
3. Power on the Dmix-300, and select the aforementioned device.
4. The unit will display the date/version of the new update, and will ask if you want to
update. Select ‘YES,’ and press enter.
5. The unit will go through a 8-step update procedure, after which the power will automatically shut down. When the unit is powered on again, you will be running the latest firmware.
Warning: If the power is interrupted or the USB device is removed during this process, it can
damage the operating system of the unit. As well, it is advisable that the unit is not moved during the update process to make sure that the process is uninterrupted.
For more detailed information about Firmware Updates, including screen shots, please see
the Firmware Updates section of the manual (page 25).
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Parts Diagram and Functions
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Front Panel
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1. Power Button
Press and hold the Power Button for 1 second to boot up the unit. To turn
the unit off the power button must be held down for 3 seconds to protect from the unit being accidently shut down.
2. Microphone Input(s) with Gain and EQ
The Dmix 300 has two microphone inputs-one on the front and one on
the rear of the unit. Both microphone inputs share one gain and two
band EQ, located on the front panel of the unit. Both microphone inputs
are 1/4’‘ style jacks.
3. Headphone jack and Cue Controls
The headphone jack located on the front of the Dmix 300 is designed
to accept any standard headphone using a 1/4’‘ jack. Use the Cue
fader to fade between channels one and two for cue preview. Use the
cue volume control to control headphone volume.
4. USB Connectors (Type A and B)
The Dmix 300 has two USB connectors, Types A and B. Use the Type A
connector to hook up any standard USB Mass Storage Device (MSD).
Use the Type B connector for situations that you may wish to use the unit
as an Ipod dock to transfer files to your Ipod without disconnecting your
Ipod from your unit. To use the Unit as a Dock, set the switch beside the
USB type B connector to PC Dock.
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5. Master, Booth and Record Outputs
The Dmix 300 has three outputs, Master, Booth and Record. The Master
output is to be connected to the main speaker system. The booth output
is to be connected to the speaker system located in the DJ booth. Both
of these outputs have volume controls located on the top panel of the
unit. The record output lacks volume and instead outputs at a -10dB
level for recording your set to the device of your choice.
6. DC inlet w/security clamp
This connector is used in conjunction with the DC adapter to power the
unit. Next to the DC inlet connector is a security clamp, which can be
fastened over top of the cable to prevent it from being dislodged.
7. Input Section
The input section consists of 2 analog RCA inputs, labeled Input 1 and
Input 2. When used together with the Line/Phono switch on each channel,
these can accept either a line level source (CD Player, Cassette Deck) or
a Turntable with a Magnetic Cartridge.
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Parts Diagram and Functions
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1. LCD DISPLAY panel
This blue-backlit display is a 20 Character LCD that displays information such as track/waveform, folders, parameter adjustments and
search information. Contrast is available in the Edit menu.
2. JOG WHEEL
The JOG WHEEL controls many aspects of the unit, and can be used for
navigating through menus, searching through music and manipulation of
pitch. The behavior of the JOG WHEEL is dependent on the mode of
operation, as well as the status of the PITCH ON/OFF indicator and
JOG MODE. When Scratch Mode is enabled by pressing and holding
the Jog Mode button, you can use the Jog Wheel to manipulate the
audio just like a Vinyl Turntable!
3. NAVIGATOR keypad
These buttons allow the user to navigate through menus and features of
the Dmix-300. Depending on the mode of the unit, the buttons may
serve different purposes.
4. JOG MODE button/indicator
Each time this button is pressed, this button controls alternately whether
the JOG WHEEL will function as PITCH BEND or FF/REW. When the
LED indicator is lit, it indicates that the JOG WHEEL will function as
FF/REW. To enable Scratch Mode, press and hold the Jog Mode button for one second. You will see the Jog mode button blinking.
5. Ipod Dock
This can be used to dock any Ipod (Gen 3 and above) to the unit. As
well, when used together with the USB type B connector on the rear of
the unit the Ipod can be connected to a PC through the Dmix 300 for
file transfers.
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6. Pitch Fader, PITCH ON/OFF indicator and PITCH BEND buttons
This slide, when pushed towards the bottom of the unit (+), increases the
tempo of playback. When the slide is pushed towards the top of the
unit (-), the tempo of playback is decreased. The Pitch Bend buttons can
be used to make temporary increases and decreases in pitch for
matching tempo, and when both buttons are pressed together the pitch
is turned on and off (as indicated by the Pitch On/Off indicator LED).
7. CUE button/indicator
When the LED indicator which illuminates this button is lit, it indicates
that there is a CUE POINT memorized.
8. PLAY/PAUSE button/indicator
When the LED indicator which illuminates this button is lit solidly, it indicates that the unit is in PLAY mode. When the LED indicator is flashing,
it indicates that the unit is in PAUSE mode.
9. Info/Play/Search Buttons
Use the INFO button to view the information of a playing file. Use the
SEARCH button to enter the search menu. Use the PLAY button to reenter the Play screen.
10. Time and Single buttons
Press the TIME button to toggle between Time Remaining and Time
Elapsed on the Play screen when playing an audio file. Use the Single
button to toggle between Single and Continuous play modes.
11. SHIFT button
Holding down the SHIFT button extends the use of certain buttons on the
unit, by providing alternate functions.
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12.Line Fader
The Line Faders on each channel are used to control volume. Use these
in conjunction with the Gain and EQ on each channel to control the
Volume and Tone of each channel.
13. Crossfader
The Crossfader is used to fade between channels one and two. The
crossfader is user replaceble from the top panel.
14. Master/Cue VU meter switch
The Master/Cue switch located above the VU meter is used to choose
what is displayed on the VU meter. Switch to the MASTER position to
have the LEDs display the volume of the Master output. Switch to the
Cue position to monitor the volume of channels One and Two in relation
to each other.
15. Fader Curve Switch
The Fader Curve switch is used to control the speed in which the volume
of each channel will come in on either side of the crossfader. Switch to
the Left side to have the volume come in quick to aid in punch in or
scratching, switch to the right for smooth blending between sides.
16. Booth Volume
Use this knob to change the volume of the Booth output on the rear of
your unit.
17. Master Volume
Use this knob to change the volume of the Master output on the rear of
your unit.
18. Gain and EQ knobs
Use the High, Mid and Low knobs to effect the tone of your music. Use
the Gain knob in conjunction with your Channel fader to change the volume of your music..
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19. VU meter
The VU meter displays the current volume of either the Master output
or Cue output, depending on the position of the Master/Cue switch.
20.MSD/Line-Phono switch
This switch toggles between the MSD (Ipod/USB) and Line/Phono inputs
on your mixer.
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Preparing for Use
STEP ONE
Connect the DC adapter to the DC Inlet, found on the rear of the unit.
Fasten the Security Clamp (found directly below the DC Inlet jack) on top
of the cable, so that it is not possible for the cable to become dislodged.
STEP TWO
Connect the Master output to your main mixing board, amplifier or powered speakers using RCA cables. If you have a sperate booth monitoring
system, connect that to the Booth output. Connect the Record out to any
recording device you wish to use.
Fig 1.1 - Connect Power
Fig 1.2 - Connect Audio
STEP THREE
Connect your primary USB device to the port found in the center of the
rear panel. You may choose any driverless device that follows FAT32,
NTFS, or HFS+ file systems. You may also connect a powered (active)
USB hub to augment the amount of available ports. . If you are using the
unit as a dock to connect to a PC with your Ipod, set the switch beside
the USB Type B connector to “Dock”.
Fig 1.3 - Connect USB
STEP FOUR
Press and Hold the Power button located in the center of the front panel
for about 1-2 seconds. The unit will take about 5-10 seconds to boot up
as well as detect any USB devices that are currently connected.
Fig 1.4 - Turn Power ON
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Selecting Devices & Database Creation
STEP ONE - DEVICE SELECTION
When prompted, select the desired storage device, on each side, that
you wish to access. Use the Navigator Keypad to advance through the
list of devices, and press Enter to select.
If necessary, you can also connect other USB storage devices without
powering down the unit.
Note that when you select a storage device on one side, the unit will be
required to complete any necessary Database Creation before being
able to select a device on the opposite side. During this time, the opposite screen will display “Wait for other side.”
STEP TWO - INDEXING
Once you have selected a device, the unit will search for a database of
the music that exists on that device. If it is the first time you are using
that particular unit with the Dmix-300, the unit will prompt you to perform indexing, so that you can search for any song within seconds. If you
already have used the storage device with the Dmix-300, skip to STEP
TWO - VERIFICATION.
If you wish to create the database using the Dmix-300, select ‘YES’ from
this prompt.
During the indexing procedure, the unit must create a database based
off of the ID3 tags that exist on the storage device. The speed of this
procedure directly relates to how many songs are stored on the connected device. If you are using a hard drive over 20 gigs, or an NTFS
device, we suggest that you use the Cortex Database Creation PC application to perform the indexing, as it will save time (especially with a fast
CPU). The Cortex Database Creation software is available for FREE
from http://www.cortex-pro.com in the Dmix-300 section of the site.
Once the indexing procedure has begun, it can be cancelled by pressing
the Info button.
VERIFICATION
If your storage device has already been indexed, you will be presented
with a prompt allowing you to verify the database. For each time that
you add files to your storage device, you will either have to use the
Verify function to add those files to the index, or use the Cortex
Database Creation PC application.
We strongly suggest using the Database Creation application, as it can
process files at many times the speed of the Dmix-300 itself.
Select device 1/3:
> U S B M a s s S t o r a g e D e v. .
Maxtor RTIH24
Apple iPod
Fig 2.1 - Select USB device for each side of unit
Device has no
DataBase. Perform
indexing now?
<YES>
NO
Fig 2.2 - Create Database by selecting ‘YES’
Creating DataBase...
--< Search... >--/Old School Hip Hop/
songs:
248
Fig 2.3 - Database Creation Screen
DataBase found.
Would you like to
verify it now?
YES
<NO>
Fig 2.4- Every time music is added to your storage device, the database must be verified and updated in order to index the new songs.
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Database Creation (continued)
STEP TWO - VERIFICATION (CONTINUED)
If you select ‘YES’ at the prompt to verify, you will have the option to
either verify the entire database, or to verify a single directory at a
time. If you keep your collection organized within separate directories,
you can easily select just the directories which you know have been
updated.
If you press Enter at this prompt, you will be given access to the file
browser, from which you can select the directory that you wish to update.
Shift+Enter will verify all directories, and might take awhile if you have
a vast music library.
Once the verification procedure has begun, it can be cancelled by pressing the Info button.
If you choose to enter the File Browser, you then must find the directory
you wish to verify. If you are using an iPod, this will be impossible, simply
due to the fact that iTunes renames all of the music on the iPod to random
letters and numbers, making it impossible to differentiate between filenames. Once you are finished verifying directories, select the very top
option, labeled ‘<.......>’.
Once you are finished with verifying, simply choose the option labeled
‘Exit from Verify.’
Congratulations! You are now ready to start searching through your
music library quickly and efficiently. Using this method will help you
locate any song in your collection quicker than ever before.
press Enter to
select dir to verify
Shift+Enter to
verify all subdir
Fig 2.5 - Verification of separate directories vs all directories
- < Ve r i f y i n g > >File Browser
E x i t f r o m Ve r i f y
.....
- < Ve r i f y i n g > -
.db
>Maps of Norway
- < Ve r i f y i n g > File Browser
> E x i t f r o m Ve r i f y
>
>
>
>
>
Fig 2.6 - Selecting directories to verify one-at-a-time
Welcome to CORTEX,
the world of
Intelligent Sound
P r e s s a n y k e y. . .
Fig 2.7 - Welcome screen shows unit is ready for use
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File Browser and Search Options
Section Three: File Browser and Search Options
USING THE FILE BROWSER
The File Browser is designed to allow you to view the directory structure
found on a connected storage device, rather than search by specific criteria. This can be helpful if you keep your music collection in order, but
can also help to locate a song that may not have the appropriate ID3
tag information. When a track does not have an ID3 tag, it will not be
added to the searchable database of tracks, but will still be accessible
via the string search option.
Once you enter the File Browser, you will be presented with the file structure exactly as it exists on the storage device. Use the Jog Wheel or the
Navigator Keypad to advance through entries. To go back to the Main
Menu, press the left Arrow Key.
When you have found the MP3 file that you wish to play. Press Enter to
load the track for play. You may press the Search Mode button, found
at the top of the unit, at any time to return to the Search Options menu.
Similarly, when you are in Search Mode, you may press the Play Mode
button to return to the play screen.
SEARCH OPTIONS
The database-driven searching of the Dmix-300 provides DJs with a
quick and easy way to find tracks amongst a large library, by allowing
the user to search by Song, Artist, Genre, Album, or String. Simply
choose one of these Search Options, and that particular criteria will be
displayed in alphabetical order.
Search by Songs
When you Search by Songs, you will see presented with all of the track
titles in the database that has been created by the Dmix-300 or the
helper software application.
Search by Artists
When you choose Search by Artists, you can narrow down the amount of
results by first selecting the artist you wish to browse, then you can easily
select the track you want to play.
>File Browser
S e a r c h b y St r i n g
Search by Artists
Search by Genres
Fig 3.1 - Selecting File Browser from Main Menu
<previous>
.db
> Awesome Snakes
Baby Guts
>
>
>
>
Fig 3.2 - Browsing file/directory structure using File Browser
<previous>
>
A w e s o m e S n a k e s - P. O . S
Awesome Snakes -Futur
A w e s o m e S n a k e s - Ve n o
Fig 3.3 - Browsing files in a directory using File Browser
> <previous>
>
MC/VL-Buckner
MC/VL-Cold Check It
MC/VL-Monkeyshines
Fig 3.4 - Searching by song title
> <previous>
24 Reasons Why
Awesome Snakes
MC/VL
>
Fig 3.5 - Searching by artist
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Search Options (continued)
SEARCH OPTIONS (CONTINUED)
Search by Genres
When Search by Genres is chosen, you will be presented with a list of
all of the genres found in the database. Because not every MP3 has ID3
genre tagging, some tracks may not be displayed in this search. Once
you select a genre from the list, you will be able to browse all songs
within that genre.
Search by Album
Using the Search by Album option will allow you to search by the name
of the album that a track is from. Keep in mind that this option also may
not allow you to access all tracks, because sometimes singles are sold
separately and are not taken from any specific album. Once you select
an album, all of the tracks found under that album will be displayed.
Search by String
One of the most convenient features of the Dmix-300 is string search,
which allows you to find a specified word or string of words within the
database. This is exceptionally helpful when you (or your client) has a
request, but does not know the exact title or artist.
Once you have selected ‘Search by String,’ you will be presented with a
prompt where you may input a word or series of words that will be used
when querying the database.
Using the Jog Wheel or Up/Down arrows (on the Navigator Keypad),
enter the first letter of the Search String. Use the Right arrow or the
Enter Key to advance to the next space, and enter the next letter. You
may press the Left arrow to go back to the previous letter, or press
Shift+Left to backspace (deletes the previous letter).
Finally, when the Search String is entered, you will need to press the
Enter key twice, and the unit will execute the search.
You can also use any USB compatible keyboard to type in your search
> <previous>
Acapella
Breakbeat
Classical
> <previous>
Sta n c e
Sta r t A g a i n
Ve n o m
>
Fig 3.6 - Searching by genre
>
Fig 3.7 - Searching by album
I n p u t S e a r c h St r i n g :
|
Fig 3.8 - String Search input prompt
I n p u t S e a r c h St r i n g :
MC/VL
Fig 3.81 - Using Keyboard or Jog wheel to
input a search string
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Search Options (continued)
SEARCH OPTIONS (CONTINUED)
Processing
Once you press Enter twice, the unit will begin processing your search.
Depending on the size of your library, this may take awhile.
<
After the unit is finished executing the search, it will display the results
that were found for each category: Titles, Artists, Genres, and Albums each of which can be accessed by using the Navigation Pad Arrow
Keys or the Jog Wheel. Note that the amount of results found under
each category will be displayed in parenthesis. In this example, there
are 10 titles of songs with the word “MC/VL” in them, and 1 artist.
<
<
<
Fig 3.82 - Processing the Search
Exit Search
>Titles-(10)
Artists-(1)
Genres-(0)
>
>
>
>
> <previous>
MC/VL-Buckner
MC/VL-Cold Check It
MC/VL-Ulysses
>
Fig 3.83 - Displaying result categories
Once you have chosen a category - Titles, Artists, Genres, or Albums, you
will browse through the selections as if you were in any of the other
search modes. Once again, you may select a track using the Jog Wheel
or Navigation Pad, and press Enter to load it.
Fig 3.9- Selecting a matching title from the executed search
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Using the Dmix-300
Info Button & Track Attributes
Section Four: Info Button and Track Attributes
You will find that the Info Button, located to the top right of each jog
wheel, will become an indispensable part of using the Dmix-300.
Despite the Dmix-300 being able to display an adequate amount of
information on the LCD, not every attribute of each track can be displayed all at once. Additionally, there will be times when you may run
into two tracks with the same title, and the Info Button will help to reveal
which track you truly want to select.
While in Play Mode or Search Mode, pressing the Info button will display all attributes relating to the currently playing or currently selected
track (depending on whether you are in Play or Search Mode).
The Info function displays:
Artist - Artist as per what is listed in the ID3 tag
Title - Title as per what is listed in the ID3 tag
Album - Album as per what is listed in the ID3 tag
Type of File - Whether the file is MP3 or WAV
Genre - Genre as per what is listed in the ID3 tag
Path & Filename - Exactly how it exists in the directory structure of the
storage device
Note that most of the attributes are taken directly from the ID3 tag
found in the MP3 file. If the ID3 tag is missing any of these attributes,
they will not be displayed in the Info screens. Also note that if you are
using a .Wav file, .Wav files do not use ID3 tags, and as such the DB
software will place the file name into the Title section of the Info field.
Once you have pressed the Info button, you will be presented with all of
the attributes relating to the currently playing or selected track. You
may use the Navigation Keypad or the Jog Wheel to scroll up and
down to view all of the information.
Fig 4.1 - The Info Button is used to display all track attributes
artist :
title :
album :
type :
MC/VL
Monkey Shines
Sta n c e
mp3
Fig 4.2 - Information Screen 1 of 3
genre: Hip Hop
time : 02.33
path : /songs/MC_VL/
MC_VL-Monkey Shines
Fig 4.3 - Information Screen 2 of 3
To exit the Info screens, you may press the Info Button again, or you may
press either the Search or Play Mode buttons to jump immediately to
those modes, when applicable.
MC_VL-808.mp3
size : 7452 Kb
Fig 4.4 - Information Screen 3 of 3
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Play Mode and Single Auto Cue
Section Five: Play Mode
The Play Mode is the heart of the Cortex Dmix-300. Just like conventional CD players, the Dmix-300 allows you to select multiple pitch
ranges, memorize cue points, and frame accurate searching. The Dmix300 excels over traditional CD players, as it is much faster at loading
and starting playback, it has a more informative LCD display, and it can
memorize cue points for future performances.
Track Title
Progress Indicator
POS is Ruining My Life
+ 1:08:22
>>>>>------------------------Pitch 6.15%
Fig 5.1 - Play Mode Screen
Entering Play Mode
By default, when you press Enter to select a track from Search Mode, the
unit will immediately load the track and enter Play Mode.
Time Display
Pitch Value
If music is already playing and you wish to return to the Play Mode
screen, simply press the Play Mode button.
Single Mode (Single Auto Cue)
Single Mode, when a track is loaded, it will automatically cue to the first
frame of audio, and then wait for you to press Play. At the end of that
track, the unit will pause. To engage this mode, press Shift+Single on
each side you wish to engage this mode on.
When Single Mode is off when loading a track, the unit will begin playing immediately. At the end of that track, the unit will continue to play
the next file displayed in the Search Results. When Single Mode is off,
this gives you the ability to play all of the Search Results in the order
that they were displayed. Pressing Shift+Single on each side will also
allow you to turn Single Mode off.
Pressing the Single button by itself will display, on both screens, the status of each side - whether or not Single Mode is on or off.
Fig 5.11 - Entering Play Mode
SINGLE ON
>>>>>>>>>>>-------------+ 2:32:57
6.15%
+
Fig 5.2 - LCD Display shows status of Single Mode
Fig 5.3- Using Shift+Single to toggle Single or Continuous modes
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Using the Dmix-300
Options Menu and Shuffle Mode
Section Six: Edit Mode
The Edit Mode on the Dmix-300 is the command center for the unit. In
Edit Mode, the user can edit options for how the unit functions, playlists
and choose the active device.
Options Menu
This mode is probably the one you will use the most in the Edit menu.
From here you can edit the following options-Auto Cue-Sets the Cue to the start of the audio of a track
-LCD Contrast-Adjust the Contrast of the LCD Screens
-Enable Pitch-Turns Pitch On/Off
-Pitch Bending-Sets speed of pitch bend-slow/medium/fast
-Pitch Range-Sets range of pitch fader-4/8/16/24%
-Time-Toggles display between time elapsed/remaining
-Single-Toggles Single play mode
-Jog-Toggles between search and pitch for the jog wheel
-Touch-Toggles Touch Sensitivity for Jog Wheel
-DB Creation-Toggles DB creation for new media on/off
-Shuffle Mode-Enables Shuffle mode
-Autofade-Toggles the Autofade option on or off
Choose Active Device Menu
This menu lets the user toggle between devices connected to the unit. This
can come in handy if the user chooses to switch between multiple storage
devices or a CD-rom.
Shuffle Mode
A useful feature for unattended playback is Shuffle Mode. This feature
randomly selects tracks based on what is narrowed down using the Search
Criteria and loaded into a Playlist. For instance, if you select All Songs as
your Search Criteria and load them into a Playlist, then the unit will randomly select songs from that list. Shuffle Mode can be turned on/off
directly from the Options Menu.
Edit Menu
Options
Playlist Editor
Choose Active Device
Loops
Fig 6.1 - Play Mode Screen
Shuffle
Auto Cue
LCD Contrast
Enable Pitch
Pitch Bending
Pitch Range
Options
Off
On
1
On
Slow
4%
Fig 6.2 - LCD Display shows Options Mode
Select device 1/3:
> U S B M a s s S t o r a g e D e v.
Imation-Flash Disk
Generic-Flash Disk
Fig 6.3 - Mass Storage Selection
SHUFFLE ON
>>>>>----------------------+ 1:08:22
6.15%
Fig 6.4 - LCD Display shows Shuffle Status
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Time Display and Pitch Control
Section Eight: Time Display Modes
Changing the Time Display Mode is as simple as pressing the Time button to toggle between elapsed and remaining time. Elapsed Time shows
how much time has past since the beginning of the track, and Remaining
Time shows how much time is left before the track is over.
You may press Time to change the Time Display Mode for both sides. If
you wish to change the Time Display Mode on both sides press
Shift+Time.
When the Time Display Mode is changed, you will also notice that the
Progress Indicator will also change to reflect either Elapsed Time or
Remaining Time.
Pitch Control, Pitch Bend, and Pitch Ranges
The Pitch Control allows you to speed up or slow down the playback of a
track by a desired percentage. The Dmix-300 offers Pitch Ranges of 4,
8, 16, and 24%, in order to provide a wide level of flexibility when
manipulating digital music files. In all modes, 0.05% Pitch Resolution can
be achieved, allowing for a more precise level of adjustment.
To toggle Pitch On or Off (the unit will not respond to pitch changes
when Pitch is Off), press both the Pitch Bend (+) and Pitch Bend (-) buttons simultaneously. The LED indicator will illuminate when Pitch has been
turned On.
POS-Broken Hearts Club
>>>>>----------------------+ 1:08:22
6.15%
Fig 7.1 - LCD Display and progress indicator in time elapsed
POS-Broken Hearts Club
------------->>>>>>>>>>>>
- 3:32:57
6.15%
Fig 7.2 - LCD Display and progress indicator in time remaining
To change Pitch Ranges, press Shift+Pitch Bend (+) OR Pitch Bend (-)
buttons simultaneously. The Pitch Display on the LCD screen of that
respective side will momentarily display the new Pitch Range.
For a momentary change in Pitch, the Pitch Bend (+) and Pitch Bend (-)
buttons will temporarily increase or decrease pitch relative to the amount
of time either button is held down.
When the Jog Mode is not engaged (LED remains unlit), you may also
use the Jog Wheel to perform a Pitch Bend.
Fig 7.3 - Pitch On/Off by pressing both buttons simultaneously.
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Jog Mode, Scratch and Playlist
Section Nine: Jog Mode
When the Jog Mode LED is unlit, the Jog Wheel (when in Play Mode) will
perform as a Pitch Bend.
When the Jog Mode button is pressed, the LED indicator will illuminate,
and the Jog Wheel will then allow you to search (FF/REW) through each
track. The faster the Jog Wheel is moved, the faster the unit will search
through the playing track. In order to use the Jog Mode, the unit must
be in the process of playing, not paused. To enable Scratch mode, simply hold the Jog Mode button down for 1 second. You will see the Jog
Mode button blink, indicating that Scratch is enabled.
Playback Navigation Functions
Using the Navigation keypad left & right buttons, you can search through
a track similar to using the Jog Mode function.
Using the Navigation keypad up & down buttons will allow you to skip
to the previous or next track that was found in the Search Results. For
instance, if you searched by Artist, and your Search Results displayed 10
tracks by that Artist, using the Navigation keypad up & down buttons will
allow you to skip between those tracks.
Apple Playlist Support
The Dmix-300 has support for both Itunes playlists that are contained on
an Ipod, as well as playlists created within the DBSE software and stored
directly to an Ipod or Mass Storage Device. From the main menu both
types of playlists are accessible at any time.
Fig 8.1 - Switching Jog Mode between FF/REW and Pitch Bend using
the Jog Mode button. Hold down the Jog Mode button for 1 second
to enable Scratch mode.
Up/Down - Track Skip
Left/Right - FF/REW Search
Fig 8.2 - Navigation keypad functions in Play mode
Playlists
> Apple Playlists
>Search by Genres
Search by Albums
Fig 8.3 - iPod Playlist option from the Search Menu
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Cue Points & Memorization
Section 10: Setting and Memorizing Cue Points
With the Dmix-300, creating and memorizing cue points is quick and easy.
By default, when there is no Cue Point set (or memorized), pressing the Cue
button returns the unit to the beginning of the track (0:00.00) and pauses.
To set a Cue Point during playback at a time of your choice, simply press
Pause, and then use the Navigation keypad left & right buttons or Jog
Wheel to make any adjustments by frame. When Play is pressed to
resume playback, the Cue Point will be stored.
To memorize the Cue Point and save it to the USB storage device (to be
recalled each time the track is loaded), find the exact frame that you wish
to set as a Cue Point, and press Shift+Cue. This will permanently set &
save the Cue Point to the storage device. This process can also be done
on the fly, without the unit being paused. The screen will indicate when a
Cue Point has been stored.
To advance back to the set Cue Point, simply press the Cue button during
playback. Do not press Pause first, as this will instead set a new point.
Once advanced to the Cue Point, the unit will remain in Pause mode.
To memorize a new Cue Point, you do not have to erase the previously set
one. You can simply press Shift+Cue again, and it will replace the old Cue
Point.
Please note that in order for a Cue Point to be saved to the connected USB
storage device, it must be a FAT32 file system. If it is an Ipod it must be a
Windows (Fat32) formatted Ipod as well.
How I Eat My Peas
>----------------------------+ 0:00:00
6.15%
Fig 9.1 - Pressing CUE to return to 0:00:00.
CUE POINT STORED
>>>>>----------------------+ 1:08:22
6.15%
+
Fig 9.2 - Cue Point Memorization using Shift+Cue
CUE POINT DELETED
>>>>>----------------------+ 1:08:22
6.15%
+
Fig 9.3 - Cue Point Deletion using Shift+Cue
2s
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Device Menu
Section 11: Changing, Adding, and Ejecting USB Storage Devices
To access the Device Menu from any screen, press Shift+Power. From this
menu, you can choose to Change or Eject Devices.
Since USB is hot-swappable, you can connect (but not disconnect) a USB
device at any time, regardless of whether the unit is powered On or not
and regardless of what mode the unit is in.
- To Change devices:
1. Select Change device from the Device Menu.
2. Select the new device you wish to switch to using the Navigation keypad or Jog Wheel.
3. Perform any necessary cataloguing or verification (as found in Section
Two: Selecting Devices & Database Creation)
U S B M a s s St o r a g e D e v i c e
>Change device
>Eject device
>Back
+
Fig 10.1 - Pressing Shift+Power to access the Device Menu
- To Eject devices:
1. Select Eject device from the Device Menu.
2. Select the new device you wish to Eject using the Navigation keypad or
Jog Wheel. Press Enter to eject the device.
3. If the device you have ejected is being used by both sides of the Dmix300, the unit will warn you by displaying “The device is also attached to
other side!” This simply means that if you intend to remove the device from
the Dmix-300, you must eject both sides before unplugging it.
4. When the display reads “The device can be safely removed,” you may
disconnect the USB device.
Select device 1/3:
> U S B M a s s S t o r a g e D e v. .
Imation-Flash Disk
Generic-Flash Disk
Fig 10.2 - Selecting another device using the Keypad/Jog Wheel
5. If you are using a USB CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, you must use the
Eject procedure in order to open the CD/DVD tray.
If the Eject procedure is not followed, there is risk of corrupting any files
that are open when the device is disconnected.
-To connect your Dmix to your PC as an Ipod dock:
1.Seat your Ipod in the Ipod dock located at the top of the unit.
Ejecting Device...
2.Set the switch located next to the USB Type B connector on the rear of
the unit to “PC Dock”.
3.Connect the USB type B port to your PC. Your PC should see your Ipod.
The device can be
safely removed
Fig 10.3 - Only remove the USB device after the eject procedure
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Dmix 300 Manual
Mixer Section
DMIX 300 MIXER SECTION
The integrated mixer section in the Dmix 300 is split into 5 sections-the
Input/Output section, Gain/EQ, Faders Microphone and Cue. Over the
next few pages we will go over the basics of each section and how to
use your Dmix 300 to both play songs internally as well as hook up
external equipment.
OUTPUT SECTION
The Dmix 300 has the ability to output to 3 sperate devices as well as
accept 2 stereo devices (Line or Phono level). The output section consists
of the following-
Fig 11.1 - Input section of the Dmix 300
Master-The main output of your mixer. This is the output you will connect
to your amplifier, powered speakers or external mixing board.
Booth-Like the Master output, but to be connected to your monitoring
speakers. Use this output for your speaker set in the DJ booth.
Fig 11.2 - Output section of the Dmix 300
Record-A third output, with no volume control and set to output at a consistant level for recording. Use this to connect to a recording device.
INPUT SECTION
The Dmix 300 has the ability to accept up to two analog sources along
with it’s two internal Digital channels from the connected USB MSD
devices. The input section consists of 2 analog RCA inputs, labeled Input
1 and Input 2. When used together with the Line/Phono switch on each
channel, these can accept either a line level source (CD Player, Cassette
Deck) or a Turntable with a Magnetic Cartridge. Set the switch to LINE if
you wish to connect a Line Level source. Set the switch to PHONO if you
wish to connect a Phono level source.
Gain/EQ section
The Dmix 300 has a 3 band EQ and Gain above each channel. The
Gain may be used to set the audio level prior to the Line faders to
achieve optimal audio volume. As well, you may use the
HIGH/MID/LOW to adjust the Treble, Mid Range and Bass of your
channel.
Note-FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE, BEGIN PROGRAM MIX WITH ROTARY
GAIN CONTROLS SET TO MINIMUM (ROTATE IT COUNTERCLOCKWISE TO
THE COUNTER CLOCKWISE POSITION). MAKE ALL ADJUSTMENTS IN
SOUND OUTPUT WITH THE USE OF YOUR CHANNEL SLIDE CONTROLS AND
MASTER VOLUME ROTARY CONTROLS. THIS WILL PREVENT SIGNAL OVERLOAD AND DECREASE DISTORTION. ONCE YOU HAVE MODIFIED YOUR SOUND AND
WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE THE OUTPUT OF YOUR SOUND, THEN YOU MAY
ADJUST THE ROTARY GAIN CONTROL IF NEEDED
Fig 11.3 -EQ/Gain/Input Select section of the Dmix 300
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Mixer Section (Cont.)
Line and Cross Faders
The next piece of your Dmix 300’s mixer section are the Line and Cross
Faders. The Line fader is the Volume Control of your channel-use it to
adjust output volume of each individual channel. The Crossfader on the
other hand can be used to fade between each channel. The speed in
which the volume comes in on each side of the Cross Fader can be controlled by the Fader Curve Switch, located above the Cross Fader.
The Crossfader is user relaceable, and can be ordered from any
Authorized Cortex dealer or from our own Tech Support department.
VU Meter
The VU meter can be used to view the volume level of both the Master
output of your Dmix 300 as well as the individual channel output. This
can be controlled by using the Cue/PGM switch located above the VU
meter. Set the switch to CUE to view the volume of Channel 1 and
Channel 2. Set the Switch to PGM to view the volume of the Master
Output. To avoid distortion, try to keep the volume level of the Master
Output at between 0 and +5dB on the VU meter.
Cue Section
Fig 11.4 - Crossfader/Linefader/VU section of the Dmix 300
The Cue section of the Dmix 300 allows the user to preview Channels 1
and 2 before fading them in to be heard through the Main output section. To use the Cue preview function, first plug in a set of headphones to
the front mounted Headphone jack. Then, using the Cue fader located on
the front right hand side of the unit, fade between the two channels. You
may use the Cue Volume knob to increase or decrease volume going to
the headphones.
Microphone Section
The Microphone section of the Dmix 300 allows for the user to plug in up
to two microphones at the same time. Both microphone jacks are 1/4’‘ TS
(Tip-Sleave) style jacks, and share both Volume and EQ controls which
are located on the left hand side of the front panel. You can use the Mic
High and Low controls to change the tone of the signal, and the Mic
Volume control to change the overall volume. Again, please note that
these controls alter both tone and volume of both the front and rear
mounted microphone jacks.
Fig 11.5 - Cue Section of the Dmix 300
Fig 11.6 -Microphone Section of the Dmix 300
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Firmware Updates
Section Five: Firmware Updates
One of the most powerful features of the Dmix-300 is the capability to
upgrade the internal software. This lends itself to the addition of new features and support, the optimization of current processes, and the capability to fix bugs as they arise.
Firmware updates will be issued periodically at http://www.cortexpro.com.
We suggest that you stay as current as possible with all updates in order
to insure the highest level of functionality and compatibility that Cortex has
to offer.
To check the version of firmware installed:
1. Power on the Dmix-300 with NO DEVICES CONNECTED.
2. At the prompt that says ‘Insert Devices,’ press the INFO button.
3. The screen will display the version number of the currently installed
Dmix-300 firmware.
To update the firmware, follow these steps:
1. Using Internet Explorer or other web browser of your choice, download
the latest firmware upgrade from http://www.cortex-pro.com.
2. Place the file in the root directory of your external USB storage device.
3. Connect the USB storage device to the Dmix-300, and select it from the
Device Menu (during startup). Make sure your Dmix-300 is connected to
a stable power source, where there is no potential of the unit losing power
during update.
4. When the Dmix-300 detects the firmware in the root directory of the
USB storage device, it will ask you if you want to apply the update. You
must answer YES. If the version of firmware on the storage device is the
same or older than what you have, it will be ignored.
New update found
Date: 12/04/2007
Apply?
<YES>
NO
Fig 12.1 - Automatic detection of new firmware, option to update
Updating:
Sta g e 1 / 8
#####################
Fig 12.2 - Updating the firmware in 8 stages
(Unit powers off)
5. When updating, the unit will go through 8 stages. This will take only a
few minutes. If the power is interrupted or the USB device is removed during this process, it can damage the operating system of the unit.
6. When the update is completed, the unit will shut itself down. You must
press power to restart the unit. Once the unit has booted up again, the
new software will take effect. You may then erase the firmware update
from your USB device at your convenience (it will not be detected again).
Fig 12.3 - Power shuts off completely when the update is complete
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Troubleshooting
Section Six: Troubleshooting
Error Messages
If you experience an error message while navigating the unit, here are a
few explanations of those errors and how they can be corrected. For a
more complete troubleshooting guide, consult our website at
http://www.cortex-pro.com.
“Can’t access device” will be displayed because of one of the following problems with the storage device:
- Device is write protected
In the case of a USB flash drive, some units have a switch to enable write
access.
- Device has already been ejected using the eject procedure.
Remove the USB device and plug it back in.
- Device is using an unsupported file system
The file systems supported are FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, CDFS, and UDFS.
- Device is not able to run without a proprietary hardware driver
Some devices require proprietary hardware device drivers. Although with
the introduction of USB, this is less common, it still sometimes presents an
issue. These devices are not compatible with the Dmix-300.
- Device has been removed while before using the eject procedure
If the device is removed from the USB port without using the proper ejection procedure, it is possible that the unit will not detect the absence of a
USB storage device, and will try to access the port anyway.
- If the device is powered by an external power supply, make sure that the
unit is receiving power.
- If the device has just been plugged in, and it was immediately selected,
the drive might not be ready to be accessed. Wait 10 seconds and try
again.
“Error creating DB” may be displayed if there is not a sufficient amount
of space left on your storage device to create the necessary database
files required to search through your music library.
- If you are out of space, try to delete some files and try the database
process again.
- Check the USB cable that is being used to connect the storage device to
the Dmix-300.
- If the device is powered by an external power supply, make sure that the
unit is receiving power.
Error creating DB.
Please make sure
that device is OK
and check space.
Fig 13.1 - Error message, drive full or not responding
From time to time new features will be added to your unit. For the most
up to date information and help, please visit us on the web at
www.cortex-pro.com.
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Other (Specifications)
Specifications
1. General
Type of unit.................................................Streaming Digital Audio Controller
Format compatibility.......................................................MP3, WAV, CD-Audio
MP3 format......................................8 kbps ~ 320 kbps, CBR/VBR, 44.1 kHz
WAV format....................................................................44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo
Instant Start.........................................................................................<0.1 second
Pitch ranges.....................................................................................4, 8, 16, 24%
Pitch increment..............................................................................................0.05%
Power.............................................................................................6V DC 3000mA
Power consumption....................................................................................12 watts
Operating environment temp................+5º C to +35º C (+41º F - +95º F)
Operating environment humidity..............................................................5-85%
Weight.........................................................................................................9.68 lbs
........................................................................................................................4.4 kgs
Dimensions........................................................................19 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches
.................................................................................................482 x 267 x 64mm
Adapter........................................................................AC 100~240V, 50/60Hz
2. Audio Mixer section
Audio input...................................................................................4 Channel (2x2)
Input connectors...............................................................Unbalanced RCA Type
Audio output................................................................................6 Channel (2x3)
Output level...................................................................1.2 V RMS (1 kHz, 0dB)
Output connectors............................................................Unbalanced RCA Type
Frequency response.....................................................................20 Hz - 22 kHz
S/N ratio..........................................................................................................90dB
Total harmonic distortion..........................................................................<0.05%
Connector type.............................................................................USB Types A&B
USB protocol support.....................1.0, 1.1 (Full Speed) and 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Number of ports.....................................................................................................2
Maximum number of connected devices (via USB hub, sold separately)....
.....................................................................................................4 (Plus Keyboard)
File system support.......................................FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, CDFS, UDFS
4. Included Accessories
Power supply...........................................................................................................1
Operating instructions............................................................................................1
Ipod Mini/Nano Support Stand..........................................................................2
5. Replaceable Parts (order from GCI by part number if needed)
Power supply......................................................................USA 110v 059-370-R
....................................................................................VDE (Europe) 059-371-R
.........................................................................................................UK 059-372-R
................................................................................................JIS (Japan) 059-373
Power cable strain relief clamp.........................................................049-231-R
Pitch control knob..................................................................................002-603-R
3. USB interface section
Should your Cortex product require warranty or non-warranty service in
the USA, or if you wish to purchase replacement parts, operating instructions, or accessories, please contact GCI Technologies at the phone number listed below:
732-346-0061
Do not, under any circumstance, ship your product to GCI without first
calling the Technical Support Department at the number listed above.
Failure to establish an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number
prior to shipping your product will delay your repair indefinitely. GCI
reserves the right to refuse all packages that arrive without an RMA number.
For warranty information, please refer to the warranty page included in
this manual.
Once an RMA number is established, your unit should be sent to the
address specified by your customer service representative, with the
RMA clearly written on the outer carton:
For support or repair outside of the USA, please visit the Cortex website at http://www.cortex-pro.com.
Published by GCI Technologies Corporation
Copyright © 2006 GCI Technologies Corp.
All rights reserved.
Features & specifications subject to change without notice.
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GCI United Kingdom LTD:
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GCI SA (Spain):
GCI GmbH (Germany):
+1 (732)346-0061
+1 (305)592-4746
+44 (0)87 087-00880
+ 33 1 69 79 97 72
+34 93 436 37 00
+49 8131 39171-0
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USA Warranty Info
Cortex products are designed and manufactured to the highest standards in professional audio. With proper care and maintenance, your product will
provide years of reliable service. Please register your product online at http://www.cortex-pro.com
Limited Warranty:
In the USA, Cortex guarantees its products against defects in workmanship for the period of One (1) year* from the original date of purchase.
This limited warranty does not cover damage or failure caused by abuse, misuse, abnormal use, faulty installation, improper maintenance or any repairs
other than those provided by an authorized service center.
There are no obligations of liability on the part of GCI, Cortex, or any of its retailers for consequential damages arising out of or in connection with
the use or performance of the product or other indirect damages with respect to loss of property, revenues, profit, or costs of removal, installation, or
reinstallation. All implied warranties for GCI, including implied warranties for fitness, are limited in duration to One (1) year from the original date of
purchase, unless otherwise mandated by local statutes.
Returning Your Product for Service:
In the U.S.A., please call our helpful Customer Service Representatives at (732) 346-0061, and they will be happy to give you a Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) number and the address of an authorized service center closest to you.
After receiving an RMA, include a copy of the original sales receipt, with defective product and a description of the defect. Send by insured freight
to GCI Technologies Corporation, and use the address provided by your customer service representative. Your RMA must be written on the outside
of the package, or processing will be delayed indefinitely! GCI reserves the right to refuse all packages that arrive without an RMA number.
Service covered under warranty will be paid for by GCI and returned to you. For non-warrantees products, GCI will repair your unit after payment is
received. Repair charges do not include return freight.
Your warranty is valid only in the country where the unit has been purchased. Repairs performed outside of the country of purchase will be treated as
out-of-warranty.
For warranty service, you pay for shipping to GCI; we pay for return shipping within the Continental United States. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico,
Canada, Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands will be charged for freight.
Please allow 2-4 weeks for return of your product. Under normal circumstances your product will spend no more than 10 working days at GCI. We
are not responsible for shipping times.
For repairs and warranty information outside of the USA, please call the GCI affiliate closest to where you reside, listed on the specifications page of
this manual (page 27), or visit the Cortex website at http://www.cortex-pro.com.
* Unless otherwise mandated by local statutes.
For Your Records
Model Number of Product:
(HDC-1000, HDC-3000, Dmix-300)
Serial Number of Product:
found on rear panel of unit
Original Purchase Date:
Name of Retailer:
Please register your warranty online at http://www.cortex-pro.com
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