Sound Devices 552 - 5 channel mixer – 2 track recorder

SoundDevices 552- 5channelmixer– 2trackrecorder
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Quick StartGuide
This Quick Start Guide provides a brief overview for first use of the 552.
1) Connect power.
For internal powering from AA batteries, unscrew the battery cap (counter-clockwise), insert four AA batteries (not included) positive (+) side first into the battery
tube. Thread the battery cap back on (clockwise). For external powering, connect
a DC powering source (not included) to the DC connector on the Right Panel.
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External Power Supply (not included)
2) Connect analog microphone or line sources to the XLR inputs.
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3) Connect headphones to either the 1/4-inch or the 3.5 mm headphone outputs.
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4) Power On the mixer.
Slide the power switch to the INT position to power the mixer from AA batteries.
Slide the power switch to the EXT position to power the mixer from external DC.
Slide left for Internal AA Battery
Slide right for External DC Power
5) Set Input Type – Mic or Line Level.
To select an input to Mic or Line level, hold an input’s PFL switch, then slide the
SLATE MIC/TONE switch to the left. The input’s LINE LED illuminates blue when
set to line level and the LED is not illuminated when set to Mic level.
1) Hold the Input’s PFL.
2) Slide the SLATE MIC/TONE switch left.
6) Apply Phantom Power to an input.
The 552 supplies 48 V to inputs set to receive phantom power (PH). Phantom
pow- er can be set to 12 V in the Setup Menu. To apply phantom power, hold an
input’s PFL switch, then slide the SLATE MIC/TONE switch to the right. The
input’s PH LED illuminates blue when phantom power is applied.
1) Hold the Input’s PFL.
2) Slide the SLATE MIC/TONE switch right.
7) Select a headphone monitor mode using the Headphone Selector.
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Right Program
Left Program
Mono (summed left and right)
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MS ST
Stereo MS (mid-side)
REC Source
Recording Source
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Stereo (Left and Right) Program
ST
MS Monitor Modes are useful to listen to left/right stereo when M and S signals are routed. When
inputs are linked as an MS pair in the Setup Menu use the ST (Stereo program) monitor mode; this will
already contain the decoded MS Stereo signal.
8) Set the headphone level.
Turn the He adphone Controller to se t headphone levels. The currently se lecte d
headphone leve l is briefly indicate d on the r ight o utput meter when the Headphone level control is turned.
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9) Set Input Faders in use to unity gain (0 dB or 12 o’clock).
Faders not used should be set to off (full counter-clockwise position).
10) Set Input Trim Levels.
Push to release the recessed Trim (gain) Control. Turn the Trim Control clockwise to
raise the level of the input. Once the gain has been set, push the Trim Control again
to recess the control and remove it from the mixing surface. Use the Input Fader to
make fine level adjustments.
11) Route each input to either Left or Right Outputs using the Input Pan Control.
Push to release the recessed Pan Control. Turn counter-clockwise to send the input
to the Left Output and turn clockwise to send it to the Right Output. Once the pan
has been set, push the Pan Control again to recess the control and remove it from
the mixing surface.
12) Set High-Pass Filters and Limiters.
Set the High-Pass Filter using the control adjacent to the Trim Control (full counterclockwise position is off). Activate the Limiters using the switch adjacent to the
Master Output Gain Control (Lim (dual Mono) Link (Stereo) applies to all inputs
and outputs).
13) Adjust LED Meter brightness.
Press and hold the Battery Check button while turning the Headphone Controller.
14) Check Internal and External power levels.
Press the Battery Check
button to display the internal and external power
levels on the Output Meter LEDs. The internal AA battery level is displayed on the
left meter and external DC voltage level is displayed on the right meter.
15) Connect the 552 analog outputs to the next device in the signal chain (audio
recorder, wireless transmitter, or camera).
Output levels are set (Line, -10, Mic) using the respective output’s attenuation
switch.
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16) Set the next device’s input sensitivity to receive the supplied signal.
17) Activate the 552’s Tone Generator.
Slide the SLATE MIC/TONE switch to the TONE position. Tone latches on if the
switch is held for two seconds; slide right again to turn off. A 1 kHz tone is generated and is sent out at 0 dB (level and frequency are menu-adjustable).
Slide left for Slate Mic
Slide right for Tone.
18) Adjust the input gain on the next device accordingly.
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19) Setting the Time and Date.
Press and hold the Battery Check button for the m ixer to announce in headpho nes
the current time and date. If the setting spoken back in headphones is incorrect
see Time of Day/Date Clock section of the 552 User Guide.
20) Insert an SD memory card into the back panel SD Slot.
Remove the protective rubber cover to access the SD memory card slot. Insert the
SD card into the slot until it sits securely in the slot. The card should glide smoothly
into the slot. Do not use excessive force when inserting the card and make certain
that the electrical contacts are facing downwards. Push on the card to remove it.
21) Controlling the Integrated Digital Recorder.
The Recorder Controller is used to initiate the Record, Stop, Playback, Rewind, Fast
Forward functions as well as to navigate through recorded files.
Push up to begin recording.
Push left to load the previous file.
Push left to Rewind during playback.
Push right to load the next file.
Push right to Fast Forward during playback.
Press in to Pause/Stop
Push down to playback the last recorded file or loaded file.
22) Making Changes in the Setup Menu.
The 552 has many features that are accessed through its Setup Menu. For details on
entering and controlling the Setup Menu see Accessing the Setup Menu section in
the 552 User Guide.
23) Power Down the Mixer.
Slide the power switch to the ce nter position to po wer do wn. All setting s are save d
to EEPROM and will be save d and recalled upon next po wer on whether or not
the unit is powered or has batteries.
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Voice Prompt
The 552 features a Synthetic Voice for Enhanced Navigation, or SVEN. SVEN provides spoken word
feedback when Setup Menu features are adjusted. He is designed to simplify control and provide
important information to the user. Additionally, SVEN provides status information about the digital
audio recorder and time and date information. SVEN is routed only to the headphone outputs.
The following information is reported by the SVEN.
Function
Description
Card Space Available
Press and hold the Battery Check button to announce the remaining card space available. SVEN
automatically announces remaining record time at 15, 10, 5, and 2 minutes remaining.
Time and Date
Continue to hold the Battery Check button after Card Space Available announcement to hear the
current time and date.
Time Date Set
Hold Input 5’s PFL then press the Battery Check button and the Headphone Controller to enter
Time Date Set. The unit of time and each value is announced when turning Headphone Controller.
Setup Menu Navigation
While in the Setup Menu, the current Function or Option is announced with each turn of the
Headphone Controller.
Playback Navigation
Announces the file number of the selected file. If navigating through folders, SVEN announces the
selected daily folder.
Media Busy Indication
Full SD Card
“Media Busy” is announced if the SD card is not available to respond to a command.
“Full SD Card” is announced when there is no space remaining on the SDcard and a record command has been given.
Record Mode Off
“Record Mode Off” is announced if the recorder receives a command and the recorder is disabled
in the Setup Menu.
Next File
Press the Recorder Controller in stand-by mode to announce the file number of the next take to
be recorded.
The 3.5 mm headphone output does not receive SVEN announcements when Talk Back Mode is active.
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FrontPanel Descriptions
All 552 settings are accessed and controlled from the Front Panel. This allows the unit to be placed in
a production bag while having complete control of the unit.
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1) Input Fader
Primary control for adjusting the level
of an input during operation. Ranges
from Off to +15 dB. Nominal setting is
in the middle (0 dB).
2) Gain(Trim)
Coarse input gain control. Sets the
initial input sensitivity level so that the
Input Fader can be used for fine gain
adjustments. Range is from +22 dB to
+72 dB. See Input Setup and Control.
3) High-Pass FilterControl
Adjusts corner (-3 dB) frequency of
high-pass filter. Full counter-clockwise
position (detented) deactivates the
High-Pass Filter. Range is 80-240 Hz,
12 dB/oct to 6 dB/oct. See Input Setup
and Control.
4) PFL/Input Solo Switch
Pre-Fade Listen. Sends the input’s
pre-fade signal to headphones for solo
monitoring, troubleshooting, and gain
setting. Does not affect Master Output
signal. Slide the switch left to activate,
and again to deactivate. For momentary action, hold the switch left for one
second or longer. The Input Signal Activity LED flashes yellow when an input’s PFL is latched on. The Input PFL
Switch is also used to make changes to
several input settings. See Input Setup
and Control.
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5) Input Signal LED
Indicates input signal activity. LEDs illuminate in various colors and intensities to show signal level and activity.
Green = signal presence (pre-fader),
yellow = limiter activity (pre- and postfade) also flashes when solo is latched
on, red = signal overload/clipping
(pre- and post-fade) also solid when
input is muted. See Metering.
6) Mic/LineLED
Illuminates blue to indicate an input is
set to Line level. To toggle between Mic
and Line settings, hold the input PFL
then slide the Slate Mic/Tone Switch to
the Slate position.
7) PH/Phantom LED
Illuminates blue to indicate an input’s
phantom power is on. To toggle phantom power on and off, hold the selected
input’s PFL switch then slide the Slate
Mic/Tone switch to the Tone position.
Phantom power voltage can be set to
12 or 48 V (48 V is Factory Default).
Phantom voltage is set in the Setup
Menu. The phantom power voltage is
applied across all inputs with the PH
LED illuminated.
8) MSLED
Inputs 1, 2 and 3, 4 can be linked as an
MS pair. When a pair is linked, the MS
and LINK LED illuminate blue. Stereo
linking configurations are selected in
the Setup Menu. See Stereo Linking.
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9) Link LED
Illuminates blue when Inputs are linked
as a stereo pair. Stereo linking configurations are selected in the Setup Menu. See
Stereo Linking.
10) Input Pan
Controls the Left/Right balance of the
input signal to the outputs.
11) Input Polarity(Inputs 2 and 4 only)
Illuminates blue when the Input’s polarity is reversed. To toggle the state of the
input polarity, hold the selected input’s
PFL then press the Battery Check button.
12) Zoom LED
Illuminates blue when the Output Meter
is in Zoom Mode. Zoom Mode allows
the user to view higher resolution in the
0 to +20 dBu range on the Output Meter.
To toggle Zoom on and off, press in on
the Headphone Controller. The Zoom
Function is defeated in the Setup Menu
Function Meter Ballistics. See Metering.
13) Time CodeLED
Time Code is selected from the Setup
Menu. When on, the LED flashes blue
when Time Code is active but not being
received The LED Illuminates solid blue
when the unit is receiving valid time
code. Time Code is connected to the
RTN B TA3 connector and is stamped to
files generated by the 552’s recorder. See
Time Code.
14) AES Out LED
Illuminates blue when one or more of
the AES outputs is active. See Digital
Outputs.
15) Output Meter
Multi -segment LED output meter. Scale
is normally -30 dBu to +20 dBu. In Zoom
Mode, scale changes from 0 dBu to
+20 dBu. To engage Zoom mode, press
in on the Headphone Controller. See
Metering.
16) Recorder Controller
Controls the Integrated Digital Recorder. Record Mode is enabled in the
Setup Menu. When enabled, push up
to Record, press in to Pause/Stop, push
down to Play, push left to Rewind, push
right to Fast Forward. See Digital Audio
Recorder.
17) Record LED
Indicates the status of the recording media. The LED is off when the recorder is
in standby mode. Flashes yellow when
no SD card is inserted. Illuminates solid
red while recording, flashes red when
record is pending. Illuminates solid
green while in playback mode. Flashes
green while playback is paused. Illuminates solid yellow when media is busy.
The LED is off when recorder is off.
18) Slate/Tone LED
Illuminates yellow when either the slate
mic or tone is latched on.
19) Slate Mic/ToneSwitch
Slide left to activate the Slate Microphone, slide again to deactivate. For
momentary action hold for one second
or longer. Slide Slate Mic/Tone switch
right to activate the Tone Oscillator. Tone
will latch if held for 2 seconds or longer,
slide again to deactivate. This switch
also functions as input type and phantom power select. See Tone Oscillator/
Slate Mic. See also Talk Back for additional
features.
20) Limiter LED
Each Output has its own Limiter LED.
The LEDs Illuminate yellow when the
Output Limiter is active. See Output
Limiter.
21) Power LED
When powering with internal AA batteries, the LED illuminates green when
the 552 is on, turns yellow when low
voltage point is reached, and flashes
red when voltage reaches a critical level
and batteries should be changed. When
powering with external DC, the LED
illuminates green when the 552 is on,
flashes red when voltage drops below
the set threshold. See Powering.
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FrontPanel Descriptions
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22) Power Switch
Three-position slide switch, selects between internal battery power or external
DC sources, middle position is Off.
23) Battery Check Button
Press to display internal and external
voltage levels on the Output Meter.
Secondary function acts as shift key for
various front panel features. Press and
hold to announce card space available
and current time and date.
24) Master Output Level Control
Controls the overall signal level of the
Master Stereo Outputs. Adjustable from
off to +6 dB. See Outputs.
25) Limiter Switch
Activates both Input and Output Limiters. When LIM is selected, the Output
Limiters act independently on the Left
and Right Outputs. When LINK is
selected, the Output Limiters are linked
and limiting is applied evenly across the
Stereo Outputs. See Limiter.
26) RTNA/B LED
Indicates the activity for each return
input. The LEDs illuminate in various
colors and intensities to indicate the behavior of the return signals. Green = return signal presence, Red = return signal
overload/clipping, Yellow = the monitor
return is latched on. When time code is
active, the TA3 input is used exclusively
for time code. The 3.5 mm jack functions
normally. See Return.
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27) RTNA/B Switch
Two-position momentary switch. Slide
left for RTN A headphone monitoring,
slide right for RTN B headphone monitoring. Slide again to deactivate. For momentary action, hold for one second or
longer. While holding the return switch,
turn the Headphone Controller to adjust
RTN A and RTN B levels. When time
code is active, the TA3 input is used exclusively for time code. The 3.5 mm jack
functions normally. See Return and also
RTN Loopback and Time Code.
28) Monitor Selection Switch
Selects program sent to the headphone
monitor. ST = stereo program, M =
mono summed mix of Left and Right
program, L = mono mix of Left program,
R = mono mix of Right program, MS
ST = decoded MS Stereo, REC Source =
program routed to the recorder (AES A).
See Headphones.
29) Headphone Peak LED
Illuminates red when the headphone
monitor is approaching clip levels.
30) Headphone Controller
Controls headphone gain. Secondary
functions include Setup Menu control,
Zoom Mode, LED Brightness adjustment, and Return levels control.
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Rear Panel Descriptions
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1) SD Slot
Protective rubber cover for SD (Secure
Digital) memory card slot. Insert the
SD/SDHC card into the slot until it sits
securely in the slot. The card should
glide smoothly into the slot. To remove
the card, push to eject. MMC and SDXC
cards are not supported.
1) Factory Programming Port
Mini USB port used for initial factory
programming. This connection has no
user function.
Left PanelConnectors andControls
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1) Analog Inputs Channels 1-5
Transformer-balanced analog microphone- or line-level inputs 1-5 on XLR
connectors. Pin 1 = Ground; pin 2 = Hot
(+); pin 3 = Cold (-). For unbalanced
inputs, tie pin 1 and pin 3 together =
ground, pin 2 = positive. Make certain phantom power is off when using
unbalanced inputs. See Input Setup and
Control.
2) Analog Direct Outputs
Balanced direct outputs on TA3 connectors. Slate Mic and Tone signals
appear at the direct outputs. Direct
output signal is pre- or post-fader and
level is selected in the Setup Menu between Line, -10, and Mic levels. Pin 1 =
Ground; pin 2 = Hot (+); pin 3 = Cold (-)
float pin 3 to unbalance.
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RightPanel Connectors andControls
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1) Mono Mic Out
Unbalanced mono mic-level output on
3.5 mm female connector, designed to
connect to wireless IFB transmitters or
transcription recorders. Tip = Hot (+),
Sleeve = Ground.
2) Tape Out
Unbalanced stereo output on 3.5 mm
female connector. Sleeve = Ground,
Tip = Left, Ring = Right.
3) RTNB In
Unbalanced stereo 3.5 mm female connector for Return B audio input. Sleeve
= Ground, Tip = Left, Ring = Right. See
RTN B and RTN Loopback Mode.
4) 10-Pin Output Level Switch
Selects the Hirose 10-Pin Output level
between Line, -10, or Mic levels.
5) 10-Pin Master Outputs and ReturnA
10-pin connector includes second master
output (transformer-isolated from the
XLR outputs) and unbalanced stereo
Return A. Can be set to send out AES
digital signals. See AES Digit Outputs.
6) RTNB / TC Input
Unbalanced stereo input for Return B
audio and Time Code input on TA3 connector. RTN B wiring pin 1 = Ground,
pin 2 = Left, pin 3 = Right. Time Code
wiring pin 1 and 3 = ground, pin 2 = Hot
(+). See Time Code.
7) TA3 Master Outputs
Line, -10, or Mic level selected in the
Setup Menu. Pin 1 = Ground, pin 2 =
Hot (+), pin 3 = Cold (-) float pin 3 to
unbalance.
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8) Tape Output
Unbalanced tape-level stereo output
on TA3 connector. Pin 1 = Ground,
pin 2 = Left, pin 3 = Right.
9) Link I/O
Used to link additional Sound Devices
552, 302, 442, or MixPre mixers. See
Mixer Linking.
10) Headphone Outputs
1/4-inch and 3.5 mm stereo connectors,
drive headphones from 8-2000 ohm
impedances. 3.5 mm connection can be
set in the Setup Menu as an independent
boom operator send. See Talk Back Mode.
11) XLR OutputLevel
Sets the nominal output level for the
Left and Right XLR Master Output to
Line, -10, or Mic levels.
12) XLR Master Outputs
Transformer-balanced analog outputs on standard 3-pin XLR connectors. Pin 1 = Ground; pin 2 = Hot (+);
pin 3 = Cold (-). Unbalance by tieing
pin 3 to pin 1. Can be set to send AES3
digital signals in the Setup Menu. See
AES Digit Outputs.
13) Battery Compartment
Holds four AA batteries required for
internal powering. Accepts Lithium,
Alkaline, and NiMH rechargeable cells.
14) DC Input
Accepts DC voltages from 10–18 V for
mixer powering. Pin 1 = Negative (–),
pin 4 = Positive (+). Ext DC is completely isolated (floating) from the rest of the
circuitry.
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TopandBottom Panels
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1) Top and Bottom Panels
Made of molded carbon fiber, this highly
specialized composite has nearly identical strength-to-weight properties as
die-cast magnesium. Additionally, the
material also has the natural RF shielding abilities similar to aluminum.
2) ProductBadge
The product badge on the bottom panel
can be covered with a customized identity tag. The label place holder on the
bottom panel conforms to the 4” x 1.33”
Avery label #5162standard. Third party
software for Avery label #5162 templates
are available online.
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SoundDevice 774– 2Mic +2Linein– 4trackrecorder
744 - Quick StartGuide
The 744T is an extremely powerful and flexible portable audio recorder. Before recording, please
familiarize yourself with the product. Several settings should be verified or set based on individual
recording needs.
Powering the Unit
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Apply power to the unit by attaching the (included) removable, rechargeable Li-ion (lithium ion) battery to the back panel battery mount. The metal tabs on the mount line up with the electrical contacts
on the battery. From the factory, the battery may not have a charge, so external DC may be needed for
initial operation and charging. Connect the included AC-to-DC power adapter to the DC input plug to
power and charge the battery.
2.
Press and hold the power key to turn on the unit. Press and hold the power key to turn off the unit.
If this is the first time the recorder has been powered, or if it has been without a battery for an extended period, the date and time may need to be set.
Charge the included Li-ion battery for 6 hours prior to initial use.
Menu Navigation Basics
The setup menu provides options for recording, routing, and control parameters. The single layer
menu structure allows for very quick navigation and selection of functions. To enter the setup menu
press the front panel
key. Once in the setup menu, the following conventions are shared for
navigating among selections and to select specific parameters.
• - enters setup menu
• ITEM - highlighted menu item
• 4 - selects highlighted item or parameter
• - moves up in menu and between menu parameters
• - moves down in menu and between menu parameters
• 8 - exits the selected menu or menu altogether
• The
stop key will exit from any menu and cancel any changes. Use it to escape out of the
setup menus.
The right panel Rotary Switch (labeled “Select”) is a convenient control to quickly navigate among
menu items and item options. Its push-to-select function duplicates the check mark in most menus.
Connecting Audio Sources
1.
Connect audio sources, either analog or digital, to the appropriate input connector.
2.
When using either input XLR, set the appropriate input level—mic, line, or digital—with the adjacent
slide switch.
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If mic-level inputs are used on XLR input 1 or XLR input 2, make certain that phantom power, input
limiters, and high-pass filters are activated as required.
4.
When using inputs 3 or 4, set gain levels in the setup menu.
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Routing Inputs to Tracks
Before recording, inputs must be assigned to tracks. Each of the 744T’s four inputs (1, 2, 3, 4) can be
assigned to any of the four tracks (A, B, C, D). These 256 possible routing combinations are shown
on the front panel with 16 blue LEDs. Illuminated LEDs indicate input-to-track assignment.
1.
Press and hold the
STOP key then press the
INPUT key to cycle through factory routing presets. The 744T has six often-used presets for quick setup of input-to-track routing combinations. Note
the routing combinations on the blue LEDs with each successive press.
2.
If none of the preset routing combinations are suitable, assign a custom routing. Sequential presses of
the
input key will eventually cycle to the custom routing option (see Input to Track Routing, pg. 18).
From the custom input routing menu any input can be assigned to any track, including multiple inputs
assigned to a single track.
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Press EXIT to leave input routing mode.
If no input is assigned to a track the 744T will not record.
Selecting Recording Parameters and File Destination
For most productions, the general recording parameters of bit depth, sampling rate, media selection,
and file format are infrequently changed. Enter the setup menu to verify recording settings. Bit depth
and sampling rate are displayed on the LCD panel.
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Select the bit depth as needed.
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Set the sampling rate as needed.
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Select the file type, WAV mono or WAV poly, FLAC, MP2, or MP3.
4.
Select the storage medium(s) (Internal hard drive, CompactFlash, External drive, or any combinations
of the three drives) for recording.
Time Code Setup
When using a time code workflow, proper time code setup is essential for accuracy. Skip this section
if time code is not being used.
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Select a time code frame rate appropriate for your project. For film production, typical the time code
rates are 30 fps non-drop (US) or 25 fps (EU). For standard definition video projects, use either 29.97 or
29.97 non-drop. For high-definitionprojects, use either 23.976 or 29.97.
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Select the time code run mode: free run, record run, 24 hr. run, or one of the external run modes.
3.
Use the 744T as the master clock source and jam time code to all other recording devices. This will
assure that every device is using the same time reference. (See Time Code for additional information on
time code setup).
Recording
With file parameters set, you are ready to begin recording. The 744T is a record-priority device—
pressing the record key cancels all functions, except file-based operations, and immediately begins
recording a new file. When record is pressed, the red record LED illuminates to confirm record
mode. The filename on the LCD display shows the currently recorded file. Push and hold the
STOP key to end recording.
Playback
When recording is stopped, the most recently recorded file is immediately available for playback.
Press the
key to begin file playback from the beginning of the file.
To select a file for playback:
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Press and hold the File Viewer key
to select a drive and folder (directory) for playback. The last
file recorded is the default file ready for playback. The default playback source is the storage volume
highlighted on the LCD display.
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Use the Rotary Switch, or the arrow soft-keys, to navigate through the File Viewer.
3.
Once a file is highlighted, press the
play key to begin playback.
When playback has finished, the filename will begin flashing. Use the
fast-forward key or
rewind key to step through files in the folder, or press the
stop key to exit playback mode.
FireWire File Transfer to Computer
Sound Devices strongly recommends shutting down equipment before connecting to or from any FireWire
device with a connection that carries power (6-pin). Reports have come to our attention of isolated
problems when hot-plugging IEEE 1394 (FireWire) devices. (Hot-plugging refers to making con- nections
when one or more of the devices—including the computer—is on.) When hot-plugging, there are rare
occurrences where either the FireWire device or the FireWire port on the host computer is rendered
permanently inoperable. From our experience, any FireWire connection which carries power is susceptible
to this type of damage.
When connected via FireWire (IEEE-1394a) to a Mac OS or Windows OS computer (see Specifications
for computer requirements), the internal hard drive and CF card mount onto a computer as “letter”
accessible mass storage volume. Use the appropriate FireWire cable (6-pin to 4-pin or 6-pin to 6-pin)
for interconnection. Files on the 744T can be treated as if they are local files, including renaming files,
copying, deleting and playing directly from the 744T hard drive.
In general, it is good practice to copy audio files from the 744T to a computer before any processing is
performed on the files.
To connect the 744T for FireWire computer transfer:
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Stop all playback and recording activity.
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Make certain the 744T battery is fully charged, or connect to external DC.
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Connect the 744T to the host computer with a FireWire cable.
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Initiate connection to the computer by accessing the FIREWIRE: CONNECTION menu option in the
Setup Menu. Select COMPUTER/CONNECT or if this has already been selected simply hit STOP then the
HDD key to initiate a connection to the computer. The 744T will enter FireWire transfer, indicated by
FIREWIRE CONNECTION on the LCD display. All functions of the 744T are stopped while the 744T is
connected to a computer through FireWire.
5.
Navigate to either the CF card or hard drive from the computer and copy all needed audio files to local
storage on the computer.
To avoid any possible directory corruption on the 744T do not interrupt the connection process and
always properly dismount the drives from the operating system. On Mac OS platforms, drag the drive
icons to the trash. On Windows platforms, use the “Disconnect External Media” icon in the system tray.
Dismount the 744T after file transfer by “ejecting” the volume from the computer. In Mac OS, drag
the disk icon from the desktop to the trash or hit -e. In Windows OS, highlight the disk icon, rightclick, and select “eject”. It is best practice to “eject” the 744T volume from the computer to maintain
file integrity (see FireWire File Transfer).
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FrontPanel Descriptions
All 744T settings can be accessed and monitored through the front panel LCD and navigation keys.
This allows the unit to be placed in a production bag along with field mixers and wireless transmitters and receivers.
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DigitalInput LEDs
Indicates the presence of digital signal
on the respective input. When flashing,
indicates that digital input is selected
but no valid digital clock signal is present.
4)
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6)
7)
MENUKey
Used to access all 744T setup menu
selections. When in menu mode, used to
move up through the menu selections.
Pressing the HDD and MENU keys
simultaneously brings up the time code
jam menu.
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LCD Display
Primary display of 744T status. The
LCD is backlit using the LCD backlight
control (#15).
Tone Oscillator
Input-to-Track Matrix LEDs
Blue LEDs indicate inputs (1, 2, 3, 4)
enabled for recording to tracks (A, B, C,
D). A solid blue LED indicates an input
is routed to a track. A flashing LED during “custom” routing mode shows the
selected input/track combination.
Input2Gain
Controls input 2 gain, as in #2above.
When inputs are linked as a stereo pair,
Input 2 Gain controls left-to-right balance.
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Press to activate the tone oscillator, press
and hold for two seconds or longer to
latch on, press again to deactivate. Frequency, tone level, and routing are controlled in the Setup Menu. When in the
Setup Menu use the TONE key to enter
Setup Menu options and select parameters when the check mark appears in the
upper right hand corner of the LCD.
Input1Gain
Controls the analog gain (input trim) of
the channel 1 input. Normal mic input
range is from 25 dB to 70 dB, low gain
mic range is from 10 dB to 55 dB, line
input range is from −6 dB to 18 dB. For
line-level inputs, this control can be
defeated and gain can be setup menucontrolled. If the LCD display shows
“locked” when the pot is turned, gain
control of the line-level input is menucontrolled. When inputs are linked as
a stereo pair, Input 1 Gain controls the
gain of both inputs.
3)
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8)
INPUT Select Key
Pressing the INPUT key brings up the
input muting and routing menu. Hold
down the INPUT key and press one of
the four indicated soft keys to mute
inputs. Pressing the STOP key and the
INPUT select key cycles through the
six factory preset input-to-track routing
combinations plus the custom routing
menu. In the custom routing menu any
input can be routed to any track. (See
Input-to-Track Routing)
9)
Level Meter LEDs
16)
Four, 19-segment track level-meters indicate level in dBFS. Metering ballistics
are selected in the setup menu.
10) Power Key
Press and hold to power up the 744T.
Press and hold to power down.
11)
Charge LED
Indicates the charge status of the onboard battery charger. LED flashes when
external power is connected and the removable battery is charging; illuminates
solid when battery is fully charged.
12)
Power LED
Indicates the 744T is powered and available for operation. LED flashes when the
removable battery or external DC is in a
low-voltage state.
13)
14)
18)
LCD Backlight Key
Press to toggle LCD and keyboard
backlighting. Hold the key and turn the
Rotary Switch to adjust the brightness of
LEDs. In menu mode, functions as the
cancel key.
Rewind Key
Performs reverse (REW) scrubbing
through the played file when pressed in
playback and play-pause mode. Playpause indicated by flashing A-time on
LCD. Reverse playback rate increases
the longer the key is held. In play-stop
mode (indicated by flashing filename
on LCD) selects the previous file in the
record folder (either daily folder or main
folder).
19)
HDD (File Viewer) Key
Press to enter the File Viewer. The
selected medium shown in white type
will be the destination when the button is pressed. Press-and-hold to toggle
between available media. If only one
media is present, press-and-hold is
disabled. Pressing simultaneously with
MENU opens the time code jam menu.
Stop/Pause Key
Press and hold this key for 150 ms to
stop recording. In Record Pause mode
the STOP key will pause the recording,
pressing it twice will finalize the recording. In playback mode, a single press
pauses playback (play-pause), allowing
audio scrubbing with the FF and REW
keys. Another press of the key enters
play-stop mode where the FF and REW
keys select files for playback from the
current directory. One more press of the
key exits playback mode. In the setup
menu the stop key is also used to exit
from any menu, returning to the main
display.
15)
17) Play Key
Plays back the file displayed in the LCD.
If pressed immediately after recording is
stopped, the most recently recorded file
is played back.
Record Key
Press to record. The 744T is a recordpriority device; pressing this key starts
recording and discontinues all other
functions, except file operations. Pressing key during recording can set a cue
marker or start a new file, as selected in
the setup menu.
Fast-Forward Key
Performs fast-forward (FF) scrubbing
through the played file when pressed in
playback and play-pause mode. Playpause indicated by flashing A-time on
LCD. Fast forward rate increases the longer the key is held. In play-stop mode
(indicated by flashing filename on LCD)
selects the next file in the record folder
(either daily folder or main folder).
20) Headphone Output Peak LED
Indicates overload of the headphone
amplifier. When lit, the headphone circuit is overloading. Reduce headphone
level.
21)
LIM LED
Indicates that the microphone input
limiters are engaged. This LED does not
show input limiting activity (see descriptor #27, Microphone Input Limiter LEDs).
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22)
Link LED
Indicates that channels 1 and 2 are
linked as a stereo pair. In link mode input 1 potentiometer controls gain, input
2 potentiometer controls left-to-right
balance. Inputs can be linked as either a
stereo L/R pair or as a a Mid-Side (MS)
pair.
23)
Media Activity LEDs
Indicates storage media read/write
activity. IN (internal hard drive), CF
(CompactFlash), EX (external FireWire
device).
25)
High-Pass Filter LEDs
Indicates that the high-pass (low-cut)
filter is active for the input. High-pass
only operates when the input is set to
microphone level.
Phantom Power LEDs
Indicates that phantom power (48 volts)
is active for the individual input. Phantom can be applied to microphone or
line-level signals (menu-selected).
27)
Microphone Input Limiter LEDs
Illuminates orange when limiting is occurring on the microphone input. If constantly lit, the microphone input is being
hit with too “hot” of a signal. Reduce the
input sensitivity until limiting occurs
infrequently.
Media Ready LEDs
Indicates storage media is present and
available to record; IN (internal hard
drive), CF (CompactFlash), EX (external FireWire device). Flashing indicates
media problem.
24)
26)
28) Input Signal Presence LEDs
Indicates presence of analog or digital
signal and its relative level on each of
the four inputs.
29)
InputPeak(Overload) LED
Indicates analog signal is approaching
clipping (–3 dBFS) on each of the four
inputs. Also used to indicate that an
input is muted.
Panel Lock
Press and hold the backlight key then the tone key to bring up the front panel Button Lock Screen.
Button lock prevents unintentional changing of settings or record status.The 744T displays any button lock options enabled.
select the soft buttons to
activate the appropriate
button lock mode
There are three modes:
• Unlocked – all buttons are accessible and operate normally.
• Non-Transport Lock – All front panel controls are locked except the Record, Stop, Play, Rewind and Fast Forward.
• Lock All – All front panel keys are locked except the Record key. The Record key is kept active so the user can initiate recording after entering this mode and enter cue markers. To stop
recording in this mode, you must disengage the panel lock and hit the stop key.
LCDDisplayDescriptions
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1)
Battery Level Indicator
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7)
Shows voltage level of the removable
battery or external power sources.
External power overrides battery power
when present. Graphical bar for relative
level and numeric indicator for precise
voltage measurement.
2)
File Name Display
Shows file name actively being recorded
or played back. In playback-stop mode,
flashing file name indicates that the fastforward and rewind keys can be used to
step through files in the current playback directory.
3)
4)
Time & Date Display
Alternating display between the set date
and time of the 744T. This information is
written as the creation and modification
date for generated audio files.
5)
Bit Depth Indicator
Shows the set record bit depth. In playback, shows the file bit depth.
6)
Sample Rate Indicator
Shows the set record sampling rate. In
playback shows the file sampling rate.
Time Code Rate
Shows the set time code frame rate. If a
file has time code information embedded, the playback frame rate is indicated. If external time code is connected
and the external rate differs from the
rate set internally, the time code rate will
flash.
8)
9)
Absolute Time (A-time) Display
Shows the elapsed time of the file being recorded or played back in hours,
minutes, seconds, and tenths. The Atime and the time code display can be
exchanged if a large time code display
is needed. This display can be set to reverse or flash during recording. Flashes
in playback-pause mode.
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10)
Headphone Source Display
Indicates the source for headphone output. Sources and selection order are user
selectable in the setup menus.
Time Code Display
In stop and record, shows the time code
generated or received by the 744T. In
play mode, the display shows the play
file’s time code information (if available). If non-time code files are playing,
the display shows dashes. The time code
display can be exchanged with the Atime display via a user menu selection.
ExternalMediaSpace Status
(space remaining/record ready)
If a drive is not attached the indicator
shows dashed lines. Bar graph indicates
amount of record time remaining on the
external FireWire volume. Numbers
show time in hours and minutes based
on the presently selected number of
record tracks, sample frequency, bit rate,
and file type.
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11) InternalHardDrive Status
(space remaining/record ready)
Bar graph indicates amount of record
time remaining on the internal hard
drive. Numbers show time in hours and
minutes based on the presently selected
of number of record tracks, sample frequency, bit rate, and file type.
12)
CompactFlash Status
(space remaining/record ready)
Bar graph indicates amount of record
time remaining on the CompactFlash
media. Numbers show time in hours
and minutes based on the presently selected number of record tracks, sample
frequency, bit rate, and file type.
For all three media types, an asterisk in front
of the media descriptor indicates that the media is selected for record. Highlighted media
descriptor indicates media selected for record
monitoring, playback or file directory display.
note the white-on-blacknumber option
to indicate recording (menu-selectable)
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13) Input 1/2Level
When input 1 or 2 gain is turned this
indicates the gain level in dB for inputs
1 and 2. Gain levels can be selected to
always be displayed in the Setup Menu
option LCD: GAIN DISPLAY. Normal
mic input gain range is from 26 dB to
70 dB, low gain mic range is from 10 dB
to 50 dB, line input range is from −6 dB
to 18 dB. “Locked” will be displayed on
the LCD when the pot is turned with
digital inputs selected or with line
inputs set to menu control.
14)
Cue Marker Display
In record mode, indicates when cue
markers are set. Markers set by pressing
the record key (option must be selected
in setup menu). In playback mode, displays cue points numerically as they are
reached in a file.
15)
ExternalDigitalClock Indicator
The 744T is locked to a valid external
digital or word clock source for recording when the L is in the display.
Left PanelConnectors andControls
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2
XLR Input 1/AES3Input 1&2
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5)
XLR Input 2/AES3Input 3&4
Dual function input connection. Input
type set with switch above. Active-balanced analog microphone- or line-level
input for input 2. Transformer-balanced
two-channel AES3 input (3 and 4).
3)
4)
Mic-Line-AES3 Input Switch
6)
TA3 Channel 3&4Line Inputs
TA3 Master (L/R) Analog Outputs
Headphone Output
3.5 mm TRS stereo headphone connector. Can drive headphones from 8 to
1000 ohm impedances to very high levels. Tip-left, ring-right, sleeve-ground.
7)
Headphone Volume
Adjusts the headphone volume. NOTE:
the 744T is capable of producing eardamaging levels in headphones.
Selects the input level and mode of the
associated XLR input connector.
Active-balanced line-level input connectors. Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3 (−).
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Active-balanced, line-level analog L/R
outputs for the Master Output Bus. Program source and attenuation level are
user selectable. Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+),
pin-3 (– ).
Dual function input connection. Input
type set with switch above. Active-balanced analog microphone- or line-level
input for input 1. Transformer-balanced
two-channel AES3 input (1 and 2).
2)
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8)
Tape Output
Unbalanced tape (–10 dBV nominal)
output on 3.5 mm TRS stereo connector.
Signal source is identical to the Master
Output Bus. Tip-left, ring-right, sleeveground.
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RightPanel Connectors andControls
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2
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1)
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Time Code Multi-Pin
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4
7
6
6)
Time code input and output on 5-pin
LEMO® connector.
2)
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5)
7)
C. Link In/Out
RS-232 protocol interface on 6-pin
modular (“RJ-12”) connector for linking multiple 7-Series recorders together.
Word clock, machine transport, and time
code are carried on the C. Link connector.
ExternalDCIn
Accepts sources of 10–18 volts DC for
unit powering and removable Li-ion
battery charging. The Hirose 4-pin connector is wired pin-1 negative (−), pin-4
positive (+). Pin-2 (−) and pin-3 (+) are
used to charge the removable Li-ion
battery. DC ground at both pins-1 and
2 is at the same potential as chassis and
signal ground.
AES3id Output Bus2
Unbalanced digital output, two-channel,
for Output Bus 2. Signal source is menuselected.
FireWire (IEEE-1394) Port
Connection to a computer (Mac OS,
Windows 2k/XP, Vista, Linux) to access
the internal hard drive and CompactFlash volumes as mass storage devices.
Also used to attach external FAT32-formatted FireWire drives to the 744T for
direct recording and copying.
Word Clock Input and Out
Provides clock input and output for the
744T. Word input accepts sampling rates
between 32 kHz and 192 kHz. Word
clock output is the rate that box is running. There is no sample rate conversion
onboard the 744T.
AES3id Inputs 1/2and 3/4
Unbalanced digital input accepts two
channel AES3 (or S/PDIF) on BNC connectors. Supports sample rates up to 200
kHz.
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8)
9)
AES3id Master Output Bus
Unbalanced digital output, two-channel,
for the Master Output Bus. Signal source
is menu-selected and is identical to the
Analog Master Output Bus signal.
Multi-Function Rotary Switch
When in the setup menu, the rotary
switch moves between menu selections;
push to enter selection or enter data.
In record and playback modes, selects
headphone monitor source; push action
is user selectable.
BackPanelDescriptions
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1)
2)
3
2
Security Slot
3)
Compatible with the Kensington® Security Slot specification. Useful for securing the recorder to a fixed object with a
compatible computer lock.
CompactFlash Slot
Accepts CompactFlash medium with the
label-side up. Compatible with Type I,
Type II, and MicroDrives.
4)
4
Battery Mount
Accepts Sony ® InfoLithium L- or MSeries batteries. Also accepts batteries
conforming to this mount. Numerous
capacities, from 1500 mAh to 7000 mAh
are available.
Battery Release Pin
Push down the pin with a long skinny
object such as a key, screwdriver, or a
pen. With the pin pushed in, slide the Lor M-Series battery to the right to release
the battery.
EDIROL R-4Pro
Introdu cing the R - 4
T h e R-4’s controls a n d c o n n e c t or s
Top panel
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Int ernal mic s [M IC - L , M IC - R ]
These are stereo mics built into the R-4. The audio entering MIC-L is recorded on the 1L channel, while audio
picked up by MIC-R is recorded on the 1R channel. If you’re recording via the internal mics, set the System
Settings menuitem Recording Setup to Int-Mic.For details,refer to “Recording from the internal mics” (p.
30).
* Don’t connect anything to input jacks you’re not using.
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Int ernal speakers
These are built-in speakers for monitoring. If you want sound to be heard from the internal speakers, set the
System Settings menu item Speaker to ON. For details, refer to “Playing back” (p. 34).
* No sound will be heard from the internal speakers if you’ve connected headphones to the Headphone jack (
).
Nor will sound be heard from the internal speakers while recording or in recording-standby mode; this prevents
acoustic feedback from occurring.
3
Power swit c h [POWER ]
This turns the power on/off. To turn the power on or off, press and hold the power switch for about two
seconds. The power switch is lit green when the power is on.
Don’t turn the power off during recording or playback. Before you turn off the power, you must make sure
that recording or playback is stopped.
* If you accidentally turn off the power during recording, the data that was being recorded will not be stored on the
hard disk.
* The hard disk may be damaged if you turn off the power of the R-4 while data is being read from or written to the
hard disk (such as during recording or playback). You must also be careful not to turn off the power while data is
being transferred between the hard disk and the CompactFlash card.
* Never turn off the power while the R-4’s display indicates Now Connecting... or Now Processing! Doing so will
cause the R-4 to become unstable, and could even damage the internal hard disk.
* During recording, pressing the power switch will not turn off the power.
* The hard disk may be damaged if you turn off the power of the R-4 while data on the hard disk is being written or
read, such as during playback or waveform editing.
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H old swit c h [H OL D ]
By selecting the HOLD ON position,youcandisablethepanel buttons so that unwantedoperations will not
occur if a button is pressed accidentally.
However,even if this switchis set to HOLD ON, the p h a n t o m p o w e r s w i t c h es 5 , limit er s w it c h 6 ,
i n p u t l e vel s e lec t s w it c h es , I n p u t l e vel k n o b s , and M o n i t or l evel k n o b will still be
operable.
5
Phant om power swit c hes [ P H A N T OM POWER ]
These switch the phantom power on/off for the XLR type connectors of the combo input jacks located on the
right panel. Since separate switches are provided for channels 1/2 and channels 3/4, you can turn phantom
power on/off separately for these channels.
* Always turn the phantom power off when connecting any device other than
condensermicrophonesthat requirephantom power.You risk causingdamage if
you mistakenly supply phantom power to dynamic microphones, audio
playback devices, or other devices that don’t require such power. Be sure to
check the specifications of any microphone you intend to use by referring to the
manual that came with it.
This instrument’s phantom power: 48 V DC, 8 mA Max
(total of all channels must be 25 mA or less)
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XLR plug
TRS phone
plug
Phone plug
(unbalanced) (balanced)
L imit er swit c h [LIMITER]
This is an on/off switch for an input level limiter in the analog circuitry.
When the input level is too high, the limiter compresses the input level appropriately to prevent distortion.
The limiter switch turns limiting on/off for all channels 1–4 together. However, the input level is detected
separately for each channel. You cannot turn the limiter on/off separately for each channel.
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W a v e edit but t on [WA VE ED IT ]
This buttontakes youto WaveEdit mode, whereyoucanedit thewaveform using operations suchas Trim,
Divide, Combine, and Merge. For details, refer to “Editing” (p. 48).
You won't be able to enter Wave Edit mode during playback or recording, or if the R-4’s hard disk contains no
files that the R-4 can handle.
WAV files are the only type of files that the R-4 can handle.
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Ef f ec t but t on [EF F EC T S]
This button takes you to Effect mode, where you can make effect settings.
For details, refer to “Effects setting” (p. 55).
9
Sy st em but t on [SYST EM ]
This button takes you to a mode where you can make various settings for the R-4.
For details, refer to “System settings” (p. 60).
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M arker [M A R K ER ]
Clear button [CLEAR]
This button deletes a marker you assigned using the M a r k b u tt o n. Markers will be deleted successively,
starting at the marker located immediately before the current location.
button
This button moves you to the marker that is immediately before the current location (the previous marker). If
the current playback location is earlier than the first marker, pressing this button will take you to the
beginning of the project. You will also move to the beginning of the project if no markers have been set.
button
This button moves you to the marker that is immediately after the current location (the next marker).
If the current playback location is at the last marker, pressing this button will take you to the end of the
project. You will also move to the end of the song if no markers have been set.
M a r k b u t t o n [ M ARK]
By pressing this button you can assign a marker to a desired location in the project file. Markers are
numbered sequentially starting at the beginning of the project.
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A - B R epeat but t on [A - B R EPEA T ]
This button lets you repeatedly play back the region between two points (A and B) in the project. Simply
assign marker A and marker B while the project is playing, and playback will repeat between markers A
and B.
1. During playback, press the A-B Re p e a t b u t t o n once.
That point becomes the beginning (marker A) of repeat playback.
2. Press the A-B Re p e a t b u t t o n once again. That point will be the end
A
A
B
A
B
(marker B) of repeat playback.
The region you specified in steps 1 and 2 will play repeatedly. To cancel repeat
playback, press the A-B Re p e a t b u t t o n once again.
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D isplay but t on [D ISPL A Y]
This button switches the contents of the R-4’s display.
For details, refer to “Display” (p. 18).
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C ursor/M onit or Selec t but t ons [C U R SOR /M ONIT OR SEL EC T ]
Use these buttons to select items shown in the display. When you’re in the main screen, you can press the
up/down buttons to select the channel that you want to monitor.
For details, refer to “Display” (p. 18).
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Exit but t on [EXIT ]
Use this button to return to the previous screen or to cancel an operation.
Ent er/F inder but t on [ENT ER /F IND ER ]
Use this button to confirm a setting or finalize a value. You can also press this when you want to use the
Finder function. For more about the Finder function, refer to “The Finder screen” (p. 41).
Sc rub dial [SC R U B /VA L U E]
Use this dial to select among items for which settings are made, or to modify a value. While stopped or
when playback is paused, you can turn the scrub dial to move the current location forward or backward.
Shut t le dial [SH U T T L E]
While the project is playing, turn this dial clockwise to play rapidly forward, or counterclockwise to play
rapidly backward. When the project is stopped, this dial advances the time counter.
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Front panel
D isplay
This shows various information about the R-4’s status.
For details, refer to “Display” (p. 18).
PR EV but t on [PR EV]
Pressing the PREV button whilea project is playing or stoppedwill takeyouto thebeginning of the project
(00:00:00). Pressing this button at the beginning of a project will take you to the preceding project.
You can also press and hold down this button to rewind. This is available both while playing and while
stopped.
* If the system setting Player Setup parameter Play Mode is set to Single, you can't move to the previous or next
project during playback.
N E X T but t on [NEXT ]
Pressing the NEXT button will take you to the next project. You can also press and hold this button to fastforward. This is available both while playing and while stopped.
* If the system setting Player Setup parameter Play Mode is set to Single, you can't move to the previous or next
project during playback.
St op but t on [ST OP]
This button stops playback or recording. If you press the ST O P b u t t o n during playback, the counter will
maintain the time at which you pressed the ST O P b u t t o n .
Pause but t on [PA U SE]
This button pauses playback or recording.
Play but t on [PL A Y]
This button starts playback. The PL AY b u t t o n is lit blue during playback.
During playback, you can press the PL AY b u t t o n once again to play at double-speed. During doublespeed playback, press the PL AY b u t t o n once again to return to normal playback. During double-speed
playback, the lower part of the display will indicate PLAY X2. Double-speed playback will change the
pitch.
* If you want to turn off the double-speed playback feature, go to the System Settings menu and in Player Setup,
turn X2 Play OFF. For details, refer to “2 Player Setup” (p. 62).
R ec ord but t on [REC]
Recording will begin immediately when you press the REC b u t t o n . The REC b u t t o n is lit red during
recording. If you hold down the PAU SE b u t t o n and press the REC b u t t o n , the REC b u t t o n will blink
red,
and lev
the R-4
enters recording-standby
Recording will begin when you then press the REC
Input
el knobs
1–4 [INPU T mode.
GA IN]
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). Input levels of the i n t e rna l mi c s
These knobs adjust the input level of c o mb o i n p u t j a c k s 1–4 ( (
1
) are adjusted by k n o b 1 (MIC-L) and k n o b 2 (MIC-R).
M onit or lev el knob [M ONIT OR ]
This adjusts the output volume of the internal speakers ( 2 ) and the headphone jack ( ).
You can’t adjust the volume of the line output jacks ( ). If you need to adjust the volume of the line
output jacks, adjust the controls of the external speakers or playback system connected to the line output
jacks.
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Side panel (left)
D igit al input c onnec t or [D IGIT A L IN]
If you want to record a digital signal, connect a coaxial-type cable to this connector. The digital input signal is
recorded in stereo on channels 1L and 1R. If you want to record in monaural, you’ll need to change the Re c
Mode setting in the System Settings menu. For details, refer to “1 Recording Setup” (p. 60).
D igit al out put c onnec t or [D IGIT A L OU T ]
This connector outputs a digital signal. You can use a coaxial-type cable to connect this to a digital recording
device such as a DAT or MD recorder. This connector provides the same audio signal as the l ine o ut p ut
j acks (
) and h e a d p h o n e j a c k (
), but in digital form.
L c onnec t or [L - C ONNEC T OR ]
You can use a stereo mini-mini-plug LANC cable to connect this to a video device that is equipped with a
LANC connector. When you begin recording on your video device, the R-4 will begin recording in tandem.
When you stop recording on your video device, the R-4 will also stop recording.
For details, refer to “Connecting a video device that has a LANC connector” (p. 74).
U SB c onnec t or [U SB ]
Use the included USB cable to connect this to your computer. Projects recorded on the R-4 can be moved or
copied to your computer. Files from your computer can also be moved or copied to the R-4’s hard disk.
A C adapt or jac k [D C IN]
Connect the included AC adaptor to this jack.
C ord hook
Use this to secure the AC adaptor cable.
Ejec t but t on
Press this when you want to remove the CompactFlash card inserted in the memory card slot
.
M emory c ard slot [M EM OR Y C A R D ]
You can insert a CompactFlash card into this slot.
Projects you record on the R-4 can be copied to a CompactFlash card for backup or to transfer them to a
computer.
The R-4 is able to use only TYPE 1 CompactFlash memory cards. Microdrive cards are not supported.
For details on handling CompactFlash cards, refer to “Handling memory cards” (p. 70).
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In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Side panel (right)
Input lev el selec t swit c hes
Set these switches to either the MIC or LINE position depending on the type of device connected to
channels 1/L and 2/R or channels 3/L and 4/R.
MIC
LINE
If a mic is connected
If an audio device is connected via an analog connection
C ombo input jac ks 1–4
These are analog audio input jacks compatible with mic preamps. They accept either XLR or 1/4” phone
plugs; you can use whichever is most convenient for the equipment you’re connecting. Balanced or
unbalanced signals can be connected.
You can use combo input jacks 1–4 as four channels of monaural input or as two stereo pairs, 1/2 and 3/4.
For details, refer to “1 Recording Setup” (p. 60).
* The XLR type jacks can provide 48 V phantom power, allowing you to connect phantom-powered condenser mics. In
this case, turn on the phantom power switch ( 5 ).
This instrument is equipped with balanced (XLR/
TRS) type jacks. Wiring diagrams for these jacks are
shownbelow.Makeconnections after first checking
the wiring diagrams of other equipment you intend
to connect.
GND(SLEEVE)
1:GND
2:HOT
3:COLD
HOT(TIP)
COLD(RING)
L ine out put jac ks [L INE OU T ]
These jacks output an analog audio signal. You can use RCA phono cables to connect them to powered
speakers, audio equipment, a mixer, etc. These jacks output the same signal as the d igit al o u t p u t
connector (
) and the h e a d p h o n e j a c k (
).
The nominal output level is fixed at -10 dBV, and the volume of these jacks cannot be adjusted.
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In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Bottom panel
B at t ery c ompart ment
Install batteries here if you want to operate the R-4 on battery power.
The orientation in which you must insert the batteries is shown on the side of the battery compartment. Be
sure to observe the correct polarity when installing the batteries.
If you’re using the AC adaptor, there’s no need to install batteries.
Makesureto switchoff theR-4’s power beforeyouchangefrom ACadaptor operationto battery operation, or
vice versa.
For details, refer to “Installing batteries and turning the power on” (p. 25).
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In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Display
While playing or stopped
The main screen
The R-4’s main screen provides information about the project and the operational status of the R-4.
You can press the [ DI SPL AY ] b u t t o n to switch the contents of the display.
Project name
Progress bar
Total time
Time
counter
Level scale
dBFS
Sampling frequency
Sample size
(bit depth)
Marker indicators
Channel
names
Clip level indicators
Output
assignments
Power source
Channel level meters
Status indication
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Date and time
Clip level indicators
Output level meters
Project name
Indicates the name of the project. If you copy WAV files from your computer via USB tothe
R-4’sinternalhard disk, thiswillshow the file name. File names containing double-byte
characters (e.g., Japanese) will not be displayed cor- rectly, but they can be played.
Time counter
Indicates the time that has elapsed from the beginning of the project to the current
location. Indicated in terms of hours: minutes: seconds.
Progress bar
Total time
Level scale
Clip level indicators
Channel level meters
Channel names
Indicates the current playback location relative to the entire project.
Indicates the total time of the entire project.
Shows the audio level of each channel in real time. The markings are relative to 0 dBFS
(Full Scale) of the digital signal. For example, 12 means -12 dBFS. C is clipping level (0
dBFS).
Output assignments
These show how the audio of each channel is assigned to the L/R output channels. L
means that the audio is assigned to the left channel, R to the right channel, and LR to both
left and right channels. Channels for which no indi- cation appears will not be output.
When you're in the main screen, you can press the [CURSOR] up/down buttons to select
the channel that you want to monitor.
The output is sent to the PHONES jack, line output jacks, and digital output connector.
Sampling frequency
Sample size
Marker indicators
Indicates the sampling frequency and sample size (bit depth) of the currently selected
project.
This area shows up to four channel names. If you’re using one stereo channel, this will
indicate 1L and 1R. If you’re using two stereo channels, this will in- dicate 1L, 1R, 2L, 2R.
For a monaural project, this area will show 1, 2, 3, and 4 according to the num- ber of
channels.
The number at the left indicates the marker located immediately before the currenttime
counter value. The number at the right indicatesthe totalnumber of markers assigned in the
currently selected project.
In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Output level meters
Clip level indicators
These are the output level meters. They show the final output levels of the L and R
channels, to which the various channels have been mixed. You can use the monitor level
slidersof the mixer screen toadjust the levelof each channel. From the left, the level meter is
calibrated at -36, -24, -12, and -6 dBFS.
Power source
Indicates how power is being supplied to the R-4. The plug icon is shown if power is
being supplied by the AC adaptor, and the battery icon is shown if power is being
supplied by batteries.
In the main screen, you can press the [DISPLAY] button to switch the progress bar area so it shows the
remaining project time (REMAIN).
Remaining time
Remaining time
During playback, this indicates the remaining time from the current location to
the end of the project.
The mixer screen
From the main screen, press the [ DI SPLAY ] b u t t o n twice to move to the Mixer screen.
This screen lets you adjust the volume balance for monitoring.
Channel names
Channel level
sliders
Monitor output indicators
Channel level meters
Output level meters
Channel level sliders
Use these to adjust the playback level of each channel. Use the left/right
[CURSOR/FINDER] buttons to select a slider,andturnthe[SCRUB/VALUE]
dial to adjust the value. Each slider provides adjustment within the range 0–
120. The default value is 100.
* The settings are not stored in the project; they are remembered by the R-4
itself. When you turn off the power, the settings will revert to their default
values.
* These settings do not affect the recording levels.
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In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
While recording
The main screen
The R-4’s main screen provides information about the project and the operational status of the R-4.
You can press the [ DI SPL AY ] b u t t o n to switch the contents of the display.
Recordable time
Total recording time
Time counter
Time counter
Indicates the elapsed time from the beginning of the project you’re recording until the
current location. Indicated in terms of hours: minutes: seconds.
Recordable time
Duringrecording, thisindicatesthe remainingtime that recordingtothehard disk can take
place. The remaining time will depend on the sampling frequency (Sample Freq.), sample
size (Rec Bit), and recording mode (Rec Mode) settings. The indication shows how much
longer you can record with the current settings.
Total recording time
Indicates the total time from the beginning of recording to the current location.
* Even if you record continuously, another new project will be created automatically when
the project reaches 2 GB in size, and recording will continue. Even for a recording that
spans multiple projects in this way, the elapsed timesince you first pressed the [REC]
(record) button willbe shown here.
* For an explanation of the other indications, refer to “While playing or stopped” (p. 18).
From the main screen, you can press the [ DI SPLAY ] b u t t on to make the recordable time area show the
remaining hard disk capacity instead.
Remaining hard disk capacity
Remaining hard disk
capacity
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Indicates the remaining free capacity on the internal hard disk.
In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Wh a t is a project?
On the R-4, the data that you record and play back is handled as “projects.” On the hard disk, each project
actually consists of a folder with one or more files, in the structure shown below.
If you connect the R-4 to your computer, you’ll be able to see how these folders and files are organized.
However, if you change, delete, or rename the files within a project,the R-4 may be unable to play back that
project. Please use caution.
In the system settings,the Recording Setup parameter Rec Mode(p.61) lets youspecify thetype of project
you want to record.
Monaural projects
Type
MONOx1
Structure
If there is only one channel, a monaural WAV file will be created with a name consist- ing of the
project name plus an extension of .wav.
MONOx2
MONOx3
MONOx4
If there are 2–4 channels, a folder will be created with a name consisting of the project name plus an
extension of .pjt, and within that folder will be created monaural WAV files with names consisting
of the channel number plus an extension of .wav.
Project Name
ABC -1. w a v
ABC -2. p j t
1.wav
(MONO)
ABC-1.
wav
(MONO)
MONOx1
2.wav
(MONO)
MONOx2
Project Name
ABC -4. p j t
ABC -3. p j t
1.wav
(MONO)
2.wav
(MONO)
MONOx3
3.wav
(MONO)
1.wav
2.wav
3.wav 4.wav
(MONO) (MONO) (MONO) (MONO)
MONOx4
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In tr o d u ci ng th e R-4
Stereo projects
Type
STEREOx1
Structure
If there is only one channel, a stereo WAV file will be created with a name consisting of the project
name plus an extension of .wav.
STEREOx2
If there are twochannels, a folder will be created with a name consisting of the project name plus an
extension of .pjt, and within that folder will be created stereo WAV fileswith names consisting of the
channel number plus an extension of .wav.
Project Name
AABBCC--62..ppjjtt
ABC -5. w a v
ABC-5
.wav
1.wav
2.wav
(STEREO)
(STEREO)
(STEREO)
STEREOx1
STEREOx2
Four-channel projects
Type
4CH
ABC -7. w a v
Structure
A four-channel WAV file will be created with a name consisting of the project name plus an
extension of .wav.
Project Name
ABC-7.
wav
(4CH)
* If you want to load such files into your computer, make sure
that your waveform editing software supports four-channel
files.
4CH
L imit at ions on file size
The R-4 can handle files up to 2 GB in size. If the file size reaches 2 GB during recording, the file will be
closed. Then, a new file will be created and recording will continue. When you finish recording, these files
will appear as separate projects.
A bout B W F
In 5 System Setup (p. 63), under system settings, you can set Project File to BWF so that the files created
during recording and editing will be BWF files. BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) files contain information
about therecording timeandrecording device(EDIROL R-4) inadditionto the data of a conventional WAV
file. Of course, BWF files can be loaded by playback devices or audio editing software in the same way as
conventional WAV files.
C aut ion when c opy ing files f rom y our c omput er
Please note the following cautions when copying files from your computer into the R-4’s internal hard disk.
• The R-4 can only record linear PCM WAV files at sampling frequencies of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz and bit
depths of 16 or 24 bits. It cannot play back any other type of file.
• File names and folder names containing double-byte characters (e.g., Japanese) will not be displayed
correctly.
• Any files other than WAV files cannot be recognized by the R-4, and will be ignored.
• Files beginning with “.” (dot) will be ignored.
• You must not copy files larger than 2 GB into the R-4’s internal hard disk. Doing so will make the R-4’s
operation unstable, and in the worst case might even damage the files in the internal hard disk.
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Getting r e a d y to u se the R - 4
Basic c o n n e c ti on e x a mp l es
Before you make connections to other equipment, turn down the volume of all your equipment and turn off
the power to prevent malfunctions or speaker damage.
Digital connections
Equipment that has a digital input jack
Digital connection
Equipment that has a digital output jack
Analog connection
Equipment that has a line input jack
Amplified speakers/Mixers
MD player for recording/Amplified speakers, etc.
DIGITAL IN
CD/MD player for playback
DIGITAL OUT
LINE IN
LANC connection Video
camera with a LANC
connector
Mic connection
Dynamic mic/Condenser mic
DIGITAL IN
LINE OUT
LANC
DIGITAL OUT
L-CONNECTOR
USB connection
Personal computer with a USB
connector
USB
USB
DC IN
PHONES
Headphones
AC outlet
AC adaptor
For more about connections, refer to “Recording” (p. 27) and “Playing back” (p. 34).
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Getti n g r ea d y to u se th e R-4
C o n n e c t in g the A C a d a p t o r a n d turning the p o w e r o n
* After you’ve made connections correctly, you must turn on the power using the steps below. If you don’t follow the
correct order, you may cause malfunctions or damage your speakers.
* Due to a circuitry protection feature, this unit requires a few moments after power-up before it is ready for normal
operation.
* If you connect the AC adaptor when batteries are installed, the power will be supplied from the AC adaptor.
Turning the power on
1
Connect the DC plug of the AC adaptor to the AC adaptor jack located on the left side panel of the R-4.
* Use only the included AC adaptor.
2
Plug the AC adaptor into an AC power outlet.
* To prevent the inadvertent disruption of power to your unit (should the plug be pulled out accidentally), and to
avoid applying undue stress to the AC adaptor jack, anchor the power cord using the cord hook, as shown in the
illustration.
3
To turn the power on, press and hold the R-4’s [ PO WER] s w it c h for about two seconds.
Wait until the main screen appears.
Turning the power off
1
From the main screen, press and hold the R-4’s [ POW ER] s w i t c h for about two seconds to turn the
power off.
* If you disconnect or reconnect the AC adaptor, the power will turn off even if batteries are installed. Please turn off the
power on the R-4 itself before you change between AC adaptor power and battery power.
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Getti n g r ea d y to u se th e R-4
Installing batteries a n d turning the p o w e r o n
T y pes of bat t eries y ou c an use
• AA alkaline batteries (LR6)
• AA nickel metal-hydride (HR15/51)
(The R-4 cannot recharge nickel metal-hydride batteries. You’ll need to use a separate charger.)
* You must set the R-4’s System Settings menu item “5 System Setup” (p. 63) to specify the type of batteries
you’ve installed. The R-4 will not operate correctly if you’ve specified a battery type that does not match the batteries
you’ve actually installed.
1
2
Make sure that the R-4 is turned off, and disconnect the AC adaptor from the AC adaptor jack.
Detach the battery cover from the bottom panel of the R-4.
* When turning the unit upside-down, handle with care to avoid
dropping it, or allowing it to fall or tip over.
3
4
Insert eight AA batteries into the battery compartment,
making sure to observe the correct polarity (+ and symbols).
Replace the battery cover.
5
Turn on the R-4.
6
Press the [ SY ST EM ] b u t t on .
7
Use the [ C U RSO R] u p / d o w n b u t t o ns to select 5 Sy s t e m Se t u p .
8
Press the [ EN T ER] b u t t o n.
9
Using the [ SC RU B/VAL UE] d ia l, set the Ba t te ry T y p e to Alk al in e if you’ve installed alkaline batteries, or
to N i -M H if you’ve installed nickel metal-hydride batteries. The setting is activated as soon as you select it.
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11
When you’ve finished making settings, press the [EXIT] b u t t on .You’re returned to the previous screen.
When you’re back in the Sy s t e m M e n u screen, press the [ EXIT] b u t t on once again.
Although the indication [ EN TER] will be blinking in the display, if you don’t need to make additional
settings, press the [ EXIT ] b u t to n to return to the main screen.
C aut ion when using t he R - 4 on bat t ery power
• If you operate on battery power for an extended time, the batteries will become hot. Be careful not to
burn yourself.
• We recommend that you use alkaline batteries, which have a longer life.
• Don’t mix new batteries with used batteries, and don’t mix batteries of differing types.
• If you won’t be using the R-4 for an extended time, we recommend that you remove the batteries to
prevent leakage or other accidents.
• When using a USB cable to connect the R-4 to your computer, you must use the AC adaptor to prevent the
loss of power while the connection is active.
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Getti n g r ea d y to u se th e R-4
Battery status indication
If you’re using the R-4 on battery power, a battery icon is shown in the lower right of the display. As the
battery runs down, the battery icon will change as follows.
Remaining amount
Level 4 (sufficient)
Display
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1
Level 0 (little remaining)
When the battery reaches Level 0, the message shown will appear.
Replace the batteries as soon as possible.
If you continue using the R-4 when the batteries have run low, the
screen shown here will appear, and then the power will
automatically turn off shortly thereafter.
B at t ery life
(When using alkaline batteries, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo, phantom power off)
Continuous playback
Continuous recording
approximately 3.5 hours
approximately 2 hours
* The values for battery life shown above are only approximate; they will vary depending on your system and
conditions of use.
* The life of the battery will be shortened if you leave the display backlighting turned on or if you make heavy use of
effects. There is a System setting that allows you to specify the length of time that the backlight is to remain on. For
details, refer to “4 LCD Setup” (p. 62).
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Recording
R e c o r d in g f r o m a c o n n e c t e d m i c
Here’s how to record an audio source from a mic connected to the R-4’s combo input jack.
Turn this ON
if you're using a
condenser mic.
Set to MIC
Adjust the
input level
● C onnec t ions
Connect your mic to the combo input jack.
If you’re monitoring through external speakers, acoustic feedback (a screech or whine) may occur,
depending on the position of the mic relative to the speakers. If this occurs, take the following actions.
1. Point the mic in a different direction
2. Move the mic away from the speakers
3. Lower the monitoring volume
● Input lev el selec t swit c h
Set this to the M I C position.
● Phant om power swit c h
If you’ve connected a phantom-powered condenser mic, turn this ON.
● Sy st em set t ings
Press the R-4's [ SY ST EM ] b u tt o n .
In 1 Recording Setup, set Input Select to Analog.
Set the other items in 1 Recording Setup as appropriate for the
recording you want to make.
* For more about system settings, refer to “System settings” (p. 60).
● L imit er
Turn this ON if you want to prevent unexpectedly loud sounds or strong attacks from producing clipping
noise.
The limiter threshold is -10 dB relative to digital full scale, and the compression ratio is 1:3.
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Reco r d i n g
● Input lev el knobs
These knobs adjust the input levels.
If you’re recording in stereo, these knobs control the following signals.
Channel 1
Channel 2
Channel 3
Channel 4
STEREO 1 L-channel
STEREO 1 R-channel
STEREO 2 L-channel
STEREO 2 R-channel
INPUT GAIN 1 knob
INPUT GAIN 2 knob
INPUT GAIN 3 knob
INPUT GAIN 4 knob
Ad j u s t i n g t h e i n pu t l evel
Hold down the [ PAU SE] b u t t o n and press the [REC] (r ec ord ) b u t to n .
The R-4 will enter recording-standby mode. In recording-standby mode, the [ REC] (re co rd) button will
blink, and the display will indicate REC S T AN D B Y .
1.
2.
Play sound into the microphone at the actual volume that you expect to record.
3.
Gradually turn the i n pu t l evel k n o b toward the right.
4.
Adjust the level so that the level meter shown in the display
reaches a point slightly before C (c l ip level). If the recording
level is too low, quiet sounds will not be recorded. If the
recording level is too high, soft sounds will be distorted,
producing a crackling noise in the recording.
* The level meter indicates the clip level (C) at 0 dBFS (FS = full scale). For
example, 12 indicates -12 dBFS.
level meter (dBFS)
● R ec ord but t on [REC]
If you want to begin recording immediately, press the [REC] (r ec ord ) b u t t on . Recording will begin.
Re c o r d i n g -s t a n d by
If you want to put the R-4 in recording-standby mode so that
you can prepare for recording, hold down the [ PAUSE]
b u t t o n and press the [ REC] (r ec ord ) b u t t o n .
In recording-standby mode, the [ REC] (r ec ord ) b u t to n will blink
and the display will indicate REC PAU SE.
Recording will begin immediately when you press the [REC]
(r e c o rd ) b u t t o n or the [ PAUSE] b u t t o n in recording-standby
mode or while paused.
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R e co r d i n g - sta n db y
Reco r d i n g
● Ot her set t ings
If you want to monitor the sound that’s being recorded, connect headphones to the PHONES jack and use the
monitor level knob to adjust the volume.
Adjusting the monitor level knob won’t affect the level of the sound that’s actually being recorded.
To play back the recorded sound, refer to “Playing back” (p. 34).
C aut ion regarding plac ement and handling while rec ording
The internal hard disk is a precision device. If you subject the hard disk to impacts such as the
following, the data may not be read or written successfully, causing recording or playback to be
unsuccessful. In the worst case, irreparable damage may occur.
Please be careful not to subject the R-4 to strong impact or continued vibration while using it.
The following actions will cause malfunctions
• Subjecting the unit to impact, such as dropping it from a table onto a hard floor.
• Subjecting the unit to continuous vibration, such as by leaving it on an uncushioned surface like the
floor of a moving automobile.
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MICROPHONES
WHAT– WHERE– WHEN
&
ACCOUTREMENTS
SHOTGUN(INTERFERENCETUBE)MICROPHONEHYPER/SUPERCARDIOD POLAR
PATTEN
USE:LOCATIONDIALOGUE
NTG3SPECIFICATIONS
PolarPattern
FrequencyResponse
MaxSPL
Power
HyperCardioid
40Hz-20kHz
130dB@1kHz
48VPhantom
NTG1SPECIFICATIONS
PolarPattern
FrequencyResponse
MaxSPL
Power
HyperCardioid
20Hz-20kHz
139dB
24V/48VPhantom
SENNHEISER MKH416
PolarPattern
FrequencyResponse
MaxSPL
Power
SuperCardioid
40Hz-20kHz
130dB
48VPhantom
LAVALIERE/LAPEL MICROPHONEWITHWIRELSSTX/RX– OMNIPOLARPATTERN
USE:DIALOGUE– AMBIENT.
SENNHEISER WIRELESSLAPELKITEW100
EK100Receiver
SK100Transmitter
ME2LavaliereMicrophone
PolarPattern
FrequencyResponse
MaxSPL
Power
RX
TX
LapelMic
Omni
20Hz-20kHz
130dB
ElectretpowerfromTX
CARRYAABATTERIES
CONDENSER MICROPHONES– CARDIOID/EIGHT/OMNI POLARPATTERNS
USE:STUDIOVOICEOVER/DIALOGUE/
BOUNDARY MICROPHONE (PRESSUREZONEMICROPHONE)
USE:AMBIENTEXTERNAL/INTERNAL
HYDROPHONE:(PRESSUREZONEMICROPHONE)
USE:UNDERWATER
POLARPATTERNS
OMNI=360DEGREE PICKUP– GOODFORATMOSPHERE
BI=65DEGP’UPPATTERN- POSITIVEATFRONT- NEGATIVEATREAR– COMMON
ONRIBBON
MICROPHONES– GOODFORVOICE– GOODSIDEREJECTION
CARDIOD =120DEGP’UPPATTERN– MOSTCOMMON– FORVOICEAND
GENERALUSE
SHOTGUN/HYPER/SUPERCARDIOID =THETELEPHOTOOFMICS– 60DEGP’UP
PATTERN–
WEAKPOINT:PICKUPSAT90/270DEGAND180DEGANDBEHIND SOURCE.
BOOMPOLEUSESUGGESTIONS
THETRADITIONAL WAY.ITWILLCAUSEPAIN.
THEALTERNATIVETOTHETRADITION
GETAMONOPOD,YOUGETHEIGHTWITHOUT MUSCLEPAIN
FROMBELOWISANOTHERWAY
BLIMP/ZEPPLIN/WINDSHIELD – WINDSOCK - COMPULSORY
LAVALIERE/LAPEL MOUNTS– APARTFROMTHETRADITIONAL CLIP
RODE SELLTHESEFORUNDERCLOTHESEMOUNTING
CHECKOUTTHESEINSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQV3lkiNaDI
http://www.rode.com/blog/all/lavalier-mounting-best-practices
TRADITIONAL MICROPHONESTANDS
&
CSTANDSAREVERYUSEFULL
NOTFORGETTING GAFFATAPE
MICROPHONEPOSITIONING TIPS
VOICE/SPEECH/DIALOGUE
SHOTGUN LOCATION
Thebestwaytodothisistomaketheactorsgetintoposition,framethem,
instructtheboomoptolowerthemic intoframeandinstructthemtoraise
thepoletillitisjustoutofframe,getthetalenttosaysomelines,
setaudioinlevels
CONDENSER/RIBBON/DYNAMIC – INSTUDIO
Condensers requirephantom/48Voltsandareverysensitive,
apopfilter/windguardisrecommended, theyhavetobesuspensionmounted
Setthetalent6”fromthemic,setlevels.Thecloserthetalentistothe
microphone
themorelow/bassfrequency willbeproduced(Proximityeffect)
Ribbon Mics areexcellentforspeech/voice/dialogue especiallyforSIBILANCE
Dynamic Mics arepracticalasyoudon’tneed power,lesshandlingnoise,youcan
holdthem
buttheyarenotasclear ascondensers
RECOMMENDATIONS
Recordingresolution
48Khz24bit
RecordingLevels
peaksinamber,signalpredominantlygreen, turnlimiteron
forsafety.
Engageahighpassfilter(80Hzorlower)
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