DM24 Newbies FAQ

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  1. Will Miho

    Will Miho Member

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    Tascam's DM24 Newbies FAQ (imported from web archive, which introduced text artifacts I had to delete. Notify me of any errors and I'll fix them.)

    DM-24 FAQ

    HOW DO I GET MUSIC INTO SPEAKERS AND INTO AN EXTERNAL RECORDER
    USING SNAPSHOTS?

    With the DM24 OFF

    Plug a CD player, or another continuous audio source, into CH1 LINE IN (use adapter if needed)
    Press play on the CD player.

    Connect power amp or powered studio speakers into MONITOR OUTPUTS.

    Turn ON the DM24.
    Turn ON the amp or speaker monitors.

    Within the CONTROL ROOM section
    Turn the CR level to 12:00.
    Press the STEREO button down.

    Press the SHIFT button until the SHIFT light is ON (yellow).

    Press the I/O button.

    Under LIBRARY

    Press the + button until the display reads "SNAP 03 RECORDING 1 - 16".

    Press the RECALL button.

    With in the LAYER STATUS section.
    Press CH 1 - 16 until light turns ON (Orange).

    Press SEL for CHANNEL #1 until the SEL light turns ON (green).
    Move the FADER to 0.

    With in the CHANNEL ASSIGN section
    Press the STEREO button until the light turns ON (Orange).

    You should now hear music and see meters moving on your external recorder.

    Repeat the last two steps for Channel 2 though16.


    HOW DO I MANUALLY ASSIGN MIC/LINE INPUTS OUT TO A RECORDER?

    Assigning returns

    Each of the DM-24's 32 channel faders can have either one INPUT, or one RETURN assigned to them at a time.

    To assign an input or return to a channel, go to the I/O screen and select either the "1-16 IN" or the "17-24 IN" input tab.

    There are 2 columns indicating 8 channel faders each. The channel number is indicated on the right side of the column preceded by a "CH". Example: "CH 1", "CH 2", "CH 3", etc. There are two boxes to the left of each channel. The top box represents the INPUT and the bottom box represents the RETURN.

    Inside the INPUT box you can select any of the MIC/LINE inputs, EFFECTS outputs, or ASSIGNABLE returns. Inside the RETURN box, you can select TDIF, ADAT, or your SLOT card returns.

    To assign the INPUT to the CHANNEL, connect the PATCH CABLE GRAPHIC to the top box with the JOG/DATA wheel and press ENTER. To assign the RETURN to the CHANNEL, connect the PATCH CABLE GRAPHIC to the bottom box with the JOG/DATA wheel and press ENTER.


    HOW DO I ASSIGN OUTPUTS?

    There are 2 main ways to get the signal from the CHANNEL FADERS out to your recording devices.

    A DIRECT OUT is an output of a specific channel to the corresponding numbered output. To assign a DIRECT OUT to CHANNEL 6 on the board, you select the DIRECT button in the CHANNEL ASSIGN SECTION. CHANNEL 6 will go from output 6 to whatever is selected in the I/O OUTPUT screen (see below). If you have "BUS 1-8/DIRECT 1-8" going to "TDIF1 Trk1-8" it will go from output 6 of TDIF1. Keep in mind that this is a way to get a single channel to a single output. If you want to get two or more channels to the same output, you have to BUS them.

    A BUS OUT is way to get one or more signals to an output. Select a channel by using the SELECT button and then press one of the BUS BUTTONS in the CHANNEL ASSIGN section.

    The BUS BUTTONS are located in the CHANNEL ASSIGN section of the board. They are Labeled 1-2 (SRND), 2-4 (CSP), 5-6 (BOOM), 7-8 and STEREO. The DIRECT button is also in this section.
    You can send as many channels to the same Bus or different busses by selecting the Channel and selecting a Bus.

    If you select BUS 1-2 and you want it just to go to Bus 1 you PAN that channel to the left with the PAN knob. If you want it to go just to Bus 2 you PAN it to the right. The same goes for the rest of the busses, Odd to the left Even to the right.

    To see where your DIRECT OUTS and BUSSES are going, go to the OUTPUT screen. The OUTPUTS are visible from the I/O screen with the OUTPUT tab selected.

    On this screen you will see 5 text boxes on the left side of the screen with each box pointing to several selections on the right side. By default, they are setup up with "BUS 1-8/DIRECT 1-8" going to your first 1-8 outputs depending on your setup, "BUS1-8/DIRECT 9-16" going to your 9-16 outputs and "BUS 1-8" going to your 17-24 outputs. Notice that this third box is the only one that points to the ADAT TRK1-8 output.

    The next two text boxes on the left show you what is going out of your DIGITAL 1 and 2. By default they are set for the STEREO BUS.

    Confirm how you are connected to your recorder or computer audio interface.
    Make sure that the DIRECT OUT or BUS is selected to go to the output you are using.

    QUESTION: I HAVE AN AUDIO SOURCE PLUGGED IN DIGITALLY BUT I CAN'T HEAR ANYTHING?
    OR I GET POPS AND CLICKS IN MY AUDIO. WHAT'S WRONG?

    Check your clock settings

    When you connect two audio devices digitally, you need to set one device as the clock master and one device as the clock slave. In cases where there are several devices connected together there will be several clock slaves but only one clock master. If you are not clocked correctly you will hear pops and clicks.

    The DM-24 has an excellent internal clock and we recommend that you use it. However, if you prefer to slave the DM-24 to an external source it is a simple process.

    You can clock the DM-24 (making it the clock slave) in one of the following ways: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TDIF, ADAT LIGHTPIPE, or WORDCLOCK.

    WORDCLOCK is the most popular way to clock the DM-24 and requires a 75Ohm word clock cable plugged into the WORDCLOCK INPUT on the back of the DM-24.

    To use S/PDIF or AES/EBU as your clock source, make sure that they are selected correctly in the I/O page. The DIGITAL IN XLR is for AES/EBU and RCA is for S/PDIF. The D-IN 1 and D-IN 2 boxes can be selected for the CLOCK source depending on which format you are using.

    You can also clock off the SLOT 1 and SLOT 2 if they have Digital I/O cards in them.

    To set your clock, go to the DIGITAL page in the DM-24 and select the CLOCK tab.


    In the Center of the Screen will be several boxes representing the different ways you can clock the DM-24.
    In version 2.10, the default is INT 44.1 but in previous versions it is set to TDIF. The current clock setting will be indicated by a (“�) in the appropriate box. An “X� will appear if the selected clock is not clocking correctly.

    Check your connections to the DM-24 and select the way in which you would like to clock.

    Check the Sample rate of the Clock Master and match it under the selection or in the box corresponding to the clock selection.

    If you are properly clocked, the EXTERNAL CLOCK light on the left side of the DM-24 will be solid and there will be a check mark (“�) inside the selection box.

    QUESTION: I HEAR MUSIC, BUT I HAVE NO CONTROL WITH THE FADERS.
    HOW TO TAKE OFF AUX 1-2 THE STEREO BUSS?

    Press the Shift button until the Shift light turns off.
    Press the Assign button.
    Press the Buss button.
    Use the cursors and Select AUX 1-2.
    Use the fourth Pod knob and select ST.
    Press ENTER.
    The Stereo indicator with in the AUX 1-2 is unselected.


    QUESTION: HOW DO I USE THE ASSIGNABLE SENDS?

    Press the SHIFT button until the light turns ON.
    Press the I/O button.
    Press ASSIGN SELECT.
    Under S/R next to 1 select SEND / RETURN.
    Press the SHIFT button until the light is OFF.
    Press AUX 3 / 4.
    Move up any channel you wish to send to SEND 1.


    HOW DO I USE THE AUTOMATION?

    Press "Shift" to turn the Shift Light on.
    Press the Option Button.
    Press the Soft key under the "SYNC / TC" tab.
    Place the arrow next to "Sync Source" and press Enter.
    Place the arrow next to the appropriate TC source (TC or MTC) and press Enter.

    Press "Shift" to turn the Shift Light OFF.
    Press the Automation button to go to the Auto Main page.
    Place the arrow next to Automation Engine and press Enter to turn it on.
    Press the Auto soft key and select Auto Config & press Enter.
    Select all buttons to AUTO and use POD knob #4 to set options to All Module.
    Press the Auto soft key and select Auto File press Enter.
    Place the arrow next to New and press Enter twice to create a new automation file.

    Press PLAY on TC source. Look at top right corner of display to see TC rolling.
    If there is no TC rolling recheck your connections and TC setup of TC master.
    Press STOP on TC master machine and rewind to beginning of song.
    Press WRITE button on DM-24. (Located above Play and RECORD)
    Press PLAY on TC source. Wait for write button in top left of display.
    Move lots of faders.
    Press TO on TC master machine and rewind to beginning of song.
    Press PLAY on TC source.

    Marvel at the wonder of moving faders.

    HOW DO I SET UP EFFECTS?

    Using CH1 with music playing though speakers
    Press the STEREO button within the MONITOR section.

    Assigning the output of the effect module to a channel:

    Press SHIFT until the light turns on.
    Press I/O.
    Press CH17-32 IN.
    For CH25 select EFF 1-L Press ENTER (you can use any CH as your return)
    For CH26 select EFF 1-R Press ENTER (you can use any CH as your return)
    Move the Patch cord until CH25 and EFF1-L is connected.
    Move the Patch cord until CH26 andEFF1-R is connected.

    Assigning the input to the effect module:

    Press the EFFECT button.
    Press PATCH.
    Select LOOP / INSERT.
    Select AUX 3 next to IN L (you can use any AUX ).
    CH25 should be next to OUT L.
    CH26 should be next to OUT R (IF CH26 is not next to OUT R, select Stereo and than select Mono).

    Individual effect sends:

    Press the CH 1 - 16 button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Press SHIFT until the light is OFF.
    Press AUX 3 / 4
    CH 1 - 16 button under Layer Status (light should be blinking)
    Move fader 1 up (this will send audio to the effect module)
    Any fader pushed up will send to the effect module.

    Master Effect send:

    Press the MODULE button.
    Press the MASTER button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Move faders AUX3 and AUX4 up to 0.

    Effect returns:

    Press the CH 17 - 32 button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Move faders 25 and 26 to desired return level.


    HOW DO I RECORD AN EFFECTS THROUGH DIRECT

    Setting up inserts:
    (This assigns an insert to a specific channel)

    Press the SHIFT button until the light turns ON
    Press I/O
    Press ASSIGN SELECT
    Select INSERT
    (This changes the SEND/RETURN into an internal insert)
    (IF a warning pops up Return 1 IS INPUT INTO CH�, go to CH17 - 32 IN, change any Channel that reads ASN RTN1 to anything other than ASN RTN1.)

    Select the CH (Channel).
    (This is were the insert is placed)

    Select PRE/POST.
    (Determines if the insert is pre or post fader)

    Enable the INSERT (ON)
    (Turns the insert ON)

    Setting up EFFECT:
    (This changes the effects input to the INSERT)

    Shift light OFF
    Press EFFECT
    Press PATCH

    Change IN L to “ASGN INS SND [CH1]�
    (This determines what is going to feed the INTERNAL Effect unit)


    HOW DO I USE AN EFFECT ON RECORDED TRACK?

    Use CH 17 with music playing though speakers for demo purposes.

    Assigning the output of the effect module to a channel:

    Press SHIFT until the light turns ON.
    Press I/O.
    Press CH1-16 IN.
    For CH1 select EFF 1-L Press ENTER (you can use any CH as your return).
    For CH2 select EFF 1-R Press ENTER (you can use any CH as your return).
    Move the Patch cord until CH1 and EFF1-L is connected.
    Move the Patch cord until CH2 and EFF1-R is connected.

    Assigning the input to the effect module:

    Press the SHIFT until the Shift light is OFF.
    Press the EFFECT button.
    Press PATCH.
    Select LOOP / INSERT.
    Select AUX 3 next to IN L (you can use any AUX).
    Press ENTER.
    CH1 should be next to OUT L.
    CH2 should be next to OUT R (IF CH2 is not next to OUT R, select Stereo and than select Mono).

    Individual effect sends:

    Press the CH 17 - 32 button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Press SHIFT until the light is OFF.
    Press AUX 3 / 4.
    The CH 17 -32 button under Layer Status light should be blinking.
    Move fader 1 up (this will send audio to the effect module).
    Any fader pull up will send to the effect module.

    Master Effect send:

    Press the MODULE button
    Press the MASTER button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Move faders AUX3 and AUX4 up to 0.

    Effect return:

    Press the CH 1 - 16 button under Layer Status (light should be solid).
    Move faders 25 and 26 to bring up the effects return level.


    HOW DO I USE THE ASSIGNABLE SEND/RETURN AS AN INSERT?

    Press the SHIFT button until the light turns ON.
    Press the I/O button.
    Press ASSIGN SELECT.
    Under S/R next to 1 select INSERT.
    Under CH SEND change to Channel 1.
    Press SHIFT until the light is OFF.
    Press EFFECTS.
    Press PATCH.
    Under mode select LOOP / INSERT.
    Next to INTYPE select MONO.
    Next to IN change to ASSN INS 1 SND [CH 1].


    HOW DO I SEND THE OUTPUT OF THE EFFECTS TO A HEADPHONE MIX?


    For an example:
    Aux 5 / 6 is the feeding (the input) to the internal Effects.
    Aux 3 / 4 is your headphone mix.

    Go to the channels you are returning your effect and turn up Aux 3 / 4.
  2. Muziekschuur

    Muziekschuur Member

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    If you are mixing.

    Try the MONO button. See if mono sounds as good as the stereo button. Once you know it's there you will use it more often.

    If you have more pc's you can sync up the PC's and have them connected over SPDIF. Now the Tascam DM24 is a hub to the connected computers... And you can route, mix and match.

    More, when I think of it and when I have my external storage up.

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