Share DP24/32 Equipment Related Tips

Discussion in '2488 and DP-24/32 Digital Portastudios' started by cmaffia, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. -mjk-

    -mjk- Moderator Staff Member

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    In addition to what Mark said above:
    • Make routine backups of your Song folders, using the machine's USB function (every session).
    • Periodically backup the entire card, and do a full format. Copy the full backup to the card after. 90 days is what I do. This procedure can detect bad sectors before they become dysfunctional.
    • Copy/Paste files to/from the SD card using the machine's USB function, rather than removing the card from the machine and using a card reader.
    • Always properly disconnect the USB connection.
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  2. Mark Richards

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    USING OUTBOARD GEAR DURING MIXDOWN

    The easiest way to make use of an outboard FX during the Mixdown process is to use the DP-24/32/SD Inputs to receive the returns of the outboard FX and assign those DP-24/32/SD Inputs directly to the Stereo Bus.

    SETUP
    This procedure assumes you do not want to use any tracks to record the return of the outboard FX signal, but rather want to send it directly to your stereo mixdown recording.
    1. If the outboard FX gear receives a stereo signal, then the DP-24/32/SD’s Send 1 and Send 2 for each Track you want to process are used (be sure to turn off the internal effects connected to Send 1). Otherwise, Send 2 can be used for the outboard effect and Send 1 can be used for the internal effects.
    2. Set the DP-24/32/SD Track Sends to Pre-track fader or Post-track fader, depending on how you want to control the signal going to the outboard FX gear. You can also use the Track Send level and the Master Send level to adjust levels to the outboard FX according to your needs.
    3. Set the outboard FX gear’s inputs, controls, and outputs as required/needed according to the owner manual for the gear.
    4. Set the DP-24/32/SD’s Trim Knobs full left (Line) for the Input(s) receiving the outboard FX signal.
    5. Assign the DP-24/32/SD’s Input(s) that are receiving the outboard FX signal to the Stereo Bus.
    6. Assure all the DP-24/32/SD Send controls for Inputs A~H are turned off to prevent a feedback loop with the outboard FX gear.
    7. Assure no DP-24/32/SD Inputs other than those receiving the outboard FX signal return are assigned to the Stereo Bus.
    PROCESS
    1. Enter Mixdown mode.
    2. Set the DP-24/32/SD levels going to the outboard FX gear.
    3. Set the FX controls on the outboard gear as required.
    4. Set the desired effect on the outboard gear and assure it is 100% wet.
    You can control the FX return signal coming into the DP-24/32/SD stereo mix in a couple of ways:
    1. If the outboard FX gear has an output gain control, the return to the DP-24/32/SD’s Input(s) can be set at that point to control the FX level going into the DP-24/32/SD stereo mix.
    2. On the DP-24/32/SD Mixer Screen you can use the virtual fader(s) for the DP-24/32/SD Input(s) receiving the FX signal to set the level of the FX going into the DP-24/32/SD stereo mix.
    Additional information on connecting outboard gear can be read here:
    http://www.tascamforums.com/threads/share-dp24-32-equipment-related-tips.5817/#post-29576
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
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  3. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards Well-Known Member

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    This sticky serves as a permanent focal point for vetted DP-24/32/SD best practices that had previously been scattered throughout the forum.

    We encourage people to contribute "best practices", but to help assure the integrity/general applicability of the content, please privately message me, or mjk, or Phil Tipping, or Dave Porter first with the details if you think you have something that should be posted in this sticky so we can first talk about it and fine tune it.;)

    This isn't the place for conversations about individual practices or the pros/cons of individual practices. Please feel free to do that by starting a thread in the general forum and holding the conversation there.:)

    Thanks.
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  4. Mark Richards

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    MORE ON AUDIO DEPOT IMPORT/EXPORT

    A quick fix to identify specific tracks when non-sequential tracks are being exported and imported back:

    The Problem
    15 characters won't fit on the small screen, so although the songname + track number are captured in Audio Depot when the tracks are exported, when displayed for import, a song with a 5 character or more "songname" gets each exported track name truncated to 8 characters (e.g. "songna~1", "songna~2", etc. through "songn~32").

    So the track number information is "lost" on import if non-sequential tracks had been exported (e.g. exported Track1, Track2, Track10, & Track12 will appear on the import screen as"songna~1", "songna~2", "songna~3", "songna~4").

    If there are more than a few tracks, and they need to be placed back in their original track positions (perhaps to load into a different virtual track), the situation can become difficult at best.


    The Quick Fix
    Temporarily change the songname to one character before exporting. When finished exporting, change the songname back to what it was. When you're ready to import, the screen will then be able to show the track number that was appended on export after the one character songname: i.e. "E_TRK01; E_TRK02; E_TRK10; E_TRK12".

    A detailed discussion on using Audio Depot can be found here:
    http://www.tascamforums.com/threads/share-dp24-32-equipment-related-tips.5817/#post-29575
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2019
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  5. -mjk-

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    My word! I never would have thought of that! Brilliant, Mark! (Or I may just be stupid and you're brilliant in comparison, lol!) What a great tip for exporting with a view to re-importing. I will be using this production tip for sure!
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    TROUBLESHOOTING SIGNAL FLOW

    1. Load your reset template (you've watched Phil's video tutorial, right?), then create a new song and Load it.

    2. Open the Mixer Screen and verify that all Inputs (A~H) and Tracks (1-32) settings are neutral/off/centered.

    3. Open the Effects Screen and verify all Guitar Effects and Send Effects are off and that no tracks are assigned to the Guitar Effects.

    4. Open the Dynamics Screen and verify all Input A~H Dynamic Effects are off.

    5. Open the Assign Screen and verify all Input/Track Assigns are off; no Inputs are assigned to the Stereo Bus, and for DP-32, that all Stereo Track Pairs are set to Stereo.

    6. Set all Track Faders off (i.e. lowered to infinity).

    7. Set Input A~H Trim Knobs to the 1 o'clock position (unity gain).

    8. Set Monitor Select to "Stereo".

    9. Set Headphone Level Knob to a comfortable volume (if you want to hear the test signal).

    10. Set Stereo Bus Master Fader to "0" (unity gain) and leave it there.

    This will assure you are starting from a neutral condition.

    From this point, you can trouble shoot the signal flow. Use only one Input and one track at a time.

    Example
    Working only with Input A, connect a signal source to Input A
    1 Assign Input to Stereo Bus. Observe Stereo Master Bus meter for presence of signal
    2 Unassign Input from Stereo Bus.
    3 Assign Input to Track 1
    4 Press Track 1 REC button
    5 Observe Track 1 Meter for incoming signal
    6 Raise Track 1 fader to "0" position (unity gain), sending Track 1 signal to Stereo Bus.
    7 Observe Track 1 outgoing signal to Stereo Bus on the Stereo Master Bus Meter.
    8 Turn Track 1 Fader off (all the way down)
    9 Turn Track 1 REC button off.

    Using Input A, repeat steps 3~9 for each remaining Track.

    After all Input A/Tracks 1~32 have been completed, move to the next Input and repeat until all Inputs A~H have been tested and all Tracks 1~32 have been tested.
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