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ALESIS

M20 OWNERSMANUAL

REVISIONSFOR

OPERATINGSOFTWARE

VERSION2.10

REPLACESTHESE SECTIONS IN OWNERS MANUAL REVISION1.05:

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TABLE OFCONTENTS

M20 HIDDENFUNCTIONS(APPENDIX1)

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PROFESSIONAL20-BITDIGITAL

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OWNERSMANUAL

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APPLIES TOOPERATINGSOFTWAREVERSION1.11

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TABLE OFCONTENTS

Important Safety Instructions and Compliance Notices.......................................

ix

Safety symbols used in this product..................................................................................................

ix

Please follow these precautions when using this product:..............................................................

ix

Instructions de Sécurité Importantes ................................................................................................

xi

Symboles utilisés dans ce produit .....................................................................................................

xi

Beim Benutzen dieses Produktes beachten Sie bitte die folgenden Sicherheitshinweise:............

xii

Information to the User for Class A Digital Device (FCC Part 15, Class A) ................................

xiii

CE Declaration of Conformity .........................................................................................................

xiv

Overview, Setup, and Basics..............................................................................

1

1.1

M20 Highlights..............................................................................................................................

1

1.2

Unpacking and Inspection............................................................................................................

2

1.3

AC Power Hookup........................................................................................................................

2

1.4

Line Conditioners and Protectors................................................................................................

3

1.5

About Audio Cables .....................................................................................................................

3

1.6

Basic Audio Hookup.....................................................................................................................

4

1.7

Use the Right Tape........................................................................................................................

4

1.8

Preparing the Tape Prior to Use ..................................................................................................

4

1.9

Eject Tape Properly.......................................................................................................................

4

1.10 Backup..........................................................................................................................................

4

1.11 Operating Environment..............................................................................................................

5

1.12

Avoid Electromagnetic Interference..........................................................................................

5

Control and Connector Basics.............................................................................

1

2.1

About the Front Panel...................................................................................................................

1

2.2

About the Rear Panel ....................................................................................................................

3

 

2.2a Punch Footswitch ..........................................................................................................

3

 

2.2b Locate/Play or LRC Remote Control Jack ..................................................................

3

 

2.2c Analog Inputs and Outputs ..........................................................................................

3

 

2.2d Time Code In and Out ..................................................................................................

3

 

2.2e Word Clock In and Out.................................................................................................

3

 

2.2f ADAT Optical In and Out .............................................................................................

3

 

2.2g Video In and Thru .........................................................................................................

4

 

2.2h ADAT Sync In and Out.................................................................................................

4

 

2.2i MIDI In and Out.............................................................................................................

4

 

2.2j RS-422In (Sony9-Pin) ....................................................................................................

4

 

2.2k Meter Bridge/Remote Panel Out .................................................................................

4

 

2.2l Power...............................................................................................................................

4

Editing M20 Operating Parameters ....................................................................

1

3.1

The Keypad....................................................................................................................................

1

 

3.1a 0 through 9 buttons .......................................................................................................

1

 

3.1b Up Arrow/Yes/Upper Case ........................................................................................

1

 

3.1c Down Arrow/No/Lower Case ....................................................................................

1

 

3.1d Cursor Left.....................................................................................................................

1

 

3.1e Cursor Right...................................................................................................................

1

 

3.1f Enter/Name....................................................................................................................

2

 

3.1g Selecting Pages...............................................................................................................

3

 

3.1h Selecting Page Parameters ............................................................................................

3

 

3.1i Entering Parameter Values ............................................................................................

3

3.2

The Edit Button .............................................................................................................................

4

3.3

Editing Conventions .....................................................................................................................

4

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Tape Formatting

..............................................................................................

1

4.1

Sample Rate Selection ...................................................................................................................

2

 

4.1a Pull-upandPull-downSample Rate Selection............................................................

3

4.2

Word Length Selection .................................................................................................................

3

4.3

Format a New Tape ......................................................................................................................

4

4.4

Record Tracks While Formatting.................................................................................................

4

4.5

Extend a Partially-FormattedTape..............................................................................................

5

4.6

End Formatting .............................................................................................................................

5

4.7

Certify Tape Format......................................................................................................................

5

4.8

Reformatting: Caution! .................................................................................................................

5

4.9 Lock Out Formatting (Safe Mode)................................................................................................

6

4.10 Bulk Erasing.................................................................................................................................

6

4.11 Recording a “Benchmark” Tape.................................................................................................

6

Track Record Enabling and Monitoring .............................................................

1

5.1

Track Basics ...................................................................................................................................

1

5.2

Track Input Enables ......................................................................................................................

2

5.3

Auto Input Switch.........................................................................................................................

2

5.4

Record Enable................................................................................................................................

2

5.5

Safety Mode (All Safe) ..................................................................................................................

3

5.6

Monitor Inputs (All Input) ...........................................................................................................

3

Digital/Analog Input Selection and Routing........................................................

1

6.1

Digital Source ................................................................................................................................

1

6.2

Input Select ....................................................................................................................................

1

6.3

Track Output Selection .................................................................................................................

2

6.4

Input Signal Routing (Analog And Digital)................................................................................

2

 

6.4a Analog Input Routing ...................................................................................................

3

 

6.4b

Digital Input Routing ....................................................................................................

4

 

6.4c

Record-Enablingthe Destination Tracks .....................................................................

5

6.5

Aux Routing (input and output)..................................................................................................

6

Metering

........................................................................................................

 

1

7.1

Meter Mode Selection ...................................................................................................................

1

 

7.1a Clearing Peaks ...............................................................................................................

1

7.2

Meter Setup ...................................................................................................................................

2

Transport Controls and Basic Recording ............................................................

1

8.1

About the Tape Counter...............................................................................................................

1

8.2

Stop.................................................................................................................................................

 

1

8.3

Play.................................................................................................................................................

 

2

 

8.3a Play Button and Sync Status .........................................................................................

2

8.4

Jog/Shuttle Wheel and Search .....................................................................................................

2

 

8.4a Jog Mode ........................................................................................................................

2

 

8.4b Shuttle Mode..................................................................................................................

3

 

8.4c

Search Button .................................................................................................................

3

 

8.4d Search Master ................................................................................................................

4

8.5

Other Transport Buttons ..............................................................................................................

5

8.6

Record ............................................................................................................................................

 

6

 

8.6a Punching Into Record....................................................................................................

6

 

8.6b Punching Out of Record ...............................................................................................

6

 

8.6c

Record Write-Protection................................................................................................

7

 

8.6d Recording with a Footswitch .......................................................................................

7

8.7 Rehearse Mode...............................................................................................................................

7

8.8

Auto Record ..................................................................................................................................

8

 

8.8a Setting Auto Record Punch Points ...............................................................................

8

 

8.8b Enable Auto Record ......................................................................................................

9

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8.8c Set Auto Punch Points “On the Fly” ............................................................................

9

Autolocation ....................................................................................................

 

1

9.1

Entering, Selecting, and Editing Location Points .......................................................................

1

 

9.1A Set Locate .......................................................................................................................

1

 

9.1B Copy Tape Location.......................................................................................................

1

9.2 Deferred Play and Record ............................................................................................................

3

9.3

Play-After-Locate(Auto Play)......................................................................................................

3

9.4 Loop Between Start and End Locate Points (Auto Return).......................................................

3

 

9.4a Setting Loop Start and End Points ...............................................................................

4

9.5

Set Pre-Roll ....................................................................................................................................

4

9.6

Set Post-Roll...................................................................................................................................

4

9.7 Footswitch-ControlledLocation ..................................................................................................

6

Varispeed.........................................................................................................

 

1

SMPTE, Sync, and Offset Functions....................................................................

1

11.1

Clock Source ................................................................................................................................

1

11.2

SMPTE Rate .................................................................................................................................

2

11.3

Time Code Source .......................................................................................................................

2

 

11.3a Internal ..........................................................................................................................

2

11.4

Chase Reference ..........................................................................................................................

3

11.5

Reference Counter.......................................................................................................................

4

11.6

SMPTE Chase ..............................................................................................................................

4

 

11.6a Set SMPTE Offset Value (Page 1) ...............................................................................

4

 

11.6b Set SMPTE Chase Mode (Page 2) ...............................................................................

5

 

11.6c

Set Flywheel Duration (Page 3)...................................................................................

5

 

11.6d Park Ahead (Page 4)....................................................................................................

5

11.7

Internal Generator.......................................................................................................................

6

 

11.7a Generator Mode (Page 1) ............................................................................................

6

 

11.7b Time Code Start Reference (Page 2)...........................................................................

7

 

11.7c

ABS/Start Offset (Page 3) ...........................................................................................

7

 

11.7d

User Bits (Page 4, or Page 3 if the Page 2 value is TC Track) ..................................

8

11.8

Tape Offset...................................................................................................................................

8

11.9

Track Delay.................................................................................................................................

10

MIDI Functions .................................................................................................

 

1

12.1

MIDI Device (Page 1)..................................................................................................................

1

12.2

MMC Output (Page 2) ................................................................................................................

1

12.3

MTC Follow Gen (Page 3) ..........................................................................................................

1

12.4

Send Sysex Dump? (Page 4) .......................................................................................................

1

12.5

Receive Sysex Dump? (Page 5)...................................................................................................

2

12.6

Send Software? (Page 6)..............................................................................................................

2

12.7

Load Software? (Page 7) .............................................................................................................

2

Utility Menu .....................................................................................................

 

1

13.1

Digital Out (Page 1).....................................................................................................................

1

13.2

Online Source (Page 2)................................................................................................................

1

 

13.2a Online Button...............................................................................................................

1

 

13.2b Independent Slave Mode ............................................................................................

2

13.3

Online Control (Page 3) ..............................................................................................................

2

13.4

One-ButtonRecord (Page 4).......................................................................................................

2

13.5

Input Monitor (Page 5)................................................................................................................

2

13.6

Crossfade Time (Page 6) .............................................................................................................

3

13.7

Time Code Output Level (Page 7) .............................................................................................

3

13.8

Rewind/Fast Forward TC Output (Page 8) ..............................................................................

3

13.9

Unthread Timeout (Page 9) ........................................................................................................

3

13.10 Search Enable (Page 10) ............................................................................................................

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13.11

Locate Before Play (Page 11) ....................................................................................................

4

13.12

Mute Until Lock (Page 12)........................................................................................................

4

13.13

Dynamic Punch (Page 13).........................................................................................................

4

13.14

Track Groups (Page 14).............................................................................................................

4

13.15

Save Data to Tape? (Page 15) ...................................................................................................

4

13.16

Load Data from Tape? (Page 16)..............................................................................................

5

13.17

Tape Type (Page 17)..................................................................................................................

5

13.18

ID Status (Page 18) ....................................................................................................................

5

13.19

User Bits (Page 19).....................................................................................................................

5

13.20

Error Rate (Page 20) ..................................................................................................................

6

13.21

Front Panel Software Version (Page 21) ..................................................................................

6

13.22

Software Version (Page 22).......................................................................................................

6

The LRC Remote Control...................................................................................

1

Tutorials and Applications................................................................................

1

TUTORIAL 1: Multiple M20 Operation.............................................................................................

1

 

Overview.................................................................................................................................

1

 

Synchronizing Machines........................................................................................................

1

 

Automatic ID Renumbering ..................................................................................................

1

 

Master/Slave Interaction.......................................................................................................

2

 

Achieving Lock.......................................................................................................................

2

 

Independent Slave Mode.......................................................................................................

2

Formatting Multiple Tapes..................................................................................................................

3

 

Master Format Enabled, Complete Format..........................................................................

3

 

Master Format Enabled, Format Extend ..............................................................................

3

 

Master Format Disabled ........................................................................................................

4

 

Master Format Disabled, Format Extend .............................................................................

4

TUTORIAL 2: Making Digital Backups .............................................................................................

5

 

Dealing with Damaged Tape.................................................................................................

6

 

Making a 16-bitcopy from a20-bitmaster ..........................................................................

6

TUTORIAL 3: Recording Digital Audio from Other Sources ..........................................................

7

 

Digital Clock Considerations ................................................................................................

7

TUTORIAL 4: Combining M20s and ADATs....................................................................................

8

 

M20 Transport Speed.............................................................................................................

8

 

Sample rate vs. Pitch Control................................................................................................

8

 

Input Monitoring....................................................................................................................

8

 

Polarity Differences................................................................................................................

9

TUTORIAL 5: Setting up Inputs ........................................................................................................

10

TUTORIAL 6: Updating M20 Software ............................................................................................

11

TUTORIAL 7: Using the M20 with Unbalanced Inputs and Outputs ............................................

12

M20 SMPTE Synchronization Overview..............................................................

1

16.1 Synchronization Basics ................................................................................................................

1

 

Master or Slave? .....................................................................................................................

1

 

Digital Timing Requirements ................................................................................................

1

16.2 The One Clock Principle .............................................................................................................

2

 

16.2a House Sync...................................................................................................................

2

 

16.2b “Genlocked” Time Code..............................................................................................

2

16.3 Reference Counters vs. Clock Sources.......................................................................................

3

 

16.3a Location Reference .......................................................................................................

3

 

16.3b Reference Clock ............................................................................................................

3

16.3 Offsets in the M20 .......................................................................................................................

5

 

16.3a SMPTE Chase Offset....................................................................................................

5

 

16.3b Internal Generator ABS Offset.....................................................................................

6

 

16.3c Tape Offset ...................................................................................................................

6

16.4 SMPTE Time Code Rates and Types ..........................................................................................

7

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16.4a Drop Frame ...................................................................................................................

7

16.4b Auto-detectionof SMPTE Rates..................................................................................

7

16.4c VITC (Vertical Interval Time Code) ...........................................................................

8

16.4d MTC (MIDI Time Code) ..............................................................................................

8

Time Code Tutorial ...........................................................................................

1

17.1 Generating Time Code onto a VCR ...........................................................................................

1

17.2 Synchronizing Without a T/C Track..........................................................................................

2

17.3 Recording a Time Code Track....................................................................................................

3

17.3a Recording SMPTE from ABS Time .............................................................................

3

Maintenance and Troubleshooting ....................................................................

5

18.1 ADAT Head Cleaning.................................................................................................................

5

18.1a Head Cleaning Cassettes (optional) ...........................................................................

6

18.1b Manual Head and Tape Path Cleaning......................................................................

6

18.2 ADAT Head Life .........................................................................................................................

7

18.2a Head Alignment ..........................................................................................................

7

18.3 Tape Maintenance: Safe Tape.....................................................................................................

8

18.3a Tape Wear ....................................................................................................................

8

18.3b Care of ADAT Tapes...................................................................................................

8

18.4 Maintenance/Service ..................................................................................................................

9

18.4a Exterior Cleaning.........................................................................................................

9

18.4b Maintenance.................................................................................................................

9

18.4d Obtaining Repair Service...........................................................................................

10

M20 Hidden Functions ......................................................................................

1

Power-OnButton Combinations ........................................................................................................

1

Miscellaneous Button Combinations..................................................................................................

1

Advanced Functions............................................................................................................................

2

Using The M20 Data Section Of Tape .................................................................

1

General data section convention on the M20.....................................................................................

1

M20 Locate Points and SMPTE Offsets..............................................................................................

1

BRC M20 Song Start / SMPTE Start Offset and Locate Point Map ............................................

1

BRC M20 Parameter Map...............................................................................................................

2

M20 Transport & System Error Messages ...........................................................

1

M20 Major Feature Update: Version 2 ................................................................

1

RS-422(Sony9-pin)slave operation...................................................................................................

1

RS-422Track Arm: On/Off ...................................................................................................

1

RS-422Mapping:1-2,OddEvn, (Local) ................................................................................

1

ID 1 offline with the CADI remote .....................................................................................................

2

CADI Tape and Reference Counter indications when ID 1 is offline..............................................

2

Storing locate points when ID 1 is offline ..........................................................................................

2

Tape TC detection in fast wind modes ..............................................................................................

3

Tape TC in the Tape Counter..............................................................................................................

4

Fixed mode time code generation: “TC Start Ref: Fixed”.................................................................

4

Digital Scrub: “Dig Scan: On/Off, nn dB” .........................................................................................

5

I/O Card as the digital source ............................................................................................................

5

SMPTE Chase with the Stop button ...................................................................................................

5

Tape TC updating when in Input mode.............................................................................................

5

Vari-SpeedandPull-Up/Down..........................................................................................................

5

MIDI Thru ............................................................................................................................................

6

New Utility page order .......................................................................................................................

6

CADI display changes .........................................................................................................................

6

Cassette Auto-Inject.............................................................................................................................

6

Deck Standby Mode.............................................................................................................................

7

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Auto-ParkAfter Formatting ...............................................................................................................

7

 

Deferred Eject.......................................................................................................................................

7

 

New RS-422Device ID ........................................................................................................................

7

 

Improved SMPTE Clock Source Recognition ....................................................................................

7

 

Sample Rate Change During Play/Record ........................................................................................

7

CADI Remote Control........................................................................................

1

 

Table of Contents .................................................................................................................................

1

 

Important Safety Instructions and Compliance Notices...................................................................

2

 

Safety symbols used in this product...................................................................................................

2

 

Information to the User for Class A Digital Device (FCC Part 15, Class A) ...................................

2

 

CE Declaration of Conformity ............................................................................................................

3

 

Installation............................................................................................................................................

4

 

Connections ..........................................................................................................................................

4

 

AC Power................................................................................................................................

4

 

Bank Selection and Track Enables ......................................................................................................

6

 

Control of Other ADAT Models.........................................................................................................

6

 

Machine Selection and Status..............................................................................................................

7

 

Online/Select Buttons (1-8) ...................................................................................................

7

 

Machine Edit Select ................................................................................................................

7

 

Editing Parameters of Offline Machines...............................................................................

8

 

Locked LEDS ..........................................................................................................................

8

 

Error Display ..........................................................................................................................

8

 

Master Remote Function Buttons .......................................................................................................

9

 

Roll Back .................................................................................................................................

9

 

Replay.....................................................................................................................................

10

 

Track Enable Groups.............................................................................................................

10

 

All Clear .................................................................................................................................

10

 

Setup.......................................................................................................................................

11

 

Eject ........................................................................................................................................

11

 

Audio Routing Buttons.......................................................................................................................

12

 

Digital Source ........................................................................................................................

12

 

Input Select ............................................................................................................................

13

 

Input Route ............................................................................................................................

13

 

Aux Routing...........................................................................................................................

13

 

Special Control ....................................................................................................................................

14

 

Search Master Mode .............................................................................................................

14

RMD Remote Meter Display ..............................................................................

1

 

Table of Contents .................................................................................................................................

1

 

Important Safety Instructions and Compliance Notices...................................................................

2

 

Safety symbols used in this product...................................................................................................

2

 

Information to the User for Class A Digital Device (FCC Part 15, Class A) ...................................

2

 

CE Declaration of Conformity ............................................................................................................

3

 

Connecting the RMD to the M20 System...........................................................................................

4

 

Power ......................................................................................................................................

4

 

Connection to M20(s) and CADI Autolocator .....................................................................

4

 

RMD Operation....................................................................................................................................

6

 

Power-Up................................................................................................................................

6

 

Peak Meters.............................................................................................................................

6

 

Status LEDs.............................................................................................................................

6

EC-1AES/EBU Interface.....................................................................................

1

 

Table of Contents .................................................................................................................................

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Important Safety Instructions .............................................................................................................

2

 

Safety symbols used in this product...................................................................................................

2

 

CE Declaration of Conformity ............................................................................................................

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