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MCS-3000Series

Media Command Stations

User Reference Manual

Second Edition

MCS-3800Controller

MCS-3400Controller

MCS-3000XExpander

Important:

Certain audio and video systems have been engineered to specifically support the MCS-3000series. TheMCS-3000series was selected by the manufacturers of those systems to be their ideal, de facto control station.

Please review the owners manuals and “read me” files that came with your audio or video system for references to the JLCooper MCS-3000series.

MCS-3000Series Users Manual Second Edition

JLCooper part number for this manual: 932073

© 1998 JLCooper Electronics

142 Arena Street • El Segundo, CA 90245 U.S.A.

MCS-3000,MCS-3800,MCS-3400,MCS-3000X,Media Control Station, and Media Command Station are trademarks of JLCooper Electronics. All other brand names are the property of their respective holders.

About this Manual

This manual tends toward a pyramidal structure.

Essential concepts are presented first, followed by instructions with increasing amounts of detail. This allows the user to read as much as he or she needs, and then bail out and get back to work.

This manual is also intentionally repetitious.

The same basic concepts about programming and operation tend to be repeated in every chapter, and sometimes more than once within a chapter where appropriate.

This re-enforcesthe concepts, but more importantly lets the user work with theMCS-3000series controller with only one page of the manual open at a time, while minimizing having to hold the manual open to ten different places at the same time.

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Introduction

The MCS-3000series of control stations are the most advanced control products ever from JLCooper Electronics. This family of products includes the 8 faderMCS-3800Controller, the 4 faderMCS-3400Controller, theMCS-3000X8 fader Expander, and the Surround Panner Module.

MCS-3800andMCS-3400Media Command Stations are moving fader control surfaces, expandable tosixty-fourfaders. Capable of controlling digital workstations for music and video production and post production, theMCS-3000series is fully assignable and simple to operate.

MIDI I/O is standard. In addition, the MCS-3400andMCS-3800feature two expansion slots for optional cards which support other hardware interfaces and protocols. These includeRS-232,RS-422,RS-485,P2 (9 Pin), ADB, and GPI.

This manual deals primarily with the MCS-3400andMCS-3800Controllers, and theMCS-3000XExpander, with standard MIDI I/O. The Surround Panner, and Option Cards are discussed in their own manuals.

Sending your product registration card allows us to notify you of any updates or related products as they become available.

Important: There is a "Quick Operation Reference" found on the last 7 pages of this manual. This is a brief summary of the whole manual.

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction.............................................................

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Getting Started .........................................................

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This chapter discusses the MCS-3000Series hardware,

 

describing the front and rear panel controls, viewing the front

panel in "sections", the displays and connectors, and how to

interconnect it into your system.

 

Front Panel Displays and Controls ............................

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Rear Panel ................................................................

11

Expander Connection ..............................................

13

Hardware ...........................................................

14

Electrical .............................................................

15

Set ID with DIP Switch ......................................

16

System Connections ................................................

18

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

18

Time Code ..........................................................

18

MIDI I/O ............................................................

19

Card Slots ...........................................................

19

OMS and FreeMIDI Definitions ...............................

20

Basic Operation .....................................................

21

This chapter discusses some fundamental characteristics of the

MCS-3000Series, what it does when powered up, operating

modes, and the ever-popularwave demo.

 

Power Up .................................................................

21

Entering and Exiting Assign Mode ..........................

21

LCD and Page Buttons.............................................

22

Modes of Operation (User and Special)..................

22

LED Behavior In Special Mode ...............................

24

Manually Exiting Special Mode ...............................

25

Wave Demo .............................................................

26

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The Mixer Section..................................................

27

This chapter discusses how to assign and use the motorized,

touch sensitive faders, their associated channel switches above

the faders, select buttons and rotary encoders, Page and Bank

buttons.

 

Attributes of the Mixer Section ................................

27

Basic Bank Switching and Encoder Selection ...

28

Fader Output and Input .....................................

29

Touch Sensors ....................................................

29

Channel Switches ...............................................

30

Encoders, Select, and Page ................................

31

Assigning Mixer Controls, and Overview ...............

32

To Assign Faders and Touch Sensors .....................

33

Editable Parameters of Faders and Touch ..............

34

To Assign the Rotary Encoders ...............................

36

Editable Parameters of Rotary Encoders .................

37

To Assign Mute, Solo, Aux, and Sel ........................

38

Editable Parameters of Mute, Solo, Aux, and Sel ....

39

Mixer Operation Notes ...........................................

41

The Transport Section...........................................

47

This chapter discusses how to use the Transport controls, Jog

and Shuttle, the Machine Enable (“M”) buttons, and the Keypad

Locate Mode.

 

Attributes of Transport Section................................

47

M Buttons ...........................................................

48

Transports ..........................................................

49

Jog Wheel and Shuttle Ring ...............................

49

Locates ...............................................................

50

Assigning Transport Controls, and Overview .........

51

Editable Parameters for Transport and M Buttons ..

53

Command Types......................................................

54

Transport Operation ................................................

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Jog / Shuttle Operation............................................

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Jog / Shuttle Speed ..................................................

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Locate Operation .....................................................

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The Function Buttons Section ..............................

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This chapter discusses how to use the assignable

 

F buttons, W Buttons, the Cursor Buttons and M buttons.

Attributes of Function Buttons ................................

65

Assigning Function Buttons, an Overview .............

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To Assign F and M Buttons .....................................

68

Editable Parameters of F and M Buttons .................

69

F and M Button Command Types ...........................

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To Assign W and Cursor Buttons ............................

73

Editable Parameters of W and Cursor Buttons........

74

Function Button Operation Notes ...........................

76

The System Section................................................

77

This chapter discusses Utility Mode And Keypad Program

Change Mode, the LCD and LED Time Code Display.

 

Utility Mode .............................................................

77

Manually Exiting Special Mode .........................

78

Memory Protect..................................................

78

Dump .................................................................

78

Show TC .............................................................

79

Bank Name ........................................................

79

Offset (Feet and Frames) ...................................

79

Jog and Shuttle Speed ........................................

80

Program Change Mode ............................................

81

Time Code Display ..................................................

82

Display TC and Locates or Program Changes ...

82

Show SMPTE, No Frames, Feet : Frame ............

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Technical Information ..........................................

83

Dimensions ..............................................................

83

Initialization Procedure ...........................................

84

Initialized Settings....................................................

84

Warranty ................................................................

89

Quick Operation Reference (7 Page Summary) .. 90

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Getting Started

This chapter discusses the MCS-3000Series hardware, describing the front and rear panel controls, viewing the front panel in "sections", the displays and connectors, and how to interconnect it into your system.

Front Panel Displays and Controls

The illustrations show the MCS-3800,which is operationally the same as theMCS-3400.

It is helpful when considering the front panel layout to view the MCS-3800orMCS-3400in sections.

Some of the sections “overlap”, there are controls that can be used for more than one purpose. But viewing the unit in sections makes it easier to understand.

The displays and controls within the section under discussion are shown in the following illustrations by "graying out" the controls that are not part of the section under discussion.

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The Mixer Section

The Mixer Section is comprised of the motorized, touch sensitive faders, the buttons above the faders, the five rotary encoders, and the Page and Bank Switches.

The Function Buttons Section

This is comprised of the buttons F1 through F8, Shift, W1 through W5, M1 through M5, the Cursor Buttons.

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The Transport Section

The Transport Section is comprised primarily of the Transport Controls: Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play and Record, and also the Jog / Shuttle mechanism.

Other controls that can be considered part of the Transport Section include the Keypad, since once of its functions is to send Locate commands.

The M buttons may be used to turn machines on and off, to determine, for example, which machines will go into Play when Play is pressed.

The Shift button is included, because the Transport and M buttons have Shifted functions as well.

For example, Play can start a hard disk recorder, while Shift Play starts a VTR.

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The System Section

The System Section is comprised of the Cursor Buttons, the Rotary Encoders, and the Assign Button.

The Shift button is included, because Shift Assign puts the unit into Utility mode, and Shift Locate changes the function of the Keypad from Locates to Program Changes.

The LCD is used to primarily to display the names of controls and their parameters, locates and system settings.

The LED Display is used primarily for displaying time code. Time code is displayed as SMPTE time (with or without frames) or Feet and Frames. The right most decimal point lights when drop frame code is received.

The display also shows Program Change, Bank, and Channel number when in Program Change mode.

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Rear Panel

MCS-3800is shown, theMCS-3400is similar.

From left to right we have:

MIDI In, MIDI Out

LCD Contrast Control

MCS-3000XExpander Connector

Time Code Input

The input jack is 1/4”, unbalanced, that is, tip & sleeve.

• Card Slot #1 and Card Slot #2

Accepts optional, user installable plug in cards for additional control.

• Power Jack

This supply is 12 Volts DC, at least 3A.

The strain relief clip adjacent to the jack may be used to loop the power cord through to prevent accidental unplugging.

• Power Switch

Flip up (red showing) to turn power on.

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Expander Connection

The MCS-3000XExpanders may be physically attached to theMCS-3400orMCS-3800Controller, forming a continuous control surface.

(MCS-3800shown with 3MCS-3000XExpanders attached)

Alternately, the Expander can stand apart from the MCS Controller. In that case, an optional set of simulated stone endbells may be purchased to make the Expander more attractive.

(MCS-3000Xshown with Optional End Bells attached.)

The instructions for physical interconnection, and electrical hookup are on the following pages.

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Mounting MCS-3000XExpander to Controller

Important: Make All Connections with the Power Off.

Turn the power off of all MCS-3000units before proceeding.

Plan Work Area

You will want to work at a spacious, well lit surface. Spread a cloth on the surface to avoid scratching units.

Remove Top of MCS-3400orMCS-3800Controller

Using the allen key provided with the Expander, remove the six top panel screws of the Controller. Remove any optional Cards from the card slots. Remove one screw under front center. Lift the whole top panel, a little forward and up. Invert and lay control-sidedown on a soft surface. (Circuit side up.)

Remove Top of MCS-3000X

Remove the six top panel screws of the Controller.

Lift top panel, a little forward and up. Invert and lay controlside down on a soft surface. (Circuit side up.)

Move Left End Bell

Remove the two screws that secure Controller's left end bell. (These screws will be tight). Attach the left end bell to the left side of the Expander.

Connect Controller to Expander with Plates Provided

Place the Expander to the left of the Controller, side by side. Attach the thicker plate to the bottom of both units.

Lay thin (spring steel) plate on top of both units.

Replace top panels of the Controller, guiding in the Time Code jack and the LCD Contrast control into their holes. Replace the top panel of the Expander. Replace top screws. Replace Controller bottom screw. Replace any optional Cards in their card slots.

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3000X Expander Electrical Hookup

Important: Make All Connections with the Power Off.

Turn the power off of all MCS-3000units before proceeding.

The 3000X (8 moving fader controller) can be used either:

(1)Connected to an MCS-3800(or 3400) or

(2)“Stand Alone”, as a self contained control surface.

On the rear of the Expander is a small cluster of four switches, known as DIP switches.

(1) To connect to an MCS-3800or, anMCS-3400

Set the rear DIP switch position #4 up (= off).

When the rear dip switch number 4 is up, that is, off, the MCS-3000Xis connected to theMCS-3800via its Modular“telephone-type”connectors. TheMCS-3000X’sare connected by chaining them together with the supplied4-conductormodular cables.

Connect Expander to Expander in a similar manner, using the cables provided.

The system is engineered so that it does not matter which of the two connectors you use, nor in what order you chain the expanders.

Warning: Use the cable provided with the 3000X. Do not use a standard “telephone handset” cable. If you use a standard “telephone handset” cable, you will short out and possibly damage theMCS-3800orMCS-3000X.(Note that pin 1 always goes to pin 1.)

The data comes out of the MCS-3800,not the 3000X MIDI input and MIDI output.

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Set the Expander ID#

On the rear of the Expander is a small cluster of four switches, known as DIP switches.

When the rear dip switch number 4 is up, that is, off, the 3 remaining switches are used to set the “ID” number of the 3000X Expander.

These switches set the ID# of each Expander, so the system knows which Expander represents channels 1 through 8, which is 9 through 16, etc.

Set the left-mostExpander for ID#1 by making sure that all four switches are up, that is, off.

Follow this chart to set the ID# of multiple units. Off = Up

#4

#3

#2

#1

ID#

Fader Numbers

off

off

off

off

1

9 - 16

off

off

off

on

2

1724

off

off

on

off

3

2532

off

off

on

on

4

3340

off

on

off

off

5

4148

off

on

off

on

6

4956

off

on

on

off

7

5764

Important: Be Sure Each Expander has a Unique ID#

A multiple expander system will not operate correctly if two or more units are set to the same ID#.

On power-up,turn the Expanders on before theMCS-3800.TheMCS-3800LCD will display the number of 3000X units connected.

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(2) To Use 3000X “Stand Alone” without an MCS-3800

Set the rear DIP switch position #4 down (= ON)

When the rear dip switch number 4 is down, that is, on, you will use the MCS-3000X’sMIDI input and MIDI output.

(The MCS-3000X’smodular“telephone-type”connectors are not used in this modes)

When the rear dip switch number 4 is down, that is, on, the 3 remaining switches are used to select the protocol, that is, the input and output MIDI commands.

Information about the stand-aloneprotocols is covered in a separate document.

DIP Switch Setttings for Protocol Selection

Note that the switches are mounted upside down.

Switch #4 is the left most switch, when viewed from the rear.

Up = off.

 

 

 

#4

#3

#2

#1

Mode

on

off

off

off

0

on

off

off

on

1

on

off

on

off

2

on

off

on

on

3

on

on

off

off

4

on

on

off

on

5

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System Connections

Power

Make sure the power switch is off before connecting the external power supply.

Power should be turned off of every MCS-3000XExpander.

There is a strain relief clip on the back of the unit, to prevent accidental unplugging.

Pass the small plug end of the power supply through this clip. Loop it around and pass it through again..

Then plug it in.

Time Code

The MCS-3400andMCS-3800have a built in time code reader and display.

If you wish to display time code, connect a source of SMPTE ("LTC") to the Sync In jack.

The input jack is 1/4”, unbalanced, that is, tip and sleeve.

While the time code reader responds to a fairly wide range of input levels, -10dBm is the recommended nominal level.

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MIDI In and Out

Connect the MIDI Out to the MIDI In of the System you are controlling.

Connect the MIDI In to the MIDI Out of the System you are controlling.

If a computer-basedsystem, this will be connected to the computer’s MIDI Interface.

If a non-computerbased system, you may want to connect the MIDI In and MIDI Out to a MIDI Patch Bay (Such as the JLCooper Synapse) to distribute the commands throughout the system.

(The Synapse is a Assignable MIDI Patch Bay / Processor, with 16 MIDI Inputs and 20 MIDI Outputs.)

Card Slots #1 and #2

Connection of Optional Cards are covered in their own manual.

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OMS or Free MIDI Definitions

If your computer system requires OMS or FreeMIDI, it will also require that you edit your studio setup to include the MCS.

The MCS-3400andMCS-3800are defined in the same way: MIDI Controllers that transmit on all MIDI Channels. They send MIDI Machine Control and can also receive MIDI Time Code.

Typical devices descriptions are shown here.

(FreeMIDI Device Specifications Window)

(OMS Device Info Window)

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