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

57

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

59

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

61

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

62

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

67

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

68

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

69

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

70

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

82

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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