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These recording equipment tips, tricks, hidden functions, hacks, alerts and modifications can make a big difference in sound quality and functionality. Most equipment has unpublished modes, unusually wired jacks, hidden menus or other "little eccentricities."
- The Definitive Tascam DA-88 Users Guide:
- Equipment Overview
- DTRS Compatibles: Tascam DA-98, DA-38, Sony PCM-800, the new DA-78HR and DA-98HR
- DTRS accessories by Tascam; Third Party accessories and 24-bit recording; Cables
- The Day Before
- Hi-8 tape formulation; Cleaning the heads; Formatting tapes
- Session Setup: DA-88 Connections
- Setting up a multiple DA-88 system; Analog audio in/out; AC power
- DA-88 Hidden Functions
- DA-88 Error Messages
- SY-88 Hidden Timecode Sub-menu
- Special Report: The Tascam DA-78HR
- How to avoid errors with the right tape
- Software updates
- Timecode track does not stay in record
- Replacing the battery and "premature battery death" syndrome
- Balanced input can't take "impedance balanced" signal
- Wordclock termination
- Mixer output unity gain level
- How to reprogram the startup message
- Tascam DA-38
- Dithering setting not saved on power down/up, defaults to "off"
- Alesis ADAT, ADAT XT, LX-20, XT20, BRC
- Reinitialize deck
- Check head hours
- Check software version
- Error rate display
- Cleaning the heads
- hidden "shipping mode"
- XT20 optical output defaulted to 16 bits ("dithered") until version 2.01
- BRC tips
- Alesis M20 ADAT
- Check head hours, power-on hours
- Mackie CR-1604 mixer (original version, not the 1604-VLZ or 1604VLZ-pro)
- The main outputs are wired "Ring Hot"; wiring details on the insert jacks; pre/post modifications
- Panasonic DA7 digital mixer (aka Ramsa DA7)
- Reboot system/reset system/recalibrate faders commands
- Suggestions for the next software revision
- Controlling outboard effects units with the MIDI fader layer
- Panasonic SV-3700 and SV-3800 DAT
- The hidden menu
- The error rate
- How to change the digital input from AES-EBU to S/PDIF
- How to change the analog output level
- Tascam DA-45HR 24 bit DAT
- Software update to fix time readout
- Hidden menu with software version, etc.
- Tascam DA-30, DA-30mkii and DA-20 DAT
- Defeat SCMS copy-protection modification, update firmware
- Tascam DA-30 mkII DAT
- Firmware upgrade adds function allowing start IDs to be read from the S/PIDF input
- Tascam DA-P1 portable DAT
- Defeat power auto-off function, battery charging
- Sony DTC-700 DAT
- Head hour counter; hidden button inside hand-held remote control
- AKG C 3000 Mic
- The original and the many variants by the same name
- TC Electronic M3000, M2000 reverbs, Fireworx effects, Finalizer, M•One reverb
- M3000 preset session log
- Software Version, Self-test mode, reset
- Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer
- Pitch correction tips
- Hidden functions
- Antares ATR-1 Autotune vocal processor (rackmount)
- Reset to factory settings function
- Digitech TSR-24S reverb/effects
- expansion, software updates, reinitialize to factory presets
- Opcode Studio 3 MIDI interface
- Printer port does not pass System Exclusive messages
- Nokia 2160 cellphone
- Reprogram the default display message
- lock the keypad
Silent Way is "pin 2 hot" compliant
Silent Way Recording conforms to the Audio Engineering Society standard of a "pin 2 hot" XLR connector. There was a time when the standard was not agreed upon. But now no studios should still be "pin 3 hot.". If you've got the choice, go "pin 2 hot." If you've already got a studio wired as "pin 3 hot," you need to evaluate whether it is worth it to change to today's standard, as all new and recent gear is "pin 2 hot."
If you don't know, "pin 2 hot" means that pin #2 of the three-pin XLR analog audio connector carries the "positive," or "hot" signal, and pin #3 carries the "negative," or "cold" signal. Pin #1 is always the "ground". Believe it or not, there was no universally agreed-upon standard for cable and equipment connectors until 1992 (AES-14-1992). Microphones had previously been standardized as pin-2 hot in 1975 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Publication 268, Part 12.