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Cortex HDC-3000 User Manual

Cortex hdc-3000 audio controller: user guide.
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Table of Contents
Warnings and WEEE.............................................................................................2
Introduction..............................................................................................................3
Features...................................................................................................................4
Compatibility and Recommended Peripherals.................................................5
Device Requirements..............................................................................................5
Care and Maintenance.........................................................................................6
Operating Conditions............................................................................................6
Legal Info.................................................................................................................6
Setup Guide & Parts Diagram............................................................................7
Rear Panel & Connections...............................................................................7
Front Panel & Functions................................................................................8-9
Using the HDC-3000..........................................................................................10
Preparing for Use..........................................................................................10
Selecting Devices & Database Creation...................................................11
Database Creation (continued)...................................................................12
File Browser & Search Options...................................................................13
Search Options (continued)...................................................................14-15
Info Button & Track Attributes......................................................................16
Play Mode & Single Auto Cue....................................................................17
Options and Shuffle Mode...........................................................................18
Waveform Display.........................................................................................19
Time Display and Pitch Control...................................................................20
Jog Mode and Playlist Support..................................................................21
Cue Points and Cue Memorization.............................................................22
Device Menu...................................................................................................23
Hot Cue Menu.................................................................................................24
Seamless Loop Menu.....................................................................................25
DSP Effects Menu...........................................................................................26
Sample Menu..................................................................................................27
Firmware Updates.........................................................................................28
Error
Messages/Troubleshooting..................................................................29
Technical Specifications......................................................................................30
Warranty Information.........................................................................................31
Setup Guide

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    Care and Maintenance..................6 Operating Conditions....................6 Legal Info.........................6 Setup Guide & Parts Diagram................7 Rear Panel & Connections................7 Front Panel & Functions................8-9 Using the HDC-3000..................10 Preparing for Use..................10 Selecting Devices & Database Creation...........11 Database Creation (continued)..............12 File Browser & Search Options..............13 Search Options (continued)..............14-15 Info Button &...

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    IMPORTANT WARNING & SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS P L E A S E R E A D P R I O R T O O P E R A T I N G T H I S D E V I C E ! CAUTION: This product satisfies FCC regulations POWER SOURCES: This product should be operated SERVICING: Do not attempt to service this product...

  • Page 3: Introduction

    Foreword Thank you for purchasing our Cortex HDC-3000. We are confident that the Cortex platform of products will not only make your life easier through the use of the latest advancements in cross-platform connectivity and sound reproduction but will raise the bar for DJ and pro audio products. With the proper care &...

  • Page 4: Features

    The HDC-3000 is designed to liberate DJs from the issues asso- Seamless Looping ciated with PC-based solutions, by eliminating the need for a computer during performance.

  • Page 5: Operating Conditions

    Cleaning the Unit When using writable storage devices, such as hard drives, and hard- To clean the HDC-3000, use only a dry soft cloth and/or compressed air. drive-based music players (iPod, Zen), certain maintenance might be If the unit is soiled with stubborn dirt, we suggest using a 2:1 solution of required.

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    There are even Spanish and French language versions, to make operating the HDC-3000 easier than ever! Additionally, please also download our FREE Cortex Database Creation Software, which allows you to create searchable databases of your entire music collection within minutes! This indispensable utility is designed to save you time when preparing large storage devices to use with the HDC-3000.

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    Setup Guide Parts Diagram and Functions Rear Panel 1. AUDIO OUT L/R RCA connectors, side 1 3. USB connector (type A) RCA type unbalanced stereo audio output. These connectors output This connector is used to attach the USB mass storage device (MSD) that audio signal generated from Side 1 of the HDC-1000 unit.

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    Setup Guide Parts Diagram and Functions Front Panel 1. USB connector (type A) 6. LCD DISPLAY panel This connector is used to attach the USB mass storage device that con- This blue-backlit display is a 192x128 LCD that displays information tains your music library.

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    Setup Guide Parts Diagram and Functions Front Panel (continued) 11. NAVIGATOR keypad that are made can be saved to the unit for recall at a later point. These buttons allow the user to navigate through menus and features of 18. Loops button the HDC-1000.

  • Page 10: Preparing For Use

    Using the HDC-3000 Preparing for Use STEP ONE Connect the AC adapter to the DC Inlet, found on the rear of the unit. Fasten the Security Clamp (found directly below the DC Inlet jack) on top of the cable, so that it is not possible for the cable to become dislodged.

  • Page 11: Selecting Devices & Database Creation

    If it is the first time you are using that particular unit with the HDC-3000, the unit will prompt you to per- form indexing, so that you can search for any song within seconds. If you already have used the storage device with the HDC-3000, skip to STEP TWO - VERIFICATION.

  • Page 12: Database Creation (continued)

    Using the HDC-3000 Database Creation (continued) STEP TWO - VERIFICATION ( CONTINUED p r e s s E n t e r t o If you select ‘YES’ at the prompt to verify, you will have the option to s e l e c t d i r t o v e r i f y either verify the entire database, or to verify a single directory at a time.

  • Page 13: File Browser & Search Options

    A w e s o m e S n a k e s - V e n o When you Search by Songs, you will see presented with all of the track titles in the database that has been created by the HDC-3000 or the helper software application.

  • Page 14: Search Options (continued)

    Fig 3.7 - Searching by album Search by String One of the most convenient features of the HDC-3000 is string search, I n p u t S e a r c h S t r i n g : which allows you to find a specified word or string of words within the database.

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    Using the HDC-3000 Search Options (continued) SEARCH OPTIONS ( CONTINUED P r o c e s s i n g Once you press Enter twice, the unit will begin processing your search. Depending on the size of your library, this may take awhile.

  • Page 16: Info Button & Track Attributes

    You will find that the Info Button, located to the top right of each jog wheel, will become an indispensable part of using the HDC-3000. Despite the HDC-3000 being able to display an adequate amount of information on the LCD, not every attribute of each track can be dis- played all at once.

  • Page 17: Play Mode & Single Auto Cue

    Progress Indicator Section Five: Play Mode The Play Mode is the heart of the Cortex HDC-3000. Just like conven- P O S i s R u i n i n g M y L i f e tional CD players, the HDC-3000 allows you to select multiple pitch ranges, memorize cue points, and frame accurate searching.

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    Section Six: Edit Mode E d i t M e n u The Edit Mode on the HDC-3000 is the command center for the unit. In O p t i o n s Edit Mode, the user can edit options for how the unit functions, playlists P l a y l i s t E d i t o r and choose the active device.

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    The HDC-3000 will not display or calculate BPM information. BPM SEARCH (figure # 2) The HDC-3000 allows you to search by BPM so the more of your files that have BPM information in thier ID3 tags the more comprehensive the BPM search.

  • Page 20: Waveform Display

    > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Waveforms can be created in two places-in the unit or in the Cortex DB P i t c h 1 .

  • Page 21: Time Display And Pitch Control

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - > > > > > > > > > > > > The Pitch Control allows you to speed up or slow down the playback of a track by a desired percentage. The HDC-3000 offers Pitch Ranges of 4, - 3 : 3 2 : 5 7 6 .

  • Page 22: Jog Mode And Playlist Support

    Creating a Playlist Fig 9.2 - Navigation keypad functions in Play mode The beauty of the HDC-3000 playlist system is that you are creating a playlist all time, whether you realize it or not! Every time a song is select- ed, it is loaded into a temporary playlist.

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    Section 10: Setting and Memorizing Cue Points H o w I E a t M y P e a s With the HDC-3000, creating and memorizing cue points is quick and easy. There are two (2) types of cue points available at any given time, a traditional stutter cue, as well as four Hot Cue buttons.

  • Page 24: Device Menu

    G e n e r i c - F l a s h D i s k from the HDC-3000, you must eject both sides before unplugging it. 4. When the display reads “The device can be safely removed,” you may F i g 1 1 .

  • Page 25: Hot Cue Menu

    Using the HDC-3000 Hot Cue Menu Section Twelve: Hot Cue Mode Hot Cues are cue points that can be set on the fly (while the song is playing) and differ from traditional cue points in that the program mate- C u e rial will continue to play from the point that you press the button, instead of needing to continue to hold the play button down.

  • Page 26: Seamless Loop Menu

    Using the HDC-3000 Seamless Loop Menu Section Fourteen: Loop Mode Loops are small repeating segments of a song that can be created, engaged and edited on the fly. With these, you can do everything from L o o p O u t...

  • Page 27: Dsp Effects Menu

    Using the HDC-3000 DSP Effects Menu D S P E f f e c t s Section Fourteen: DSP Menu F i l t e r O f f F l a n g e r O f f DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects are available at any time on the E c h o HDC3000 to alter your music in any way you choose.

  • Page 28: Sample Menu

    Using the HDC-3000 Sample Menu S a m p l e O u t Section Fifteen: Sample Menu S a m p l e 1 3 : 2 1 : 0 3 3 : 2 3 : 6 2 The sample menu is much like the loop menu. Samples are small segments...

  • Page 29: Firmware Updates

    N e w u p d a t e f o u n d One of the most powerful features of the HDC-3000 is the capability to upgrade the internal software. This lends itself to the addition of new fea-...

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    Using the HDC-3000 Troubleshooting Section Seventeen: Troubleshooting Error Messages E r r o r c r e a t i n g D B . If you experience an error message while navigating the unit, here are a P l e a s e m a k e s u r e few explanations of those errors and how they can be corrected.

  • Page 31: Warranty Information

    RMA clearly written on the outer carton: Do not, under any circumstance, ship your product to GCI without first For support or repair outside of the USA, please visit the Cortex web- calling the Technical Support Deparment at the number listed above.

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    There are no obligations of liability on the part of GCI, Cortex, or any of its retailers for consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of the product or other indirect damages with respect to loss of property, revenues, profit, or costs of removal, installation, or reinstallation.

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