Fostex D-108 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2: Safety Instructions

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Preparation...39 Rehearsing auto punch in/out recording...41 Auto punch in/out Take...42 Undo/redo auto punch in/out recording...42 Manual Punch In/Out recording...43 D-108 Owner’s Manual (Table of Contents) Table of Contents preparation...43 Rehearsing manual punch in/out recording...43 Manual punch in/out Take...44 Undo/redo manual punch in/out recording...45 Digital Recording...44...
  • Page 4 D-108 Owner’s Manual (Table of Contents) Checking and adjusting the edit points...71 Executing Erase...71 Undo/redo Erase...72 Erase all data of a voluntary program...72 Selecting a program to erase...72 Executing Erase...72 Track Exchange...73 Executing Track Exchange...74 MIDI Sync function...75 MIDI clock sync system...75 MTC sync/MIDI Machine Control system...77...
  • Page 5: Introduction

    You can set up a synchronization system with a sequencer or a rhythm machine without wasting a track. • You can use the D-108 as a sync slave machine by sending MTC from a connected device. • The D-108 supports MTC, MMC, and Fostex System Exclusive Message, which allows for advanced control and high- precision synchronization from external sequencing software.
  • Page 6: Precautions

    Specifications section of this Owner’s Manual. Do not use an AC outlet of any other voltage. • Do not connect the D-108 to the same AC outlet to which devices that could generate noise (such as a large motor or...
  • Page 7: Names And Functions

  • Page 8: Front Panel (With The Controller Removed)

    Install your hard disk in this removable case. 7. Lock/Unlock key When you remove or install the hard disk cartridge, you need to lock/unlock here using the included key. <Note> Be sure to turn the power off to the D-108 before locking or unlocking.
  • Page 9: Detachable Controller

    11. Shift key [SHIFT] The connect slave unit's recording track is used in the SAFE-READY mode if the D-108 is used as the master system for MIDI slave synchronization. * Refer to page "82" for details about using the SHIFT key.
  • Page 10 Auto Repeat mode: This mode is a combination of Auto Play and Auto Return, and plays backthe part between the START and END points repeatedly. The auto repeat function is effective only when the START and END points have been specified correctly.
  • Page 11 Press this key to execute the operation when you edit data on the hard disk using the edit functions such as Paste and Erase, when you put the D-108 into SETUP mode, or when you set the parameters in the SETUP menu.
  • Page 12 RECALL key -> CLIPBOARD IN key The Clipboard In point is recalled and the D-108 enters the edit mode. RECALL key -> CLIPBOARD OUT key The Clipboard Out point is recalled and the D- 108 enters the edit mode.
  • Page 13 Pressing this key while the recorder transport is operating will hold the time value (or Bar/Beat/Clock value), display the value on the screen, and will place the D-108 into edit mode. If you press this key while the recorder section is stopped, the D-108 will enter edit mode.
  • Page 14 30. Paste key [PASTE] Press this key to copy data or move data that has been copied to the clipboard to a location stored at the AUTO PUNCH IN key. The data will be pasted at the point stored in the Auto Punch In key.
  • Page 15 ON/ OFF. *1 Clipboard playback: The D-108 plays back the copy data or move data for the Clipboard. During audio playback of the copy or move data, the FL will display the time length and data type (“Copy Clip Play!”...
  • Page 16 END.) 40. Locked LED [LOCKED] (green) The Locked LED will blink when the D-108 is setup as slave mode. It will light on when the lock is achieved. * Refer to pages "80" and "115" for more information about "Slave Mode Function."...
  • Page 17: Rear Panel

    (connector: OPTICAL) Use this connector to load song data (audio + setup data) from an external device to the D-108. It is also used to input S/P DIF digital signal (from a DAT, CD, or MD) or adat digital signal.
  • Page 18: Display Section

    <Display Section> The D-108 display integrates the level meter of a high-visibility FL tube with a 16 digits and 35 dot message display. The level meter shows the Track 1-8 output level of the recorder section. The time display shows the current time of the recorder section using ABS TIME (Absolute time), MTC (MIDI time code), or MIDI BAR/BEAT (bar/beat).
  • Page 19: Switching The Display Using The Disp Sel Key

    When you press the DISP SEL key again, the Setup mode display will appear. At this time, the D- 108 has not entered the Setup mode. To put the D-108 into the Setup mode, press the EXECUTE/YES key. After pressing the EXECUTE/YES key, if you wish to go back to the previous status, press the EXIT/NO key.
  • Page 20: Changing Programs Using The Store Key

    Program before you start recording, playback, editing, or reachieving. Pressing the STORE key while holding down the HOLD/> key will cause the D-108 to enter Program select mode, display the message “Select PGM !”, followed by the current Program and Program number and a flashing “SURE?”...
  • Page 21: Warning Message

    Use the RECORD TRACK select key to ready any track. Disk error indication: This disk cannot be read. Action to take: Contact the Fostex service station as soon as possible. Event overflow indication: overflowed. Action to take: You edited too much. The warning means "you cannot paste or erase any more."...
  • Page 22: Before Starting

    (the current position). The D-108 offers three types of Time Base: ABS (Absolute type), MTC (MIDI time code), and BAR/BEAT/CLK (bar/ beat/clock). ABS indicates an absolute time on the disk. MTC indicates a relative time that is obtained by adding a certain value (MTC offset value) to the ABS value.
  • Page 23: Recording Method And Remain Indicator

    Recording method The D-108 uses a E-IDE hard disk, SCSI removable disk (such as an MO disk, zip disk etc.), or fixed disk instead of a cassette tape. You can start recording sound sources from any point on a formatted disk as long as the point is within the range of 24 hours in ABS time, as described in the previous “Time Base”...
  • Page 24: Managing Songs By Program Change Function

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Before Starting) As described in “Managing the song by Program,” the D-108 can set up as many as 99 Programs on the disk. Setting up a Program requires a small amount of disk space. In other words, disk space is used not only for storing recorded data but also for storing all setup data.
  • Page 25: Real Tracks And Additional Tracks

    Real tracks and Additional tracks The D-108 features eight Real tracks (1-8) and sixteen Additional tracks (9-24), for a total of twenty-four tracks. Real tracks are used to record sound sources in real-time. Additional tracks are used to temporarily store the sound recorded in the Real tracks. This is useful since you can move data from Real tracks to Additional tracks to clear tracks for fresh recording.
  • Page 26: Input Monitoring And Playback Monitoring

    Input monitoring means to monitor via track output the recording signal sent to the Real tracks of the recorder. That is, you are monitoring a post-recorder signal, not a pre-recorder signal. The D-108 enters input monitoring status when you perform one of the following operations.
  • Page 27: Audio File And Event

    During recording, the D-108 consecutively records an independent audio file (recorded area) in each track of each Program. However, you can record data on the D-108 at any point within 24 hours of ABS time, and you can intentionally create silence between two audio files. In this case, a silent part is counted as a 0 file.
  • Page 28 D-108 Owner’s Manual (Before Starting) Recorded Area 0 File Audio File 1 Audio File 2 Audio File 3 Audio File 4 Audio File 5 Audio File 6 0 File Event Number This is because when you perform a copy & paste, move & paste, or Auto Punch In/Out, the event is split at the edito point.
  • Page 29: Formatting A Disk

    “Backup disk formatting” - and both can be executed using the [Disk Format?] (disk formatting) menu of the D-108 SETUP mode. There are three types of recording formats - “eight track format,” “four track format” and “backup format.” If an E-IDE hard disk is used as the current drive, it can be formatted using the eight track format only.
  • Page 30: Formatting The Current Drive (E-Ide Hard Disk)

    A previously formatted E-IDE hard disk will be reformatted here. If the disk is reformatted again, not only will all program data which had been recorded be erased but the program numbers and various settings of D-108 will be returned to the initial state.
  • Page 31: Formatting The Current Drive (Scsi Disk)

    How to format a removable disk (or hard disk) which is connected as the current drive. Newly Formatting The Unformatted SCSI Disk In the formatting explanation below, the D-108 is assumed to a SCSI type removable disk (or hard disk) for the current drive and that an unformatted disk is not in the disk drive.
  • Page 32: Reformatting A Previously Formatted Scsi Disk

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Formatting a Disk) REFORMATTING A PREVIOUSLY FORMATTED SCSI disk Here is how to reformat previously formatted SCSI disk for use in the current drive or for backup. When a disk is reformatted, any previously recorded program data will all be erased and, at the same time, the number of programs and various settings will revert to its original state.
  • Page 33: Formatting Of Both E-Ide And Scsi Equipment

    E-IDE hard disk will automatically become active as the current drive. In the D-108, regardless to which is the current drive, the presently active current drive can format the other current drive. In the procedure below, it is assumed that the E-IDE hard disk had been formatted in according to the above “FORMATTING THE CURRENT DRIVE (E-IDE HARD disk”...
  • Page 34: Formatting The Backup Disk (Scsi Disk)

    FORMATTING THE BACKUP disk (SCSI disk) In the D-108, song data recorded in the current drive can be saved /loaded by using the backup SCSI drive disk, not to mention DAT and adat. In addition to the current drive, when a backup SCSI drive is connected to D-108, the ID number for the backup SCSI drive must be set to “6”...
  • Page 35: Handling Programs

    Program on the disk. With this operation the E-IDE harddisk is used as the current drive and formatted in the [8 track mode]. 1. Turn on the power to the D-108. Upon starting up the D-108, [Initialize...]->[Current IDE Drv]->[Harddisk model number]->[Storage mode ([8 track...
  • Page 36: Using A Program Change Function

    If multiple Programs exist on the disk, you need to select a Program to record, play, or edit. This section describes how to select a Program. Note: You cannot use the Program Change function when the D-108 is in SETUP mode. 1. When the D-108 is stopped, press the STORE key while holding down the HOLD/> key.
  • Page 37: Deleting A Program

    To cancel the delete operation, press the EXIT/NO key while [SURE ?] is flashing. Each time you press the button or key, the D-108 will return to a higher level in the hierarchy, and finally exit SETUP mode. 4. Press the EXECUTE/YES key again.
  • Page 38: Editing A Program Title

    You can edit the title of the selected Program before you select SETUP mode. You cannot select a Program after the D-108 enters SETUP mode. Be sure to select the desired Program using the steps explained in the “Using the Program Change function” section.
  • Page 39: Punch In/Out Recording

    For example, using the Punch In/Out function allows you to change an unsatisfactory guitar solo. The D-108 offers two types of Punch In/Out functions. One is called Auto Punch In/Out, in which you automatically re-record a specified part. The other is called Manual Punch In/Out, in which you record data manually (using your foot to operate an optional foot switch, model 8051).
  • Page 40 In this example, we will re-record part of the guitar phrase on track 3, chosen from all the recordings on tracks 1-8. Prior to proceeding with this operation, check to see that an external mixer is connected to D-108 as shown in the figure.
  • Page 41: Rehearsing Auto Punch In/Out Recording

    <Tips for rehearsal> Set the preroll value while referring to the “Changing the Initial Settings (SETUP Mode)” chapter. In this way, the D-108 can locate a point that precedes the Auto Punch In point by the specified preroll value. This enables you to start playback slightly before the Punch In point.
  • Page 42: Auto Punch In/Out Take

    Press the REDO key again to restore the conditions that existed after the recording. Follow the notes below: Note-1: The Undo/Redo function is effective only when the D-108 is stopped. Note-2: The Undo/Redo is not effective if you perform one of the following operations after you finish recording: •...
  • Page 43: Manual Punch In/Out Recording

    • Initialize the D-108. • Select a desired Program for Punch In/Out. • Check a sampling frequency of the D-108. Check to see that the guitar is connected to the input jack of the mixer, as required for [AUTO PUNCH IN/OUT] mentioned earlier.
  • Page 44: Manual Punch In/Out Take

    Note: You cannot record a second take during the Manual Punch In/Out operation without stopping the D-108. That is, the D-108 will continue playing after you finish recording a take, but you cannot record another take by pressing the foot switch.
  • Page 45: Undo/Redo Manual Punch In/Out Recording

    <Hint> You can use the PLAY button and the RECORD button, instead of using the foot switch. Follow the steps below. This method also does not allow you to record another take unless you stop the D-108 first. Procedure: 1. Press the PLAY button to start playback from a point slightly before the Punch In point.
  • Page 46: Digital Recording

    < Notes in setting the SETUP mode [Clock Sel.?] menu at digital recording > There is the [Clock Sel.?] (setup of external sync) menu in the D-108 SETUP mode and the initial setting is [Int.] (internal clock). When in this [Int] setting, although digital recording is executed by "setting the digital input track," the external digital input signal will not be in the external sync mode ([DIGITAL] only will be lit but [EXT SYNC] will not be lit).
  • Page 47 Setting the sampling rate for a recording program <Important> When a digital signal is to be input to D-108, be sure to set the D-108 sampling rate identical with the external digital equipment. In the case of adat digital signals or S/P DIF...
  • Page 48: Digital Recording To An External Device

    This chapter describes how to digitally record data from an external MD, DAT, CD-R or adat that is connected to the D-108 containing the recorded songs. Two voluntary tracks from real tracks 1-8 can be freely assigned to the L and R od the digital output for digital output to an external device. Further, the data of all 8 tracks can also be output (when [adat] is selected).
  • Page 49: Connecting A Digital Mixer

    D-108 and the external digital device. Starting and quitting recording 1. Locate the top of the Program.
  • Page 50: Connecting A Digital Mixer

    < A digital loop > In a connection between the D-108 and a digital mixer as shown below, if the D-108 SETUP mode [Clock Sel.?] (setting the operating clock) menu is set to [Opt.] and the digital mixer clock source is set to DIGITAL IN, a clock loop is created and the system will not operate correctly.
  • Page 51: Digital And Analog Simultaneous Recording

    S/P DIF signals from CD, MD or DAT are input sources to track 1 and 2, and the instrument/ vocal analog signals pass through the mixer to tracks 3-8, to simultaneously record 8 tracks. Put the D-108 in the “Initial Setting”...
  • Page 52: Recording To A Metronome Sound

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Recording to a Metronome Sound) Recording to a Metronome Sound This chapter explains how to record your performance while you are playing an instrument accompanied by a metronome based on the time signature and tempo specified in the Tempo Map. The metronome sound is output from track 8.
  • Page 53: Starting Recording

    Only the READY track will go to the input monitor mode (recording does not take place), and all other tracks will be in the reproduction monitor mode, therefore track 8 plays back the metronome sound. D-108 Owner’s Manual (Recording to a Metronome Sound) 8 TRACK DIGITAL RECORDER OPTICAL RECORD TRACK...
  • Page 54: Storing A Locate Point (Edit Point)

    * The data can be also saved or loaded even after the Song data is saved or loaded. * All locate points stored in the memory keys will be maintained after you turn off the D-108. * Locating the AUTO PUNCH IN point.
  • Page 55: Storing And Editing The Locate Points

    ABS. • The stored or edited locate points are used only in the currently-selected Program. Storing in real-time You can store the locate point (in the ABS, MTC, or BAR/BEAT/CLK Time Base) in real-time while the D-108 is playing. POWER...
  • Page 56: Editing And Storing Locate Data

    POWER PUNCH IN / OUT 1. Press the HOLD/> key while the D-108 is stopped. The currently-displayed time value (or bar/beat/clock value) is captured and the D-108 enters data edit mode. 2. Press the HOLD/> key, or turn the SHUTTLE dial to move the flashing cursor on the time value digit, and use the JOG dial to increase or decrease the value.
  • Page 57: Storing And Editing Locate Key

    * Any editing or storing of data for the LOCATE point is valid only for the program that is currently started up. Storing in real-time You can store the locate point (in the ABS, MTC, or BAR/BEAT/CLK Time Base) in real-time while the D-108 is playing.
  • Page 58: Editing And Storing Locate Data

    • You can omit Step 2 to speed operation. • If you set “BAR/BEAT Resolution mode” in SETUP mode to ON, the D-108 will round off the CLK value of the captured bar/beat/clock value. That is, the locate point will be at the beginning of the beat (00).
  • Page 59: Edit And Re-Store Data That Is Already Stored

    POWER PUNCH IN / OUT 1. Press the RECALL key while the D-108 is stopped. The menu to select the LOCATE number will appear. 2. Turn the JOG dial to select the desired LOCATE number, then press the LOCATE key.
  • Page 60: Locate Function

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Locate Function) The D-108 swiftly locates (it moves the current location of the recorder section) the desired point when necessary. Locate include edit points (in ABS time, MTC time, or in bar/beat/clock) that are stored for the Copy, Move, Paste, Erase, or Auto Punch In/Out operations.
  • Page 61: Auto Play

    This function is effective within 24 ABS hours. Therefore, if playback continues over the recording end point, the D-108 will still continue counting the time. Also, when the D-108 locates ABS REC END, it will continue counting the time from the recording end point. (However, the D-108 does not access the disk after reaching the recording end point.) <Example: Operation at locating to the AUTO PUNCH IN point.>...
  • Page 62: Auto Repeat

    PUNCH OUT point. The recorder will repeat the operation automatically so you can concentrate on your rehearsal. Cancel Auto Repeat mode before you record a take. The D-108 will play this range repeatedly for rehearsal, which makes it easy for you to check the recording level and practice your performance.
  • Page 63: Cue & Review Function

    3. Adjust the monitor sound of the track to monitor on the mixer. D-108 Owner’s Manual (Cue & Review Function) 4. Press the PLAY button again to restore the original play back speed. 5. Press the REWIND button instead of the F FWD button.
  • Page 64: Digital Scrubbing Using The Envelope Function

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Cue & Review Function) Digital scrubbing using the envelope function You may perform digital scrubbing using the “Envelope Function” of the D-108 while the recorder section is stopped. The envelope function allows digital scrubbing for each track recorded. The display will show the envelope indication of the track selected.
  • Page 65: Preview Function

    IN/OUT key. This is also called “point rehearsal.” With this function, you can check the locate points in real-time. You can also use this function to fine-tune the position of the locate points while previewing the sound. This function is effective only when the D-108 is stopped.
  • Page 66: Executing The Preview Function

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Preview Function) 1. Press the desired memory key while holding down the RECALL key when the D-108 is stopped. Pressing the desired memory key will enable you to preview the sound at the locate point (edit point) stored in the corresponding memory key.
  • Page 67: Editing Tracks

    The D-108 features speedy, nonlinear, nondestructive editing of independent audio tracks because it uses a 3.5 inch E-IDE hard disk, SCSI type Zip and MO with removable disks, or fixed hard disk. The following four editing functions allow “Editing of Independent Audio Tracks.”...
  • Page 68: Storing The Edit Points

    Checking the clipboard data * Hold down the STOP button and press the PLAY button. The D-108 indicates whether the sound data on the clipboard is a copied data or moved data ([Copy Clip] or [Move Clip]) and plays the data (this is called clipboard playback).
  • Page 69: Executing Paste

    “Erase,” and to “Deleting a Program” on page 72 for more information on erasing. 8. Press the STOP button or the EXIT/NO key. The D-108 exits edit mode and displays the previous Time Base indication. 9. Turn off the RECORD TRACK select key of the copy (or move) source track.
  • Page 70: Erase

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Editing Tracks) There are three methods for erasing data. Understand the difference between these methods before you use the Erase function. * If multiple Programs are set on the disk, first select the desired Program. Do not select another Program, or select another sampling rate until you finish the erase operation.
  • Page 71: How To Erase Data For A Specific Part Between Abs 0 And Rec End

    When the erase operation is completed, [COMPLETED !] lights up. 4. Press the STOP button or the EXIT/NO key. The D-108 exits edit mode and displays the previous Time Base indication. • To erase the data in its entirety from the tracks, you can also use the Program Delete function to erase the entire Program.
  • Page 72: Undo/Redo Erase

    UNDO key. • To restore the data after you undo the Erase operation, press the REDO key again. When you press the UNDO or REDO key, the D-108 will undo or redo the operation immediately, and display [Undo !] [Redo !] and [COMPLETED !].
  • Page 73: Track Exchange

    You can also use this function when you wish to check the REC END point of an Additional track, as described in the “Erase” section. Execute [Track Exchange] with the [Track Exchange?] menu in the SETUP mode of the D-108.
  • Page 74: Executing Track Exchange

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (Editing Tracks) Executing Track Exchange 1. While the D-108 is stopped, press the DISP SEL key to go to the SETUP menu, then press the EXECUTE/ YES key to go to the SETUP mode. The [Drive Sel. ?] menu will appear in the default status.
  • Page 75: Midi Sync Function

    The following are examples concerning general types of systems using MIDI related functions contained in the D-108. By setting any desired meter at any desired point of the programmable tempo map contained in the D-108, and by output of a MIDI clock and song position pointer according to the setting, a hardware type MIDI sequencer can be synchronized as a MIDI clock slave.
  • Page 76 D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Synchronization) Setup of D-108 1.Because the MIDI clock and song position pointer will be output from the D-108, set the SETUP mode "MIDI sync signal output setting" to "CLK." * Initial setting: CLK * Permissible setting: CLK (MIDI clock and song position pointer:"CLK")
  • Page 77: Mtc Sync/Midi Machine Control System

    This setting is made in consideration of the time required (it will not sync immediately) for the MIDI sequencer, etc. to enter into sync. As a result, if the D-108 is played back from ABS 0 (LOCATE ABS 0), sync will be completed by the time it reaches the first bar, and will thus synchronize from head of the tune.
  • Page 78 D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Synchronization) Connecting to external equipment Connect the D-108 MIDI IN/OUT to the computer (with MIDI interface) MIDI IN/OUT (MMC/MTC complied se quence software is activated in the computer). Setup of external equipment Setup the following in the sequence software.
  • Page 79 Check that the D-108 traveling position (MTC) and the traveling position of the sequence software in sync are matched. 2.Send MMC commands such as PLAY, STOP and LOCATE from the sequence software to see that the D-108 will be properly controlled.
  • Page 80: Multitrack System By The Slave Mode

    2.From D-108 (#2) to D-108 (#3), connect DATA OUT to DATA IN and MIDI THRU (Note!!!) to MIDI IN. <Note> In order to slave drive a D-108 with each other, the best setting is to supply Adat digital signals together with MTC from the master. Setup of D-160 (#1): <Master>...
  • Page 81 # Refer to page "113", SETUP mode "MTC offset time setting" for operating procedure and details. 4.Set the SETUP mode "MIDI device ID setting," to "01" in D-108 (#2), and to "02" in D-108 (#3). # Refer to page "120", SETUP mode "MIDI device ID setting" for operating procedure and details.
  • Page 82 <Note> The D-108 re-chase window is fixed at "10 frame." In other words, when MTC of the master and slave drifts apart more than 10 frames, it will assume that chase lock is disengaged and the slave will match the position again with the master (re-chase operation). During the re-chase operation, sound output will be muted.
  • Page 83: External Midi Equipment Sync System By The Slave Mode

    External MIDI equipment sync system by the slave mode Up to this point, synchronization with external MIDI equipment has been explained with the D-108 as the master and MIDI equipment as the slave but depending on the slave mode setting, the MIDI equipment can be set as the master and D-108 as the slave.
  • Page 84 Set the MTC offset time about three seconds prior to the start time of the tune set by the sequence software. Because the D-108 cannot immediately chase lock after input of MTC, in order to sync the D-108 from head of the tune, set the preroll using the sequence software, and playback from before the actual head of the tune to allow the D-108 to enter into sync by the time it arrives at the head of the tune.
  • Page 85: Multitrack System Using A Fd-8, Fd-4

    Sync signal "Free" of the "Slave mode setting" menu: When the D-108 is made to chase lock by MTC only, variable pitch will be constantly applied by external MTC. If a digital signal is output to an external digital equipment from the D-108, it will not be able to follow the speed difference (MTC speed difference of the master) of the D-108 and the external digital equipment, in some cases, may not be able to input a continuous digital signal.
  • Page 86 2.Use the D-108’s offset time for the “MTC offset time setting” in the Setup mode. There is no “MTC offset mode setting” on the D-80, D-80 Ver. 2, DMT-8 Ver. 2, and DMT-8 VL. When you use the D-108’s setting, the MTC offset mode will automatically become “ABS.”...
  • Page 87 <Note> The re-chase window of the FD-8 and FD-4 is “10 frames” fixed. This is the same as the D-108. When the MTC of the master device and the MTC of the slave machine slip from each other by 10 frames or more, the slave machine will interpret this as being out of sync, and will try to lock with the master device again (this is called a “re-chase”...
  • Page 88: Saving And Loading Song Data

    Saving and loading data The D-108 allows you to select the data (audio data and Setup data) from a current Program and save it to a DAT machine as an S/PDIF digital signal or to an adat machine as an adat digital signal, or save it to a SCSI device.
  • Page 89 Basically, any digital device that supports non-compression recording, and the S/P DIF or adat formats, should be able to save and load the D-108’s data correctly. However, some devices may not, due to the occurrence of multiple errors. The following Fostex models have been tested and approved for the save and load operation: FOSTEX: D-5, PIONEER: D-05 <Note when saving data using DAT or adat>...
  • Page 90: Saving The Data Using Data Out

    Saving the data using DATA OUT S/P DIF digital signal (or adat digital signal) from the DATA OUT jack of the D-108 is saved. The prerequisite is that an E-IDE harddisk is used as a current drive. * Restore the initial settings on the D-108.
  • Page 91 1.Press the DISP SEL key to select “SETUP” (“SETUP” will flash), then press the EXECUTE/YES key. (“SETUP” will light up.) The D-108 enters Setup mode. 2.Use the JOG dial to select “Save PGM?” (“?” will flash.). 3.Press the EXECUTE/YES key.
  • Page 92: Loading The Data Using Data In

    Loading the data using DATA IN Load the data by S/P DIF digital signals (or adat digital signals) from the DATA IN jack of the D-108. The prerequisite is that an E-IDE hard disk is the current drive, as in the save conditions mentioned earlier.
  • Page 93 D-108 and the external device. * The FS indication will flash and warn you if the sampling SETUP frequency of the D-108 and DAT vary when loading with S/P 44.1kHz DIF digital signals. Be careful when setting the sampling LOAD frequency for adat digital signals because there will be no FS warning though there may be a discrepancy.
  • Page 94: Saving The Data Using Scsi

    Using the SCSI drive as a current drive Using the SCSI drive as a back-up drive * You must format the SCSI disk after you connect it to the D-108. Refer to the “Formatting” section on the next page for the formatting procedure.
  • Page 95: Formatting A Scsi Disk

    44.1kHz 8.Press the EXIT/NO key or the STOP button to quit the Setup mode. The D-108 returns to the ABS display of the Program that was selected before it entered Setup mode. Your backup purpose SCSI harddisk has been formatted SETUP after completing the steps up to this point.
  • Page 96: Saving Data Of An Individual Program

    1.Press the DISP SEL key to select “SETUP” (“SETUP” will flash), and then press the EXECUTE/ YES key. “SETUP” will light up. The D-108 will enter the Setup mode. 2.Use the JOG dial to select “Save PGM?” (“?” will flash.).
  • Page 97 * When inserting an unformatted disk The D-108 automatically recognizes an "Unformatted" disk, and will indicate [Unformat!], then automatically go to the [Disk Format?] menu in the SETUP mode, to SETUP format the backup disk.
  • Page 98: Saving All Programs (Save All)

    SCSI hard disk. The prerequisite is that the current drive is an E-IDE hard disk, as in the case of save procedures mentioned earlier, and that a backup SCSI hard disk is connected to the D-108. Load the data saved on one removable disk (or fixed disk).
  • Page 99 EXECUTE/YES key is pressed again. When the load operation is complete, “COMPLETED!” will light and the D-108 will display the Time Base that was shown before the unit entered the Setup mode. 9.Press the STOP button or the EXECUTE/YES key, and “COMPLETED!”...
  • Page 100: Loading Data Saved On Several Removable Disk

    1.Insert the first disk (Disk-1) into the SCSI device. <Note> Make sure that you insert the disks in the correct order. If you insert the wrong disk, the D-108 displays [Wrong disk] -> [Illegal No!] and ejects the disk. Follow the disk markings you made during the save operation.
  • Page 101: As The Current Drive

    Saving or loading using a SCSI hard disk as the current drive The [SAVE/LOAD] process described up to the previous page is based on the prerequisite that an E-IDE hard disk is used as the current drive. This section will describe the procedures necessary for the SAVE/LOAD process when using a SCSI drive as the current drive.
  • Page 102: Save/Load Using A Dos Formatted Disk (Wav File)

    <Formatting> The D-108 does not have the function to format disks in DOS from the "Disk Format?" menu in the SETUP mode. Therefore, all disks used to save or load WAV must be pre-formatted on the computer prior to use.
  • Page 103: Saving With Wav File

    <Keep In Mind!> As it was already mentioned earlier, saving files in WAV will save all the program data on the current drive. If the saved titles of the files on tracks 1-24 are the same, all data of the track can be loaded, as in the case with the save function.
  • Page 104 6. Press the EXECUTE/YES key again. The menu to input the title of the data being saved will appear. The beginning of the title flashes. By turning the JOG dial of the flashing point you can input the number or symbol desired. You can move the flashing point (cursor) with the HOLD/>...
  • Page 105: Loading With Wav File

    However, if due to some reason a voluntary file is attempted to be saved under a different title name, the D-108 will recognize this as multiple files, as described earlier. Before changing the title, always check to see that the title only consists 6 characters, that the track number is correctly input, and the title comes with an "extension"...
  • Page 106: Changing The Initial Settings (Setup Mode)

    SETUP mode of the D-108 offers the “Changing the initial settings” menus that configure the operating environment of the D-108, a “Check” menu that enables you to check the number of events of each track, and the “Execution” menus that execute certain operations, such as save and load.
  • Page 107: Selecting Setup Mode

    SETUP menu appears. To exit SETUP mode, press the STOP button or the EXIT/ NO key. Each time you press one of these keys, the D-108 returns to the previous hierarchy level of the menu, and finally exits SETUP mode.
  • Page 108: Time Signature Setting

    17. The time signature and next section tempo setting make up a tempo map. After the tempo map is figured out by completing the time signature and tempo setting, the D-108 will be able to handle "BAR / BEAT/CLOCK" and the metronome function. You need to set up the time signature and tempo to generate the MIDI Clock & Song Position Pointer.
  • Page 109: Tempo Setting

    12th bar. The tempo setting and time signature in the previous section make up a tempo map. After the tempo map has been calculated by completing the tempo and time signature setting, the D-108 will be able to handle "BAR /BEAT/CLOCK" and the metronome function.
  • Page 110 D-108 Owner’s Manual (Changing the initial setting <SETUP mode>) <Note> The D-108 counts a beat with the last registered tempo, i.e. one bar before the "- - -bar - = - - -" . In the case of the initial setting,...
  • Page 111: Metronome Setting

    <Note> If you set this mode to ON, the D-108 cannot playback the recorded sound from track 8, as track 8 will be the click track exclusively. In conjunction with this, do not record track 8 with this mode on. If track 8 is in record mode, the click will not be generated.
  • Page 112: Midi Sync Output Signal Setting

    This mode sets up the type of MIDI sync signal for external MIDI equipment. The type of signal the D-108 outputs is either MIDI Clock & Song Position Pointer or MTC (MIDI Time Code). Choose one so that the external MIDI equipment can recognize it when synchronizing to the D-108. In case of the MIDI Clock & Song Position Pointer, you need to set the section "Time Signature"...
  • Page 113: Mtc Frame Rate Setting

    <Note> There are no 29.97nd or 29.97df in the MTC standard. Use either 30nd or30df unless you definitely need to synchronize the D-108 with NTSC video. 1. Press the DISP SEL key and choose the flashing SETUP mode on the display. Then, press the EXECUTE/YES key.
  • Page 114: Mtc Offset Mode Setting

    * If you set Offset mode to [Bar ] and use MTC to synchronize sequence software on the computer, the tempo of the sequencer may sometimes slip gradually. This is because the tempo of the D-108 and the tempo of the software are slightly different even if both use the same tempo.
  • Page 115: Slave Mode Setting

    This mode allows you to choose the D-108 slave mode setting either ON or OFF. If you set the mode to ON, the D-108 will synchronize to the incoming MTC(MIDI time code)from master unit. It will also synchronize to a type of external sync signal which you have chosen with the section “Sync Signal Setting”.
  • Page 116: Slave Mode Type Setting

    If you have set the Slave Mode to ON in the previous section “Slave Mode Setting”, you can choose what type of external sync signal that the D-108 synchronizes to. This mode allows you to choose the external sync signal type.
  • Page 117: Record Protect Setting

    The SPDIF stereo digital signal can assign D-108 tracks from track 1 to track 8 according to what pair you want. In the case of adat digital signal input, this mode will assign 8 track adat signals to either tracks 1 ~ 8. You need to set the D-108 sampling frequency to match the incoming digital signal sampling frequency.
  • Page 118 * The D-108 can also record only one channel from the stereo SPDIF signal. For example, if you assign Lch to track 4 and Rch to NIL, “L: 4 R: -”, the D-108 will record only SPDIF Lch on track 4.
  • Page 119: Digital Output Track Setting

    Digital Output Track Setting ("Digi. out ? ") This mode sets up the outgoing digital signal from the D-108 with what type and which recorded tracks. The D-108 can digitally transmit the recorded audio as it is to external digital equipment. When you use this function, set the identical sampling frequency on the external digital equipment as the D-108 sampling frequency.
  • Page 120: Bar/Beat Resolution Mode Setting

    This mode sets up the display resolution mode in either “ON” or “OFF”. If you set this mode to “ON”, the D-108 will register the memory points rounding up or down so that clock digits are always kept at 00. This mode is only relevant when you choose Bar/Beat/Clock as a time base.
  • Page 121: Sampling Frequency Setting

    Sampling Frequency Setting ("Sample Rate ? ") The D-108 can handle two types of sampling frequency, either 44.1k or 48 kHz. This mode allows you to set either sampling frequency. The display will show the registered sampling frequency.
  • Page 122: Operating Clock Setting

    The Operating Clock Setting ("Clock Sel. ? ") The "The operating clock setting" menu is used to setup the D-108 operating clock. When digital recording is to be made from external digital equipment (DAT, adat, CD, MD, etc.), the input track is setup by the aforementioned [] (setup of the digital input track), and whether D-108 is to be operated by the internal clock or externally synchronized with a digital signal from an external digital equipment, must be selected.
  • Page 123: Event Number Check On Each Track

    Files. The D-108 is able to carry up to 512 events per track. When the event numbers exceed 508, the D-108 will no longer be able to record new data. This situation is called “event over”.
  • Page 124 D-108 Owner’s Manual (Changing the initial setting <SETUP mode>) 1. Press the DISP SEL key and choose the flashing SETUP mode on the display. Then, press the EXECUTE/YES key. The SETUP display will stop flashing. 2. With the JOG dial, choose “Drive Sel.?”.
  • Page 125: Midi Implementation Chart

    : All Notes OFF Aux. Message : Active Sense : Reset rem. 1: MMC (Device ID=00~99, 127), MTC, Identity reply, FOSTEX Exclusive Notes rem. 2: MMC (Device ID=00~99, 127), MTC, Inquiry, FOSTEX Exclusive rem. 3: START, STOP, CONTINUE Mode 1: OMNI ON, POLY Mode 3: OMNI OFF, POLY D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Implementation Chart/MMC List)
  • Page 126: Mmc Command List/Inquiry Message List

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Implementation Chart/MMC List) MMC Command List 01: STOP 02: PLAY 03: DEFERRED PLAY 04: FAST FORWARD 05: REWIND 06: RECORD STROBE 07: RECORD EXIT 09: PAUSE 40: WRITE 41: MASKED WRITE 42: READ 44: LOCATE 46: SEARCH...
  • Page 127: Fostex System Exclusive Message

    < N o t e > Following protocol is effective only in equipment which will reply by - Identity Reply=F0 7E<channel>06 02 51 01 00 0D 00 01 ** ** ** F7 (D-108) against the Inquiry Message=F0 7E<channel>06 01. Fostex System Exclusive Message General Structure=F0 51<device id><sub id 1>(<data>)F7...
  • Page 128: Status Request

    D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Implementation Chart/MMC List) Status Request Status request command Controller to D-108 Loop op. status Loop status Post locate status Auto rec status Lock status Lock mode status Copy clip status Copy paste status Erase status Nondes. mode...
  • Page 129 D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Implementation Chart/MMC List) <Allocation of GP0~GP7> Edit point memory of this equipment is alloted to the response/information field of 08~0F (GP0~GP7) as shown below. GP7 however, will be used as the work memory for small adjusting of the registered figure (Refer to Examples 4 and 5).
  • Page 130: Data Type

    < l o c k m o d e > 12=stop Indicates the next operating mode following locating to the start point (GP3) upon arriving at the end point (GP6) by the play mode. In D-108, 12=stop only is effective. 12=stop 15=play Specifies operating mode in which D--108 should enter upon completing the locate operation.
  • Page 131 D-108 Owner’s Manual (MIDI Implementation Chart/MMC List) < s i g n a t u r e m a p > < s i g n a t u r e m a p > < s i g n a t u r e m a p >...
  • Page 132: Explanation On The Command/Mode List

    With completion of undo operation, D-108 will re- ply with "32 4A (<edit message=01(completed)>)." If D-108 is not possible to undo, "32 4A (<edit message=00 (no message)>)" will be replied. 12 4B: redo command When this command is received, D-108 will return to the con- dition prior to undo operation.
  • Page 133 <edit message> will be replied. 12 4F (<channel><channel>): track exchange command (Ex- clusive command for FDMS-3.) When the D-108 receives this command, the track can be ex- change between the specified <channel><channel>. Especially, if the first <channel=00><channel=01>, then exchange by grouping will be executed between channel 1-8 and channel 17-24, and if the next byte <channel=00><channel=02>,...
  • Page 134: The Status Request Command

    22 45: copy clip status request The command inquiring the clipboard condition. If there is a copy paste data in the clipboard, D-108 will reply with "32 45 (<edit message=01>)." If data in the clipboard is for move paste or there is no valid data in it, it will reply will "32 45 (<edit message=14 (void data)>)."...
  • Page 135: Explanation On The Status Reply

    23 45: level status request The command inquiring the present output level data of the 1~8 tracks. In D-108 as the level data is updated about every 40msec., inquiry in 40msec. units is effective. When this command is received, D-108 will reply with "33 45 (<count=10><level data>)."...
  • Page 136 This is the reply against the "23 45" level status request and it indicates the present track 1-16 output level data. In D-108, as level data is updated 40msec., it will be effective if inquiry is made in 40msec. units.
  • Page 137: Maintenance/Specifications

    * Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for product improvement. * "Adat" and the symbol are trademarks of OPTICAL Alesis Corporation. * FDMS-3: Fostex Disk Management System-3. * FDIO-1 Ver.2: Fostex Data In Out-1 Ver.2 : 20Hz ~ 20kHz : approx. 33W...
  • Page 138 INDEX About copy rights About damages Auto play/Auto return key Auto punch mode ON/OFF key Auto punch in key Auto punch out key Auto return start key Auto return end key ABS time display 32, 38 Audio file Additional track Analog recording Auto play mode Auto return mode...
  • Page 139 Notes about power supply 6 Notes on handling the hard disk 7 Notes on the setup location Notes on repair Notes on using detachable controller No disk IDE display Over ! display Overdubbing Precautions Paste key Play button Punch in/out jack Power switch Power cable Panel A, B...
  • Page 140 * In the electrical fast transient/burst requirements, radiate electromagnetic field requirements and static electricity discharging environment, this could be affected by generation of noise in some cases. FOSTEX DISTRIBUTORS LIST IN EUROPE * Including non-EU countries. * underlined: contracted distributors (as of Nov, 1997) <AUSTRIA>...
  • Page 141 FOSTEX CORPORATION 3-2-35 Musashino, Akishima-shi, Tokyo, Japan 196 -0021 FOSTEX CORPORATION OF AMERICA 15431, Blackburn Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650, U. S. A. © PRINTED IN JAPAN DEC.1998 8288 421 000 FX...

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