Operation Manual
Digital Multitracker
8588 044 000

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  • Page 2: Safety Instruction


  • Page 3: Precautions

    (such as an air conditioning system or large electric heater) are connected. • If you use the VF160EX in an area with a different power voltage, first consult your dealer or the nearest Fostex service station. You can use the VF160EX with a power frequency of 50Hz or 60Hz.

  • Page 4: Index For Applications

    Please read page 72. I want to make a multiple number of programs. Please read page 70. I want to control the VF160EX with MIDI. Please read page 90. I want to make an original CD. Please read page 125.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Please read page 24. I want to make event map of the scenes. Please read page 64. I want to ascertain the recording functions of VF160EX. Please read page 9. I want to operate the “Adat Mixer Mode”. Please read page 95.

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Safety Instruction ...2 Precautions ...3 Index for Applications ...4 Chapter 1 Basic Features of VF160EX Introduction ...8 Product Features ...8 Before Operating ...9 • Two RECORDING Modes ...9 • RECORDING System ...11 • PROGRAM ...11 • REMAIN Indicator ...11 • CHANNEL and TRACK ...12 •...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Chapter 4 Recorder Functions Cueing/Digital Scrubbing ...67 • Cueing with the [F FWD]/[REWIND] key ...67 • Shuttle Cueing ...67 • Digital scrubbing with the [SCRUB] key ...67 Variable Pitch Control ...68 • Variable Pitch Control ON/OFF ...68 • Setting the Speed ...68 Auto Function ...69 •...

  • Page 8: Please Read, Introduction, Product Features

    Introduction Congratulations! You have chosen a truly unique multitracking device. The VF160EX Fostex Digital Multitracker features a myriad of high-tech functions. These include a digital mixer incorporates high-performance DSP multi-effect made possible using the Fostex-original A.S.P. (Fostex Advanced Signal Processing) technology, as well as an integrated 16-track (+8 additional tracks) digital recorder that can record or play uncompressed 44.1kHz/16 bit high quality sound.

  • Page 9: Before Operating, Please Read, Two Recording Modes

    Before Operating This section defines the contents, names and terms the user should know prior to actually operating the VF160EX. Please read the overview before going any farther with your new recorder as it will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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    (TRACK) and input sig- nals (INPUT). Pressing the [INPUT SEL] key displays the input select screen. Initially, after turning on the VF160EX power (power on de- fault), this screen looks as below, in which all channel sources are set to recorder's output signals.

  • Page 11: Recording System, Program, Remain Indicator

    24 hour time range in ABS time. Note that it is also possible to move (locate) to any point within that time range, as well. Just think of the VF160EX as coming with a tape that is pre-programmed with a 24 hour counter.

  • Page 12: Channel And Track, Additional Track, Input Monitoring And Playback Monitoring, Event

    (procedures described later) in such case. The following are specific examples of the number of events. A. The VF160EX counts the silent portion of a silent track, which Track 17 is counted as one file, but not recorded with any sound.

  • Page 13: Trim, Fader, Ch Status/ch Sel] Key

    Clip level Clip level FADER The VF160EX features 16 channel faders and 1 master fader. Among the faders, the faders for channels 1 to 8 are always started up with output signals from the recorder of tracks 1 to 8 (PLAYBACK or INPUT Monitoring) to adjust this level.

  • Page 14: Time Base

    * When pressing the [BUSS-SOURCE] key, the status will require selection of a channel to send to “REC BUSS”, as mentioned earlier. Therefore, the channel in which the [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key is pressed is sent to the “REC BUSS”. All channels are selected up to this point.

  • Page 15: Names And Functions


  • Page 16: Top Panel (analog Input/output Section)

    Top Panel Analog Input/Output Section 1/9/A 4/12/D 2/10/B 3/11/C LINE LINE LINE LINE PEAK PEAK PEAK 1/9/A 2/10/B 3/11/C 1. [INPUT] (Unbalanced) Jack: A to F * This adjusts the unbalanced output of the external sound source. * Standard Input Level: -50dBV to + 2dBV * Connector: Phones jack 2.

  • Page 17: Top Panel (mixer Section)

    Top Panel Mixer Section CH STATUS/CH SEL CH STATUS/CH SEL 11. [CH STATUS/CH SEL] Key: channels 1-16 * ON/OFF key for each channel during normal display (explained later). * Select the channel to CHECK/CHANGE the setting with ([CH PARAM EDIT] Key (No. 17-22) when CHECKING/ CHANGING various PAN, equalizer and other mixer parameters.

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    15. [EFF EDIT-EFF1/MUTE] Key * This is used to CHECK/CHANGE the EFFECT type and parameter settings of EFFECT 1. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to turn ON/OFF the mute feature of EFFECT 1. 16. [EFF EDIT-EFF2/MUTE] Key * This is used to CHECK/CHANGE the effect type and parameter settings of EFFECT 2.

  • Page 19: Top Panel (recorder Section)

    Top Panel Recorder Section 25. [INPUT SEL] Key * Set whether to send the A to H input signals [INPUT] or track 9-16 play [TRACK] sounds to the faders of channel faders 9 to 16. * When executing DIRECT recording, with the [SHIFT] key pressed down, each time the [INPUT SEL] key is pressed while in the normal display mode, the input monitor (READY) can be switched ON/OFF for all tracks (1-16).

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    32. [AUTO RTN-START/MARK1] Key * This key is used to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved at the start point (AUTO RETURN START POINT) when executing auto return or auto repeat. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved in [MARK1].

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    46. [SCRUB/CD PLAY] Key * This is used to digitally scrub sounds in the FWD and REV direction without any change in pitch. * Pressing this key while holding down the [SHIFT] key switches the playback mode between HDD playback and audio CD playback.

  • Page 22: Top Panel (display Section), Rear Panel, Front Panel

    * Punch IN/OUT option by connecting the Fostex Model 8051 foot switch (unlatched type). 68. [POWER] switch * This turns ON/OFF the power of the VF160EX. 69. [AC IN] Jack * This is where the accessory power cable is inserted.

  • Page 23: About The Hard Disk Storage Device, Reformatting The Hard Disk

    About the hard disk storage device The VF160EX is complete with a 3.5-inch E-IDE hard disk (storage device) which is formatted in the Master 16 mode. Therefore, there is no need to newly assemble a hard disk or to format the hard disk. The user can immediately start recording with the VF160EX.

  • Page 24: Replacing A Hard Disk

    <Precautions Upon Replacement> * Always turn OFF the power of the VF160EX and unplug the power plug from the electric outlet when replacing the hard disk.

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    4. Prepare a new hard disk and connect the two cable connectors to it with holding the connector section. Cushion 5. Put back the new hard disk into the VF160EX main unit. In the reverse order of taking out the hard disk as performed earlier, carefully house the hard disk at the bottom of the main unit and cover it with the cushion.

  • Page 26: Formatting The New Hard Disk

    Formatting the new hard disk Carefully follow the instructions below to newly format the hard disk properly. 1. Turn ON the VF160EX after plugging the power cable in the electric outlet. The VF160EX will startup. “Unformat!” will appear on the LCD.

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    Equipment” and “LCD”. About a demonstration song! Your VF160EX may have a demonstration song on program 1 (P01) when shipped (note that some VF160EX units may not have a demonstration song, depending on the production). Please check whether a demonstration song is recorded or not on your unit according the following manner.

  • Page 28: Connections Of Peripheral Equipment

    Connections of Peripheral Equipment The VF160EX is equipped with input/output jacks to connect the following sound sources and external equipment. Always turn the [MASTER] fader, [MON OUT] knob and [PHONES] knob to “0” when connecting the external equipment to the input/output jacks.

  • Page 29: Menu Shown When Turning Power On, Switching The Time Base

    The following describes the contents shown on the LCD and their operations. Menu shown when turning power ON When the VF160EX is turned ON with a hard disk already formatted, the following menu will appear in order: [Initial... (Initializing)] & [Version] -> [Current Dr] ->...

  • Page 30: Switching With [disp Sel] Key

    “Off” and thus recording is possible. This is indicating the VF160EX sampling frequency (Fixed to 44.1kHz). The icon here is indicating that the current drive is set to an “E-IDE hard disk.”...

  • Page 31: Instructions For Direct Record, Recording To One Track

    VF160EX are included according to the work flow, ranging from the actual recording to mix down process. Both experienced and novice users of multitracker should try this process so as to learn the VF160EX operations. The following description assumes that the VF160EX has been started up without any recordings.

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    Preparing to Record Connect the sound source to record to the [INPUT] 1/9/ A jack. Press the [INPUT SEL] key (Key: Flashes ORANGE). [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key of ch9-16 -> Flashes GREEN Indicates that all channels are “TRK (Track)” (the following LCD display appears).

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    RECORDING to 2 Tracks With track 1 now recorded, we will record the stereo sound source to tracks 15 and 16 of the recorder. 1/9/A 2/10/B LINE LINE PEAK PEAK 1/9/A 2/10/B CH STATUS/CH SEL Hint! CH STATUS/CH SEL Preparing to Record Connect the stereo sound source to record to [INPUT] jacks 7/15/G and 8/16/H.

  • Page 34: Locate Function, Abs Locate

    REDO] key again to return to the original state of the recording on two tracks (REDO). The VF160EX provides sophisticated locate functions, which allow quick locate to the desired point. ABS Locate There are 3 types of ABS Locate procedures. The instructions are described below.

  • Page 35: Saving On The Memory Key And Mark Key

    AUTO RTN AUTO PUNCH START MARK <Note> Normally, the [CLIPBOARD-ALIGN SEL/MARK6] key can store the MARK6 memory. When doing a copy/paste (or move/paste) function, the time data stored in the [CLIPBOARD IN] key is automatically copied and stored in this key, allowing you to use it as the ALIGN SEL point.

  • Page 36: Locating An Event Memory, Creating An Event Memory, Viewing The Event Memories

    ABS0 02M30S 05M00S 07M30S 12M30S 1. At the desired position while the VF160EX is stopped or during playback, press the [HOLD/>] key. The time when pressing the [HOLD/>] key is held on the screen. 2. Press the [STORE] key. The key lights up (in red) and “Hit Any Memory Keys!”...

  • Page 37: Punch In/out, Manual Punch In/out, Punch In/out With Foot Switch

    REC to PLAY. The time to punch in is called the PUNCH IN point, and the time to punch out is called the PUNCH OUT point. The VF160EX features the following 3 types of PUNCH IN/OUT modes.

  • Page 38: Auto Punch In/out, Programming The Punch In/out Points, Auto Punch In/out Take

    You can check or adjust the record level and timing in the rehearsal mode as many times as you want until you are satisfied. 4. Press the [STOP] key to stop the VF160EX. • AUTO PUNCH IN/OUT take 1. After rehearsal is completed, locate the point immediately before starting the recording, as with step 2 of AUTO PUNCH IN/OUT rehearsal.

  • Page 39: Track Exchange, Instructions

    This feature is convenient to use when recording with all G and H [INPUT] jacks that can be connected with a condenser mic or balanced output, for example. Note that the VF160EX comes with 16 tracks, plus 8 additional tracks.

  • Page 40: Mixing, Level Adjustment, Pan Adjustment, Equalizer Adjustment

    “Scene Sequence Mode” switched “On,” the parameters will be returned to their original setting when the VF160EX is operated in PLAY or STOP. Refer to page 66 for “On/off of the Scene Sequence Mode.” 1. Press the [PAN] key.

  • Page 41: Effect Send Level Adjustment, Modifying Effect Type

    EQ curve 5. To adjust other items or another frequency range of the equalizer, press again the [HI-G/F/Q] key, [MID-G/F/Q] key or [LO-G] key. Then turn the [JOG] dial to modify the parameter. 6. To adjust other channel, press the [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key of that channel.

  • Page 42: Mix Down, Analog Mix Down, Digital Mix Down

    Create the master tape after adjusting all tracks. Start recording the piece with a master recorder (cassette tape, DAT, MD, etc.). The VF160EX can output S/P DIF (optical) digital signals making it is possible to directly mix down digital signals if the master recorder can input S/P DIF (optical) digital signals.

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    Instructions for recording with BUSS RECORD This section will discuss the basic procedures to REC/PLAY with "BUSS" RECORD, which is another recording option. With DIRECT RECORD, the track recorded was determined according to the input of channel A to H. However, with BUSS RECORD, recording is possible regardless of the channel input.

  • Page 44: Recording The "h" Input Signal To Track 1

    Recording the H Input Signal to Track 1 Here we will record a sound source connected to input H on track 1 of the recorder. Beforehand, set the ch1 to 16 channel faders, master fader and the [TRIM] for A to H to 0. Connect a headphone or speaker to monitor the sound.

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    It is possible to apply effect to the input signals by setting EFF1 or EFF2 to the source at the same time. Details are described later. <Note> The channel signal sent to REC BUSS (ch16 in this case) are not directly output from the stereo OUT L/R chan- nels.

  • Page 46: Recording 8 Inputs To Tracks 7 And 8

    Recording 1. Locate the time to start recording on the VF160EX. 2. Press the [PLAY] key while the [RECORD] key is depressed to start recording. The [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key and [RECORD] key of ch1 lights up RED, indicating that recording is taking place.

  • Page 47: Recording To Two Tracks

    The system is ready to record after you have completed the above procedures. Record 1. Locate the time to record on the VF160EX. 2. Press the [PLAY] key while the [RECORD] key is depressed to start recording. The [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key and the [RECORD] key of ch7&...

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    Tips: Applying an Effect on the Source Channel It is possible to apply effect sound on the source channel during BUSS RECORD. 1. EFF1 or EFF2 can also be selected at the same time for the source channel from the display (appears by pressing the [BUSS SOURCE] key) to select the source channel, as described earlier.

  • Page 49: Initial Condition When The Power Is Turned On, Operation While The Normal Display Is Shown

    Initial condition when the power is turned on When you turn the power on, the VF160EX shows the start-up display ("FOSTEX" -> "Initial.." -> "Current DR", "IDE" -> "Format Type" ["Standard" or "Quick"]), and then becomes ready. In this condition, only the [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key, [STOP] key, [EFF 1] key, and [EFF 2] key light on the panel, while the display looks as shown below.

  • Page 50: Channel Parameter Edit, Adjusting Pan

    [JOG] dial. 4. To set another channel's pan, repeat steps 2 and 3 above. 5. After completing pan editing, press the [EXIT/NO] key. The VF160EX exits the channel edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. Flashing <Caution>...

  • Page 51: Adjusting Eq

    ON/OFF: 4. To edit the EQ for another channel, repeat step 1 through 5. After completing EQ editing, press the [EXIT/NO] key. The VF160EX exits the EQ edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. Curve -18 dB to FLAT to +18 dB (default: FLAT) 500 Hz to 20.2 kHz (default: 4.00...

  • Page 52: Controlling Effect Send Level, Selecting Pre/post Of Effect Sends

    5. After completing send level editing, press the [EXIT/NO] key. The VF160EX exits the channel edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. Selecting pre/post of Effect sends You can select whether the pre-fader or post-fader sig- nal is sent from each channel (1 to 16) to the effect processor.

  • Page 53: Controlling Aux Send Level, Selecting Pre/post Of Aux Sends

    5. After completing the pre/post selection, press the [EXIT/ NO] key. The VF160EX exits the channel edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. Controlling AUX SEND level You can control send levels of channels 1 through 16 (pre- or post-fader) from the [AUX SEND] jack on the rear panel.

  • Page 54: Controlling Fader Levels, Setting The Compressor

    5. After completing the pre/post selection, press the [EXIT/ NO] key. The VF160EX exits the channel edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. Controlling fader levels You can control fader levels for channels 1 through 16 and the master channel while viewing the numeric values.

  • Page 55: Channel View

    4. After completing the parameter setting, press the [EXIT/NO] key. The VF160EX exits the channel edit mode and the display returns to the Normal display. <Hints> If you try to select a channel to which the compressor cannot be applied, a warning message ("Can't Select!") will flash and the operation will be cancelled.

  • Page 56: Effect Edit Mode

    The VF160EX offers high quality ambient effects by employing the A. S. P. (Fostex Advanced Signal Processing Technology), which is exclusively developed by Fostex. With the A. S. P., you can obtain an incomparably clean and high density Hall Reverb, overwhelmingly clear Room Reverb and wonderfully hi-fidelity Plate Reverb. In addition to these typical Reverbs, the VF160EX provides not only various practical algorithms such as Delay, Chorus, Flanger and Pitch Bend, but some combinations of these are also available, e.g., Delay+Reverb.

  • Page 57: About The Effect Types

    About the effect types The VF160EX contains two independent DSP multi-effect units; EFF 1 and EFF 2. A variety of effect types are preset for each effect unit. By selecting a suitable effect type, you can process the sound as you wish. You can also edit the parameters of the selected effect type to create your own effect sounds.

  • Page 58: Selecting The Effect Type

    Effect types preset for EFF 2 Name Parameter type 1~28 are the same effect types as the EFF 1 presets listed on the preceding page. (For details refer to the preceding page.) L29 MonoDELAY DELAY L30 PanDELAY DELAY L31 MonoBpmDL BPM DELAY L32 PanBpmDL BPM DELAY...

  • Page 59: Effect Parameter Settings, Effect Parameter Details

    < Note > When you press the [ENTER/YES] key to finalize the ef- fect type, the sound will be muted for an instant. Effect parameter settings Here's how to set the effect parameters. 1. If the effect parameter that you wish to adjust is not displayed, press the [EFF 1] key (or the [EFF 2] key) twice.

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    BPM delay effect parameters (parameter type: BPM DELAY) For effect types 31 and 32 of the preceding "Effect type" table, the following four parameters can be adjusted. 1. Eff Level Adjust the effect return level: 0~99 2. BPM Adjust the BPM. Range: 30--250 bpm * If the delay time exceeds 680ms, “!”...

  • Page 61: Scene Memory, Storing To A Scene Memory

    Adjust the number of delay repeats. Range: 0--99 The VF160EX provides 100 scene memories (Scene numbers 00 to 99). You can store a set of desired parameter settings to each memory. Items to be stored include all parameters set by the channel parameter edit and effect edit modes, as well as all channel fader levels.

  • Page 62: Recalling A Scene Memory, Level Adjust, Fader Adjust

    <Hint> Scene memories stored in the scene numbers (00 to 99) are preserved even if the power is turned off. However, a temporary memory stored in the Temporary numbers disappear and all the parameters return to the default "Un-defined" settings when the power is turned off, though they do not disappear when changing the pro- gram.

  • Page 63: Direct Recall Of A Scene Memory, Clearing A Scene Memory

    If two adjacent channels are fader-paired, pressing the [CH STATUS/CH SEL] key for the odd channel selects both channels and you can simultaneously control both chan- nels. The fader icon for the even channel as shown in a dotted line, indicating that you do not have to adjust it. The fader icons below are examples of indicating differ- ent status.

  • Page 64: Scene Event Map, Creating An Event Memory

    See "Chapter 4 Recorder Functions" for details about digital scrubbing. Creating an event memory on the fly 1. At the desired position while the VF160EX is stopped or during playback, press the [HOLD/>] key. The time when pressing the [HOLD/>] key is held.

  • Page 65: Creating The Scene Event Map, Deleting An Event Memory

    Note that all necessary scene memories must be stored in advance when carrying out the following. 1. While the VF160EX is stopped, press the [SCENE STORE/ MAP] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key. The screen shows the event memory list.

  • Page 66: Scene Sequence Mode On/off Selection, Executing The Scene Sequence

    1. While the VF160EX is stopped, press the [A RTN A PLAY/ SCENE SEQ] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key. After "SCENE SEQ: ON" is briefly shown on the screen, the Normal display appears.

  • Page 67: Cueing/digital Scrubbing, Cueing With The [f Fwd]/[rewind] Key, Shuttle Cueing

    Chapter 4 Recorder Functions This chapter describes the cueing/digital scrubbing function, vari pitch control, auto functions, program management and track editing (such as copy/paste, move/paste, erase, track exchange, etc.). This section describes the cueing feature for cueing sound during the F FWD or REWIND process. Cueing with the [F FWD]/[REWIND] key The user can cue at 3x speed by pressing the [F FWD]/ [REWIND] key while the recorder is playing.

  • Page 68: Variable Pitch Control, Variable Pitch Control On/off, Setting The Speed

    This section describes the Variable Pitch Control feature to play or record programs at variable recorder speeds. The VF160EX can change the speed in 0.1% units within a +/-6.0% range. Note that the key changes when changing the variable pitch speed.

  • Page 69: Auto Function, Auto Play, Auto Return, Set (store) Start/end Point, Auto Repeat

    The VF160EX is equipped with 3 Auto Functions. One is the “Auto Play”, which automatically starts playing a track after locating it. Another is the “Auto Return”, which locates a predetermined time during playback. The third, “Auto Repeat”, combines the former two features to repeat playing a certain segment.

  • Page 70: Program, Creating A New Program

    With the VF160EX, the music is managed according to programs numbered 01-99 (99 programs). These programs are independent of each other and can be recorded or played separately. This section describes the instructions of how to operate the program. Creating a New Program One program (P01) is automatically created on the VF160EX when formatting the hard disk.

  • Page 71: Selecting A Program, Erasing A Program, Editing A Program Title

    If there are several programs set on the disk, there may be a need to select a target program. The following instructions are based on the VF160EX in the STOP status in the Normal Display. 1. Press the [PGM SEL] key in the STOP state.

  • Page 72: Editing The Track

    The VF160EX features a 3.5 inch E-IDE hard disk as a storage media. This allows speedy voice editing in a nonlinear and nondestructive manner in track units. There are four track editing options as described below.

  • Page 73: Copy & Paste And Move & Paste, Executing Copy (or Move) And Clip, Pasting Data

    Copy & Paste and Move & Paste This section describes the Copy & Paste (or Move & Paste) details. <Precaution> * The data copied (or moved) on the clipboard is replaced with new data every time data is copied (or moved).

  • Page 74: Undo/redo Paste

    To align the head of the measure for pasting together with sound data in front of the measure, the “ALIGN SEL” function of VF160EX can be utilized. To use this function, the head of the measure data in the clip data must be registered in the [ALIGN SEL] key as shown in Figure 3.

  • Page 75: Erase, Please Read, Erasing Data

    The VF160EX provides the following “ERASE” options. Please read the instructions in its entirety prior to actual operations, to prevent any erroneous understanding of the description. First, start the desired program if there are several programs set. DO NOT change a program in the middle of the erase procedure.

  • Page 76: Undo/redo Erase, Track Exchange, Executing Track Exchange

    4. Press the [ENTER/YES] key. “Sure?” flashes. 5. Press the [ENTER/YES] key once again. The erase process will takes place. “Wait Erasing!” flashes on the display while data is being erased. “Completed!” lights up on the display when the data is successfully erased. 6.

  • Page 77: Exchange In 8-track Units, Exchange In Mono Or 2-track Units

    • Exchange in 8-track units 1. While "01-08" on the left is flashing, press the [HOLD/>] or [F FWD] key to make "09-16" flashing. Flashing 2. Turn the [JOG] dial to select “09-16” or “17-24” to flash on the display. Flashing 3.

  • Page 78: Applications Of Direct Record, Direct Record While Listening To The Input Signal

    Chapter 5 Features Application Applications of DIRECT RECORD This section describes applications of the DIRECT RECORD feature. DIRECT RECORD while listening to the input signal DIRECT RECORD basically takes place with the play [TRACK] started for all the channel faders. However, it is also possible to start [INPUT] signals A to H.

  • Page 79: Internal Mixdown Mode, Please Read

    Generally, “mixdown” means the process for mixing audio materials (instruments, vocals, etc.) recorded on a multitrack recorder and recording the stereo-mixed signals to a master (digital or analog) recorder. The internal mixdown mode, allows you to mix 16 internal tracks recorded on a program down to stereo signals and record them to the current drive of the unit.

  • Page 80: Activating The Internal Mixdown Mode

    Activating the internal mixdown mode 1. Select the program to be mixed down. To select the desired program, press the [PGM SEL] key and select the program using the [JOG] dial, then press the [ENTER/YES] key. 2. When the unit is stopped, press the [DIRECT REC TRK] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key.

  • Page 81: Rehearsing Internal Mixdown Recording

    Rehearsing internal mixdown recording Before performing the actual mixdown recording, you can rehearse it while adjusting level, balance and sound character (EQ, effect, etc.) of each track. In the following description, we assumes that you are going to mixdown all program tracks (1 through 16) on which instruments or vocals are recorded, and headphones for monitoring are connected to the [PHONES] jack.

  • Page 82

    When internal mixdown is completed, the starting and editing times of the mixdown are registered as “CLIP- BOARD IN point” and “CLIPBOARD OUT point” respectively (see the illustrations below). This is because, when making an audio CD from the mixed-down material, data between “CLIPBOARD IN point”...

  • Page 83: Inserting "silence" At The Beginning Of A Song

    Inserting “silence” at the beginning of a song To insert “silence” at the beginning of a song, use ei- ther of the following methods depending on the start time. The following operations are assumed to be done when the time base is set to “ABS”. If you want to perform the operations with another time base (such as Bar/Beat), press the [DISP SEL] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key to change the time...

  • Page 84

    • Change the “CLIPBOARD OUT point”. 9. When the unit is stopped, press the [F FWD] key while holding down the [STOP] key. The unit immediately locates the “REC END point”. 10. Press the [STORE] key followed by the [CLIPBOARD OUT] key.

  • Page 85: Applications Of Buss Record, Record By Mixing The Input Sound And Play Sound

    Applications of BUSS RECORD BUSS RECORD makes it possible to record all the source channel signals sent to REC BUSS L/R on either 2 tracks or 1 track. The source channel is selectable with the “IN (Input)” channel and “TRK (Track)” channel, therefore, it is possible to record the input signals along with signals that are already recorded.

  • Page 86: Ping-pong Record

    Ping-Pong RECORD By using BUSS RECORD, it is possible to select a maximum of 15 source channels when recording to 1 track and a maximum of 14 source channels when recording to 2 tracks. Here we will ping-pong record the sound recorded on tracks 1-14 onto tracks 15 and 16 for temporary mix down.

  • Page 87: Metronome Function

    The VF160EX incorporates a tempo map to set a desired bar/beat (4/4, 3/4, etc.) and tempo (30-250). It is possible to output a metronome sound, according to the setting of the tempo map. This allows for recording in sync with the rhythm output from the VF160EX without having to use an external metronome or rhythm box.

  • Page 88: Digital Recording, Digital Recording From An External Digital Device

    This section will describe digital recording from external digital devices using the [DATA IN] connector of the VF160EX. Digital signals recorded are either S/P DIF or adat digital signals. Digital recording from an external digital device This section describes digital recording methods from external S/P DIF digital devices (CD, MD, DAT, etc.) or adat digital devices (Fostex D1624mkII, D824mkII, VC-8, etc.) into the VF160EX.

  • Page 89: Recording 16 Tracks At The Same Time

    PLAY CH STATUS/CH SEL Connecting a Sound Source or External Device 1. Connect the VC-8 or D824mkII to the [DATA IN] jack of the VF160EX. 2. Connect 8 sound sources into [INPUT] jacks A to H. Starting to record 1. Turn up the channel fader and master fader corresponding to the track recorded to "0".

  • Page 90: Midi Clock Sync System

    MIDI clock and song position pointer according to the setting, a hardware type MIDI sequencer can be synchronized as a MIDI clock slave. Consequently, in this system, the VF160EX will be the master and the MIDI sequencer the slave.

  • Page 91: Connecting External Equipment, Confirming The Midi Clock Sync

    MTC in any desired frame rate. It can also carry out the proper operation upon receiving an MMC from outside. In this case, because the VF160EX can setup a DEVICE ID number by the SETUP mode “MIDI Device ID Setting”...

  • Page 92: Connecting To External Equipment, Setup Of External Equipment

    When a correct MIDI command (MMC) is received, “MIDI” in the display will be lit for about 40msec. There is no setting in the VF160EX to receive MMC but it will operate if a correct MIDI signal is input. If sync and control cannot be done correctly, re-check connections/cables and the setting of both equipment.

  • Page 93: 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 VF160EX 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 the VF160EX as the slave.

  • Page 94: Confirming Chase Lock

    <One Point Advice> Sync signal “Vari” of the “Slave mode setting” menu: When the VF160EX 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...

  • Page 95: Applications Example Of "adat Mixer Mode

    The following is an application example of "Adat Mixer Mode" (= input monitor for all tracks). The "Adat Mixer Mode" is especially useful when using the VF160EX with a personal computer containing a built-in sound card, as shown below. In this system example, the VF160EX acts as;...

  • Page 96: Chain Play Function

    In this mode, the VF160EX plays back each program in the chain play list one by one. Pause Each time the VF160EX finishes playback of a program, it automatically pauses at the start point of the next program. Pressing the [PLAY] key starts playback.

  • Page 97

    Both examples assume that 10 programs exist on the current drive. 1. While the VF160EX is stopped, press the [SETUP] key. The VF160EX enters the setup mode and the display changes to show the “Select Menu” screen for selecting a setup menu item.

  • Page 98

    2. Press the [EXIT/NO] key. The chain play list is made and the “Chain Play List” screen is dismissed. The display returns to the “Select Menu” screen, where the current option of the “Chain Play” menu item flashes (by default, “Off” flashes) and you can now set the chain play mode.

  • Page 99: Making The Chain Play List, Setting The Chain Play Mode

    2. After selecting the desired option, press the [ENTER/ YES] key. The VF160EX enters the selected play mode, while the Setup mode exits. The display shows the beginning (ABS 0, or the Auto Return Start point) of the program set to step 1 in the play list.

  • Page 100: Editing The Chain Play List

    Selecting a program in the chain play list If the play mode is set to any option but “Off”, you can select a program only from those set to the chain play list. By selecting a program, you can start chain play from the desired step in the chain play list.

  • Page 101

    If you delete the program from the list, all the programs set to the subsequent steps automatically slide up, as shown below. If you select a desired program, the program set to the selected step is replaced and other steps are not affected (in the following example, “P03”...

  • Page 102

    Inserting a program to the chain play list You can insert a program to a desired step in the current chain play list. 1. Follow procedure steps 1) and 2) on page 100 to show the “Chain Play List” screen. (i.e.

  • Page 103: Audio Cd Playback Mode, Switching The Playback Mode

    This mode allows playing back an audio CD (regardless of whether it is made using the VF160EX or on the market) using the CD-R/RW drive (model CD-1A/EX). By switching the HDD playback mode to the audio CD playback mode, you can operate the CD-R/RW drive from the transport keys ([PLAY], etc) on the VF160EX panel for monitoring an audio CD.

  • Page 104: Available Functions In The Audio Cd Playback Mode

    • Ejecting an audio CD In the audio CD playback mode and when the VF160EX is not accessing the disc, you can eject a disc in the CD-R/RW drive by pressing the [EXIT/ NO] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key, or pressing the eject key on the CD-R/RW drive.

  • Page 105

    When playing back a normal audio CD (which does not contain text information) available on the market or burned using the VF160EX, “No Title” is shown, as this example. When an audio CD which has more than one track is set,...

  • Page 106: About Song Data

    When loading song data from a DAT to the VF160EX, data is transferred with two-track data blocks, the same as saving data. (See also <Notes for saving data using the S/PDIF or adat digital signal> on the next page.) Program 1 (P01) •Using the adat digital signal (you can save/load data for each program individually.):...

  • Page 107: Save/load Of Song Data Using The S/pdif Or Adat Digital Signal

    <Notes for DAT and adat machines to be used> The VF160EX song data only can be saved to or loaded from a digital machine that can record 16 bit, 44.1 kHz linear digital data with S/PDIF or adat format (such as DAT and adat machines).

  • Page 108: Saving Data Using The S/p Dif Or Adat Digital Signal

    Saving data using the S/P DIF or adat digital signal You can save data using the S/PDIF or adat digital signal via the [DIGITAL/DATA OUT] jack. *Use an external device that supports 44.1 kHz sampling frequency (the same as the VF160EX). Connecting to an external device Connect the DIGITAL/DATA OUT jack to the digital input jack of the external digital device (DAT or adat etc.).

  • Page 109

    After a few seconds, the unit starts saving the data and "Wait time" starts counting down. For the first several seconds, the VF160EX transmits the pilot signal that will a reference for locating the tape position during the load operation, and the actual data saving starts from the position at which "Wait time"...

  • Page 110: Loading Data Using The S/p Dif Or Adat Digital Signal

    Loading data using the S/P DIF or adat digital signal You can load data using the S/PDIF or adat digital signal via the [DIGITAL/DATA IN] jack. *Use an external device that supports 44.1 kHz sampling frequency (the same as the VF160EX). Connecting to an external device Connect the [DIGITAL/DATA IN] jack to the digital output jack of the external digital device.

  • Page 111

    "Sure?" flashes. <Note> In the above step, if the VF160EX does not lock to the digital signal from the external digital device, the following warning message appears on the display.

  • Page 112: Save/load Using Cd-rw/cd-r

    The writing speed depends on a CD-R/RW drive but it is limited to 8 times. For save/load of the VF160EX data, use discs that can be written at 4 times or higher speed. Do not use discs that only can be written at real-time or twice speed.

  • Page 113

    • If there is a dust, dirt or fingerprints on the disc, which may cause error in playback or recording, wipe the disc with a soft, dry cloth or alcohol from the center out. Never wipe from the outside to center.

  • Page 114

    • Loading an audio CD data You can load a material on a (commercial or created) audio CD to a program of the VF160EX. Audio data is loaded to a “new program” automatically created by the unit, which is the same way as backup data loading.

  • Page 115: Saving Data Using A Cd-r/rw Drive (backup)

    Do not carry out any VF160EX key operation until the access process to the CD-RW/CD-R disc is completed. 1. After turning on the VF160EX, insert a disc to the CD-R/ RW drive. 2. Press the [SETUP] key of the VF160EX to enter the setup mode.

  • Page 116

    When completing the save operation, “Save Completed!” appears on the display (as shown below) and the VF160EX stops access to the drive, while the disc in the CD-R/RW drive is automatically ejected. When saving data to more than one disc, the first disc will be ejected when it is full (i.e.

  • Page 117

    <Note> If the VF160EX cannot carry out "Full erase" by any rea- son, the display returns to show the screen for select- ing the erase mode. In such a case, try to carry out the same operation as described above.

  • Page 118: Loading Backup Data From A Cd-r/rw Drive

    <Note> Do not carry out any VF160EX key operation until the access process to the CD-RW/CD-R disc is completed. 1. After turning on the VF160EX, insert the disc to the CD-R/RW drive. <Note> If you load song data which is saved to more than one disc, set DISC-1 first.

  • Page 119

    “ Disk Full! ” and the display returns to the previous screen. When completing the load operation, “Load Completed!” appears on the display (as shown below) and the VF160EX stops access to the drive, while the disc in the CD-R/RW drive is automatically ejected.

  • Page 120: Important Notes For Using A Wav File

    The following 2 characters "##" indicate the track number (1 to 24) for the save/load using a WAV file. The last ".WAV" is the file extension indicating that the file format is WAV. The VF160EX does not recognize other file names than above. See the following description for each operation about details.

  • Page 121: Saving A Wav File

    Saving a WAV file The following description is assumed that an unused CD-RW/CD-R disc is set to the CD-R/RW drive. 1. Press the [SETUP] key to enter the Setup mode. The display shows the screen for selecting the Setup menu. 2.

  • Page 122

    "ERASE" or "Eject". <Note> The erasure operation described above is the "quick erasure". The VF160EX only erases special areas (TOC, etc.) and does not read error after car- rying out the erasure operation above, try to carry out "full erasure" described on page 117.

  • Page 123: Loading A Wav File

    During the save operation over more than one CD-RW/CD-R disc, the VF160EX always calculates the available space of the disc automatically. If the VF160EX knows that the available space gets smaller than the data size of the next track, it will change the disc when the data save of the current track is completed.

  • Page 124

    6. After selecting the desired track(s), press the [ENTER/YES] key. The display shows the screen for selecting the load destination program to which a WAV file is loaded. You can select the program by using the [JOG] dial. Flashing When the screen shows "Title" and "size", the selected program will be deleted and replaced with the WAV file loaded.

  • Page 125: Making An Audio Cd

    Key operations of the VF160EX should be done after com- pleting access to a CD-RW/CD-R disc. 1. After turning on the power of the VF160EX, load a non-recorded disc to the CD-R/RW drive. 2. Press the [SETUP] key to enter the Setup mode.

  • Page 126

    Event Enable setting This setting allows you to select whether enabling (ON) or disabling (OFF) the events stored between the clip- board in and clipboard out points when burning a material to an audio CD. See page 128 for details. Enables events between the clipboard in and out points.

  • Page 127

    10. After specifying the program(s), press the [ENTER/YES] key while holding down the [RECORD] key. The VF160EX starts recording to the disc, while the display shows the following screen. When the recording ends, “Save Completed!” appears on the screen, while the disc is automatically ejected from the CD-R/RW drive.

  • Page 128

    <"Event Enable" should be set to "ON" in such a case!> When loading more than one track from an audio CD you made to the VF160EX hard disk, all the tracks are loaded onto a single program (see "Loading from an audio CD" on the next page for details), in which a event is automatically set to the beginning of each track.

  • Page 129: Loading From An Audio Cd

    Key operations of the VF160EX should be done after com- pleting access to a CD-RW/CD-R disc. 1. After turning on the power of the VF160EX, load a recorded audio CD disc to the CD-R/RW drive. 2. Press the [SETUP] key to enter the Setup mode.

  • Page 130

    You can select one or more tracks to be loaded. Each selected track is individually loaded to a new program automatically created on the current drive. You can select one or more tracks to be loaded. All the selected tracks are individually loaded to Select a new program automatically created on the current drive.

  • Page 131

    Because all the tracks loaded take part in the same program, you have to select a track within the program. The VF160EX automatically set an event at the beginning of each track loaded with the type set to “Select” or “All”, so pressing [REWIND/PREV]...

  • Page 132

    The SETUP mode of the VF160EX offers the “Changing the initial settings” menus, which configure the operating environment of the VF160EX, a “Check” menu that enables you to check the number of events for each track, and an “Execution” menu that executes certain operations, such as save and load and disk formatting. The “Changing the initial settings”...

  • Page 133: To Enter The Setup Mode, Time Signature Setting

    For example, you can specify 4/4 for the first and second measures, and 2/2 from the third measure.” Setting a time signature and tempo will create a Tempo Map, which allows the VF160EX to manage a song using the BAR/BEAT/CLK Time Base. You can also use the Metronome function.

  • Page 134: Correcting The Registered Time Signature, Changing The Bar Offset Figure

    The following bar numbers and time signatures can be entered via the [JOG] dial. You can enter are from “001” to “999”. Time 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 8/8 Signature or “DEL” “DEL” is used to deleted time signature data. 6.

  • Page 135: Setting A Tempo

    For example, you can specify a tempo of 150 to the third beat of the 12th measure. Time signature and tempo settings make a Tempo Map, which is used by the VF160EX to manage the song using the BAR/BEAT/CLK time base, and enable the metronome function. Tempo settings as well as time signature settings are required when you wish to output MIDI clock and Song Position Pointer to an external sequencer.

  • Page 136: Setting The Metronome Function

    Setting the Metronome function [“Click”] “Setting the Metronome function” menu allows you to determine whether or not the VF160EX outputs a metronome sound from track 16 during playback or recording. Turning the Metronome function on enables you to record your performance while playing the instrument accompanying the metronome sound.

  • Page 137: Setting A Preroll Value, Setting Midi Sync Output Signal

    Setting a preroll value [“Preroll Time”] The VF160EX features a Preroll function that enables you to locate a position a few seconds prior to a specified locate point. The “Setting a preroll value” menu enables you to set the preroll time (in seconds).

  • Page 138: Setting An Mtc Frame Rate, Setting An Mtc Offset Value

    The “Setting an MTC offset value” menu enables you to specify an offset time value - the difference between the time of MTC output from the VF160EX and the ABS 00m 00s 00f 00sf time. You need to specify this value if you have selected “MTC”...

  • Page 139: Setting Mtc Offset Mode, Setting The Slave Mode

    • 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 VF160EX and the tempo of the software are slightly different even if both use the same tempo.

  • Page 140: Setting The Slave Type, Setting The Record Protect Function

    If you have set Slave Mode to “On” in the previous section “Slave Mode Setting,” you can choose what type of external sync signal that the VF160EX synchronizes to. This mode allows you to choose the external sync signal type.

  • Page 141: Setting Digital Input

    If “S/P DIF” is selected for input of digital, the S/P DIF signal (L, R) applied to DIGITAL/ DATA INPUT of VF160EX, it will be assigned to any two tracks, and if “adat” is selected, the adat signals will be assigned to tracks 1 through 8.

  • Page 142: Setting Digital Output, Setting Bar/beat Resolution Mode

    CLIPBOARD IN/OUT points and other points in real-time. (Press the [STORE] key, then the corresponding memory key while playing the VF160EX.) Therefore, it is very convenient when you perform the Copy & Paste or Move & Paste operation in beat-resolution.

  • Page 143: Setting The Midi Device Number, Checking The Number Of Track Events

    Setting the MIDI device number [“Device ID”] The “Setting the MIDI device number” menu enables you to set the VF160EX device ID number required to control the VF160EX from a sequence software using MMC (MIDI Machine Control). The transmit device ID links to this setting. You can set the device ID from 00 to 99.

  • Page 144: The Drive Format Information, Fader Fix Mode Setting

    Format information of the current drive currently installed can be checked by using the “Drive Format Information” menu. Should any trouble occur in the VF160EX, providing the information obtained here to our nearest Fostex Service Station will be of great help in giving quick service.

  • Page 145: Fader Recall Mode Setting

    * The settings can be saved and loaded as part of the song data. * The settings are maintained after you turn off the power to the VF160EX. 1. Select “Fader Recall” in the menu a selection display and press the [ENTER/YES] key.

  • Page 146: Pair Fader Setting

    The “Pair Fader Set” menu sets whether or not you simultaneously control the adjacent odd and even chan- nels. Normally, each channel fader on the VF160EX acts independently. By setting "Pair Fader Set" to "On", you can pair faders of two adjacent channels, allowing the odd channel fader to control the partner (even) channel's level.

  • Page 147: On/off Of Phantom Power Setting

    <CAUTION!> Do the following before using the phantom power: • When connecting a condenser microphone to MIC INPUT 7 and 8 (XLR-3-31 type) of the VF160EX, be sure this microphone requires phantom power (+48V). • Switch ON the phantom power after connecting the condenser microphone.

  • Page 148: Compressor Channel Setting

    Compressor Channel Setting [“Comp. Channel”] In the "Setup of the compressor channel" menu, the channel in which the VF160EX internal compressor function should be activated can be setup. The compressor can be made to function in channels 13-14 or 15-16.

  • Page 149: Troubles At Recording

    A breakdown? If you suspect so, please read the fpllowing explanations before requesting repairs. • Input signal not indicated by the level meter ? Level meter does not light up even though recording track is set and channel fader/master fader is raised to the "0" position. Set the recorder to input monitor.

  • Page 150: Having Trouble Editing

    Record digital signals of sampling frequency iden- tical to that of the VF160EX. The VF160EX sampling frequency is 44.1kHz/16 bit. In a sampling frequency other than 44.1kHz/16 bit, it will be recorded with the wrong pitch. Time count will also be incorrect.

  • Page 151: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart (Digital Multitracker) Model VF160EX Function... Basic Default Channel Changed Default Mode Message Altered Note Number: True Voice Velocity Note ON Note OFF After Key’s Touch Channel’s Pitch Bend Control Change Program Change True # System Exclusive : Quarter Frame...

  • Page 152: Mmc Command List, Inquiry Message List

    IDENTITY REPLY: F0, 7E, <channel>, 06, 02, 51, 01, 00, 13, 04, **, **, **, **, F7 :Fostex ID 01, 00 :Device family code 13, 04 :Device family number VF160EX **, **, **, ** :Software version Movement (Recorder) STOP PLAY...

  • Page 153: Maintenance, Specifications

    Cleaning the exterior * For normal cleaning, use a soft dry cloth. For stubborn dirt, moisten a cloth in diluted detergent, wring it out firmly, and wipe the dirt off. Then polish with a dry cloth. Never use solvents such as alcohol, thinner or benzene, since these will damage the printing and finish of the exterior.

  • Page 154

    General Dimensions Weight Power Supply Power Consumption Accessories * Fostex Disk Management System-3 ** Fostex Data In Out-1 Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for product improvement. “Adat” an the symbol are trademarks of Alesis Corporation. -10dBV...

  • Page 155: Block Diagram

    PEAK INPUT A (+4 ~ -50dBV) PEAK TRIM INPUT B (+4 ~ -50dBV) TRIM PEAK INPUT C (+4 ~ -50dBV) PEAK TRIM INPUT D (+4 ~ -50dBV) TRIM PEAK INPUT E (+4 ~ -50dBV) PEAK TRIM INPUT F (+4 ~ -50dBV) +48V TRIM PHANTOM...

  • Page 156: Declaration Of Ec Directive, Fostex Distributors List In Europe

    * In the electrical fast transient/burst requirements, surge, conducted disturbances by radio-frequency fields, power frequency magnetic field, 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.(as of October, 2003) <AUSTRIA>...

  • Page 158

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