2 – Basic operational concepts : About projects and libraries Pressing ENTER will reload the last data which was in the internal memory (the “resume data”), and About projects and libraries As mentioned earlier, the DM-4800 uses projects to store settings. Projects contain system information, automation and routing information associated with a project, making it easy to return to a previous state when a project has to be conducted over more than one session. When a new project is created, any of the following data from a previous project may also be associated Snapshot EQ CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) Each library in each project also has access to the appropriate preset bank (RAM). There are two preset banks for the effects. CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) Within each project there are five libraries and automation data, each divided into four banks, containing the settings for the storable parameters mentioned above. Each of these banks contains 128 “slots” to hold settings (numbered from 000 to 127). In addition, the preset bank, stored in the DM-4800’s memory, is available for recall of presets to be used as starting points for user settings. The effect library has access to two preset banks. 34 TASCAM DM-4800 User’s Manual Comp/ Exp CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) Project Figure 2.29: Project structure pressing a cursor key will load the project, ignoring any changes since the last project save. with it (it is possible to pick and choose from this list): • System data • Snapshot (scene) data library • EQ setting library • Compressor/expander setting library • Gate library • Automation data •Effect setting libraries Libraries Gate Effect CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) Automation data CF Banks CF Banks CF 1-4Banks CF 1-4Banks 1-4 1-4 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 Slot 1-128 (x4) Settings data Individual slots and banks may be copied between projects after the project has been created. Projects are stored on easily-transportable standard Compact Flash cards, allowing projects to be tracked in a project studio, and mixed and produced in a larger facility, for example. Projects are date-stamped automatically (the DM- 4800 contains a battery-backed clock) which helps you keep your work organized.
2 – Basic operational concepts : About projects and libraries Setting the date and time To set the date on the DM-4800, follow the steps below: 1 Enter the UTILITY screen, and jump to the SYSTEM page: Figure 2.30: Setting the date and time 2 Move the cursor to the DATE UTILITY section of the screen. Naming the DM-4800 Note that it is possible to provide your mixer with a unique identifying name, which is useful if you are working in a facility with more than one unit. Creating a new project When creating a new project, the project can be created from scratch, with manually selected sampling frequency, surround mode and mixer settings, taking the settings from a selected prior project that acts as a template, from preset library settings, or from the current settings. 3 Use the cursor and wheel to set the date and time. Note that the month is a three-letter abbreviation of the English month name (JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC) and the hours are set in 24-hour (“military”) format. 4 When you have set the values, press ENTER. The DM-4800 shows a confirmatory pop-up message (Date change was applied). The calendar in the DM-4800 takes account of the different month lengths, including leap years (valid up to and including the year 2099—you may want to consider an upgrade after that time!). More seriously, the clock is backed up by the DM- 4800’s internal battery. This battery should last for several years. In the event of the battery running low, (you can use the UTILITY/SYSTEM screen to check), consult your TASCAM supplier. Use the MIXER NAME field to the right of the date and time field to set this value. This name will be shown on the screen of the TASCAM Mixer Companion software to identify the unit. 1 With the ALT indicator lit, press PROJECT so that the NEW PROJECT page is shown: Figure 2.31: The NEW PROJECT page TASCAM DM-4800 User’s Manual 35