186 8.3 Syncing to SMPTE Of the seven types of signals which the MPC60 can sync to, only three are used to sync to tape: SMPTE, FSK24 and 1/4 NOTE CLICKS. Of these, SMPTE has the greatest advantages and should therefore be used as the standard method of tape sync for all new recordings using the MPC60. SMPTE time code may only be generated by the MPC60 when it is not playing. Before recording your song to tape, record SMPTE time code onto one channel of the multi-track tape recorder. To record the SMPTE track: 1. Connect the SYNC OUT jack of the MPC60 to the input of a track of your multi-track tape recorder. 2. To access the GENERATE SMPTE screen, press TEMPO/SYNC, then the soft key, then the soft key and the following screen will appear: 3. Set the START fields to 00:00:00:00. 4. Set the FRAMES/SEC field to "30" (U.S. and Japan) or "25" (Europe and U.K). The other types of SMPTE are used for specific purposes. If you are unsure of which type to use, check the above descriptions of each type to match it to your application. 5. To set the recording level, press (this will start the SMPTE generation), then set the recording level of the tape recorder to -3 dB. 6. Press (this will stop the SMPTE generation). 7. Place the tape recorder in record mode. 8. Press to start generating SMPTE time code. 9. Wait until enough time has passed to allow for the total duration of your song, then press (this will stop SMPTE generation) and stop the tape recorder. 10. Your tape now contains the SMPTE code.
Section 8: Syncing to tape and other devices 187 To play back a sequence in sync to SMPTE: 1. Connect the output of the tape recorder track you have just recorded to the SYNC INPUT of the MPC60. 2. From the PLAY/R,ECORD screen, select the sequence which you intend to record to tape. 3. Press the TEMPO/SYNC key and the tempo screen will appear: 4. Set the TEMPO SOURCE SELECT field to SEQUENCE. This causes the MPC60 to use the tempo setting stored within the sequence, so that it will always be remembered even if the sequence is saved to disk and later recalled. It is important for the MPC60 to remember the tempo setting because the SMPTE time code does not provide its own tempo. 5. Set the FRAMES/SEC field to the same frame rate as the SMPTE time code which is going to be received. If set to a different frame rate, the playing tempo will be inaccurate. 6. Press the soft key, and the sync screen will appear: 7. Move the cursor to the upper left field, MODE and select the option SMPTE. 8. Move the cursor to the SEQUENCE STARTS AT SMPTE# field and enter the number of the incoming SMPTE location you want your sequence to start at. If you don't know, use 00:00:10:00.00. This will cause your sequence to start at a location 10 seconds after the start of the SMPTE code you recorded in the example above. This will allow you to record some additional parts to that first 10 seconds if you later decide to. This setting only applies to the active sequence, so be sure that the sequence you intend to use is selected before setting this parameter. 9. Press the MAIN SCREEN key. 10. Set all levels to record the MPC60 to tape. 11. Start the tape recorder recording from a point just before the beginning of the SMPTE time code. Once the time code has