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BUSS Recording

The second recording mode is the BUSS REC mode. This recording mode is mainly used to: * Record sounds while applying equalizer and built-in effects; and * Record (ping-pong recording, etc.) signals mixed on multiple channels on two or one track. This mode is used to record signals sent to the REC BUSS, that is the recording buss, after the input signal or track play sound is processed through the mixer and level tuned or equalized. Built-in effect signals can also be sent to the REC BUSS, therefore, sounds applied with an effect can also be recorded. The channels sent to REC BUSS are called SOURCE. The REC BUSS comes with L/R 2-channels, therefore, it is possible to simultaneously BUSS REC either 2 or 1 track.
CH STATUS/CH SEL CH STATUS ORANGE INPUT RED REC GREEN PLAY OFF MUTE RECALL CLEAR

SCENE STORE

MUTE EQ/COMP HI-G/F/Q

Playback sound

FADER CH VIEW

INPUT A-H

INPUT 1/9/A 2/10/B 3/11/C 4/12/D 5/13/E 6/14/F 7/15/G BAL UNBAL INSERT 8/16/H UNBAL BAL INSERT

A B C D E F G H

Input signal

TRIM A-H

LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK LINE MIC PEAK

RECORDER

1 ~ 16 Track Mix and record to 1 or 2 tracks

REC BUSS

RECORDER 1~16 Track
Regardless of whether executing DIRECT or BUSS recording, you must select recording sources and recording tracks. You can select them using the following keys, depending on the recording mode (DIRECT or BUSS) you are using.
[INPUT SEL] key [DIRECT REC TRK] key
The following figure shows that track 1 is armed (READY), so that input A signal can be recorded on track 1.

INPUT SEL

DIRECT REC TRK

INT MIXDOWN

For BUSS recording:
[INPUT SEL], [BUSS-SOURCE] and [BUSS-REC TRK] keys are used. [INPUT SEL] key
To make "BUSS recording" of input signals, press the [INPUT SEL] key and set source signals to inputs by pressing the [CH STATUS/CH SEL] keys of channels 9 through 16. In the following figure, the source for channel 16 is set to input H.

[BUSS-SOURCE] key

[BUSS-REC TRK] key

For DIRECT recording:

[INPUT SEL] and [DIRECT REC TRK] keys are used. [INPUT SEL] key
The [INPUT SEL] key is used to select the channel sources between the recorder's output signals (TRACK) and input signals (INPUT). Pressing the [INPUT SEL] key displays the input select screen. Initially, after turning on the VF160EX power (power on default), this screen looks as below, in which all channel sources are set to recorder's output signals. For DIRECT recording, without changing the setting of the screen above, press the [DIRECT REC TRK] key and specify the recording tracks. This setting is also used for track bouncing via the BUSS recording mode.

AUTO PLAY

AUTO RETURN

AUTO REPEAT

33. [AUTO PUNCH-IN/MARK2] Key
* This key is used to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved at the recording start point (PUNCH IN POINT) when executing auto punch in/out, paste or erase. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved in [MARK2]. * This can be used as Locate Memory.
* Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to turn ON/OFF the scene sequence. When scene sequence is switched on, the normal display section S** will change to reversed black and white display.

40. [HOLD/>] Key

* This key is used to hold the parameter (time or BAR/ BEAT/CLK) when the key is pressed. The parameter is simultaneously displayed and is editable. * When this key is pressed at editing of the value, the digit can be moved to the right or below, and if this key is pressed while pressing on the [SHIFT] key, it can be moved to the left or above.
34. [AUTO PUNCH-OUT/MARK3] Key
* This key is used to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved at the recording end point (PUNCH OUT POINT) when executing auto punch in/out or erase. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved in [MARK3]. * This can be used as Locate Memory.

41. [STORE] Key

* This key is used to store the edited parameters (time or BAR/BEAT/CLK) to the editing point (AUTO PUNCH POINT, etc.), MARK point, LOCATE MEMORY, etc.
35. [AUTO RTN-END/MARK4] Key
* This key is used to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved at the end point (AUTO RETURN END POINT) when executing auto return or auto repeat. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved in [MARK4]. * This can be used as Locate Memory.

42. [EDIT] Key

* This key is used to copy, past and edit the sound. The following 5 types of sound editing types are possible. a. [Copy Clip] b. [Move Clip] c. [Copy Paste] or [Move Paste] d. [Erase] e. [Track Exchange]
36. [CLIPBOARD-IN/MARK5] Key
* This key is used to CHECK/CHANGE the parameter saved at the start point (CLIPBOARD IN POINT) when copying from or pasting to the clipboard. * Press this key while the [SHIFT] key is depressed to CHECK/CHANGE the parameters saved in [MARK5]. * This can be used as Locate Memory.

43. [UNDO/REDO] Key

6. Press the [EXIT/NO] key (or [STOP] key) to escape from the SETUP mode.
The Normal Display appears indicating the beginning of the program (P01) that is automatically created after formatting the hard disk.
When the hard disk is successfully formatted (formatting completed), the number of sectors and noncontiguous sectors are shown after formatted, then Completed! lights up. Formatting is completed instantaneously if either Erase or Quick is selected and executed. For this reason, the Completed! message lights up without showing the progress status while formatting is taking place.

Replacing a hard disk

<Operation Confirmed HD & Backup Media List for the VF160EX>
The updated information on the operation-confirmed HD and backup media for VF160EX is mentioned in the following Fostex international web site.
<http: // www. fostex.co.jp/int/index.htm>
For those who are unable to check our web site, please contact the Fostex distributor in your territory.

<Warning>

This section describes the procedures to replace the hard disk. However, we recommended that the customer ask the Fostex Customer Service Department to replace the VF160EX hard disk. Note that the product is not warranted for any malfunctions that may occur after the customer replaces the hard disk on their own. Also note that Fostex will not be held liable for any accidents that may occur during the replacement process or any hard disk damages, if the customer decides to replace their own hard disk on their own.
<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. * Always place the hard disk on a flat and stable platform during the replacement process. Place a soft cloth under the unit to protect the product from scratching. Gloves are recommended to prevent any hand injuries.
<Precautions Upon Handling the Hard Disk>
* A hard disk is an extremely sensitive precision device. Never expose the hard disk to strong shocks when replacing, assembling or handling. Never leave the hard disk by a device that generates strong magnetic fields. * Always set the DIP switch and Jumper of the newly assembled hard disk to the [Cable Select] setting. The hard disk will not operate normally if the setting is set to [MASTER] or [SLAVE] when the hard disk is assembled. Refer to the Users Manual of the hard disk for more details on the DIP switch and Jumper settings. * Note that the connector of some hard disks may be stiff, and thus make it difficult or impossible to insert or connect. Never apply excessive force to insert the connector in such case. Always make a point to gently insert the connector. Failure to do so may result in unexpected injuries or damage the hard disk.

That head is located for all time bases.
Press the [F FWD] key while the [STOP] key is depressed to locate the REC end time of the last recording (REC END).
This is a convenient feature to search the end of a song or to find out how long a song is.
Press the [RECORD] key while the [STOP] key is depressed to locate the start time of the last recording.
It will locate to ABS 0 if recording had not been executed even once after switch on of power.
Locating a mark point using a Memory Key and Mark Key
The VF160EX provides seven keys for registering time information. These are called memory keys. You can register two time data for each memory key. One is mark memory point data, used for locate functions. The other is time data, which is used for track editing functions such as auto return, auto punch in/out and copy/ paste. However, you can also use the latter one for locate functions, when you do not use track editing functions. Therefore, when you do not use track editing functions, you can store up to 14 locate memory points, while you can store up to 7 memory points when using track editing functions. The table on the next page shows the data stored for each memory key. You can do this operation in any time base.
The following details are saved in each Memory Key.
START AUTO RTN AUTO PUNCH IN OUT END IN CLIPBOARD ALIGN SEL OUT

4 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. See Copy/paste and Move/paste on page 73 for details.
[AUTO RTN-START/MARK 1] Key: -> START point and MARK 1 memory. [AUTO PUNCH-IN/MARK 2] Key: -> PUNCH IN point and MARK 2 memory. [AUTO PUNCH-OUT/MARK 3] Key: -> PUNCH OUT point and MARK 3 memory. [AUTO RTN-END/MARK 4] Key: -> END point and MARK 4 memory. [CLIPBOARD-IN/MARK 5] Key: -> CLIP IN point and MARK 5 memory. [CLIPBOARD-ALIGN SEL/MARK 6] Key: -> ALIGN SEL point and MARK 6 memory. [CLIPBOARD-OUT/MARK 7] Key: -> CLIP OUT point and MARK 7 memory.
Saving on the Memory key and Mark key
1. Ensure the system is in the PLAY or STOP status. Press the [HOLD/>] key at the time to save.
The time is held on the LCD at the point the [HOLD/>] key is pressed.
2. Press the [LOCATE] key.
This allows Direct Location to the time shown.

Tips: PREROLL

* MANUAL PUNCH IN/OUT using the key on the main unit
This feature is used for rough recordings. Manual punch in/out is not recommended during a performance since the process requires using your hands.
* PUNCH IN/OUT using the foot switch
Recording is possible even during a performance since all punch in/out processes are controlled from the foot switch.

* AUTO PUNCH IN/OUT

Detailed recording is possible since recording takes place with the punch in/out time preset (programmed) prior to the recording.
Use the [DIRECT-REC TRK] key to put the track to record in the READY mode. The [TRIM] must be adjusted to an optimal gain according to the input monitor. When this is set, do the following:

Manual Punch IN/OUT

Press [RECORD] key while holding the [PLAY] key. (Punch In)

Recording Track

2. Press the [PLAY] key from the point immediately before starting the recording, then playback.
Press the [PLAY] key only. (Punch Out)
3. Recording starts by stepping on the foot switch (punch in). 4. Recording is canceled and playback takes place when the foot switch is stepped on again (punch out). Tips: Rehearsal
Step on the foot switch while the [STOP] key is depressed to start rehearsing the recording (Rhrsl On will appear on the LCD then RHSL will light ON).

Playback

Record
1. Press the [PLAY] key from the point immediately before starting the recording and then playback. 2. Press the [RECORD] key while the [PLAY] key is depressed to start recording (punch in). 3. Recording is canceled and playback takes place if only the [PLAY] key is pressed (punch out).
Punch IN/OUT with Foot switch
Step on the foot switch. (Punch In) Step on the foot switch again. (Punch Out)
Rehearsal instructions are the same as recording with the foot switch. However, stepping on the foot switch will go to input monitor, and stepping on it again will cancel it. To cancel the rehearsal mode, step on the foot switch again while the [STOP] key is depressed (Rhrsl Off will appear on the LCD then RHSL will light OFF).
1. Connect a Fostex Model 8051 foot switch to the [FOOT SW] jack on the rear panel of the VF160EX.
Tips: Foot Switch Use the optional Fostex Model 8051 or a universal foot switch of the unlatched type.

L21 SoloVOCAL L22 Arena VOC L23 Arena CHO L24 KARAOKE L25 MnDL-HALL L26 MnDL-PLT L27 PnDL-HALL L28 PnDL-PLT
REVERB REVERB REVERB REVERB DLY+REVERB DLY+REVERB DLY+REVERB DLY+REVERB
Effect types preset for EFF 2
Name L01 ~ L28 Parameter type Explanation
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 L30 PanDELAY L31 MonoBpmDL L32 PanBpmDL L33 Short DL L34 DOUBLING L35 CHORUS L36 FLANGE L37 MonoPITCH L38 DlyPITCH
DELAY DELAY BPM DELAY BPM DELAY SHORT DELAY DOUBLING CHORUS FLANGE MONO PITCH DELAY PITCH
Mono delay Panning delay Mono delay. Specify BPM and note value to set the delay time. Panning delay. Specify BPM and note value to set the delay time. Short delay that allows you to set the delay time precisely. Doubling that allows you to set separate delay times for L and R. Produces a chorus effect. A doubling effect can also be added. Produces a flanging effect. Pitch shift adjustable in a +/-2 octave range. Pitch shift with a feedback delay, allowing strange effects to be produced.
< Note: Changing the effect preset may mute the sound momentarily! >
Effect presets of the internal effect processor shown above are classified into three types; ambience/ delay type (No.1 through 28), modulation/pitch type (No.29 through 36) and pitch type (No.37 and 38). If you switch the effect preset between the three types above, the audio is momentarily muted.
Selecting the effect type
Here's how to select the effect type for EFF 1 or EFF 2. When the [EFF 2] key is pressed:
With the initial settings, L35: CHORUS will appear.

EFF EDIT EFF1 EFF2

Press this to set the effect type for EFF 1.
Press this to set the effect type for EFF 2.
2. Use the [JOG] dial to select the effect type.
* As described earlier in "Basic Recording and Play back," raise the CHANNEL fader of a channel to which a signal is being input and raise the MASTER fader, so that the sound is heard at an appropriate level. * As described earlier in "Setting the effect send level," raise the EFF 1 SEND level or the EFF 2 SEND level for the channel(s) to which you wish to apply the effect. The effect types listed in the foregoing tables will appear in succession. When an effect type appears, it will be blinking. The blinking indicates that the effect type has not yet been selected.

2. While S flashes, enter 03 using [JOG] dial and press the [STORE] key.
Hit Any Memory Keys! appears on the display.

ABS 0=00M 00S 00F 00SF

REC END=05M 00S 00F 00SF

5 minutes

REC END 05M 03S 00F 00SF

ABS 0 00M 00S 00F 00SF

00M 03S 00F 00SF
To edit another field than "second", use the [HOLD/>] key (or [REWIND]/[F FWD] keys) to flash the appropriate point.
As we mentioned earlier, if you make an audio CD in this condition, data after the CLIPBOARD OUT point will not be recorded. Therefore, you have to set the CLIPBOARD OUT point to the REC END point.
3. Press the [AUTO PUNCH IN] key.
Now the [AUTO PUNCH IN] key holds 00M 03S 00F 00SF as the auto punch-in point, and the display returns to the Normal display.
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.
The REC END point is now registered as the CLIPBOARD OUT point. The display returns to the Normal display.
By changing the CLIPBOARD OUT point, you can now create an audio CD without loosing the last part.
When mixdown starts from non-ABS 0
You can make a silence at the beginning of a program which is not mixed down from ABS 0 by setting the CLIPBOARD IN point appropriately. In the following description, we assumed that the current program is a 5-minute length program which is mixed down from ABS 00M 10S 00F 00SF, in which the [CLIPBOARD IN] and [CLIPBOARD OUT] keys hold 00M 10S 00F 00SF and 05M 10S 00F 00SF respectively, and audio immediately starts from 00M 10S 00F 00SF. And you are now going to create a 3-second silent space at the beginning of the song.
Change the CLIPBOARD IN point.
1. When the unit stopped, press the [CLIPBOARD IN] key.
The time registered with the [CLIPBOARD IN] key is shown (in this tutorial, ABS 00M 10S 00F 00SF), and S on the display flashes, showing that you can now edit the second field.
2. While S flashes, enter 07 using the [JOG] dial. 3. Press the [STORE] key followed by the [CLIPBOARD IN] key.
00M 07S 00F 00SF is registered with the CLIPBOARD IN point. Now you made a 3-second silent space at the beginning of the song by changing the CLIPBOARD IN point.
See Making an audio CD in Save/load using CD-RW/CD-R described later for details about how to make an audio CD from the mixed-down song.
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.

2. When the sequence software stops, MTC will be interrupted and the VF160EX will also stop.
CHASE in the display will change from lit to blinking.
3. During FF/REW of the sequence software, the VF160EX will remain stopped but upon starting to record, the VF160EX will immediately chase lock.
Should it not be possible to chase lock, re-check connections/cables and all settings.

<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 equipment from the VF160EX, it will not be able to follow the speed difference (MTC speed difference of the master) of the VF160EX and the external digital equipment, in some cases, may not be able to input a continuous digital signal. As a counter measure, the sync signal should be set to Free by the Slave mode setting menu. Using this setting, the VF160EX will enter self operation by the internal clock, after completion of chase lock, and it will be possible to supply a stable digital signal to the external equipment. Under this setting, when MTC drift between the master recorder and slave recorder exceeds 10 frames, the VF160EX will assume that chase lock has been disengaged and the slave recorder will carry out position matching again with the master unit (re-chase operation). During the re-chase operation, sound output will be muted and the digital signal will also be interrupted. If it is within 10 frames, the slave recorder will continue to run while admitting this drift.
1. Carry out various recordings while the recorder is chase locked to the sequence software.
Chase lock of the VF160EX by MTC only is permissible when speed difference of the MTC from the master is within +/- 5.6%. Against the MTC within this range, variable pitch will be constantly applied internally for chasing. Chase lock, however, will not function against MTC at a speed difference outside this range. Also, when the master speed difference is large, it is advised to let the VF160EX learn the master speed by entering PLAY prior to recording. By doing so, it will be lock faster from the second and later sessions.
Application 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; A monitor mixer for the audio tracks of the personal computer. Channel faders 1 through 8 act in that capacity. A/D converters for converting analog instrument signals to digital signals which are then sent to the personal computer. Finally, a monitor mixer for MIDI sound sources. Channel faders 9 through 14 act in the capacity. All the signals above can be simultaneously recorded to tracks 1 through 16.

The "Adat Mixer Mode" can only be used via DIRECT recording. It cannot be used with BUSS recording. If an attempt is made to activate the "Adat Mixer Mode" when the recording mode is set to the BUSS mode, the display will show "Rec Mode Change!" with a flashing "Sure?". If you press the [ENTER/YES] key, the recording mode changes to the DIRECT mode and activates the "Adat Mixer Mode". If you press the [EXIT/NO] key, "Adat Mixer Mode" will be canceled and the recording mode will remain the same. Tracks set to "IN (input) via "INPUT SEL" selection (IN or TRK) will not be input monitor mode when the "Adat Mixer Mode" is active.

adat OUT adat OUT

BAL 7/15/G UNBAL INSERT BAL 8/16/H UNBAL MON OUT INSERT L R PHONES
INPUT 1/9/A 2/10/B 3/11/C 4/12/D 5/13/E 6/14/F

adat IN

Computer System with a MIDI/audio integrated software supporting MMC/MTC and a sound card equipped with the Adat optical input.
Control the monitor levels of audio tracks 1 through 8 of the personal computer.
Adjusts the master level. Control the monitor levels of MIDI sound sources. Control the monitor levels of analog instruments.
1. Set both "digital input" and "digital output" settings in the Setup mode to "adat".
See pages 141 and 142 for details about settings.
2. Connect the MIDI OUT connectors of the personal computer to the MIDI IN connectors of the MIDI sound source device and the VF160EX, and connect MIDI sound sources to the VF160EX inputs 1 through 6. 3. Connect analog sound sources (such as mic, guitar, etc.) to inputs 7 and 8. 4. Connect the VF160EX [MIDI OUT] connector to the [MIDI IN] connector of the personal computer, and feed MTC from the VF160EX to the computer.
2. When the Normal display is shown, press the [INPUT SEL] key while holding down the [SHIFT] key to make the "Adat Mixer Mode" active.
1. Connect the VF160EX [DATA IN] and [DATA OUT] connectors respectively to the adat IN and adat OUT connectors of the personal computer containing a sound card.

Chain play function

The chain play function allows you to play back programs in order according to the chain play list. As examples in figure 1, you can play back programs in order of program number or in desired order.
playing back in program order

Program 1

Program 2

Program 3

Program 4
playing back in random order

Program 5

Program 8
You can play the whole (i.e. from ABS 0 to REC END) of each program in the chain play list as shown in figure 2, as well as a desired part(*) of each program as shown in figure 3. (*) A desired part can be specified as a range between the Auto Return Start and Auto Return End points. Therefore, if a program does not have both the Auto Return Start and End points which are correctly set, the whole program (from ABS 0 to REC END) is played back. See page 35 of the owners manual for details about how to set the Auto Return Start and End points.

Program 99 (P01)

Current drive of the VF160EX
The data loading using a CD-R/RW drive is taken place after a new program is created in the current drive (the load destination). You cannot overwrite an existing program with the loaded data. The newly created program is numbered the next number to the highest existing program number.
Trk 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &7 & 8 & 9 & 10 & 11 & 12 & 13 & 14 & 15 & 16 & 17 & 18 & 19 & 20 & 21 & 23 & 24 Load Program 1 (P01) Program 2 (P02) New Program

Creating an audio CD

You can make an audio CD by recording sound data of tracks 1 and 2 between the CLIPBOARD IN point and CLIPBOARD OUT point to a CD-RW/CD-R disc.

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. The unit never overwrites the existing program.
Saving data using a CD-R/RW drive (Backup)
The following description is assumed that a non-recorded CD-R/RW disc is used.
Do not carry out any VF160EX key operation until the access process to the CD-RW/CD-R disc is completed.

Flashing Recorded space

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.
The display shows the screen for selecting the setup menu.
3. Use the [JOG] dial to select (highlight) Save PGM and press the [ENTER/YES] key.
The display shows the screen for selecting a save device, where IDE is flashing.
By rotating the [JOG] dial, you can select a desired program number/title from among available programs in the VF160EX current drive. The recorded space of the selected program is also shown. If you select a program which requires more than one disc for saving, the display shows the required number of discs (see the screen example below).

Number of discs

6. After selecting a program, press the [ENTER/YES] key.
The display shows the screen as below.
4. While IDE flashing, press the [ENTER/YES] key.
Press the [ENTER/YES] key to display the CD-R/RW drive name, and then changes to the save mode select screen where "Bkup" (Backup) flashes. To save (backup) song data, select BkUp. To make an audio CD, select CD-DA or Setup. This procedure describes how to save song data, so we select BkUp here. See making an audio CD described later for details about how to make an audio CD.
In the example above, the selected program data will be saved to a CD-RW/CD-R disc with the backup number B01. The program title is copied to the backup title (you can not edit it). By rotating the [JOG] dial when the above screen is shown, you can also select Eject, besides B01. If you select Eject and then press the [ENTER/YES] key, the disc will be ejected.

7. While B01 is shown, press the [ENTER/YES] key.
The VF160EX starts the save operation. The recorded space shown on the display is counted down while the save operation progresses. It will take some time for saving all data. The following display example shows that the data of the selected program number is being saved to the backup number B01.
5. While BkUp flashing, press the [ENTER/YES] key.
The display shows the screen for selecting a program to be saved (the program number of the selected program flashes).
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.

<Hint 1>

In the description for saving data above, we assume to use a non-recorded CD-RW/CD-R disc. If you use a recorded disc (including a disc on which computer data is recorded), also note the following. By performing step 5 in the save operation procedure shown above (While BkUp is flashing, press the [ENTER/YES] key.) When a recorded disc is inserted, the display shows a warning message, followed by the confirmation screen (where Sure? flashes). With this screen, you can choose whether erasing the recorded data or ejecting the disc.
When saving data to more than one disc, the first disc will be ejected when it is full (i.e. there is no more recording space on the disc), while Insert Disk! appears on the screen. After inserting the second disc, the VF160EX automatically resumes the save operation. After completing the save operation, the final disc is ejected and the above screen appears. (See <Note> below).
To erase the existing (recorded) data
8. Press the [EXIT/NO] key (or the [STOP] key) to exit the Setup mode.
Press the [ENTER/YES] key while both ERASE and Sure? are flashing. The display shows the screen below and the VF160EX starts erasing the disc. As the erase process progresses, the number of flashing * increases from left to right.
<Note for saving data to more than one disc>
If you save data to more than one disc, we recommend to put a number on each disc in the saving order (such as DISC-1, DISC-2, etc.) so that you will easily know the order for inserting discs when loading data.
Increases as the process progresses.
You cannot abort the save operation before completed. Especially during the save operation to more than one disc, if you happen to press the [EXIT/NO] key while removing or inserting a disc, you have to redo the save operation from the beginning with the first disc.
Immediately after completing erasing the disc, the display shows the same screen (for selecting a program to be saved) which appears after step 5 is performed. Hereafter, perform the same procedure as described above.
<Note> <About save error>
If an error occurs for some reason during the save operation, the error message as below appears. If it appears, press the [EXIT/NO] key. The display returns to the previous screen before performing the save operation. Note that saved data before the error message appears is all invalid. The erasure operation described above is the "quick erasure". The VF160EX only erases special areas (TOC, etc.) and does not erase data area. If you repeatedly encounter a read error after carrying out the erasure operation above, try to carry out "full erasure" described on the next page.

Having trouble Editing?

A warning message appears although it was only execution of copy-clip (or move-clip) ?
Correctly register the CLIPBOARD IN and OUT points.
The relation between CLIPBOARD IN point and OUT point is "IN point<OUT point". If it is registered in reverse relationship, copy-clip (or move-clip) cannot be executed.
When copy paste (or move paste) is executed, the sound section located before head of the bar is missing?
Use the ALIGN SEL function.
If the "ALIGN SEL" function is used at executing copy paste (or move paste), the sound section located in front of the bar head can be included at pasting. Refer to page 74 for details.
MIDI Implementation Chart
(Digital Multitracker) Model VF160EX
Function.. Basic Channel Default Changed Default Message Altered Note Number: Velocity X X X X ******************************** X True Voice Note ON Note OFF Keys Channels ******************************** X X X X X X

Transmitted

X X X X X X X X X X X X X

Date: Version: V1.00

Recognized

Remarks

After Touch Pitch Bend

Control Change

Program Change System Exclusive
X True # ******************************** (rem. 1)

X X (rem. 2)

: Quarter Frame Common : Song Position : Song Select : Tune System Real Time : Clock : Commands (rem. 3) X X X X X X X
: Local ON/OFF : All Notes OFF Aux. Message : Active Sense : Reset

X X X X

rem.1: MMC (Device ID=00~99, 127), MTC, Identity reply rem.2: MMC (Device ID=00~99, 127), MTC, Inquiry rem.3: START, STOP, CONTINUE
Mode 1: OMNI ON, POLY Mode 3: OMNI OFF, POLY
Mode 2: OMNI ON, MONO Mode 4: OMNI OFF, MONO

: Yes X: No

MMC Command List
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 47: SHUTTLE 4C: MOVE 4D: ADD 4E: SUBTRACT STOP PLAY DEFERRED PLAY F FWD REWIND REC PUNCH OUT STOP
Refer to MMC Response/Information Field List Refer to MMC Response/Information Field List Refer to MMC Response/Information Field List

Movement (Recorder)

LOCATE to Setting Data CUE/REVIEW (+/- 1~60 times) CUE/REVIEW (+/- 1~60 times)
MMC Response/Information Field List 01: SELECTED TIME CODE 03: REQUESTED OFFSET 04: ACTUAL OFFSET 08: GP 0 09: GP 1 0A: GP 2 0B: GP 3 0C: GP 4 0D: GP 5 0E: GP 6 0F: GP 7 48: MOTION CONTROL TALLY 4C: RECORD MODE 4E: TRACK RECORD STATUS 4F: TRACK RECORD READY 51: RECORD MONITOR

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VF160 Digital Power T ool

Main Features

An internal CD-RW drive the CD-1A. .WAV file import/export via internal CD-RW ADAT Mixer Mode when using PC/Mac-based audio/midi software and an ADAT audio card, the VF160 can be used as a full function mixer with its high-quality mic amps, digital EQ and effects processing available for inputs and simultaneous monitoring of the audio on the PC, each with its own fader. Scrub Zoom allows zooming-in of the current waveform display by up to 16 times, so that editing points can now be selected more precisely. Fader Pairing allows channels be paired or ganged in stereo sets i.e. Ch 1-2, 5-6, etc. and have the stereo level controlled by the odd numbered respective fader. Channel Solo allows any number of channels to be placed into solo mode quickly and easily. In addition to individual track and 8 track modes, Track Exchange is now enhanced to include stereo pair exchange. BPM Delay will automatically calculate the feedback time of the delay according to any change of tempo as designated in the tempo map. Event Map Locate allows instant access to points displayed on the Event Map Screen. Locate to Last Rec Point will instantly return to the point where the last recording began.

Record. Mix. Burn.

Heres the next generation hard disk 16-track digital recording/editing/mixing/CD mastering power tool all wrapped up in one easy-to-use package. Based on the popular VF-16, the VF160 comes standard with a built-in CD-RW so you can burn CDs directly in the unit! No options, no gimmicks - simply record, master, and let it burn. The recording engine features a total of 16 tracks plus 8 virtual tracks for recording additional takes. The simultaneous 16-track recording to a large capacity 20GB internal E-IDE hard disk gives you hours of record time on all 16 tracks all under the control of Fostexs clever FDMS-3 technology. This technology enables more efficient disk and CPU usage so you get more recording track minutes per drive all without data compression, and with faster editing and DSP operations.

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Specifications
REC/PLAY Recording media Recording format Internal E-IDE 3.5 hard disk FDMS-3 (Fostex Disk Management System-3 ver. 1) Sampling frequency Quantization ADC DAC Recording time Number of tracks 44.1kHz 16bit linear (non compressed) 20bit 64-time oversampling Delta/Sigma 24bit 128-time oversampling Delta/Sigma depends on the HD capacity 16 tracks + 8 additional tracks maximum 16 track play and simultaneous recording Pitch control Crossfade Frequency response Dynamic range T.H.D Crosstalk Equalizer +/- 6% 10ms 20Hz 20kHz 88dB or more 0.01% (typical) 60dB or more @1kHz <Lo> 400Hz +/- 18dB (Shelving) <Mid> 500Hz 20.2kHz +/-18dB (Parametric) <Hi> 500Hz 20.2kHz +/-18dB (Parametric, Shelving)
The VF160 also provides easy-to-operate nondestructive editing with a waveform display and newly added zoom feature for precise waveform editing. The VF160s superb digital mixer provides 60mm faders for all 16 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mid & high on all 16 channels, master EQ, channel and master compressors, 8 mic inputs (2 with XLR, inserts & phantom power), ADAT optical I/O, two effect sends and two aux sends per channel (switchable pre/post), and 99mix Scene Memory. Plus, the VF160 comes with two independent multi effect DSPs including a pre-set library with great sounding algorithms. Affordably priced, easy to use, and with hours of record time, the all-in-one complete digital recording solution just got a whole lot better. Check it out today at your Fostex Dealer.
INPUTS/OUTPUTS Input (A-H) Connector 6mm TRS phone jack (unbalanced) Level -50dBV (mic) - +2dBV (line), variable Impedance 50k ohm or more Input (G, H) Connector XLR3-31 type (balanced) +48V phantom power & 6mm TRS phone jack (balanced) Level -50dBu (mic) - +2dBu (line), variable Impedance 1k ohm or more (XLR) 50k ohm or more (phone) Insert x 2 Connector 6mm TRS phone jack (TIP: output / RING: input) Load Impedance 10k ohm or more Input/Output Level -10dBV Monitor Out (L, R) Connector 6mm phone jack (unbalanced) Load Impedance 10k ohm or more Level -10dBV Headphone Connector 6mm stereo phone jack Impedance 8 ohm or more Max. output 20mW or more@ 32 AUX Send (1/2) connector 6mm TRS phone jack (TIP: send 1 / RING: send 2) Load Impedance 10k ohm or more Level -10dBV Stereo Out (L, R) Connector RCA pin jack Load Impedance 10k ohm or more Output Level -10dBV Footswitch Digital In/Out Connector MIDI In/Out 6mm phone jack (Optional Model 8051) ADAT optical / S/P DIF 2 x DIN 5 pin / MIDI Standard

Distributor / Authorized Dealer

www.fostex.com

Fostex America 15431 Blackburn Avenue Norwalk, CA 90650 T 562.921.1112 Fax: 562.802.1964 el: Fostex Corporation, 3-2-35 Musashino, Akishima, T okyo, Japan 196-0021 T +81 (0)42-546-4974 Fax: +81 (0)42-546-9222 el: 2002 Fostex America
In accordance with our policy of continuous development, we reserve the right to change specifications without notice. All trademarks respected.

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