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Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
joseph 12:21am on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 
Outstanding I am absolutely delighted with the sound quality. The device is remarkably simple to use. An outstanding product!
JiggerLova 4:43am on Friday, August 13th, 2010 
(Edited May 02nd by eubrewer) Wishing to add audio to my photographic soundshows, I purchased this unit for approximately $300 dollars online.
HumanConcepts 10:06am on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 
Compact - not much bigger than an ipod/Treo...  Very easy and intuitive user interface makes navigation a snap. Slightly bulkier than the R09. Compact - not much bigger than an ipod/Treo. Very easy and intuitive user interface makes navigation a snap Slightly bulkier than the R09. Compact - not much bigger than an ipod/Treo. Very easy and intuitive user interface makes navigation a snap Slightly bulkier than the R09.
rcarring 3:03am on Sunday, July 11th, 2010 
Not worth the price I bought the cover and stand as protection for my unit, but to be honest, Im very disappointed with the quality of the stand.
VBayley 2:09am on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 
I am so impressed with this little recorder. Size, capacitates 4 GB SD card, .WAV and MP3 formats at various qualities Limited inputs.
AJMcMenemy 1:29pm on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 
this recording device is what musicians like myself have been waiting for. easy to operate,very good sound,directions are easy to understand. I believe this product is one of the better recorders out there. Great Sound, very good range.
Aragaith 8:44am on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 
Awesome I am so very pleased with this device. I have the Version 2 model. Essential protection This case is big enough to hold the the recorder in its optional leather cover.

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To resize thickness, move all items on the front cover to left or right
When you need repair service, call your nearest EDIROL/Roland Service Center or authorized EDIROL/Roland distributor in your country as shown below.


EDIROL Australia Pty. Ltd.
72 Central Avenue Oak Flats NSW 2529 AUSTRALIA TEL: (02)


Tom Lee Music Co., Ltd. Service Division
22-32 Pun Shan Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, HONG KONG TEL: 2415 0911


Roland Brasil Ltda
Rua San Jose, 780 Sala B Parque Industrial San Jose Cotia - Sao Paulo - SP, BRAZIL TEL: (011) 4615 5666


Intermusica Ltd.
Warehouse Area DEPO Pf.83 H-2046 Torokbalint, HUNGARY TEL: (23) 511011



Moon Stores

Bab Al Bahrain Road, P.O. Box 20077 State of BAHRAIN TEL: 211 005


EDIROL (Europe) Ltd.
Studio 3.Power Road London W4 5PY U. K. TEL: +44 (0)5949 FAX:+44 (0)5948 Deutschland TEL: 20 France TEL: 371 Italia TEL: 02 93778329
Rivera Digitec (India) Pvt. Ltd.
409, Nirman Kendra Mahalaxmi Flats Compound Off. Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Mumbai-400011, INDIA TEL: (022) 498 3079

Comercial Fancy II S.A.

Avenida Rancagua #0330 Providencia Santiago, CHILE TEL: 56-2-373-9100


Roland Ireland
Audio House, Belmont Court, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Republic of IRELAND TEL: (01) 2603501


Radex Sound Equipment Ltd.
17 Diagorou St., P.O. Box 2046, Nicosia CYPRUS TEL: (02) 453 426

VIDEO Broadcast S.A.

Portinari 199 (ESQ. HALS) San Borja, Lima 41 REP. OF PERU TEL: 51-14-758226

Roland Italy S. p. A.

Viale delle Industrie 8, 20020 Arese, Milano, ITALY TEL: (02) 937-78300


PT Citra IntiRama
J1. Cideng Timur No. 15J-150 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA TEL: (021) 6324170


No.41 Nike St.Dr.Shariyati Ave. Roberoye Cerahe Mirdamad Tehran, IRAN TEL: 285 4169

Owners Manual

Wed like to take a moment to thank you for purchasing the DA-2496 (Digital Audio Interface). This document explains how to set up the DA-2496 system. To avoid problems and enjoy optimal performance, please carefully follow the setup instructions described in this document.


Casa Veerkamp, s.a. de c.v.
Av. Toluca No. 323, Col. Olivar de los Padres 01780 Mexico D.F. MEXICO TEL: (525) 80


Roland Scandinavia Avd. Kontor Norge
Lilleakerveien 2 Postboks 95 Lilleaker N-0216 Oslo NORWAY TEL: 273 0074


EDIROL Corporation North America
425 Sequoia Drive, Suite 114 Bellingham, WA 98226 U. S. A. TEL: (360) 594-4276 FAX: (360) 594-4271

Cosmos Corporation

1461-9, Seocho-Dong, Seocho Ku, Seoul, KOREA TEL: (02) 3486-8855


Halilit P. Greenspoon & Sons Ltd.
8 Retzif Haaliya Hashnya St. Tel-Aviv-Yafo ISRAEL TEL: (03) 6823666


Todo Musica S.A.
Cuareim 1844, Montevideo, URUGUAY, CP11200 TEL: 5982-924-2335


P. P. H. Brzostowicz
UL. Gibraltarska 4. PL-03664 Warszawa POLAND TEL: (022) 19


140 & 142, Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA TEL: (03) 2144-3333


AMMAN Trading Agency
Prince Mohammed St. P.O. Box 825 Amman 11118 JORDAN TEL: (06) 4641200


Musicland Digital C.A.
Av. Francisco de Miranda, Centro Parque de Cristal, Nivel C2 Local 20 Caracas VENEZUELA TEL: (02) 285 9218


Tecnologias Musica e Audio, Roland Portugal, S.A.
Cais Das Pedras, 8/9-1 Dto 4050-465 PORTO PORTUGAL TEL: (022) 60
PHILIPPINES G.A. Yupangco & Co. Inc.


Al Fanny Trading Office
P.O. Box 2904, El Horrieh Heliopolos, Cairo, EGYPT TEL: (02) 4185531
339 Gil J. Puyat Avenue Makati, Metro Manila 1200, PHILIPPINES TEL: (02) 899 9801


Easa Husain Al-Yousifi
Abdullah Salem Street, Safat KUWAIT TEL: 5719499


Blk 3014, Bedok Industrial Park E, #02-2148, SINGAPORE 489980 TEL: 243 9555


Roland Austria GES.M.B.H.
Siemensstrasse 4, P.O. Box 74, A-6063 RUM, AUSTRIA TEL: (0512) 260


Piata Libertatii 1, RO-4200 Gheorgheni TEL: (066) 164-609


A. Chahine & Fils
P.O. Box 16-5857 Gergi Zeidan St. Chahine Building, Achrafieh Beirut, LEBANON TEL: (01) 335799


3-Bogatyrskaya Str. 1.k.l Moscow, RUSSIA TEL: 5043


Maison FO - YAM Marcel
25 Rue Jules Hermann, Chaudron - BP491 Ste Clotilde Cedex, REUNION ISLAND TEL: 16


Room 5, 9fl. No. 112 Chung Shan N.Road Sec.2, Taipei, TAIWAN, R.O.C. TEL: (02) 2561 3339
Houtstraat 3, B-2260, Oevel (Westerlo) BELGIUM TEL: (014) 575811
Badie Studio & Stores
P.O. Box 62, DOHA QATAR TEL: 423554
Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS (p. 2), USING THE UNIT SAFELY (p.3, 4), and IMPORTANT NOTES (p.5, 6). These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit. Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a good grasp of every feature provided by your new unit, this manual should be read in its entirety. The manual should be saved and kept on hand as a convenient reference.


Unauthorized changes or modification to this system can void the users authority to operate this equipment. This equipment requires shielded interface cables in order to meet FCC class B Limit.
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY Compliance Information Statement
Model Name : Type of Equipment : Responsible Party : Address : Telephone : DA-2496 Digital Audio Interface Edirol Corporation North America 425 Sequoia Drive, Suite 114, Bellingham, WA 98226 (360) 594-4276

For Canada

This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numrique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Rglement sur le matriel brouilleur du Canada.


Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of death or severe injury should the unit be used improperly. Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of injury or material damage should the unit be used improperly. * Material damage refers other adverse effects respect to the home furnishings, as well animals or pets. to damage or caused with and all its to domestic
The symbol alerts the user to important instructions or warnings.The specific meaning of the symbol is determined by the design contained within the triangle. In the case of the symbol at left, it is used for general cautions, warnings, or alerts to danger. The symbol alerts the user to items that must never be carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that must not be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it means that the unit must never be disassembled. The q symbol alerts the user to things that must be carried out. The specific thing that must be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it means that the powercord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.
Before using this unit, make sure to read the instructions below, and the Owners Manual...
Do not open or perform any internal modifications on the unit...
Do not attempt to repair the unit, or replace parts within it (except when this manual provides specific instructions directing you to do so). Refer all servicing to your retailer, the nearest Roland / EDIROL Service Center, or an authorized Roland / EDIROL distributor, as listed on the "Information" page...

When using the unit with a rack or stand recommended by Roland, the rack or stand must be carefully placed so it is level and sure to remain stable. If not using a rack or stand, you still need to make sure that any location you choose for placing the unit provides a level surface that will properly support the unit, and keep it from wobbling...
Make sure you always have the unit placed so it is level and sure to remain stable. Never place it on stands that could wobble, or on inclined surfaces...
Never use or store the unit in places that are: Subject to temperature extremes (e.g., direct sunlight in an enclosed vehicle, near a heating duct, on top of heat-generating equipment); or are Damp (e.g., baths, washrooms, on wet floors); or are Humid; or are Exposed to rain; or are Dusty; or are Subject to high levels of vibration...
The unit should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions, or as marked on the unit...
Do not excessively twist or bend the power cord, nor place heavy objects on it. Doing so can damage the cord, producing severed elements and short circuits. Damaged cords are fire and shock hazards!...
This unit should be used only with a rack or stand that is recommended by Roland...
This unit, either alone or in combination with an amplifier and headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for a long period of time at a high volume level, or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should immediately stop using the unit, and consult an audiologist...
The unit should be located so that its location or position does not interfere with its proper ventilation... Always grasp only the plug on the powersupply cord when plugging into, or unplugging from, an outlet or this unit... Try to prevent cords and cables from becoming entangled. Also, all cords and cables should be placed so they are out of the reach of children... Never climb on top of, nor place heavy objects on the unit...

107b 102b

Do not allow any objects (e.g., flammable material, coins, pins); or liquids of any kind (water, soft drinks, etc.) to penetrate the unit...
In households with small children, an adult should provide supervision until the child is capable of following all the rules essential for the safe operation of the unit...
Never handle the power cord or its plugs with wet hands when plugging into, or unplugging from, an outlet or this unit...
Protect the unit from strong impact. (Do not drop it!)...
Do not force the units power-supply cord to share an outlet with an unreasonable number of other devices. Be especially careful when using extension cordsthe total power used by all devices you have connected to the extension cords outlet must never exceed the power rating (watts/amperes) for the extension cord. Excessive loads can cause the insulation on the cord to heat up and eventually melt through...

Before moving the unit, disconnect the power plug from the outlet, and pull out all cords from external devices...
Before cleaning the unit, turn off the power and unplug the power cord from the outlet...
Whenever you suspect the possibility of lightning in your area, pull the plug on the power cord out of the outlet...
Before using the unit in a foreign country, consult with your retailer, the nearest Roland Service Center, or an authorized Roland distributor, as listed on the "Information" page...
Should you remove the optical connector caps and screws, make sure to put them in a safe place out of children's reach, so there is no chance of them being swallowed accidentally...
DO NOT play a CD-ROM disc on a conventional audio CD player. The resulting sound may be of a level that could cause permanent hearing loss. Damage to speakers or other system components may result...


In addition to the items listed under IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS and USING THE UNIT SAFELY on pages 3 and 4, please read and observe the following:

s Power Supply

Do not use this unit on the same power circuit with any device that will generate line noise (such as an electric motor or variable lighting system).
Before connecting this unit to other devices, turn off the power to all units. This will help prevent malfunctions and/or damage to speakers or other devices.

s Placement

Using the unit near power amplifiers (or other equipment containing large power transformers) may induce hum. To alleviate the problem, change the orientation of this unit; or move it farther away from the source of interference.
This device may interfere with radio and television reception. Do not use this device in the vicinity of such receivers.
Do not expose the unit to direct sunlight, place it near devices that radiate heat, leave it inside an enclosed vehicle, or otherwise subject it to temperature extremes. Excessive heat can deform or discolor the unit.
To avoid possible breakdown, do not use the unit in a wet area, such as an area exposed to rain or other moisture.

s Maintenance

For everyday cleaning wipe the unit with a soft, dry cloth or one that has been slightly dampened with water. To remove stubborn dirt, use a cloth impregnated with a mild, non-abrasive detergent. Afterwards, be sure to wipe the unit thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth.
Never use benzine, thinners, alcohol or solvents of any kind, to avoid the possibility of discoloration and/or deformation.

s Additional Precautions

Use a reasonable amount of care when using the units buttons, sliders, or other controls; and when using its jacks and connectors. Rough handling can lead to malfunctions.

s Internal digital mixer

The internal digital mixer can be controlled directly from the control panel of your computer. You can mix eight channels of input with audio data from your computer, and output the two-channel mix. The Direct Monitor function lets you monitor in real time without passing the data through your computer application.
s MIDI interface functionality
The DA-2496 provides a set of MIDI IN/OUT connectors, allowing it to be connected to MIDI devices for synchronization via MTC.
In order to use the MIDI functionality of the DA2496 on the Macintosh, you must install Opcode Corporations OMS 2.3.3. Use the DA-PCI Driver CD-ROM to install this. For details, refer to Driver installation and settings (p. 18).

s Included drivers

The included dedicated drivers for the DA-2496 support ASIO 2.0 for both Windows and Macintosh versions. A WDM drive for Windows 2000 is also included. You can enjoy enhanced performance with WDM-compatible applications such as SONAR, and ASIO-compatible applications such as Cubase and Logic. Of course, the DA-2496 can also be used with applications that support MME (Windows) or Sound Manager (Mac OS).
Names of things and what they do


s Front panel


1. Clock select switch
This switches between the DA-2496s own internal clock and an external clock. (p. 40)

2. LOCK indicator

This will light when word clock is being received correctly from the DA-PCI or another digital device.

3. INPUT 1/2

These are combo-type jacks that allow either phantom-powered XLR balanced connections or TRS balanced connections. Condenser mics or audio devices that provide TRS balanced output can be connected here. * This instrument is equipped with balanced (XLR/TRS) type input jacks. Wiring diagrams for these jacks are shown below. Make connections after first checking the wiring diagrams of other equipment you intend to connect.




q Phantom power supply ON/OFF button (PHANTOM 48V) This switches the power supply on/off. q -20 dBu/+4 dBu select switch (PAD 24 dB) This switches the input level. When connecting a low output gain device such as a mic, set this to the OFF position. q SENS knobs These adjust the input level. q Peak indicators (PEAK) These indicators will light in red at a point -6 dB below the level at which distortion begins. Adjust the SENS knobs so that the peak indicators do not light.
Always turn the phantom power off when connecting any device other than condenser microphones that require phantom power. You risk causing damage if you mistakenly supply phantom power to dynamic microphones, audio playback devices, or other devices that dont require such power. Be sure to check the specifications of any microphone you intend to use by referring to the manual that came with it. (This instruments phantom power: 48 V DC, 10 mA Max)

Connect the supplied AC power cord here. Plug it in firmly, so that it doesnt get pulled out accidentally. (For details on electrical current consumption, refer to Main Specifications (p. 45).)
Never use an AC power cord other than the one supplied with the DA2496. Doing so can cause malfunction.

2. Grounding terminal

This prevents the panel surface from developing an electrical charge.
3. MIDI IN/OUT connectors
These can be connected to the MIDI connectors of another MIDI device in order to transmit and receive MIDI messages.
4. DA-PCI cable connector
Connect the included DA-PCI cable to this connector.
5. WORD CLOCK IN/OUT connector
Use this when synchronizing with a digital recorder. This is also used in order to synchronize multiple DA-2496 units that are used together. For details, refer to Synchronization settings (p. 41)

6. COAXIAL IN jack (7/8)

Use this jack to input digital audio from a CD/MD/DAT. If a digital device is connected to the optical digital input jack on the front panel, the optical digital input jack will take priority, and the signal from COAXIAL IN will not be input.
If a device is connected to the front panel optical digital input jack, the input of the optical digital input jack will take priority.
7. COAXIAL OUT jack/OPTICAL OUT jack (1/2)
Use this jack to make digital connections to a digital audio device such as a DAT or MD. You can use the included Control Panel application to change the output destination (1/2) to another number if desired.
8. TRS balanced input jacks (38)
External MIDI sound modules, synthesizers, CD players, MD players, etc., can be connected to these jacks. If an audio source is connected to the identically numbered input jack on the front panel, the front panel input will take priority, and the rear panel signal will not be input.
9. TRS balanced output jacks (18)
External stereo systems, amplified speakers, or mixers can be connected to these jacks.



Clock In

Clock Out
1. DA-PCI cable connector
Connect this to the DA-2496.

2. DP switch

Set SW1:OFF and SW2:OFF.
3. Clock In, Clock Out connectors
Use these to synchronize multiple DA-2496 units.
To avoid the risk of damage to internal components that can be caused by static electricity, please carefully observe the following whenever you handle the board.


Ne jamais forcer lors de linstallation de la carte de circuits imprims. Si la carte sajuste mal au premier essai, enlevez la carte et recommencez linstallation.
Toujours teindre et dbrancher lfappareil avant de commencer lfinstallation de la carte. (DA-PCI).


Nfinstallez que les cartes de circuits imprimes spcifies (DA-PCI). Enlevez seulement les vis indiques.
If you change the File signature verification , you must restore the original setting after you have finished installing the DA-PCI driver and have restarted Windows. (To change the setting, you will need to log on as Administrator.)
Driver installation and settings
* You must install the DA-PCI driver before connecting the DA-2496. * Disconnect the DA-2496 from the DA-PCI before you start up your computer. The procedure for installation and settings will depend on your system. Please proceed to the explanation for your system. Windows Me. p. 18 Windows 98. p. 19 Windows 2000.. p. 21 Macintosh.. p. 26

s Windows Me


Start up your computer.

The DA-PCI will be automatically detected, and the Add new hardware wizard will start up.
Insert the included DA-PCI Driver CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
Check Specify the location of the driver, and click Next.


Check Find best driver for currently used device and Specify search location. Then click Browse.


Select the CD-ROM drive (DA2496_drv), select the WinMe_98 folder, and click the [OK] button. When you return to the previous dialog box, click [Next].


When the dialog box shown at right appears, verify that Edirol DA-PCI is displayed, and click [Next].


When the dialog box shown at right appears, click [Next]. Installation will begin.


When the dialog box indicates Edirol DA-PCI: Windows has finished installing the new hardware device, click OK.
Installation will be completed, and the Windows desktop will appear. Next, you need to connect the DA-2496 to the DA-PCI. Proceed to Connecting the DA-2496 to the DA-PCI (p. 23).

s Windows 98

The DA-PCI will be detected automatically, and the Add new hardware wizard will start up. Click [Next].
Insert the included DA-PCI Driver CDROM into the CD-ROM drive.


Check Search for the best driver for your device and click Next.


Check Specify search location, and then click Browse. Select the CDROM drive (DA2496_drv), select the WinMe_98 folder, and click the [OK] button.


Click Next, and preparations for installation will be completed.
Click Next to begin the installation.


When the display indicates Windows has finished installing the software that your new hardware device requires, click OK.

Connect the PCI cable included with the DA-2496 to the TO DA-PCI connector on the rear of the DA-2496. Then connect the other end of the DA-PCI cable to the connector of the DA-PCI.
To prevent malfunction and/or damage to speakers or other devices, always turn down the volume, and turn off the power on all devices before making any connections.


Once the connections have been completed, turn on power to your various devices in the order specified. By turning on devices in the wrong order, you risk causing malfunction and/or damage to speakers and other devices.
Turn on the power of your computer.
Turn on the power of the DA-2496.
This unit is equipped with a protection circuit. A brief interval (a few seconds) after power up is required before the unit will operate normally.


Make sure that the clock select switch located on the front panel of the DA-2496 is set to INT.
For details on setting the clock select switch, refer to Synchronization settings (p. 41).
Next, you need to make the driver settings. Please proceed to Audio/MIDI input and output settings (p. 24).
s Audio/MIDI input and output settings
* If you are using the DA-2496 with a sequencer or similar application, please read the operation manual for your application.


Open the Control Panel. Click the Windows Start button, and from Settings, select the Control Panel.
If you do not need to make audio/MIDI settings, proceed to Connecting the DA-2496 to the DAPCI (p. 23).
If the Sound and Multimedia icon is not displayed, click Display all Control Panel Options from the frame at the left.


Double-click the Sound and Multimedia icon (in Windows 98, the Multimedia icon).
Click the Audio tab. Set the Sound Playback, Sound Recording, and Preferred MIDI Music Playback as follows.
Windows Me/98 WavOut 1/2 EdirolDA-PCI PCM In 1/2 EdirolDA-PCI Midi Out EdirolDA-PCI Windows 2000 Edirol DA-PCI Edirol DA-PCI Edirol DA-PCI MIDI
Sound Playback Sound Recording MIDI Music Playback

Windows Me/2000

Windows 98

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If you are using Windows 98, click the MIDI tab, and select MIDI Out Edirol DA-PCI for MIDI output.
Click [OK]. The window will close.
This completes the basic settings for the DA-2496 and DA-PCI. If you want to use the Direct Monitor function of the digital mixer built into the DA-PCI, refer to DA-PCI Control Panel (p. 32).
The standard driver included with Windows does not support ASIO.

s Macintosh

Use the following procedure to install the DA-PCI driver. * Disconnect the DA-2496 from your computer before starting up Macintosh. * Exit all applications before you begin installing the driver. * The DA-PCI OMS Driver included on the disc is provided as an additional module that allows the DA-PCI to be used with OMS. In order to use it, OMS must already be installed on the start-up hard disk.


Depending on the performance of your computer, the digital data may not be transferred correctly if the buffer is too small, causing noise. If this occurs, increase the buffer size.
When using Windows 2000, the DMA Buffer Size will be displayed as shown at the right.


When using Macintosh, the DMA Buffer Size will be the Sound Manager input/output port select fields.
Depending on your software, you may need to set the buffer size from your software. For details, refer to the operation manual for your software.
The default values for buffer size are as follows. Windows: 20 ms Macintosh: ASIO, Sound Manager 1024 bytes q Disable Control of the Monitor Mixer and Patchbay/Router by Audio Applications (Windows Me/98 only) If this is checked, the software (sequencer) will not be able to control the Monitor Mixer or Patchbay/Router.


s Cant install the DA-PCI into the computer
q Is the DA-PCI oriented correctly?
s The DA-PCI Control Panel does not start up
q Is the DA-PCI correctly inserted in a PCI slot? q Was the driver installed correctly?
s No sound, cannot input sound
q Is the DA-PCI cable connected correctly? q Is the DA-2496 clock select switch set correctly?
Audio cannot be input or output unless the DA-2496s clock select switch and the DA-PCI Control Panel Master Clock setting are set correctly. For details, refer to Connecting the DA-2496 to DAPCI (p. 23, p. 28).
q Mute may have been checked in the DA-PCI Control Panel Monitor Mixer tab.
If Mute is checked in the Monitor Mixer tab of the Control Panel, the audio output will be muted. Uncheck the Mute setting(s) in the Control Panel. For details on the Control Panel, refer to DA-PCI Control Panel (p. 32).
q Are the input/output settings of your software correct?
Check the audio input/output settings of your software.
s The volume level of the instrument connected to DA-2496 is too low.
q Could you be using a connection cable that contains a resistor?
Use a connection cable that does not contain a resistor. (Roland: PCS cable or equivalent).

s Cant use MIDI

q Is the DA-PCI cable connected correctly? q Is the driver installed correctly?
Install the driver according to the procedure given in Driver installation and settings (p. 18).
q Are the MIDI settings of your software correct?



Word Clock

DA-PCI Cable

INTERNAL (Master) Hard disk recorder
Synchronization settings for multiple DA-PCI units
Up to four DA-PCI units can be used simultaneously in one computer. Each DA-PCI will be assigned a number from 1 through 4, following the order in which the cards are detected. (Usually, such detection occurs in numerical order, beginning with the lowest-numbered PCI slot.) Settings for each card are made from the DA-PCI control panel. When using multiple DA-PCI units simultaneously, all cards and PCI devices must be synchronized.
Simultaneous use of multiple DA-PCI units is not supported for Windows 2000 and Macintosh.
s Synchronizing multiple DA-PCI units
In order to synchronize multiple DA-PCI units, the sampling frequency of all DA-PCI and DA-2496 units must match, and they must be using the same word clock. As shown below, there are two ways in which the word clock can be shared.
1. Supplying the word clock via PCI


24Bit 96kHz 8IN/8OUT AUDIO /


DA-PCI Cable Word Clock


The word clock is supplied to multiple DA-PCI units via the DA-2496. For each slave DA-PCI (units to which the word clock is being supplied), set the master clock to Ext. Clock.
2. Using the included clock cable to supply the word clock
INT INT Clock Cable Clock Out
If a clock cable is connected to the Clock In connector, the clock from the Clock In connector will take priority. If you want to supply the word clock via PCI, disconnect the clock cable.


The word clock is supplied to multiple DA-PCI units via the clock cable. In this case, use the included clock cable to connect the Clock Out connector of the master unit (INTERNAL) to the Clock In connector of the slave unit (EXTERNAL). On each slave (EXTERNAL) DA-PCI unit, set the master clock setting to Ext. Clock.
If you are using a sampling frequency of 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz, it is not possible to synchronize multiple DAPCI units via a clock cable. Please supply the word clock via the PCI cable.
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WavOut 1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8




Block diagram


Main Specifications

Singnal Processing

AD conversion: 24-bit, 64 times oversampling (8 channels) DA conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling (8 channels)

Sampling Rate

CLOCK SOURCE = INTERNAL: 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz CLOCK SOURCE = EXTERNAL: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz

Monitor Mixer

Number of Input Channels: 16 Number of Output Channels: 2 Fader: -144 to 0 dB Internal Processing: 36-bit

Normal Input Level

Input 1 to 2 : -60 to +4 dBu Input 3 to 8 : -50 to +4 dBu

Normal Output Level

Output 1 to 8 : +4 dBu (balanced)

Input Impedance

Input 1 to 8: 24 k ohms (XLR, TRS) Input 3, 4: 470 k ohms (Hi-Z)

Output Impedance

Output 1 to 8: 300 ohms
Recommemded Load Impedance
Output 1 to 8: 10 k ohms Headphones jack: 20 to 600 ohms

Frequency Response

96.0 kHz: 20 Hz to 40 kHz ( +0 dB / -2 dB) 48.0 kHz: 20 Hz to 22 kHz ( +0 dB / -2 dB) 44.1 kHz: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0 dB / -2 dB)

Residual Noise Level

Ch. 1 to 8: -85 dBu or less (input terminated with 1 k ohms, INPUT SENS = LINE, IHF-A, typ.)


Input jacks 1, 2: XLR type (phantom power), 1/4" TRS phone type Input jacks 3, 4: 1/4" TRS phone type, 1/4" phone type (Hi-Z) Input jacks 5 to 8: 1/4" TRS phone type Output jacks 1 to 8: 1/4" TRS phone type Headphones jack: Stereo 1/4" phone type Digital In connectors: Optical type, Coaxial type (conform to S/P DIF) Digital Out connectors: Optical type, Coaxial type (conform to S/P DIF) MIDI connectors (in x 1, out x 1): 5-pin DIN type Word Clock input jack: BNC type Word Clock output jack: BNC type DA-PCI connector: 25-pin D-sub type

Power Supply

AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V

Power Consumption:

14 W (AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V)


482 (W) x 223 (D) x 44 (H) mm / 19 (W) x 8-13/16 (D) x 1-3/4 (H) inches


2.65 kg / 5 lbs 14 oz


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An Introduction to

Recording Your Own CD
Learn the basics of CD production

Third Edition

2002, 2004, 2005 Roland Corporation U.S.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Roland Corporation U.S. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Your Own CD

Music makes our lives so much richer. We love to listen to music on CDs, on TV, on the radio and in movie theaters. We listen to it when we work and when we play, on headphones and in our cars.
When we discover something we want to hear again and again, we add it to our collections by purchasing it on a CD. Its fun to share our favorite music with friends and family. Many of us do more than just listen to music. We make our own music as we sing and play, and write our own songs. Thanks to recent advances in digital technology, we can even record audio CDs of our own music all by ourselves. Computers and all-in-one studio workstations make it possible. In the past, great-sounding recordings could only be made in expensive, professional recording studios. Not anymore. Anyone can record a CD at homeits easy, inexpensive and lots of fun. You might want to record a CD for any number of reasons: You can listen to your own music through your favorite sound systemor anywhere, for that matter. Its an amazing experience. You can give your music to friends and family. You can give personalized mix CDs as gifts. You can sell CDs of your music at performances or over the Internet. You can create CDs for singing or playing along with for fun. You can make reference CDs of music you want to practice or rehearse with other musicians. An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD 3

The CD Recording Process

The process of bringing your music from performance to a nal, completed CD takes place in four stages. These operations are always performed in the same orderthis only makes sense, as youll see.
You start by recording your music.

You sing, play.

.and record your performance.
Second, you mix your music.
You combine all of your recorded elementsand any desired enhancementsinto a single stereo concoction called a mix.
Third, you master your music.
Mastering prepares the mix for transfer to an audio CD, smoothing out any rough edges so that it sounds great.
Finally, you transfer, or burn, your music onto a CD.
When you transfer your music to a CD, a tiny laser beam uses heat to write your music onto the CDdont worry, you wont actually see any ames!
An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD

Studio Gear: Recorder

Every complete CD-recording studio has to have the same four basic pieces of equipment. Whether its a big commercial studio, a computer-based system or a one-piece studio workstation, it should have a: recorder mixer set of mastering tools CD burner Each of these elements allows you to perform one of the operations described on the previous page. Every studio should also have effect processingwell explain this later.

Multitrack Recorder

When you sing or play an instrument, a digital recorder captures the sound you produce. It can then play it back at your command. A recorder may store your performance on a hard disk drivelike the kind youd nd in a computeron a memory card, on digital tape or on a CD, depending on the recorder the studio has. A multitrack recorder can make multiple recordings and play them back together. Each of these recordings is stored on a trackhence the word multitrack. What this means is that you could, for example..record a vocal on Track 1.
.and then record another on Track 2.
When the multitrack recorder plays them back, they sound like a duet performed at the same time.
You could also record a group of musicians at the same time on different tracks. This would let you individually control each players recorded performance during playback, changing its volume or sound if you wish. An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD 5
Studio Gear: Mixer and Mastering Tools
A mixer gives you control over the volume and sound of each microphone, instrument, track or any other type of audio you want on your CD. When youre recordingyou use the mixer to set your microphone or instrument volume levels to get the best sound. When youre mixingyou use the mixer to set the volume of each track so its as loud as you want it to be in relation to your other tracks. You also use it to change a tracks sound using tools well discuss later on. A mixer is a device that contains a group of identical channels. A channel is just a collection of knobs, buttons or settings that you can use to shape the sound of a mic, instrument or track, and so on.

A delay is a copy of a sound, delayed slightly and then added to the original sound. This simple effect has a surprising number of uses. For example, some people use a delay to create a second copy of a lead vocal so it sounds like the vocal was performed twice.


A chorus creates multiple delays and gently detunes them for a sort of shimmering effect. It can also turn a single sound into a wide, animated stereo sound. Chorus is often used on guitars and electric pianos.


Modelingsuch as Roland/BOSS COSM modeling applies the sonic characteristics of one sound to another. Mic modelingmakes an inexpensive microphone sound like an expensive, world-class studio mic. Mic modeling is found, for example, in Roland and BOSS studio workstations.
Amp modelingmakes a plain, un-amplied guitar sound like its being played through the guitar amp of your choice. Roland and BOSS studio workstations contain spectacular amp modeling effects. Speaker modelingallows your speakers to simulate the sound of various professional and consumer speaker systems. By auditioning your mix through different speaker models, you can be sure that your CD will sound great wherever its played. Speaker modeling is a great innovation, available in Roland and BOSS studio workstations when you use compatible Roland speakers.
The Benet of Internal Effects
In some studios, effects are produced by external effect processing equipment. This can be quite a complex job, and unwanted buzzes and hums are often introduced through the wires that connect everything. Studio workstations such as those made by Roland and BOSSand many computer recording/mixing programshave effects built in. Therfore: The effects are much easier to use since theres no wiring to set up. The lack of external wires means that there are no unexpected hums, buzzes or other noises, so the effects sound better.

Plug-In Effects

Among the most exciting innovations to hit the professional recording world in recent years are effect plug-ins. A plug-in is a software program that produces a specic effect or suite of effects, adding new capabilities to a studio, keeping it right on the cutting edge of technology. Plug-ins can be quite powerful, too. Youd be surprised, for example, at the number of successful singers who owe their careers to auto-tuning plug-ins. Most Roland V-Studios can use a range of third-party plug-ins with the installation of the optional VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board. Now that we understand the elements of a digital recording studio, lets see how the pieces t together to make recording a CD so much fun. An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD 9

Creative Freedom

Recording music in some digital studiossuch as those from Roland and BOSSis fun and easy thanks to non-destructive recording and editing. You can record anything or try out any creative idea without worrying that youre going to do something thatll ruin your work so far, or that youll throw away something you wish youd kept. Try things over and over or explore any possibility. You can always go back and try again.
If you do something you wish you hadnt done, relax you can undo it by simply pressing an Undo button. Some digital studios offer you the chance to undo your most recent actions, one-by-one. And if you undo something and change your mind, you can often redo it by pressing REDO.


Everything you record can be bent, twisted and shaped in lots of ways. You can easily x mistakes, use a great background vocal or guitar riff in a few places by copying it, move things around, and more. If youre a songwriter, youll also love the fact that you can move entire sections of a song around, trying out different structures for the song even after youve recorded everything that goes in it!

Virtual Tracks

On some digital recorders, every track contains a set of Virtual Tracks. For each track, you can pick one Virtual Track for recording and playback at a time. Virtual Tracks give you way more recording room than you might realize. An 8-track BOSS BR-900, for example, provides 64 Virtual Tracks in each song. You can record multiple versions of any performance, recording each on its own Virtual Track. For example, on a single track, you can record a guitar solo on Virtual Track 1, then another guitar solo on Virtual Track 2, and then another, and keep them allsimply select the one you want to hear. Try out a different vocal approach or a different guitar solo. You can combine the best parts of several Virtual Tracks into one perfect Virtual Track. Youve got plenty of room in each song to try out all of your ideas. 10 An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD

Built for Speed

Nothing kills the creative process like having to wait. In most digital studios, you get an idea and go.

Run, Dont Walk

Digital recorders can jump to any spot in a song in a heartbeat. As soon as you tell the recorder where you want to go, youre there. You dont have to fast-forward or rewind as you would on a VCR or cassette deck. You can bookmark important places in a song using locators. You can place a locator in position by pressing a single button, and get back there just as quickly. You dont have to go hunting around, trying to remember where certain song sections are when inspiration strikes. Locators remember them for you.

Making a Scene

A signicant amount of time in a studio can be spent setting things up or tweaking things so that they sound just right. Some digital mixers and studio workstations can remember all of these settings for you as a scene. Its hard to overstate the wonder of scenes: Press a button and your entire studio setup snaps into place instantly. Using scenes, you can experiment with different mix ideas, comparing them with the push of a button.

Safe and Sound

When you save your song after each session, a studio workstation can keep track of all of the songs recordings and remember all of your settings. At the next session, you can simply load your song and pick up right where you left off. Everything will be just where you left it, including Virtual Tracks, mixer settings, and your Undos. This means that when you want to resume work on a song you can do so, quickly, without having to manually recreate your setup. It also means that you can easily work on any song at any time, even if youre in the middle of work on another song. Just save your current work and load the song you want to work on.

Recording Your Music

Heres a brief description of the things youll do to record your CD.

Recording with Mics

When you want to record a voice, an acoustic instrument or an electric instrument playing through your amplier, youll capture that sound using a microphone. Connect the mics cable to an input jack on your mixer or studio workstation. An input jack is how the sound gets into your recording equipment.
.that theres a very simple way to gure out where to place a microphone to get the best sound? Use your ears. Listen to the instrument from different angles to nd where it sounds bestthats where you should place your mic, aiming it at the instrument. If youre recording a singer, aim the mic at the singers mouth, and experiment with different angles to see which sounds best for the singers voice and performance style. Some mics require electrical power to operateits called phantom power. Your mixer or studio workstation may provide built-in phantom power. If your studio has mic modeling and a compatible mic, you can use it to make your recordings sound as if they were made using some of the best mics in the world even if you use an inexpensive mic.
Recording Electric Instruments
Youll use essentially the same process for recording electric instruments such as an electric guitar, electric bass, drum machine or synthesizer. The only difference is that you can plug the instrument directly into your mixer or studio workstation instead of using a mic cable. You can make an electric instrument sound even better by adding amp modelingfor example, Roland/BOSS COSM Amp Modelingas you record. Your guitar can sound like its playing through some of the worlds most sought-after guitar amps. And even if youre using headphones, you can enjoy the experience of playing the selected amp at full volume. 12 An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD

Burning a CD

Once youve mastered your mix, youll burn it onto a CD. Its as easy as turning on your CD burner and selecting the mastering tracks you want to burn.

Burning a Standard CD

A professional-quality CD burnersuch as those found in various Roland/BOSS studio workstations lets you make a CD that can be played on any audio CD player. This CD will also contain everything a mass duplicator would need to produce as many copies of the CD as you want.
Burning a CD a Song at a Time
Many CD burners also allow you to burn one song at a time. This is handy for a couple of reasons. If youre working on an album of songs, you can build up the album song-bysong. Mix one song, and burn a CD. When you mix the next song, you can add it the same CD, and so on. You can also create a CD with different versions of the same song, allowing you to compare them and pick the best version. A CD you compile a song at a time may be playable only on your CD burner until you nish adding songs and nalize the CD. Finalizing makes the CD playable anywhere.

Moving On

Packaging Your CD
With your nal CD in hand, you can design a cover package for the CD or hire someone to do it for you. You can print the cover elements on your printer. If you prefer, you can have it printed professionally. Insert the cover elements into each CD case and youre ready to go.
Some CD manufacturers can even handle the packaging and assembly for you when they duplicate your CD. On the other hand, many independent musicians have gotten great results, and have gone on to successful careers, doing everything themselves.

Your CD is Done

Congratulations! You now hold in your hand a CD of your own music. Share it with the world if you like, send it to friends and family, sell it at live performances or re it off to music industry professionals. Or maybe just enjoy hearing your own music on a professional-sounding CD. Its a great time to be making music.
Getting Ready for Your Next CD
Its time to prepare for recording your next song: If youre using a hard disk recorder or memory cardmake a copy of your song data, called a backup, on a CD. This is especially easy on a Roland or BOSS studio workstation with a built-in CD burner. Once youve made a backup, check to see if you have enough disk or card space for the new song. If not, you can now erase your hard disk or card to make room. You can restore the backup to your hard drive or card at any time and everything will be right where you left it. A data backup retains all of the songs materialseven the stuff you need if you want to undo somethingand all of its settings. If youre recording on digital tapeinsert and format a new tape if youre out of recording space.
What Kind of Studio Do I Want?
There are three kinds of recording systemshere are their pros and cons.
Component-Based Hardware System
This type of studio contains separate pieces of recording, mixing, effect processing and CD-burning hardware. It might, for example, incorporate a tape-based digital recorder, an analog or digital mixer, some effect processing boxes and a CD burner.


You can select each element individually Traditional-style operation reminiscent of gear found in older analog studios that incorporated separate components Can combine new and vintage equipment


Can be expensive Steep learning curve Wiring can be complicated and result in unwanted hums, etc. No system-wide memory for scenes and so on Tape-based recorders lack non-destructive editing Requires advanced conguration skills Not portable
Computer-Based Recording System
A computer can host recording and CD-burning software programs that may include mixing capabilities and effects. You may also be able to purchase additional effect plug-in software programs.
Powerful recording and mixing tools May offer automation May offer non-destructive editing Large display Effect plug-in software
Can be expensive Requires powerful computer Requires advanced conguration skills Steep learning curve Stability difcult to maintain Mixing with mouse not as enjoyable as using faders Not portable

Studio Workstation

A studio workstation can provide everything you need in a single, portable box.
Powerful integrated recording, mixing, effects, mastering and CD-burning tools System-wide scene memory Non-destructive editing Minimal conguration Fast and easy to use May offer automation Real physical faders and knobs are great for mixing No wiring worries or noises Portable, may be batterypowered Optional display with mousebased editing in some products May have effect plug-in capabilities
May require optional, external CD burner May not offer large display May not offer plug-in capability
A studio workstations power and ease of use makes it far and away the best option for beginners and a great choice for professionals!

BOSS Studio Workstations

Roland and BOSS offer digital studio workstations designed to meet the needs of everyone from the beginner to the most demanding professional.
BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio

Small but mighty!

The BOSS BR-900 is the musicians portable dream studio. No matter where you are, all you need is this all-in-one digital recording studio. 22 Built-in CD-burner and Mastering Tool Kit 8 simultaneous playback tracks, 2 simultaneous recording tracks with 8 V-tracks (64 V-Tracks total) 2 XLR inputs with phantom power, plus 1/4 and RCA inputs, and digital out Pitch correction, chorus, delay, reverb, EQ, and other great BOSSquality effects Programmable drum generator with 294 patterns, plus Tone Load function for custom beats Record direct to Compact Flash (128MB card included; record up to 624 minutes with optional 1GB card) Record direct to CD-R/RW USB port for data backup to computer, plus importing/exporting WAV les Runs on batteries or AC power An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD

BR-1180CD Digital Recording Studio

Manual, schmanual!

The BOSS BR-1180CD is a compact, all-in-one, easy-to-use recording powerhouse. Its ideal for newcomers to digital recording. Self-contained 10-track digital recording studio with stereo Master Track and 80 Virtual Tracks 20GB hard drive for hours of recording time Built-in CD-R/RW drive Easy icon-based interface simplies recording, bouncing and mixing 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power, plus Hi-Z guitar input and line inputs Separate Rhythm Track with realistic drum sounds and patterns Import/export.WAV les directly for loading drum loops, etc. Onboard COSM effects including 2 loop processors, insert processor and Mastering Tool Kit. All of the effects you need to make a greatsounding CD Digital mixer with EQ, scenes and great 24-bit sound quality
BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio
Versatile, and Featurepacked!
COSM effects and amp models from BOSSs GT-6/6B, plus a great-sounding bass and drum programmer for instant backing tracks, the BR-1200CD is the friendliest and most complete hard disk recorder on the market. Built-in CD-burner and mastering effects for CD-quality mixes 12 simultaneous playback tracks (192 V-Tracks) with individual Comp/EQ 2 individual XLR inputs with phantom power, digital output GT inside! Famous BOSS GT-6 Guitar and Bass effects engine built-in for unsurpassed signal processing Vocal Toolbox provides pitch correction and harmony generator for true pro vocal processing COSM Mic and Amp models offer incredible hardware simulation Backing band built in programmable drum/bass pattern generator with 600 patterns and EZ Compose feature for super fast drum and bass pattern creation Easy importing of stereo drum loops with Automatic Tempo Matching Internal hard drive can store up to 120 hours of uncompressed music USB port for data backup to computer, plus importing/exporting WAV les An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD
BR-1600CD Digital Recording Studio
Power, Simplicity, 16-Tracks!
The BR-1600CD Digital Recording Studio combines BOSS famous, easy-to-use interface with eight XLR inputs for recording eight tracks simultaneously. 16-track (256 V-Track) digital studio with 40GB hard drive and CD-R/RW drive Record all 8 XLR inputs simultaneouslyideal for tracking live performances Powerful onboard effects including COSM modeling for guitar, bass and vocals New Vocal Tool Box with auto pitch correction and Harmony Sequence function 16 individual track EQs, plus 8 dedicated compressors Mastering Tool Kit with multi-band compression for loud and punchy CDs Create backing tracks quickly via independent Drum/Bass and Loop Phrase tracks USB port for easy data exchange, plus V-LINK video control*

*V-LINK requires Edirol DV7-PR with software version 1.50 or higher.
Roland Studio Workstations
VS-2000CD 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation

Affordable, Plug-Ins!

VGA monitor not included.
The VS-2000CD Digital Studio Workstation sets a new standard for affordable digital recording. 20-track digital studio with 40GB hard drive, CD-RW drive 18 playback tracks, 320 V-Tracks and stereo mastering track Support for 24-bit and 16-bit recording at 44.1kHz 8 balanced XLR/TRS inputs with phantom power 40-channel digital mixer with channel dynamics and 4-band EQ, onboard effects and mastering tools New Harmony Sequence function adds realistic harmonies to vocals 3rd party plug-in support with optional VS8F-3 Effect Expansion Boards Tracks 17-18 double as stereo Rhythm Track with onboard drum sounds Mouse-based editing with optional VS20-VGA and monitor USB 2.0 for high-speed data transfer,.WAV/AIFF import and.WAV export V-LINK video control support*
*V-LINK requires Edirol DV-7PR with software version 1.50 or higher (sold separately).
VS-2400CD 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation
Professional and compact!
The VS-2400CD Digital Studio Workstation brings professional 24-track recording and CD burning to a new low price, with plug-in support. Self-contained 24-track/24-bit/96kHz recording workstation with onboard effects, CD-RW drive and 40GB hard disk 24-track playback; 16-track recording* with 384 V-Tracks 48-channel, fully automated digital mixer with 13 motorized faders VGA Monitor output for fast, software-style editing with mouse Edit using included mouse and optional ASCII keyboard New RSS 3-D panning creates a 3-Dimensional sound eld for mixing V-LINK function for synchronizing or controlling video equipment* 8 XLR/balanced TRS inputs and Hi-Z input Import.WAV/AIFF les direct from CD-ROM; export in.WAV format 2 stereo effects (expandable to 4 stereo, 8 mono) including COSM Mic, Speaker and Guitar Amp Modeling, plus Mastering Tool Kit Use 3rd party plug-ins with optional VS8F-3 Effect Expansion Boards
*V-LINK requires Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold separately) with software version 1.5 or later. *16 track simultaneous recording requires optional 8 channel R-BUS device such as the ADA-7000 or Edirol DA-2496 A/D to D/A converter or the RPC-1 computer interface.
VS-2480DVD 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation

Simply amazing!

The Roland VS-2480DVD is the ultimate studio workstation. Its jawdropping features make it simply the best all-in-one studio in the world. 28 Self-contained, 24-track/24-bit/96kHz digital recording workstation with built-in DVD multi-drive 80GB hard drive for unprecedented recording time 24-track playback; 16-track simultaneous recording, 384 V-Tracks Drag-and-drop control using included mouse; also accepts ASCII keyboard (optional) 64-channel, fully automated digital mixer with 17 motorized faders Pro-quality connections including 8 XLR/16 balanced TRS inputs 2 stereo effects processorsexpandable to 8 stereo, 16 monowith COSM Mic, Speaker and Guitar Amp Modeling, Mastering Tool Kit Use 3rd party plug-ins with optional VS8F-3 Effect Expansion Boards 24-voice Phrase Pads for triggering and arranging samples, plus onboard phrase sequencer.WAV le import/export, CD Capture function for importing from CD Dual R-BUS ports for expandable I/O in a variety of analog and digital formats; SMPTE and Word Clock input VGA video output for intuitive, software-style editing with mouse An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD

for Roland V-Studios

VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board
The VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board is an easy and affordable way to add third-party plug-in effect processing to your V-Studio. Plugins are available from the following companies.

Plug-in power!

Auto-Tune VS corrects intonation problems in vocals or instruments in realtime. Soundstage allows you to design different
acoustic environments, resulting in unique, realistic reverbs.
T-RackS offers professional mastering,
including EQs and dynamics-based vintage hardware mastering equipment.
Hi-Resolution parametric EQ is a high-precision
4-band EQ with the smoothness of analog.
Chrome Tone Amp brings custom guitar amps SoundBlender provides pitch-shifting, dual resonant lters, echo and reverse echo, arpeggiation and more.
and boutique pedal effects too your V-Studio.
TCR 3000 provides 16 award-winning reverbs
including Classic Hall, Vocal Studio, Room, Drum Box and more.
The VS-LA2A and VS-1176LN are exacting emulations of the original legendary compressor and limiting amp. Included with each VS8F-3 are 5 new high-quality effects from Roland: Roland Stereo Reverb Roland Tempo Mapping Effect Roland Pre-Amp Modeling Roland Mastering Toolkit Roland Vocal Channel strip An Introduction to Recording Your Own CD 29

30 BR-900CD BR-1180CD

10/20GB HD 12 Yes L-2, I-2, MTK L-2, I-2, MTK No C Yes Yes 10,000 Yes S Yes No Yes Yes Yes R No No Yes No No O-2 12/40GB HD 14 Yes L-2, I-2, MTK L-2, I-2, MTK No C Yes Yes 10,000 Yes S Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes R, B Yes No Yes No Yes O-2 16/40GB HD 24 Yes L-2, I-2, MTK L-2, I-2, MTK No C Yes Yes 10,000 Yes S Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes R, B Yes No Yes No Yes I-2, 0-2 18/40GB HD 40 Yes S-2, M-4 S-6, M-12 Yes C Yes Yes 999 Yes R, S Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes/Yes R Yes Optional Advanced No Yes I-2, O-2 24/40GB HD 48 Yes S-2, M-4 S-4, M-8 Yes C Yes Yes 999 Yes R, S Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes/Yes No No Yes Advanced Yes No I-10, O-10 24/80GB HD 64 Yes S-2, M-4 S-8, M-16 Yes D Yes Yes 999 Yes R, S Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes/Yes No No Yes Advanced Yes No I-18, O-18

BR-1200CD BR-1600CD VS-2000CD VS-2400CD VS-2480DVD
8/1GB CF max 10 Yes L-2, I-2, MTK L-2, I-2, MTK No C Yes Yes 1 No No Yes No Yes No No R No No Yes No Yes O-2

Comparison Chart

Digital Studio Comparison Chart
Playback Tracks/Virtual Tracks Simultaneous recording tracks Medium (HD=hard drive, CF=Compact Flash) Onboard digital mixer channels Phantom power Effects (S=stereo, M=mono, L=loop, I=insert) Max FX (S=stereo, M=mono, L=loop, I=insert) Support for third-party plug-in effects Burner (C=CD-R/RW, D=DVD multi-drive) Mastering Tool Kit Non-destructive editing and recording Number of Undos Scenes Automated mixing (R=realtime, S=snapshot) Import/export.WAV les Mic modeling Amp modeling Speaker modeling Time compression/tempo matching Rhythm Part/Bass Part (Rhythm=R, Bass=B) Vocal harmony generator Mouse operation and VGA monitor output Waveform editing Motorized faders USB connectivity for data transfer Digital input and output (I=input, O=output)


The data format for professional-quality digital recording and playback. 24-bit recordings faithfully capture and reproduce even the most subtle nuances in audio.

Another word for sound.

Automix, or Auto-Mix, is the name of Rolands automated mixing system. It records and plays back changes in your mix, such as fader movements. Automix makes it easy to create the perfect mix since it remembers everything for you.

Back up

To back up is to make an external copy of your data, called a backup. A backup contains all of a songs recordings, its settings and any materials you need if you want to Undo something later on.


Bouncing is the recording of tracks onto another track or pair of tracks. Most often, this is done to combine a greater number of tracks into fewer tracks.
Burn is music industry slang for writing data onto a CD.

CD-R, CD-RW discs

CD-Recordable (CD-R) and CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) discs. You can write unerasable data one time onto a CD-R. A CD-RW can be reusedyou can erase it and write new data onto it. Both types can be played as many times as you wish.

CD-R/RW drive

A CD-R/RW drive is a device that can burn audio onto CD-R or CD-RW discs.

CD Track Marker

A bookmark that pinpoints the beginning of each selectionfor example, each songon an audio CD.


A channel is a set of tools for controlling and shaping an audio signal.


A device that reduces the loudness of audio exceeding a specied volume. A compressor can smooth out a recording by controlling excessive volume changes.

Audio to which no effect processing has been applied is called dry. A vocal without reverb, for example, is dry. When you add reverb, it becomes wet.

Digital audio

Computer-based data representing sound as strings of binary numbersthat is, digits. Audio captured by a digital recorder is converted into numbers. Digital audio sounds great and can be manipulated without any degradation in its quality.

EQ, Equalization

The process of adjusting the volumes of individual sonic elements within a sound. EQ lets you change a sounds overall personality by making it crisper or warmer, and also lets you bring out or hide other aspects of the sound.
A bar that you slide forward or back to raise or lower volume on a mixer.

Hard drive

A device that stores datasuch as digital audiomagnetically on a rigid platter mounted inside a case.


An effect setup in which dry audio is completely replaced by a processed (wet) version.

Line level

The high-level signal produced by the outputs of synths, samplers, beat boxes, turntable preamps, CD players, multitrack recorders, cassette decks and so on.


A bookmark that lets you quickly jump to any location within a song or project with the press of a button or the click of a mouse.
The act of playing the same audio phrase over and over. A loop may also be a prerecorded audio phrase used in a composition. In the context of effects, a loop effect is an effect in which both dry and wet versions of a sound are combined.


The nal step in the process of preparing a mix for burning onto an audio CD.

Mastering tracks

A pair of tracks onto which a nal mix is recorded so it can be burned to an audio CD.

Mic level

The audio level produced by mics and instruments such as electric guitar or bass.
For Musical Instrument Digital Interface, the wiring and message protocol that allows devices to communicate by exchanging instructions called MIDI messages.
A button you can strike with your ngers to play or trigger a recorded phrase. Pads make the recording and song-construction process even more fun and musical.
Positioning a sound between the left and right speakers of a stereo system.


A third-party effect program, sold separately, that adds new effect processing capabilities to a digital recording studio.


A process that occurs while youre recording or playing back without requiring you to stop since it takes place in real time.
When youve undone a recording or editing actionand then change your mind you can often Redo it by simply pressing a button.


To reload data youve backed up, you recover it. When you recover a song or project, all of its recorded material and its settings are restored, including anything you need if you want to Undo something.
A scene stores a mixers current settingsrecall the scene to instantly restore the settings. Scenes make it easy to try out different ideas since they let you quickly switch between different mix setups at the press of a button or the click of a mouse.


A MIDI recorder that captures and plays back MIDI messages.


A compact memory card that can hold recorded audio, settings and other data.


A snapshot stores mixer settings at a particular moment in time within a song or project. During playback, the settings are restored when that moment is reached.
In a traditional recorder, a track is where audio is recorded. In a digital recorder, a track may be a collection of Virtual Tracks, any one of which can be active at a time. In a sequencer, a track is a stream of MIDI data. An automation track contains mix settings that are recorded and reproduced as a song or project plays.
For Tip/Ring/Sleeve, a 1/4 plug on balanced electric instrument cables.
Undo is a feature that allows you to reverse recording and editing actions so you can freely experiment with recording and editing ideas, safe in the knowledge that you can always Undo what youve just done.
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus, and is a type of connector that allows the for the transfer of audio and other data between connected devices.

V-Track, Virtual Track

A Virtual Trackor V-Trackis where audio data is recorded in some digital recorders. Virtual Tracks provide elbow room for multiple versions of a performance, different approaches for a musical idea or solo, or alternate edits of something youve recorded.
A common le format used for digital audio. There are many high-quality, professionally recorded drum and instrumental loops available as.wav les for use in song construction.

An audio signal to which an effect has been applied is called wet. A vocal without reverb, for example, is dry. When you add reverb, it becomes wet.
A professional-quality, three-pin analog or digital audio connector.
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