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Technical Documentation PRODUCT OVERVIEW
The TM-D4000 is TASCAM's third generation of digital mixers, benefiting from seven years' development of digital mixing technology. The TM-D4000 is a 32 channel, 8 buss, 6 auxiliary digital mixer with built in effects and surround mix capabilities. For users wanting even more channels, up to four TM-D4000s can be cascaded with the built-in cascade port. A flexible I/O structure and extensive built-in machine control capabilities allow users to integrate this mixer into many live and recording situations. Single layer buttons and a large, clear screen offer intuitive navigation of this feature packed mixer. Libraries for EQ curves, dynamics, snapshots, and effects allow frequent settings to be recalled at any time. Dynamic automation can be accomplished with the included Windows 95/98 software application. TM-D4000 shown at right with optional MU-4000 meter bridge.


32 Mono & 2 Stereo Inputs 8 Busses & 6 Auxiliary Sends 24 Bit A/D and D/A Converters 8 High Quality Analog Inputs with XLR & TRS inputs 4 Band Parametric EQ and Dynamic Processor on Each Channel, Aux Return, and Stereo Output 100mm Long-Throw Motorized Faders Stereo Effect Processor Built-in Full Featured Machine Control
SPDIF and AES/EBU Digital I/O Built-in Cascade Port Supporting Up To 4 Mixers Surround Capabilities for 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and LCRS (Pro Logic) Systems Libraries for EQ, Dynamics, Effects and Snapshots Dynamic Automation Package Included for Windows 95/98 computers Option Cards Provide I/O in 8 Channel Banks In Analog, TDIF, Lightpipe, and AES/EBU Formats


The TM-D4000 is an incredibly cost effective mixer, and is flexible enough to fit into a number of applications. Personal and Project Studios The TM-D4000 is a wonderful centerpiece for studios based around MDMs (Modular Digital Multitracks). A digital mixer minimizes the A/D and D/A conversions, allowing the highest quality audio available. The TDIF and Lightpipe cards come with their associated machine control built in, offering direct control right from the surface of the console. The added value of all the dynamic processors, extensive EQ and built in effects offer mix control far beyond anything found in analog consoles many times the price. Plus, dynamic automation capabilities with the external Windows 95/98 computer and surround sound capabilities solidify the mixer's relevance well into the future of DVD audio delivery. Audio for Video The TM-D4000 has 8 high quality mic preamps and surround mixing capabilities, offering a powerful solution for monitor mixes in ADR and Foley stages, as well as recording simple surround stems for later assembly. The TM-D4000 has a standard 9-pin port for controlling video decks, and can be equipped with AES/EBU cards for interfacing with most any digital audio workstation. For larger projects, up to four TM-D4000s can be cascaded providing up to 128 channels.


MIC Inputs (CH 1-8): Line Inputs (CH 1-8): Insert Connections: OL LED (CH 1-8): Stereo In: Aux Sends 1-6: Stereo Output: 2 Track Return: CR Monitor Outputs: Studio Monitor Outputs: Phones: Digital In/Out 1: Digital In/Out 2: Sample Frequencies: Supported Fs Variances: Word Sync In and Out: RS-422: To Host: MIDI Ports: TC In: Cascade In/Out: To Meter: Power Requirements: Balanced XLR, +67dB Max Gain (Pad Off) Balanced TRS, +39dB Max Gain (Pad Off) Unbalanced TRS (T=Send, R=Return, S=Ground) Lights at -3dB Full Scale Unbalanced 1/4", +4dBu Nominal Balanced 1/4", +4dBu Nominal Balanced XLR, +4dBu Nominal Unbalanced RCA, -10dBu Nominal Balanced XLR, +4dBu Nominal Unbalanced RCA, -10dBu Nominal Unbalanced 1/4", +4dBv Nominal Unbalanced 1/4", +6dBu Nominal 1/4" Stereo, 40 Ohm, 50mW per side XLR, AES/EBU (AES3-1992 data format) RCA, SPDIF (IEC60958 data format) 44.1kHz & 48kHz, accurate to 50ppm Follows up to 6% base sample rates BNC, TTL level, 75 Ohm Female DB9, conforms to RS-422 spec Female DB9, conforms to RS-422 spec IN, OUT, THRU on 5 pin DINs Unbalanced RCA, 20 kOhm, -30dBV DB25, uses optional PW-4000CS cable DB37, connects to optional MU-4000 US/Canada: 120VAC, 60Hz Europe: 230VAC, 50Hz Australia: 240VAC, 50Hz 24 bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz 20Hz-20kHz, +0.5dB, -1dB <.1% (Nominal Levels) 60W 644x237x703mm, 25.4" x 9.3" x 27.7" 26kg (57.2 lbs) Moxa CI-132 ISA card, Serial Cable, Automation Software IF-AN4000 (Analog), IF-AE4000 (AES/EBU), IF-TD4000 (TDIF), IF-LP4000 (Lightpipe) MU-4000 (Meter Bridge) PW-4000CS (Cascade Cable)

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All features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Contact your local TASCAM representative for the latest information.
TM-D4000 Technical Documentation GENERAL OPERATION
The TM-D4000 is a very intuitive mixer to operate. All mixing functions have dedicated buttons, allowing quick navigation of common controls and views. Well thought out displays on a large 320x240 LCD screen offer clear information on all parameters in the mixer. Controlling the Mixer There are 19 motorized faders on the TM-D4000. Faders are dedicated for the L/R output, as well as the 2 Stereo Aux Returns. The remaining 16 faders flip through three banks to control channels 1-16, 17-32, and the 8 busses and 6 aux sends. The standard conventions of digital mixers are followed with the selection of a channel to appear in the mixing section. However, you can also display global parameters. For instance, instead of showing all the parameters on a particular channel strip, you can display a specific parameter from all channels. To make the process even easier, the parameters displayed in the screen will be shown in rows of 4 dials. The rows will be controlled by the 4 dials just beneath the screen. The arrow keys right by the dials control which row you are working on. (The row you are working on is highlighted.) If there are not 4 parameters to edit in that screen, a blank dial will be shown in the screen as a place holder to help keep clear the grid's relationship with the dials. The Channel Input Strip Each channel on the TM-D4000 has a 4 band parametric EQ, phase reverse, and dynamic processing. The EQ and dynamics are incredibly flexible. The EQ section sounds sweet enough to add a little extra sparkle to a particular track, yet it's powerful enough to be used for corrective measures or even manhandling tracks for wild EQ effects. All four EQ bands offer a wide 15dB of gain. Each band can sweep the entire range from 31Hz to 19kHz, so you don't have to worry over which bands can reach any particular part of the audio spectrum. The high and low bands can also act as shelf EQs, or can be assigned as a high pass filter or a low pass filter. A/B auditioning is revolutionary. Most mixers in this class will offer an in/out switch for the EQ section. The TM-D4000 goes far beyond that. In addition to the overall EQ in/out control, each band has an in/out switch, allowing you to audition the effect of each individual band. If you don't like it, hit the "flat" button, and only that band is flattened, allowing you to start over. The dynamics on each channel can act as compressors, or as expanders. Like the EQ, the impact of the dynamics can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your needs. There is also an in/out control for the dynamic section.

Channel Bank Selection Control Dials & Row Selectors Buss Assign, EQ/Dynamics In/Out
Module/Global Selection Buttons

Channel Selection

Machine Control with Locator and Large Time Code Display
Aux, Buss, and Groups The TM-D4000 has 6 aux sends. The first two can be switched between pre or post fader for cue mix applications. There are two dedicated aux returns with all the EQ and compression that the input channel strip has, plus the ability to feed another aux send. There are 8 busses, which can be used for multitrack feeds, or surround sound monitoring. There are also direct output for the tracks, allowing more tracks to be recorded simultaneously. For channel grouping, there are 8 fader groups and 8 cut groups. Fader groups link numerous channels together, allowing multiple channels to be adjusted together. For example, all the mics on a drum kit could be assigned to a group. Each mic would be adjusted independently through their individual faders, but if the fader group master was moved, then they all move in accordance to the master. (This is similar to how submixes were done on an analog console during mixdown, except a fader group affects each individual channel, rather than their summed output.) Machine Control Right on the top of the mixer is a convenient machine control section. Large, "can't miss 'em" buttons for standard transport controls let you keep your eyes on the talent during overdubs. A large jog/shuttle wheel helps make quick minor adjustments to time locations. There is also a 10 locator memory built in.

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- continued from previous page 9 pin and MIDI Machine Control are standard on the back panel of the TM-D4000. For users wanting to control MDM machines like TASCAM DTRS machines or ADAT format machines, the related remote ports are included on their respective I/O cards. (DTRS Remote is on the TDIF card, and ADAT Sync is on the Lightpipe card.) Setting up the TM-D4000 to recognize these recorders is easy. The machine control screen can automatically search for attached machines. Personalities for most popular machines are already in memory, and will be loaded in automatically. If your machine doesn't show up, there are numerous known personalities to choose from, allowing you to find a similar personality to follow. (Most any standard audio and video deck will be represented.) Built-In Effect Processor A built in effect processor offers a totally digital path for effect processing. Reverb, delay, chorus, flange, phase, pitch shift, stereo enhancer, compression, gates, and de-essers are all available. All effect programs utilize 24 bit processing.


Libraries Separate libraries are available for EQ settings, dynamics, effects, and snapshots. The snapshots capture the entire set-up of the mixer, while the others will store a specific section. EQ and dynamics libraries are extremely useful for storing commonly used curves. For instance, a record could be kept for the curve on the lead vocal, or the bass. Others could be kept for a "phone voice" setting, or a dip on a feedback frequency. The library or the "2 EQ" function can also be used to copy settings from one channel to one or several others. Setting up multiple channels the same is typically helpful when mixing doubled parts, or monitoring several takes of a single part for compilations. Surround Sound The TM-D4000 can be set up for standard stereo, 2+2 (quad sound), LCRS (Pro Logic), or 5.1 (AC3) matrices. The surround sound panning screen offers simple control over the positioning with standard X/Y coordinate controls. There are also diagonal panning patterns so you don't have to "Etch-A-Sketch" across the field. True to the 5.1 concept, a separate sub output control is provided, that is independent of all other outputs.
A dynamic automation software application comes with the TM-D4000, as does an ISA serial card, and the cable to connect the card to the mixer. The application can automate fader levels, pan, mutes, EQ and aux sends. The automation software runs on an external PC, and offers several handy views for different ways of looking at the parameters of the TM-D4000. Dedicated automation buttons on the TM-D4000 mean you can still sit in the sweet spot when creating your automated mix. MX-2424 owners - This dynamic automation software can run on the same computer as ViewNet. (ViewNet is the GUI for the MX-2424.) Automation System Requirements: Windows 95 or Windows 98 233mHz Pentium II processor or better 32MB RAM or more (64MB recommended) Minimum display size of 1024x768 Available ISA slot for the Moxa CI-132 card
(This card must be installed in the computer running the automation software. There is a PCI version available directly from Moxa: CP-132.)

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The first 8 channels of the TM-D4000 are dedicated to analog input, providing 8 mic preamps and balanced TRS inputs with insert points. The remaining 24 channels are configured with I/O cards in 8 channel blocks with the 3 card slots in the back panel. Cards are available for analog, TDIF, Lightpipe, or AES/EBU I/O formats. IF-TD4000 & IF-LP4000 - The TDIF and Lightpipe cards offer extremely cost effective connections between the TM-D4000 and TDIF equipped devices. The IF-TD4000 is the TDIF card, and the IF-LP4000 is the Lightpipe card. In addition to the audio I/O, these cards also offer remote control port for their associated machines. (The TDIF card includes a DTRS Remote port, and the Lightpipe card includes an ADAT Remote port.) The TM-D4000 can then act as a powerful remote control for these recorders. The large time code display on the front panel of the TM-D4000 will also be able to display tape location from the remote port. IF-AN4000 - The analog card employs 24 bit A/D and D/A converters, and is accessed through two DB25 breakout connectors. Standard breakout connectors used for connecting DTRS machines like the DA-88 to an analog are ideal for connecting balanced analog equipment into the TM-D4000. IF-AE4000 - The AES/EBU card offers 24 bit AES/EBU input and output through a single DB25 connector. It is important to keep in mind that AES/EBU cables going from DB25 to DB25 are pinned out differently than an analog cable of the same configuration. (The TDIF cable is also configured differently.) We have included specific CableUp part numbers to help make sure you order the proper cables. CableUp Cable Model Numbers Analog DB25 to XLR Male Analog DB25 to XLR Female Analog DB25 to TRS Analog DB25 to DB25 TDIF Cable DTRS Remote Cable Lightpipe Cable ADAT Remote Cable AES/EBU DB25 to XLR 4M/4F AES/EBU DB25 to DB25 TM-D4000 Cascade Cable 10' 16' 10' 16' 10' 16' 10' 16' 10' 16' 16' 33' 6' 16' 15' 26' 10' 16' CU/SD203 CU/SD205 CU/SD303 CU/SD305 CU/SD403 CU/SD405 CU/SD103 CU/SD105 CU/PW88DM CU/PW88DL CU/PW848 CU/PW848L CU/ADOP06 CU/ADOP16 CU/ADCS15 CU/AES825 CU/AES2510 CU/AES2516 PW/4000CS

Cascading the TM-D4000 - Dedicated cascade ports are built in to the TM-D4000, allowing up to 4 mixers to be connected without giving up any I/O slots. Master L/R mix, aux sends, and busses can be selectively cascaded on an individual basis. All that is needed is the PW/4000CS cable to link the mixers. For users looking to automate cascaded mixers, it should be noted that the automation software only addresses one mixer. Multiple mixers will require multiple computers for automation.


IF-AN4000 (Analog) IF-TD4000 (TDIF & DTRS Sync) IF-LP4000 (Lightpipe) IF-AE4000 (AES/EBU)
A stock TM-D4000 does not come with any I/O slots filled. The TM-D4000T comes with slots 2 and 3 filled with IF-TD4000s. The TM-D4000A comes with slots 2 and
3 filled with IF-LP4000s. The meter bridge (MU-4000) is also optional, and comes with the associated cables and brackets for mounting on the TM-D4000.

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TM-D4000 Technical Documentation TOP PANEL

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2.3 Upgrading the TM-D4000 Firmware
The TM-D4000 must be running system firmware version 1.10 or higher to run the automation software. To check the firmware version on your mixer, press OPTION until the Setup screen appears then press DIRECT. Please refer to section 10-8 of the TM-D4000 Owner's Manual for complete instructions on upgrading the firmware which can be downloaded from the TASCAM web site at
2.4 Computer Hardware Installation
Before installation of the Moxa CI-132 card into a PC, set switches and jumpers as shown in the diagram below.
SW1: ON (default) SW2: OFF JP1: OPEN (default)

JP1 ON 12 ON 12

JP3: OPEN (default) JP4: OPEN (default)
1. Install the Moxa CI-132 card that was supplied with the TM-D4000 into an open ISA slot in your computer. Be sure the computers power is turned off when you install the card! 2. Turn on the computers power. Insert the Device Driver diskette that was included with the Moxa card. Make a folder labeled MOXA in the Program Files folder of your computer and copy the contents of the diskette into the MOXA folder you just created. 3. Remove the diskette from the computer and store it in a safe place. 4. Inside the MOXA folder on your computer double click the file IO-IRQ.exe. The IOIRQ screen will be displayed. Select Smartio/Industio ISA Family (it should already be selected with the other option being grayed out) and press Enter on the computer keyboard. 5. At the bottom of the screen you will be prompted to {Enter the Configuration Access Port in HEX:}. Type in 180 and press Enter. 6. The CI-132 series box should be displayed. Use the cursor keys on your computer to navigate through the parameters and set them as shown below. It is possible that nothing will need to be changed. Port index I/O address (HEX) IRQ Speed INT vector (HEX) 10 High 1cHigh 1c0
7. Press the F10 key to save the settings and finish the hardware installation.
2.5 Computer Software Installation
1. Inside the MOXA folder on your computer run the program Setup95 to install the device driver for the Moxa card. After the driver has been installed the Moxa Configuration Panel is displayed. 2. Click the Add button and the Property Window will appear. Set the parameters as shown below. Board Type: INT Vector: Interrupt No: Base I/I Port Address: CI-132 Series 1C0 (Check Box = Checked) 10 180

3. Leave everything else unchanged and click OK to close the Property window. Then click OK to close the Moxa Configuration Panel and display a window asking if you want to restart the computer. Click on the Yes box to restart. 4. When the computer has restarted insert diskette #1 of the TM-D4000 automation software and run setup to install. Insert diskette #2 when prompted. 5. The installation software will prompt you when the installation is finished. It is not necessary to restart the computer after installation of the TM-D4000 automation software.
2.6 TM-D4000 Connection and Configuration
1. Connect the special 9-pin cable supplied with the TM-D4000 to either port on the MOXA card on one end and connect the other end to the TO HOST port on the back of the mixer. You must use this supplied cable, a regular 9-pin cable will not work. 2. Connect a cable from the SMPTE time code output of your recording device to the TC In connector on the back of the TM-D4000. 3. In the Automation Setup screen of the TM-D4000 set Communication Speed to HIGH and SYNC SOURCE to TC IN. If you are using external time code with the TM-D4000, especially if the time code source is unstable, you may want to increase the FLYWHEEL setting to allow the automation to proceed even when there is a timecode dropout of up to one second. Alternatively, the internal timecode generator of the TM-D4000 may be used as the timecode source for the system. In this case MTC will be output from the MIDI OUT port on the back of the mixer which could be used by a sequencer or hard disk recorder without SMPTE capability. It will be necessary to select both the desired frame rate and start time. MTC as a SYNC SOURCE is not supported in this version of the automation software.
3.1 Launching the Software
1. Double click the TMD4000.exe icon (or the shortcut on the Desktop or Start Menu), and the program will launch. The program will automatically detect what port has been used. 2. When the TM-D4000 is detected, the program will show a graphical representation of the current status of the following components of the mixer: Faders Pan positions Cut and fader groups Solo status Cut status If the TM-D4000 is not connected correctly, or is not powered up, the program will display this dialog box to abort or try again.

3.2 Timecode Window

The Timecode window must be launched from the Mixer View by pressing <ctrl>T. When launched, the timecode window always floats above other screens allowing easy access at all times. Timecode window floating can be disabled if desired from the drop-down menu accessed here.
The TimeCode.exe program cannot be launched independently of the TMD4000.exe file. If you try to launch it independently, this error box will appear:

3.3 Control Bar

The Control Bar appears at the top of the main window, and contains controls and displays that are basic to the automated mix process. These controls appear "pushed in" when active, except for the F.SENSE button, which is a three-state button as described below.
Auto Punch In and Auto Punch Out are not supported in this version of the automation software. Auto TakeOver allows the fader to automatically switch back to Read Mode after an update when the physical fader passes back through its original position, called the "Update Reference Point". When Auto Read is active, any channel(s) in Write or Update Mode will automatically revert to Read Mode when the received timecode stops. This three-state switch changes between the following three Fader Sense Modes which correspond to the equivalent settings make in the TM-D4000's Automation Setup screen: Off: Shown by the gray F.SENSE mode. Auto Manual: Shown by the gray "pushed in" A.MANUAL mode. Auto Write: Shown by the red A.WRITE mode. Please refer to the sections 5.2 and 5.3 on Auto Write and Auto Manual for detailed descriptions of these functions.
This "meter" shows the amount of RAM available on your computer for further mix moves. The indicators light in order from left to right (green to red). When the two right-most red indicators are lit, no further mix moves can be written. Activate this to enter Write Mode (the equivalent to pressing the WRITE key on the TM-D4000). Double click it to select Write Mode for all channels. Activate this to enter Update Mode (the equivalent to pressing the UPDATE key on the TM-D4000). Double click it to select Update Mode for all channels.

Activate this to enter Read Mode (the equivalent to pressing the READ key on the TM-D4000). Double click it to select Read Mode for all channels. Activate this to enter Manual Mode (the equivalent to pressing the MANUAL key on the TM-D4000). Double click it to select Manual Mode for all channels. Brings up the Automation Items window which allows the selection of the different mixer parameters which may be automated. Use these four buttons for the quick enabling/disabling of writing and reading for the faders and cuts. The red buttons on the left enable/disable writing while the green buttons on the right enable/disable reading.
Toggles between PFL (Pre-Fader Listen) and IPS (In Place Solo).
3.4 Toolbar/Disk Operations
The Toolbar can be selected for viewing or hidden using the Show Toolbar command in the View Menu. This is a floating toolbar that can be dragged from the default position and re-anchored where most convenient. It contains standard icons which, when clicked, carry out file operations. NEW: This clears the contents of the current mix and starts a new mix session. LOAD: This opens the standard Windows dialog box for opening a previously saved mix session. SAVE: This saves the current mix session to disk using the standard Windows dialog box. SAVE AS: This saves the current mix under a new name. UNDO: This discards the effects of the last mix pass. REDO: This restores mix information discarded by an UNDO command. ABOUT: Displays the automation software and TM-D4000 firmware versions.

3.5 Menu Items

Edit Menu
File Menu Item Meaning Undoes the effects of the last timecode pass (or redoes them if undo has been carried out) Clears the Initial Status, but does not clear dynamic events Overwrites the current Initial Status with the current console status Clears all current dynamic events and Initial Status Brings up the dialog box where console parameters to be automated can be selected


Meaning Starts a new mix Opens an existing mix from disk Saves the existing mix to file, prompting for a file name if one has not been already given Saves the existing mix to another file Quits the software

New Open Save

Clear Initial Status

Capture Initial Status

Save as. Exit
Clear All Events Automation Items.

View Menu Window Menu

Meaning Shows or hides the toolbar Shows or hides the standard Windows status bar at the bottom of the main window Shows or hides the physical faders Starts the Timecode program and brings up the Timecode controls Brings up the Automation Setup dialog (equivalent to the TM-D4000's Automation Setup screen) Brings up the appropriate Aux View
Meaning Standard Windows "window cascade" function Standard Windows "window tile" function


Toolbar Status Bar
Hide Physical Fader pos. Timecode
List of open windows inside the application (but not including the Timecode bar)

About Menu

Automation Setup
Meaning Brings up a panel giving the version number of the automation software and the ROM installed in the mixer 9

TM-D4000 Automation

Aux View (116) Aux View (1732)

3.6 Mixer View

When the automation software is launched, the Mixer View is displayed showing key information about the automated mix including fader and knob positions, cuts, EQ status, etc.

Group Indicators

Mode Indicator
If the channel is part of a fader and/or cut group, the group number is shown here along with the group's color (fader groups are shown in the left box, cut groups in the right This shows the mode of the channel: Read, Write, Manual or Update. Turns red when the channel is being soloed.
Solo control and indicator EQ Control and Indicator Cut Button Panpot and Indicator
Turns the equalization on and off for the channel Turns red to indicate that the channel is cut. Sets and shows the channel's panpot position. The center position (as shown here) is represented by "C". Sets and shows the channel's fader position.
Level Indicator The level of the logical fader in dB relative to nominal is displayed here. Label Channel Number Channel label. Click here and type in up to four alphanumeric characters. The number under the fader corresponds to the number of the TM-D4000's channel.
Stereo linked faders are shown with a "gang bar" linking the two on-screen faders.
Click the gray label just below the level indicator to enter a 4-character name for the channel.
The Logical fader shows the true level of a channel at any moment. This is the fader that automatically moves during playback.


The Physical fader shows the position of the hardware fader on the TM-D4000. The physical fader only appears when the position of the fader on the mixer is different from the true audio level. When the two are in agreement, the physical fader is concealed and the fader is said to be "nulled".

3.7 EQ View

This is a view which allows you to view and adjust the EQ parameters for a channel.

Right-click in the fader area of a channel. The word "Equalizer" will appear in a pop-up menu.
Click on this pop-up to bring the window shown above to the front. The EQ button at the upper right of the response curve can be used to turn the EQ on or off for the selected channel.
Alternatively, use the pull-down list at the top of the window to change between channels.
The on-screen rotary controls or the small up/down arrows to the right of the text boxes may be used to make the gain, frequency and Q settings for the four EQ bands. The graphic EQ response curve will change as the values are changed. The desired values could also be typed in directly. The software will round the values to the nearest valid value used by the TM-D4000. Changing the EQ settings on the mixer itself will also change the on-screen settings and the response curve.
NOTE: Some of the controls may be disabled under certain conditions. The Q setting has no meaning when an HPF or LPF setting is selected in the Gain section of bands 1 and 4.

3.8 Aux Views

Settings for the TM-D4000's six Aux. Sends may be viewed and adjusted from this screen. These on-screen controls are available in two different views: Aux View (Ch01-16) and Aux View (Ch1732). The Aux settings for the two ST IN inputs are shown in both views. Use the View menu to select either of these two views. Note that both views may be on the screen at the same time. Click any of the PRE/POST or ON/OFF buttons to change these settings. The automation mode indicators show the current automation mode of the channels. The Aux. Send levels may be adjusted using the on-screen controls. Channel labels entered in the Mixer View are shown but may not be edited here.

3.9 Automation Modes

The four automation mode keys (WRITE, UPDATE, READ and MANUAL) on the TM-D4000 are used in conjunction with the software to provide access to the automation modes described on the next page. Automation modes can be selected for all channels by pressing the desired mode key then pressing ALL. Automation modes can also be selected on a per channel basis by pressing a mode key then pressing ENTER to confirm your selection. The indicator for the selected mode key will blink and individual channels can then be assigned to that mode with their SEL key. When a mode indicator is blinking, another mode key can be selected at any time. It is possible to have some channels assigned to one mode while other channels are assigned to a different mode. A single channel can only be assigned to one mode at a time. In addition to selecting these modes from the TM-D4000, you can also select them from the main Control Bar (See 3.3 Control Bar) by doubleclicking the desired mode button to assign all the channels to that mode. The appropriate indicators will light on the TM-D4000 when the mode is selected from the software.

TM-D4000 Writing Reading TM-D4000 PC PC
Remember that the terms "write" and "read" are relative to the mixer: "Writing" transfers mix moves from the mixer to the automation software and "reading" transfers mix moves from the automation software to the mixer.
Write Mode: Channels in Write mode are armed and ready to write automation moves whenever time code is received by the automation software. A channel can be punched into write mode in real time by pressing its SEL key (with the master mode in Write), then punched out by pressing the STOP button. Any time a channel is writing mix moves, switch events or POD adjustments it is erasing previously written information during the time the channel is actually in write mode, the appropriate parameters are writeenabled and the automation software is receiving time code. Read Mode: Channels in Read mode will play back previously written mix moves. While in Read mode any fader moves, switch events or POD adjustments made will not be written by the automation software, nor will they affect the channel audio. When reading mix moves and listening at low volumes, it can be helpful to turn off the motorized faders. The mix moves will still be read and displayed on the automation software screen but the faders will not move. Update Mode: Update mode has three functions. 1) Changing EQ, Aux or Pan settings for a channel while it is reading fader automation. 2) Adding switch events (Cuts, EQ insertion and Aux On/Off/Pre/Post) to already existing switch events without replacing them. 3) Changing the overall level of a channel for the entire mix or a portion of it without replacing existing mix moves. Manual Mode: Channels in Manual Mode will not read or write automation data. While adjustments made to a channel in Manual Mode will change the setting for that channel, as soon as the channel is put into Read Mode any changes made during Manual mode will be lost as they will be overridden by the automation software.

4.1 Getting Started

This section introduces important concepts and techniques relating to writing and editing fader moves, cuts, and other automated mix events in real time (while program material is playing and time code is being received). Please read this section carefully as there are details to building an automated mix that, if skipped, will cause mix moves to be lost or limit the power of dynamic mix automation. NOTE: We will be dealing with two types of automation data: 1) Static data (settings that will not change during the length of the mix) and 2) Dynamic data (settings that will be changed by the mix moves written into the automation software during the mix). You should become familiar with the Automation Items window available under the Edit Menu of the automation software. It is in this window that it is possible to write enable some parameters (like faders or EQ) while leaving other parameters untouched. Think of this as arming one track of a multitrack recorder for an overdub while leaving others in playback. 1. Launch the automation software and the Time Code Window. Turn off time code reception in the Time Code Window by clicking on the T.C. icon in the upper left corner. 2. Set all mixer channels to Manual Mode and set up the basic mix as much as possible without automation. (Basic levels, panning, EQ, effects, etc.) 3. Save your mix as a snapshot in the TM-D4000 as a backup. 4. Turn on time code reception in the Time Code Window and select Write Mode for all channels by pressing WRITE then ALL on the Automation section of the TM-D4000. Be sure that all parameters are write-enabled in the Automation Items window of the automation software. 5. Under the Edit Menu of the automation software, select Clear Initial Status and confirm your action by clicking OK in the alert window that is displayed. 6. Also under the Edit Menu, select Capture Initial Status and confirm your action by clicking OK in the alert window that is displayed. 7. Play the time code from the beginning of your recording 5 to 10 seconds before the start of audio until the readout in the time code window turns black. This sets the initial static position of all settings on the mixer within the automation software. Do not make any adjustments during this short pass. 8. Stop the recording and select manual mode for all channels.

4.2 Adjusting Static Settings
1. Make the adjustments to the desired channels with those channels set to manual mode. When you like the new settings, stop the recording, set the desired channels to write mode and select Capture Initial Status from the automation software Edit Menu. (NOTE: Only parameters that have been write-enabled in the Automation Items window will be saved.) 2. The channels with new static settings can now be returned to manual mode for the possibility of further adjustments, or they can be placed into read mode to ensure that the new settings wont get accidentally changed. (NOTE: You will always be able to make adjustments to a channel that is in manual mode, but those adjustments will not be saved until the above step is carried out.)
4.3 Creating Dynamic Mix Moves
1. Put desired channels into write mode, make the dynamic mix moves, then put the newly automated channels into read mode to play back the dynamic mix automation. 2. If you wish to perform the moves again, the previous pass can be undone by selecting Undo from the Edit Menu in the automation software before attempting another pass. Any time old mix moves are replaced by new ones, those channels should be in read mode before making the new moves to ensure starting from the same settings as before the old mix moves were made. Please refer to the following section on Real Time Mix Editing.

5.1 Manual Write

This will be the most common way to edit previously written mix moves. This technique is similar to punching in and out of record on a multi-track when doing an overdub. Channels will already be in read mode since they will be reading mix moves from the automation software. Be sure AUTO READ is checked in the Automation Setup screen of the TM-D4000. This will automatically switch write-enabled channels to read mode when the recording is stopped. 1. Write enable the channel parameters you wish to write in the Automation Items window of the software. 2. Press the WRITE key in the Automation section of the TM-D4000, then confirm the selection by pressing ENTER. The Write indicator on the mixer should be flashing. 3. Play the recording a comfortable amount of time before the place you wish to edit mix moves. The moving faders of the TM-D4000 will be following the mix moves previously written. 4. When it is time to begin writing new mix moves, put the desired channel(s) into write mode by pressing the channels SEL key. As soon as the SEL key is pressed, the channel will begin writing mix moves, erasing moves that were previously written during that section of the recording. 5. When the end of the section to be edited is reached, simply stop the recording to punch out. All channels will automatically switch to read mode when the recording is stopped since the Auto Read function is selected. 6. Another way to punch out is to press the READ key in the Automation section of the mixer, then press All to select read mode for all channels. This way you can continue to listen to the mix after the automation edit. 7. It is also possible to select read mode by pressing the READ key, then pressing an individual channels SEL key to switch it to read mode. This allows some channels to be punched out while other channels continue writing. As long as a master mode indicator is flashing it is possible to switch between modes in this way with a single key press, then use the channel SEL keys to punch into write or out to read modes. As many channels as you need can be put into the Write or Read modes in this way with more channels added at any time during a mix pass. However, remember that this is a dynamic mix automation system and you have the ability to concentrate on a few channels or just one channel at a time, then going on to other channels. Just like overdubbing.

5.2 Auto Write

This mode automatically puts a channel into Write Mode when a fader is moved. Auto Write mode is best used for gradual fader movements while Manual Write is better suited for drastic or quick fader movements. Channels will already be in read mode since they will be reading mix moves from the automation software. Be sure AUTO READ is checked in the Automation Setup screen of the TM-D4000. This will automatically switch write-enabled channels to read mode when the recording is stopped. Write mode does not need to be selected in the Automation section of the mixer. 1. Select AUTO WRITE in the Fader Sense Mode section of the Automation Setup screen on the TM-D4000. 2. Play the recording a comfortable amount of time before the place you wish to edit mix moves. The moving faders of the TM-D4000 will be following the mix moves previously written. 3. Begin slowly moving the desired fader(s) when you wish to edit mix moves. The fader will automatically switch to write mode and begin writing new mix moves. 4. When the end of the section to be edited is reached, simply stop the recording to punch out. All channels will automatically switch to read mode when the recording is stopped since the Auto Read function is selected. Another way to punch out is to press the Read key in the Automation section of the mixer, then press All to select read mode for all channels. This way you can continue to listen to the mix after the automation edit. It is also possible to select read mode by pressing the Read key and confirming the selection with the Enter key, then selecting read mode on the desired channels by pressing the SEL key. This allows some channels to be punched out while other channels continue writing. Since the read mode stays selected it is possible to punch into write mode on a channel by moving its fader, then punch out to read mode simply be pressing the channels SEL key. This can be repeated as many times as necessary on as many channels as necessary.

5.3 Auto Manual

This mode automatically puts a channel into manual mode when a fader is moved. This can be useful for experimenting with new mix moves without erasing previous ones. Remember, manual mode does not write mix moves, so these experiments will not be written to the automation software. Also, when a channel is switched to manual mode, all the parameters of that channel will stop reading mix moves. So if you experiment with fader moves on a channel that has panning moves written, the panning moves will stop playing back. Channels will already be in read mode since they will be reading mix moves from the automation software. 1. Select AUTO MANUAL in the Fader Sense Mode section of the Automation Setup screen on the TMD4000. 2. Play the recording a comfortable amount of time before the place you wish to experiment with mix moves. The moving faders of the TM-D4000 will be following the mix moves previously written. 3. Begin moving the desired fader(s) when you wish to begin experimenting with mix moves. The channel will automatically switch to manual mode. 4. When the end of the experiment is reached, simply stop the recording or switch back to read mode using the READ and ALL keys for all channels or the READ and SEL keys for individual channels. In this mode Auto Read will not switch all channels to Read Mode when the recording is stopped, allowing further experimentation when the recording is started again. It is necessary to manually switch back to Read Mode when desired. NOTE: Since Auto Write and Auto Manual will cause a channel to go into Write or Manual mode when a fader is moved, turn these functions off before the final mixdown. If a fader is accidentally moved with one of these functions on, that channel will stop playing back mix moves, and in the case of Auto Write, that fader will begin erasing mix moves.

Update mode provides access to some of the more powerful and important features in the dynamic automation software. Using Update Mode it becomes possible to adjust POD settings for a channel while reading fader moves, add switch events without replacing existing ones and change the overall level of a channel for a section of the recording or the entire mix while retaining already written mix moves.
6.1 Adjusting POD Settings
During the process of mixing it is common practice to make adjustments to EQ, Aux. Sends, Panning, etc. while listening to other mix parameters being read. In this way we can more accurately make the critical sonic judgements required during a mixdown. (NOTE: Update Mode must be used for this purpose since Read Mode accepts mix moves only from the automation software, not from the mixers controls.) By following the steps below it is possible to make changes to the static settings of one parameter (EQ for example) while listening to dynamic moves being read by other parameters (fader, panning, etc.)
1. In the Automation Items window of the automation software, uncheck WRITE ENABLE for all parameters. 2. In the case of EQ it can be useful to store the pre-adjustment setting in an EQ library in case the original setting is preferred over the adjusted setting. 3. Select Update Mode for the channel(s) you wish to make adjustments to by pressing UPDATE in the AUTOMATION Section of the TM-D4000, then selecting the desired channels using their SEL key. Update mode for a channel can also be selected while the recording is playing. 4. While in Update Mode it is possible to freely adjust the desired parameter while the recording is playing. If the recording ends or is stopped and the adjustment has not been completed, it is then necessary to WRITE ENABLE only the adjusted parameter in the Automation Items window of the software, select Write Mode on only the adjusted channels with the recording stopped, then select Capture Initial Status under the Edit menu of the automation software. If it is more desirable to begin the adjustment again from the original setting, simply play the recording again and it will be restored. However, once Capture Initial Status has been performed it will be necessary to recall the original setting from your stored library.

6.2 Adding Switch Events

There may be times during a mix that it is needed to add a switch event or events (a Cut, EQ switch or Aux Send switch) so close to an existing good switch event that Write Mode might accidentally erase the good switch event. In these instances Update Mode may be used to add the new switch event(s) without the danger of erasing existing ones. Or you may simply wish to experiment with some different cuts. 1. In the Automation Items window of the automation software WRITE ENABLE only the parameters where switch events are to be added. (CUT, EQ and/or AUX) NOTE: EQ and AUX also have dynamic controls in addition to switches that will be write-enabled. Update Mode will not erase previously written mix moves on the dynamic controls. However, if they are adjusted during Update Mode the result will be the same as if the adjustment were made during Write Mode. 2. Select Update Mode for the channel(s) you wish to add switch events to by pressing UPDATE in the AUTOMATION Section of the TM-D4000, then selecting the desired channels using their SEL key. Update Mode for a channel can also be selected while the recording is playing. 3. Add switch events as desired. If you wish to try again, select Undo from the Edit Menu of the automation software before playing the recording again. The status of the dynamic processor insertion switch can be freely changed in Update Mode and will remain on or off as selected since this switch event is not written or read by the automation software.

6.3 Making Relative Offsets to Fader Moves
During a mix there may be sections where there are good mix moves on a channel but the overall volume of the section needs to be raised or lowered. In these instances Update Mode can be used to make relative offsets to fader moves without erasing the existing mix moves.
Update (pass 2) Trim End of update Resulting level after update
1. In the Automation Items window of the level (pass 1) automation software check the box to WRITE ENABLE faders. You may wish to uncheck the WRITE ENABLE boxes for the other parameters to avoid writing an unwanted mix move or switch event. 2. Select Update Mode for the channel(s) you wish to make relative offsets to by pressing UPDATE in the AUTOMATION Section of the TM-D4000, then selecting the desired channels using their SEL key. Update Mode for a channel can also be selected while the recording is playing.

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End of write
3. Play the recording a comfortable amount of time before the place you wish to begin offsetting fader moves. The faders on the TM-D4000 will be following the mix moves previously written. When a channel is placed into Update Mode, its fader will stop moving and be represented by the Physical fader on the automation software screen. The Logical fader on the software screen will continue to move, reading mix moves and controlling the actual volume of the channel. 4. As soon as a channel is placed into Update Mode an Update Reference Point (a small yellow arrow) will appear next to the Physical fader on the automation software screen. When the physical fader is moved above the Update Reference Point, you are increasing the level of previously written moves. When the Physical fader is moved below the Update Reference Point, you are decreasing the level of the previously written moves. 5. When the section needing the relative offset is finished, punching out of update can be done in any of the ways described in section 5.1, Manual Write. To create a seamless transition from the relative offset to the section of the recording that comes after, return the physical fader to match the Update Reference Point before punching out. This will also only add the relative offset to the actual edited section of the recording. If the physical fader is left above or below the Update Reference Point when punching out of Update, then the relative offset will be kept from the beginning of the offset until the end of the recording.

6.4 Auto Takeover

Auto Takeover is a convenient feature that is used within Update Mode for a seamless transition from the offset to the remaining portion of the recording. With a standard Update it is possible to offset mix moves above and below the Update Reference Point in one pass. With Auto Takeover enabled the relative offset can only be added above or below the Update Reference Point in one pass. The channel will automatically switch back to Read Mode when the Physical fader passes back through the Update Reference Point.

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