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Create stunning, clear vocals with Pro Tools Vocal Studio, powered with the same technology preferred by top music professionals to create, edit and produce much of the world's most popular music. Produce professional-sounding soundtracks, podcasts and voice over narrations with ease. The fuel to your creative fire, Pro Tools Vocal Studio packs everything you need to effortlessly turn your computer into a complete recording studio.

 

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M-AUDIO

Pro Tools Vocal Studio

User Guide
Pro Tools Vocal Studio has what you need for a professional-quality vocal recording setup. M-Audio Producer USB is a professional quality microphone designed for a wide variety of uses, such as music production, voice-overs, and podcasting. Featuring a built-in pro recording soundcard, Producer USB integrates easily with your computer via a standard USB connection. Completing the package, the included Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software is your introduction to the world-standard platform in music production software. No matter if you are an established professional who wants to take Pro Tools on the road, or if this is your first recording system, we recommend you spend a few minutes reviewing this Quick Start Guide to ensure proper setup.
Pro Tools Vocal Studio Features
High-quality, 16mm cardioid capsule USB microphone Low latency performance using M-Audio drivers USB bus-powered Onboard direct monitoring through the integrated 1/8" headphones/line output jack Onboard blue power LED behind mesh windscreen

About this Guide

This Quick Start Guide covers setup of the M-Audio Producer USB microphone for Mac and Windows computers. The Producer USB microphone contained in this bundle can be used with a variety of thirdparty music production software. Consult your software's documentation for more information.

English

Introduction

Installing Producer USB

To use M-Audio Producer USB with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software, follow the steps in the printed Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Quick Setup instructions. These instructions include the basic steps for installing drivers for M-Audio Producer USB. Detailed information about installing M-Audio Producer USB drivers is also provided in the next section. To use M-Audio Producer USB with 3rd-party music recording software, you still need to install the Producer USB drivers. See the following installation steps. For best results, Producer USB drivers and hardware should be installed first, and your recording software second (unless recording software already exists on the computer).
Installation Instructions for Windows XP and Vista
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure Producer USB is not connected to your computer when beginning the installation. The following instructions will indicate when you should connect the interface to your computer. 1. Install the Producer USB drivers by doing one of the following: Download the latest Producer USB drivers from the Support > Drivers page at www.m-audio.com. This is highly recommended as it provides you with the newest drivers available. Once you have saved the installer to your computer, doubleclick the file to start the installation process.
- or If you do not have Internet access and are installing drivers from the included disc, the computer will automatically display the interactive install screen when the disc is inserted. If your computer fails to launch this application, you can manually start it by clicking on Start > My Computer* > Pro Tools M-Powered Essential DVD > setup.exe. Next, click "Install Producer USB Driver." *If you are using Windows Vista, "My Computer" will be labeled "Computer" in this step. 2. Follow the driver installers on-screen instructions. At various points in this installation process, you may be notified that the driver being installed has not passed Windows Logo Testing, or asked whether the program you wish to run is a trusted application. Click "Continue Anyway" (Windows XP) or "Install" (Windows Vista) to proceed with the installation.

3. 4. Once the installer has completed, click "Finish."
NOTE: Windows XP users may encounter additional messages. If so, proceed with steps 5-7. 5. Windows XP will identify the interface and ask if you want to search the Internet for a driver. Select "No, not this time" and press "Next." Windows XP will display a Found New Hardware Wizard dialog asking what you want the wizard to do. Choose "Install the software automatically" and click "Next."
Once the Wizard has completed, click "Finish." If you are presented with another Found New Hardware Wizard dialog, repeat steps 5-7.
Installation Instructions for Mac OS X
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure Producer USB is not connected to your computer when beginning the installation. The following instructions will indicate when you should connect the interface to your computer. 1. Install the Producer USB drivers by doing one of the following: If you have Internet access, download the latest Producer USB drivers from the Support > Drivers page at www.m-audio.com. This is highly recommended as it provides you with the newest drivers available.The downloaded file should automatically mount and display its contents. If this file does not automatically mount after it has finished downloading, click on the file from the downloads stack in the dock to display its contents. Next, double-click the installer application.
- or If you do not have Internet access and are installing drivers from the Pro Tools M-Powered Essential DVD, a DVD-ROM icon will appear on your desktop once the disc is inserted into your computer. Double-click this icon to view the contents of the disc. In the Drivers folder, double-click the driver installer (.dmg) file for ProducerUSB_OSX.
Connect Producer USB to an available USB port on your computer. The installation should automatically complete.
Follow the driver installers on-screen instructions. During installation, Mac OS X will ask you to enter your user name and password. Enter this information and click OK to confirm. If you have not configured a password for your computer, leave the password field blank and click OK. If you are not the computers owner, ask the owner or your Administrator for this information. When the installer has completed, click "Restart." Your computer will reboot automatically. After your computer has finished starting up, connect Producer USB to an available USB port on your computer. Producer USB is now installed and ready to be used. NOTE: In order to hear audio from Producer USB, you MUST connect your headphones, powered speakers, mixer or stereo system to the 1/8-inch headphone jack on the front of Producer USB. Sound will NOT come out of your laptop or computer speakers while Producer USB is connected to your computer.

The Software Control Panel
The Producer USB Software Control Panel lets you adjust settings such as input gain, monitor mix levels, and output volume. The Control Panel is divided into separate pages, each accessible by clicking on the corresponding tab. To open the Producer USB Software Control Panel: Windows XP/Vista users: A small M-Audio logo appears in the system tray, generally located at the bottom of your Windows desktop. Double-click this icon to open the Control Panel. Mac OS X users: The Producer USB Control Panel can be found in System Preferences, under "Other." NOTE: The Software Control Panel is available only after the Producer USB driver software has been installed. It will not appear if Producer USB is being used as a class compliant device (this means using the device with the drivers already built into the computers operating system). Also note that the Producer USB driver software must be installed and the device connected in order for Pro Tools M-Powered Essential to function.

Levels Tab (All Systems)

1. Input Gain Control - This slider controls the level coming from the microphone. If the input meters on your audio software are showing red, lower the input gain level. Monitor Mix Control - This slider controls the level of signal from the microphone that is sent directly to the mic's integrated 1/8-inch monitor output. This signal is blended with the output signal from your audio software. This monitoring method (called "Hardware Monitoring" or "Direct Monitoring") lets you listen to your input signal before any
When monitoring your input using the Monitor Mix Control, make sure that your audio software is not outputting signal from the track you are currently recording. This would cause "double-monitoring," resulting in an undesired "phasing" or "slap-back" echo. Consult the documentation for your audio application regarding disabling software monitoring. The Monitor Mix Control has no effect on what is actually recorded in your audio software. 3. Output Volume Control - This slider controls the level of output signal from your audio software.
Latency Tab (Windows XP and Vista)
The term "latency" refers to the time it takes for signals from the microphone to pass through your audio software and appear at the output of Producer USB. This latency can result in a delay that is undesirable when overdubbing to existing tracks. The slider lets you select the size of the buffer in samples. Smaller buffer sizes result in lower latency, but may not function well with slower systems, causing clicks, pops and dropouts in the audio playback. The default buffer size is 256 samples. If you are experiencing clicks and pops in your audio, try increasing the buffer size. On Macintosh systems, the buffer size is normally adjusted within your audio recording software. NOTE: This setting cannot be modified while a recording application is running.

Sample Rate Tab (Windows Vista Only)
This page allows you to choose a sample rate of 44.1kHz or 48kHz. This is provided in order for MME applications in Windows Vista to have access to both of the supported sample rates. ASIO and WDM applications let you change the sample rate within the recording software, regardless of the setting on this tab.

About Tab (All Systems)

This page contains information on your hardware and current driver software versions. This information may be helpful should you ever have the occasion to call for technical support. Clicking the links on this page will take you to useful pages on the M-Audio website.
software audio processing takes place, thereby preventing undesirable delays (latency) common when monitoring your input signal through your software. Adjust this slider until you have achieved the desired balance between microphone signal and playback levels.
Audio Software Configuration
The included Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software automatically selects and configures M-Audio Producer USB for audio recording. If you are planning to use a 3rd-party recording software, you will need to select M-Audio Producer USB as the audio input and output device for the software and its tracks. Please refer to the documentation for your recording software for more information.
Recording with Producer USB
1. 2. 3. On the Levels tab of the Software Control Panel, turn the Input Gain Control all the way down. (It should be all the way down by default.) In your recording software, select M-Audio Producer USB as the input source for a new track. While speaking, singing, or playing a musical instrument into the Producer USB microphone (at the loudest level you expect to occur during your recording,) slowly turn up the Input Gain slider until the red clip indicator begins to illuminate in your recording software. Then, turn the Input Gain slider down until your recording softwares clip indicator no longer illuminates. At this point, you should be ready to record with the optimum gain setting. Note: Placing a pop filter (available from most music equipment retailers) between the microphone and a vocalist can improve recording quality by reducing the impact of sibilance and plosives during a vocal performance.
Additional Information and Support
Documentation for the included Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software can be accessed via the applications Help menu. Additional installation and setup instructions can also be found in the included Pro Tools M-Powered Essential Quick Setup.

Before Updating Your Mac or Windows System: Please check the M-Audio driver download page at www.m-audio.com/drivers for the availability of an updated driver before you decide to install Microsoft or Apple operating system updates. Before new M-Audio device drivers are released, they are tested for use with operating system versions that are available at that time. When updates for an operating system are released, all M-Audio device drivers have to be re-tested and possibly updated to ensure proper operation. M-Audio recommends refraining from installing operating system updates until a driver has been posted to the M-Audio website for that specific operating system. The M-Audio website (www.m-audio.com) contains the latest drivers and program updates as well as useful links to news stories, FAQs, and technical support. We recommend checking this site regularly to ensure you have the latest drivers and most up-to-date information about your M-Audio products.

Warranty Terms

M-Audio warrants products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship, under normal use and provided that the product is owned by the original, registered user. Visit www.m-audio.com/warranty for terms and limitations applying to your specific product.

Warranty Registration

Immediately registering your new M-Audio product entitles you to full warranty coverage and helps M-Audio develop and manufacture the finest quality products available. Register online at www.m-audio.com/register to receive FREE product updates and for the chance to win M-Audio giveaways.
Documentation Feedback At Avid, we are always looking for ways to improve our documentation. If you have comments, corrections, or suggestions regarding our documentation, email us at techpubs@avid.com Producer USB
Tested to comply with FCC standards FOR HOME OR STUDIO USE
WARNING: This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. 2010 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice. Avid, M-Audio, Pro Tools, M-Powered, and Producer USB are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT Visit the M-Audio Online Support Center at www.m-audio.com/support
PRODUCT INFORMATION For company and product information visit us on the web at www.m-audio.com

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Avid Vocal Studio User Guide

Version 8.0.3

Legal Notices
This guide is copyrighted 2010 by Avid Technology, Inc., with all rights reserved. Under copyright laws, this guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of Avid Technology, Inc. Avid, Pro Tools SE and M-Audio are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are subject to change without notice. Guide Part Number 8420-30237-01 REV A 06/10

Documentation Feedback

At Avid, we are always looking for ways to improve our documentation. If you have comments, corrections, or suggestions regarding our documentation, email us at techpubs@avid.com.

contents

Chapter 1. Introduction. 1
Vocal Studio Features. 1 System Requirements. 2 Hardware Registration. 2 Pro Tools SE Guide Set. 2
Chapter 2. Installing Vocal Studio. 3
Installation Overview. 3 Mac OS X. 3 Windows. 4 MP3 Export Option. 5 Hardware Connections. 6 Checking Your Signal Path. 6 Software and System Configuration. 7
Chapter 3. The Software Control Panel. 9
Accessing the Control Panel. 9 Levels Tab (All Systems). 9 Latency Tab (Windows). 10 About Tab (All Systems). 10
Chapter 4. Using Vocal Studio. 11
Launching Pro Tools SE. 11 Recording Audio Tracks. 12 Opening a Recent Session. 13
Appendix A. Additional Information and Support. 15
Pro Tools SE. 15 M-Audio Drivers. 15 Before Updating Your System. 15

Contents iii

Appendix B. Compliance Information. 17
Environmental Compliance. 17 EMC (Electromagnetic Compliance). 18 Safety Compliance. 18

chapter 1

Introduction
Welcome to Avid Vocal Studio. Vocal Studio turns your Mac or PC into a complete music production and recording environment, by combining an M Audio Producer USB and Pro Tools SE from Avid. Your M-Audio Producer USB is a professional quality microphone designed for a wide variety of uses, such as music production, voice-overs, and podcasting. Featuring a built-in pro recording soundcard, Producer USB integrates easily with your computer via a standard USB connection. Pro Tools is the industry standard platform in music production software that is used in top recording facilities around the world. Whether you're new to music production or a seasoned professional wanting to take Pro Tools SE on the road, this package includes what you need for a professional-quality recording setup. Please take the time to read this User Guide. It will explain how to get the best performance out of your Vocal Studio.

Vocal Studio Features

M-Audio Producer USB
High-quality, USB powered, 16mm cardioid microphone 1/8-inch headphone/line output jack Blue power LED indicator
Pro Tools SE music production software

Chapter 1: Introduction

System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements can be found on the Avid website at www.avid.com.
Conventions Used in This Guide
The following symbols are used to highlight important information:
A qualified version of Adobe Flash Player is required.
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the most from your system. Important Notices include information that could affect your data or the performance of your system. Cross References point to related sections in this and other Avid guides.

Hardware Registration

Please register your product online at www.avid.com/support. By doing so, you become eligible to receive the following: Technical support information Software update and upgrade notices Hardware warranty information

Pro Tools SE Guide Set

Complete documentation can be accessed via the Help Menu.
Interactive Guides and Tutorials
Interactive guides and tutorials can be accessed via the Pro Tools SE Quick Start dialog or the Help Menu while the program is running.

chapter 2

Installing Vocal Studio
This chapter shows you how to install Avid Vocal Studio on Mac OS X and Windows.
3 When the disc opens, double-click the in-
staller icon to launch the installation.

Installation Overview

The Vocal Studio installation includes the following steps:
1 Installing Pro Tools SE. 2 Installing M-Audio Producer USB driver. 3 Connecting M-Audio Producer USB. 4 Software configuration. 5 System Configuration.
Vocal Studio Installer Icon
4 Click Continue on the Welcome screen, and follow all on-screen instructions.

Mac OS X

The Pro Tools SE DVD runs a two-stage installation process. Stage 1 installs Pro Tool SE, and Stage 2 installs the Producer USB driver.
It is important to carefully read and follow all on-screen instructions.

To install Vocal Studio:

1 Make sure Producer USB is not connected to
Pro Tools SE - Welcome Screen

your computer.

2 Insert the installation DVD into your com-

puter.

Chapter 2: Installing Vocal Studio
5 When the following screen appears, click
Continue and follow the on-screen instructions.

Windows

Click Continue
Software instrument content is very large and may take up to 30 minutes to install. During this time, the progress bar may not appear to move but your software is still installing. Do not terminate your installation.
6 Choose the picture of Producer USB on the
In Windows 7, if the User Account Control dialog appears, click Allow. If the Welcome screen doesnt appear, locate and double-click Setup.exe.
next screen, click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to install the Producer USB driver.
3 Click Continue to install Pro Tools SE.
Driver Selection - Producer USB
7 Once the installation is complete and your
computer has been restarted, connect Producer USB to an available USB port on your computer.
4 When the following screen appears, choose
8 Click Finish once the software has been in-
the picture of Producer USB and follow the onscreen instructions to install the Producer USB driver.

stalled.

If the Found New Hardware Wizard reappears, repeat steps 6 through 8. If the Windows Logo Testing or trusted application dialog appears, Click Continue Anyway (Windows XP) or Install (Windows 7).

MP3 Export Option

The MP3 Export Option lets you create MP3 files from Pro Tools sessions when exporting a region or a Timeline selection as a new audio file. With the MP3 Export Option, the MP3 file type is available when using File > Export > Audio. Pro Tools uses the Fraunhofer codec for encoding MP3 files.
You may be notified that the driver being installed has not passed Windows Logo Testing, or asked whether the program you wish to run is a trusted application. Click Continue Anyway (Windows XP) or Install (Windows 7) to proceed with the installation.
5 Once the installation is complete and your
Authorizing the MP3 Export Option
The MP3 Export Option is a paid option and can be purchased and authorized when you export an audio file as an MP3. To authorize the MP3 Export Option using an authorization code:
1 Launch Pro Tools. 2 Open a session. 3 Click on a region or make a Timeline selection and choose File > Export > Audio. 4 Select Compressed MP3 as the File Type. 5 Click Export. 6 In the Pro Tools MP3 Option dialog, click Au-
computer has restarted, connect Producer USB to an available USB port on your computer.
Windows XP users may encounter additional dialog boxes. If so, proceed with steps 6 through 8.
6 Windows XP will ask if you want to search the
internet for a driver. Choose No, not this time and click Next.
7 If the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog ap-
pears, choose Install the software automatically and click Next.

thorize.

7 In the Pro Tools MP3 Export Option dialog, select Manual Activation, then click Next.
8 In the Pro Tools MP3 Export Option dialog,
deselect the Use my iLok Smart Key option, then click Next.
9 When prompted, enter your Pro Tools MP3
Export Option serial code (authorization code).
10 Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the authorization process.

Hardware Connections

Once Pro Tools SE and the Producer USB driver have been installed, connect Producer USB to an available USB port on your computer as shown in the illustration below:

Headphone Connection

Checking Your Signal Path

Listening to Demo Songs

Listening to demo songs is an easy way to verify audio. To hear the audio from Pro Tools you will need your headphones or speakers connected to your audio interface. To listen to a demo song:

1 Use the Pro Tools SE icon to launch the pro-

Connecting Producer USB

Headphones are connected to your Producer USB microphone as shown in the following illustration.
Mac Click on the Pro Tools SE icon in the Dock (or double-click the application icon in the Pro Tools folder inside the Digidesign folder). Windows Click the Start button and locate the Pro Tools SE icon (or double-click the application icon in the Pro Tools folder inside the Digidesign folder).
Pro Tools SE Icon 6 Avid Vocal Studio User Guide
2 Select the Demo Songs button.
Software and System Configuration
Pro Tools SE automatically selects and configures M-Audio Producer USB for audio recording. Detailed information explaining how to configure your system for optimum performance can be found in the Pro Tools SE User Guide. This important information covers both Mac OS X and Windows systems, and includes tips on hard drive configuration and maintenance. We strongly recommend reading these chapters to ensure the best performance from your Pro Tools SE system.
Pro Tools SE Quick Start Dialog - Demo Songs
3 From the list of music styles, select the cate-
gory you want (or select an item from a submenu).
4 Click Audio Preview to listen to the song. If
you want to open the song in a Pro Tools session click Choose. Whether you click Audition Preview or the play button in the open demo session, you will hear the song playing in your headphones.
Before auditioning or playing the demo song, open the Software Control as described in Chapter 3, The Software Control Paneland turn the Output Volume all the way down, then raise it to a suitable level once the song is playing.
If you do not hear anything, check your hardware connections, and check your signal levels as explained in Chapter 3, The Software Control Panel then repeat step 4.

chapter 3

The Software Control Panel
The Software Control Panel lets you adjust settings such as input gain, monitor mix levels, and output volume. Input Gain This slider controls the level coming from the microphone. If the Pro Tools SE input meters are showing red, lower the input gain level. Monitor Mix This slider controls the signal level from the input that is sent directly to the output of Producer USB, and has no effect on what is actually recorded. The signal is mixed with the output from Pro Tools SE and allows you to hear the input signal before any software audio processing takes place. This monitoring method, called Direct Monitoring or Hardware Monitoring, prevents undesirable delays (latency) common when monitoring your input signal through Pro Tools SE. When monitoring your input using the Monitor Mix Control, click the Mute button on the Pro Tools SE track you are recording on. This stops the track from outputting the signal being recorded, and prevents double-monitoring, that causes undesired phasing or echo. Output Volume This slider controls the level of the output signal from Pro Tools to the Producer USB integrated 1/8-inch headphone/line output.

Accessing the Control Panel
The Software Control Panel can be found in System Preferences, under Other.
Double-click the M-Audio logo located in the system tray, generally located at the bottom right of your Windows desktop.

Levels Tab (All Systems)

Producer USB Control Panel, Levels Tab Chapter 3: The Software Control Panel 9

Latency Tab (Windows)

In Mac OS X, the buffer size is adjusted within Pro Tools SE by choosing the File Menu > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog, then choose the Audio page. This lets you choose one of the two radio buttons in the lower half of the dialog.
Refer to the Pro Tools SE User Guide for more information about setting the buffer size and other important settings when configuring Pro Tools SE.
Producer USB Control Panel, Latency Tab
Latency is the time it takes for an input signal to pass through your recording software and appear at the outputs. This latency can result in a delay when overdubbing to existing tracks. This slider lets you adjust the buffer size in units of samples. The default buffer size is 256 samples. Smaller buffer sizes result in lower latency, but may cause clicks, pops and dropouts on slower systems. If you are experiencing clicks and pops in your recording, try increasing the buffer size.

About Tab (All Systems)

To adjust the buffer size in Pro Tools SE, choose File > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog, then choose the Audio page. This lets you choose one of the two radio buttons in the lower half of the dialog. Refer to the Pro Tools SE User Guide for more information about setting the buffer size and other important settings when configuring Pro Tools SE.
Producer USB Control Panel, About Tab
This page contains information about your hardware and current driver versions. These details are helpful should you ever have to contact technical support. Clicking the links takes you to useful pages on the Avid website.

chapter 4

Using Vocal Studio

Open and view tutorials.

Launching Pro Tools SE
The first step in beginning a Pro Tools project is working with a session. Pro Tools provides a Quick Start dialog on launch that lets you quickly and easily work with session templates, listen to demo songs and view tutorials. To launch Pro Tools SE and open a session:
The Pro Tools SE tutorials can be accessed via the Help menu at any time.
Creating a Session From a Template
To create a new session from a template:
1 Select the New Session button.
gram: Mac Click on the Pro Tools SE icon in the Dock (or double-click the icon in the Pro Tools folder inside the Digidesign folder). Windows Click the Start button and locate the Pro Tools SE icon (or double-click the icon in the Pro Tools folder inside the Digidesign folder).

Pro Tools SE Quick Start Dialog - New Session
2 Select any session template from the list.

Pro Tools SE Icon

2 Use the Quick Start dialog to do one of the fol-
3 Click the Choose to open the template. 4 In the Save As dialog, name the session,
lowing: Create a session from templates. Listen to demo songs (lets you verify sound). See Checking Your Signal Path on page 6. Open any other session on your system.
choose where you want to save the session, and click Save.
Chapter 4: Using Vocal Studio

Recording Audio Tracks

This section shows you how to record an audio track in Pro Tools SE. To record an audio track:
1 On the Levels tab of the Software Control
Track Record Enable Button and Fader in Record Mode
6 Sing, or play an instrument at the loudest level
Panel, turn the Input Gain Control all the way down.
2 Choose an Audio track by clicking on an ap-
propriate track name, such as Audio 1 on the left side of the Pro Tools SE Edit window.
you expect to occur during your recording, while slowly increasing the Input Gain in the Software control Panel, until the level meter for the track is in the red.
To create a track, go to the Track menu, click Track > New and choose Audio track.
Placing a pop filter between the microphone and a vocalist can improve recording quality by reducing the impact of sibilance and plosives during a vocal performance. Raising or lowering the Track fader will not affect the input level, as it only controls the track playback volume.

Audio Track

3 Click on the Input Selector (In) to the left of
the track name, and choose Input 1 as the input source.
7 While continuing to sing or play, lower the Input Gain in the Software Control Panel, and stop at the point where the level meter is no longer in the red. 8 In the Software Control Panel, increase the

Input Selector

4 Click the Mute button for the track to prevent
it from sending the input signal to the output of Producer USB.
Monitor Mix Level to a suitable volume so that you can hear the input signal. This is especially useful when recording in a session with pre-recorded tracks, because it lets you adjust the balance between the existing tracks and your input signal.

9 Using the on-screen transport controls, Re-

Track Mute Button

5 Switch the track to record mode by clicking its Record Enable button. While the track is record enabled, the button and the track fader will be red.
cord Arm Pro Tools SE by clicking the Record button.

Record Button

10 Begin recording your performance by click-

ing the Play button.

Opening a Recent Session
To open a recent session:
1 Launch Pro Tools SE. 2 When the Pro Tools SE Quick Start dialog ap-

Play Button

11 Click the Stop button in the transport win-
dow when you have finished recording your performance.
pears click the Open Session button.

Stop Button

12 Press the Record Enable button to take the
track out of record mode.
13 Press the Mute button for the track, so that
you can hear your recording during playback.
Do not forget to save your work.
Pro Tools SE Quick Start Dialog - Open Session
3 From the list of recent session templates, se-
lect the one you want. (Or, select Open Other. to select other recent sessions.)
4 Click to open the session.

appendix a

Additional Information and Support

Pro Tools SE

Complete documentation for Pro Tools SE can be found in the Pro Tools SE Help menu. Additional information can be found in the Interactive Projects Guide and the Interactive Projects Tutorials, which you can access by clicking the Tutorials button in the upper right of the Pro Tool SE Quick Start dialog, or by going to the Help menu.
Before Updating Your System
Please check www.avid/support for a compatible driver before installing Apple or Microsoft operating system updates. Before new device drivers are released, they are tested for use with operating system versions that are available at that time. When updates for an operating system are released, all Avid device drivers have to be re-tested and possibly updated to ensure proper operation. We recommend not installing operating system updates until a driver has been posted to the Avid website for your operating system. The Avid website (www.avid.com) contains the latest drivers and program updates, as well as useful links to news stories, FAQs, and technical support. We recommend checking this site regularly to ensure you have the latest drivers and up-to-date information about this product.

M-Audio Drivers

Should you experience any performance issues with your M-Audio hardware, please confirm that you have installed the latest M-Audio drivers. A complete list of current drivers and system requirements can be found at www.avid.com/support.
Appendix A: Additional Information and Support

appendix b

Compliance Information

Proposition 65 Warning

This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

Environmental Compliance

Disposal of Waste Equipment by Users in the European Union

Perchlorate Notice

This product may contain a lithium coin battery. The State of California requires the following disclosure statement: Perchlorate Material special handling may apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
This symbol on the product or its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city recycling office or the dealer from whom you purchased the product.

Recycling Notice

Appendix B: Compliance Information
EMC (Electromagnetic Compliance)
Avid declares that this product complies with the following standards regulating emissions and immunity: FCC Part 15 Class A EN55022 Class A EN55024 AS/NZS CISPR 22 Class A CISPR 22 Class A

Australian Compliance

Canadian Compliance
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003 Cet appareil numrique de la classe A est conforme la norme NMB-003 du Canada
FCC Compliance for United States
Radio and Television Interference
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

CE Compliance

(EMC and Safety)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
We, Avid, 2001 Junipero Serra Boulevard Daly City, CA 94014-3886, USA 650-731-6300 declare under our sole responsibility that the product Producer USB complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Avid is authorized to apply the CE (Conformit Europnne) mark on this compliant equipment thereby declaring conformity to EMC Directive 2004/108/EC and Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC.

Communication Statement

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or locate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Any modifications to the unit, unless expressly approved by Avid, could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

Safety Compliance

Safety Statement
This equipment has been tested to comply with USA and Canadian safety certification in accordance with the specifications of UL Standards: UL 60950-1, 1st edition/ IEC 60950-1, 1st edition and Canadian CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1, Avid Inc., has been authorized to apply the appropriate UL & CUL mark on its compliant equipment.

Warning

Important Safety Instructions
1) Read these instructions. 2) Keep these instructions. 3) Heed all warnings. 4) Follow all instructions. 5) Do not use this equipment near water. 6) Clean only with dry cloth. 7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. 8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other equipment (including amplifiers) that produce heat. 9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. 10) Protect power cords from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the equipment. 11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12) For products that are not rack-mountable: Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the equipment. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/equipment combination to avoid injury from tip-over. 13) Unplug this equipment during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. 14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the equipment has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the equipment, the equipment has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped. 15) For products that are a Mains powered device: The equipment shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids (such as vases) shall be placed on the equipment. Warning! To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this equipment to rain or moisture. 16) For products containing a lithium battery: CAUTION! Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type. 17) The equipment shall be used at a maximum ambient temperature of 40 C.

Japan PSE Safety

5795 Martin Road Irwindale, CA 91706-6211 USA

Technical Support (USA)

Visit the Online Support Center at www.avid.com/support

Product Information

For company and product information, visit us on the web at www.avid.com

 

Technical specifications

General
CategoryCreativity application
SubcategoryCreativity - music or sound creation
Software
License TypeComplete package
License Qty1 user
License PricingStandard
PlatformWindows, MacOS
Package TypeRetail
System Requirements
OS RequiredMicrosoft Windows XP SP3, Apple MacOS X 10.5.5, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits)
Peripheral / Interface DevicesDVD-ROM, 5400 RPM or faster hard drive
System Requirements DetailsApple MacOS X 10.5.5 - 1.8 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HD 4 GB Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits) - 1.8 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HD 4 GB Microsoft Windows XP SP3 - 1.8 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HD 4 GB
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandPinnacle Systems
Part Number82501000961
GTIN00613570226154

 

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