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Please visit Fostex website http: Important Safety Instructions Read these instructions. Do not use this apparatus near water. Clean only with dry cloth. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus including amplifiers that Read this chapter first!

Up to four tracks can be recorded simultaneously. Contact your dealer or the nearest Fostex service station to ask about repairs. Songs are recorded on a hard disk along with the ABS time from 00m 00s ms to m 59s ms. To understand songs, imagine separated rooms as shown below. Each room can be regarded as a song.

The term, “time base”, is used as the reference of recorder position information. Each screen example below shows the recorder is located at the beginning of a song in each time base mode. See this chapter whenever you want to know the function of a control, key, etc.

You can connect a guitar, microphone, keyboard, etc. You can select from three effect types by pressing an appropriate key see page Use an optical digital cable with Toslink plugs on both ends. In this condition, the previously loaded song is loaded and the recorder is located at the beginning of the song.

In the menu mode, you can make setting or editing via the appropriate screen. Before you make recording, let’s listen to the demo song via headphones or a monitor speaker. Follow the procedure below for listening to the demo song. Creating a song for recording This section describes how to create a new song for recording on the hard disk, while keeping the demo song.

Recording onto a single track You can record onto any one of tracks 1 through 4. The following describes the procedure for recording an acoustic guitar onto track 1 via a micro- phone. The fader for track 1 is used to ad- just the monitor level. Overdubbing is recording something new while listening to the previously recorded track s. It is a very important method in multitrack recording. Recording onto four tracks simultaneously You can simultaneously record up to four tracks.

See page 34 for the available combinations of four recording tracks.

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The following describes the procedure for recording different sound sources simultaneously to tracks 1 through 4. You can make four-track simultaneous recording with any available track combination in the same manner. This section describes basic mixdown which is the final process of multitrack recording.


Mixdown mixes recorded materials on tracks 1 through 8 down to stereo. The mixdowned material can be recorded to an external master recorder. It may fostsx useful for searching a specific position.

The recorder instantly locates to the appropriate point. The track is record-armed. Setting the punch-in and punch-out points You can set the punch-in and punch-out points on-the-fly while playing back the recorder as well as you can set them while the recorder is stopped at the desired position.

Playback Locate the recorder to the point before the punch- in point. These effects can be used during recording. These effects simulate popular microphones and guitar amplifiers. If you use the microphone simulation effect when you record an acoustic guitar through your microphone, you can make recording as if you are using a famous microphone. Applying external effects During recording, you can apply external effects to a sound source connected to an input con- nector in the [INPUT A] channel.

You can apply the reverb or delay to playback signals of tracks 1 through 4 during mixdown and track bouncing. You can choose from among the following three delay types. The selected delay type is set, while the display returns to the previous screen.

You can use the mastering effects when bouncing more than one track to stereo tracks or when mixing down tracks 1 through 8 to stereo and sent to an external master recorder for recording.

Track bouncing This chapter describes track bouncing which is an important func- tion in the recording process.

The track bouncing mixes several tracks and records onto other two tracks. Three track bouncing modes are available: You can record more than eight materials using the track bouncing function as shown in the following example. The following shows the signal flow for each of three track bouncing modes.

You can apply a reverb or delay to tracks 1 through 4, as well as the mastering effect to the mixed signals. Before executing track bouncing, you can rehearse track bouncing as many times as you like.

Before executing track bouncing, you can rehearse it. During rehearsal and actual track bouncing, level meters on the screen show the following signal levels. Faders Playback levels of tracks 1 through 4 1 through 4 for bouncing. After finishing rehearsal, press the [STOP] key to stop the recorder and locate it to the beginning of the song. Do not move the controls and faders after fin- ishing rehearsal.

Use the track faders 1 through manial to control the track output levels, After finishing rehearsal, let’s carry out actual track bouncing. Each input signal is positioned in the mix according to the panning setting here.


The current setting of the selected item starts flashing. The conductor map manusl of the time signature map and tempo map. Bar 1 through bar 3: Bar 4 through bar 7: Bar 8 through bar Bar 12 through bar Bar 16 through the last bar: The display now shows the screen for setting the new time signature event, where ” As with the description on the previous page, the display now shows the screen for setting the event.

You rm-8hd change the default bar offset to the desired value. On the second page of the song editing menu screen, highlight “Bar Offset” Like a time signature event, a tempo event specifies the tempo at the tempo changing point.

Each tempo specified by a tempo event is effective until the next event appears. For example, you can set the tempo to at the third beat in bar 4, and set to 90 at the second beat in bar 12, ,r-8hd.

In this procedure example, enter “4Bar”.

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The display returns to the previous screen. The current option the default is “Off” flashes. This is the default. To export the desired song data to a personal computer, you must con- vert the song data to a stereo WAV file.

The file conversion starts and the percent number on the screen counts up as the conversion progresses. To cancel the conversion in the middle, press the [STOP] key. If you cancel the conversion in the middle, no file incomplete file is created. PC software application for multitrack recording. After making copy of all necessary folders, exit the USB mode. As with 1each track data is converted to a single mono WAV file. Song management This chapter explains the following five operation procedures for song management.

You can also create a new song by the similar procedure. You can edit a current song name save the edited song name. Only the current song can be edited. Load the desired song of which you are going to edit the song name. To delete such a song, release the protection of the song first see the next page. If you delete all songs on the hard disk by repeating the procedure above, “: New Song ” is shown.

Then, create a new song see page You can protect a song to prevent an accidental erasure. The protection can be released when- ever you want.