Medal If you set Offset mode to [BAR ] and use MTC to synchronize sequence nanual on the computer, the tempo of the sequencer may sometimes slip gradually. Many people prefer to read the documents not on the screen, but in the printed ffd Turning the JOG dial clockwise will change the cueing speed. Press the PLAY button to play the audio data. This enables you to start playback slightly before the Fosteex In point.
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Features The FD-8 combines an eight-channel analog mixer with an eight-track digital recorder. The standard FD-8 does not include an onboard hard drive, though it can be ordered with an internal 2. This is actually an advantage, since the user can decide what type and size storage medium to use. The name of the game here is choice.
Another choice the FD-8 provides has to do with recording modes, two of which are available. Normal mode uses a sampling rate of Mastering mode is the alternative and it also samples at A third mode is available for backup purposes.
The big difference in terms of the functionality of the two modes has to do with the amount of recording time available on any given storage device. The manual quotes available recording time as being 67 minutes per MB in normal mode. The figure drops to 17 minutes per MB in mastering mode. This amount of time is spread across the total amount of tracks used. In both recording modes, a maximum of eight tracks can be recorded simultaneously, but this requires the use of the ADAT digital input.
The FD-8 can record two tracks simultaneously using its onboard analog inputs. This feature makes it convenient for band members to work on their parts out of the studio.
As an added bonus, if a great track were to be recorded while they were working on the FD-8, it could be digitally transferred back to the ADAT. While there are eight discrete tracks, there are another 16 virtual tracks that are actually available for alternate takes. A total of eight tracks can be accessed at any one time, but they can be any eight of the 24 available recordable tracks. There is also an onboard metronome that can be output on track eight.
The eight-channel mixer built into the Fostex is nice and quiet dB dynamic range according to the spec sheet and offers a pretty complete complement of controls. All channels offer a 55mm fader, a pan control, two auxiliary sends, an input selector switch and a three-band — high- 12 kHz and low- 80 Hz shelving with a sweepable to 5, Hz midrange — equalizer.
Channels 7 and 8 offer XLR inputs sorry, no phantom power with a three-position sensitivity switch that lets you use high-impedance sources as well.
The mixer section also includes a fairly beefy headphone amp that let me get pretty good output from my high impedance AKG M headphones. The master section offers controls for the various functions of the transport and track enabling functions.
It is also home to an adjustable contrast LCD that provides metering functions, time-related information, display of track arming, sampling rate, punch-in mode status and other general housekeeping functions. Since the FD-8 has many capabilities for different track assignments and operations, as well as global parameters such as variable pitch operation , the area under the LCD is ripe with multifunctional buttons.
Many of the operations of the FD-8 involve multiple button-pushing sequences that include holding down the shift key. I found that I needed the manual to access some of the more esoteric functions naming songs, enabling the metronome and cutting-and-pasting tracks. The bright side is, once these sequences are learned it is fairly quick to work with the FD In use I used the FD-8 over the period of a few months and really found it to be a great box to have around.
The mixer section sounds good with a variety of equipment ranging from synths to mics to guitars. The EQ can be used subtly to enhance a track or, more radically, to really suck out the mids great for that death metal or industrial sound or to get a squawky telephone-type sound by using extreme settings, rolling off all the low end and dialing in a peaky midrange. The only real deficiency I found concerning the mixer section was no phantom power available on the XLR inputs.
With the abundance of inexpensive, yet good-sounding condenser mics around today, I think that phantom power would have been a worthwhile addition.
This was using the unit in normal mode, as the majority of users will, I suspect, operate it. Mastering mode seemed to provide some additional clarity and resolution.
The FD-8 is really handy for working on remote tracks. Just for kicks, I recorded a couple of tracks in my studio, and then took the FD-8 to a large empty room at a local college and recorded a couple of passes of some really ambient backing vocals.
The FD-8 may be the unit that hammers the last nail in the proverbial coffin! With a careful reading or two of the manual, many options are available that put the FD-8 nearly on par with more expensive offerings. The FD-8 is an excellent tool for songwriters and musicians awho want a good sounding, easy-to-use recording solution. Subscribe For more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.
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