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Audio Reference Manualfor Vision and Studio Vision ProVersion 4.5

Opcode Systems, Inc. 365 East Middlefield Road Mountain View, CA 94043

Opcode Part Number: 110-0208-07

Copyright 1999 Opcode Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or converted to any electronic or machine readable form without the prior consent of Opcode Systems, Inc.

OPCODE SYSTEMS, INC. MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, REGARDING THIS SOFTWARE. OPCODE DOES NOT WARRANT, GUARANTEE OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, CURRENTNESS OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS AND PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE IS ASSUMED BY YOU. THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES IS NOT PERMITTED BY SOME STATES. THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT WILL OPCODE, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SOFTWARE EVEN IF OPCODE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTSProgram by Dave Oppenheim Ray Spears Dan Timis Aron Nelson David Willenbrink Andy Wolpert Doug Wyatt Daniel Steinberg Dave Scoggin Larry Gerndt Tom Padula Harvey Thornburg Special thanks to Muscle Fish Quality Assurance Mike Rogers James Livingston Darin Marshall Product Management Jonnie Gillham Documentation Gregory A. Simpson Timothy Self Greg Thomas Boris Popkoff Angela Hill Manual Design Gregory A. Simpson Technical Editing Dan Timis Greg Thomas

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE: Introduction to Digital Audio 1CHAPTER 1: Introduction 3

Using Your Vision Manuals .................................................................3 Versions of Vision .................................................................................3 Introduction to Digital Audio ...............................................................3 About the Audio Reference Manual ....................................................4

CHAPTER 2:

Basic Terminology

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Outputs, Voices, and Audio Instruments............................................7 Audio Files and Audio Events..............................................................7 A Pictures Worth..................................................................................8

PART TWO: Acadia 11CHAPTER 3: Acadia: Hardware Setup 13

The Acadia Audio System ..................................................................13 System Requirements.........................................................................14 Set Vision to the Acadia Audio System .............................................14 Hardware Setup...................................................................................14 The Session Sample Rate ...................................................................18 Active in Background .........................................................................19

CHAPTER 4:

Acadia: Record Monitor Window

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Opening the Record Monitor Window..............................................21

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Anatomy of the Record Monitor Window........................................ 22 Using 24 Bits....................................................................................... 24

CHAPTER 5:

Acadia: Recording Audio

25

Recording: Power User Overview .................................................... 25 Recording: Step-By-Step .................................................................... 26 Designate a Record File ............................................................. 26 Disabling a Record File .............................................................. 27 Set Record Levels........................................................................ 27 Assign an Audio Instrument ...................................................... 29 Record a Track ............................................................................ 29 Advanced Recording Techniques..................................................... 31 Stereo Recording......................................................................... 31 Recording Multiple Takes.......................................................... 33 Recording Audio While Monitoring Existing Audio Events .. 33

CHAPTER 6:

Acadia: Audio Instruments & Routings Window

35

Setting the Number of Audio Instruments ...................................... 36 Voice Allocation and Audio Playback............................................... 37 Columns in the Audio Instruments & Routings Window............... 37 Saving Instrument Setups.................................................................. 44

CHAPTER 7:

Acadia: Audio Channels in Consoles

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Audio in Consoles .............................................................................. 45 Assigning Plug-Ins ............................................................................. 47 Assigning EQ ...................................................................................... 53 Phase ................................................................................................... 55 Audio Sends ........................................................................................ 56 Clipping LEDs .................................................................................... 60 Console Outputs................................................................................. 60 Clearing Consoles .............................................................................. 62

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CHAPTER 8:

Acadia: Plug-In Edit Window

63

Plug-In Edit Window...........................................................................63 Saving and Recalling Plug-In Programs and Banks ........................65

CHAPTER 9:

Acadia: EQ Window

69

Editing EQ Settings ............................................................................69 EQ Panel ..............................................................................................71 Saving and Recalling EQ Settings .....................................................72

CHAPTER 10:

Acadia: Bussing, Routing, & Bouncing to Disk

75

Using Busses and Sends ....................................................................75 Routing to Shared Plug-Ins (Creating Effects Sends)..............75 Creating a Submix .......................................................................76 Signal Routing and Monitoring .........................................................78 Virtual Consoles...........................................................................78 Recording from Audio Instruments, Busses, and Outputs.............79

CHAPTER 11:

Acadia: Optimizing for Digital Audio

83

Number of Audio Tracks....................................................................83 The Performance Window .................................................................83 The Buffer Size Dialog .......................................................................87 Audio Preferences...............................................................................88

PART THREE: Digidesign DAE: 95CHAPTER 12: DAE: Hardware Setup 97

About DAE...........................................................................................97 System Requirements.........................................................................97 Pro Tools 24 Mix and Mix PLus........................................................98 Pro Tools 24.........................................................................................98

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Pro Tools III (NuBus & PCI) ............................................................ 98 Session 8/Project ............................................................................... 98 Audiomedia II/III ............................................................................... 99 Set Vision to DAE Mode.................................................................... 99 Allocating RAM to the Digital Audio RAM Buffer .......................... 99 Hardware Setup ................................................................................ 101 Set a Session Sample Rate and size ................................................ 105 Checking Disk Allocation................................................................ 106

CHAPTER 13:

DAE: Record Monitor Window

109

Chapter Organization....................................................................... 109 Opening the Record Monitor Window........................................... 109 Anatomy of the Record Monitor Window...................................... 110 Hardware Specific Variations.......................................................... 112

CHAPTER 14:

DAE: Recording Audio

115

Power User Overview ...................................................................... 115 Recording: Step-by-Step.......................