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IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ª For European Customers CE Marking Information a) Applicable electromagnetic environment: E4 b) Peak inrush current: 5 A CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, Disposal of electrical and electronic equipment DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER- (a) All electrical and electronic equipment should be SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO disposed of separately from the municipal waste QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. stream via collection facilities
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1 Read these instructions. Do not expose this apparatus to drips or splashes. • Do not place any objects filled with liquids, such as • 2 Keep these instructions. vases, on the apparatus. 3 Heed all warnings. Do not install this apparatus in a confined space such • as a book case or similar unit. 4 Follow all instructions. The apparatus draws nominal non-operating power • 5 Do not use this apparatus near water. from the AC outlet with its POWER or STANDB
Safety Information ª RACK-MOUNTING THE UNIT Use the supplied rack-mounting kit to mount the unit in a standard 19-inch rack, as shown below. Remove the feet of the unit before mounting. NOTE Leave 1U of space above the unit for ventilation. • Allow at least 10 cm (4 in) at the rear of the unit for • ventilation. For China ª 4 TASCAM TA-1VP
Contents Patching the TA-1VP into your system .......................19 IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ..............2 As an insert effect using your mixer’s channel IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ............3 insert jack(s) ..................................................................19 As an insert effect using two mixer channels ..19 Safety Information .........................................4 With an instrument....................................................20 1 – Introduction .....
1 – Introduction Thank you very much for purchasing the TASCAM TA-1VP association with or endorsement by any of the named Vocal Producer. manufacturers. Before connecting and using the unit, please take time to read this manual thoroughly to ensure you understand Precautions for placement and how to properly set up and connect the unit, as well as the operation of its many useful and convenient functions. use After you have finished reading this manual, please keep it in a safe place for
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer everything you need to create stunning vocal tracks in How to use this manual any musical style. Live or in the studio, the TA-1VP lets you instantly select The TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer (henceforth referred from a library of sounds. From gorgeously mellow to to as the TA-1VP) has a very friendly user-interface and seriously twisted, we’ve included factory presets for a is extraordinarily easy to use. However, to get the full wide variet
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer Really Easy To Use No scrolling though endless Other sounds are more complex. This waveform: • menus to find the parameter you want. Virtually every major function is only a single button press away. Auto-Tune Pitch Correction is of a violin section playing a single tone. Our ears still sense a specific pitch, but the waveform does not In 1997, Antares first introduced the ground-breaking repeat itself. This waveform is a summation of a numbe
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer intonation correction to be performed on all vocals and An example almost all instruments. As an example, consider this before-and-after graphic Of course, the TA-1VP will not detect pitch when the input representation of the pitch of a vocal phrase that contains waveform is not periodic. As demonstrated above, the both vibrato and expressive gestures. TA-1VP will fail to tune up even a unison violin section. But this can also occasionally b
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer By using a compressor to decrease the dynamic range of About the technology the vocal, the softer sounds are increased in loudness and The models employed by the TA-1VP are not derived the loudest sounds are reduced in loudness, tending to from theoretical considerations. They are generated by even out the overall level of the track. The overall level of a proprietary analysis process that is applied to each the compressed track can then be
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer 1 TO 1 RATIO Limiting Examine the 99:1 curve in the above graph. This setting reduces all sounds above the threshold to the same LOUDER loudness. This is called limiting. Limiting is usually employed to allow a dynamic signal to be recorded at a maximum level with no risk that transient peaks will result THRESHOLD in overload. In this application, the threshold setting (usually set relatively high) determines the extent to which the peaks wi
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer Used on a vocal track, this setting will compress only hot Attack and Release Times peaks in the voice, while gating out the room sounds, The attack time of a compressor is how long it takes for mike stand sounds, and breath noises in the track. the compressor to react once the input level has met Precisely what gets compressed and gated is a function of or exceeded the threshold level. With a fast attack time, the compressor and gate thres
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer What is a De-Esser? Equalization When recording spoken or sung material, the sibilants The TA-1VP’s two bands of equalization each offer seven (Ss, Ts, CHs, and SHs) in the track often sound louder than different filter types: Low Pass (6 dB/octave and 12 dB/ the rest of the signal. The effect is unnatural and often octave), Low Shelf, Band Pass, Notch, Peaking, High Shelf, irritating. The solution to this problem is to compress and High Pass (6
2 – Introducing the TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Producer Shelving Filters Peaking Filter Shelving filters are used primarily as “tone controls,” The peaking filter is the traditional fully parametric EQ. It cutting or boosting whole regions of the spectrum. (You can be used to subtly accentuate or attenuate a frequency can think of them as fancy versions of the traditional “Bass” or for much more radical effects. and “Treble” controls you’d find on home stereos or boom In the TA-1VP, the peaking filt
3 – Setting Up the TASCAM Vocal Producer Setting up the TA-1VP is very straightforward. 1 Find a suitable location. The TA-1VP is designed to be mounted in a standard 19-inch equipment rack. 2 Connect an audio output to the LINE IN jack or connect a microphone to the front panel MIC IN jack (see Chapter 5 for details of patching the TA-1VP into your system). 3 Connect a cable to the MAIN LINE OUT jack. If you will be using the TA-1VP’s Stereo Double Tracking feature, connect a second cable
4 – Names and Functions of Parts Front panel 1 STANDBY/ON button 8 Á (Right Cursor) Press this to switch the unit power between ON and Press this button to move the cursor to the right on STANDBY. When in STANDBY mode, the TA-1VP is not display pages with multiple data fields. drawing power, but the AC Adapter will still be using a 9 PAGE small amount (less than 1 Watt) When in the Setup Menu, press this button to cycle 2 LCD sequentially through the available edit pages. You can An easy-to
4 – Names and Functions of Parts is flat and that positive correction is being applied. ª The EQUALIZER/OUTPUT Module Conversely, the yellow LEDs indicate that the input is c ON sharp and that negative correction is required. When this button is lit, both EQ bands are active. When i SCALE it is not lit, they are bypassed. Pressing the button Press this button to select the scale to be used as toggles its state. target pitches for correction. v Output Level Meter o SPEED This meter display
4 – Names and Functions of Parts Rear panel # MAIN Line Output Q DC IN 12V Power Input The TA-1VP’s main audio output. It accepts a 1/4-inch Plug the connector from the included AC adaptor TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) phone plug. (TASCAM PS-1225L) in here. Do NOT use an AC adaptor which is not expressly intended for the TA-1VP. $ DOUBLE TRACK Line Output If you have selected stereo double tracking, the second track is available at this output. It accepts a 1/4-inch TRS (tip-ring- sleeve) phone plug
5 – Operation Sleeve) phone plug and two 1/4” TS phone plugs. Insert Live or mixdown? the TRS plug into the mixer’s insert jack and insert the appropriate TS jacks into the TA-1VP’s LINE IN and MAIN The TA-1VP functions equally well processing audio during LINE OUT jacks (i.e., the mixer’s insert send to TA-1VP its original performance or later during the mixdown LINE IN and the mixer’s insert return to TA-1VP MAIN process. However, if you have the choice (which you LINE OUT.) typically
5 – Operation With an instrument Controls and Display Screens INSTRUMENT TA-1VP RECORDER CHANNEL 1 CHANNEL 2 MASTER MODULE LINE IN ª Preset Select WITH AN MAIN LINE OUT INSTRUMENT When the TA-1VP is first powered up, it will briefly display the version of its internal firmware and will then display DOUBLE TRACK OPTIONAL LINE OUT the Preset Selection screen: If you are recording directly to a tape deck or hard disk Select Preset: recorder, patch the output from an instrument into the TA-1VP’
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