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  • Control|24

  • Copyright

    2006 Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. This guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the express written consent of Digidesign.

    Avid, Control|24, Digidesign, DV Toolkit, DV Toolkit 2, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools LE are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the US and other countries. 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.

    PN 9106-18918-00 REV A 03/06

    WarningThis 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.

    Communications & Safety Regulation Information

    Compliance StatementControl|24 complies with the following standards regulating interference and EMC: FCC Part 15 Class A EN55103 1, environment E5 EN55103 2, environment E5 AS/NZS 3548 Class A CISPR 22 Class A ICES-003 Class A

    Canadian Compliance Statement:This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003Cet appareil numrique de la classe A est conforme la norme NMB-003 du Canada

    CE Compliance Statement:

    Digidesign is authorized to apply the CE (Conformit Europnne) mark on this compliant equipment thereby declaring conformity to EMC Directive 89/336/EEC and Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC.

    Australian Compliance:

    FCC Statement:This equipment has been tested and found to comply with thelimits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of theFCC Rules.

    Communications StatementThis equipment has been tested to comply with the limits for aClass A digital device. Changes or modifications to this product not authorized by Focusrite or Digidesign, Inc., could void the Certification and negate your authority to operate the product. This product was tested for CISPR compliance under conditions that included the use of peripheral devices and shielded cables and connectors between system components. Digidesign and Focusrite recommend the use of shielded cables and connectors between system components to reduce the possibility of causing interference to radios, television sets, and other electronic devices.

    Safety Statement:This equipment has been tested to comply withEN60065: 1998IEC 60065: 1998UL 6500 2nd edition: 1999CAN/CSA-E60065-00.

  • Important Safety InstructionsWhen using electric or electronic equipment, basic precautionsshould always be followed, including the following: Read all instructions before using this equipment. To avoid the risk of shock, keep this equipment away from

    rain water, and other moisture. Do not use this equipment if it is wet.

    Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not place objects containing liquids on this apparatus. The equipment should only be connected to the correct

    rating power supply as indicated on the product. Do not attempt to service the equipment. There are no

    user-serviceable parts inside. Please refer all servicing to authorized Digidesign personnel.

    Any attempt to service the equipment will expose you to a risk of electric shock, and will void the manufacturers warranty.

    The product should be connected only to the correct power supply as indicated on the product.

    Do not install the unit near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

    Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

    Install the unit near the socket-outlet; disconnect device shall be easily accessible.

    Clean only with a damp cloth. Unplug the apparatus during lightning storms or when

    unused for long periods of time. Never set the unit on its face or rear panel. Allow free air flow around the heatsink on the back panel of

    the unit at all times. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug. A

    polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other, and is provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit your outlet, consult and electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

    DO NOT BLOCK THE VENTILATION OPENINGS.

    IMPORTANTDo not install Control|24 anywhere or in any way that blocks free air flow at any time around the heatsink and back panel of the unit.

    SPECIAL WARNINGS REGARDING TEMPERATURE

    Before powering your Control|24 on, be sure to allow it to reach room temperature. There are some components that are senstive to cold temperatures, therefore it is recommended that you unpack your unit and allow it to acclimate before turning it on for the first time. While your unit is coming up to room temperature, it may be a good time for you to familiarize yourself with this guide.

    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.

  • Contents

    Part I Introduction

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Control|24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Included with Control|24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    System Requirements and Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Ethernet Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Audio Cables for Control|24 Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Digidesign Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    About This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    About www.digidesign.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Chapter 2. Installing Control|24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Installation and Maintenance Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Making Necessary Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Part II Analog Connections

    Chapter 3. Audio Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Input and Output Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Stereo Monitoring Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    Stereo and Surround Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    The Line Submixer Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Footswitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Contents v

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    Chapter 4. Mic and Line Preamps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Microphone and Line Preamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Preamp Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    Using the Mic Preamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    About Signal Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Chapter 5. Surround Setups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Surround Monitoring Mode Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    5.1 Monitoring Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    LCRS Monitoring Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    5.1 Track Layouts, Routing, and Metering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

    Part III Control|24 Basics

    Chapter 6. Starting Up and Configuring Control|24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Starting Up and Shutting Down a System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Software Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Pro Tools Configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .