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Getting Started

Follow these steps to start working in the emu studio.REMEMBER: The amplifier and/or the powered speakers (Genelec 1032As) are to be LAST ON–FIRST OFF. This will reduce the chance of damage to the speakers by transient power surges.

  • Turn on all the equipment that you intend to use except the power amplifier and/of powered speakers. The Mac 8100/100av and MIDI rack combination is powered by the power strip on the floor beneath the 8100. If the 8100 won’t boot and the monitor is just grey turn off the power strip and make sure the ESI-32 is turned off (the ESI will sometimes try and take over the SCSI chain). The SGI O2 and 400 MHz G3 Mac are powered by their power strips. Turn off the SGI O2 and G3 when they are not in use to reduce environmental noise.
  • Turn on the power supply for the Mackie mixing board and any recording equipment you intend on using during your session (in the large grey rack). Each of these need be turned on individually.
  • Turn on the AB International amplifier (JBLs) and/or the powered speakers (Genelecs) by the power strip near the large grey rack.
  • Select the program you want to run on the computer by selecting it from the Apple Menu.
  • If you are using a MIDI application check to see that the MIDI interface(s) is/are set-up correctly (including data speed). You may also need to set the corresponding speed in the application. The suggested speed is 1MHz.
  • Refer to the line input diagram to identify the normaled inputs to the Mackie 32×8.
    •  Mackie 1-8 are Channels 1-8 on the ProTools system
    •  Mackie 9-28 are Patchbay Channels 1-22 (see diagram for normaled units)
    •  Mackie 31&32 are Tascam DA30 DAT deck L&R unbalanced analog outputs respectively
  • Make sure that each channel of your selected input devices is up. Do not bring the channel(s) all the way up at first. Caution/moderation will reduce the possibility of damage to the system if your levels are too high. This would be bad…very bad.
  • Assign the channel(s) that you are using to either the L/R Mix or the sub-buss pair you are going to use (1-2, 3-4, etc.). If you’re using a sub-buss you must assign it to the L/R mix for output.
  • Slowly pull up the level on either the studio monitors (JBLs) or the control room monitors (Genelecs).
  • You should now have sound.
  • When you are completed with your session, quit all the open applications on the Macintosh.
  • Choose shut down from the finder menu.
  • Shut off the amplifier and/or powered speakers (LAST ON–FIRST OFF ) then shut off the other equipment by the power strips.
  • It is a good practice to shut off the lights and look back to check that all of the equipment is off.
  • Leave the florescent light on in the studio for security.

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