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TASCAM is demonstrating the new version 2.03 operating system update for their popular DM-24 Digital Mixer at Winter NAMM 2003. Like previous enhancements to TASCAM's software based products, this update is available as a free download from the TASCAM web site at www.tascam.com. Version 2.03 software adds 20 new features and functions to the DM-24 over pre-2.0 versions, including HUI emulation, improved internal signal routing and direct surround panning capabilities, new footswitch control capabilities and much more.
Version 2.03 offers users a HUI emulation mode allowing the DM-24 to be used as a control surface for music / audio software like Pro Tools, Digital Performer and Nuendo. Faders, pans and mutes as well as aux sends, track arming and transport controls can all be controlled in these DAW applications via the DM-24.
Previously, effects returns, assignable returns and S/PDIF and AES/EBU inputs had to be assigned to channels to route signals to the stereo buss. Now in version 2.03, users can assign these signals directly to the stereo buss leaving 8 more channels available for other instruments. Combined with the mic/line inputs assign capabilities from the DM-24's version 1.60 update, these new effects routing capabilities offer access to 60 inputs at mixdown.
Version 2.03 also includes new 5.1 surround mixing features. A low pass filter on the LFE channel allows users the ability to send select frequencies below the LPF point to a stem recorder. The new Center Channel Percentage parameter regulates how much of the channel's signal is sent to the center channel of the stem recorder. The new circle pattern parameter allows DM-24 owners to use the data dial to pan around the room in a continuous circle. Pattern Size parameters adjust the size of the circle. The cursor keys can now be used to adjust the pan cursor like a mouse, and a Jump feature offers immediate pan cursor moves to select locations. With this feature, users can jump from the left/rear position directly to the front/right position with the touch of a button. V2.03 also includes a new utility page offering 13 functions that the external footswitch can perform. Using any momentary pedal with a 1/4" jack, features such as talkback, punch in/out, library recall, and on/off controls for muting, EQ and more can easily be controlled.
Additional features found in version 2.03 include: an internal MTC generator, a post A/D converter direct out ideal for live recording situations, transport lock, tape return capabilities to channels 25 thru 32, and pre aux muting function.
The TASCAM DM-24 digital mixing console (MSRP $2,999 USD) represents a quantum leap in the design of powerful, affordable small-format digital mixers featuring 24-bit digital converters, up to 96kHz sampling rates, 32-bit internal processing and audio quality needed for a wide variety of professional recording applications.
For additional information on the DM-24 digital mixer and its latest software updates, please visit the TASCAM web site at www.tascam.com.