American Audio CD Player CDS 1 User Manual

American Audio®  
Operating Instructions  
CDS-1  
Featuring:  
FLIPFLOP  
American Audio®  
4295 Charter Street  
Los Angeles Ca. 90058  
Revised 11/05  
 
ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS  
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK  
DO NOT USE THIS (POLARIZED) PLUG WITH  
AN EXTENSION CORD, RECEPTACLE, OR  
OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES CAN  
BE CAREFULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT  
BLADE EXPOSURE  
NOTE: This CD player uses a semiconductor  
laser. It is recommended for use in a room at  
the following temperature: 41˚F - 95˚F / 5˚C -  
35˚C  
CAUTION:  
1. Handle the power supply cord carefully. Do  
not damage or deform; it may cause electric  
shock or malfunction when used. Hold plug  
attachment when removing from wall outlet.  
Do not pull on the cord.  
2. To avoid electric shock, do not open the top  
cover when the unit is plugged in. If problems  
occur with the unit, call your local American  
Audio® dealer.  
ATTENTION: POUR PREVENIR LES CHOCS  
ELECTRIQUES NE PAS UTILISER CETTE  
FICHE POLARISEE AVEC UN PROLON-  
GATEUR, UNE PRISE DE COURANT OU  
UNE AUTRE SORTIE DE COURANT, SAUF  
SI LES LAMES PEUVENT ETRE INSEREES A  
FOND SANS EN LAISSER AUCUNE PARTIE A  
DECOUVERT.  
3. Do not place metal objects or spill liquid  
inside the CD player. Electric shock or mal-  
function may occur.  
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK  
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO  
WATER OR MOISTURE  
The serial and model number for this unit is  
located on the rear panel. Please write down  
the numbers here and retain for future refer-  
ence.  
This equipment has been tested and found  
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital  
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.  
These limits are designed to provide reason-  
able protection against harmful interference in  
a residential installation. This equipment gen-  
erates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency  
energy and, if not installed and used in accor-  
dance with the instructions, may cause harmful  
interference to radio communications. How-  
ever, there is no guarantee that interference  
will not occur in a particular installation. If this  
equipment does cause harmful interference  
to radio or television reception, which can be  
determined by turning the equipment off and  
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the  
interference by one or more of the following  
measures:  
Model No._____________________________  
Serial No._____________________________  
NOTE: This product satisfies FCC regulations  
when shielded cables and connectors are  
used to connect the unit to other equipment.  
To prevent electromagnetic interference with  
electrical appliances such as radios and televi-  
sions, use shielded cables and connectors for  
connections.  
CAUTION:  
USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS  
OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN  
MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION  
EXPOSURE  
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
– Increase the separation between the equip-  
ment and receiver.  
– Connect the unit into an electrical outlet on  
a circuit different from that to which the  
receiver is connected.  
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/  
TV technician for help.  
THE COMPACT DISC PLAYER SHOULD NOT  
BE ADJUSTED OR REPAIRED BY ANYONE  
EXCEPT PROPERLY QUALIFIED SERVICE  
PERSONNEL.  
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ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS  
ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS  
CAUTION  
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an  
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the  
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the  
product'senclosurethatmaybeofsufficientmagnitude  
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.  
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is  
intended to alert the user to the presence of important  
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in  
the literature accompanying the appliance.  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC  
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER (OR BACK).  
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS  
INSIDE REFER SERVICE TO YOUR AUTHORIZED  
AMERICAN AUDIO® SERVICE TECHNICIAN.  
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY - Never push objects of  
READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating  
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION  
instructions should be read before the product is  
operated.  
Ifthisproductisequippedwithapolarizedalternating  
current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than  
theother), itwillfitintotheoutlet onlyoneway. This  
isasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinserttheplug  
fullyintotheoutlet, tryreversingtheplug. Iftheplug  
should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the polarized plug.  
any kind into this product through openings as they  
may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out  
parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.  
Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.  
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS — The safety and operating  
instructionsshouldberetainedforfuturereference.  
HEED WARNINGS — All warnings on the product and  
in the operating instructions should be adhered to.  
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS — All operating and use  
instructions should be followed.  
SERVICING — Do not attempt to service this product  
yourself as opening or removing covers may expose  
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all  
servicing to qualified service personnel.  
CLEANING — The product should be cleaned only with  
a polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean with  
furniture wax, benzine, insecticides or other volatile  
liquids since they may corrode the cabinet.  
ATTACHMENTS — Do not use attachments not  
recommendedbytheproductmanufacturerasthey  
may cause hazards.  
WATER AND MOISTURE — Do not use this product  
near water — for example, near a bathtub, wash  
bowl,kitchensink,orlaundrytub;inawetbasement;  
or near a swimming pool; and the like.  
ACCESSORIES — Do not place this product on an  
unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The  
product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or  
adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only  
If this product is equipped with  
a
three-wire  
DAMAGEREQUIRINGSERVICE - Unplugthisproduct  
from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified  
service personnel under the following conditions:  
groundingtypeplug,aplughavingathird(grounding)  
pin, itwillonlyfitintoagroundingtypepoweroutlet.  
Thisisasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinsertthe  
plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the grounding type plug.  
When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.  
If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into  
the product.  
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.  
Iftheproductdoesnotoperatenormallybyfollowing  
theoperatinginstructions.Adjustonlythosecontrols  
that are covered by the operating instructions as an  
improper adjustment of other controls may result in  
damage and will often require extensive work by a  
qualified technician to restore the product to its  
normal operation.  
POWER-CORD PROTECTION - Power-supply cords  
should be routed so that they are not likely to be  
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or  
against them, paying particular attention to cords at  
plugs,conveniencereceptacles,andthepointwhere  
they exit from the product.  
OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING — If an outside  
antennaorcablesystemisconnectedtotheproduct,  
be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so  
astoprovidesomeprotectionagainstvoltagesurges  
andbuilt-upstaticcharges.Article810oftheNational  
ElectricalCode,ANSI/NFPA70,providesinformation  
with regard to proper grounding of the mast and  
supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire  
to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding  
conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,  
connection to grounding electrodes, and  
requirementsforthegroundingelectrode.SeeFigure  
A.  
LIGHTNING — For added protection for this product  
duringalightningstorm,orwhenitisleftunattended  
and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from  
the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable  
system. This will prevent damage to the product  
due to lightning and power-line surges.  
POWER LINES An outside antenna system should  
notbelocatedinthevicinityofoverheadpowerlines  
or other electric light or power circuits, or where it  
can fall into such power lines or circuits. When  
installing an outside antenna system, extreme care  
should be taken to keep from touching such power  
lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.  
OVERLOADING — Do not overload wall outlets,  
extensioncords,orintegralconveniencereceptacles  
as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.  
If the product has been dropped or damaged in any  
way.  
When the product exhibits a distinct change in  
performance — this indicates a need for service.  
with  
a
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table  
recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with  
the product. Any mounting of the product should  
follow the manufacturerʼs instructions, and should  
use a mounting accessory recommended by the  
manufacturer.  
REPLACEMENT PARTS -- When replacement parts  
arerequired,besuretheservicetechnicianhasused  
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or  
have the same characteristics as the original part.  
Unauthorizedsubstitutionsmayresultinfire,electric  
shock, or other hazards.  
SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or  
repairs to this product, ask the service technician to  
performsafetycheckstodeterminethattheproduct  
is in proper operating condition.  
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING — The product should  
not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.  
HEAT The product should be situated away from heat  
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or  
other products (including amplifiers) that produce  
heat.  
CART — A product and cart combination should be  
moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and  
uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart  
combination to overturn.  
VENTILATION — Slots and openings in the cabinet are  
provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable  
operation of the product and to protect it from  
overheating, and these openings must not be  
blocked or covered. The openings should never be  
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug,  
or other similar surface. This product should not be  
placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or  
rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the  
manufacturerʼs instructions have been adhered to.  
POWER SOURCES —This product should be operated  
only from the type of power source indicated on the  
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of  
power supply to your home, consult your product  
dealer or local power company.  
ANTENNA  
LEAD IN  
WIRE  
GROUND  
CLAMP  
ANTENNA  
DISCHARGE UNIT  
(NEC SECTION 810-20)  
LOCATION – The appliance should be installed in a  
stable location.  
NONUSE PERIODS – The power cord of the appliance  
should be unplugged from the outlet when left un-  
used for a long period of time.  
ELECTRIC  
SERVICE  
EQUIPMENT  
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS  
(NEC SECTION 810-21)  
GROUND CLAMPS  
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING  
ELECTRODE SYSTEM  
(NEC ART 250, PART H)  
Fig. A  
NEC — NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE  
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PRODUCT INFORMATION  
I. Heat - The CD player should be situated  
away from heat sources such as radiators,  
heat registers, stoves, or other appliances  
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.  
Introduction  
Thank you for purchasing the CDS-1 by Ameri-  
can Audio®. This unit has been thoroughly  
tested and has been shipped in perfect oper-  
ating condition. Carefully check the shipping  
carton for damage that may have occurred  
during shipping. If the carton appears to be  
damaged, carefully inspect your unit for any  
damage. Be sure all accessories needed to  
operate the unit has arrived intact. In the event  
damage has been found or parts are missing,  
please contact our toll free customer support  
number for further instructions. Please do not  
return the unit to your dealer without first con-  
tacting customer support at the number listed  
on the next page.  
2. Do not let insecticides, benzene, or thinner  
come in contact with the surface of the unit.  
3. Never disassemble or modify your unit in  
any way, doing so will void your manufac-  
tures warranty.  
4. Never plug this unit in to a dimmer pack  
5. Do not attempt to operate this unit if it  
becomes damaged in any way.  
6. This unit is intended for indoor use only, use  
of this product outdoors voids all warranties.  
7. Always mount this unit in safe and stable  
matter.  
8. Disconnect from main power before making  
any type of connection.  
9. Cleaning -  
The CD Player should be cleaned only as  
recommended by the manufacturer. Use a  
soft cloth to wipe down the outside of the  
unit. For stubborn stains moisten a soft  
cloth with class cleaner or other mild deter-  
gent to wipe away any stains. Use a soft  
cloth to wipe any residual cleaner. Never  
use volatile cleaners such as benzene,  
solvent, or thinner to clean your unit, these  
cleaners will damage the units surface.  
Cleaning the pick-up lens - The pick-up lens  
should not become dirty under normal us-  
age.If the lens does become dirty, contact  
American Audio Technical Support for fur  
ther instructions. Third party lens cleaners  
available but not highly recommended. Use  
of some of these cleaner may damage the  
pick-up lens, be sure to follow extreme  
caution when using these types of cleaners.  
LINE VOLTAGE SELECTION  
• The desired voltage may be set with the  
VOLTAGE SELECTOR switch on the rear  
panel (using a flat head screw driver).  
• Do not force the VOLTAGE SELECTOR  
switch as this may cause damage  
• If the VOLTAGE SELECTOR switch does  
not move smoothly, please contact a quali-  
fied service technician.  
AUDIO OUT  
DIGIATL  
OUTPUT  
FADER  
START  
POWER  
ON OFF  
230V 115V  
AC IN~  
R
L
VOLTAGE SELECTOR SWITCH  
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CUSTOMER SERVICE  
Customer Support: American Audio® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set up help and  
to answer any question should you encounter problems during your set up or initial operation. You may also visit  
contact American Audio®. Service Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard  
Time.  
Voice:  
Fax:  
(800) 322-6337  
(323) 582-2610  
E-mail:  
Warning! To prevent or reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture.  
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this unit. Do not attempt any repairs yourself, doing so will  
void your manufactures warranty. In the unlikely event your unit may require service please contact customer  
support. Please do not return to your dealer without first contacting customer support.  
SET-UP  
1. Checking the Contents:  
Be sure your CDS-1™ was shipped with the following:  
1) CDS-1™ Professional CD player.  
1) One dual stereo RCA cable.  
1) Warranty card.  
1) Operating instructions (this booklet).  
1) One male to male 1/8” mini plug.  
2. Installing the Units  
1) Place your unit on a flat surface or mount it in a secure case.  
2) Be sure the player is mounted in a well ventilated area where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight,  
high temperatures, or high humidity.  
3) Try to place the unit as far as possible from TVs and tuners, as the unit may cause undesirable  
interference.  
3. Connections  
1) Be sure main power is connected last to prevent any electrical damage.  
2) AUDIO CONNECTIONS: Use the included RCA cable to connect the CDS-1™ outputs to the line  
inputs of a mixer. Never connect a CD player's output to a mixers "phono" inputs.  
3) CONTROL JACK CONNECTIONS: Use the supplied 1/8” mini plug cable to connect your CDS-1™  
to a mini jack connection (A or B) on a compatible American Audio “Fader Q Start” mixer. (This will  
enable the Fader “Q” Start function - See “Q” start control page 7)  
CAUTION: Be sure to use the supplied control cables. Using different types of cables may result in unit  
damage. To avoid server unit damage, be sure main power is off when connecting the control cables.  
CAUTION:  
CAUTION:  
• The LCD is designed to be clearly visible within the  
angles shown in Figure 2. Mount the control unit  
so that the visual angle is within this range.  
10˚ 50˚  
• The player will work normally when the main unit is  
mounted with the front panel within 15 degrees of  
the vertical plane. If the unit is tilted excessively,  
discs may not be loaded or unloaded properly.  
(Figure 1)  
15˚  
Figure 1  
Figure 2  
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MAIN FEATURES  
• 8 times over sampling 1 bit D/A converter  
• Selectable Time Display  
• Fader “Q” Start Control (a)  
• Sleep Mode (e)  
• Auto cue Function (Sensitive to -48dB)  
• S/PDIF Digital Audio RCA Coaxial Output  
• Flip-Flop (Relay Playback) (c)  
• Memory Backup, Defaults to last setting (f)  
• Loop  
• Selectable Pitch: +/-8%, +/-12% or +/-16%  
• Pitch Display  
• Real-Time Cue  
Top Loading Transport System  
• 4 Different Speed Scans  
• Durable Polyurethane Case  
• Large bright LCD Screen can be viewed from  
wide angles.  
• Selectable Voltage  
• Single/Continuous/Repeat Play Modes  
• 1/75 Frame Search  
• Instant Start within 10 msec (sound is produced immediately when the PLAY button is pressed)  
(a) FADER “Q” START CONTROL: This feature is used in conjunction with American Audio® mixers that  
also feature “Fader Q Start” control. For best results use this feature with two CDS-1 players. By moving the  
mixer’s crossfader from left to right you can start and pause your CDS-1's playback functions. For Example,  
when using two CDS-1 units and a Fader “Q” Start mixer, if your mixer’s crossfader is all the way to the left  
(player one is playing, player two is in cue or pause mode), and you move the fader at least 20% to the right,  
player two will begin to play and player one will return to cue mode. When the crossfader is to the right, and  
you move it 20% to the left, player one will begin to play and player two will return to its’ cue point. You can  
create great effects similar to scratching with this feature. “Q” Start control is easy to use and mastering this  
feature will help you create amazing effects with your music.  
(b) FLIP-FLOP: This feature is used in conjunction with American Audio® mixers that also feature Fader “Q”  
Start. For FLIP-FLOP results you must use two CDS-1 players. Connect your CDS-1’s as described in the set-  
up section of this manual. This feature will start the next player once one player has ended. For example, if  
player one is playing a disc and it ends, player two will instantly begin to play. You may set FLIP-FLOP to play  
track to track or disc to disc. For more information on this feature, see FLIP-FLOP™ on page 23.  
COMPACT DISCS  
1. PRECAUTIONS ON HANDLING COMPACT DISCS  
Compact disc are constructed of the same types of plastic record are. To avoid severe damage to you valuable  
disc please observe the following guide lines. Following the these guide lines will ensure long disc life.  
Do not allow fingerprints, oil or dust to get on the surface of the disc. If the disc is dirty, wipe it off with  
a soft dry cloth.  
Do not use benzene, thinner, water, record spray, electrostatic-proof chemicals, or silicone-treated cloths  
to clean discs.  
Always handle discs carefully to prevent damaging the surface; in particular when removing a disc from  
its case.  
Do not bend the disc.  
Do not apply heat.  
Do not enlarge the hole in the center of the disc.  
Do not write on the label (printed side) with a hard tipped implement such as a pencil or ball point pen.  
Condensation will form if a disc is brought into a warm area from a colder one, such as outdoors in  
winter. Do not attempt to dry the disc with a hair dryer, etc.  
2. PRECAUTION ON STORAGE  
After playing a disc, always unload it from the unit.  
Always store the compact disc in the jewel case, protecting from dirt or damage.  
Do not place discs in the following areas:  
a) Areas exposed to direct sunlight for a considerable time.  
b) Areas subject to accumulation of dust or high humidity.  
c) Areas affected by heat from indoor heaters, etc.  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS  
Figure 3  
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22  
21  
20  
19  
18  
1
2
3
4
17  
16  
5
6
7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15  
AUDIO OUT  
DIGIATL  
OUTPUT  
FADER  
START  
POWER  
OFF  
230V 115V  
AC IN~  
R
L
ON  
24 25 26  
27  
28  
29  
A. TOP UNIT CONTROLS (FIGURE 3)  
pause, etc...,), as they occur. This display is view-  
able at several comfortable angles as described  
on page 11. The LCD will be described in the  
next section.  
1. STOP - The stop button is used to stop CD  
playback. Never open the transport door without  
stopping playback first.  
2. OPEN (Transport Tray Open) - This button is  
used to open the disc transport tray door. NOTE:  
When a disc is loaded, the tray will not open  
unless the unit is in pause or cue mode.  
4. SGL/CTN - This button changes the play  
mode between Single and Continuous. In single  
mode the unit will play a single track and return  
to cue mode. In continuous mode the unit con-  
tinues to play track by track and returns to cue  
mode after all tracks have played. This function  
3. LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY (LCD) - This  
high quality LCD Indicates all the functions (play,  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS (Cont.)  
also operates in FLIP FLOP modes. When using  
two units in Flip-Flop mode, each unit may be set  
up to run in either single or continuous. In single  
mode a unit will play a single track and jump  
to the next unit. If the next unit is in continuous  
mode, that unit will play all tracks and jump back  
to next unit, and so on.  
13.  
SEARCH/SCAN BUTTON - This  
button is user to forward scan or fast-forward a  
track. Holding down the button for a prolonged  
amount of time will increase the scanning speed.  
Tapping the button is the preferred method for  
locating a specific cue point.  
14.  
TRACK BUTTON - This buttons is  
5. CUE LED - The red CUE LED will glow  
when the unit is in cue mode The LED will  
also flash every time a new CUE POINT is set.  
used to select a track. Tapping this button will  
back-skip to the previous track, holding down  
this button will rapidly back-skip through the  
tracks on a CD.  
6. CUE - Pressing the CUE button during play-  
back immediately pauses playback and returns  
the track to the last set cue point (see setting a  
CUE POINT, page 14). The CUE button can be  
held down to momentarily play the CD. When  
you release the CUE button it instantly returns to  
the last set CUE POINT.  
15.  
TRACK BUTTON - This buttons is  
used to select your desired track. Tapping this  
button will forward skip to the next track, holding  
down this button will rapidly forward skip through  
the tracks on your CD.  
16. LOOP OUT LED - This LED will flash each  
time the loop "OUT" button is pressed indicated  
the cue point or loop starting point has been  
set.  
7. PLAY/PAUSE LED - While in play mode the  
green play LED will glow, and while in pause  
mode the green play LED will flash.  
8. PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON - Each press of the  
PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON causes the operation  
to change from play to pause or from pause to  
play.  
17. TIME - The TIME button is used to changed  
the displayed time values. Time can be displayed  
as elapsed track time, remaining track time, and  
total disc remaining time. See page 14 for more  
information.  
9. LOOP IN LED - This LED will flash each time  
the loop "IN" button is pressed indicated the cue  
point or loop starting point has been set.  
18. (+) & (-) PITCH BEND -  
A. (+) PITCH BEND - The (+) pitch bend function  
creates a momentary “BUMP” in the CD’s pitch  
speed (Beats per minute - BPM) when the PITCH  
(21) function is activated. This functions allows  
the beats between two CD’s or any other music  
source to match. This is a momentary function.  
When the button is depressed the pitch speed  
will automatically return to PITCH SLIDER'S (19)  
selected pitch. Holding down this button down  
yields a maximum of +16% pitch. Be sure to  
remember that this function is a momentary pitch  
adjustment, for a more precise adjustment use  
the PITCH SLIDER'S (19) to match the BPM’s  
with another playing music source.  
10. LOOP IN BUTTON - “CUE ON THE FLY” -  
This button allows you to set a CUE POINT (see  
CUE POINT page 14) without music interruption  
(“on the fly”). This button also sets the starting  
point of a loop (see LOOP on page 17).  
11. OUT - This button serves three functions.  
This button is used to set the a loops ending  
point, to exit a loop once engaged, or restart a  
loop once it has been exited. For more informa-  
tion, see looping on page 17.  
12.  
SEARCH/SCAN BUTTON - This  
button is user to reverse scan or fast-reverse a  
track. Holding down the button for a prolonged  
amount of time will increase the scanning speed.  
Tapping the button is the preferred method for  
locating a specific cue point.  
B. (-) PITCH BEND BUTTON - The (-) pitch  
bend function creates a momentary “Slow  
Down” in the CD’s pitch speed (Beats per min-  
ute - BPM) when the PITCH (21) function is acti-  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS (Cont.)  
vated. This functions allows the beats between can be changed from (+/- 8%), (+/- 12%) or (+/-  
two CD’s or any other music source to match. 16%). The PITCH SELECT LED (23) will indicate  
This is a momentary function. When the button the maximum pitch value.  
is depressed the pitch speed will automatically  
return to PITCH SLIDER'S (19) selected pitch.  
Holding down this button down yields a maxi-  
22. PITCH LED - This red LED will glow when  
the pitch function is active  
23. PITCH SELECT LED - This LED serves as a  
visual reminder of the selected pitch percentage  
mode. A flashing red LED will indicate 8% pitch  
manipulation, a solid glowing red LED will indi-  
cate 16% pitch manipulation, and when the LED  
is off 12% pitch manipulation will be applied to  
the PITCH SLIDER (19).  
mum of -16% pitch. Be sure to remember that  
this function is a momentary pitch adjust-ment,  
for a more precise adjustment use the PITCH  
SLIDER'S (19) to match the BPM’s with  
another playing music  
source.  
19. PITCH SLIDER - This slider is used to adjust  
the playback pitch percentage when the PITCH  
(21) function is activated. The slider is a set  
adjustment and will remain set until the pitch slid-  
er is moved or the PITCH (21) function has been  
turned off. This adjustment can be made with or  
without a CD in the drive. The pitch adjustment  
will remain even if a disc has been remove, and  
will reflect on any other disc loaded into the unit.  
That is to say, if you set a +2% pitch on one disc,  
remove that disc and insert another, that disc too  
will have a +2% pitch. The amount of pitch being  
applied will be displayed in the LCD (3). Use this  
slider to match the BPM’s of this unit to that of  
another music source. By changing the pitch of  
one disc with respect to the other in this way, the  
beats can be matched.  
24. AUDIO OUT R & L - These jacks send a  
left and right analog mono output signal. Use  
these jacks to send standard audio to a mixer or  
receiver.  
25. DIGITAL OUT - This jack sends a digital  
stereo out signal. Use this connection to create  
near perfect copies of your disc to a Mini disc,  
CD-R, or any other recording device with a digital  
input.  
26. CONTROL - These control jacks are only  
used for the "Q" function. Only use these jacks  
in conjunction with a compatible "Q" series  
American Audio® mixer or CD unit. Connect the  
supplied mini-plug from the CONTROL jack on  
the rear of your unit to the control jack on a com-  
patible mixer or CD unit.  
20. PITCH SELECT - This button changes the  
pitch value. The pitch percentage can be changed  
between 8%, 12%, and 16%. 8% yields the  
least amount of pitch manipulation and 16% will  
yield the most amount of pitch manipulation. To  
adjust to the different values tap this button. The  
LED above this button will indicate which pitch  
percentage mode is activated. See PITCH LED  
(23). The pitch values will immediately reflect the  
amount of pitch being applied to a music source  
in the CD drive. The pitch value is adjusted by  
sliding the PITCH SLIDER (19) up and down.  
27. VOLTAGE SELECTOR - Because power  
supplies vary from location to location a volt-  
age selector switch has been incorporated in the  
unit's design. This switch can select a voltage  
input of 120v or 220v to accommodate the two  
major power source. Always be sure to discon-  
nect the power plug before changing the volt-  
age.  
28. POWER CONNECTOR - This is the main  
power connection. Only use the supplied polar-  
ized power cord. Use of any other power may  
result in sever damage to the unit. Be sure the  
local power matches the unit’s required power.  
21. PITCH BUTTON - This button is used to turn  
the pitch function on and off. The pitch functions  
of the PITCH SLIDER (19), and PITCH BEND  
BUTTONS (18) will not function without this func-  
tion being activated. The pitch percentage value  
29. POWER SWITCH - This switch controls the  
unit's main power.  
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LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY (LCD)  
30  
31  
32  
33  
LCD DISPLAY  
Figure 4  
34  
35  
36  
37  
38  
39  
40  
34. PLAY INDICATOR - This indicator will glow  
when the unit is in play mode.  
B. LCD DISPLAY (FIGURE 6)  
30.TIME BAR INDICATOR - This bar visually  
details the time defined in the TIME METER (36,  
37, & 38). As with the TIME METER (36, 37, & 38),  
this bar is also dependent on the selected time  
function (TOTAL REMAIN (32), REMAIN (33) OR  
ELAPSE (31). This bar will begin to flash when 15  
seconds of a track remain and will begin to rap-  
idly flash when three seconds of a track remain.  
The flashing bar is a great visual reminder a track  
is about to end. The flashing bar will function  
regardless of which time mode the unit is in.  
35.TRACK INDICATOR - This double digit indi-  
cator details a current track. The number dis-  
played in the track indicator is a direct reference  
to a track being selected for programming or a  
track in play, pause, or cue mode.  
36. MINUTES METER - This meter will display  
the elapse, total, or remaining time in minutes.  
The display time will be indirect reference to the  
current time mode.  
37. SECONDS METER - This meter will display  
the elapse, total, or remaining time in seconds.  
The display time will be indirect reference to the  
current time mode.  
31. ELAPSE INDICATOR - This indicator is in  
direct reference to the TIME METER (36, 37, &  
38). When the ELAPSE indicator is displayed in  
the LCD, the time defined will refer to a single  
track's elapsed time. The time mode is changed  
by the tapping on the TIME button (17).  
38. FRAME METER - This meter will display the  
elapse, total, or frames. The displayed frames will  
be indirect reference to the current time mode.  
32. TOTAL REMAIN INDICATOR - This indica-  
tor is in direct reference to the TIME METER (36,  
37, & 38). When the TOTAL REMAIN indicator is  
displayed in the LCD, the time defined will refer  
to a disc's total remaining time. The time mode is  
changed by tapping on TIME button (17).  
39. SINGLE INDICATOR - This indicates the unit  
is in single play mode, the unit will play a single  
and return to CUE mode. If the single indicator is  
not displayed the unit is in continuous mode. In  
continuous mode the drive will play through all  
the tracks on the disc. Once all the tracks have  
ended the unit will return to cue mode.  
33. REMAIN INDICATOR - This indicator is in  
direct reference to the TIME METER (36, 37, &  
38). When the REMAIN indicator is displayed in  
the LCD, the time defined will refer to a single  
track's remaining time. The time mode is changed  
by tapping on TIME button (17).  
40. PITCH METER - This meter displays the  
pitch percentage being applied to playback by  
the PITCH SLIDER (21). If the meter read zero  
regardless of the PITCH SLIDER'S (21) position,  
the PITCH (27) function is not activated.  
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BASIC OPERATIONS  
1. OPENING THE DISC TRAY/LOADING DISCS  
Caution: Never open the tray door when a disk is spinning - Always stop  
playback before opening the tray door. Press the OPEN BUTTON (2) to  
open the disc tray.  
2. LOADING DISCS  
The CDS-1 can play both 3 inch (8 cm) and 5 inch (12 cm) compact discs  
(CD’s). Odd shaped and oval CD’s are not compatible. When loading a CD  
into the unit always hold the disc by its' edges and place it in the disc tray.  
Never touch the signal surface (the glossy side).  
CAUTION:  
• NEVER insert any foreign objects in the disc tray.  
• NEVER attempt to insert more than one disc in the disc tray at a time.  
Doing so may result in severe damage to the unit.  
Figure 5  
Figure 4  
3. SELECTING TRACKS  
Select a desired track by using either of the two TRACK BUTTONS (14  
& 15). Tapping the TRACK BUTTONS (14 & 15) once will select either  
a higher or lower track. You may hold down the TRACK BUTTONS (14  
& 15) to change tracks continuously at a higher speed. If you are using  
the TRACK BUTTONS (14 & 15) to select a new track during playback  
(a track already playing) the new track you selected will immediately  
begin playback as soon as the search operation is completed.  
Figure 6  
4. STARTING PLAYBACK  
Insert an audio CD as describe above (loading discs). Pressing the PLAY/  
PAUSE BUTTON (8) with an audio CD inserted will immediately start  
playback. The PLAY INDICATORS (7 & 34) will glow as soon as playback  
begins. The point at which playback starts (cue point) will automatically  
be stored in the memory as the cue point. The unit will return to this cue  
point (the point at which playback started) when the CUE BUTTON (6) is  
pressed.  
AUTO CUE  
”Cueing” is the action of preparing for playback. When the unit is in cue  
mode the CUE INDICATOR (5) will glow. The unit is designed to automati-  
cally cue at the first audible signal on of a disc when a disc is inserted. If  
a track is selected before a disc is inserted, the unit will automatically cue  
to the first audible signal for the selected track.  
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BASIC OPERATIONS  
5. STOPPING PLAYBACK  
Stopping playback will stop the drive mechanism allowing you to safely  
remove the CD from the transport drive. Pressing the STOP BUTTON (1)  
during any function will immediately stop the unit.  
Figure 7  
6. PAUSING  
Pausing temporarily stops playback but does not stop the drive mecha-  
nism. Pressing the PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON (8) changes the operating mode  
between play and pause. The PAUSE INDICATOR (7 & 34) will glow when  
pause mode is activated or when a track is in cue mode.  
Figure 8  
7. FRAME SEARCH/SETTING CUE POINTS  
This feature allows you to search through a track to set a cue or the begin-  
ning of a loop point. To use the search function you must first be in Pause  
or Cue mode. Once you are in Pause or Cue mode, use your finger to tap  
on either the FORWARD SEARCH/SCAN BUTTON (13) or the REVERSE  
SEARCH/SCAN BUTTON (12) depending on which direction you want to  
search (figure 9). Holding down on the button will increase the speed the  
search function will scan. Once you reach your desired starting point you  
can set a cue (starting) point by pressing the PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON (19)  
as in figure 9. Pressing the CUE BUTTON (6) will return the disc to the cue  
point just set.  
Figure 9  
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BASIC OPERATIONS (CONT.)  
8. SCANNING (FAST FORWARD / FAST REVERSE)  
This function gives you a fast search through a disk or track. For  
faster scanning speeds hold down either the FORWARD SEARCH/  
SCAN BUTTON (13) or the REVERSE SEARCH/SCAN BUTTON (12)  
depending on which direction you want to search. You can scan in  
3 different forward and 3 different reverse speeds depending on how  
long the buttons are held down.  
Figure 10  
9. CHANGING THE TIME DISPLAY (31, 32, & 33)/TIME BAR (30):  
The time may be displayed in three different modes; Elapsed, Remain, and Total Remain. During normal play-  
back, pressing the TIME BUTTON (17) as in figure 11, will change the time display information (31, 32, 33, &  
30) in the LCD. The following is a break down of the time settings and their definitions:  
1) ELAPSED (31) - This details the time in the LCD (36, 37, & 38) as the  
current tracks’ elapsed running time. The elapsed function only details a  
tracks elapsed time and not the entire disc.  
2) REMAIN (33) - This details the time in the LCD (36, 37, & 38) as the cur-  
rent tracks’ remaining running time.  
3) TOTAL REMAIN (32) - This details the time in the LCD (36, 37, & 38) as  
the total disc remaining time.  
TIME BAR INDICATOR - The time bar in the LCD visually details the time  
defined in the TIME METER (36, 37, & 38). This bar is also dependent on  
the selected time function (TOTAL REMAIN (32), REMAIN (33) or ELAPSE  
(31). This bar will begin to flash when 15 seconds of a track remain  
and will begin to rapidly flash when three seconds of a track remain.  
The flashing bar is a great visual reminder a track is about to end.  
The flashing bar will function regardless of which time mode the unit  
is in.  
Figure 11  
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BASIC OPERATIONS (CONT.)  
10. PITCH ADJUSTMENTS:  
This function will increase or decrease a tracks playback speed or "PITCH," this is not a momentary change  
as in "PITCH BENDING" (see page 16). The maximum pitch bend percentage allowed is +/-16%. The PITCH  
SLIDER (19) is used to decrease or increase the playback pitch. If the slider is move up (towards the top of the  
unit) the pitch will decrease, if the slider is moved down (towards the bottom of the unit) the pitch will increase.  
The PITCH SLIDER (19) adjustment can be changed to range from +/-8%, +/-12%, or +/-16% (See changing  
"PITCH SLIDER PERCENTAGE RANGE" figure 14/page 16). The pitch adjustments will effect playback, reverse  
playback, and loops.  
Activating the Pitch Slider (19): To activate the PITCH SLIDER  
(19), turn the pitch function on. Press the PITCH BUTTON (21) to turn  
on the pitch function, when the pitch function is activated the PITCH  
LED (22) will begin to glow. If the pitch function is not activated neither  
the PITCH SLIDER (19) nor the PITCH BEND BUTTONS (18) will not  
function.  
Figure 12  
Using the Pitch Slider (19): To use the PITCH SLIDER (19) slide the  
slider up and down. Down will increase the pitch and up will decrease  
the pitch. The PITCH PERCENTAGE INDICATOR (40) in the LCD (3) will  
detail the amount of pitch being applied to the track. When the slider is  
in the center position, zero pitch is being applied to the track and the  
PITCH PERCENTAGE INDICATOR (40) will read zero.  
Figure 13  
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BASIC OPERATIONS (CONT.)  
Adjusting the Pitch Slider's Range (19): You may change the PITCH  
SLIDER'S (19) operating range. To change the operating range be sure  
the pitch function is turned on, see figure 12 on the previous page. The  
pitch percentage can be changed between +/-8%, +/-12%, and +/-16%.  
+/-8% will allow the least amount of pitch manipulation and +/-16% will  
allow the most amount of pitch manipulation. To adjust to the different  
values tap the P.S. BUTTON (23). The Pitch Select LED (23) will indicated  
the current pitch level. Flashing red for +/-8%, off +/-12%, or glowing  
solid red for +/-16%. Note, the pitch function must be activated for a  
LED reading.  
Figure 14  
11. PITCH BEND:  
This function will momentarily increase or decrease a tracks playback speed. Use the (-) & (+) PITCH BUT-  
TONS (18) for this function. The maximum pitch bend percentage allowed is +/- 16%. The pitch bend function  
will work in conjunction with the PITCH SLIDER (19) pitch setting. For example, if the PITCH SLIDER (19) is set  
to a 2% pitch gain the pitch bending process will begin at 2% and will continue to the maximum of -/+16%  
and then return to the original 2% pitch when the button is released.  
PITCH BEND BUTTONS (18):  
The (+) PITCH BEND BUTTON (18) will provide a speed bump and the (-) PITCH BEND BUTTON (18) will pro-  
vide a slow down. The extent to which the speed changes is proportionate to the amount of time either button  
is held down. For example, if the (+) PITCH BEND BUTTON (18) is held down continuously, the disc speed will  
increases and will continue to increase until reaches a maximum of 16% speed gain. When you release the (+)  
PITCH BEND BUTTON (18) the disc speed will automatially return to it’s previous speed.  
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Holding down or tapping on the (+) PITCH BEND  
BUTTON (18) will provide a speed bump in the  
playback pitch.  
Figure 15  
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