American Audio CD Player DCD PRO300 User Manual

DCD-PRO300  
MKII  
© American AUDIO Los Angeles, CA 90058 USA  
 
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
I. Read Instructions - All the safety and operating  
instructions should be read before the appliance  
is operated.  
10. 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, convenience  
receptacles, and the point where they exit  
from the appliance.  
2. Save Instructions - The safety and operating  
instructions should be saved for future  
reference.  
3. Heed Warnings - All warnings on the appliance  
and in the operating instructions should be  
adhered to.  
11. Cleaning - The appliance should be cleaned  
only as recommended by the manufacturer.  
12. Non-use Periods - The power cord of the  
appliance should be unplugged from the outlet  
when left unused for a long period of time.  
4. Follow Instructions - All operating and user  
instructions should be followed.  
5. Water and Moisture - The appliance should not  
be used near water - for example, near a bath  
tub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a  
wet basement or near a swimming pool, etc.  
13. Object and Liquid Entry - Care should be taken  
so that objects do not fall and liquids are not  
spilled into the enclosure through openings.  
14. Damage Requiring Service - The appliance  
should be serviced by qualified service  
personnel when:  
6. Ventilation - The appliance should be situated  
so that its location or position does not interfere  
with its proper ventilation. For example, the  
appliance should not be situated on a bed, sofa,  
rug, or similar surface that may block the  
ventilation openings; or, placed in a built-in  
installation, such as a bookcase or cabinet that  
may impede the flow of air through the  
ventilation openings.  
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has  
been damaged.  
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been  
spilled into the appliance.  
C. The appliance has been exposed to rain  
or water.  
7. Heat - The appliance should be situated away  
from heat sources such as radiators, heat  
registers, stoves, or other appliances (including  
amplifiers) that produce heat.  
D. The appliance does not appear to operate  
normally or exhibits a marked change in  
performance.  
8. Power Sources - The appliance should be  
connected to a power supply only of the type  
described in the operating instructions or as  
marked on the appliance.  
E. The appliance has been dropped, or the  
enclosure damaged.  
15. Servicing - The user should not attempt to  
service the appliance beyond that described in  
the operating instructions. All other servicing  
should be referred to qualified service  
personnel.  
9. Grounding or Polarization - Precautions should  
be taken so that the grounding or polarization  
means of an appliance is not defeated.  
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PREPARATIONS  
1. Checking the Contents  
Check that the carton contains the following items:  
1) Main unit  
2) Control unit  
3) Operating instructions ( this booklet)  
4) Two sets of RCA cables.  
5) Two Control cords (6 feet / 1.8 meters)  
2. Installing the Units  
Mount the units onto your console or rack with 19" EIA rack rails.  
CAUTION:  
• 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)  
• The control panel's LCDs are 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.  
Fig. 1  
Fig. 2  
3. Connections  
1) Turn off the POWER switch.  
2) Connect the RCA pin cables to the inputs on your mixer.  
3) Connect the control cables to the REMOTE connector on the main unit.  
CAUTION:  
Be sure to use the supplied control cables. Using another type of cable may result in damage.  
Be sure the power is off when connecting the control cables. Otherwise the units may not work properly.  
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GENERAL NOTES ON USE  
• Avoid high temperatures.  
Allow for sufficient heat dispersion when installed on a rack.  
• Handle the power cord carefully.  
• Hold the plug when unplugging the cord.  
• Keep the set free from moisture, water, and dust.  
• Unplug the power cord when not using the set for long periods of time.  
• Do not obstruct the ventilation holes. (For sets with ventilation holes.)  
• Do not let foreign objects in the set.  
• Do not let insecticides, benzene, and thinner come in contact with the set.  
• Never disassemble or modify the set in any way.  
MAIN FEATURES  
(1) 8 times over sampling 1 bit D/A converter  
(2) Beat counter  
(3) Auto cue  
(4) Frame search  
(5) Realtime cue  
(6) 4 different speed scan  
(7) Pitch display  
(8) 10 number buttons for direct track access  
(9) 30 programmable tracks  
(10) Ten cue points can be memorized  
(11) Digital output RCA coaxial  
(12) Fader Start , Fader Stop , (back cue) Relay playback (using the control jack)*  
(13) Large brite LCD Screen can be viewed from wide angles.  
(14) Transport protection  
*Must have a Mixer equipped with the signal output. Look for this feature in Future American DJ Mixers.  
(15) Mechanical Anti-Skip  
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GENERAL FEATURES  
A. REMOTE UNIT FRONT  
8.  
LCD DISPLAY - Indicates all the functions, as  
1.  
RECALL - This button allow you to cue up any of they are occurring, with the CD. These functions are  
the 10 memory points that have been memorized. Press explained in the next section.  
RECALL button then any of the 10 number buttons. the  
player will cue up the selected point and pause.  
9.  
PITCH BEND +/- 16% (Pitch Bend Button)- When  
each of the two CD players is playing a CD, the pitch  
bend function allows the positioning of the bass beats to  
be matched after the pitch of each disc is matched.  
Either player can “catch up” or “fall back” to match the  
other player. The pitch will automatically rise while the +  
button is pressed (allowing “catch up”) and return to the  
2. MEMORY - This button allows you to program up  
to 10 cue points on the CD, Press the MEMORY button  
during play or pause, the memory LED lights up. Use  
frame search to reach desired point, then press a  
number button to memorize that starting point. Repeat  
above steps to memorize all 10 starting points if desired.  
original pitch when the button is released. The pitch will  
automatically drop while the - button is pressed (allowing  
“fall back”) and return to the original pitch when the  
button is released. By changing the pitch of one disc with  
respect to the other in this way the beats can be matched.  
3.  
NUMBER buttons (1 to 10) These buttons are  
used to select a particular track number starting point.  
They are also used in MEMORY and RECALL modes.  
4.  
PROGRAM - Depress this button to stop the CD  
10.  
PITCH (Pitch Button)- This button activates the  
an enter the program mode. Note the word “PROGRAM”  
is indicated on the display. Select each track to be  
programmed with the f. skip and b.skip buttons (13 & 14).  
and press the PROGRAM button between selections.  
You can program up to 30 tracks. Press PLAY to start  
the program. To exit and erase program hold the  
Pitch Slider (14).  
11.  
SHUTTLE WHEEL - (OUTER RING) This wheel  
has 4 forward and 4 reverse speed positions for  
searching through songs. The more you turn the wheel in  
either direction the faster you search through the music.  
12.  
JOG WHEEL - (INNER RING) This jog wheel  
program button down for more than 2 seconds while the  
unit is stopped, open the disc tray, or turn off the power.  
serves 2 functions depending on the mode you are  
working in.  
5.  
REPEAT - This button allows you to select between  
a. The jog wheel will act as a slow frame search  
control when the CD is not playing but either paused or  
set to a cue point. To set a new frame cue point, spin the  
wheel then press PLAY when you have determined the  
proper position. Press CUE to return to the “CUE  
POINT”.  
REPEAT 1  
REPEAT ALL CONTINULUS PLAY  
6.  
SGL/CTN - You can choose between a single  
track to play or all tracks in order by pressing once or  
twice.  
7.  
OPEN/CLOSE - (Disc Tray Open/Close)- Press  
to load or eject the disc. Each press will open or close  
the disc tray on the transport. NOTE: Tray will not open  
unless the disc has been paused.  
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GENERAL FEATURES (Cont.)  
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13&14.TRACK (Track Buttons) - These buttons are used  
to select the track to be played. FORWARD SKIP  
& BACK SKIP.  
and you have hit the exit button, press this button  
to enter the loop again. To exit loop press  
OUT/EXIT button.  
B. LCD  
15.  
TIME (Time Button) - The TIME button switches  
between ELAPSED PLAYING TIME,  
REMAINING TIME in a selection and TOTAL  
REMAINING TIME of the disc.  
26.PLAY INDICATOR ( ) - The PLAY indicators light  
during playback.  
27.PAUSE INDICATOR ( ) - The PAUSE indicators  
light during pause or cue mode.  
16.  
PITCH SLIDER - The pitch can be changed up to  
+/- 12% by Pressing the PITCH BUTTON so the  
PITCH LED is lit, then moving the sliding fader.  
The pitch will not be changed if the PITCH LED is  
off.  
28.A-B INDICATOR – These light when player  
performs repeat A-B playback.  
29.PROGRAM INDICATOR - This lights when  
program mode is set or played.  
30.REPEAT Indicator - (REPEAT 1, REPEAT ALL)  
These light during repeat one or all playback.  
28,31,32.TRACK, MINUTE, SECOND – These  
Displays information on the current track and time.  
33.PITCH OR BPM DISPLAY - Show either beat per  
minute or percent of pitch adjustment.  
17.  
BPM BUTTON - Switches the mode of the  
display between showing the BPM and the  
percentage change in PITCH. Use COUNTER  
BUTTON  
18.  
19.  
20.  
COUNTER BUTTON - Tap this button with the  
beat of the music to determine the current Beats  
Per Minute (BPM).  
34.BPM INDICATOR - Lights up when BPM Button is  
engaged.  
35.PITCH INDICATOR- Lights to show percent of  
pitch is displayed.  
36.ELAPSED & TOTAL REMAIN INDICATORS –  
These indicate that the time shown on the display  
is the ELAPSED, TOTAL remaiming or SINGLE  
song remaining time.  
REALTIME CUE – This allows you to set the CUE  
POINT without stopping the play back. This button  
also sets the beginning of a seamless loop.  
CUE - Pressing the CUE button during play  
provides a return to the position at which play was  
started. If PAUSE is used before CUE or CUE  
POINT was set, that will become the cue point.  
Alternately pressing the PLAY button and the  
CUE button allows the CD to be played from the  
same position any number of times. The CUE  
LED will light up from the time the Cue button  
is pressed until the CD has reset to the position at  
which play was started. Steady lighting of this  
LED indicates the ready condition.  
37.LOOP, RELOOP – displayed when loop is  
engaged LOOP flashes when playing loop.  
D.MAIN UNIT REAR PANEL  
LINE OUT 1 and 2 – The audio signals from each  
player are output from these jacks.  
REMOTE - Connect this connector to the control unit  
using the included control cords..  
DIGITAL - connect to Minidisc or CDR device.  
VOLTAGE SELECTOR – (multi-vlotage models only)  
On multi- voltage models, use this to select the  
power voltage. Always disconnect the power plug  
before changing the voltage.  
21.  
22.  
23.  
OUT / EXIT - Used to set the ending point when  
looping music. The player will start to loop  
continuous. Until you press this button again to  
exit. This is not a seamless function.  
START/PAUSE (Play/Pause Button) - Each press  
of the PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON causes the  
operation to change from play to pause or from  
pause to play.  
E.CONTROL UNIT REAR PANEL(FIGURE 4)  
CONNECT TO MAIN UNIT – Connect this connector  
to the REMOTE connector on the main unit using  
the included control cords.  
CONTROL – Connect this connector to the control out  
from mixer control out. Available on future mixers.  
RELOOP BUTTON - If a LOOP has been made,  
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BASIC OPERATIONS  
1. OPENING AND CLOSING THE DISC TRAY AND LOADING DISCS  
a) Opening and closing the disc tray  
This operation only works when the power is on.  
Press the OPEN/CLOSE button to open or close the disc tray. OPEN/CLOSE buttons are provided on  
both the main unit and control unit or  
Press PLAY button, tray automatically closes.  
If tray is not closed after 60 seconds it will close automatically and pause.  
The disc trays cannot be opened during playback to prevent playback from being interrupted if the  
OPEN/CLOSE button is pressed accidentally. Stop playback, then press the OPEN/CLOSE button.  
2. LOADING DISCS  
Hold the disc by the edges and place it in the disc tray. Do not touch the signal surface (the glossy side).  
When using 5 inch/12 cm discs, place the disc in the outer tray guides (Figure 8), and when using 3 inch  
/8 cm discs, place them securely in the inner guides (Figure 9).  
3 in. / 8cm disk  
5 in. / 12cm disk  
Fig.8  
Fig.9  
CAUTION:  
DO NOT place any foreign objects in the disc tray, and do not place more than one disc in the disc tray at a  
time. Doing so may result in malfunction.  
DO NOT push the disc tray in manually when the power is off, as this may result in malfunction and  
damage the player.  
3. SELECTING TRACKS  
• Select desired track using NUMBER Button or  
• Press the TRACK Buttons once to move to one higher or lower track or  
• Hold the TRACK buttons in to change tracks continuously at a higher speed.  
• When a new track is selected during playback, playback begins as soon as the search operation is  
completed.  
4. STARTING PLAYBACK  
• Press the PLAY/PAUSE button during the pause or cue to start playback.  
• The PLAY indicator lights when playback starts.  
• The point at which playback starts is automatically stored in the memory as the cue point. The pickup then  
returns to the cue point (the point at which playback started) when the CUE button is pressed. (Back Cue)  
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5. STOPPING PLAYBACK  
• There are two ways to stop playback.  
1) Press the PLAY/PAUSE button during playback to pause at that point.  
2) Press the CUE button during playback to return to the position at which playback started(Back Cue).  
6. PAUSING  
• Press the PLAY/PAUSE button to switch between play and pause.  
• The PAUSE indicator lights when the pause mode is set.  
1) The player has completed the cue or pause operation and is waiting for the play start command.  
2) When the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed, playback starts and the cue point is stored in the memory.  
3) Playing  
4) The pause mode is set when the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed again.  
5) Pausing  
6) Playback resumes when the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed again. The new cue point is stored in the  
memory.  
7) Playing  
7. CUEING  
• ”Cueing” is the action of preparing for playback. When the Cue button is pressed, playback returns to the cue  
point and enters pause mode. When the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed during the cue mode, playback  
starts.  
CUE POINT SETTING:  
A Playback starts from pause or skip to a new track during play or pause. The beginning play point will be  
set to the cue point.  
Or,  
B Press the REALTIME CUE button during playback to set the new cue point.  
Or  
C Memorize any of 10 CUE points by pressing MEMORY then set desired Cue then press any of 10  
number buttons. You can also set any of the 10 Cue points by pressing MEMORY then any of the  
NUMBER Buttons.  
To return to a CUE POINT press CUE BUTTON. This will return to point A or B above.  
The player has completed the cue or pause operation and is waiting for the play start command.  
When the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed, playback starts.  
To Return to any of the 10 Cue points, press RECALL, then desired number buttons. The player has  
completed the cue or pause operation and is waiting for the play start command. When the PLAY  
/PAUSE button is pressed, playback starts.  
NOTE: When play starts via pause or track skipping or scanning, the CUE POINT will change to the start  
point automatically.  
8. AUTO CUE  
When disk is loaded, the cue point is set to the first source of music.  
If track is changed before pressing play, the CUE POINT is changed to the new starting point.  
If you pause during playback this also sets the new CUE POINT.  
9. FRAME SEARCH  
This is done by first pausing then using the jog wheel to set the starting point. (When you use the jog wheel  
the monitor function allows you to here what is playing. Once you have set starting point press PLAY then  
CUE to again mute output.)  
10. SCANNING (FAST FORWARD / FAST REVERSE)  
To do this rotate Shuttle wheel forward or reverse.  
You can scan or reverse in 6 different speeds depending on how much you rotate the wheel.  
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BASIC OPERATIONS (CONT.)  
11. LOOP PLAY  
You can loop between two points continuously.  
Press IN REAL TIME CUE Button for starting point  
Set end point by pressing OUT/EZIT Button, CD will begin looping until OUT/EXIT Buttonis pressed again.  
Press Reloop to again enter the loop.  
NOTE: this is not a seamless function.  
12. TIME DISPLAY  
During normal play, each time you press TIME button, the display changes to give you the following information  
(Fig.14)  
A = ELAPSED playing time .  
B = REMAINing time in a selection. If the current selection number is over 34, “...................” is displayed.  
C = TOTAL remaining time of the disc .  
13. REPEAT PLAYBACK  
1)  
2)  
3)  
Press REPEAT button, the REPEAT 1 indicator lights , the player repeats the one track selected.  
Press REPEAT button again, the REPEAT ALL indicator lights . The player will then repeat all tracks on disc.  
Press REPEAT button again, the repeat function is cancelled.  
14. PITCH BENDING  
The speed increases or decreases respectively while the PITCH BEND+(9) or PITCH BEND- button is  
pressed. The extent to which the speed changes is proportionate to the amount of time the button is pressed.  
For example, if the PITCH BEND+ button is held in continuously, the speed increases continuously.  
The pitch changed within a range of +/- 16% .  
The jog wheel will temporarily bend the pitch of the music if the song is already playing by rotating the wheel clockwise to  
speed up or counterclockwise to slow down. The speed that you rotate the JOG WHEEL determines the percentage  
of the PITCH BEND.  
15. PROGRAM PLAY  
Press the PROG. BUTTON to make the unit enter the program mode and stop condition.  
The program indicator light. Select Track using NUMBER button press PROG. again.  
Repeat this up to 30 times.  
Press the PLAY BUTTON to begin playing programmed tracks.  
To cancel Program press and hold PROG. BUTTON more than 2 seconds.  
MATCHING THE BEATS PER MINUTE (BPM)  
(1) Find the BPM of the song playing by pressing the BPM BUTTON. Then tap COUNTER BUTTON (18) firmly to the beat of the  
music until BPM is displayed on the LCD  
(2) Repeat step 1 for the song you want to mix in. You can listen in by cueing it in your headphones using your mixer or by follow  
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BEFORE SWITCHING OFF THE POWER  
When you have finished using the CD player, and before switching off the power, be sure that the disc holder has been closed with  
the OPEN/CLOSE button (see figures 25 & 26).  
TRAY PROTECTION: If tray is not closed after 60 seconds, it will close automatically and pause.  
CAUTION: DO NOT forcibly close the disc holder when the power is off.  
Fig. 15  
Switch off the power after the disc holder has  
been closed with the OPEN/CLOSE button.  
DO NOT switch off the power when  
the disc holder is open.  
COMPACT DISCS  
2. PRECAUTION ON STORAGE  
1. PRECAUTIONS ON HANDLING COMPACT DISCS  
After playing a disc, always unload it from player.  
Always store the compact disc in the jewel case,  
protecting from dirt or damage.  
Do not allow fingerprints, oil or dust to get on the  
surface of the disc. If the disc is dirty, wipe it off with