American Audio DJ Equipment PPA 210 User Manual

PPA-210  
User Guide  
and Reference Manual  
6122 S. Eastern Ave  
Los Angeles, CA 90040  
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PPA-210  
ELECTRiCAL SAFETY PRECAUTiONS  
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.  
WARNINg: TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC  
ShOCk hAZARd, dO NOT EXPOSE ThIS  
UNIT TO RAIN, LIQUIdS, OR MOISTURE  
Model No._____________________________  
Serial No._____________________________  
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC ShOCk  
dO NOT USE ThIS (POLARIZEd) PLUg  
WITh AN EXTENSION CORd, RECEPTACLE,  
OR OThER TYPE OF ELECTRICAL OUTLET  
UNLESS ThE WIdE bLAdES CAN bE  
CAREFULLY INSERTEd INTO A MATChINg  
WIdE SLOT.  
Purchase Notes:  
date of Purchase_______________________  
dealer Name__________________________  
dealer Address_________________________  
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.  
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dealer Phone__________________________  
NOTE: This product satisfies FCC  
regulations when shielded cables  
and connectors are used to con-  
nect the unit to other equipment.  
To prevent electromagnetic inter-  
ference with electrical appliances  
such as radios and televisions, use  
shielded cables and connectors  
for connections.  
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PPA-210  
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.  
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.  
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 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 manufacturer’s 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.  
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.  
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.  
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  
manufacturer’s 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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PPA-210  
SAFETY PRECAUTiONS  
8. Never plug this mixer in to a dimmer pack.  
1. For adult use only - keep out of the reach  
of children.  
9. do not let insecticides, benzene, or thinner  
come in contact with the surface of the  
unit.  
2. Water and Moisture - This equipment should  
not be used near water - for example, near a  
bath tub, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet  
basement or near a swimming pool, etc. do not  
spill water or other liquids in to or on to your  
equipment.  
10. This unit is intended for indoor use only, use  
of this product outdoors voids all warranties.  
11. Always mount this unit in safe and stable  
matter.  
3. Ventilation - The Mixer should be situated  
so that its location or position does not inter-  
fere with its proper ventilation. For example,  
the Mixer 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 ventila-  
tion openings.  
12. disconnect from main power before making  
any type of connection.  
13. Cleaning - The mixer 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 glass cleaner or other mild detergent to  
wipe away any stains. Use a soft cloth to wipe  
any residual cleaner. Never use volatile clean-  
ers such as benzene, solvent, or thinner to clean  
your unit, these cleaners will damage the units  
surface.  
4. heat - The Mixer should be situated away  
from heat sources such as radiators, heat reg-  
isters, stoves, or other appliances (including  
amplifiers) that produce heat.  
14. 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.  
5. Power Sources - The Mixer should be con-  
nected to a power supply (wall outlet) only of  
the type described in the operating instructions  
or as marked on the Mixer.  
6. Servicing -The user should not attempt to  
service the Mixer beyond that described in the  
operating instructions. There are no user ser-  
viceable parts inside. All other servicing should  
be referred to qualified service personnel. The  
Player should be serviced by qualified service  
personnel when:  
15. To avoid electric shock, do not open the  
top cover when the unit is plugged in. If prob-  
lems occur with the unit, call American Audio®  
customer support.  
16. do not place metal objects or spill any liq-  
uids inside or on the mixer. Electric shock or  
malfunction may occur.  
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has  
been damaged.  
b. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been  
spilled into the Mixer.  
C. The Mixer has been exposed to rain  
or water.  
d. The Mixer does not appear to operate  
normally or exhibits a marked change  
in performance.  
17. 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 recep-  
tacles, and the point where they exit from the  
mixer. Route your power cord out of the way of  
foot traffic.  
7. Never disassemble or modify your unit in  
any way, doing so will void your manufactures  
warranty.  
18. Always have the trim controls set to their  
lowest level during initial power-up to prevent  
speaker damage.  
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PPA-210  
UNPACkiNG  
Every PPA-210 has been thoroughly tested and has been shipped in perfect operating condition.  
Carefully check the shipping carton for damage that may have occurred during shipping. If the carton  
appears to be damaged, carefully inspect your mixer for any damage and be sure all equipment neces-  
sary to operate the mixer 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  
mixer to your dealer without first contacting customer support.  
PPA-210  
iNTROdUCTiON  
Introductions: Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the American Audio® PPA-210 por-  
table sound system. The PPA-210 is a representation of American Audio’s continuing commitment  
to produce the best and highest quality audio products possible at an affordable price. Please read  
and understand this manual completely before attempting to operate your new mixer. Please care-  
fully read and understand the instructions in this manual thoroughly before attempting to operate this  
unit. These instructions contain important safety information regarding the use and maintenance of  
this unit. Take special care to follow all warning symbols and labels both on the unit and printed in this  
manual. Also, Please keep this manual with the unit, for future reference.  
Customer Support:  
American Audio® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set up help and answer any  
question should you encounter problems during your initial set up or operation. You may also visit us  
through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  
Voice:  
Fax:  
(800) 322-6337  
(323) 582-2941  
E-mail:  
To purchase parts online visit http://parts.americandj.com  
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this mixer. do not attempt any repairs yourself,  
without being instructed to do so by an authorized American Audio service technician. doing so will  
void your manufactures warranty. In the unlikely event your mixer may require service, please contact  
American Audio® customer support.  
do not discard the packing carton in the trash. Please recycle when ever possible.  
PPA-210  
SET-UP PRECAUTiONS  
Please be sure to make any connections before plugging the player in to an electrical outlet. All fader  
and volume controls should be set to zero or minimum position, before the player is switched on. If the  
player has been exposed to drastic temperature fluctuation (e.g. after transportation), do not switch  
on the player immediately. The arising condensation of water might damage your device. Leave the  
device switched off until it has reached room temperature.  
Operating Determinations:  
• When installing this player, please make sure that the device is not exposed or will not be ex-  
posed to extreme heat, moisture or dust!  
do not operate the player in extremely hot (more than 30°/100°F) or extremely cold (less than  
5°C/40°F) surroundings.  
• keep the unit out of direct sunlight and away from heaters.  
• Operate the player only after becoming familiar with its' functions. do not permit operation by  
persons not qualified for operating the unit. Most damages are the result of unprofessional opera-  
tion.  
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PPA-210  
CONTROLS & FUNCTiONS  
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PPA-210  
CONTROLS ANd FUNCTiONS  
1. DIGITAL DELAY DISPLAY - 00 (12ms) to 15 (197ms)  
2. DIGITAL DELAY DISPLAY ADJUSTMENT - Adjust the digital effects delay time.  
3. DIGITAL ECHO ADJUSTMENT - Adjust the amount of Echo effect that is sent through either the  
EFFX/AUX output or MIX TO MAIN output.  
4. MIX TO MAIN - Adjust the output level of the digital delay Effects for all channels evenly.  
5. EFF/AUX KNOB - Adjust the level of the onboard effects or the level of the input of a outboard  
effect machine that is patched thru the PPA-210.  
6. MP3 LEVEL - MP3 input level adjustment.  
7 & 8. MASTEr VOLUME CONTrOL - These left and right master control knobs are used to control  
the master output level (main volume). To avoid distorted output try to maintain an average output  
signal level no greater than +4 db. To avoid speaker damage that may be caused by excessive volume,  
be sure these knobs are always set to zero (completely down) before turning the unit on.  
9. MASTEr VOLUME LEVEL INDICATOrS - The dual MASTER LEVEL LEd indicators are used to  
detail the master fader output level. The meters will detail the output level of both the Left/Main and  
Right/Mono channels.  
10. MP3 PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON - Press this button to either play or pause the built in Mp3 player.  
11. PrEVIONS TrACK/VOLUME DECrEASE BUTTON - Press this button to go back to the previ-  
ous track, or hold to decrease the volume.  
12. NEXT TrACK/VOLUME INCrEASE BUTTON - Press this button to go to the next track, or hold  
to increase the volume.  
13. MP3 EQ - Mode set up for the Mp3 player. Toggle thru OFF-JAZZ- ROCk-POP-CLASSIC-COUN-  
TRY.  
14. USB POrT - Play your Mp3 files on a flash memory device. One folder max.  
15. USB LED INDICATOr - This LEd indicates the working status of the USb port. When the LEd is lit  
it means the unit is in standby mode, when the LEd is blinking it means the the unit is reading data.  
16. L-CLIP LED - This LEd indicator will “light” when the input signal reaches 5db below the channel’s  
clipping point. If the LEd “lights” more then usual, you should decrease the input level of the channel.  
If this does not work, reduce the output level of the connected source.  
17. r-CLIP LED - This LEd indicator will “light” when the input signal reaches 5db below the channel’s  
clipping point. If the LEd “lights” more then usual, you should decrease the input level of the channel.  
If this does not work, reduce the output level of the connected source.  
18. PrOTECT LED - This LEd glows when output is shorted or the load impedance is to low.  
19. POWEr LED - This LEd glows when the power is turned “ON”.  
20. POWEr SWITCH - Turns the system power on/off.  
21. EFF/AUX SEND JACK - Use this 1/4” jack to accept a external effects processor. Use the EFF/AUX  
knob to control the output level.  
22. SPEAKEr OUTPUTS - These are the powered speaker outputs designed for each of the PPA-210  
speakers. Use the included cables to connect the speakers to the outputs.  
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CONTROLS ANd FUNCTiONS cont.  
23. EFF/AUX rETUrN JACK - Use this 1/4” jack to connect the output signal from a external effect  
processor. This input stereo jack is designed to accept signals from an external effects machine. This  
input can also be used as a stereo input with the output volume controlled by the MASTER VOLUME  
knobs.  
24. FOOT SWITCH JACK - You can connect a foot switch to this jack, and use the foot jack to toggle  
the digital effects on/off.  
25. rIGHT CHANNEL SEND/rETUrN JACK - This jack is used to patch in an equalizer, or other  
processor into the PPA-210. The other end of the jack should be connected output of the external  
device.  
26. LEFT CHANNEL SEND/rETUrN JACK - This jack is used to patch in an equalizer, or other  
processor into the PPA-210. The other end of the jack should be connected output of the external  
device.  
27. STErEO INPUT - Use this 1/8” mini jack to connect a tape player, cd player, dvd player, or any  
other stereo source. You can also use this jack to connect the output of a computer sound card or  
other similar device.  
28. STErEO INPUTS - Use these 1/4” jacks to connect a tape player, cd player, dvd player, or any  
other stereo source. You can also use this jack to connect the output of a computer sound card or  
other similar device.  
29. STErEO INPUTS - Use these RCA jacks to connect a tape player, cd player, dvd player, or any  
other stereo source. You can also use this jack to connect the output of a computer sound card or  
other similar device.  
30. STErEO INPUT - Use this 1/4” jack to connect a tape player, cd player, dvd player, or any other  
stereo source. You can also use this jack to connect the output of a computer sound card or other  
similar device.  
31. MIC INPUT JACKS - These are balanced 3-pin XLR-type input jacks.  
32. LINE INPUT JACKS - These standard 1/4” TRS phone jack are used for balanced or unbal-  
anced line level signals. Some examples of line level equipment include most electronic keyboards,  
synthesizers, and line outputs from other mixers.  
33. STErEO OUT JACKS - The stereo out RCA jacks provide a mix output that is independent of  
the Master Level Controls. A recording device, such as a cassette or dAT recorder can be connected  
to record your show. Changes made to input level controls, channel EQ, and echo controls will be  
heard in the tape out mix. Changes made to the Master Level Controls will not effect the level of the  
recording.  
34. STErEO/DUAL SELECTOr SWITCH - In stereo mode, the system operates as a traditional  
stereo power mixer/amplifier. In the dual mode, the channel level controls set the level for the Main  
Mix (left master volume control). The Rev/Aux controls set the level for the Monitor (right master  
volume control).