American Audio MP3 Player 100MP3 User Manual

Flex 100MP3  
Featuring:  
User Guide  
and Reference Manual  
6122 S. Eastern Ave.  
Los Angeles Ca. 90040  
Rev. 5/11  
 
ImPORTANT INFORmATION  
CAUTION  
IMPORTANT SAFETY ITEMS FOR  
U.S.A. & CANADA MODEL ONLY  
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT USE THIS  
(POLARIZED) PLUG WITH AN EXTENSION CORD,  
RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES  
CAN BE CAREFULLY LoadED TO PREVENT BLADE  
EXPOSURE  
NOTE:  
This CD player uses a semiconductor laser. It  
is recommended for use in a room at the fol-  
lowing temperature: 41˚F - 95˚F / 5˚C - 35˚C  
CAUTION:  
USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS OTHER  
THAN THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN MAY RESULT  
IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION EXPOSURE  
WARNING:  
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD,  
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS CD PLAYER TO  
WATER OR MOISTURE  
THE COMPACT DISC PLAYER SHOULD NOT BE  
ADJUSTED OR REPAIRED BY ANYONE EXCEPT  
PROPERLY QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.  
CAUTION:  
1. Handle the power supply cord carefully. Do not  
damage or deform; it may cause electric shock  
or malfunction when used. Hold plug attach-  
ment when removing from wall outlet. Do not  
pull on the cord.  
NOTE:  
This unit may cause interference to radio and  
television reception.  
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.  
Please carefully read and understand the  
instructions in this manual thoroughly before  
attempting to operate this unit. These instruc-  
tions 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.  
3. Do not place metal objects or spill liquid inside  
the CD player. Electric shock or malfunction  
may occur.  
CAUTION  
Do not open -  
Risk of electric shock  
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 LOADED INTO A MATCHING  
WIDE SLOT.  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC  
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER RACK.  
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS  
INSIDE REFER SERVICE TO YOUR  
AUTHORIZED American Audio DEALER.  
The lightning flash with an arrow triangular  
symbol is intended to alert the user to the  
presence of non insulated “dangerous volt-  
age” within the products enclosure, and  
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute  
a risk of electric shock.  
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.  
The exclamation point triangular symbol is  
intended to alert the user to the presence  
of important operating and maintenance  
(servicing) instructions in the user manual  
accompanying the CD player.  
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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.  
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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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
The serial and model number for this unit is  
located on the rear panel. Please write down the  
numbers here and retain for future reference.  
I. Read Instructions - All the safety and operat-  
ing instructions should be read before the CD  
Player is operated. The safety and operating  
instructions should be saved for future  
reference.  
Model No._____________________________  
Serial No._____________________________  
2. Heed Warnings - All warnings on the CD  
Player and in the operating instructions  
should be adhered to.  
purchase notes:  
Date of Purchase_______________________  
3. Water and Moisture - The player 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.  
Dealer Name__________________________  
Dealer Address_________________________  
4. Ventilation - The CD Player should be situated  
so that its location or position does not inter-  
fere with its proper ventilation. For example,  
the CD player 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.  
__________________________________________  
________________________________________  
Dealer Phone__________________________  
5. 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.  
6. Power Sources - The CD player should be  
connected to a power supply only of the  
type described in the operating instructions  
or as marked on the CD Player.  
7. Servicing - The user should not attempt  
to service the CD Player beyond that  
described in the operating instructions. All  
other servicing should be referred to quali-  
fied service personnel. The Player should be  
servicedbyqualifiedservicepersonnelwhen:  
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has  
been damaged.  
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been  
spilled into the CD Player.  
C. The CD Player has been exposed to  
rain or water.  
D. The CD Player does not appear to  
operate normally or exhibits a marked  
change in performance.  
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UNPACKING  
Every Flex 100MP3 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 CD player for any damage and be sure all equipment  
necessary to operate the CD player 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 CD player to your dealer without first contacting customer support.  
INTRODUCTION  
Introduction:  
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the American Audio® Flex 100MP3 CD player. This CD  
player is a representation of American Audio’s continuing commitment to produce the best and high-  
est quality audio products possible at an affordable price. Please read and understand this manual  
completely before attempting to operate your new CD player. This booklet contains important informa-  
tion concerning the proper and safe operation of your new CD player.  
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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  
Voice:  
Fax:  
(800) 322-6337  
(323) 582-2610  
E-mail:  
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this CD player. Do not attempt any repairs your-  
self, 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 CD player may require service, please  
contact American Audio® customer support.  
Do not discard the packing carton in the trash. Please recycle when ever possible.  
SET-UP PRECAUTIONS  
Please be sure to make any connections before plugging the CD player in to an electrical outlet. All  
fader and volume controls should be set to zero or minimum position, before the CD player is switched  
on. If the CD player has been exposed to drastic temperature fluctuation (e.g. after transportation),  
do not switch on the CD 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 CD player, please make sure that the device is not exposed or will not be  
exposed to extreme heat, moisture or dust!  
• Do not operate the CD 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 CD 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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mAIN FEATURES  
• Plays Mp3, CD, and CD-RW Discs  
• Folder Search for Mp3's  
• 8 times over sampling 1 bit D/A converter  
• Auto cue  
• Mp3 Track Listings  
Visual Marker Display with 1:1 Ratio  
• Music Master tempo  
• Scratch Effect  
• 1/75th second frame search  
• Digital Anti-Shock  
• Real time cue (“Cue on the Fly”)  
• 8 different speed scan (4 Forward/4 Reverse)  
• Fader “Q” Start Control (a)  
• Selectable Single or Continuous Play  
• Bank Program for Cue Points  
• Sleep Mode (f)  
• Digital RCA coaxial output  
• Jog Wheel Pitch Bend +/-100%  
• Flip-Flop (Relay Playback) (b)  
• Pitch display  
• Large bright Digital Screen can be viewed from wide angles.  
• 2000 programmable Cue Points (500 x 4) (d)  
• Seamless Loop (uninterrupted loop playback)  
• Memory Backup, Defaults to last setting (c)  
• 4 Programmable Cue (Bank) Buttons  
• 5 On-Board FX: Scratch, Echo, Flanger, Filter, & Brake  
Touch Sensitive Jog Wheel  
• Adjustable Pitch Percentages: +/-4%, +/-8%, +/-16% or +/-100% (Audio CDs Only)  
• Instant Start within 10 ms (sound is produced immediately when the PLAY button is pressed)  
(a) FADER “Q” START CONTROL: This feature is used in conjunction with most American Audio® and American  
DJ® audio mixers that also feature “Fader Q Start” control. For best results use this feature with two (2) Flex  
100Mp3 players. Connect your Flex 100MP3’s as described in the set-up section of this manual. After set up is  
completed load your players. By moving the mixer’s crossfader from left to right you can start and pause your  
Flex 100MP3 playback functions. For Example, when using two (2) Flex 100MP3 players 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 (2) will begin to play and player one (1) will return to  
cue mode. When the crossfader is to the right, and you move it 20% to the left, player one (1) will begin to play and  
player two (2) will return to its’ cue point. You can create great effects similar to scratching with this feature. After  
storing cue points on each side of the CD player, different songs or samples may quickly be recalled by moving  
the mixer crossfader back and forth. New cue points can be easily selected on the Flex 100MP3 player (see  
setting cue points page 18). “Q” Start control is easy to use and mastering this feature will help you create amazing  
effects with your music. Note: For proper “Q” Start operation be sure your mixers “Hamster” setting are set to 1/2  
(Normal Setting).  
(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 (2) Flex 100MP3 players. Connect your Flex 100MP3’s as described in  
the set-up section of this manual. This feature will start the next player once one (1) player has ended. For example,  
if player one (1) is playing a disc and it ends, player two (2) 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 27.  
(c) mEmORY BACKUP: The Flex 100MP3 has a five (5) year memory back-up, that will save your setting in case  
the power supply is accidentally disconnected. Flex 100MP3 will remember your last setting even if you discon-  
nect your main power. The Flex 100MP3 will store your cue points and samples in memory if you accidentally  
eject a disc or shut off the power. See memory on page 22.  
(d) PROGRAmmABLE CUE POINTS: The Flex 100MP3 has four Bank ButtonS (13). 500 Cue points can be  
stored in each of the Bank ButtonS (13), for a total of 2000. These cue points can be stored into the unit's inter-  
nal memory and may be recalled at any time. See setting "Cue Points" on page 18.  
(e) FLASH START FUNCTION: This feature is used in conjunction with most American Audio® and American DJ®  
audio mixers that also feature “Fader Q Start” control. This function work similar to the Fader "Q" Start Control  
described above. In this case the crossfader is used to start and stop any sample that is stored in the players  
memory.  
(f) SLEEP mODE: The Flex 100MP3's laser and pick-up assembly will power down after 15 minutes of inactivity  
(when in pause or cue mode). This will lengthen the life of your motor drive and laser. To initialize the player, just  
press the cue or play buttons.  
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SET-UP  
1. Checking the Contents  
Be sure your Flex 100MP3 was shipped with the following:  
1) Flex 100MP3 Professional CD player.  
2) Operating instructions (this booklet).  
3) One (1) set of RCA cables.  
4) One (1) 1/8” mini plug.  
5) Warranty card.  
6) Power Cord  
2. Installing the Units  
Place your unit on a flat surface or mount it in a flat surface case  
3. Connections  
1) Be sure the power is disconnected.  
2) Connect the included RCA cable from your Flex 100MP3 outputs to the inputs on your  
mixer.  
3) Use the supplied 1/8” mini plug cable to connect your Flex 100MP3 to a mini jack  
connection (A or B ) on a compatible American Audio® or American DJ® “Fader Q Start”  
mixer.  
CAUTION:  
• Be sure to use the supplied mono 1/8" control cables. Using other types of cable may result  
in unit damage  
To avoid severe damage to the unit, be sure the power is off when making connections to  
the unit.  
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)  
15˚  
Figure 1  
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.  
50˚ 10˚  
Figure 2  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS  
Figure 3  
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A. TOP UNIT CONTROLS (FIGURE 3)  
1. PITCH PERCENTAGE SELECTOR - Press this button to select pitch range percentages of 4%,  
8%, 16%, and 100%. 100% pitch adjustment is only achievalbe on regular CD not an Mp3 disc. See  
adjusting the PITCH SLIDER'S RANGE on page 24.  
2. TEmPO LOCK FUNCTION - This button activates the TEMPO LOCK function. This function allows  
you to use the PITCH SLIDER to speed up or slow down playback speed without altering the tonal  
pitch of the track. When this function is not engaged the original tonal pitch of the track will be altered  
giving you the "chipmunk" effect when a track is played at a high rate of speed, or the "James Earl  
Jones" effect when a track is slowed to much.  
3. PITCH ON/OFF BUTTON - This button is used activate the pitch Slider (7). When the button  
LED is lit the pitch Slider (7) is active. When the button LED is not lit, the pitch Slider (7) is not  
active. The pitch percentage can be changed between 4%, 8%, 16% and 100%. 4% will allow the  
least amount of pitch manipulation and 100% will allow the most amount of pitch manipulation.  
Note: 100% pitch manipulation can only be done with actual audio discs, not Mp3 discs.  
4. BPm BUTTON - Press this button to switch between manual BPM and Auto BPM.  
5. TAP BUTTON - This button is used for manual BPM. When in manual BPM mode, tap this button  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS (Cont.)  
to the beat of the current track.  
6. PARAmETER X & Y BUTTONS -  
PARAmETER Y (RATIO) BUTTON - This button is used to adjust the parameter ratio value. Push this  
button once to activate, when the LED is glowing, turn the jog Wheel (14) to adjust the parameter  
ratio value.  
PARAmETER X (TImE) BUTTON - This button is used to adjust the parameter time value. Push this  
button once to activate, when the LED is glowing, turn the jog Wheel (14) to adjust the parameter  
time value.  
7. PITCH SLIDER - This slider is used to adjust the playback pitch percentage. The slider is a set  
adjustment and will remain set until the pitch slider is moved or the pitch function has been turned  
off. This adjustment can be made with or without a disc in the drive. The pitch adjustment will remain  
even if a disc has been removed and will reflect on any other disc loaded into the player. That is to  
say, if you set a +2% pitch on one disc, remove that disc and load another, that disc too will have a  
+2% pitch. The amount of pitch being applied will be displayed in the lcd (28).  
8. HOLD BUTTON - This button allows you to lock any new parameter settings you set to the ef-  
fects. The button LED will glow when the hold function is activated. When the hold selection is not  
active, any changes to the effect parameters will be momentay.  
9. EFFECTS -  
ECHO EFFECT - This button is used to activate and deactivate the Echo effect. The Echo effect  
adds an echo to your output signal.  
FLANGER EFFECT - This button is used to activate and deactivate the Flanger effect. The  
Flanger effect distorts the output signal and creates an effect similar to the frequency phasing in  
and out of each other.  
FILTER BUTTON - This button is used to activate and deactivate the Filter effect. The Filter ef-  
fect tweaks the original sound to add different tonal definition. The effect is almost the same as  
the PHASE effect.  
BRAKE BUTTON - This button is used to adjust the START/STOP speed. When BRAKE is ac-  
tive, you can press the X Button (6) and then use the jog Wheel (14) to adjust the START  
speed of the playback; press the y Button (6) and use the jog Wheel (14) to adjust the  
STOP speed.  
10.TImE mODE - The TIME button will switch the time value described in the time meter between  
ELAPSED TRACK TIME, TRACK REMAINING TIME, and TOTAL REMAIN TIME (for audio CD only).  
11. (+) PITCH BEND BUTTON - The (+) pitch bend function creates a momentary “BUMP” in the  
CD’s BPM’s (Beats per minute) while it is playing. This will allow you to match the beats between two  
playing CD’s or any other music source. Remember, this is a momentary function. When you remove  
your finger from this button, the BPM’s will automatically return to pitch SliderS (7) selected pitch.  
Holding down this button will give a maximum pitch of the current pitch range set to the unit.  
(-) PITCH BEND BUTTON - The (-) pitch bend function creates a momentary “Slow Down” in the  
CD’s BPM’s (Beats per minute) while it is playing. This will allow you to match the beats between  
two playing CD’s or other playing music source. Remember, this is a momentary function. When you  
remove your finger from the pitch button, the BPM’s will automatically return to pitch SliderS (7)  
pitch value. Holding down this button will give a maximum of -100% pitch. Use this function to slow  
to another playing music source. Be sure to notice that this function is a momentary pitch adjustment,  
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for a more precise adjustment use the pitch Slider (7) to match the BPM’s with another playing  
music source. Holding down this button will give a maximum pitch of the current pitch range set to  
the unit.  
12. SGL/CTN - This function allows you to choose between single track play or continuous track play  
(all tracks in order). This function also operates in FLIP-FLOP mode. Press this button for 1 second  
to turn A.CUE on and off.  
13.BANK BUTTONS 1-4 - These buttons are used to store four (4) cue points.  
14. JOG WHEEL/EFFECTS PLATTER - This wheel has three functions;  
A. The jog wheel will act as a frame search control when the CD is in pause or cue mode,  
allowing you to set a cue point.  
B. The wheel also works as a pitch bend during Playback. Turning the wheel clockwise will in-  
crease the pitch percentage up to 100%, and turning the wheel in the counter-clockwise direc-  
tion will decrease the pitch percentage down to -100%. The pitch bend will be determined on  
how long you turn the jog wheel continuously.  
C. The Jog Wheel is used for the scratch effect, when the scratch effect is activated.  
15. CD LED - This LED will light up when a CD is loaded and the player is ready for use. If the light  
is off, there is no disc loaded or the disc was not read properly. Check your disc.  
16. EJECT BUTTON - Pressing this will open/close the CD tray. The function will only when the unit  
is in cue/pause mode, this is to prevent accidentally ejecting the disc when in play mode.  
17.mEmORY BUTTON - This button allows you to program up to four (4) cue points into the four  
Bank ButtonS (13). The cue points can then be recalled at any time even when the disc has been  
removed and replaced at a later time.  
18.PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON - Each press of the PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON causes the operation to  
change from play to pause or from pause to play. While in play mode the button LED will glow, and  
while in pause mode the button LED will flash.  
19. CUE PLAY BUTTON - Pressing this button will activate the CUE PLAY function and the music  
will begin to play instantly starting from the last cue point.  
20. CUE - Pressing the CUE button during playback immediately pauses playback and returns the  
track to the last set cue point (see setting a CUE POINT, page 18). 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. The CUE button  
can be held down to momentarily play the CD. When you release the CUE button it instantly returns  
to the CUE POINT. A CUE POINT can also be set by pressing the MEMORY BUTTON (17) and press-  
ing CUE. If the CUE button is pressed down the playback will start and continue until the CUE button  
is let go.  
21. SCRATCH EFFECT BUTTON - This button is used to activate and deactivate the Scratch effect.  
If the SCRATCH button is pressed for 2 seconds, A. CUE scratch mode will activate. This will return  
playback to the last set cue point when the jog Wheel (14) touch sensor is triggered. The scratch  
LED will flash when A. CUE scratch is activated. To deactivate press the SCRATCH button.  
22. RELOOP BUTTON - If a SEAMLESS LOOP has been set (see setting a SEAMLESS LOOP on  
page 20), but the CD Player is not actively in SEAMLESS LOOP mode (a loop is not playing), pressing  
the RELOOP BUTTON will instantly reactivate the SEAMLESS LOOP mode. To exit the loop, press the  
out Button (23). LOOP will appear in the lcd diSplay (28) when the RELOOP function is avail-  
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able. If no active loop exist, pressing the RELOOP button will return you to the last set cue point.  
23.OUT BUTTON - This button is used to set the ending point of a loop. A loop is started by press-  
ing the in Button (24), and pressing the OUT BUTTON to set the loop ending point. The loop will  
continue to play until the OUT BUTTON is pressed once again.  
24. SEAmLESS LOOP IN BUTTON - “CUE ON THE FLY” - This function allows you to set a CUE  
POINT (see CUE POINT page 18) without music interruption (“on the fly”). This button also sets the  
starting point of a seamless loop (see SEAMLESS LOOP). The IN point will be set to the last use cue  
point.  
25. SEARCH BUTTONS -  
This search button allows you to quickly scan backwards through a track.  
This search button allows you to quickly scan forwards through a track.  
26. TRACK SEARCH KNOB - This knob is used to search through the tracks on a CD or Mp3 disc.  
Press this knob to change the character display, FileName, Artist, Title, etc.  
27. FOLDER SEARCH KNOB - This knob is used to search through the folders on a Mp3 disc.  
28. LCD DISPLAY - This high quality LCD display indicates all the functions, as they are occurring.  
This display is viewable at several comfortable angles (see page 14). The display ICONS will be  
explained in section D.  
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Figure 4  
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Figure 5  
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B. REAR PANEL (FIGURE 4)  
29.POWER CONNECTOR - This connection is used to connect your main power. Be sure that your  
local power matches the unit’s required power.  
30. POWER BUTTON - This button is used to turn your unit’s power on and off.  
31. RELAY JACK - Connect the supplied mini-plug from the RELAY jack on the rear of your unit to  
a compatible American Audio® mixer’s CONTROL out. This feature is only available on American  
Audio’s “Q” series mixers.  
32.DIGITAL OUT - Use this connection to create near perfect copies of your disc to a Mini disc,  
CD-R, or any other digital recording device.  
33.AUDIO OUT R & L - Audio out signals. Connect stereo RCA cables from AUDIO OUT to a mixer's  
line input.  
C. FRONT PANEL (FIGURE 5)  
34. TRANSPORT TRAY - This tray is used to load and unload a compact disc. The tray is opened and  
closed by pressing the OPEN/CLOSE BUTTON (16). Never attempt to force the transport tray open  
or closed when the power is turned off.  
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35. RELOOP INDICATOR - Appears when a LOOP has been activated and disappears when a LOOP  
has been deactivated.  
36. mEmORY BUCKET INDICATOR - This indicator serves two functions. The bucket outline details  
the cue memory status, a full bucket outline indicates the cue memory is full. The four bars in the  
memory bucket detail the anti-shock memory state. Each bar indicates 2 seconds of digital anti-  
shock. There is up to 10 seconds of anti-shock.  
37. JOG WHEEL TOUCH INDICATOR - A hand icon will appear in the LCD when the touch sensor is  
triggered. When the jog Wheel (14) is set to Scratch Mode touching the jog Wheel (14) will hold  
playback in place.  
38. CD PLAYBACK INDICATOR - This is a visual marker of the CD playback point, used to mark the  
location of the sound's cue point on your CD. This indicates the play position, spins during playback,  
scratching in either direction, and stops during cue or pause mode.  
39. PLAY/PAUSE INDICATOR - Either the play or pause indicator will glow depending which mode  
you are in.  
40.CUE INDICATOR - This indicator will glow when the unit is in CUE mode and will flash every time  
a new CUE POINT is set.  
41.mP3 INDICATOR - This will indicate that a Mp3 disc is loaded in the drive.  
42. BPm/X & Y INDICATOR - Indicates the BPM of a track or the effect parameters when an effect is  
active.  
43.TImE BAR INDICATOR - This bar gives a visual approximation of a track's or disc's remaining time.  
This bar will begin to flash when a CD is ending or when a track is ending.  
44. TImE DISPLAY - These indicators detail the Minutes, Seconds, and Frames. The meter will display  
either the elapsed or remaing time of a track. It will also display the total remaining time of a complete  
CD not a Mp3 disc.  
45. CHARACTER DISPLAY - This will display the name of the track and/or folder when an Mp3 disc  
with compatiable ID3 tags is loaded into the unit.  
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46. REmAIN INDICATOR - When "REMAIN" is indicated in the lcd diSplay (28) the time diSplay  
(44) in the lcd will define the current track's remaining time. When "REMAIN" is not indicated in  
the lcd diSplay (28) the time diSplay (44) in the lcd will define the track's elapsed time. When  
"TOTAL REMAIN" is indictated the time display will show total time remaining of the entire CD. Mp3  
discs will not have total remain time.  
47.TRACK/FOLDER DISPLAY - This indicator describes which track or folder is currently cued or is  
playing.  
48.FOLDER/TRACK INDICATOR - This indicator shows you if you are looking at the track number  
or the folder number..  
49.CD INDICATOR - This will indicate that an audio disc is loaded into the player.  
50. PITCH mETER - This meter will display the pitch percentage applied by the pitch Slider (7).  
51.  
TEmPO LOCK - This will indicate the Tempo Lock function is active.  
52. SINGLE INDICATOR - This indicates that the CD drive is in single play mode, the track will play  
once and return to CUE mode. If the single indicator is not on the unit is in continuous mode. In con-  
tinuous mode the drive will play all the remaining tracks on the disc.  
53. AUTO BPm - This will indicate that the AUTO BPM counter is active.  
54. AUTO CUE - This will indicate if the Auto Cue is on or off. Press and hold the Sgl/ctn (12) for 1  
sec. to turn the Auto Cue function on and off. The unit's Auto Cue function will automatically set the  
cue point at the beginninh of each track.  
55. LOOP - Indicates that a LOOP is ready to be played again.  
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1. LOADING/EJECTING DISCS  
The Flex 100MP3 can only play 3 inch and regular 5 inch CDs. When loading a CD into the player always hold  
the disc by it edge). Load the disc label side up and never touch the signal surface (the glossy side). To remove  
a disc from the player press the eject Button (16), see Figure 7.  
CAUTION:  
NEVER attempt to load any other objects besides 3" and 5" CDs.  
NEVER attempt to load more than one disc at a time. Doing so may result in sever damage to your unit.  
DO NOT force the transport tray open or close when the power is off, this may damage the drive system.  
NEVER transport your unit with CD's inside.  
Figure 7  
Figure 7: press the eject button to load and remove a disc. Remeber: When loading a disc always hold the disc by it  
edges and load the disc label side up.  
2. SELECTING TRACKS  
Select a desired track by using the track knoB (26). Turn the knob clockwise to move forward a track or  
counter-clockwise to move back a track. If you want to select a new track during playback (a track is already  
in play mode) the new track you selected will immediately begin playback as soon as the search operation is  
completed.  
Figure 8: turning the track  
knob counter-clockwise will  
jump back to the previous  
track.  
Figure 9: turning the track  
knob clockwise will skip for-  
ward to the next track.  
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