American Audio Portable Multimedia Player SDJ 2 User Manual

SDJ2  
Professional Dual SD Card Player  
"EASY, FAST, & RELIABLE"  
Featuring:  
User Guide  
and Reference Manual  
6122 S. Eastern Ave  
Los Angeles Ca. 90040  
9/08  
 
ImPOrTANT SAFETy PrECAUTIONS  
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 INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE  
EXPOSURE  
WARNING:  
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD,  
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS SD PLAYER TO  
WATER OR MOISTURE  
CAUTION:  
USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS OTHER  
THAN THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN MAY RESULT  
IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION EXPOSURE  
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.  
THE SD PLAYER SHOULD NOT BE ADJUSTED  
OR REPAIRED BY ANYONE EXCEPT PROPERLY  
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.  
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.  
NOTE:  
This unit may cause interference to radio and  
television reception.  
3. Do not place metal objects or spill liquid inside  
the SD player. Electric shock or malfunction  
may occur.  
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.  
CAUTION  
Do not open -  
Risk of electric shock  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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 SD player.  
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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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.  
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.  
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  
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  
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.  
performance — this indicates a need for service.  
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  
I. Read Instructions - All the safety and operat-  
ing instructions should be read before the  
Player is operated. The safety and operating  
instructions should be saved for future  
reference.  
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.  
2. Heed Warnings - All warnings on the  
Player and in the operating instructions  
should be adhered to.  
Model No.________________________________  
Serial No.________________________________  
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.  
Purchase Notes:  
Date of Purchase__________________________  
Dealer Name______________________________  
Dealer Address____________________________  
_________________________________________  
4. Ventilation - The Player should be situated  
so that its location or position does not inter-  
fere with its proper ventilation. For example,  
the 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 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 player should be  
connected to a power supply only of the  
type described in the operating instructions  
or as marked on the Player.  
7. Servicing - The user should not attempt  
to service the Player beyond that  
described in the operating instructions. All  
other servicing should be referred to quali-  
fied service personnel. The Player should be  
servicedby qualified service personnel when:  
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has  
been damaged.  
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been  
spilled into the Player.  
C. The Player has been exposed to rain  
or water.  
D. The Player does not appear to  
operate normally or exhibits a marked  
change in performance.  
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UNPACkINg  
Every SDJ2™ has been thoroughly tested and has been shipped in perfect operating condition. Care-  
fully check the shipping carton for damage that may have occurred during shipping. If the carton  
appears to be damaged, carefully inspect your player for any damage and be sure all equipment  
necessary to operate the 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 player to your dealer without first contacting customer support.  
INTrODUCTION  
Introduction:  
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the American Audio® SDJ2™ SD/USB player. This  
SD/USB player 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 player. This booklet contains important  
information concerning the proper and safe operation of your new SD 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 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  
Voice:  
Fax:  
(800) 322-6337  
(323) 582-2610  
E-mail:  
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this SD 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 SD 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 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 40°/104°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 operation.  
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mAIN FEATUrES  
Tempo Lock  
Auto cue  
1/75th second frame search  
Real time cue (“Cue on the Fly”)  
Dual SD Card Slots and USB Port  
Pitch display  
Folder Search  
Advance Track Search  
Mp3 Track Listings  
Bright Large Digital Screen  
Auto BPM  
Fader “Q” Start Control (a)  
Jog Wheel Pitch Bend +/-100%  
Demo Play  
Search Lock  
Seamless Loop (uninterrupted loop playback)  
Selectable Single or Continuous Play  
Dual Mode Crossfader  
Adjustable Pitch Percentages: +/-4%, +/-8%, or +/-16%  
Instant Start within 10 ms (sound is produced immediately when the PLAY button is pressed)  
Independent RCA Outputs for Each Player (Send signal to Preamp Mixer)  
Master/Mic Volume Control  
Balanced TRS and RCA Mixed Output (Send signal directly to amplifier or powered speakers)  
(a) FADER “Q” START CONTROL: This feature is used in conjunction with American Audio® mixers that feature “Fader  
Q-Start” control. Connect your SDJ2 as described in the set-up section of this manual. After set up is completed load  
SDs into both players. By moving the mixer’s crossfader from left to right you can start and pause the SDJ2™ play-  
back functions. For Example, if the mixer’s crossfader is all the way to the left (player one is playing and 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 SD player, different songs or loops may quickly be recalled  
by moving the mixer crossfader back and forth. New cue points can be easily selected on the SDJ2™ 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.  
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ImPOrTANT SD CArD INFOrmATION  
SD CARD INFORMATION:  
• Make sure your SD Card only has MP3 files on it  
• Do Not have any other file type on your SD Card; no WAV files, photo files, etc...  
• American Audio SD Players can read SD HC (High Capacity) Cards up to 16GB  
PLEASE NOTE:  
For higher quality MP3 files (more than 128 kbps) American Audio recommends "High Speed"  
SD Cards. Using high speed cards will ensure the best performance with your American Audio  
SD Player.  
USB INFORMATION:  
• Make sure your USB device has only MP3 files on it. There cannot be any other type of files  
on your USB device, NO WAV files, photo files, etc...  
• If you are using a SD Card via USB SD Card reader, you must remove the USB SD Card  
reader first to change SD Card's. Please do not remove the SD Card from the USB SD Card  
reader while the USB card reader is still connected to the unit.  
SET-UP  
1. Checking the Contents  
Be sure your SDJ2™ was shipped with the following:  
1) SDJ2™ Player/Controller  
3) Two (2) "Q-Start" 1/8” mini plug.  
5) Warranty card.  
2) Operating Instructions (This Booklet)  
4) Set of Stereo RCA Cables  
2. Installing the Units  
1) Place your unit on a flat surface or mount it in a secure rack mount 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 undesir-  
able interference.  
3. Connections  
1) Be sure main power is connected last to prevent any electrical damage.  
2) AUDIO CONNECTIONS: You can use the included RCA cable to connect the SDJ2™ output  
to the line inputs of a mixer. Never connect this player's output to a mixers "phono" inputs.  
3) CONTROL JACK CONNECTIONS: Use the supplied 1/8” mono mini plug cable to connect  
your SDJ2™ to a mini jack connection (A or B) on a compatible American Audio® or Amer-  
ican DJ® “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 mono 1/8" control cables. Using other types of cable may result  
in unit damage  
To avoid sever damage to the unit, be sure the power is off when making connections to  
the unit.  
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gENErAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTrOLS  
Figure 1  
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3 4 5 6 7  
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28  
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12  
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25 24 23  
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20 19 18 17 16  
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Figure 2  
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A. SD/USB PLAYER (FIGURE 1)  
1. SOURCE SELECT BUTTON - This button lets you toggle between SD Card slot A, SD Card slot  
B and the USB port. This selector lets you choose which source will play on either side. The LED's  
will verify which source is active. Red LED signifies SD slot A, green LED signifies SD slot B, and  
both RED and Green LEDs glowing signifies the USB port. The different sources can only be selected  
while in PAUSE mode.  
2. LCD DISPLAY - This high quality LCD display indicates all the functions, as they are occurring.  
The display ICONS will be explained on page 14.  
3. CHANNEL FADER - These faders are used to control the output signal of any source assigned to  
its particular player. This function will only work when miXer output (23) is ON.  
4. SD CARD SLOTS - These are the SD slots where you load your SD cards. One card per slot. It  
can read SDHC Cards up to 16GB. The file format is Mp3 only. Please see page 8 for more SD  
Card info.  
5. MICROPHONE VOLUME CONTROL - This knob controls the output volume of the microphone  
(30).  
6. USB PORT - This is the USB port where you can insert a USB stick, USB SD Card reader, or com-  
patiable external hard drive for playback. VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 FOR DETAILS  
REGARDING/USING USB DEVICES.  
7. MASTER VOLUME CONTROL - This knob is used to control the master output level. To avoid  
distorted output try to maintain an average output signal level no greater than +4dB. To avoid speaker  
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gENErAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTrOLS (Cont.)  
damage that may be caused by excessive volume, be sure this knob is always set to zero (completely  
down) before turning the unit on.  
8. FOLDER SEARCH kNOB - Turning this knob will let you search for your desired folder. Turn the  
knob to scroll backward and forward through folders. The folder number your are currently in will be  
shown in the LCD.  
Press this knob to display the folder name the current song is playing from.  
Press this knob for more then 2 seconds to enter the PRESET MENU. See page 23 for PRESET  
MENU.  
9. TRACk SEARCH kNOB - Turning this knob will let you search through tracks in your selected  
folder. Turn the knob to scroll backward and forward through tracks. You can also push the knob in  
and turn to scroll 10 tracks forward or backward. The current track number will be shown in the LCD.  
Every push of the knob will display the Artist, Track Title, Genre, and Track Bit Rate.  
10. PITCH PERCENTAGE SELECTOR- When the pitch SliDer (25) is activated use this button to  
choose a pitch percentage of 4%, 8%, and 16%. See page 29 for more details.  
11. PITCH ON/OFF BUTTON- This button activates the pitch SliDer (25). Press this button to  
activate the pitch SliDer (25). When the pitch SliDer (25) is activate, the pitch percentage can  
be changed between 4%, 8%, and 16%. See page 28 for more details. Press this button for at least  
2 seconds to switch the TEMPO LOCK function off/on.  
12. CUE LEVEL VOLUME CONTROL - This knob is used to adjusts the headphone volume output  
level. Turn the knob in a clockwise direction to increase the headphone volume.  
13. CUE PAN CONTROL - This function allows you to monitor the Cue level as well as the Program  
(main output) level in your headphones. When you turn the CUE PAN knob to the full left position, you  
will only hear the headphone signal that is playing. When the CUE PAN knob is turned to the center  
position you will hear both the headphone signal and the main output.  
14. Headphone Jack - Connect your headphones to this 1/4" jack.  
15. TAP/BPM BUTTON - This button is used to override and manually set a tracks BPM. Occasionally  
the built-in BPM meter may not function as desired. This button allows you to override the internal  
beat clock and manually set a tracks BPMs. To manually set the BPMs; tap this button a few times  
to a tracks heavy down beat, the unit will automatically calculate your tapping and translate it into a  
tracks BPMs. The BPM READOUT is then displayed in the lcD (2). To return to the automatic BPM  
counter, press and hold down the tap/bpm button for at least 2 seconds and then release.  
16. JOG WHEEL - This wheel has two functions;  
A. The wheel works as a pitch bend during Playback. Turning the wheel clockwise can increase the  
pitch percentage up to 100%, and turning the wheel in the counter-clockwise direction can de-  
crease the pitch percentage down to -100%. The pitch bend will be determined on how long  
you turn the jog wheel continuously.  
B. The jog wheel can also serve as frame search, when the Search button (17) is activated.  
17.SEARCH MODE BUTTON -  
SEArCH LOCk: OFF - Press this button to toggle between fast search (LED lit) and slow search  
(LED off). The fast search will automatically turn off if the jog Wheel (16) is not used for more then  
10 seconds.  
- When in PLAY mode, you can use the jog Wheel (16) to search fast, backward or forward  
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gENErAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTrOLS (Cont.)  
through the current track. If in PLAY mode and the SEARCH mode is not activated the jog Wheel  
(16) will act as a PITCH BEND.  
- When in PAUSE mode, you can use the jog Wheel (16) to search, backward or forward through  
the current track. If the SEARCH button is activated you can search fast through the track, if the but-  
ton is not activated you can search frame by frame or a slow search.  
SEArCH LOCk: ON - A fast search can only be done when the player is in PAUSE mode, not in  
PLAY mode.  
18. PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON - Each press of the play/pauSe button (18) causes the operation to  
change from play to pause or from pause to play. While in play mode the green LED will glow, and  
while in pause mode the green LED will flash.  
19. 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 BUTTON 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 track. When you release the CUE button it  
instantly returns to the CUE POINT. You can also tap the CUE button to create a BOP EFFECT.  
20. FADER START SWITCH - With this function you can use the crossfader to start and stop the  
player. The FADER START switch activates the fader start feature. When the fader start feature is  
activated sliding the crossfader from left to right will play or cue the player connected.  
Example: Be sure the Fader Start feature is activated on both players. Slide the crossfader to  
the player 1 position (full left) and begin playback on player 1. Slide the crossfader to the play-  
er 2 position (far right), this will immediately trigger the play function on player 2 and return  
player 1 to cue mode. To return to normal fader operation turn the FADER START SWITCHES  
to the OFF position.  
21. CROSSFADER - This fader is used to blend the output signals of channels A and B together.  
When the fader is in the full left position (channel A), the output signal of channel A will be controlled  
by the master volume level. The same fundamentals will apply for channel B. Sliding the fader from  
one position to another will vary the output signals of channels A and B respectively. When the cross-  
fader is set in the center position, the output signals of both the channels A and channels B will be  
even.  
22. CHANNEL EQ SECTION -  
CHANNEL TrEbLE (HIgH) CONTrOL - This knob is used to adjust the treble (high) levels of  
a channel allowing for a maximum treble gain of +10dB or maximum decrease of -26dB. Turning the  
knob in a counter-clockwise direction will decrease the amount of treble applied to a channel signal,  
turning the knob in a clockwise direction will increase the amount of treble applied to a channel  
signal.  
CHANNEL bASS (LOw) CONTrOL - This knob is used to adjust the bass (low) levels of a  
channel allowing for a maximum bass gain of +10dB or maximum signal decrease of -26dB. Turn-  
ing the knob in a counter-clockwise direction will decrease the amount of bass applied to a channel  
signal, turning the knob in a clockwise direction will increase the amount of bass applied to a channel  
signal.  
23. MIXED OUTPUT BUTTON - This button is used to switch the output signal between MIXED  
OUTPUT and PLAYER 1. When the MIXED OUTPUT is activated, the output will send a mixed output  
signal. You can connect the mixed output of the player directly to an amplifier or a set of powered  
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speaker cabinets. If the MIXED OUTPUT is not activated, the output will send player 1 output sig-  
nal.  
24. POWER BUTTON - Press and hold this button for at least 2 seconds to power the unit on and  
off.  
25. 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 loaded SD card or USB device. The pitch adjustment  
will remain even if the audio source has been removed and will reflect on any audio source that is  
loaded into the player. That is to say, if you set a +2% pitch on one audio source, remove that audio  
source and load another, that source too will have a +2% pitch. The amount of pitch being applied  
will be displayed in the lcD (2).  
26. IN, OUT, & RELOOP BUTTONS -  
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 seam-  
less loop (see SEAMLESS LOOP on page 18).  
OUT BUTTON - This button is used to set the ending point of a loop. A loop is started by pressing  
the in button, pressing the out button set the loop ending point. The loop will continue to play  
until the out button is pressed once again.  
RELOOP BUTTON - If a SEAMLESS LOOP has been made (see setting a SEAMLESS LOOP on  
page 18), but the 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 loop, press the  
out button. LOOP and RELOOP will appear in the lcD DiSplay (2) when the RELOOP function  
is available.  
27. CUE BANk BUTTONS 1-3 - These buttons are used to store either three (3) cue points or three  
(3) loops. Each button can store either a loop or a cue point.  
28. MEMORY BUTTON - This button allows you to program up to 3 cue points or three loops in to  
the three cue bank buttonS (27). The loops or cue point can then be recalled at any time even  
when the music source device has been removed and reloaded at a later time. See page 21 for more  
information.  
29. ADV. TRACk BUTTON - While either playing a track or in pause mode, press this button to  
search for the next track you want to play. When you press this button you will enter ADV. TRACK  
mode, the TRACK indicators will flash. You can use track knob (9) to search for the next track you  
want to play. Press the track knob (9) once you found your desired track. The LCD will display  
"Searching..." and then "FOUND" once the track is found. When the track that is playing comes to an  
end press the track knob (9) once more to play the track that you searched for. Please see page  
22 for complete instructions.  
B. SD/USB PLAYER - REAR (FIGURE 2)  
30. MICROPHONE JACk - This jack is used to a connect a microphone to the mixer. Connect your  
microphone via this 1/4 inch (6.3mm) jack. The volume output level for this microphone will be con-  
trolled by the by the microphone volume control (5).  
31. BALANCED OUTPUTS - These jacks send a balanced output signal.  
32. AUDIO OUTPUTS PLAYER 1 - These jacks send a left and right analog mono output signal. Use  
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these jacks to send standard audio to a mixer or receiver. The red colored jack represents the right  
channel output and white jack represents the left channels output. Output depends on the setting of  
the MIXER OUTPUT MODE.  
33. POWER CONNECTOR - Plug in the provided power adapter here. Only use the provided power  
adapter.  
34. CONTROL START A JACk- Connect the supplied mini-plug from the CUE jack on the rear of  
your unit to the CONTROL out jack of a compatible American Audio® or American DJ® mixer. This will  
enable the "Q-Start" function. This feature is only available on American Audio® or American DJ® “Q”  
series mixers.  
35. CONTROL START B JACk - Connect the supplied mini-plug from the CUE jack on the rear of  
your unit to the CONTROL out jack of a compatible American Audio® or American DJ® mixer. This will  
enable the "Q-Start" function. This feature is only available on American Audio® or American DJ® “Q”  
series mixers.  
36. AUDIO OUTPUTS PLAYER 2 - These jacks send a left and right analog mono output signal. Use  
these jacks to send standard audio to a mixer or receiver. The red colored jack represents the right  
channel output and white jack represents the left channels output.  
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D. LCD DISPLAY PANEL (FIGURE 3)  
49. ELAPSED/REMAIN INDICATOR - When  
"REMAIN" is indicated in the lcD DiSplay (2)  
the time DiSplay (39) in the lcD will define the  
current track's remaining time. When "ELAPSED"  
is indicated in the lcD DiSplay (2) the time DiS-  
play (39) in the lcD will define the current track's  
elapsed time. You can change the time display in  
the PRESET MENU, see page 23.  
37. CUE INDICATOR - This indicator will glow  
when the unit is in CUE mode and will flash every  
time a new CUE POINT is set.  
38. FOLDER INDICATOR - This will indicate which  
folder you are in.  
39. TIME DISPLAY - These indicators detail the  
Minutes, Seconds, and Frames. The meter will dis-  
play either the elapsed or remaining time of a track.  
50. REPEAT INDICATOR - This indicates that  
the repeat function is activated. When the re-  
peat function is activated, the current tracks  
in the folder will repeat until the REPEAT func-  
tion is deactivated. To turn REPEAT on and off  
you must enter the PRESET MENU. Please see  
PRESET MENU on page 24.  
40. TIME BAR INDICATOR - This bar gives a visual  
approximation of a track's remaining time. This bar  
will begin to flash when a track is ending.  
41. AUTO BPM INDICATOR - This will indicate  
that the AUTO BPM counter is active.  
42. BPM METER - This meter will display the  
51. SINGLE INDICATOR - This indicates that the  
player is in single play mode, the track will play  
once and return to CUE mode. If the single indi-  
cator is not on the unit is in continuous mode. In  
continuous mode the unit will play all the remaining  
tracks. Once the remaining tracks have ended the  
unit will enter cue mode. You can change the play  
mode in the PRESET MENU, see page 23.  
BPM's of the current track.  
43. PITCH METER - This meter will display the  
pitch percentage applied by the pitch SliDer  
(25).  
44.  
TEMPO LOCk - This will indicate the  
Tempo Lock function is active.  
45. LOOP & RELOOP INDICATOR - Appears  
when a LOOP has been made or a RELOOP is  
engaged or ready to be engaged.  
52. TRACk INDICATOR - This 4-digit indicator  
visually details the current track cued or play-  
ing.  
46. AUTO CUE INDICATOR - This will indicate if  
the Auto Cue is on or off. To turn AUTO CUE on  
and off you must enter the PRESET MENU. Please  
see PRESET MENU on page 24.  
53. PLAY & PAUSE INDICATORS - The "PLAY"  
indicator will glow when the unit is in play mode,  
and the "PAUSE" indicator will flash when the  
unit is pause mode.  
47. PITCH INDICATOR - Indicator will light up  
when the pitch SliDer (25) is activated.  
48. CHARACTER DISPLAY - This will display the  
name of the track and album when a SD Card is  
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1. LOADINg/EJECTINg AN SD CArD Or USb DEvICE  
The SDJ2 can only read SDHC (High Capacity) Cards up to 16GB. The file format is Mp3 only. When load-  
ing an SD Card into the player load with the SD Card label facing up and the contacts facing down. To remove  
the card from the player gently press the card "in" until it "pops' out. When connecting a USB stick, USB card  
reader, or external hard drive make sure you are correctly lined up with the USB port and gently insert the USB  
connection. To disconnect a USB drive, stop playback and "pull out" the USB connection. Please see page  
8 for SD Card and USB information.  
CAUTION:  
NEvEr attempt to remove a USB device while in PLAY mode.  
NEvEr attempt to eject the SD Card when in PLAY mode.  
Figure 4  
2. SELECTING YOUR AUDIO SOURCE  
Select your desired audio source using the Source Selector button (1). This button lets you toggle  
between SD Card slot A, SD Card slot B and the USB port. This selector lets you choose which source  
will play on either side. The LED's will verify which source is active. Red LED signifies SD slot A, green  
LED signifies SD slot B, and both RED and Green LEDs glowing signifies the USB port. The different  
sources can only be selected while in PAUSE mode.  
Figure 5: Press the SOURCE SELECTOR BUTTON to play  
from you desired audio source.  
Figure 5  
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