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Q: I am trying to transfer a file between my DAT and my DAW. The problems is that after I transfer the file, I have all kinds of pops and clicks in the audio. Any Ideas on what's causing this?

A: You must sync the digital clock in the DAT and DAW together when you are transferring the data. You should set the sync mode in your DAW to "Digital" so that it syncs to the digital clock (44.1 kHz or 48 kHz) from the DAT. Once the transfer of you audio is complete you can set the clock in your DAW back to "internal." That should resolve your pop and click problems. Also make sure that when you open your file in the DAW that you select the same clock rate as the clock rate the DAT was recorded at. If your clocks are set at different rates, the audio will play back either too fast or too slow.

Q: I have a Kurzweil K2000 and I seem to remember that when I bought it, Sweetwater installed a fan kit. Are there filters on these fans and do they need to be cleaned?

A: The K2000 does have a fan filter that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. You should make cleaning the fan filters in all your gear a part of the regular maintenance schedule for your studio. Here are some other products that may have filters that need to be cleaned: Power amps, mixing board power supplies, hard drives, computers, and some samplers and effects processors. How often should you clean them you ask? Well, that would depend on the location and environment where your gear is being used. The dustier your environment, the more often you should clean it. Try starting out by cleaning the filters every month and increase or decrease the frequency as necessary.

Q: I have a computer sequencer and a digital 8-track. I want to set up my system so that I can use the MMC controls in my sequencer, but I don't understand how I can get everything to sync up.

A: The digital multitrack (i.e. ADAT/DA88, etc.) will be the clock master and will need to output time code information to your computer sequencer via either MTC or SMPTE. You will set your sequencer to receive and slave to the incoming time code, either MTC or SMPTE. The multitrack should also be set up to receive MMC command from your computer sequencer. When you press play on your sequencer, that will send a command to your recorder which will "press" the play button. The multitrack will then start playing and outputting timecode to your sequencer and it, in turn, will start to play.

Q: I just got a new tube mic preamp and I am not sure how to integrate it into my board. It does not make sense to also run the signal through my board's mic preamps. How can I get the signal into my board and not use the board's mic pres?

A: The best solution is to plug your new preamp directly into the inputs of your multitrack, then use your mixer to monitor the output. A second option would be to plug the preamp into one of the mixer's line inputs, thus bypassing the internal mic preamps. A third (and probably least desirable in many cases) would be to patch the pre directly into one of the board's insert points. You will then still be able to use the mixer's onboard EQ and aux sends to further alter the signal if desired.

Got a question? Well, we've got answers! Simply mail your question to Sweetwater Sound at 5335 Bass Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 or send e-mail directly to "tech_support@sweetwater.com."

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