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How do I set the Tascam DM4800/IFFWDMmkII up for use with PT9 and higher?

Note: page numbers refer to pages in the pdf manual for the DM4800.

Set the output routing (see p.61):

  1. Go to the Routing>Output Slot screen by holding the Alt button and pressing the Routing button. DM4800 Screen Mode Keys
  2. Use Pod 3 knob to select Slot 1 1-8, and use Pod 4 to set Source Select to Buss/DirectDM4800 POD and Tab SEL
  3. Set Outs 1-8 to Buss/Direct 1-8 accordingly using the arrow keys, data wheel and enter buttonDM4800 Routing Out 1
  4. Do that same thing for 9-16 and 17-24DM4800 Routing Out 2 DM4800 Routing Out 3

Set at least two inputs to monitor Slot 1 returns (see p.59):

  1. Go to Routing>Input by pressing the tab button below the Input tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. On the DM4800, it’s suggested to start with FW/Slot returns at channel 25 and up so you don’t waste any of your analog input channels.
  3. Use the Pod 3 knob to set Layer Select to Ch.17-32.
  4. Use the Pod 4 knob to set Source Select to Slot 1.
  5. Use the arrow keys, data wheel and enter button to set INP Ch25 to Slot 1-1 and INP Ch26 to Slot 1-2. (If you want to monitor more than just two channels through the board, for instance to mix in the board rather than mixing in software, you could set up additional inputs on the board to mix additional outputs from ProTools.) DM4800 Routing IN 1 DM4800 Routin IN 2

Route your input channels to the Direct outputs (see p.63):

  1. To the right of the Stereo fader on the board press the Layer Status button for Ch.1-24DM4800 Layer 1
  2. Press the SEL button above your input channel on the board to select that channel. DM4800 Ch SEL
  3. On the left side of the board, press the Direct button in the Output Assign section, and disable any other assignments in that area (only Direct should be lit up). DM4800 Output Assign DIR

Route the Slot return channels to the Stereo output (see p.63):

  1. To the right of the Stereo fader on the board press the Layer Status button for Ch.25-48DM4800 Layer 2
  2. Press the SEL button above Ch.25.
  3. On the left side of the board, press the Stereo button in the Output Assign section, and disable any other assignments in that area (only Stereo should be lit up). DM4800 Output Assign ST
  4. Turn the fader on that channel up to 0db and pan it left.
  5. Do the same things for Ch.26, but pan it right (if you’re mixing in the board, the levels, panning, and effects on the Slot return channels will be your mix). DM4800 Pan Knobs

In ProTools, go to the Setup menu>Playback Engine and set the driver/current engine to the Tascam FW card.

To make sure the IO labels are correct, reset your IO Setup:

  1. Go to the Setup menu>IO Setup.
  2. Go to the Input tab.
  3. Select all the paths on the screen (Command-A or hold shift and click each one)
  4. Click Delete Path. It will warn you they’re in use, go ahead and delete them anyway.
  5. Then Click Default on the screen.
  6. Repeat those steps on the Output and Buss tabs.
  7. Before leaving the IO Setup window, choose Export Settings and save that routing as “DM4800″. That will make the IO labels importable into any existing project as well as make it available in the New Session dialog window.

On the output of the tracks, set those to the first pair of output choices. Those should show up on Slot 1 ch 1-2, which we set to show up on Ch.25-26 on the board.

If you’d like to do transport and fader control of ProTools from the DM4800, here’s a summary of the Pro Tools/HUI setup:

The DM4800 needs to be connected via USB to the computer.

On the DM4800:

  1. Go to Remote>Ext.CTRL by holding the Alt button and pressing the  Remote button then using the tab select buttons to navigate to the Ext.CTRL tab. DM4800 Screen Mode Remote

  2. Add a 24 HUI Emulate by using POD 4 to select 24 HUI Emulate and pressing the Enter button.DM4800 Ext Ctrl

  3. Go to Remote>Machine CTRL by pressing the tab button below the Machine CTRL tab.
  4. Select M HUI Emulate by using POD 4. Using the arrow keys, make sure the Arrow cursor is next to the ADD button, then press Enter. Then, using the arrow keys, move the cursor next to the TRA option and press the Enter button to enable TRADM4800 Machine CTRLDM4800 Machine CTRL AddDM4800 Machine CTRL TRA

In ProTools:

  1. Go to the Setup menu>Peripherals>MIDI Controllers.
  2. Set Type for #1, 2, and 3 to HUI.
  3. Set the Receive From and Send To for each HUI to the corresponding Control port on the DM4800. With the more recent versions they’ll say Control port 1, 2 and 3. If that’s set up properly, you won’t get any “can’t locate HUI” errors from ProTools.

The transport on the DM4800 should work all the time. The Faders and other functions work when the Layer Status on the board, to the right of the Stereo fader, is set to Remote.

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