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DP-02 - 8-track Digital Portastudio with Effects

This model has been discontinued. It has been replaced with the DP-03.



DP-02 FAQS


QuestionAnswer

How do I make a new song? 

1. Press the STOP button to stop the playback of any music.

2. Press the SONG button.

3. Use the Data wheel or Cursor keys to highlight CREATE and press the YES/ENTER button.

4. The next screen will be the Create screen. You can change the name of the song here. Once you are finished naming the song, press the YES/ENTER button and the DP-02 will create a new song.

How do I use the multi-effects?

The DP-02 has two built in effects processors that can be used in your recordings and mixes. There are two types of effects on the DP-02: Multi-Effects and Reverb. The Multi-Effects can only be used on one of the inputs at a time while recording. The Reverb effect can be used on any of the tracks that have been recorded but not on tracks being recorded. To use the multi-effects:

1. Press and hold the SHIFT button and press the MULTI button until the light goes on next to the input you want to use the Multi-Effect on.

2. Assign the input you are using (A or B) to a track you want to record on (1-8).

3. Arm the track you assigned the input to and start recording.

You can scroll through the Multi-Effects by pressing the MULTI button. You can change the type of effect by cursoring to Preset and turning the Data wheel. You change other settings by cursoring to the other settings and turning the Data wheel.

How do I load a song? 

1. Press the STOP button to stop the playback of any music.

2. Press the SONG button.

3. Use the Data wheel or Cursor keys to highlight LOAD and press the YES/ENTER button.

4. Use the Data wheel or the Cursor keys to highlight the song you would like to load and press the YES/ENTER button.

The DP-02/DP-02CF will load the song you chose. Press the NO/EXIT button twice to return to the main screen.

How do I make a CD of my song? 

There are two steps to making a CD. First you need to record the mix of your song as a master recording, then you burn this master to your CD. 

Creating a Master takes all eight tracks and mixes them to a stereo mix (two tracks) so that you can put it on CD or transfer it through USB.

1. Press and hold STOP and Press REWIND. This will take you back to 0: 00:00

2. Press and hold the SHIFT button and press the SET IN button.

3. Fast Forward to the end of your song, press and hold SHIFT and press SET OUT.

4. Press the MASTER button. It will start flashing.

5. Press and hold the RECORD button and press the PLAY button.

The DP-02 will start recording the master, and will stop at the Out point you set.

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Once you have created masters for your songs you will be able to put them on CD and play them on other CD players. Make sure to insert a blank CD into the CD tray while following this procedure. You can open and close the CD drive by pressing and holding the SHIFT button and pressing the NO/EXIT button

1. Press the MASTER button until it is not lit.

2. Press the CD button.

3. Cursor down to MASTER WRITE and press YES/ENTER.

4. Cursor to the song you want to have on the CD and turn the Data wheel to the right until you have a check mark next to the song, once all the songs you want have a check mark press YES/ENTER.

5. It then goes to the Song Order screen. You can change the song order by pressing the Left Cursor button on a particular song you want to change and pressing the cursor up or down to change the order. Once you have got the order you like press YES/ENTER twice. *If you only have one master chosen then the Song Order screen will not show up. It will come to FINALIZE: turn the DATA wheel to the right so that it says FINALIZE: ON and press YES/ENTER.

6. The DP-02 will ask you “Burn to CD Are you sure?” Press YES/ENTER.

How do I record and then hear what I've recorded? 

The DP-02 and DP-02CF have two inputs each. The one to the left (labeled "Mic/Line/Guitar") is input A, and the input labeled Mic/Line is input B. You can use either of the two inputs to record on any one of the eight tracks. You must first assign the input(s) you are using to the tracks you want to record on. Then you arm those tracks for recording. To follow this example, plug a microphone into Input A.

1. Press and hold down the ASSIGN A button (the light should be blinking) then (simultaneously) press the REC button above channel number 1. The light should blink when you do this. 

2. Release the ASSIGN A and the REC button

3. Press the REC button above channel 1 (the light should be blinking by itself)

4. You should see the meters moving with in the display above Input A and Track 1 when you speak into the microphone.

5. Press the REWIND button twice until the display reads ABS 00.00.00.00

6. Press and hold the RECORD button and press the PLAY button. The REC light above channel one, the PLAY light and the RECORD light should become solid. 

7. After recording press the STOP button.

8. Press the REWIND button twice until the display reads ABS 00.00.00.00

9. Press the PLAY button.

You should hear what you recorded. Remember to move the faders up.

How do I move tracks and mixes to my computer through the USB port? 

The DP-02 has what is called a FAT partition which is used to transfer files through USB. Once you have created a Master you can transfer it through USB to play on your computer or burn a CD on your computer. But to transfer files through USB, you first need to transfer files to the FAT partition within the DP-02.

1. Press the MASTER button until the light is OFF

2. Press MENU

3. Select WAVE

4. Press the YES/ENTER button.

5. Select EXPORT MASTER

6. Press the YES/ENTER button.

7. The DP-02 will take you to a screen where you can name the Master before transferring it to the FAT partition. Name the Master using the Data wheel and cursor keys and press YES/ENTER.

The DP-02 will start exporting your master to the FAT partition and will return to the Wave Menu screen when finished. 

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Now you can transfer this to your computer: 

1. Press MENU

2. Select DISK.

3. Press the RIGHT ARROW

4. Select USB OPN/CLS

5. Press the RIGHT ARROW

6. Press ENTER/YES to enable USB/OPEN. A popup message appears, asking if you are sure.

7. Press ENTER/YES again:

The DP-02 is now in USB OPEN mode until you press EXIT/NO.

Plug the USB cable from the DP-02 to your computer, if you haven't already, and it will appear as a hard drive. On Windows, use the Start menu and select "My Computer" to find a drive called "DP-02." Your recording should be in the WAVE folder. 

Is it possible to record to a USB hard drive using the USB port on my Digital Portastudio? 

No, you can not connect a hard drive this way. 

How do I use the reverb effect? 

The DP-02 has two built in effects processors that can be used in your recordings and mixes. There are two types of effects on the DP-02: Multi-Effects and Reverb. The Multi-Effects can only be used on one of the inputs at a time while recording. The Reverb effect can be used on any of the tracks that have been recorded but not on tracks being recorded. To use the reverb effect:

1. Choose a track you want Reverb on and turn up the EFFECT SEND knob above that channel.

2. Turn up the EFFECT RETURN knob above the Master fader.

3. Press and Hold the SHIFT button and press the REVERB button so that the light is on next to the REVERB button, indicating the Reverb is on.

You can scroll through the different Reverbs by cursoring to Reverb Type and turning the Data wheel. You can change the Time of the effect by cursoring to it and turning the Data wheel.