VS-2400CD, VS-2400: Syncing Two VS-2400CDs Together via MIDI

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The following article will guide through syncing two VS-2400CDs together as well as passing digital audio from one VS-2400CD to the other VS-2400CD. This is useful if you would like to integrate two VS-2400CD systems together.

NOTES:

  • The 1st VS-2400CD will be referred to as the MASTER VS-2400CD and it is the one that you should connect your speakers or headphones to. The 2nd VS-2400CD will be referred to as the SLAVE VS-2400CD.
  • Make sure that both VS-2400CDs are powered on and that the current song’'s sampling rate (96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz, or 32 kHz) is the same on both units.
  • These will still be two independent VS-2400CDs so effects from one VS cannot be used in another VS. This will simply be a stereo mix sent from the SLAVE VS-2400CD to the MASTER VS-2400CD.

Connections:

  1. Connect the MIDI OUT/THRU jack of the SLAVE VS-2400CD to the MIDI IN jack of the MASTER VS-2400CD.
  2. Connect the MIDI OUT jack of the MASTER VS-2400CD to the MIDI IN jack of the SLAVE VS-2400CD.
  3. Connect the DIGITAL OUT jack (Coaxial or Optical) of the SLAVE VS-2400CD to the DIGITAL IN (Coaxial or Optical) of the MASTER VS-2400CD.
  4. Connect DIGITAL OUT jack of the slave VS-2400 to the DIGITAL IN (Coaxial or Optical) jack on the VS-2400CD.
    Note: If using a coaxial cable, be sure that this is a digital audio coaxial cable and not an RCA cable--as these are two different types of cables.

MASTER VS-2400CD Settings :

  1. Press and hold SHIFT and then press F4/UTILITY button.
  2. Press PAGE to display MIDI over F5. Press F5/MIDI.
  3. Set "MIDI THRU" to "OUT".
  4. Set "SysEx. Tx Sw" to select "ON".
  5. Set "MMC" to "MASTER".
  6. Press F6/EXIT.
  7. Press F6/SYNC.
  8. Set "SYNC MODE" to "EXT".
  9. Set "EXT SYNC SOURCE" to "MIDI IN".
  10. Set "Frame Rate" to "30".
  11. Press F6 to EXIT.
  12. Press PAGE to display “PROJ” over F3. Press F3/Proj.
  13. Select either OPTICAL IN or COAXIAL IN--depending on which type of digital input you are using. "DIGITAL IN LOCK!" will be displayed briefly.
  14. Press DISPLAY/HOME.
  15. Press EZ-ROUTING/PATCH BAY.
  16. Press F1 to VIEW.
  17. Using the ZOOM CURSOR buttons, highlight 13/14 on the top row of the input mixer.
  18. Rotate the TIME/VALUE dial so that a connection is made from INPUT MIXER 13/14 and COAX LR (or OPT LR) at the top of the screen.

    This will route the master outputs of the SLAVE VS-2400CD to INPUT MIXER 13/14 of the MASTER VS-2400CD.
  19. Press the IN 13-16 button. This assigns the faders as input faders 13 through 24.
  20. Raise faders 13 and 14 to the “0” position.


  21. Press the CH EDIT button for Channel 13 so that the button is illuminated.
  22. Using the ZOOM cursor buttons and TIME/VALUE dial, set the PAN completely counter-clockwise to L64.
  23. Press the CH EDIT button for Channel 14 so that the button is illuminated.
  24. Set the PAN completely clockwise to R64.
  25. Press DISPLAY/HOME to return to the main display.


SLAVE VS-2400CD Settings:

  1. Press and hold SHIFT and then press F4/UTILITY button.
  2. Press PAGE to display MIDI over F5. Press F5/MIDI.
  3. Set "MIDI THRU" to "OUT".
  4. Set "SysEx. Tx Sw" to select "ON".
  5. Set "MMC" to "SLAVE".
  6. Press F6/EXIT.
  7. Press F6/SYNC.
  8. Set "SYNC MODE" to "INT".
  9. Set "MIDI OUT SYNC GEN" to "MTC".
  10. Set "Frame Rate" to "30".
  11. Press F6 to EXIT.
  12. Press PAGE to display “PROJ” over F3. Press F3/Proj.
  13. Select either OPTICAL IN or COAXIAL IN--depending on which type of digital input you are using. "DIGITAL IN LOCK!" will be displayed briefly.
  14. Press DISPLAY/HOME.
  15. Press EZ-ROUTING/PATCH BAY.
  16. Press F3 to OUTPUT.
  17. Using the ZOOM CURSOR buttons, highlight "D.OUT" and connect its patchbox to BUS "MSTL/R" (the two top lines). This routes all audio of to the OPTICAL and COAXIAL digital outputs.
    Note: This is the default patch setting of a project so the "D.OUT" may already be patched to "MSTL/R".
  18. Press DISPLAY/HOME to return to the main display.


Just press PLAY (or REC and PLAY) on the MASTER VS-2400CD and it will start the SLAVE VS-2400CD. The SLAVE VS-2400CD will then send MTC (MIDI Time Code) to the MASTER VS-2400CD so that they stay in sync together. The audio from the SLAVE VS-2400CD will also be sent through the digital cable to the digital in of the VS-2400CD letting you hear both machines at once.