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TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« on: December 28, 2010, 06:08:57 PM »
Starting off a New thread since the old one is at 25.  Link to Part 2:
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So lets start the thread off right.  Gearing up to run three DR-680's.  Since the cascade function DOES NOT sync the clocks my thought is to get preamps that DO allow them to be synced to a SPDIF signal.  If I feed the three decks a digital SPDIF signal that is synced then the decks will be synced too, right?  I hope so.  It will sure make it easier to mix down.  It also will allow the use of all eight tracks on each deck.  Has anyone run two or more 680's yet?  Any feedback on syncing?  Has anyone else tried this method of syncing the digital inputs?  I am kinda miffed that tascam lead us to believe that the decks could be synced only to find out later they can't.  I sent a pissed off letter to them but of course got no reply at all about that.  Thanks for any input, Kirk
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 06:51:45 PM »
This post doesn't relate to the S/PDIF syncing. I mostly want to just be notified about posts here, but also I hope to maybe get a post with a collection of KNOWN batteries that work on the DR-680 and have long operational times. It would be nice if we could get a bunch of battery links in one post for future reference. It's hell sifting through 25 pages of messages.
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 09:07:25 PM »
I also bought the DR-680 with the idea of syncing multiple units to the master deck word clock. Definitely not with the idea of buying additional pre/ad's w/word clock and/or an external master clock to sync up decks. There are many other lower cost options for quality multitrack recording.

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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 01:03:13 AM »
I posted in the old thread about mid-side recording with the 680. Anyone else doing that, want to chat about it, or should I go in the mics and setup room?
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 03:46:04 AM »
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 11:27:06 AM »
Matt, I dunno about any "cheaper" options that allow more than 8 tracks.  And for me, I run preamps in front of this unit so it's no big deal especially with the SUSBPre2 out now.

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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 08:50:54 AM »
Just marking....carry on. 

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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 05:21:56 PM »
Quick update, it appears that having the spdif signals synced allows the decks to be synced.  More later.............

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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 09:04:38 PM »
Well apparently B&H photo had the DR-680 offered with a free CSDR680 shoulder bag. I put it in my cart then wavered. I missed the deal!  >:(

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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 09:26:45 PM »
Quick update, it appears that having the spdif signals synced allows the decks to be synced.  More later.............

Ok, really just trying to mark the new thread, but....

Yes, I would imagine if you sent the same spdif signal to two 680's, they all then would be synced using the same clock as the spdif source.  So that would effectively give you 14 channels (with the 2 digi channels on each deck repeated).

On my SD 722, you could connect it to a digi spdif input, but instead instruct it via the menu to actually record the analog inputs.  it would record the analog inputs, but use the spdif signal for clocking.  Wonder if there is a way to do this on the 680, or if not if it could be implemented with a future firmware? 
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2011, 01:56:31 PM »
Quick update, it appears that having the spdif signals synced allows the decks to be synced.  More later.............

Ok, really just trying to mark the new thread, but....

Yes, I would imagine if you sent the same spdif signal to two 680's, they all then would be synced using the same clock as the spdif source.  So that would effectively give you 14 channels (with the 2 digi channels on each deck repeated).

On my SD 722, you could connect it to a digi spdif input, but instead instruct it via the menu to actually record the analog inputs.  it would record the analog inputs, but use the spdif signal for clocking.  Wonder if there is a way to do this on the 680, or if not if it could be implemented with a future firmware?

Actually used the SD USBPre2 as the second spdif source which accepts clocking from the first dr680 and then you get the full 16 channels without sacrificing anything ;D

I asked Tascam tech support about that external clocking but they were not very positive in there reply.  I doubt if it will happen and I don't know if it is even possible with their software setup.
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 02:22:14 PM »
Well apparently B&H photo had the DR-680 offered with a free CSDR680 shoulder bag. I put it in my cart then wavered. I missed the deal!  >:(

I didn't.  ;D But really, is there much use for the shoulder bag? I mean, you're not really gonna stealth with this deck and it's most likely going into a gear back with your other equipment.
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 12:04:44 PM »
Had my first snafu last night with th DR680.  I was running my V3 Digital in with a stereo pair and analoag into 1&2 and 3&4 with two other stereo pairs.  I made sure that the "DIN MON" was set on the the "Function Screen".  Everything looked good with levels etc.  When I went to play back the files this morning I only had files for st12.wav & st34.wav, no st.wav file  :(  So basicly there was no file created for the V3 digital source.
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 12:17:03 PM »
Had my first snafu last night with th DR680.  I was running my V3 Digital in with a stereo pair and analoag into 1&2 and 3&4 with two other stereo pairs.  I made sure that the "DIN MON" was set on the the "Function Screen".  Everything looked good with levels etc.  When I went to play back the files this morning I only had files for st12.wav & st34.wav, no st.wav file  :(  So basicly there was no file created for the V3 digital source.

Wouldn't you set it to DIN Stereo? I thought the DIN MON would be the RCA inputs.
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Re: TASCAM DR-680 portable 8-track #3
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2011, 12:25:40 PM »
Had my first snafu last night with th DR680.  I was running my V3 Digital in with a stereo pair and analoag into 1&2 and 3&4 with two other stereo pairs.  I made sure that the "DIN MON" was set on the the "Function Screen".  Everything looked good with levels etc.  When I went to play back the files this morning I only had files for st12.wav & st34.wav, no st.wav file  :(  So basicly there was no file created for the V3 digital source.

Wouldn't you set it to DIN Stereo? I thought the DIN MON would be the RCA inputs.

The DIN MON is the setting used on the function button right above the rec trim button on the front of the unit.  The DIN stereo is the setting you use in the recording screen when using the menu botton on the top of the unit, which was was set properly.
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