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How to chouse an out point when u press the pre master?


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    I give up! Can't get to the punch in and out to work so I can go to Mastering.



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You have to choose your out point before entering premaster mode.

Use the transport keys to get to the point you want to end your mix and press 'shift' and 'set out' (mkI). For the mkII the end point is set by pressing the 'locate' key and the 'out' key.

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I finished one our ago my first recording i don't understand how to do to for pre mastering, because i want to do ace and evry time i read track too short, set out point... ?? give me how to do.a

Congratulations on your first recording! Mastering and pre-mastering is covered in much more detail in the manual (page 59 in the original 2488 manual) but I'll provide a brief explanation here for you.

First you need to enter pre-mastering mode. Do this by navigating through the menus to the 'audio CD' menu and then choose 'pre-master'. You'll see the word 'Mastering' appear in the LCD screen to indicate you are in mastering mode.

Basically you need to then set the 'out point'. The 'in point' is always 00:00:00.00. So just play your recorded song to the end (or where you want the master to end) and press 'shift' and 'set out' to set the out point there. A master has to be at least 4 seconds long which is whay you are getting that error message.

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Don Q -

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To premaster you first have to set an out point for the end of your pre-master (the start point is always zero). Go to the 'Audio CD' menu item and choose 'pre-master' under that. You'll see the word 'mastering' appear in the top left of the screen to let you know you've entered mastering mode. Make sure you have the tracks unmuted that you want to mix into the pre-master and have all of your eq, panning, etc set the way you want. Then hit record and play. The pre-master records to a stereo pair of dedicated internal tracks. You can redo the premaster as many times as you like which will overwrite those internal premaster tracks. You can clone the premastered tracks to a stereo pair of tracks, export them as waves or burn them to a CDR.

fnawesomewes - You have to press record and play to record your premaster.

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