Question about Fostex MR16HD/CD Digital Recorder
Hi I own a fostex vf 160ex have had it from new a couple of years ago,
been great so far but lately I have had sometrouble with the PLAY
button , sometimes it doesn't work, & when I switch It off & on
again it is ok for a while. Also I recently recorded a live band only
to find back in the studio it plays slow! I can't work out why? It
records ok in the studio, I know about the pitch shift & this was
definately not on whilst recording, any ideas ? Mike Whiting
Jen / Gently, I know you asked your question a long while ago, but I've got a solution. I had been having the same problem with mine for a while but I found an easy fix which worked for me. The outputs were acting weird, sometimes only the left channel would play, sometimes only the right, sometimes nothing. So I took mine apart, looking for a short. I couldn't find anything, so I tried my backup plan - spraying a can of computer duster (compressed air) around every nook and crany. I guess some grime inside was causing the short. Works as good as new now. I'd say first try spraying the duster with the case on, and see if that works, but you might have to take the case off. It's easy to remove.
If you do have to remove the case, here's some tips. Make sure you've had it unplugged for AT LEAST a minute before you go at it to make sure any residual charge is gone. You have to first remove the two black plastic side pieces, then the little metal piece by the cd tray. Then a bunch of screws on the sides, bottom-front, and back top. The wires aren't real long so you kind of have to fold it open. Just hold it open with one hand and carefully spray the duster around everywhere. Ussually duster will come with an extention straw and I recommend using it so the can's nozel doesn't get real close to the electronics (it can get kinda cold sometimes).
Well, I hope this helps you out.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
It is a button contact switch problem, common with Fostex VF machines. You will need to open up your VF and get to the contact switches underneath your top panel. You will need to blow out any dust and dirt first, second you need to take some Caig D100 dropper contact cleaner (you can find Caig products on Amazon and eBay for best prices) and try to get a few drops into each contact switch on the circuit board and work it in by pushing on the buttons rapidly with your finger to get the cleaning fluid inside the contact buttons. Then you should take some Caig F100 fader lube and put a few drops in the contact buttons the same way as described with the Caig D100 contact cleaner, first clean then lube. That should solve any button problems, if that does not work fully then you will need to un-solder and re-solder on some new button contacts. You can get these online at eBay and other electronic supply stores. Finally you should do the same to any potentiometers volume control knobs or pan controls that are acting up too, scratchy noise when you turn the knob, same cleaning and lubing procedure described above applies to all turn knobs and dials you have on this Fostex machine or any other piece of electronics gear you may have issues with..
Also and additional good tip is this: On your Fostex VF machine push and hold down the shift/stop and track 9 buttons together to get into the VF machine button test mode. You can then test all buttons to see if they are working or not and how well they are making contact y pushing down any button, make sure to test all buttons. To get out of this mode hold down shift/stop and master buttons to return to normal operation on your VF machine.
Hope this helps and sorry for being 5 years too late to answer.
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