TASCAM has announced the new V3.0 software update for the DA-6400 Series 64-channel digital multitrack recorder/player that is designed to provide enhanced multi-channel audio playback and a more intuitive interface for achieving maximum performance along with adding an ABS Time Mode display, smooth switching to the playlist entry edit screen via an external keyboard, and more.
As a 64-track recorder utilizing an internal TASCAM developed SSD and hot-swappable drive caddy, the DA-6400 is designed for live recording and event capture as well as a backup for use with DAW and serving as a multi-channel playback device for applications such as theme parks, theaters, and a variety of installations.
Specifically, the V3.0 update adds nine new functions that improve the overall usability of multi-playback audio, including shorter production time of content production, and a more intuitive interface to prevent accidental settings and operation. For a quick view and reference, the addition of Contrast support for the display time counter improves visibility of take names in the home screen. In addition, the playback setting state of the auto ready and theater play functions can now be displayed on the home screen, providing quick verification of the current setting. Another update is the addition of an ABS time display.
Holding down the Stop button and pressing the Rewind button allows for an easier jump to the first take. For quick access to the playlist edit mode, pressing the F5 key on an external keyboard is now available, resulting in smooth switching to the playlist entry edit (ADJUST) screen. The ability to switch between the entry number/time counter and display/time mode on the playlist entry edit (ADJUST) screen is now available.
A Mark point setting lock function has been added to prevent undesired mark points during production and, in the event they are not required, pop-up messages during mark point setting and setting lock can be turned off. Further, the display name of the mark point matches the current time on the Edit Playlist Entry (ADJUST) screen. As a result, verification can be seen from either menu.
The V3.0 update also improves overall operation. For the purpose of monitoring and controlling each individual track, the operation of the individual mode on the input monitor screen and Rec function screen has been improved.
The DA-6400 supports simultaneous recording/playback of 64 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit or 32 channels at 96 kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio. DA-6400’s Cascade function facilitates the use of two DA-6400 units, enabling playback and recording of up to 128 channels simultaneously. The DA-6400 records to a TASCAM developed 2.5-inch 240GB SSD that is pre-installed into the TASCAM AK-CC25 storage caddy, which can be hot-swapped for delivery to clients. The caddy is also equipped with a USB 3.0 port for rapid transfer of data to DAW systems.
With its two I/O slots, the DA-6400 has an expanding list of I/O cards, including two MADI options (IF-MA64/EX and IF-MA64/BN), Dante (IF-DA64), and AES/EBU (IF-AE16) for multichannel operations. These options enable use with nearly any pro audio equipment using the latest digital I/O networks via coaxial, optical, or over Cat-5, and they make the DA-6400 a suitable backup recording system for synchronized capture with Pro Tools systems. Further, the DA-6400 includes SMPTE LTC timecode I/O for location synchronization, a parallel remote-control input, and an RS-422 9-pin serial remote control port. Firmware updates take place via the USB port.
With support of Gigabit Ethernet for file transfer, remote control, and monitoring over a network, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), plus SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol) for updating its internal clock over a network, the 1RU DA-6400 offers operational flexibility. Video reference (NTSC/PAL blackburst signals and HDTV Tri-level signals) plus word clock Input, Output, and Thru are also supported.
In addition to the upgrades, there’s also a DA-6400 Control remote control app for use with the Apple iPad. Further, the DA-6400 now records in broadcast WAV format, which includes timecode information in the data file. This added capability is designed to make both file searches and importing files from Pro Tools faster and easier
Go here to acquire the updates for the TASCAM DA-6400.