4 – Playback
Using the link playback function
By using the link playback function, you can link the playback
operations of a master unit to a slave unit.
The slave unit can be used as a playback backup.
The linked operations are playing back, entering playback stand-
by, stopping, track skipping and searching. The synchronization
of actions in response to operations, however, cannot be guar-
In order to reduce delays in operation, whenever possible, use
the same types of media from the same manufacturers with the
same contents. In addition, make the same playback settings
(auto cue, auto ready and other functions) and set the same
flash load status, for example, on both units.
Clock is not synchronized, so a small difference in playback time
could occur after playing back for a long time. Moreover, the
digital connectors used for the link playback function cannot be
used for audio input and output.
Making connections for link playback
Connect a digital output connector on the master unit to a digi-
tal input connector on the slave unit.
Connect either the SPDIF IN/OUT (RCA) or AES/EBU IN/OUT
(XLR) connectors.
Master device
Slave device
Making link playback settings
Select LINK PLAY on the UTILITY page to open the LINK PLAY
screen.(see “Menu operation procedures” on page 22)
When the LINK PLAY screen is open, use the m [A-B] and
, [INPUT] buttons to move the cursor between setting
Making link playback mode settings
Select MODE, and set whether the unit is the master or the slave
during link playback.
Options: OFF (default), MASTER , SLAVE
Setting the link playback connector
Select TERMINAL, and set the connector to use for link playback.
Option Meaning
COAXIAL (default) SPDIF IN/OUT connectors used
XLR AES/EBU IN/OUT connectors used
Using the flash start function
The flash start function allows playback to be started immedi-
ately for tracks that have been registered in advance.
The starting points for up to 96 tracks can be loaded into mem-
ory so that playback of them can be started immediately. This
can be controlled using a USB keyboard connected to the front
of the unit, an external device connected to the PARALLEL
connector on the back of the unit or a TASCAM RC-SS150 (sold
separately) flash start remote control unit.
1. Set the playback area.(see “Playback area” on page 30)
Set the current playback area to a playlist or folder that
contains the tracks you want to flash start.
2. Set the playback mode to CONTINUE or PROGRAM.(see “Setting
the play mode” on page 31)
If the playback mode is set to RANDOM, flash loading is not
3. When stopped, press the flash load button on the external
This unit will load the starting point data for the tracks in
the playback area in sequence.
When the playback mode setting is CONTINUE, they will be
loaded in order from the first track. If it is PROGRAM, they will
be loaded in program order.
While loading, the icon blinks on the Home
When loading completes, a FLASH LOAD pop-up appears on
the Home Screen.
i If the playback mode is set to RANDOM, pressing a
flash load
button on an external controller will open a “ Cannot Select
pop-up message, and data will not be loaded.
i If the playback mode is set to SINGLE, pressing a flash load
button on an external controller will load tracks in order from
the first track in the playback area in the same way as if set to
i When using a TASCAM RC-SS20 (sold separately), if more than
20 tracks have been registered, data for the first 20 in order
will be loaded.
4. When the icon appears on the Home Screen, you
can use a USB keyboard connected to the front of the unit
or an external device connected to the PARALLEL connec-
tor to flash start tracks.
You can use Ctrl + function (F1–F12) keys to flash start tracks
1–12.(see “List of keyboard operations” on page 85)
When using the PARALLEL connector, you can flash start
tracks 1–20.(see “PARALLEL connector overview” on page
In the playback area is set to PLAYLIST, you can efficiently set
flash starting for desired tracks by assigning them to a playlist
and selecting it is the current playlist.(see “Playback area” on
page 30) , (see “6 – Editing Playlists” on page 46)
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