Zero stop switch, Tape speed switch, Pitch controi – Yamaha MT120S User Manual

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When the transport is in rewind, the ZERO STOP func­
tion automaticaliy stops the tape at a specified ioca-
tion. To set the ZERO STOP point, piay the tape to the

desired location and reset the tape counter to ZERO

by pressing the counter reset button. In rewind, with

the ZERO STOP switch “ON”, the transport will stop
when the tape counter reaches the vicinity of “999” (may
deviate due to tape slack). This is particularly handy in

the multitrack “overdub” process when it is necessary
to repeatedly rewind the tape and play from the same




The TAPE SPEED switch selects either the standard

4.8-cm/sec cassette tape speed, or the MT120S’s spe-


cial 9.5-cm/sec high tape speed. Use the standard

(4.8) speed when replaying tapes recorded on stand­

ard cassette recorders, or to obtain maximum tape
economy. When you want maximum sound quality, use

the high (9.5) tape speed. The improvement in sound

quality provided by the high tape speed is significant,
and we recommend that you use the high speed for all

Important recordings.


Never change the TAPE SPEED setting while

the tape is running.

® PiTCH Controi

The PITCH control varies tape speed by approx. ±10%,

making it possible to “tune” material recorded on the

MT120S to match the pitch of musical instruments, or

to slightly lengthen or shorten the running time of a

recording to meet specific timing requirements. Tape

speed is normal when the PITCH control is set to its
center click-stop position. Tape speed is increased by

sliding the control towards the “+” end of the scale, and

decreased by sliding the control towards the end of
the scale.



This switch turns the graphic equalizer on and off.


Graphic Equaiizer

An equalizer is used to tailor the signal to help it stand
out or integrate into a mix. MT120S's graphic equalizer
is a powerful signal shaping tool which allows you to
augment or attenuate signal components up to approx.

10 dB in five frequency bands. The graphic equalizer

can be switched ON to enhance signals as they are

recorded on tape, and again in playback.


When switched ON, the graphic equalizer can

affect signals being routed to tape via the PAN
controls when the REG SELECT switches which
are set to “L” or “R”. The graphic equalizer will not

affect signals being routed to tape via REG SE­

LECT switches which are set to “1 — 4”.

©Transport Controis

These light touch electronic transport controls provide

smooth, sure control of the tape transport functions.


When this button is pressed during

tape stop, the unit goes into record-ready mode. If

pressed during recording, (first press REC/PAUSE,

then PLAY), the recording can be interrupted temporar­

ily. To resume recording, press PLAY.

It is also used to enter/exit rehearsal mode, where you

can practise a recording or punch-in/out point without

actually recording. To enter/exit rehearsal mode, press

and hold REC/PAUSE, then press PLAY.

REC/PAUSE Indicator:

According to its color, and its state

(lit, slow/fast/double blinking, and unlit), the indicator
indicates one of five modes, while either in record mode
(red color) or rehearsal mode (yellow color). The five
modes are:

• Indicator iit:

At least one track has been set to REG

mode, and REC/PAUSE has been pressed (record-

ready mode).

Or, if the PLAY indicator is also lit, recording (or

rehearsal recording) is underway.

• Indicator slowly blinking:

At least one track is set to

REC mode, and REC/PAUSE has not been pressed.

If PLAY is pressed, the unit will enter playback mode,

not recording mode.

• Indicator fast blinking:

Indicates punch-in standby


• Indicator double-blinking:

The footswitch is con­

nected to the PUNCH I/O jack, all of the REC SELECT

switches are set to OFF, and REC/PAUSE has been


• Indicator unlit:

None of the tracks are set to REC



If rehearsal mode has been entered (REC/PAUSE

indicator is yellow), the operation of all functions is

exactly the same, except that no actual recording will
take place.


The RECORD mode


be activated if the record-

prevention tab has been removed from the cassette.


Only tracks where the REC SELECT switch is set to a

recording position will be recorded when the record

mode is activated.

PLAY Button:

Using this button, you can select the 3 func­

tions playback start, recording start, and punch-in/out

• Playback start:

Starts the playback of the track set to

PLAY mode (REC SELECT switch set to OFF).