Zero stop switch, Tape speed switch, Pitch controi – Yamaha MT120S User Manual
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ZERO STOP Switch
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
TAPE SPEED Switch
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
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
This switch turns the graphic equalizer on and off.
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”.
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.
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
• Indicator iit:
At least one track has been set to REG
mode, and REC/PAUSE has been pressed (record-
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
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.
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).