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Pro Tools | Quartet User Guide
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Guide Part Number 9329-65462-00 REV A 09/14 Contents
Thank you for purchasing Pro Tools® | Quartet, a professional audio interface with studio control center for your Mac OS X and Windows. Pro Tools | Quartet I/O features Apogee’s industry-leading AD/DA conversion technology and world-class mic preamps.
Pro Tools | Quartet lets you perform the following audio functions:
• Record up to four analog inputs simultaneously (microphone, line-level or instrument).
• Connect up to eight additional inputs digitally via ADAT/SMUX optical for a total of 12 inputs.
• Connect and power any compatible MIDI USB device.
• Connect up to three sets of powered monitors.
• Mix and monitor in 5.1 surround.
• Record with most audio software programs that run on Mac and PC:
Pro Tools, Logic, Final Cut, GarageBand, Ableton Live, as well as Core Audio and ASIO compatible applications.
This guide describes how to:
• Set up Pro Tools | Quartet with your selected device.
• Connect speakers or headphones to play back music.
• Connect mics and instruments to record your own creations.
The following items are included in the Pro Tools | Quartet box:
• Pro Tools | Quartet
• USB cable
• Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
• Pro Tools | Quartet QuickStart Guide Software, firmware and the Pro Tools | Quartet User Guide are available online only. Please register your product and download the latest installer here: http://www.avid.com/quartethelp
The following are required to connect Pro Tools | Quartet to a computer:
• Connection: An available USB port on the computer
• Power: DC power supply included Mac
• Computer: Avid-qualified Apple computers running OS 10.8.5 or 10.9
• Total System RAM: 4 GB minimum, 8 GB required for video playback PC
• Computer: Avid-qualified Windows computers
• Total System RAM: 4 GB minimum, 8 GB (or more) recommended
• Windows Versions supported: Windows 8 Standard and Pro editions; Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions (Service Pack 1 only)
For complete system requirements and a list of qualified computers, operating systems, hard drives, and third-party devices, visit:
http://avid.com/compatibility About This Guide This guide provides a basic overview of Pro Tools | Quartet’s features and functionality.
Conventions Used in This Guide
All of our guides use the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands:
The names of Commands, Options, and Settings that appear on-screen are in a different font.
The following symbols are used to highlight important information:
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the most from your system.
Important Notices include information that could affect your data or the performance of your system.
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or mouse shortcuts.
Cross References point to related sections in this guide and other Avid guides.
Product Registration Register your purchase online.
Support and Downloads Contact Avid Customer Success (http://www.avid.com/US/support); download software updates and the latest online manuals (http://www.avid.com/quartethelp); browse the Compatibility documents for system requirements (http://avid.com/compatibility); search the online Knowledge Base or join the worldwide Avid user community on the User Conference.
Training and Education Study on your own using courses available online or find out how you can learn in a classroom setting at a certified Avid training center.
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Side Panel Displays and Touchpads The Input and Output each have displays and Touchpads to monitor and control their functions.
Input Display (left); Output Display (right)
To install Pro Tools | Quartet Software:
Connect Pro Tools | Quartet’s Power Supply to the DC power input on its rear panel and the appropriate IEC cable to a wall outlet.
Connect Pro Tools | Quartet’s USB port to a USB port on your Mac using the supplied USB 2.0 cable.
Download the latest Pro Tools | Quartet software installer from: http://www.avid.com/quartethelp.
When the download completes, double-click the installer icon to run the firmware updater.
When the firmware update completes, double-click the open-box icon to run the software installer.
When the installation completes, restart your computer.
When your computer restarts, a dialog box appears.
Choose Pro Tools | Quartet for sound input and output, and click Yes to exit the dialog.
You are now ready to use Pro Tools | Quartet with your computer.
Pro Tools IO Control is an interface control application made for Mac and Windows. Featuring a single window design, and multiple tab interface for quick access to all device and system settings, Pro Tools IO Control makes software control of Pro Tools | Quartet easy. The software works the same on Mac and Windows; this section shows Mac screens.
Input Tab Input Tab
• Device Icon & ID Button - A device icon and ID button is placed adjacent to each row of parameters to identify the hardware unit to which the row belongs. By clicking on the ID button, the front panel of the corresponding hardware unit illuminates. Each hardware unit is assigned a Peripheral Prefix (A–Z, found in Pro Tools IO Controlʼs Device Settings tab window) which is displayed on the ID button.
• Analog Level - Use this menu to select microphone, instrument, or line input.
• Soft Limit - Use this menu to engage Soft Limit. Soft Limit is Apogee’s proprietary analog process for taming transients before A/D conversion. By gently rounding transients in a transparent manner, it’s possible to maximize level BEFORE the A/D conversion stage. Soft Limit is most effective with signals with large transients such as drums, percussion and plucked instruments.
Soft Limit may not be the appropriate choice for signals such as bass or organ.
• Input Level - The gain of each input is controlled with these software knobs. The gain level is indicated in the value box below the knob.
• Analog Input Meter - This meter displays the level of the analog input after A/D conversion.
• Group On/Off - Use this to group the gain setting of inputs so that the controller knob on Pro Tools | Quartet or one software gain knob controls both input gains simultaneously. If a gain offset is present between inputs when Group is set to On, this offset is preserved.
• Phase - Check this box to reverse the polarity of the input signal. Under certain circumstances, when two mics are used on one source, reversing the polarity of one mic may result in a fuller sound. For example, when miking the top and bottom of a snare drum, a fuller sound is obtained when the polarity of the bottom mic is reversed.
• 48 V/Phantom Power - Engage this button for 48 volts phantom power on the XLR connections. Condenser mics require phantom power to operate.
• Device Icon & ID Button - See the description in “Input Tab” on page 10.
• Analog Output Meter - This meter displays the level of the analog output before D/A conversion, in the range -48 to 0 dBFS.
• Analog Out Format - This menu sets the format of the analog outputs:
Line: all six analog outputs are configured as line outputs; monitor functions such as level control, Mute, Dim and Sum to Mono are disengaged.
Stereo: Outputs 1–2 are configured as speaker outputs (with all monitor functions available) while outputs 3–6 are configured as line outputs.
2 Speaker Sets: Outputs 1–4 are configured as two pairs of stereo outputs. Switch between the stereo pairs with the Speaker Select buttons (or using the top panel Touchpads).
3 Speaker Sets: All six outputs are configured as three pairs of stereo outputs. Switch between the stereo pairs with the Speaker Select buttons (or using the top panel Touchpads).
5.1: All six outputs are configured as speakers outputs, suitable for connection to a 5.1 speaker system.
• Speaker Out Level - When Analog Out Format is set to Stereo, 2 or 3 Speaker Sets or 5.1, this knob controls the speaker output level.
• Headphone Level - This knob controls the output level of the right side headphone output.
• Mute - Click M to mute the speaker (or headphone) output. Pro Tools | Quartet’s top panel Touchpads may be set to engage Mute on the Speaker outputs, the headphone outputs or both at the same time. See “Device Settings” on page 13.
• Dim - Click D (for Dim) to lower the speaker (or headphone) output level by 15 dB. This function is a convenient way to briefly lower the playback volume in the speakers or headphones in order to hold a conversation without completely muting the output.
Pro Tools | Quartet’s top panel Touchpads may be set to engage Dim on the Speaker outputs, the headphone outputs or both at the same time. See “Device Settings” on page 13.