That said, compromise is becoming less necessary for those in the market for a compact, inexpensive recording and mixing device. Features like built-in effects and compression, automation, recall, archiving, rudimentary editing and MIDI control are all available at lower price-points than ever. The VF is no exception. The engineers at Fostex have squeezed all the above and more into a deceptively small package. The result is a multipurpose unit aimed squarely at jingle and songwriters, bands and small project studios.
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That said, compromise is becoming less necessary for those in the market for a compact, inexpensive recording and mixing device. Features like built-in effects and compression, automation, recall, archiving, rudimentary editing and MIDI control are all available at lower price-points than ever. The VF is no exception.
The engineers at Fostex have squeezed all the above and more into a deceptively small package. The result is a multipurpose unit aimed squarely at jingle and songwriters, bands and small project studios. Each analog input features its own preamp with trim knob and peak light. The lone aux send jack doubles as sends 1 and 2 with send 1 as the tip and 2 as the sleeve.
There are no returns. As mentioned above, good design of these units depends on making artful tradeoffs, and Fostex has made some interesting choices in this department. This slightly bipolar trend continues as we move through the feature list.
The lone analog master bus outputs are on RCA jacks. This means the only way to play your mixes is through unbalanced connectors or to a device with the optical digital interface.
This feature allows the user to take the raw tracks in WAV. Within the unit, recording takes place on an internal 3. All audio data is saved as uncompressed This is where this unit really makes a case as a professional device — good resolution uncompressed audio with the ability to offload data to standard media. You can record and play back up to 16 tracks simultaneously, limited of course by the number and type of inputs.
The included hard drive yields approximately 15 hours of mono track time. Once your audio is in the box, all operations take place in the digital domain. Features are accessed via momentary buttons, all of which are lighted from the rear to indicate status — a nice touch.
With the press of a button, the screen switches to any of a myriad of menus to adjust parameters and view information. On the signal processing end, there are two effects busses — the first with 28 reverb presets, and the second with the same reverbs plus additional effects such as delay, chorus, flange and pitch shift.
Each channel has its own pan and EQ controls. All these are accessed in standard digital board fashion by choosing the parameter, selecting the track and tweaking away. In addition to the standard transport controls you can set up to seven locate points, although some of these do double duty as edit points.
The scrub function allows you to view a waveform for a specific track and fine-tune a location with the wheel. Tracks are easy to reassign and, using the bus record, you can bounce tracks to submix or to run a final mix back onto open tracks. Fader levels and mutes can be saved as scenes, and scenes can be saved as events, for effective automation, although dynamic fades are a little tricky under this regime.
In use With all those features, just getting started might seem a little intimidating. Unfortunately, the manual appears to have been translated into English from another language, perhaps one not of terrestrial origin. Especially for a consumer unit like this, a more linear and less jargon-laden approach to getting started would be helpful.
The learning curve is fairly steep; nearly all functions are accessed by navigating through menus, which are often confusing. In the U. Once learned, the procedure for assigning inputs to tracks is comprehensive. The recorder excels as a scratchpad for songwriting or tracking.
The built-in preamps were quiet and faithful, although the amount of headroom is a little low. Overall sound quality is very good, and there is more than enough storage space for most applications. In general, the unit is transparent and quiet. EQ and effects are easy to manipulate, but the EQ section is where I first started to second-guess some of the tradeoffs made in the design of this unit. The EQ has a very informative display with a graphic response curve.
Controls are for three bands — the high and mid controls are almost fully parametric, with controls for level, frequency and Q. The low control is a HPF, with only a level control. The drop-off starts at Hz, an extremely odd, and high, frequency choice. A low shelf is most often used for eliminating rumble and noise buildup across tracks, but this cutoff was too high to avoid getting into frequencies I wanted to keep.
Compounding the problem, neither of the other bands can be adjusted below Hz, although both can be set all the way up to How do you, for example, add a little 80 Hz to the kick drum? On the effects front, some of the reverb patches sounded great and others sounded cheap and digital. With this adjusted downward, some of the spaces sounded very realistic, and the NormVocal preset sounded positively dreamy.
Other effects also sounded very good, especially the pitch transposition and delay. Keep in mind that all the effects are on busses, so a little creativity is required if you want to remove the direct signal. The editing functions are extremely handy, although, again, a bit confusing. To cut and paste you must find and assign markers to the clipboard in and out points, then find the insert point, set another marker, and then go through a couple steps to execute the edit.
The combination of the large jog wheel, wave display and audible cuing makes it possible to do some pretty tricky edits. Automation is well implemented — simply a matter of setting up scenes and saving them, more or less on-the-fly.
Fader and mute data are saved and recalled in real time, with up to 99 events per program. Which brings up the last of the inexplicable missing features. There is no solo button anywhere to be found, which makes auditioning EQ, effects or inputs very difficult. I find this and the odd EQ implementation puzzling.
Being a digital mixer, these could be rectified with some programming. Perhaps Fostex will do so for the next software revision? Summary The VF is an impressive tool for writing songs, tracking demos and even recording live shows. Certain computer-based packages, such as the Digidesign Digi , are very competitive in terms of features and price, but as a standalone, the F is a very useful tool. I would recommend it especially for songwriters, as it is inexpensive and simple enough to not interfere with the creative process, but flexible enough to be able to do some advanced work.
The compromises? Most of my real criticisms of this unit are things that would not cost too much to include. For example, the poorly adjustable EQ, no solo button and badly written manual. Some of these can be frustrating. I hope Fostex will address these in future versions of the product. The VF is a worthy portable, all-in-one solution for songwriters and home recordists. Subscribe For more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.
Fostex VF-16 User Manual
Please read this first! Note that CD-R discs has some restrictions as shown below. CD-RW disc You can save record data to a disc as many times required. Note that when saving new data, it is recorded after the previously recorded data is erased. In other words, every time you save new data, all disc data is rewritten. See "Saving data" described later. CD-R disc You can save record data to a disc only once.
Fostex VF-16 Owner's Manual
I have made 2 live recordings of 5-piece groups with much success. The channel in which the LED green is blinking is an indication that EQ editing is possible in this channel and the channel in which the LED is not lit is an indi The system is ready to record after you have com- pleted the above procedures. Offset Display This mode determines if the offset value against a master machine shoul[ You can set the device ID from 00 to In accordance with the law, a customer can receive an instruction in non-paper form; lately graphic and electronic forms of the manuals, as well as instructional videos have been majorly used. Does anyone know where on the web is there any information on the specs of the vf? When exchanging mono tracks. Fostex is know for good quality and this is no exception.
Fostex VF-160 Operation Manual
First, start the desired program if there are several programs set. I could go on and on, but im sure the site could run out of space. Before Operating This section defines the contents, names and terms the user should know prior to actually operating the VF Of the handful of digital recorders that I have used, this is by far the easiest. The tracks are instantly exchanged. The event memories created in real-time by the proce- dure described above can be viewed by the operation below.