Posted 15 April 2010 - 08:36 AM
Currently I have 2 playout systems. 1 main, 1 back-up.
The main consists of a Numark D2 Director, Allen & Heath Xone S2 and a Citronic MPCD4 twin CD player.
The back-up consists of a Numark D2 Director, Numark PPD9000 and a single, slot loading lightweight DVD-ROM drive.
Although fairly heavy to lug around, the main system provides 4 decks any of which can be available at any time. The back-up, whilst having 3, does require switching between hard drive and DVD-ROM drive
To save weight on the main unit I had toyed with the idea of replacing the twin CD player with 2 DVD-ROM drives although that wouldn't be as flexible. Another possibility would be to replace the CD control unit with the second D2 and the CD drawers with a pair of DVD-ROM drives.
My question is how does the DDS80 work - is the DVD-ROM drawer available constantly (for example can you cue a CD whilst playing from the hard drive) or is it necessary to switch between it and the hard drive?
Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:20 AM
I've had my DDS80 for a while.
You can play back Audio CD's and/or Data (MP3/WAV) CD's/DVD's whilst playing from the hard drive.
There are a row of 4 buttons under the display, these can be used to select playback source/library.
When there is a disc in the CD/DVD drive, you'll be able to select the disc drive, and can navigate using the normal controls, and then assign a track to deck a or deck b for playback.
You cannot mix tracks from the same Audio CD (so mixing track 1 with track 2 is not possible), but for background, you can add the tracks to the "crate" and it will iterate through them in turn (no mixing)
Mine is in a SwanFlight 352 flightcase, which is actually pretty bulky.
After using it for a while - my grumbles;
-Not always as responsive as it could be. I've recently purchased a SD Card Playback unit, and find that more responsive.
-Whilst the HardDrive can be partitioned, each partition has its own library - and you can only search/browse one library at a time (swapping between them is easy, but takes another few seconds)
-Librarian software can take a while to run
-Easy to search, I sometimes get requests with 20seconds left, and decide its such a good choice I search, cue up and play as the next track.
-USB based, so you can use most USB storage devices (Mobile Phones!, USB memory sticks and some USB Hard Drives)
Posted 15 April 2010 - 03:54 PM
Sounds like it's basically the same in operation as the D2 Director, which allows switching between USB inputs whether hard drive, USB stick or DVD-ROM drive.
A D2 plus a USB hard drive and a USB DVD-ROM drive gives almost the same facilities as a DDS80 although the DDS80, i believe, has a more powerful processor, uses more advanced software than the D2 (not sure in what way) and has a colour screen.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 06:59 PM
I'm not sure about the processor, but it is running embedded linux - so could be ARM9 based (lower power, low cost and ok performance).
(Geek mode off.. I've a new 2-year project probably based on this stuff.. lol)
However, I've found it to be rock solid. I'm not as busy as some, but its been reliable.
I remember another grumble...
My gear is flight-cased, I needed a USB Extension that I could use to hook up to the drive bay (otherwise I'd have to fumble about the back of the DDS module.
Not a huge issue, but slightly annoying. It would have been great to have a connector on the front of the module to allow a PC to connect.
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