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Here's the Ramsa/Panasonic WRDA7 - a well rated digital mixer with 32 inputs, multiple outs in various configs with add-on cards etc.... here's the product blurb:

Introducing The Newly Enhanced Mixer That Surpasses Even Its Predecessor - The DA7mkII Digital Audio Mixer

Panasonic Professional Audio
Taking Digital Further...

The Digital Revolution in Sound Continues.
Great sound quality, flexibility and high performance: It's easy to see how the Panasonic DA7 became an industry favorite. To improve it, we to turned to the experts-and that's where you came in.

The Panasonic DA7mkII Digital Audio Mixer is the board you helped design, loaded with the improvements you asked for-including greater audio signal control, shortcut keys, and advanced MIDI faders-plus much more.



  • Familiar "Analog-like" control
  • Intuitive multi-layer layout
  • Moving Faders, "1-step" functionality, dedicated knobs, faders and buttons
  • Auto Display Change/Auto Channel Select
  • Multi-LED's, backlit LCD, Peak/Presence Indicators
  • CUT, COPY, PASTE and UNDO editing
  • Moving fader dynamic and scene automation with instantaneous recall
  • Total Inputs 38 Channels, 6 AUX Sends, 6 AUX Returns with 2-band parametric EQ
  • 8 buses (sub-groups) that can be digitally routed using a built-in patchbay for a total of 24 digital and analog I/O's
  • Complete digital format compatibility and exchangeability
  • 48 true 4-band parametric equalizers on every channel, bus and L/R masters
  • High/low band selectable peaking/shelving or high-pass/low-pass filter
  • Extremely narrow (0.1 octave) or wide (10 octave) Q parameters
  • + Or - 15dB boost or cut in 1/2 dB steps
  • 42 full function Compressor/Gate/Limiter or Expanders
  • Delays up to 300 ms on every channel
  • Discrete outputs with 5.1 panning for surround sound capability
  • Custom/MIDI Layer, MIDI Machine Control (MMC) and PC ports for Mac/Win software
  • 21-100mm Motorized Faders, Jog-Dial, Cursor keys and 10 key Keypad
  • Optional Tandem operation doubles the number of inputs to 76 total
  • 16-high quality ultra low noise padless mic pre-amps
  • 32-bit Internal signal processing (192dB Dynamic range)
  • 24-bit 7th order delta sigma modulation 64 times over-sampling A/D converters on inputs
  • 24-bit 64 times over-sampling D/A converters on Master and Monitor A outputs
  • Separate power supply units (internal) for analog and digital circuits
  • Custom LSI for high speed DSP signal processing
  • Linear response, low noise, low THD, equalizer, compressor and expander characteristics
  • Built in dithering for recording to 23-16-bit devices.
  • Powerful Headphone amp
  • 16 balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS Mic/line analog inputs
  • 16 analog inserts (pre A/D)
  • AES/S/PDIF (2 Ch.) digital I/O, Word Clock In/Out, MIDI, IN/OUT, MIDI Machine Control (MMC) RS-422/485, are standard
  • Optional ADAT lightpipe, TASCAM/TDIF, AES-EBU-SPDIF and analog AD-DA 8-Channel
  • SMPTE/Video-sync
  • Tandem (dual-console) operation
  • SMPTE/V-Sync, (8 Ch.) Audio I/O cards
  • High resolution Meter Bridge and Automation software


Below is a summary of the new features in the DA7mkII.

Over 70 new features/improvements over the original DA7 (version 1.02)

1. New shortcut to revert all input faders to 0 dB.
2. New shortcut to set all input channels to ON.
3. New shortcut to set all input channels to OFF.
4. New shortcuts for the Set up Windows.
5. New shortcut to return to the [CHANNEL] window from the [D-I/O>TO SLOT] window.
6. New shortcut for returning to the CHANNEL window.
7. The [AUTOMATION>EXECUTE] default window has changed.
8. New visual indication of LINKED CHANNELS.
9. The Selected CHANNEL number is now displayed at all times.
10. New Screen navigation using Cursor Repeat Functions.
11. Parameter changes can now be made by using the JOG DIAL when the MMC or CURSOR mode is enabled.
12. MMC ON/OFF functions while Pop Up windows are displayed.
13. New LCD Display default Change.
14. Improved resolution for the Gain Reduction meters.
15. New default setting of PAN positions when stereo is canceled.
16. Easier Copying of Channel Settings in Multi Channel View.
17. New graphics in the [EQUALIZER] window.
18. New shortcut to set gain to zero for individual frequency bands in the EQUALIZER.
19. Shortcut to set all BUS EQUALIZER to FLAT (default).
20. Shortcut to set all CH EQUALIZER to FLAT (default).
21. New EQ default settings for Filter Types.
22. New visual displays in the [EQUALIZER] window.
23. Easier Copying of Channel Settings in Multi Channel View.
24. New visual indicators in Automation with Surround.
25. New method or controlling the Surround LR/FR Position in Jog & Fader mode.
26. New method for controlling Surround Sub.
27. Easier Copying of Channel Settings in Multi Channel View.
28. New Warning Message for Surround AUTO MOVE.
29. Improved resolution for the Gain Reduction meters.
30. Dynamics settings are saved when switching from COMP+GATE to EXPANDER.
31. Shortcut to set all BUS DYNAMICS to FLAT (default).
32. Shortcut to set all CH DYNAMICS to FLAT (default).
33. New visual displays in the [DYNAMICS] window.
34. Easier Copying of Channel Settings in Multi Channel View.
35. New feature allows communication with Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) in the MIDI Remote window.
36. New Bi-directional communication mode from the MIDI REMOTE.
37. All Control Change Numbers are available for MIDI Remote mode.
38. Correction of the sub-code data in the digital output signal.
39. New shortcut to toggle input sources for channels 9-16.
40. New LAYER LINK options in TANDEM mode.
41. Output assignments are now saved when using the DIRECT button.
42. New feature implements an Input to Output Routing Window.
43. New feature allows Fader Grouping of the Output Bus Channels.
44. Manual Locate in the Timecode display area.
45. New LOOP and PLAY Mode.
46. New Automation default.
47. New Cursor position default for the [AUTOMATION>EXECUTE] window.
48. New indication of a new START SCENE in the [AUTOMATION>EXECUTE] window.
49. New visual indication of LOCATE points.
50. New feature allows UNDO after Enabling the AUTOMATION.
51. New confirmation message when the Automation stops due to low memory.
52. New feature allows separate IN and OUT X-FADE times of scene memories.
53. Shortcut to select READ PARAMETER for SCENE.
54. Shortcut to select PROTECT CHANNEL SELECT for SCENE.
55. New feature allows the routing of Inputs to an assignable Input Matrix.
56. New monitoring functions in the Surround Mode.
57. New feature allows Soloing of the Surround Channels.
58. New feature allows monitoring of Tape Returns in Surround Monitor (Playback Only).
59. New Shortcut to the MONITOR A DIM function.
60. New shortcut to switch the built-in SOLO-MUTE on / off.
61. The factory defaults for SOLO functions, selected in the [SOLO MONITOR] window, are PFL for POSITION and MIX for MODE.
62. New shortcut for switching the built-in oscillator on / off.
63. New Threshold level adjustment of analog input PEAK/SIGNAL LEDs.
64. Easier activation of AUTO CHANNEL SELECT function.
65. New feature allows VTR control with RS-422 9-pin protocol.
66. New shortcut to recall all SCENES directly from the Ten Key Pad.
67. New 3+1 Surround Mode.
68. New factory default settings in the [UTILITY>USER CUSTOM] window.
69. MIDI/Custom Fader Layer Settings can now be stored in Scene Memory.
70. DA7mkII Shortcuts
71. DA7mkII Shortcuts in the MMC operation mode
72. DA7mkII Shortcuts to recall Windows

Frequently Asked Questions:

Operations of the Panasonic DA7mkII Digital Audio Mixing Console

Input/output card slots (digital interfacing)
Auxiliary sends
Fader layers
Automation faq's
Scene memory
Tandem operations
Midi and computer operation
Surround sound
Time code & synchronization


1) Is the DA7MKII user friendly?

Yes. Once the input level and signal routing has been set, mixing simply involves using the faders and buttons, the same as an analog mixer. Level, EQ, PAN, DYNAMICS, AUX sends and Routing of each channel are controlled using dedicated knobs, faders and buttons. Settings can be stored to internal memory and libraries make it possible to store and recall settings for use at a later time. Multiple LED's and a backlit LCD screen can display all adjustable parameters of the selected Channel simultaneously.

2) Can the DA7MKII function without an external computer or monitor?

Yes. The DA7MKII is completely self-contained. It has everything needed to perform digital automated mixing right out of the box. By not needing or relying on an external or separate CPU (computer) and monitor means the DA7MKII can be transported and easily used.

3) Do I need to search through many pages and menus to adjust the console's parameters?

No. A 320 x 240 backlit LCD displays various windows, the mixer status and functions along with displays for internal or incoming timecode. When Auto Channel Select and Auto Display Change are enabled, functions such as EQ, Dynamics and Channel View will change automatically appear on the LCD display. For example, if you adjust an EQ or Dynamics control in the dedicated channel strip, the LCD display will shift to the Channel, EQ or Dynamics screen.

4) How do I navigate the screen?

There are several different ways of navigating the screen. You can use the Arrow Keys to cursor around the screen. This method "wraps" around the screen, so if you are at the top and you press the arrow one more time, it will show up at the bottom. This works on the sides of the screen as well. You can also go into "Cursor Mode". You can then use the Parameter Dial to quickly cursor around the screen.

5) Is there a built-in reverb?

No. Panasonic devoted the DSP processing to improve sound and console functionality. A digital stereo send and return is provided allowing connection with most external reverbs and signal processors.

6) Is there a video output?

The DA7MKII comes equipped with ports for use with Personal Computers. Optional software will expand the DA7MKII's mixing and memory capabilities while allowing most of the DA7MKII's parameters to be viewed on larger computer screens. Therefore an SVGA port is not necessary.

7) Is there a meter bridge?

There is a full function metering system in the LCD display. An optional meter bridge is also available. It has 26 High Resolution Meters allowing monitoring of all of the 38 inputs, buses, AUX's and L/R master. All inputs and buses are clearly displayed. The 20-segment peak and average LED's can automatically switch to display the current fader layer status (console link).

8) Is there a headphone control?

Yes. A Stereo 1/4" TRS phone plug is located under the front edge of the top panel along with a level control. A powerful Headphone output follows the Monitor A signal path.

9) Is there solo in place?

There are several solo Modes; SOLO where only one source can be selected or MIX where you can have multiple channels selected. PFL, AFL and Solo In-Place are available and the level can be controlled with the JogDial.

10) Is there an onboard oscillator?

A Pink-Noise and/or Sine Wave (30Hz, 60Hz, 100Hz, 440Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 10KHz and 15kHz) Generator can be assigned to, the L/R Master, BUS or AUX sends.

11) What functions are available using the remote switch?

Momentary or press to talk for TalkBack or Automation Punch-In/Out.

12) Does the DA7MKII have a security feature and is there a way to lockout sections of the console?

Yes. The DA7MKII can be password protected in the Utility screen. You can lock out the faders, channel strip, jog & fader dial, etc. individually or collectively.

13) Is an ATA shipping case available?

Yes. The Airline Transport Approved case is designed to house a DA7MKII with the optional meter bridge, plus a "dog house" for cables, manuals, etc. Plus there is an additional space provided with anti-static foam to transport additional Expansion Cards. There are wheels on one corner for maneuvering through airports quickly.

14) How are software upgrades performed?

Software upgrades for the internal operating software are currently performed via the RS422 port. No EPROM replacement is necessary.


1) How many channels does the DA7MKII have?

The DA7MKII has 38 channels. 32 input channels and 6 AUX input channels. Channels 1-16 have analog mic/line inputs. Channels 9-16 can be toggled between analog and digital Inputs. Channels 17-32 operate using optional digital and analog I/O cards. You can have several combinations i.e. 8 analog inputs and 24 digital inputs at one time.

2) How many consoles can work together?

Two consoles can work in tandem with bi-directionality, with up to 64 channels, 6 AUX sends, 12 AUX returns (6 on each console) for a total of 76 inputs.

3) How many mic pre-amps are there and for which channels? Is Phantom Power Available?

Sixteen (16). The first 8 (Ch. 1-8) provide XLR inputs. All 16 Mic/line input channels are balanced and have mic pre-amps. The 8 channels using XLR connectors have phantom power that is independently software switchable on/off.

4) Why is there no pad in the mic/line pre-amp?

The DA7MKII uses high quality ultra low noise padless mic-pre-amps. These precision built mic-pre-amps have 70dB of signal range eliminating the need for a -20dB pad.

5) How much headroom do I have when the peak/signal LED goes red?

You have 6dB of headroom before clipping once you see the red LED start to flash.

6) Are insert points provided?

Yes. Inputs Ch1-Ch16 provide insert I/O in the form of TRS phone jacks, located after the Pre-amp and before the A/D converter. This allows the use of external signal processors on each of the 16 channels. (In addition, the optional Audio I/O cards when used in slot 3 can be configured as 8 post A/D inserts and be assigned to the Buses, AUX's or L/R Master)

7) How many AUX sends and returns are there. Is there a Stereo AUX Send?

There are 6 dedicated auxiliary sends returns. AUX1 and AUX2 connect to digital effects devices using S/PDIF RCA coax connectors. AUX send 3-6 connect to analog devices and to headphone sends using 1/4" TRS (insert) cables. Adjacent Odd and Even auxiliaries can be linked in Stereo or in Dual Mono.

8) Can bus and AUX routing be stored into memory?

Bus assignment information can be stored in each Scene memory. Since the memory function includes Routing, you can store any bus assignment data and recall it.

9) How do Linked or Ganged Pans work?

Adjacent odd and even channel Pans can be linked in stereo or ganged together in dual mono. Each channel can be panned individually, allowing you to move the stereo source as needed.

10) Is there a Stereo Link function that allows any two channels to be paired?

Yes. There is a Link function that allows adjacent odd and even channels to be linked in a dual mono or stereo mode. Linked channels can be assigned to fader and mute groups.

11) How many buses can be used for recording simultaneously?

All eight buses can be assigned simultaneously. When multiple 8-channel recorders are used the 8 buses are common to the 3 card slots. When using the optional I/O cards, an onboard digital patchbay and the direct outputs allow routing to 24 Digital Input/Outputs.

12) How many tracks can be recorded at one time?

Up to 16 tracks can be recorded simultaneously using any combination of the 8 digital buses along with the 16 direct outputs, which can be used in conjunction to the Buses, to expand the DA7MKII's recording capability.

13) What is the card configuration? How many inputs per card?

Each Audio Card provides 8 inputs and 8 outputs. The SMPTE V-Sync card allows external time code to control the DA7MKII's Automation. A TANDEM (WR-TNDM) card allows two DA7MKII units to be used together in Tandem.

14) What is the maximum output level?

L/R Master, Monitor A OUT and Monitor B OUT the maximum output level is +24dBm (nominal +4dBm). For the AUX SENDS it is +20dB (nominal +4dB). While for the INSERT I/O is +20dB (nominal).

15) What signal levels does the AD/DA card support?

The AD/DA card (WR-ADDA) accepts line level signal (nominal +4dBm). Any analog multi track recorder can be connected. It can also be easily interfaced with live-sound mixers, which generally operate at +4dB.

16) How many 2-Track inputs are there?

Two. 2-Track A is digital (AES/EBU, S/PDIF), it can assigned to the Master L/R or to channels 15/16 in the D-I/O set-up screen. 2-Track B is analog 1/4" TRS and can be assigned to the L/R Master.

17) How many Monitor outputs are there?

There are 2. Monitor A Out is typically connected to amplifiers or to amplified speakers and used to adjust the Control Room level, while Monitor B is typically used to adjust level for the Studio speakers. Both output terminals are 1/4" balanced TRS.


1) What are the functions of the slots on the back panel?

The back panel slots perform multiple functions. Slots 1 & 2 are used for audio cards only. Slot 3 has three separate functions Tandem operation, audio operation or used as audio inserts across the buses, L/R Master and AUX Send/Returns. A separate 4th slot is used for SMPTE/V Sync operation.

2) What are the physical connections on the cards?

ADAT - 2 TOSLINK optical lightpipes. TDIF - 1 D-Sub 25 pin multi-connector, AES/EBU and AD/DA - 2 D-Sub 25 pin multi-connectors, Tandem - 1 D- Sub 25 pin multi-connector (with proprietary pinouts). The SMPTE/V Sync card uses 1 XLRF for incoming SMPTE Time Code and 1 BNC for V Sync. (All interconnect cables are proprietary and cataloged in the owners manual. They are available from Panasonic DA7MKII dealers).

3) How do I get 24 Digital inputs?

Use 3 Digital I/O cards. Digital I/O protocols can be intermixed as well. (ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU)

4) Can I run different card formats simultaneously? (i.e. 1 ADAT, 1 TDIF, 1 AES/EBU?)

Yes. Any audio card in any audio card slot.

5) Can I have 32 analog inputs on one DA7MKII?

Certainly. Using the WR-ADDA card. It gives you 8 line level inputs/8 line level outputs per card. Using the 16 onboard mic/line inputs and 2 WR-ADDA cards in slots 1 & 2 would give you 32 analog inputs.

6) What is the maximum number of digital inputs?

24 using one console, 32 using 2 consoles. The 8 buses are paralleled to each Expansion Card, but by using the direct out capabilities of the DA7MKII, any input can go to any record track. Of course, you still have the two digital AUX's.

7) What is the bit rate of the DA7MKII's ADAT bus?

The DA7MKII uses the full bandwidth of the 24-bit bus, as originally specified by ALESIS.

8) Can I bring an ADAT signal in and convert it to a T/DIF signal?

Yes. The DA7MKII can do format conversion between the various digital I/O cards. However the DA7MKII does not do Sample-rate conversion.

9) Does the DA7MKII lock to "pull ups" and "pull downs"?

Yes. There is a 6% variance in the clock range.

10) What is the clock range, in percentage?



1) What kind of equalizers are available and how many?

There are a total of 48 onboard equalizers 42 four band fully Parametric equalizers dedicated to each of the inputs, eight buses and for the Master L/R output. Six two band parametric are available on each of the six AUX returns. The lowest EQ band can be used as shelving or HPF and the highest EQ band can be used as shelving or LPF.

2) What is the frequency range of each EQ?

The High and High-Mid parametric EQ are adjustable from 500 Hz- 20kHz while the Low and Low-Mid parametric EQ bands have a range of 20 Hz to 20kHz, which can be adjusted in 1/12 octave steps.

3) How many steps of gain control are there in the EQ?

0.5dB steps from -15dB to +15dB.

4) Is there an A/B or compare function on the equalizers?

The A/B function allows you to compare two equalizer settings for the selected channels.

5) Is there an EQ reset function?

Yes. There is a flat or clear function.

6) Does the EQ display take a long time to display the curve?

The EQ curve provides you with an instantaneous, visual image of all EQ parameters.

7) Does the main stereo output have EQ?

Yes. It has the same EQ as each channel (4 band parametric EQ), which is convenient for final mixing.

8) Is EQ available on the AUX returns?

Yes. A 2 band parametric equalizer is on each AUX return input.

9) Do the inputs have a HPF and LPF?

Yes, the lowest of the four parametric EQ bands for each input and Stereo Out can be used for HPF (as well as for full sweepable and shelving EQ) and the highest band can be used for LPF.


1) Are there Dynamics Processors On-Board?

Yes. There are a combination of 42 Compressor/Gates or Expanders in addition to a 300ms that can be set independently for each channel. These can be read out in samples and in milliseconds and adjusted in 1ms and sample increments.

2) Can the compressor and gate function simultaneously?

Yes. Both Compressor and Gate functions are available simultaneously.

3) Is there A/B comparison for the Dynamics?

Yes. 4) Is there an expander available?

Yes. You can select between COMP/GATE or a full function EXPANDER.

5) Are the delays dedicated to each channel and how much input delay can be set?

Yes. There are 32 delays on the channels, buses and AUX returns.


1) How many Auxiliary Sends are available?

There are a total of 6 AUX sends available. AUX 1 & 2 are digital, outputting the S/PDIF (IEC 958) format, terminated in RCA (coax) connections. AUX 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 are analog unbalanced sends operating at +4dBm. There are physically connected to TRS jacks on the back of the DA7MKII.

2) What is the best way to use an analog effects device?

AUX sends 3, 4, 5 or 6 sends signal to the device. Take the processed signal out of the device and return it to AUX RETURNS 3, 4, 5 or 6. Then route the returns to whichever bus you wish. (L/R, 1-8 bus outs or direct outs through the D I/O TO SLOT patchbay)

3) What is the best way to use a digital effects device?

Digital AUX sends 1 & 2 send signal to the device. Take the processed signal out of the device and return it to AUX RETURNS 1 & 2. Then route the returns to whichever bus you wish. (L/R, 1-8 bus outs or direct outs through the D I/O TO SLOT patchbay)

4) How can I see my entire mix for my various AUX sends?

There is a FADER CONTROL button on the front panel of the DA7MKII that allows you to mix your AUX's via faders instead of knobs, plus gives you the ability to see the entire mix of an AUX send, as well as automate that AUX mix from the fader sends.

5) How do I break out the TRS AUX sends to dual mono sends?

Utilize a Male TRS to Dual Male 1/4" mono cable. (An insert cable)


1) Since the fader is operated via MIDI, is there any audio "stepping" through the 128 steps?

Absolutely not! Zipper noise is a thing of the past. Through software modeling, there are 1024 steps through the fader range.

2) What does the flip switch do?

The FLIP switch allows you to work on channels in FADER LAYER 1-16 and FADER LAYER 17-32 at the same time. If you press FLIP on channel one input, you are now working on channel 17 input.


1) Since the meter bridge is optional, is there any way to meter your signal without it?

Yes. There is a full-featured LCD meter onboard. You can interrogate the signal at several different points in the signal flow.

2) There is a "console link" function on the optional meter bridge. Is the meter bridge required to link tandem consoles?

No. The console link function on the meter bridge links the meter to the Master Fader Layer controls on the front panel of the DA7MKII. When you make a change on the console, the meter will follow. You can turn this feature off. (Example: You could be monitoring your microphone inputs on the meter while adjusting your AUX SEND Masters in the AUX/BUS layer)

3) When the meters are switched to read VU, what is the electrical level of 0 VU?

+4dBm. Your 0 level is now read from the -18 mark on the meter.

4) When the meters are switched to read VU, where is 0 VU on the meter scale?



1) How is the monitor section set up?

The monitor section consists of a non-destructive path to the Monitor A and Monitor B outputs. These monitor buses can also be configured to monitor buses 1-6 when recording for Surround Sound.

2) How do I monitor 24 digital tape returns with only 16 faders on a fader layer?

When using 3 Digital I/O cards, the Digital Inputs from Card #3 can be toggled in the Digital I/O screen, to use analog inputs 9-16 or Card #3 inputs. You do not lose your analog inputs 9-16; you merely toggle between the 2 sources.


1) I want to send a channel directly to a specific track. Where does the "direct routing" pick up the signal?

Direct routing is after the fader, post EQ and dynamics. Since the fader is not passing any audio, there is no degradation of the signal path.

2) When using a 24 track analog tape recorder. How can I get analog buses out of the DA7MKII?

Utilizing the ADDA card, you can get the 8 buses out, as well as 8 analog returns. You can also use one of the digital I/O cards, such as an ADAT card and utilize an outside A/D, D/A converter.

3) Can the buses be used as analog "sub outs" for live reinforcement?

Yes. See answer above.


1) Does the DA7MKII offer automation?

Yes. Dynamic real-time and Scene (Snapshot) automation is included. Recording and mix down automation can be synchronized to external MTC (MIDI Time Code) or MIDI clock, SMPTE or MIDI timecode. Automation can also be rehearsed by running the built-in generator.

2) Which parameters can be automated?

Faders, EQ Parameters, Dynamics on/off, channel on/off, panning, surround sound, AUX send, balance, Scene memory, Channel memory, EQ and Dynamics Libraries.

3) Is there Scene (Snapshot) Memory?

50 scene memories can be used to store "snapshots" of all console fader and parameter settings and these scenes are stored as events for automation. Off-line editing allows scene memory, fader, fader group, mute group, EQ, dynamics/delay and channel library recall to be specified in single frame increments.

4) Is Scene memory difficult to use?

Scene memory operation is straightforward. The DA7MKII records all parameters globally. When a scene is recalled the Fader, Fader Group, Mute Group, EQ and Dynamics will be recalled. Mix scenes can be titled for easy identification and there are dedicated Scene Number display LED next to the LCD display. There is an UNDO function for restoring mix scene data that has been overwritten accidentally.

5) Can scene memory snapshots be recorded in the Automation?

Yes. Scene memory recalls can be added to the Automation during recording or inserted into the Automation using the Event Edit window. (i.e. "off-line" editing). The same applies for library recalls too, such as EQ, Dynamics, Libraries and Channel.

6) Can automation memory be expanded?

Optional software will allow connection with PC's, allowing storage to the on-line computer. However the DA7MKII comes with 32,000 events of automation standard and this should be sufficient for most situations.

7) How can Automation data and Scene memory be saved?

Automation and Library data can be saved via MIDI Bulk Dump to a MIDI Data Filer or MIDI sequencer. The DA7MKII will work along with PC software to save the DA7MKII's internal data.

8) What are the fader recording modes?

There are two fader recording modes: Absolute and Relative. When Absolute mode is selected, the actual fader movements are recorded. When Relative mode is selected, fader movements relative to the existing fader data are recorded. This mode, for example, allows you to increase a level by, 3dB relative to the existing data.

9) Can automation be started on the console, then expanded or continued on the Remote software? No. The automation information must be performed on one or the other. Ex: I am working on the console automation and running out of event memory. I cannot then transfer that data to the Remote software to continue working. Start the project where you think the project will end.

10) Does automation eat up scene memory?

Scene memory is separate from the Automation, Channel, EQ and Dynamic memory.

11) Can the automation memory be upgraded?

The best way to upgrade the amount of memory is by using the Remote Software.

12) What can be recorded in Automation?

Anything that is under control of the CPU. Dynamic fader moves, panning, surround panning, EQ on/off, EQ sweeps, Dynamics, Channel on/off, AUX send levels & on/off, AUX returns, Bus levels, Library recalls, Scene recall, etc.

13) How many automation events are available?

32,000 onboard.

14) What makes up an "event" in automation?

Anytime a button is pushed, it constitutes an event. If a channel is turned ON, that is one event. If the channel is then turned OFF, that is one event as well. A fader move from infinity to +10 constitutes up to 127 events, dependent on the speed at which the fader travels. A Scene Memory change, which can change virtually EVERY setting on the console, only uses one event!


1) How many EQ libraries are there?

There are 50 memory locations for EQ storage.

2) How many EQ presets?

There are no EQ presets. This gives you more memory to store your own!

3) How many dynamics libraries?

There are 50 memory locations for Dynamics storage.

4) How many channel libraries?

There are 50 memory locations for Channel Strip storage.

5) How many scene memories?

There are 50 memory locations for Scene storage. A SCENE is a status "snapshot" of every position of every function on the console.

6) How do I store surround sound panning information I have set up for a specific channel?

Surround vectors paths are stored along with the channel strip in the CHANNEL library.

7) What is stored in a channel library?

All attributes of the channel including: 48V, Phase, Linking, Grouping, AUX status, EQ, Dynamics, Panning, Routing, etc.


1) How many scene memories?

There are 50 memory locations for Scene storage. A SCENE is a status "snapshot" of every position of every function on the console.

2) Does automation eat up scene memory?

Scene memory is separate from the Automation Memory.

3) What is stored in a scene memory?

Everything! All channel routing, EQ's, Dynamics, Panning, Fader location, AUX Assignments, AUX Levels, Surround information, MIDI information, etc. The only functions that are not stored are the mic/line pre-amp levels and the monitor outputs. Both of these functions are in the analog world and not controlled digitally by the onboard CPU.

4) Can I crossfade between scenes?

Yes, globally, with up to 3 seconds between scene changes.


1) What does Tandem operation mean?

This is the ability to link or combine two DA7MKII's together as one unified console. One DA7MKII acts as a master the other as a slave. The master performs all of the monitoring functions, while both consoles together expand the number of total inputs to 76 and doubles the internal libraries and memories.

2) Do I need a tandem card for both consoles to run tandem operation?

Yes. This allows the consoles to speak to each other "bi-directional". You will also need a Panasonic Pro Audio Tandem Cable, Part No. DA/DB-DB, a MINI DIN 8 Pin Serial Cable (Macintosh Printer Cable) and a 75 W BNC-BNC cable for wordclock.

3) What functions go across in tandem operation?

Auxiliary sends, 8 buses, L/R Master Output and Solo Bus.

4) When using 2 consoles in tandem, is L/R out available on both consoles?

Yes. Both consoles provide a "mult" output of the L/R signal, essentially giving you the capability of recording your mix on up to 4 different formats at once.

5) Are bus outputs available on both consoles?

Yes. The buses are available at the given card slot. All 8 buses show up on Slots 1 & 2 on both consoles.


1) Can the DA7MKII function with Music Sequencers?

The DA7MKII is equipped with MIDI IN and OUT terminals. MIDI program change numbers can be used to simultaneously switch DA7MKII scene memories and programs on external effect devices, while system exclusive data can be used for precise sequence control of all mixing parameters.

2) Can a Computer interface with the DA7MKII?

Both RS422/RS485 ports are provided to allow direct control from a personal computer running the appropriate software.

3) Can all parameters be controlled via MIDI?

All parameters can be controlled via MIDI (using System Exclusive parameter changes), including not only faders but also EQ and Dynamics. Automation data, setup data, Scene Memory data and Library data can be saved to an external computer or MIDI data filer via MIDI bulk dump.

4) How do I back up my libraries and automation data?

Via MIDI bulk dump to a sequencer, data recorder or MIDI filer.

5) How many locate points do I have when using MMC?


6) Can I set a loop?

Yes. One loop between locate points 1 & 2.

7) Does the DA7MKII generate some form of Time Code?

The DA7MKII generates internal MIDI Time Code. This is for stand-alone operations only and cannot be output to the outside world.

8) Can I change the hexadecimal data stream to define my own control parameters?

Yes, that feature is available onboard.


1) Is there Surround Sound Monitoring and Panning?

Yes. The DA7MKII provides six discreet (Left Front-Center-Right Front, Left Surround, Right Surround, Sub woofer) outputs to create true 5.1 recordings when used with external surround sound processors. There are 3 modes for creating a sound path: Interactive, Graphical and Vector Based. All parameters of the Surround Sound panning can be edited and stored into memory.

2) Does the DA7MKII do "THX" mixing?

THX is a specification for reproduction and not a matrix or encoded surround specification. THX involves minimum reproduction characteristics for amplifier output, speaker SPL and dispersion, as well as room dimensions, etc. With this said, yes, the DA7MKII will fit perfectly into a THX environment.

3) Does the DA7MKII output a matrix/encoded surround signal?

No. The DA7MKII gives you the ability to output 6 full bandwidth channels through bus 1-6 and monitor them through the Monitor A, B and L/R. You must then send your 6 signals through the encoder system of your choice.

4) Where does the joystick plug in for surround panning operations?

In the MIDI port.

5) Can I do surround sound panning without the joystick?

Yes. Through the Send Volume, Jog & Fader or Pattern Modes provided onboard.

6) How do I store surround sound panning information I have set up for a specific channel?

Surround vectors paths are stored along with the channel strip in the CHANNEL library.

7) How can I copy surround sound panning information from one channel to another?

After you have stored the information in a CHANNEL library, call up that channel, and then go to Multi Channel View to select your destination channel to copy to. Another way is to press the Multi Channel View button on the LCD bridge while you are in the Surround screen. This will copy the Surround information only and not the other attributes of the channel.

8) I know that the "dot one" in a 5.1 surround mix is the sum of information from the 5 main channels, bandwidth limited and sent to a sub-woofer. Does the DA7MKII handle sub information in this manner?

The DA7MKII gives you the ability to send full bandwidth information to the sub channel. You must either limit the bandwidth via the onboard 4 band parametric equalizer on the bus or an ancillary EQ or crossover network. The DA7MKII does no summing or matrixing of information.

9) How do I monitor surround information?

The DA7MKII gives you the ability to monitor you 6 buses to your recorder via the monitor outputs or the AUX outputs.

10) Can I "collapse" a surround mix into stereo or mono to check for phase and format compatibility?

This must be done with an ancillary speaker monitoring system


1) Can the DA7MKII be used in Video and Postproduction?

Yes. Audio Follows Video can be performed with the optional SMPTE/V Sync card or via a SMPTE to MIDI converter.

2) What is Word Clock?

Word Clock is a digital pulse that allows all digital signals to run in sync.

3) How difficult is it to set the internal Wordclock?

Once the Wordclock source has been set, it will not be necessary to change it frequently. The DA7MKII Wordclock Select page in DIG I/O menu provides convenient monitoring facility showing which digital sources are connected.

4) Do I have a Wordclock error if I am hearing pops and clicks?

Check in the D I/O screen to make sure your clock is set correctly. This could be a combination of clock connection errors or software set up errors.

5) What is the sampling frequency when Internal clock is used?

44.1kHz or 48kHz. The default sampling rate is 48kHz.

6) What is House Sync?

House Sync is used in Video Houses, Post Production Houses and anywhere video is being switched or routed. Similar to Word Clock in its function, it allows all video signals to run in sync.

7) Does the DA7MKII generate some form of Time Code?


8) What timecode frame rates are supported?

The DA7MKII supports 30 NDF, 30 DF, 25 and 24. These rates are selected on one of the Automation Set-Up pages. The internal timecode generator is intended only for checking and trying the Automation function. There is no timecode output.

9) I want to lock to SMPTE. Does the SMPTE card take up a card slot?

The optional SMPTE card uses its proprietary slot. It does not interfere with the 3 slots used for audio/inserts/tandem operations. It is physically different and will NOT fit in the 3 audio slots.

10) Does the SMPTE/V Sync card "Jam Sync"?

The SMPTE card is a reader only. The card provides no functions for "free wheeling", "flywheel", "user bits" or other functions of a SMPTE generator.

11) What is V Sync and why would I need it?

V Sync is Video Sync. The DA7MKII can lock to video sync or house sync, with the optional SMPTE/V Sync Card. This card utilizes it's own proprietary slot, so no audio slots are used. You would use V Sync in any postproduction application where you where locking audio to picture.


1) Can 24-bit data be recorded to a 16-bit recorder?

No, you need to use the Dither function, which is implemented for the 8 Bus outputs, AUX out 1 & 2 and the Stereo Out. The number of bits for dither can be set as required (e.g. 16-bit, 18-bit, 20-bit).


Frequency Response: 20 Hz- 20kHz, +1, -2dB. Less than 0.1% (1kHz, +10dB input, +4dB output)
Residual noise: -92dB Typical Maximum voltage 84dB BUS OUT 84dB MASTER OUT 84dB AUX gain OUT C.M.R.R. More than 80dB (1kHz)
Crosstalk: 90dB Typical (1kHz)113dB AD Converter (analog in through Dynamic Range digital output) typically, A-weighted 114dB (WCK=48kHz)
DA Converter: (digital in through analog output) typical. A weighted 24-bit 128 times oversampling (INPUT 1AD converter ~ 16) 20-bit 64 times oversampling (AUX RETURN 3-6) 24-bit 64 times oversampling (MASTER, DA converter MON A) 24-bit128 times oversampling (MON B) 20-bit 128 times oversampling (AUX SEND 3-6)
AD Converter: Proprietary 24-bit 4th order MASH modulation 64 times over-sampling D/A converters (144dB Dynamic range) on Master and Monitor A outputs
Internal signal processing: 32 bit (Dynamic range 192dB) Sampling Frequency INT: 44.1/48 EXT.44.1kHz3% 48kHz3% Signal Delay Less than 2.5ms MIC/LINE input to MASTER output
COMPRESSOR + GATE: Threshold _40dB~32ms (1ms step) Ratio 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 5, 1, 7, 2, 2, 5, 3, 3, 5, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 20, (16 points) Attack Time 0ms ~ 32ms(1ms step) Release Time 50ms ~ 2000ms: 5ms step Gain -0dB - + 12dB(0.5dB step) Gate Threshold-80dB ~-40dB(1dB step) Gate Release time 50ms ~ 2000ms: 5ms step
EXPANDER/GATE: Threshold -80dB~ -40dB(0.5dB step) Ratio1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Attack Time 0ms ~ 2000ms: 5ms step Range0dB - +40dB (0.5dB step)
EQUALIZER LOW: Peq Q 0.5 ~ 50(41 step) F 20Hz ~ 20kHz(1/12octstep) G 15dB(0.5dB step) LOW: SHELF F 20Hz ~ 106kHz(1/12oct step) G 15dB(0.5dB step) LOW: HPF F 20Hz ~20 1.6kHz(1/12oct step) LOW-MID: PE equalizer Q 0.5 ~ 50(41 step) F 20Hz ~ 20kHz (1/12 oct step) G 15dB (0.5dBstep) HIGH-MID: P Equalizer Q 0.5 ~(41 step) F 50Hz ~ 20kHz(1/12 oct step) G 15dB(0.5dB step) HIGH: Peq Q 0.5 ~ 50(41 step) F 50Hz ~ 20kHz(1/12oct step) G 15dB (0.5dB step)
HIGH SHELF: F 1kHz ~ 20kHz (1/12oct step) G15dB (0.5dBstep) HIGH: LPF F 1kHz ~ 20kHz (1/12 oct step) Delay 0~14,4000 sample/0~300ms (fs: 48kHz), 0~326ms (fs: 44,1kHz)
PHASE NORMAL/REVERSE: Gain Trim 0 12dB ~ -24dB (0.5dB step)
Stereo Meter: 20point x 2 LED bargraph (VU/PPM selectable, Peakhold on/off) Fader 100mm motor fader x21+ 10 ~- 90dB, -dB (128 step/100mm)
Display: 320 x 240 dot graphic LCD (with backlight)
Memory Scene: memory (snapshot), 50 Channel library, 50 EQ library, 50 Dynamics library and 50 Automation 4 event
Ambient operation temp.: 0 C~+40 C
Dimensions: 698W x 244H x 549 MM 27.48 x 9.606 x 21.614 inches
Weight: Approx 51lbs (23Kg) (include Meterbridge)
Power requirement: AC120V, 60Hz Power consumption105W (with options)

* Please note that these cables are proprietary and use DA7MKIIMKII pin-out only.

ADAT, ALESIS and ADAT OPTICAL are registered trademarks of Alesis Corporation.
TEAC, TASCAM are registered trademarks of TEAC Corporation.
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Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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