Frequently Asked Questions

Are RADAR 24, V projects compatible on RADAR II systems?

Yes, once you “MAKE PORTABLE” the drive (this option is given when unmounting a drive). However, RADAR 24/V projects in RADAR BWAV disk format are not compatible on RADAR II systems or on RADAR 24 systems running pre 3.35 software.

Are RADAR II projects compatible on newer RADAR systems?

Yes. The only exception is for projects that originated in RADAR II software versions 2.06 and earlier.

Can I mix on RADAR?

RADAR studio allows DAW software applications such as ProTools, Cubase, Nuendo etc. to be installed and used. Users can mix from within the RADAR using this software, or can mix out-of-the-box on an analogue or digital console.

RADAR studio’s RADAR mode, and legacy RADAR systems are designed to replace the venerable 2-inch multi-track machine. They are not designed to perform mixing and realtime DSP effects like a Digital Audio Workstation.

Can I restore a 128k cluster project onto a BWAV (96k cluster) drive?

No. You must export a 128k cluster project off an audio drive as BWAV/WAV and then import it onto a BWAV audio drive.

Can I use an RE-8 II Session Controller from RADAR II with RADAR studio?

Yes, using the RE-8 II Adapter kit, the RADAR II remote can be use to control a RADAR studio.

Can multiple RADAR units be locked together?

Yes. RADARLink allows up to eight RADARs to be linked together. The synchronization is sample accurate and on RADAR’s systems track numbering is reflected on the slave machines (25-48 etc.). Additionally, track names on RADAR slave units can be named from the master remote.

How can I navigate the RADAR menu quicker?

If you know the name of the menu item you’re looking for, just press the first letter of the menu item on your USB keyboard or Session Controller. Your controller will display all menu options that start with that letter in one-by-one order. For example, to navigate to the HELP menu, press the MENU key, and then the letter H key.

How do I free up space on my Archive?

SHIFT+BROWSE, choose D:Archive on RADAR 24/V, or 0:Archive on RADAR 6, then hit ERASE to mark the files/folders you wish to delete. Hit ENTER to erase them.

Alternatively, on RADAR studio, use Workstation mode to view and delete files and folders using the Workstation mode file browser.

How do I free up space on my Record Drive?

MENU/DISK MENU/RECLAIM SPACE will delete all of your undos and free up that space to record.

How do I get a debug log from the RADAR?

See How to Save A Debug Log in our Support section.

How do I quickly get to the beginning or end of an audio region?

In RADAR mode software, to get to the beginning or end of an audio region:

  1. Press RECALL LOC
  2. Press Fast Forward or Fast Rewind depending if you want to jump to the start or end of the region
  3. To jump to the beginning or end of an audio region on a specific track, just press SOLO TRACK before following the above steps

How do I setup networking on my RADAR?

Refer to our documents on setting up a network with MAC or PC in the Support documents section of our site. You can also watch a short video showing RADAR networking setup. That video can be found here.

How do I use a USB keyboard to control RADAR software?

Refer to the keyboard layout in the RADAR 4.1 manual, which can be found online here. The keyboard layout table can be found on page 215.

How does RADAR connect to an analogue console?

RADAR’s analogue inputs and outputs are configured in banks of eight channels. Each eight-channel I/O card has two D-Sub, 25-pin connectors – one for input and one for output. To connect RADAR to an analogue console, use cables that connect D-Sub to whatever format of connector you require for input and output on your analogue console – whether XLR, TRS, TT, D-Sub or otherwise. iZ does not supply audio cables, but they are readily available from third party vendors.

How much recording time do I have left?

Navigate to MAIN MENU > DISK MENU > SHOW DISK SPACE, or press the left and right arrows simultaneously on the USB keyboard or Session Controller.

Time Remaining is also displayed on the bottom right-hand corner of the RADARView display.

How much space do I have left on my Record Drive/Archive Drive etc?

To check the amount of space available, press SHIFT+B to ‘browse’, then use the up and down arrows to select the drive you want to check. Press the Spacebar to display Available Space.

What are the different types of DVD-RAM disks used by RADAR 24?

There are currently 5 types:

  1. DVD TYPE I – 5.2 GB (double sided, 2.6 GB per side)
  2. DVD TYPE II – 2.6 GB
  3. DVD TYPE I – 9.4 GB (double sided, 4.7 GB per side)
  4. DVD TYPE II – 4.7 GB
  5. Cartridge-less (disk only) 4.7 GB

DVD-RAM TYPE I is a double sided disk – when one side is full, you can flip it over and use the second side. DVD RAM TYPE II is a single sided disk. The disk can be removed from its carrier and be used in a computer’s DVD-ROM drive.

What are the maximum cable lengths for AES, TDIF, ADAT, and MADI cables coming out of RADAR?

  1. AES: 100 meters / 328 feet
  2. TDIF: 7.3 meters / 24 feet
  3. ADAT: 4.8 meters / 16 feet
  4. MADI: 200 meters / 651 feet (coaxial)
  5. MADI: 2000 meters / 6561 feet (optical)

What is “file flattening”?

File Flattening consolidates the audio (including punch ins and overdubs) into one BWAV file per track to be easily imported into other audio platforms. The File Flattening process is very quick, and is much faster than the traditional method of exporting.

Flattened files are accessible in the USER directory of your record drive. For example, in a 24 track project from timeline 00:10:00:00 to 00:15:00:00 with lots of overdubs and punch ins, you will have 24 BWAV files after “flattening” which will be “spotted” to the 00:10:00:00 timeline in your DAW.

Currently, “file flattening” cannot be performed if your project is copied, contains imported audio, or cut / copy / paste commands (basically any editing). Punch ins and overdubs are OK. If your project has edits you can “export” to the USER folder on your recording drive for the same functionality.

What is 8-bus mode?

In RADAR mode software, enabling this feature allows RADAR to mirror inputs 1-8 on inputs 9-16 and 17-24. This mode is designed for use with smaller format 8 bus consoles. This feature can be found in the Preferences Menu.

What is my RADAR configuration (ie. Software Version, CPU Speed/Type/Serial #/Recording Engine/RAM/IP Address/Mac Address/Analogue Card(s)/Digital Card(s)?

There are a few ways to do this.

Via RADAR menu:

  2. Use the Up and Down Arrows to see your configuration

Via RADARView screen:

From the MAIN/BUTTONS screen, press the SYSTEM CONFIG button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to view your configuration.

What is RADAR_BWAV Disk Format?

RADAR_BWAV is a proprietary disk format used by RADAR mode for recording drives. In this format, the audio is recorded natively in BWAV format.

What is the difference between BWAV and WAV files?

Both BWAV and WAV files use the .wav extension (some programs use .bwf). They both refer to the same audio format. The main difference is that BWAV files include more information in the file header than WAV files. So, for example, a BWAV file will include “time stamp” information, which allows a software application to place the audio files in the correct position in the timeline.

If a given software application can not read the extra information stored in a BWAV header, it will still read the actual data contained within the file.

What is the difference between the Sync Reference I/O and the Digital I/O Sync on the back panel?

In terms of inputs, there is no significant difference between the Sync Ref input and the Digital I/O sync input., except that the Sync Ref input has a selectable 75 ohm termination while the Digital I/O Sync input has a fixed 75 ohm termination. These two signals are internal to the RADAR and run to an internal selector before running to the Phase Lock Loop (PLL), so either can be used for external syncing.

In terms of outputs, the Sync Ref output and the Digital I/O Sync output are exactly the same, except that the Digital I/O Sync output is delayed 90 degrees in phase relative to the Sync Ref output to adhere to the Tascam TDIF standard. Either output can be used to sync up external equipment.

What is the fastest way to get to the IN or OUT point quickly?

In RADAR mod software, the left and right cursor buttons can be used to instantly locate to the MARK IN and MARK OUT locate points. Pressing the down cursor will audition audio between the MARK IN and MARK OUT locate points.

What kind of monitor do I need if I want to use RADARView?

RADAR studio is compatible with any high-definition monitor with HDMI, DVI, or VGA inputs, so long as the monitor supports at lease one of these resolutions: 1024×600, 1440×900, and 1600×900.

RADAR I, II, 24, V, 6: any VGA compatible monitor.

What’s up with 192kHz?

Using the Ultra-Nuqist analogue I/O cards, RADAR can record up to 24 channels of audio at 192 kHz. Using MADI or AES multi-channel option cards, up to 12 tracks can be recorded at 192 kHz. ADAT and TDIF cards can record up to 6 tracks at 192 kHz.

Which digital interface formats does RADAR support?

RADAR can accommodate a MADI card plus any two of the following additional digital interfaces: AES, ADAT Lightpipe, or TDIF. ALL digital and analog outputs are active simultaneously at all times. RADAR also has 2-channel AES and S/PDIF I/O.

Which iZ products are considered “Discontinued” products?

  • UFC24
  • RADAR I systems & accessories
  • RADAR II systems & accessories
  • RADAR 24
  • RADAR 6

Why does RADAR have two word clock inputs?

Two distinct inputs allow for increased flexibility. A user can select between different clock sources without physically changing BNC cables on the back of the RADAR.

Why would I want to record in BWAV?

BWAV is a universal format and the recommended format for audio delivery by the Audio Engineering Society (AES). Once your material has been recorded and File Flattened on RADAR (see What is “file Flattening”), you can remove RADAR’s audio drive and mount this drive on a Mac/PC to import into other audio programs. The files are in a universal format, and time stamped for future aligned importing.

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