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TC Electronic System 6000 # 902-1001

System 6000 # 902-1001


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System 6000

Creative minds and critical audiences are beginning to understand that multi-channel audio is not just an explosive action effect. It is also about creating a credible illusion of the sonic landscape of an open field, from the din of an industrial workplace to the ambience of a concert hall. In short, it is about creating sound with a level of realism, that can truly engage the listener in a way not possible with traditional techniques.

With the introduction of System 6000 TC Electronic is taking a major step towards breaking the two-channel sound barrier. By combining elements already known from the M5000, VSS technology and state-of-the-art mastering technology with a stunning new multi-channel processing platform, System 6000 provides the professional audio industry with the perfect tool for exploring the creative potential of multi-dimensional sound.

We want to stay at the forefront of the development of audio equipment. We follow technological developments very closely to ensure that our new products contain the best technology available, and use it in innovative and effective ways. Furthermore, when a customer purchases one of our products, we make sure that the customer is buying a product that will remain useful for a long period of time. The System 6000 will be competitive in the market longer than average products, because we provide long-term support and upgrade options for System 6000.

Welcome to the processing platform of the future...

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The "VSS ™5.1 Source"is a true 5.1 Room Simulator. Multi-directional Early Reflection patterns and five uncorrelated Reverbs are integrated in this algorithm.There are several ways of incorporating the Center channel including TC ’s phantom simulation.

Four discrete Input sources, each with their own precisely defined Reflection properties can be individually positioned in the sound field using the touch screen of the Icon.

Imaging and room properties typically sound more natural than if a certain event is subjected to the compromises of distant miking, imperfect rooms, arrays of microphones and finally the end listeners ’ speaker configuration.

The Early Reflection patterns maximize localization and widen the sweet spot. Consistent location, even outside the speaker arrays, can be obtained. Perfect fold-down to matrixed surround, stereo and mono is ensured thanks to the fully uncorrelated rendering used in VSS ™5.1 Source.


The VSS ™SR (Surround) algorithm is a unique room simulator with new facilities for surround production.The diffused field of the simulation is turned into an Lt /Rt signal with separate Decay, Level and Pre-delay parameters for front and rear.The Output of the simulator is compatible with mono, stereo and matrixed surround reproduction.

When used for surround production a surround encoder is not needed, but monitoring should be done through a Dolby ProLogic ™compatible decoding system.


If you need to add reverb to an existing 5.1 signal or move sources around with a joystick,VSS ™5.1 Reverb is your algorithm. It features multi-directional reflection patterns and five uncorrelated reverbs. Positioning can be done from your console, our external joystick and from the TC Icon touch screen.

As a request from mastering engineers, the LFE signal is passed through unprocessed but time-aligned with the 5 main channels. Several ways of incorporating the Center channels are offere including TC ’s phantom simulation. Perfect fold-down to matrixed surround, stereo and mono is ensured thanks to the fully decorrelated rendering used in VSS ™5.1 Reverb.You can even specify different decay times per channel.


Eight source surround panner to 5 channel output.Panning is achieved using level or delay or a combination of both.The 8x5 individual delays make Space Pan 5.1 a powerful tool for the Film and Post production engineer.

You can also use your console ’s automated surround panner or TC ’s cascadable external SP-1 Joystick.

System 6000 ’s 6.5 inch (165mm) color touch-screen isplay brings the internal workings of TC ’s flagship into focus. You ’ll never find yourself lost in hidden sub-menus, everything in the system is literally at your fingertips.

MD 5.1

The MD5.1 algorithm is a multi-channel multi-band Expander/Compressor, with Limiters and extensive possibilities to assign channels to multiple side-chains. Based on the M5000 MD2 heritage, four-band dynamics are here available for 5.1-productions. With MD5.1, dynamics processing is integrated seamlessly into the 5.1 environment. Some features will not be available when using multiple stereo dynamic processors.Together with the EQ5.1 and Toolbox 5.1, MD5.1 is an innovative package of mastering tools for multi-channel productions.

EQ 5.1

Six mono channels of four band fully parametric EQ and 48 bit processing of signal-path.

This is a general-purpose algorithm which can be used in conjunction with other algorithms or used stand alone. Channels can be linked or used separately. Analog sounding, high precision filter models are used, and Softclip can be selected on each output.

VP-8 (Eight Channel Vari-Pitch)

As a result of intelligent splicing, the algorithm may be used for demanding applications like real-time pitch change of entire 5.1/7.1 stems when converting frame rates between video and film (25 to 24 fps.and vice versa).

Channels may be locked in various ways to preserve phase relationship while applying pitch hange.This feature is in high demand and currently not available in 5.1 -for telecine, film and post processing.The up and down pitch range is +/-200 cents.


The Toolbox 5.1 is designed to support surround production.The algorithm offers different Level, Test and Bass management as well as Down Mix options.

Toolbox 5.1 is offered as an integrated part of the MD5.1 and VP8 License packages.


More than 500 Factory presets logically arranged for Reverb, Mastering, Pitch & Delay with dedicated Stereo, 5.1, Music and Film/Post presets in currently 8 banks of up to 100 presets each. Additional room for 100 User presets is also provided.

Fader Settings –Factory and User definable 6 faders parameters settings for direct access and interface flexibility.

Naming –Use the TC Icon keyboard or your own computer keyboard and Mouse.


The Mother of all presets.
Sitting on top of all the memory banks, every parameter in all four Engine presets, plus the Routing of all four Engines are stored in one Master preset.The most often used Scenes are pre-loaded and clearly labeled for quick access. One memory Recall and choose from 50 Factory ROM and 50 User RAM memory Scenes. Engine and Routing parameters are loaded in less than 1 second!

Archive Mode – Why not save all of the System 6000 memories to a standard 1.44MB PC formatted floppy and store it with the track sheets.


Currently 14 independent digital and analog physical inputs,14 independent physical digital and analog Outputs.There are millions of possible combinations as each of the four engines has 8 Inputs and 8 Outputs.With the System 6000 ’s routing memory anything you can conceive an be stored in one of the 100 Routing User memories or is already featured in one of the Routing factory memories. Routing memory is independent of the Engine memory, so you can set up a routing and try different combinations of Engine presets to achieve the desired results.


SMPTE control functions include automated program changes with both Scene and Engine recalls. Cue-lists can be created automatically by "recording"preset changes together with incoming SMPTE time-code. The cue-list can be edited manually afterwards, cue by ue.The cue-list operation is handled using the TC Icon. Several Mainframes can be automated from the same cue-list, thanks to System 6000 ’s networking abilities.

VSS ™3

The VSS ™3 algorithm was designed for a variety of applications ranging from music, post to film production. The objective is a "true-to-life" sound enabling the user to mimic environments. To establish convincing room-types the Early Reflections must be carefully reproduced. Are the surfaces hard or soft, is the room furnished or unfurnished, is it a small or big car?

The configuration is Mono In /Stereo Out. The uncorellated design ensures perfect mono compatibility on the Outputs.


The DELAY-1 algorithm is basically an easy to handle true stereo digital Delay.


The Delay-2 algorithm is an advanced but easy to handle true stereo digital Delay line. With Cross feedback section and modulation section. This Delay is capable of doing anything from smooth spatial expanding to the wildest echo effects.


From the M5000 the Reverb-3 provides the user with a true Stereo Reverb. It is capable of making an exceptionally clear Reverb sound using a very dense and natural sounding Reverb Tail. Decay time can be controlled in four individually adjustable frequency bands. Using Diffuse and Distance controls, sounds can be made in which practically no Early Reflections are heard. Add a slight modulation to this to minimize room interaction with your source material and you have Reverb-3.


The TC Electronic true stereo Rev Core-2 algorithms are particularly good for small room simulations. Due to the high density structure the relatively short Tails occurring in small rooms can be convincingly reproduced. As the VSS ™algorithms are particularly suited for Film and Post production the Rev Core algorithm, known from the TC M5000, is also highly usable.


The Reverb 2 algorithm initially created for the M5000 compliments most types of source material. Experience has shown that the Reverb 2 algorithm is especially good on percussive instruments, as it has a very well-defined precise buildup.

Its configuration is Stereo In /Stereo Out.The uncorrelated design ensures perfect mono compatibility.


This algorithm is the classic M5000 stereo Phaser-1.


This algorithm produces a high quality Stereo Chorus and Flanging effect. Furthermore the Chorus-1 algorithm provides the user with the ability to make chorusing type Delay effects.


The algorithm may be used for high quality pitch change for monophonic as well as polyphonic material. Because of intelligent splicing, it may be used for demanding applications like real-time pitch change of entire master tracks when converting frame rates between video and film. Channels may be locked to preserve phase relationship while applying pitch change.

For music applications, VP2 Stereo is the best and most unobtrusive pitch control device in the industry today.

The up and down pitch range is +/- one octave. Feedback,cross-feedback and filters are available for effect purposes.


Dual Mono and Stereo dynamics processing in three frequency bands. Signal-path uses 48 bit processing.

Make-up gain can be applied automatically or manually, so the algorithm can be set-up to do everything from strictly limiting to level maximization. By offering a true side-chain split structure, MD3 is also capable of demanding mono material compression/limiting on two separate channels, not found in other multi-band dynamics processors.

From an M5000 users point of view, MD2 and Toolbox algorithms are brought together in this new algorithm, the resolution is increased, sampling rates go to 96k, and new features are added. As in its predecessors, look-ahead delay may be used for improved peak handling and low distortion operation.

Used for mastering, MD3 can be regarded as a high-end mastering tool. M and S components of a stereo signal can be processed separately and provide even more control making full use of the Spectral Stereo Enhancer.

Four band Parametric EQ (Dual Mono capability)


Three band Exp/Comp/Lim

MS Encode/Decode

Sample accurate Brickwall Limiter


Although the TC Icon’s full color touch screen is an integral part of the System 6000 user interface, Computer Keyboard, mouse and an xternal VGA screen Output are also featured to really adapt to your set-up and working style. PC and Mac Editor will also be available in the very near future.


A 7.5 meter TC Electronic cable from the TC Icon to its CPU 6000 and a X-coupled Ethernet cable from the CPU 6000 to the Mainframe are both provided. Using the System 6000 Windows NT based Networking facilities, you can connect a number of mainframes to a number of TC Icons. For instance, keep your mainframe in the machine room and have a number of TC Icons in different locations or have one TC Icon to control a number of Mainframes. Handling System 6000 project data over a Windows NT based network makes a tremendous difference to existing Windows NT users.

Digital Inputs and Outputs

Connectors: SUB-D, 25 pole (8 channels AES/EBU in/out)
Formats: AES/EBU (24 bit)
Word Clock Input: BNC, 75 Ohm or Hi-Z, 0.6 to 10 Vpp
Internal Sample Rate: 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48.0 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Internal Clock Precision: +/- 30 ppm
Jitterrejection at External Sample Rates :
30 to 34 kHz, 42.5 to 45.5 kHz, 46.5 to 48.5 kHz,
85 to 91 kHz and 93 to 97 kHz.
Rejection Filter
(4’th order) : < -3 dB @ 50 Hz
< -65 dB @ 500 Hz
< -100 dB @ 1.4 kHz

Rejection Filter Peak
(jitter gain): < 1 dB @ 2 Hz
Intrinsic Interface Jitter: < 1 ns peak, BW : 700 Hz to 100 kHz
Digital Output Phase: < 3 % of sample period
Input Variation Before Sample Slip: +27 % / -73 % of sample period
Output Dither: HPF/TPDF dither 8-24 bit, mono, stereo, inverted
Processing Delay: 0.15 ms + 0.21 ms per engine @ 48 kHz,
0.07 ms + 0.1 ms per engine @ 96 kHz

Frequency Response DIO: DC to 23,9 kHz ± 0,01 dB @ 48 kHz,
DC to 47.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 96 kHz

PCMCIA Interface

Connector: PC Card, 68 pin type 1 cards
Standards: PCMCIA 2.0, JEIDA 4.0
Card Format: Supports up to 2 MB SRAM
Floppydrive: DOS compatible, 3½", 1.44 Mb

Control Interface

MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5 Pin DIN
GPI, Pedal, Fader: ¼" phone jack, 0 ohm to 50 kohm
Remote: Custom MIDI In & Out
SMPTE: Input for Cuelist Management
Ethernet: 10/100 Mbits/s, Base-T


Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2,
FCC part 15 class B,
CISPR 22 class B


Certified to: IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65


Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing


Finish: Black anodized aluminum face plate
Painted and plated steel chassis
Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 19 x 12 inches
Weight: 19 lbs. (8.6 kg)
Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
Power Consumption: 45 watts
Backup Battery Life: >10 years

Note: Due to continuous development and standardization all specifications are subject to change without notice

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