This is the temporary short version, in advance of the official released manual. Please email us via contact form, if you have suggestions or questions on this guide. Warning: Always start using this pedal with the Vol knob turned all the way counter clockwise, to the left, it’s minimum setting. Also, turn the small black trimpot (shaft) to the same minimum setting. This unit can produce very high gain output depending on settings.
Left: Boost mode, D for Distortion increase (Down), and B for Boost in volume (Up), this is the mode switch for what the left footswitch (labeled Boost) does.
Middle: State Variable Filter Mode, Up is H, meaning High Pass Filter (HPF), middle is B, Band pass filter (BPF), and down is L, or Low Pass Filter (LPF). This filter is in the wet side circuit before the distortion / overdrive. It allows you to change the portion of the instrument frequencies which will be distorted. The sweep of the PRE-EQ knob will be behave differently for each of those three settings. In general, if you switch this toggle, you will want to readjust the PRE-EQ knob to suite your taste. This is the area where experimentation is suggested to get to your specific desired (or surprising) tones. The instrument, strings, and pickups, and upstream effects will have strong influence on what you hear by adjusting this filter.
Right: Diode Group or “Texture Mode”, Up is FET, middle is Silicon combination, and Down is Germanium combination. Each will have different tone, texture, degree of distortion, and sensitivity to different frequencies. There will also be output volume differences, but those will be a function of the other knob settings and the instrument you are using. Therefore, there is no way to make them equivalent volume for any one use-case.
Knobs (left to right order)
Vol: Overall unit output volume of the blended signal. Start using the pedal with this knob set low, like 9:00 am.
Blend: This is the wet/dry blend of instrument and some fraction of the filtered/distorted signal. It goes from 100% dry to 100% wet. Your preferred choice of Blend setting will be greatly affected by the settings of the Drive and Pre-EQ knobs, as well as the toggle settings defined above.
Post EQ: This is an active Low pass filter, which rolls off the highs, only from the distortion (wet) side of the circuit. It occurs in the signal chain after the distortion (with alternative diode selection). This is more like a traditional tone control, and allows the sometimes harsh high frequency distortion to be smoothed off for a rounder, softer sound.
Pre EQ: This is a state variable filter, whose position controls where in the frequency spectrum the slope occurs. The middle toggle switch above controls it’s mode, low-pass, band-pass, or high-pass filter.
Drive: This is the amount of overdrive, gain, distortion that is applied to the wet side signal only. The dry side remains unaffected.
Small trimpot (shaft): The trimpot’s function is changed by the left toggle described above. Always start with this trimpot fully counter clockwise. The left footswitch (Boost) allows the setting of the trimpot to affect either the overall output volume (with that left toggle on B) or the increased distortion amount (when the left toggle is on D)
Left: Boost. This engages either the volume boost, or the distortion increase, depending on the mode setting of the Left toggle switch defined above. It only works when the unit is on, which is controlled by the right footswitch labeled Bypass.
Right: Bypass. This is noiseless True bypass, which works by routing the signal around all pedal circuits when engaged, and LED light for that switch is off. The blue LED light on means the circuit is engaged, and all the knobs and switches will affect the sound at that point. If the battery is dead, or AC adaptor is not attached, this Bypass will still work, even though there is no power to the unit.
Note the alternatives of distortion/overdrive circuit are alternatively based on the mode of the right toggle switch, either FET (mild overdrive), Si Silicon (dense but natural overdrive), or Ge Germanium (Brash Fuzz).
In the future we will endeavor to release some visual template settings, and perhaps match specific settings to real world bass recordings that you may be familiar with on youtube. As always, understand that choices of instrument, strings, playing technique, and amps, will of course influence the sound as well.