Quickstart: Laser Cannon HD setup

Here is your quickstart cheatsheet for getting started using the Daring Audio Laser Cannon HD.  This pedal has tons of combinations, and something are quite loud and powerful, so please be careful. Daring Audio Laser Cannon  knobs

  1. Put all the knob positions as shown in the above photo
  2. Keep the volume about 12:00 pm as shown
  3. Plug in the DC  9V 50 ma (or more milliamps), center negative, BOSS pedal like power adaptor
  4. Or install 9V battery inside
  5. Turn the bypass footswitch on to see the blue LED light
  6. Turn the boost footswitch off on the left for now (no LED there)
  7. Adjust the volume so it’s about the same volume, whether Bypass is on or off
  8. Put the right toggle (Diode set) for FET, which is the lowest amount of natural sounding distortion
  9. Put the middle toggle (Filter more) in center position for BPF (Band pass filter)
  10. Adjust the Drive amount so your hear some distortion on the output
  11. Sweep the PRE-EQ knob to find a band peak of distortion (from low, to mid to high frequencies) that you like
  12. Adjust the POST-EQ knob to remove the high frequency bite if desired, for a rounder tone
  13. Adjust the Blend knob to add some Dry unaffected bass into the output Mix
  14. Move the Blend back to the far right, 5pm, where it’s 100% affected signal
  15. Now switch the right toggle to Si (Silicon), not that it has more Drive, different tone, more volume
  16. Adjust the volume knob to taste
  17. Adjust the Drive knob to taste
  18. Adjust the PRE-EQ knob to taste, finding the location for preferred distortion frequencies
  19. Adjust the Blend knob again to taste.
  20. Now switch the right toggle to Ge (Germanium), this is the most fuzz like diode set
  21. Repeat same adjustments ( 16….20) above
  22. Return the Blend knob to full right, 5pm position
  23. Now switch the filter mode, middle toggle switch to HPF (high pass filter)
  24. This causes frequencies above the PRE-EQ set point to be sent to the distortion diode circuit
  25. Sweep the PRE-EQ knob left to right to see the dramatic changes in frequencies that are distorted
  26. On the far right you will hear a thin sound as only the upper frequencies of the Bass are let through distortion circuit
  27. Now, move the Blend knob left toward 12pm, or even 9am.  You will hear clean Bass mixed with upper frequency distortion
  28. This is suitable for very loud stage situations, where you need clean low end, for clarity of the whole band sound.
  29. Move the blend back to far right 5pm position
  30. Switch the filter mode to LPF, low pass filter
  31. This allows you to send frequencies Below the PRE-EQ filter setting to the distortion circuit
  32. Move the PRE-EQ sweep knob to interesting settings
  33. If your output signal lacks midrange and high frequencies, fine, move the Blend knob back to the middle 12pm
  34. Now you added back the clean mid and high frequencies to the (distorted) low frequencies
  35. Play with these options by adjusting first one knob, Drive, then PRE-EQ switch and knob, then Blend.
  36. Find your favorite setting, making note that at practice volume, or stage volume, you want to readjust everything.
  37. To use the left foot switch, note that the right toggle controls it’s function.
  38. B (up) means volume boost,  D(down) means distortion boost.
  39. IMPORTANT: Turn the small black trimpot down to the far left, at 7am setting (DANGER)
  40. Click The Boost footswitch on (LED lights up)
  41. Turn the trimpot gradually to the right toward 12pm
  42. When the Boost toggle switch is in the B setting, you will hear an increase in volume, from 0 db to +15db
  43. This is to allow overdriving tube amps, or to go direct into Line level inputs, keep it low to be safe.
  44. When the Boost toggle switch is in the D setting, you will hear in an increase in distortion through the overdrive diodes sets
  45. It works for all 3 diode settings, with different amounts of added gain for each.
  46. Now, switch the footswitch for Boost on or off, and you see the change in the output distortion.
  47. In all cases, the right footswitch is true bypass of the entire pedal
  48. Note that you can step on either footswitch separately, or BOTH together depending on your desired effect.
  49. Be sure to tune the Boost volume mode or distortion mode specifically to your stage volume and the other settings of knobs and switches.
  50. Changes to the filter mode, and Drive may give unexpected results to the action of the Boost pedal
  51. This is because each diode set has different sensitivity to input voltage, frequencies of filters.
  52. When in doubt, keep the output volume low and trimpot setting low.

 

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