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****** Page 1 ****** GAIN (RAMP) BASS O FREQ MIDS O VOLUME LPF O CONDOR INSTRUCTIONS OVERVIEW CHASEBLISS DIGITAL BRAIN. ANALOG HEART C 5 conDOR ANALOG EQ / PRE / FILTER DRIVE/HOLD BYPASS Take flight and discover new worlds of tone. Condor TM is an analog multi-effect that allows sophisticated control over a wide range of effects including EQ Overdrive, Boost, Tremolo and Filter tones. The pedal has a powerful parametric mids control that ranges from 150Hz to 4kHz, along with three separate low pass filter or bass boost/cut modes. Along with expansive frequency controls Condor TM has gain and volume knobs, and a switchable overdrive circuit for sculpting your ideal guitar tone. Like all Chase Bliss Audio TM pedals, all of these settings can be stored in presets, as well as ramped or controlled via expression pedal. Every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog and never gets digitally processed. This device complies with pert 15 of the FCC rules. O retion is subject to the following teo conditions: This device may not cause harmful interference, end (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference thet may causa undesired operation. GAIN (RAMP) Simply put, this is a magical knob. When you don’t have any dip switches assigned for ramping, this knob functions as gain (up to 20dB) for the device. Due to the digital control of this pedal, you can set this knob to control any of the five parameters individually or simultaneously (freq, volume, bass, mids, Ipf), and have it either modulate or ramp-and-hold (rise or fall) via dip switches in the back of the pedal. Essentially, this knob controls the ramp time in which this takes place. FREQ Sets frequency to boost or cut (via the mids knob). All the way counterclockwise is roughly 150 Hz, “Noon” is around 1250Hz, and all the way clockwise is a little over 4kHz. VOLUME Sets the level of the effect. This pedal has an internal voltage doubler, so there is some boost and headroom on tap. That said, there are limits to the headroom as this pedal has potential for massive gain staging (gain, bass, and mids knobs all contribute to overall cascading gain). This can create some pretty gnarly power rail distortion. While this can sound amazing, it’s best to turn the gain knob down as lows as possible and set level with the volume knob if you want to avoid too much distortion. BASS This control boosts up to 12dB or cuts low frequencies on the device. When the knob is at “noon,” this control doesn’t add or subtract any bass frequencies. Clockwise positions boost bass frequencies and counterclockwise cut bass frequencies. MIDS This control boosts or cuts middle frequencies on the device up to 18dB. When the knob is at “noon,” this control doesn’t add or subtract any frequencies. Clockwise positions boost frequencies and counterclockwise cut frequencies. The type of frequency you want to cut or boost is selected via the freq knob. Sets the cutoff frequency for a low pass filter. All the way clockwise is open, no frequencies being cut. As the knob is turned counterclockwise, high frequencies are removed. In the maximum counterclockwise position, there are little to no frequencies that remain. BASS TOGGLE This toggle selects the amount of overall boost or cut that the bass knob controls. Select left position for small, middle for moderate, and right for big. MIDS TOGGLE This toggle selects the “Q” for the parameteric mids control. Select the left position for a wider hump/scoop, middle for more focused, and right for very narrow. LPF TOGGLE This toggle selects the type of low pass filter associated with the LPF control. Select the left position for a one-pole, gentle low pass filter this is typical of many low pass filter “tone” controls in guitar pedals. The middle position is a two-pole, slightly resonant low pass filter. The right position is a two-pole, low pass filter with much more resonance than the middle position.
****** Page 2 ****** DRIVE/HOLD STOMP This stomp switch’s function is dependent on the position of the “hold” dip switches in the back of the pedal. In default mode, it switches on an overdrive circuit that is designed to complement stacking with other gain pedals, but can certainly stand on its own two feet. BYPASS STOMP Activates or bypasses the effect. This can be changed to a momentary bypass or momentary active via a dip switch in the back of the pedal, if it is desired. In addition this pedal allows for “True Bypass” via a relay, or buffered bypass selectable via a dip switch in the back of the pedal. LOWER TOGGLE This switch recalls presets. The right position recalls preset #1, the left position recalls preset #2. The middle position will always reflect wherever the knob positions, at. In order to save to the right preset slot, you hold down the right stomp (bypass) for 3 seconds, and then hold down both stomp switches simultaneously for another 3 seconds. The LED blinks and your setting is saved. For the left slot, you do the same thing, but hold the left stomp first. If you recall a preset, and move a knob, you will notice that the LED above the toggle goes dim. This is to signify that something has changed on the preset. If you want to save this change in the preset, you will have to save it again. IN / OUT 1/4″ mono input jack. TRS jack for expression pedal (parameter selectable via dip switch in the back of the pedal). Tip goes to wiper. Can also be used for 0-5V Control Voltage (CV) on tip the ring should be left floating in this case. There are many expression pedals that work with Chase Bliss Audio products, contact us for more info. MIDl 1/4″ TRS jack. This can be used to interface the pedal with a Chase Bliss Midibox. There is much more information on this in the MIDl manual. In addition, this can be used as a secondary switch for the Drive/Hold control with a momentary normally open (NO) switch. POWER a OTHER INFO This pedal consumes —70mA and should be operated with a standard 2.1 mm 9V DC center negative adapter with current supply capabilities of 100mA or more. A battery can also be used, but be mindful that the pedal will not last and maintain optimal performance for more than a few hours at this high of a current draw. Input impedance of this device is 1 M, and output impedance is 1k. / CV CONTROL a DIP SWITCHES The Freq, Volume, Bass, Midst and LPF dip switches in the left bank allow you to control parameters via Expression Pedal / CV. saTlNG / CV RANGE The range of the expression / CV is controlled by the parameter knob position and the “sweep” dip switch. For example, if you wanted an expression pedal to control the volume parameter from zero volume to unity gain, you would make sure the “sweep” dip switch is in the bottom position and set the volume knob at unity gain. If you need more volume, you simply turn the volume knob up slightly. This will increase the maximum range of the expression pedal. This allows you to control multiple parameters with an expression pedal, but you can fine tune the range that you want for each parameter. UNDERSTANDING THE DIP SWITCHES When you save a preset, all of this information gets saved. The parameters in silver below correspond to an expression pedal (if one is plugged in). esp uo -L H H SE4eW010d dWOH uqssad:xa PIOH The Freq, Volume, Bass, Mids. and LPF dip switches on the left side simply turn that parameter on or off expression / CV capability. The Freq, Volume, Bass, Mids. and LPF dip switches on the right side control whether or not the parameters will rise (go clockwise in ramp mode) or fall (go counterclockwise in ramp mode). It also controls how the parameters will behave with an expression pedal plugged in. Bounce When on (and no expression pedal), parameters will go back and forth (i.e. modulate), if it’s off, parameters will ramp and hold. Buffer When on, the audio signal will travel through a high quality buffer when bypassed. When off, the pedal will be true-bypass when bypassed. Continued on next page
****** Page 3 ****** MoToByp Momentary engage or bypass for channel A. It changes from “momentary engage” or “momentary bypass” dependent on what state (i.e. active or bypass) the pedal was in when this dip switch was changed. If the channel was engaged, then it acts as a momentary bypass. If the channel was in bypass, then it acts as a momentary engage. Drive This controls whether or not you want the left stomp switch to switch between drive and clean or enter “hold” mode. In “D” (drive) the left stomp switches will go between clean (green LED) and drive (red LED). In “H” (hold), the way the pedal behaves is dependent on the location of the Reset dip switch (see below). Reset This controls the behavior of the hold stomp switch. It only has an effect if the pedal is ramping, and the drive dip switch is in “H” (hold) position (see above). In “H” (hold), the pedal is in hold mode and will only allow ramping when the left stomp switch is held. In “R” (reset), ramping will reset and will only be active whenever the left stomp switch is held. There is a video demonstrating these on our YouTube page (see link below). Sweep This controls where ramp sweeps. In “T” (top), the expression control will occur between the current knob position and the max position (fully clockwise). In “B” (bottom) the expression control will occur between the current knob position and the minimum position (fully counterclockwise). NOTE: It may seem overwhelming and difficult for users to take all this in at first. My suggestion is always to forget about the dip switches for a while when you get the pedal. Get to know the basic functionality of it, and then if/ when you want to experiment with ramping or expression, it will likely be easier. Some of these concepts are much easier to explain and demonstrate on video, and I have many tutorials available on my youtube channel at youtube.com/ChaseBlissAudio. We also love to hear from customers and answer questions so feel free to write us anytime at chaseblissaudio.com/contact. Thank you so much for purchasing this product and ENJOY! All presets created by Mason Stoops. Hear them at soundcloud.com/chaseblissaudio THE QUARRY Drive/Hold Hold Expression •or* Ramp Pararneters H H T ooe on off o GAIN BASS FREQ MIDS TWO EYES Drive/Hold O Expression •ore Ramp Parameters on off ome GAIN (RAMP) BASS FREQ MIDS D RB rise fall VOLUME LPF o rise fall VOLUME LPF o Example presets continued on next page
****** Page 4 ****** KEEP IT RUNNING Drive/Hold Hold Expression •or* Ramp Parameters eoe PRETTY LITTLE ARMS Drive/Hold O Hold Expression *or* Ramp Parameters rise fall u- 20 GAIN (RAMP) BASS BOBODDY Drive/Hold 8 n 1-2 FREQ MIDS VOLUME rise fall e eo gee ooo GAIN (RAMP) BASS FREQ MIDS VOLUME LPF LPF Hold Expression •or* Ramp Parameters D RB FUNERAL FOR A BIRD Drive/Hold Hold Expression •ore Ramp Parameters H H T D RB on off rise fall VOLUME LPF rise fall GAIN (RAM P) BASS FREQ MIDS GAIN (RAMP) BASS FREQ MIDS VOLUME LPF Example presets continued on next page
****** Page 5 ****** A LITTLE HOOKY O Drive/Hold Expression •or* Ramp Parameters on off (RAMp) SCUBA Drive/Hold O Expression •or* Ramp Parameters H H T rise fall peg k d 1.2 IL 20 > 0 QUA SOMETHING O Drive/Hold Expression •or* Ramp Parameters on off 8 m 12 (RAMP) BASS MIDS LPF BASS MIDS LPF o For this setting, both Brothers fuzzes are engaged (A > B) Hold rise fall LPF o NORTHERN LIGHTS O Drive/Hold Hold Expression •or* Ramp Parameters H H T on off (RAMp) rise fall o rise fall BASS MIDS BASS MIDS LPF
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