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TWEAKALIZER DFX69

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TWEAKALIZER DFX69

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the top cover (or the rear section). No user serviceable parts inside; refer servicing to qualified personnel.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance to rain and moisture.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage inside the enclosure—voltagethat may be sufficient to constitute a risk of shock.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to important operating and maintenance instructions in the accompanying literature. Please read the manual.

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TWEAKALIZER

High-EndDJ Effects Processor withReal-TimeControl

sDesktop DJ effects machine with 6 simultaneous functions and super-intuitiveDFX69userinterface

sIncredible real-timescratch function for any input signal

sSuper-fastand accurateauto-BPMcounter

sVirtually inaudible Pitch Transposer to correct track speed adjustments

sBreathtaking LFO-controlledeffects section including delay and flanger

sAwesome filter effects with 3 filter types (low, high and band pass), 3 filter modes (auto, manual, LFO) and separate resonance control

sGrooveand BPM-relatedloop sampler with up to 16 seconds of memory

sUltra-steep3-bandkill EQ(-40dB) with separate cut buttons per band

sSwitchable phono/line input with built-inhigh-precisionphono preamplifier for connecting turntables and CD sources

sFlexible Signal/Effect balance and input gain control

sUltimate sonic resolution with ultra high-resolution24-bitA/D and D/A converters andhigh-performance24/48-bitDSP

sGold-platedRCA connectors for excellent audio quality

sUltra-ruggedconstruction ensures long life, even under most demanding conditions

sDesigned in Germany. Manufactured under ISO9000 certified management system

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FOREWORD

Dear Customer,

Welcome to the team of TWEAKALIZERusersand thanks for expressing your confidence in BEHRINGER products by purchasing the DFX69.

Writing this foreword for you gives me great pleasure, because it represents the culmination of many months of hard work delivered by our engineering team to achieve a very ambitious goal: to design an outstanding DJ effects processor that offers remarkable functions as well as maximum

flexibility and performance. The task of designing our new TWEAKALIZER represented a great deal of responsibility, which we surmounted by focusing on you, the discerning user and DJ. Meeting your expectations also meant a lot of work and night shifts. But it was fun, too. Developing a product usually brings a lot of people together, and what a great feeling it is when everyone who participated can be proud of what they’ve achieved.

It is our philosophy to share our enjoyment with you, because you are the most important member of the BEHRINGER team. With your highly competent suggestions for new products you’ve made a significant contribution to shaping our company and making it successful. In return, we guarantee you uncompromising quality (manufactured under ISO9000 certified management system) as well as excellent technical and audio properties at an extremely reasonable price. All of this will enable you to give free rein to your creativity without being hampered by budget constraints.

We are often asked how we manage to produce such highquality devices at such unbelievably low prices. The answer is quite simple: it’s you, our customers! Many satisfied customers mean large sales volumes, enabling us to get better purchasing terms for components, etc. We think it’s only fair to pass this benefit on to you—afterall, your success is our success!

I would like to thank all of those who have made the TWEAKALIZER possible. You have all made your own personal contributions, from the developers and the many other employees at this company to you, the BEHRINGER user.

My friends, it’s been worth the effort!

Thank you very much,

Uli Behringer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION .........................................................

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Before you get started ...................................................

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1.1.1

Shipment ...............................................................

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1.1.2

Initial operation ......................................................

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1.1.3

Warranty ..............................................................

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The user’s manual ..........................................................

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2. CONTROLELEMENTS ...............................................

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Input section ...................................................................

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2.2

Sampler ...........................................................................

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Effects section ...............................................................

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2.3.1 FILTER ...................................................................

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2.3.2 FLANGER .............................................................

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2.3.3 DELAY ..................................................................

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2.3.4 SCRATCH .............................................................

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2.3.5 BPMCOUNTER .....................................................

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Connections ....................................................................

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3. APPLICATIONS ..........................................................

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Connecting to the effects loop of a DJ mixer ................

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Direct connection of a phono/line source ......................

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4. INSTALLATION .........................................................

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5. SPECIFICATIONS .....................................................

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6. WARRANTY ..............................................................

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1. INTRODUCTION

The BEHRINGER TWEAKALIZER DFX69 is a flexible DJ effects processor that gives you an important edge for your mixes and performances. Its unique features let you work in completely new and creative ways. The TWEAKALIZER can be used in many ways and is breeze to operate, allowing you to expand your creativity.

Times are changing quickly and you have to stay ahead of the game if you don’t want to be left behind. To this end, we have developed an excellent DJ effects processor with the most popular new features and technologies. It is perfectly suited for use in dance clubs or for DJ systems.

Be honest: who really likes to read manuals? We know you want to get started right away, but we strongly suggest that you take the time to read these instructions so that you fully understand and are able to properly use all the features your TWEAKALIZER has to offer. The few minutes it takes you will be well worth it.

+The following user’s manual is intended to familiarize you with the unit’s control elements, so that you can master all the functions. After having thoroughly read the user’s manual, store it at a safe place for future reference.

1.1Before you get started

1.1.1 Shipment

The TWEAKALIZER was carefully packed at the assembly plant to assure secure transport. If the condition of the cardboard box suggests that damage may have occurred, please inspect the unit immediately and look for physical indications of damage.

+Damaged equipment should NEVER be sent directly to us. Please inform the dealer from whom you acquired the unit immediately as well as the transportation company from which you took delivery of the unit. Otherwise, all claims for replacement/repair may be rendered invalid.

+To assure optimal protection of your DFX69 during transport, we recommend utilizing a carrying case.

+If the unit needs to be shipped, please always use the original packaging to avoid damage.

+Never let unsupervised children play with the DFX69 or with its packaging.

+Please dispose of all packaging materials in an environmentally-friendlyfashion.

1.1.2 Initial operation

Please make sure the unit is provided with sufficient ventilation. To avoid overheating, never place the TWEAKALIZER on top of an amplifier or in the vicinity of a heater.

A power supply unit that meets the necessary safety requirements is enclosed for connecting the TWEAKALIZER to the mains.

When the DFX69 is connected to the mains via the power supply unit it is automatically switched on.

+Never connect the TWEAKALIZER to a power supply unit that is already plugged into the mains! Always connect the DFX69 to the power supply unit first and then plug the power supply into the mains.

+Please make sure that the unit is grounded at all times. For your own protection, you should never tamper with the grounding of the cable or the unit itself.

1.1.3 Warranty

Please take a few minutes and send us the completely filled out warranty card within 14 days of the date of purchase to assure trouble-freewarranty processing in the future. You may also register online at www.behringer.com. The serial number needed for the registration is located at the top of the unit. Failure to register your product may void future warranty claims.

1.2 The user’s manual

This user’s manual gives you an overview of the functions and control elements of your TWEAKALIZER and offers detailed information about possible applications. To facilitate quick reference, control elements have been described in groups according to their function. Should you need detailed information about specific topics not covered in this manual, please visit our website at www.behringer.com.

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2. CONTROL ELEMENTS

 

Fig. 2.1: DFX69 control elements

 

2.1 Input section

 

The

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The MIX control adjusts the volume ratio between the original signal and the effects signal. When the control is turned all the way to the left, you hear only the original (“DRY”) signal; turning it all the way to the right you hear only the selected effects (“WET”) signal.

To change the mix ratio of a previously activated effect, first tap the FLANGER ( ) or DELAY () key. The LED of the respective ON switch (or) will then blink rapidly. You can also adjust the mix ratio when the SCRATCH function is active.

+The MIX control adjusts the mix between the original signal and the effects signal of the most recently selected effect (indicated by rapid blinking of the ON key of the corresponding effect). To adjust the mix ratio of a previously activated effect, first dial up this effect using the corresponding effects key (see,and).

The PITCH control lets you change the pitch of the input signal(+/-12%).

PITCH value (from -12to +12%)DISPLAY. If you press the ENCODER (see) to switch between different effects, the editable time parameter is briefly shown. The remaining recording time of a sample and the sampler PITCH value are also shown here (see also ch. 2.2 “Sampler”). If no additional changes are made, your DFX69 automatically returns to PITCH display mode after a few seconds.

2.2 Sampler

The BEAT keys select the length of the sample you want to record. You can choose between 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 bars, whereby the actual length of the sample is detected on the basis of the current BPM value. The corresponding LED will illuminate to display the selected number of bars. Once you start recording, it will automatically end at the end of the selected length of recording time. You can also define your own sample length by stepping through all bar values until the right LED (“16”) blinks. You can now start and stop recording at will (see) for any length of sample up to 16 bars.

REC starts recording a sample; the remaining recording time of the selected sample length is shown in the left display (see). Pressing REC again ends the recording. The sampler records the signal connected to the input of your DFX69.

PLAY/STOP plays the sample you just recorded (PLAY: the sample signal is played in a continuous loop). If you hit PLAY/STOP again, the loop stops (STOP). If you press REC to start recording a sample and press PLAY/STOP during recording, the sample is recorded in full length and then directly played back.

+If you select one of the sample lengths (1, 2, 4, 8 or 16) and end the recording using the REC key before the selected number of bars has played, the remaining time is filled with “silence”. Therefore, the actual sample length remains unchanged. To define your own sample length, you must use the method described above (see ).

SHOT plays the sample as long as you keep the SHOT key pressed.

FX determines whether the sampler signal is routed to the effects processor. When the FX button is in (depressed), only the sampler signal is fed to the effects path (the input signal bypasses the effects processor; it remains “dry”). When the FX button is out, only the input signal is routed to the effects processor; the sampler signal remains “dry”.

The REV key reverses the sample. When depressed (in), the sample will be played backwards when you press the PLAY/STOP or SHOT key.

PITCH adjusts the sample tempo and pitch(-12to +12%). The PITCH value is indicated in the display. When you are finished adjusting the sample pitch, the display once again shows the PITCH value of the input signal.

2.3 The effects section

The DFX69 features a 3-band“kill” EQ (LOW,MID andHIGH). That means that you can attenuate (cut or lower) individual frequency bands to a much greater extent(-40dB) than you can increase them (+12 dB). In addition to the EQ controls, each frequency band features aCUT key. Pressing CUT will immediately attenuate the respective frequency band by-40dB, allowing you to create very interesting sound effects.

The ENCODER has two functions: By pressing the ENCODER, you select an effect to be edited. This effect is then shown in the display. By turning the ENCODER, you can now continuously adjust the LFO and delay times (in contrast to the BEAT keys located beneath; see). The parameter value is always shown in the displaywhile you are editing.

Explanation:

LFO stands for Low Frequency Oscillator. This is alow-frequencysignal that modulates effect parameters such as delay time, flanger resonance frequency and filter frequency.

The BEAT keys also let you dial up LFO and delay times, but in this case there are predetermined increments (rather than continuous adjustment). These times always refer to the current BPM value. The LFO and delay times are shown on the corresponding LEDs located above the ENCODER.

2.3.1 FILTER

The filter effect is a special feature of the DFX69. It offers three different filter types that can be operated in three different modes. The filter types and modes are explained in detail under and.

ON activates/deactivates the FILTER effect of the DFX69. The LEDs around the DATAWHEEL (see) indicate the current filter frequency.

TYPE selects the filter you wish to use:

LOW PASS (LP):

The low pass filter attenuates (cuts or lowers) frequencies above acut-offfrequency by 24 dB/octave. Thecut-offfrequency is determined by the selected filter mode (see) that creates the filter effect.

HIGH PASS (HP):

The high pass filter attenuates frequencies below acut-offfrequency by 24 dB/octave. Here, thecut-offfrequency is also determined by the selected filter mode (see).

BAND PASS (BP):

The band pass filter attenuates all frequencies except for those defined by an adjustable middle frequency. It has a rating of 12 dB/octave. The middle frequency is determined by the filter mode here as well (see).

MODE selects a filter mode. The following three modes are available:

LFO mode, MANUAL mode and AUTO mode.

Press the MODE key briefly to alternate between the LFO and MANUAL modes. To activate the AUTO mode, keep the MODE key pressed for a few seconds. Pressing MODE again briefly reactivates LFO mode.

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LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)

In this mode, the LFO modulates the cut-offfrequency from the lowest to the highest frequency and back to the lowest frequency. The modulation speed can be either adjusted continuously using the ENCODER or incrementally using the BEAT keys (seeand). The increments available via the BEAT keys are always relative values expressed in beats. For example, if you enter “2”, it will take two beats for thecut-offfrequency to modulate from the lowest to the highest frequency and back. The DFX69 calculates the time on the basis of the current BPM signal automatically.

MANUAL

In this mode, the cut-offfrequency can be adjusted using the large DATAWHEEL (see). This also allows realtime filter modulation. You can adjust the reaction time of the filter using the ENCODER or the BEAT keys located beneath it (seeand). The shorter the reaction time, the quicker the filter reacts to the DATAWHEEL movement.

AUTO

In AUTO mode, the filter frequency is modulated via the level of the music signal. In this mode, it is important to set up the filter sensitivity so that it correctly reacts to the input signal (see ).

FILTER has a function similar to the SHOT key in the SAMPLER section. Pressing and holding the FILTER key activates the FILTER effect. As soon as you release the key, the FILTER effect is deactivated.

When in AUTO mode, the FILTER key has an extra function: keeping it pressed while turning the DATAWHEEL allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the filter to compensate for varying levels between tracks, which will cause the filter to react differently to various tracks. For example, if the volume of one track is lower than that of a previous track, you should increase the filter sensitivity so that the filter will react appropriately to the rhythm.

RESONANCE increases thecut-offfrequency of the LOW PASS and the HIGH PASS filter (0 - 10), adding presence to the effect.

2.3.2 FLANGER

The word “flange” means “tape spool”, and this explains the characteristics of the effect. Originally, the flanger effect was generated with two tape recorders that ran synchronously. The same audio signal was recorded and played back on both machines (e.g. a guitar solo). Applying pressure on the left spool of one of the machines caused the spool and thus the playback speed to slow down. The generated delay resulted in phase shifting of the signals.

ON activates/deactivates the FLANGER effect on the DFX69.

To determine the speed of the effect, first dial up the FLANGER effect by pressing the ENCODER (see ). Then, use the BEAT keys located beneath it to dial up one of the predetermined speed values. This value is a relative value that is calculated based on the current BPM value. By turning the ENCODER, you can continuously adjust the flanger speed. By turning the DATAWHEEL while the effect is active (see

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+ If there is no signal present (or the signal is too weak), the BPM display begins to blink. This also happens when the beat counter cannot accurately analyze the signal.

2.4 Connections

Fig. 2.2: The rear panel connections

The LINE input is for connection of aline-levelsignal (e. g. the main outputs of your DJ mixer).

PHONO is intended for connecting a turntable.

+Never connect equipment with line-levelsignals to the highly sensitive phono inputs! The output signal level of turntables is in the millivolt range, while CD players and tape decks have signal levels measuring in volts. Simply put,line-levelsignals are up to 100 times stronger than those intended for phono inputs.

PHONO/LINE selects between the PHONO inputs (button out) and LINE inputs (button in).

The GND connector is used for grounding your turntable.

The OUTPUT connectors are used for feeding an amplifier or a DJ mixer (depending on intended use).

Use the AC POWER IN connector socket to connect your DFX69 with the mains via the included power supply.

+Always disconnect the power supply unit from the power outlet when your DFX69 will not be in use for an extended period of time.

3.APPLICATIONS

3.1 Connecting to the effects loop of a DJ mixer

The TWEAKALIZER DFX69 is an optimal addition to any DJ mixer, especially if the mixer features an integrated effects loop. BEHRINGER offers a wide range of mixers that are particularly well suited for these kinds of applications. An example of such mixers would be our professional VMX series of DJ mixers.

To insert your DFX69 into the effects loop of a DJ mixer, connect the send outputs of the mixer to the line inputs of the DFX69 (PHONO/LINE button depressed or “in”).

Connect the outputs of the TWEAKALIZER to the return inputs of the mixer, so that the effects signal is mixed with the mixer’s main signal. It makes sense to turn the MIX control of your DFX69 all the way to the right (WET), so that the TWEAKALIZER only plays back the effects signal. The mix between original and effects signals is adjusted using the send and/or return controls on the mixer.

Figure 3.1 shows a connection of this type using the

PRO MIXER VMX1000 as an example:

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Fig. 3.2: Direct connection of a turntable to the TWEAKALIZER DFX69

4. INSTALLATION

For audio connections, you will need a standard, commercially available RCA cable. For optimal results, always use high-qualitycables, adapters and connectors.

+Always make sure that only technically qualified people install and operate your TWEAKALIZER. During and after the installation, all those handling the equipment need to be sufficiently grounded in order to avoid the potentially damaging electrostatic discharge or similar damage that could have a permanent adverse effect on your equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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