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User’s

Guide

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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

Manufacturer’s Name:

DigiTech

Manufacturer’s Address:

8760 S. Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

declares that the product:

 

Product name:

Vocal300

Note: Product name may be suffixed by the letters EU, JA, NP and UK.

Product option:

none

conforms to the following Product Specifications:

Safety:

IEC 60065 (1998)

EMC:

EN 55013 (1990)

 

EN 55020 (1991)

Supplementary Information:

 

The product herewith complies with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 72/23/EEC and the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC as amended by Directive 93/68/EEC.

President of Harman Music Group 8760 S. Sandy Parkway

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

Date: October 10, 2001

European Contact:

Your local DigiTech Sales and Service Office or

 

Harman Music Group

 

8760 South Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070 USA

 

Ph: (801) 566-8800

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1

Included Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1

Top Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1

Rear Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2

Connecting the Vocal 300 . . . . . . . . .

2

Mono Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2

Stereo Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3

Modes and Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4

Performance Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4

Edit Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Store Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Bypass Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Expression Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

6

Assigning a Parameter . . . . . . . . . . . .

6

V-Switch/PedalCalibration . . . . . . . .

7

Factory Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.7

Effects and Parameters . . . . . . . . . .

.8

Signal Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.8

Compressor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.8

Mic Pre/Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.8

Voice Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.8

EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.9

Noise Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.9

Mod.Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.9

Mod Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10

Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10

Reverb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10

Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11

Preset List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Warranty

We at DigiTech are very proud of our products and back-upeach one we sell with the following warranty:

1.The warranty registration card must be mailed within ten days after purchase date to validate this warranty.

2.DigiTech warrants this product, when used solely within the U.S., to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service.

3.DigiTech liability under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing defective materials that show evidence of defect, provided the product is returned to DigiTech WITH RETURN AUTHORIZATION, where all parts and labor will be covered up to a period of one year. A Return Authorization number may be obtained from DigiTech by telephone.The company shall not be liable for any consequential damage as a result of the product's use in any circuit or assembly.

4.Proof-of-purchaseis considered to be the burden of the consumer.

5.DigiTech reserves the right to make changes in design, or make additions to, or improvements upon this product without incurring any obligation to install the same on products previously manufactured.

6.The consumer forfeits the benefits of this warranty if the product's main assembly is opened and tampered with by anyone other than a certified DigiTech technician or, if the product is used with AC voltages outside of the range suggested by the manufacturer.

7.The foregoing is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and DigiTech neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume any obligation or liability in connection with the sale of this product. In no event shall DigiTech or its dealers be liable for special or consequential damages or from any delay in the performance of this warranty due to causes beyond their control.

NOTE:The information contained in this manual is subject to change at any time without notification. Some information contained in this manual may also be inaccurate due to undocumented changes in the product or operating system since this version of the manual was completed.The information contained in this version of the owner's manual supersedes all previous versions.

Introduction

The features and functions of the the Vocal 300 ‘s knob based matrix editing system are extremely user friendly. To familiarize yourself with the Vocal 300, we recommend you go through this User’s Guide with your Vocal 300 in front of you.

Included Items

This User Guide, and the following items have been included with the Vocal 300:

1.PS0913B Power Supply

2.Warranty Card

The utmost care was taken while your Vocal 300 was manufactured. If anything is missing or not working, please contact the factory at once. To register your product for warranty benefits, please return the warranty card.

Top Panel

1.DOWN, UP, andBYPASS footswitches - Move through the Vocal 300’s presets and bypass effects.

2.LOW,MIDRANGE,HIGH, ANDMASTER LEVEL knobs - Adjusts the effect’s parameters in Edit mode.

3.SELECT button - Accesses edit mode and selects the effects to edit.

4.MATRIX and LEDs - The matrix provides information regarding the current preset and parameter edit functions.

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5.INPUT CLIP LED - Lights if the incoming signal is distorting.

6.DISPLAY - Provides information for the different functions.

7.INPUT GAIN knob - Adjusts the input signal level.

8.STORE Button - Stores or copies presets to User preset locations.

9.EXPRESSION PEDAL - Controls the Vocal 300’s parameters in real time.

Rear Panel

1.1/8” CD INPUT - Connect the headphone output of your CD, tape, or MP3 player to this jack. This jack is used tosing-alongwith recorded music.

2.1/4” Unbalanced INPUT - Connect a CD player, mixer, or other line level device output to this jack.

Note: If this input is used, the XLR input is disabled.

3.XLR Balanced INPUT - Connect a microphone to this jack.

4.XLR Balanced Mono OUTPUT - Connect to a mixer XLR input.

5.1/4” TRS STEREO OUTPUT - Connect a 1/4” stereo “Y” cable to this output (becomes a 1/4” Mono output if 1/4” mono TS plug is used).

6.1/8” HEADPHONE Output - Connect a pair of stereo headphones to this jack.

7.POWER jack - Connect only the DigiTech PS0913B power supply to this jack.

Connecting the Vocal 300

The Vocal 300 can be connected in several different ways. The following diagrams show a few possible options.

Mono Operation

1.Turn the INPUT GAIN knob completelycounter-clockwise(7 o’clock) position.

2.Set the mixer channel’s fader to 0dB.

3.Set the mixer’s master fader to its minimum position (no output signal).

4.Connect the microphone to the Vocal 300’s XLR INPUT.

5.Connect an XLR cable from the Vocal 300’s XLR OUTPUT to the XLR mic input on the selected mixer channel.

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6.While singing, gradually turn up the Vocal 300’s INPUT GAIN knob until the INPUT CLIP LED lights with the strongest signals.

7.Gradually bring the mixer’s master fader up.

Note: It may be necessary to consult your mixer’s owners manual for the proper mixer setup.

Balanced

XLR Cable

Balanced

XLR Cable

or

From Line Level Output

MASTER

Stereo Operation

1.Turn the INPUT GAIN knob completelycounter-clockwise(7 o’clock) position.

2.Set the mixer channel’s fader to 0dB.

3.Set the mixer’s master fader to its minimum position (no output signal).

4.Connect the microphone to the Vocal 300’s XLR INPUT.

5.Connect an 1/4” TS cable or stereo TRS “Y” cable from the Vocal 300’s 1/4” OUTPUT to the 1/4” line input of the selected mixer channel.

6.Set the pan controls on the selected mixer channel hard left and hard right.

7.While singing, gradually turn up the Vocal 300’s INPUT GAIN knob until the INPUT CLIP LED lights with the strongest signals.

8.Gradually bring the mixer’s master fader up.

Note: It may be necessary to consult your mixer’s owners manual for the proper mixer setup.

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Balanced

XLR Cable

1/4" Stereo "Y" Cable

or

From Line Level Output

MASTER

Modes and Functions

Performance Mode

The Vocal 300 initially powers up in performance mode.

SELECT Button - Enters edit mode. Each press of this button moves to the next row of effects in the matrix. Press and hold this button to return to performance mode.

STORE Button - Begins the storing process.

INPUT GAIN knob - Sets the input gain for your microphone.

LOW, MIDRANGE, HIGH,AND MASTER LEVEL Knobs - These knobs control the Bass, Mid Level,Treble, and Master Level of the presets. FOOTSWITCHES – The UPand DOWNfootswitches move through the presets (1-40 User and 41-80 Factory). Pressing the BYPASSfootswitch bypasses all effects. While in preset bypass, you can select the next preset using the UPand DOWNfootswitches. This preset will then be loaded when bypass is exited. Expression Pedal - Controls the assigned parameter of the current preset.

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Edit Mode

The Vocal 300 lets you create your own presets, and modify existing presets. To create your own preset, do the following:

1.Select a User or Factory Preset.

2.Press the SELECT button. The Matrix’s first effect row LED begins flashing.

3.Modify the parameters in the selected row using the LOW,MIDRANGE,HIGH, andMASTER LEVEL knobs.When changes are made, the Store LED lights, and the abbreviated parameter name with a space followed by a two digit parameter value is displayed.

4.To move to the next effect in the Matrix, press the SELECT button again.

5.Press the STORE button to save your changes.

Note: Pressing the UP or DOWN footswitches returns you to Performance mode. Pressing the BYPASS footswitch bypasses all effects.

Store Mode

After modifying a preset, you must store your settings to one of the 40 User Preset locations. To store changes to a preset or store a preset to a different location, do the following:

1.Press the STORE button. The Store LED begins blinking on and off, and the first character of the name flashes.

2.Use the LOW knob to change the character. Use theMIDRANGE knob to move to the next character (left or right) in the name.

3.Press the STORE button again. The preset’s name and number are displayed.

4.If you want to change where the preset is stored, rotate the MASTER LEVEL knob to select a new preset location. Only User presets1-40can be overwritten.

5.Press the STORE button a final time to store your changes.Stored followed by the preset name is displayed.

Note: Pressing the SELECT button aborts the storing process.

Bypass Mode

The Vocal 300 can be bypassed so only a clean, unprocessed signal is heard. To bypass the Vocal 300, do the following:

1.Press the BYPASS footswitch.Bypass appears in the display.

2.Press the BYPASS footswitch again to return to performance mode. If a new preset was selected while in bypass mode, you will exit bypass mode to the new preset. If a new preset was not selected, you will return to the preset in use before you entered bypass mode.

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Expression Pedal

Assigning a Parameter

The Vocal 300 includes a built-inExpression pedal. The Expression pedal is used to control many of the Vocal 300’s effect parameters in real time. To assign a parameter to the Expression pedal, do the following:

1.Select a User or Factory Preset.

2.Press the SELECT button until the Matrix’s last effect row LED begins flashing.

3.Rotate the LOW knob to select the Expression pedal 1,2, or 3.

Note: You can assign three parameters to the Expression pedal per preset.

4.Rotate the MIDRANGE knob to select the parameter the pedal will control.

5.Rotate the HIGH knob to adjust the minimum value the pedal (toe up) reaches.

6.Rotate the MASTER LEVEL knob to adjust the maximum value the pedal (toe down) reaches.

7.Press the STORE button to store the changes. See page 5 for more information on storing presets.

The following is a list of the parameters that can be assigned to the

Expression pedal:

 

 

 

Parameter

Display

Min Value

Max Value

Voice Param 1

Varies

Varies

Varies

Voice Param 2

Varies

Varies

Varies

Voice Level

Voxlvl

1

99

Effect Speed

Speed

1

99

Effect Amount

amount

1

99

Effect Level

Fx lvl

0

99

Effect Mix

Fx MIX

0

99

Whammy

whmamt

1

99

Delay Feedback

fback

1

99 R-hold

Delay In Level

Dly in

0

99

Delay Out Level

Dlyout

0

99

Reverb Decay

Decay

1

99

Reverb In Level

Rev in

0

99

Reverb Out Level

Revout

0

99

Volume Pre

Volpre

------

------

Volume Post

volpst

------

------

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V-Switch/PedalCalibration

The Vocal 300 has an expression pedal feature called V-Switch.V-Switchis a pressure sensitive virtual switch, that turns the Vocal Character module off and on. The expression pedal must be calibrated for the Vocal Character module to work. The expression pedal will continue to control the parameter it is assigned to regardless of the Vocal Character status. However, it is important to calibrate the expression pedal for it to function properly. To calibrate the expression pedal, do the following:

1.Press the DOWN footswitch and connect the power.CALIB briefly displays, and thenTOE DN is displayed.

2.Press the expression pedal forward (toe down).

3.

Press a footswitch, and TOE UP appears in the display.

4. Press the expression pedal toe up.

5.

Press a footswitch, and VSWTCH appears in the display.

6.To calibrate the V-Switchpress down hard on the toe untilDONE appears in the display. The sensitivity value appears in the numeric display. The display toggles betweenVSWTCHOn andVSWTCHOf.

7.(Optional)Rotate the Master Level knob to adjust the V-Switchsensitivity.

8.Press any footswitch to return to Performance mode with the changes saved.

Factory Reset

This function resets the Vocal 300 to its original factory status. This procedure erases all custom user presets, and requires the expression pedal be recalibrated. To complete a factory reset, do the following:

1.Disconnect the power supply from the Vocal 300.

2.Press and hold the SELECT button while connecting the power supply.

3.When reset? displays, release the button and press theSTORE button. reset is displayed and the and Vocal 300 is reset.

4.Calibrate the expression pedal (see previous section).

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Effects and Parameters

Signal Path

 

Input Level

Compressor

 

Mic Pre / Voice

Equalizer

Noise Gate

Volume

Effects

Delay

Reverb

Volume

Pedal - Pre

Pedal - Post

 

 

 

 

Compressor

The compressor module is used to control the dynamics of varying signal strengths.

On/Off - Rotate theLOW knob to turn the effect on and off.

Type - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to select the type of compression to be used, Low, Medium or High.

Gain - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to increase the compressor’s output gain.

Mic Pre/Voice

This module selects various mic preamp and voice character types. Tube Pre is a warm professional mic preamp type for standard vocal usage. Overdrive and Grunge are cutting edge distortion preamp types. The other 9 voice characters produce wild and unnatural vocal sounds.

Voice - Rotate theLOW knob to select a vocal character. Voice types are:Tube Pre, Overdrive, Grunge, Dark Side, Monster, Chipmunk, Lunar,Lo-Fi,Robot,Wizard, Alien, and Telephone.

Parameter 1 – Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to adjust the first parameter of the Voice type selected. (see Voice Parameter chart following these instructions)

Parameter 2 – Rotate theHIGH knob to adjust the second parameter of the Voice type selected. (see Voice Parameter chart following these instructions)

Level - Rotate theMASTER LEVEL knob to controls the preset level for the selected model.

Voice Parameters

Character

Param 1

Display

Param 2

Display

Tube Pre

Gain

gain

De-Esser

de

ess

Overdrive

Gain

gain

De-Esser

de

ess

8

Character

Param 1

Display

Param 2

Display

Grunge

Gain

gain

De-Esser

de ess

Dark Side

Breath

breath

n/a

 

Monster

Size

size

Growl

growl

Chipmunk

Size

size

n/a

 

Lunar

Range

range

n/a

 

Lo-Fi

Gain

gain

Sub Frequency

subfrq

Robot

Range

range

Edge

edge

Wizard

Range

range

n/a

 

Alien

Rate

rate

Intensity

intens

Telephone

Sub Frequency subfrq

Sibilance

siblnc

EQ

The EQ module is a 3-bandEQ consisting of Bass, Mid and Treble. The frequency centers for each band may vary depending on the selected model.

Bass – Rotate theLOW knob to adjust the low frequency gain.

Midrange - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to adjust the midrange frequency gain.Mid Frequency - Rotate theHIGH knob to adjust the midrange frequency.High - Rotate theMASTER LEVEL knob to adjust the high frequency gain.

Noise Gate

The noise gate eliminates unwanted noise when a signal isn’t present. Gate On/Off - Rotate theLOW knob to turn the noise gate on and off.

Threshold - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to select the noise gate’s threshold. A higher setting requires a stronger signal to open the gate.

Mod.Effects

The Mod Effects module has several effects to choose from: Off, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser,Tremolo,Vibrato, Strobe, Doubler, Envelope, Pixelator, Detune, Pitch, and Whammy. When the Mod. Effects row is selected, the following settings apply:

Type/Off - Rotate theLOW knob to select an effect and turn the effect on and off.

Parameter 1 - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to adjust the first parameter of the selected effect type (see the parameter list following these instructions).

Parameter 2 - Rotate theHIGH knob to adjust the second parameter of the selected effect type (see the parameter list following these instructions).

Mod Level - Rotate theMASTER LEVEL knob to control the effect’s level.

Note: Only one of the effects in this row can be used at a time.

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Mod Parameters

Effect

Parameter 1

Parameter 2

Mod Level

Chorus

Speed

Depth

wet level

Flanger

Speed

Depth

wet/dry mix

Phaser

Speed

Depth

wet/dry mix

Tremolo

Speed

Depth

n/a

Vibrato

Speed

Depth

n/a

Strobe

Speed

Depth

n/a

Doubler

n/a

n/a

wet level

Envelope

Range

Sensitivity

wet/dry mix

Pixelator

Amount

Speed

wet/dry mix

Detune

Amount

n/a

wet level

Pitch

Amount

n/a

wet/dry mix

Whammy

Amount

Whammy Amount

wet/dry mix

Delay

Delay records a portion of the incoming signal, and plays it back a short time later. The recording can repeat just once or several times. The Delay module has three types of delay effects: Digital, Analog, and Ping Pong.

Type /Off - Rotate theLOW knob to select the delay type and to turn the delay on and off.

Delay Time - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to select the delay time.Feedback - Rotate theHIGH knob to select the number of delay repeats and

the repeat hold.

Delay Level - Rotate theMASTER LEVEL knob to adjust the delay effect level.

Reverb

Using reverb in recorded program material gives the listener a sense that the material is being performed in an actual room or hall. This similarity to actual acoustic space makes reverberation a useful tool in recorded music.

Type/Off - Rotate theLOW knob to select 1 of 8 reverb types and to turn the reverb on and off.

Decay - Rotate theMIDRANGE knob to adjust the reverb decay time.Damping - Rotate theHIGH knob to adjust the amount of high frequency

damping in the reverb signal.

Reverb Level - Rotate theMASTER LEVEL knob to adjust the effect’s input level.

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Appendix

Preset List

Number

Preset Name

Display Name

Number

Preset Name

Display Name

1/41

Vocal Delay

vocdly

21/61

Wizard

wizard

2/42

Monster

monster

22/62

Warm Tube Delay

tubdly

3/43

50's Slapback Delay

slapbk

23/63

Distorted Tremolo

dstrem

4/44

Grunge Vocal

grunge

24/64

Karaoke Delay

karoke

5/45

Thicken

thickn

25/65

Mars Man

mars

6/46

Vocal Plate

plate

26/66

Whammy Man

whaman

7/47

Wah Voice

wahvoc

27/67

Big Verb

bigvrb

8/48

Vibrato

vibrto

28/68

Distorted Delay

dstdly

9/49

Tube Mic Preamp

tubpre

29/69

Helium

helium

10/50

Oh Yeah!

ohyeah

30/70

Cyborg

cyborg

11/51

Breathy

brethy

31/71

Billy Goat

goat

12/52

5th Up Pitch Shift

5th up

32/72

Invaders

invadr

13/53

Telephone

telphn

33/73

Megaphone

megphn

14/54

Alvin

alvin

34/74

Chorus Verb

chorvb

15/55

Strobovoice

strobe

35/75

Wiggle

wiggle

16/56

Rich Detune

detune

36/76

Monster Pong

monpng

17/57

Lo-Fi

lo fi

37/77

Robot

robot

18/58

Phased Pong

phspng

38/78

Stutterer

stuttr

19/59

Compressed

cmprssd

39/79

Pixelator

pixltr

20/60

Dark Force

force

40/80

Space Reverb

space

Specifications

Line Input:

1/4” TS Unbalanced

CD Input:

1/4” TRS Stereo

Mic Input:

Balanced XLR

Mic Output:

Balanced XLR

Stereo Output:

1/4” TRS Stereo

Headphone Output:

1/8” TRS Stereo

A/D/A Converter:

24 bit Delta SIgma

Sample Rate:

44.1 kHz

Frequency Response:

20-20kHz+0,-3dB

Signal to Noise:

97dB (A weighted); ref = max level,

 

22kHz bandwidth

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):

120dB (A weighted) 150 Ohm Source

 

Impedance, 22kHz bandwidth

THD:

Less than 0.04% (1kHz)

Memory:

40 User Presets/40 Factory Presets

Power Supply:

9V AC, 1.3A (PS0913)

Power Consumption:

10 Watts

Dimensions:

8.5” L x 13” W x 2.25” H

Weight:

3.75 lbs

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DigiTech

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International Distribution

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USA

PH (801) 566-8800FAX (801)566-7005

DigiTech and Vocal 300 are trade marks of the Harman Music Group Inc.

Copyright the Harman Music Group

Printed in the USA 10/2001

Manufactured in the USA

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