Alesis MODFX FAZE User Manual

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Copyright 2002, Alesis. All rights reserved

Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

All trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

7-51-0118-A8/2002

Table of Contents

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

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Welcome! .........................................................................................................

3

About the Faze ................................................................................

4

Important features of your Faze .................................................................

4

Faze Key Features ..........................................................................................

5

How to Use This Manual.............................................................

6

Safety Instructions/Notices .....................................

7

Important Safety Instructions (English)............................

7

CE Declaration Of Conformity................................................

9

FCC Compliance Statement......................................................

9

Instructions de Sécurité Importantes (French) .........................................

10

Lesen Sie bitte die folgende Sicherheitshinweise

 

(German) ..................................................................................................

12

Quick Start Guide ........................................................

15

If you can’t wait to get started......................................................................

15

Hook it up to a synthesizer...........................................................................

15

A quick overview of the controls ...........................................

16

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

16

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

17

Unpacking and Inspection ............................................................................

17

Installing in a Rack .........................................................................................

17

Power................................................................................................................

17

Connecting to the Channel Inserts of a mixing console: ........................

19

Connecting to the Main Outputs of a mixing console: ...........................

20

Connecting to the Effect Send/Return of a mixing

 

console: .....................................................................................................

20

Connecting to the inserts on an instrument amplifier: ............................

21

Connecting to equipment with XLR inputs and outputs:.......................

22

About audio cables.........................................................................................

22

Using the ModLink........................................................................

23

Using the Faze ...............................................................

25

About phase shifting ....................................................................

25

How the Faze emulates classic phase shifters ...........................................

25

What is Tempo Sync? ....................................................................................

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Description of Controls...............................................................

27

Rate ...................................................................................................................

27

Depth................................................................................................................

27

Center ...............................................................................................................

28

Regen ................................................................................................................

28

TYPE Rocker Switch.....................................................................................

31

Reset Mod........................................................................................................

33

Bypass...............................................................................................................

33

Using the Foot Switch ...................................................................................

33

Tap Tempo ......................................................................................................

34

Sample Settings.............................................................

35

Blank Settings Templates ..............................................................................

38

Troubleshooting............................................................

39

Troubleshooting Index................................................................

39

Avoiding ground loop noise.........................................................................

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Table Of Contents

 

Line conditioners and spike protectors

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Care and Maintenance ................................................................

43

Cleaning............................................................................................................

43

Refer all servicing to Alesis...........................................................................

43

Obtaining repair service ................................................................................

44

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

45

Audio Input .....................................................................................................

45

Audio Output..................................................................................................

45

Audio Performance........................................................................................

45

Mechanical .......................................................................................................

45

Index...................................................................................

47

Warranty/Contact Alesis...........................................

48

Alesis Limited Warranty................................................................................

48

Alesis Contact Information ..........................................................................

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Introduction

Welcome!

Thank you for making the Alesis Faze a part of your studio. Since 1984, we've been designing and building creative tools for the audio community. We believe in our products, because we've heard the results that creative people like you have achieved with them. One of Alesis' goals is to make high-qualitystudio equipment available to everyone, and this Reference Manual is an important part of that. After all, there's no point in making equipment with all kinds of capabilities if no one explains how to use them. So, we try to write our manuals as carefully as we build our products.

The goal of this manual is to get you the information you need as quickly as possible, with a minimum of hassle. We hope we've achieved that. If not, please drop us an email and give us your suggestions on how we could improve future editions of this manual.

We hope your investment will bring you many years of creative enjoyment and help you achieve your goals.

Sincerely,

The people of Alesis

For more effective service and product update notices, please register your Faze online at:

www.alesis.com/ support/ warranty.htm

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Introduction

About the Faze

Your new Faze is a member of the Alesis ModFX family of performance effects boxes. This particular ModFX unit is a highquality stereo phase shifter.

Each ModFX unit provides a different set of sound effects and signal processing, and they are easy to arrange and connect to each other. With a uniform, friendly, uncomplicated user interface and high-resolutiondigital processing, the ModFX products are perfect for keyboardists, guitarists, and any other studio or live performance artists.

Important features of your Faze

High Resolution Processing

The Faze internally uses 28-bitstereo digital signal processing. Thedigital-to-analogandanalog-to-digitalconversion is sampled at 48kHz with 24 bits of resolution. That means you can get the effect you want, without adding unwanted noise and distortion.

ModLink

If you’re using multiple ModFX boxes to make your own unique effects chain, ModLink makes it easy to hookup without needing patch cords within the chain. The nine-pinconnectors built into each side of the case enable a ModFX box to transfer digital audio and word clock directly to another. Any number of units can be connected together.

Configurable Modulation

The Faze features configurable modulation. The user can control the shape, rate, and depth of the modulation. The rate of modulation can be synchronized to the tempo, both by tap tempo and by audio input.

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Introduction

Faze Key Features

Digital emulation of classic stereo phaser effects, with five different modulation sources

Uniform, friendly, uncomplicated user interface—nofiddling with complicated menus or “hidden” knobs

Tempo synchronization keeps phasing effect in time with the music

Tap Tempo makes it easy to set the speed of phasing by tapping a beat on the top panel

Reset Mod lets you reset the phase of any modulation shape from its beginning

Stereo processing via four 1/4” unbalanced connectors

ModLink port, a cable-freeconnection that transfers digital audio and word clock to other boxes in the ModFX family

Footswitch connection to control the bypass function

Ability to mount 3 ModFX boxes in the optional ModFX rack adapter

Input trim control to adjust input level

Internal 28-bitdigital processing

24-bitD/A and A/D conversion at 48kHz sampling rate for quiet,distortion-freeeffects

External 9VAC power supply included

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Introduction

How to Use This Manual

A little technical knowledge will help you get the most out of your gear...it’s really pretty simple. This manual is divided into the following sections describing the various functions and applications for the Faze. While it's a good idea to read through the entire manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about effect devices should use the table of contents to look up specific functions.

Chapter 1: Quick Start. If you're already experienced with effect boxes, this will get you started using the Faze right away. It's a short guide to the essential elements of hooking it up and using it for the first time. A brief tour of the front and rear panels also directs you to the chapters focused on individual features.

Chapter 2: Connections gives detailed instructions for connecting the Faze to a variety of typical audio systems. It also discusses the process of linking the Faze with other ModFX devices.

Chapter 3: Using the Faze explains the controls of the Faze and their functions.

Chapter 4: Sample Settings provides a selection of sound charts created by the sound designers at Alesis for you to try.

Near the end of the manual are troubleshooting tips, specifications, and an index to help you find what you're looking for.

Helpful tips and advice are highlighted in a shaded box like this

When something important appears in the manual, an exclamation mark (like the one shown at left) will appear with some explanatory text. This symbol indicates that this information is vital when operating the Faze.

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Safety Instructions/Notices

Important Safety Instructions (English)

Safety symbols used in this product

This symbol alerts the user that there are important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this unit.

This symbol warns the user of uninsulated voltage within the unit that can cause dangerous electric shocks.

This symbol warns the user that output connectors contain voltages that can cause dangerous electrical shock.

Please follow these precautions when using this product:

1.Read these instructions.

2.Keep these instructions.

3.Heed all warnings.

4.Follow all instructions.

5.Do not use this apparatus near water.

6.Clean only with a damp cloth. Do not spray any liquid cleaner onto the faceplate, as this may damage the front panel controls or cause a dangerous condition.

7.Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

8.Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. Agrounding-typeplug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

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Important Safety Instructions

11.Use only attachments or accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12.Use only with a cart, stand, bracket, or table designed for use with professional audio or music equipment. In any installation, make sure that injury or damage will not result from cables pulling on the apparatus and its mounting. If a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as when the power-supplycord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

15.This unit produces heat when operated normally. Operate in a well-ventilatedarea with at least six inches of clearance from peripheral equipment.

16.This product, in combination with an amplifier and headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for a long period of time at a high volume level or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an audiologist.

17.Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not place objects filled with liquids (flower vases, soft drink cans, coffee cups) on the apparatus.

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

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