Alesis WILDFIRE User Manual

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Table Of Contents

 

Chapter 1: Introduction ..............................................

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About the Wildfire....................................................................

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Wildfire Basics .........................................................................

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

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Chapter 2: Hookup Diagram ......................................

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Chapter 3: A Tour of the Wildfire ............................

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Front Panel.............................................................................

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

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Chapter 4: Selecting Programs................................

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Chapter 5: Editing Programs ...................................

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Chapter 6: Storing & Copying Programs ..............

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Chapter 7: Using the Tuner ......................................

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Chapter 8: Deferred Program Change...................

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Chapter 9: Stereo-LinkingTwo Amplifiers...........

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Chapter 10: EFFECT Knob Settings.......................

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Chapter 11: Troubleshooting ...................................

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Chapter 12: Specifications........................................

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Chapter 13: Contact Information............................

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Welcome!

Thank you for making the Alesis Wildfire a part of your setup. 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-qualitymusic equipment available to everyone, and this user 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 musical goals.

Sincerely,

The people of Alesis

For more effective service and product update notices, please register your Wildfire online at http://www.alesis.com/ support/warranty.htm.

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About the Wildfire

Our Wildfire guitar amplifiers are compact and light, but extremely powerful. Perfect for both practicing and performing onstage, all three Wildfire models are endowed with the same professional-qualityamplification system and features that make this line of amplifiers unique. Just take a look:

Wildfire Key Features

Three models: Wildfire 15 (15W RMS and 8” speaker),

Wildfire 30 (30W RMS and 10” speaker) andWildfire 60 (60 W RMS and 12” speaker)

On-boardstereo effect processorwith 9 effect modules that provide multiple selectable effects

80 preset effect patches that you can fully edit, store and restore to the factory default settings

Over 40 different effects with adjustable parameters and innumerable effect combinations

Built-inauto-chromatictuner

Bass and Treble control knobs for direct EQing of the audio signal (Wildfire 60 only)

Drive knob for direct control over the DRIVE parameter found in the effects processor (Wildfire 30 and Wildfire 60 only)

Speaker Output for connecting to an external8-ohmspeaker

Stereo Link Output for connecting to the input of a second amplifier for true stereo output

Input for an optional expression pedal for controlling effect parameters

Input for optional footswitches for changing user programs

Headphones jack for quiet, private playing in stereo

AUX Input for a CD player or otherline-leveldevice—playalong to your favorite songs!

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Wildfire Basics

Benefits of an On-BoardEffect Processor

If you use guitar effects, you probably do so by linking pedals together into a chain or by using a multi-effectprocessor. All this extra equipment can cost a fortune and crowd your playing space. The Wildfire, however, simplifies things because it includes all the effects you need right in your amplifier. Instead of tripping over extra wires and turning knobs and pushing buttons on pedal after pedal, with the Wildfire you have full control over dozens of effects without the need for an external processor!

Effect Modules

If you were to think of the Wildfire’s effect processor as a series of individual pedals linked together, then each pedal in that series would be considered an effect module. The Wildfire has nine separate effect modules, as shown below:

You can assign one effect to each of these modules and adjust its parameters accordingly. For more on the Wildfire’s effect modules, see chapter 10.

Effect Types

When we use the word “effect” in this manual, we’re usually referring to an effect type. Each module provides you with a selection of effect types, only one of which may be chosen for each module. For example, the DIST module allows you to select which type of distortion you want (ACOUSTIC, TUBE CLEAN, RHYTHM and others). The behavior of each of these effect types may be adjusted in one or more ways to produce variations of the effect.

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Parameters

A parameter is a control that changes the characteristics of an effect. When we use the word “parameter,” we are referring to the “direct control” parameter available to the DIST, FX1, FX2 and FX3 modules. DIST’s parameter is called DRIVE, and the parameters for FX1, FX2 and FX3 are labeled PARAM. The characteristic controlled by a parameter varies from effect to effect.

Programs

A program is a combination of effect modules and their respective settings. In PLAY mode, you have quick access to the Wildfire’s eighty programs via the

Program Up and Down buttons, optional footswitches and the VALUE knob. Theprograms are divided up into banks A – H and are

identified by a bank letter and a program number on the display.

Playing in Stereo

The Wildfire outdoes most other guitar amplifiers by providing stereo output instead of the standard mono. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful benefit this provides for your sound, because many of the Wildfire’s excellent effects will sound even better when you listen to them in stereo. See chapter 9 for instructions on how to connect a second amplifier to the Wildfire using the STEREO LINK OUTPUT. If you don’t have a second amplifier, you can immediately enjoy the stereo effects simply by listening with headphones.

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How to Use This Manual

This manual is divided into the following sections describing the various functions and applications for the Wildfire. While it's a good idea to read through the entire manual once carefully, if you already have general knowledge about guitar amplifiers and effects, you should use the table of contents to look up specific functions.

Chapter 2: Hookup Diagram shows you how to get the Wildfire connected and turned on.

Chapter 3: A Tour of the Wildfire describes all the controls and features of the unit. This chapter features labeled diagrams of the front and rear panels. The paragraphs that follow the diagrams provide more in-depth explanations of these features.

Chapters 4 through 9 include step-by-step instructions for using the Wildfire, including how to select and edit programs, use the tuner function, store and copy programs, use the Defer Program Changes feature, and stereo-link two amplifiers.

Chapter 10: Effects Knob Settings explains the Wildfire’s effect modules and types, as well as other settings controlled by the EFFECT and VALUE knobs.

Chapter 11: Troubleshooting can give you a hand if you’re experiencing problems with the Wildfire. You’ll find that most issues can be resolved simply and quickly.

Chapter 12: Specifications is full of information for the more technical users.

Chapter 13: Contact Information lets you know the best way to reach us if you have any questions or comments.

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 Wildfire.

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