TC Electronic FireworX User Manual

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USERS MANUAL

FireworX

STUDIO EFFECTS PROCESSOR

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

The lightning flash with an arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dan-

gerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of

important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product.

1Read these instructions.

2Keep these instructions.

3Heed all warnings.

4Follow all instructions.

5Do not use this apparatus near water.

6Clean only with dry cloth.

7Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

8Do 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-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10Protect the power cord from being walked

on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

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

14Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord 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.

Warning!

To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this equipment to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, are placed on the equipment.

This apparatus must be earthed.

Use a three wire grounding type line cord like the one supplied with the product.

Be advised that different operating voltages require the use of different types of line cord and attachment plugs.

Check the voltage in your area and use the correct type. See table below:

Voltage

Line plug according to standard

110-125V UL817 and CSA C22.2 no 42.

220-230V CEE 7 page VII, SR section

107-2-D1/IEC 83 page C4.

240V BS 1363 of 1984. Specification for 13A fused plugs and switched and unswitched socket outlets.

This equipment should be installed near the socket outlet and disconnection of the device should be easily accessible.

To completely disconnect from AC mains, disconnect the power supply cord from the AC receptable.

The mains plug of the power supply shall remain readily operable.

Do not install in a confined space.

Do not open the unit - risk of electric shock inside.

Caution:

You are cautioned that any change or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Service

There are no user-serviceable parts inside.

All service must be performed by qualified personnel.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

EMC / EMI.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B Digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules.

These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in residential installations. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. The user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

For the customers in Canada:

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

Certificate Of Conformity

TC Electronic A/S, Sindalsvej 34, 8240

Risskov, Denmark, hereby declares on own responsibility that following products:

Fireworx - Studio Effects Processor

- that is covered by this certificate and marked with CE-label conforms with following standards:

EN 60065 Safety requirements for mains

(IEC 60065) operated electronic and related apparatus for household and similar general use

EN 55103-1 Product family standard for audio,video, audio-visual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for professional use. Part 1: Emission.

EN 55103-2 Product family standard for audio, video, audio-visual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for professional use. Part 2: Immunity.

With reference to regulations in following directives: 73/23/EEC, 89/336/EEC

Issued in Risskov, January 13th 1998

Anders Fauerskov

Managing Directo

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PAGE

2

Table of contents, . .

. . . . . . .p. 3

 

Welcome, . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 4

 

Features, . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 5

 

Front panel, . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 6

 

Rear panel, . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 8

 

Signal flow, . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 9

 

Setups, . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 10

 

BASIC OPERATION

PAGE

12

Quick reference, . . .

. . . . . . .p. 12

 

Display overview, . . .

. . . . . . .p. 13

 

RECALL, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .P. 14

 

Recall display, . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 14

 

Preset page, . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 14

 

List page, . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 14

 

Recall Exercises, . .

. . . . . . .p. 15

 

STORE, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .P. 16

 

Store display, . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 16

 

Store page, . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 16

 

Name page, . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 16

 

Delete page, . . . . . .

. . . . . . .p. 16

 

Using a memory card,

. . . . . .p. 17

 

Store Exercises, . . .

. . . . . . .p. 18

 

EFFECTS SETUP

PAGE

19

EFFECTS, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .P. 19

Effects display, . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 19 Edit page, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 19 Edit Exercises, . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 20

ROUTING, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .P. 21

Routing page, . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 21 Routing Exercises, . . . . . . . . .p. 25 I/O of the blocks, . . . . . . . . . .p. 25 Block I/O Exercises, . . . . . . . .p. 25 Layout page, . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 27 Tool page, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 27 Layout Exercises, . . . . . . . . .p. 28

MODIFIERS

PAGE 29

MOD, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .P. 29

Modifier display,

. . . . . . . . . .p. 29

The flow of the Modifiers, . . .p. 29

Matrix page,

. . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 29

 

Link page, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 31

 

Dials page,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 31

 

Modifier Exercises,

. . . . . . . .p. 32

 

Modifiers page,

. . . . . . . . . . .p. 33

 

External loop,

. . . . . . . . . . . .p. 37

 

Alpha Mod.,

. . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 38

 

Tempo, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 39

 

Insert loop,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 40

 

SYSTEM AND MIDI

 

PAGE

41

I/O SETUP, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .P. 41

 

I/O Setup display,

. . . . . . . . .p. 41

 

Signal page,

. . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 42

 

Level page,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 43

 

MIDI page, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 43

 

External Controllers, . . . . . . .p. 44

 

UTILITY, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .P. 47

 

Config. page,

. . . . . . . . . . . .p. 47

 

Card page,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 47

 

THE BLOCKS

 

 

PAGE

48

The Special icons,

. . . . . . . .p. 48

 

Dynamics,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 48

 

Filters . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 51

 

Formant . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 54

 

Distortion . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 54

 

Vocode . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 55

 

Synth . . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 58

 

Pitch . . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 59

 

Chorus . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 59

 

Delay . . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 62

 

Reverb . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 66

 

Pan . . . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 68

 

EQ . . . . . .

. .

. . .

. . . . . . . . .p. 70

 

APPENDIX

 

 

PAGE

74

Reset page . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 72

Self test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 73

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . .p. 74

MIDI implementation chart . . .p. 75

Tech spec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 76

Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 77

TC Electronic, Sindalsvej 34, DK-8240 Risskov - tcdk@tcelectronic.com

Prod No: 606057022

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INTRODUCTION Welcome

Congratulations on the purchase of your new FireworX. We hope that you have as much pleasure using it as we had making it.

The FireworX is a studio multi-effects processor carefully designed to produce ultimate sound effects. The versatile Routing menu provides you with extremely flexible setup possibilities. You can combine the effect blocks in any combination you like. Check out the Modifier Matrix and discover a powerful tool for real-time external and internal control of the many parameters of the FireworX.

The FireworX is equipped with 24 bit AD/DA converters, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink and ADAT interfaces.

About this Manual

Many people in the music business (and elsewhere) have an aversion to reading manuals. We understand that. So if you feel like starting without reading the whole manual, simply get going. You can always use the manual for checking out areas that you have questions about, or if you want to dig deeper into the unit. Refer to the Table of Contents for further information.

On the other hand, you might want to know a little more about the FireworX before you start pressing keys. The manual will take you through all of the FireworX functions step by step. If you want to read about a specific function, please refer to the Table of Contents.

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INTRODUCTION Features

The Processing power structure of the FireworX

The FireworX is a multi-effects processor with more than 35 different algorithms grouped under the twelve effect block keys on the front panel. Each of these algorithms requires a certain amount of processing power. To be able to allow bigger algorithms that take up large amounts of power when active, the FireworX uses a dynamic processing power allocation structure. This means that you always get the advantage of the full power of the FireworX, in other words, you can keep adding algorithms to the signal chain until all the processing power of the FireworX is used. The FireworX will prompt you when no more power is left. The total power allocation between the different algorithms is shown in the “Effects, Tool” page.

The FireworX features:

-Any Effect block can be placed anywhere in the 8x8 Routing grid. Left/Right can be set up separately for Input/Output in each block.

-More than 35 different algorithms, including Ring Modulator, Digital Cruncher, Sweeping Filters, Formant Filters, Chaos Noise generation and many more.

-Nine external and eleven internal Modifiers that can be tied to numerous parameters. Up to twenty connections can be made simultaneously. Each connection’s Modifier relationship can be transformed.

-All nine External Modifiers can be controlled via MIDI controllers, Velocity, Pitchbend, Aftertouch, Note-on- key etc.

-Internal Modifiers include: ADSR’s, LFO’s, Envelope detectors, a Pitch detector etc.

-24 bit A to D and D to A converters. AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink and ADAT interface.

-Insert Loop, enabling you to insert any other effects processor into the Routing of the FireworX. The Loop can be Analog or Digital.

-Alpha Modulation wheel for real time control of parameters. The Alpha Mod. can send and receive MIDI. The function of the Alpha Mod. can be written into the preset name.

-All tempo based parameters can be connected to the global tempo. Each of these parameters can be set from 16 bars through 1/1 to 1/32 straight, dotted or triplet subdivisions of the global tempo. The global tempo can be tapped, dialed, or MIDI clock based.

-Each of the effect blocks can be bypassed via MIDI.

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INTRODUCTION The Front Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER

 

 

INPUT METERS

 

OVERALL BYPASS

 

 

Press and hold the Power

 

 

These meters indicate the

 

The Bypass key in the upper left corner

 

 

switch for about 3 seconds,

 

 

level of Left and Right

 

is the overall bypass. With this key you

 

 

then release to power off.

 

 

inputs.

 

can bypass all effects in the FireworX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVERFLOW LED

 

simultaneously.

 

 

IN/OUT KNOBS

 

 

This LED indicates

 

ALPHA MOD. SETUP

 

 

The overall analog Input level

 

 

internal overflow.

 

Press this key to get an overview of the

 

 

is adjusted via the knob in the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

parameters controlled by the Alpha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

upper left corner of the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mod. wheel.

 

 

FireworX. The Input should

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPO

 

 

average approximately -3 to -6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tap the global tempo using the Tempo

 

 

dB on the Input meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

key or connect the global tempo to

 

 

Set your analog output level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDI clock.

 

 

using the Output knob.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: this may affect the current preset.

 

 

CARD SLOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressing the Tempo key will enable the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempo pop-up menu. This menu will

 

 

The PCMCIA slot is used for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

disappear after a few seconds.

 

 

storing and loading presets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tempo key will indicate the global

 

 

Use Type 1 PC Cards with a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tempo by blinking.

 

 

minimum 64 KBytes of SRAM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAIN REDUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reads out the gain reduction of one of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Dynamics blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The three LED’s indicate MIDI activity,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preset Edited, and Digital lock . The

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Lock LED blinking indicates lack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of external clock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INTRODUCTION The Front Panel

EFFECT MUTE

The twelve effect keys are dedicated to mute/bypass any of the twelve effect blocks. These keys can mute/bypass an effect block at any time, no matter what display you are working in.

When you are in the Effects Edit display, double click for fast access to the Edit parameter menu.

ARROW KEYS

In many of the displays you can select different pages by pressing the Arrow keys, e.g. in the Effects display you can choose between Tool, Edit, Routing and Layout.

THE PARAMETER WHEEL

Use the Parameter wheel to change position of the cursor in the display

THE VALUE WHEEL

Use the Value wheel to change the values of parameters.

ENTER, EXIT

The Enter key is used to confirm actions, or for accessing into a block. The Enter key will blink when the FireworX needs you to confirm.

The Exit key is used to exit a menu, or to cancel an action.

ALPHA MOD.

The Alpha modulation wheel can control a number of parameters at the same time. The specific function of the wheel is following the preset.

The function of the Alpha Mod. is set up in the Modifier Matrix.

ALPHA WHEEL METER

Is indicating the actual output value of the Alpha Mod. wheel

7

INTRODUCTION The Rear Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main

Power

Balanced

Balanced

 

Serial

Optional

Digital

MIDI

External

Power

 

Input

XLR

XLR

 

no.

Wordclock

In/Out

In,Thru,Out

 

Control

Switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inputs

Outputs

 

 

 

 

 

RCA

AES/EBU

 

 

 

 

Input

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S/PDIF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

Pin 2 is “Hot” on all XLR’s (IEC and AES standards)

External control jack can use momentary, alternating and continuous type pedals.

The FireworX power supply is capable of operating at any line voltage from 100-240 Volts, 50-60Hz.

Cables

XLR - XLR

 

 

 

 

 

Jack (unbalanced) - XLR

Jack (balanced) - XLR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin 1 - Pin 1

(Ground)

 

 

 

 

Sleeve - Pin 1

(Ground)

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeve - Pin 1 (Ground)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin 2 - Pin 2

(Hot)

 

 

 

 

Tip - Pin 2 (Hot)

 

 

 

 

 

Tip - Pin 2 (Hot)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin 3 - Pin 3

(Cold)

 

 

 

 

Sleeve - Pin 3

(Cold)

 

 

 

 

 

Ring - Pin 3 (Cold)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

TC Electronic FireworX User Manual

INTRODCUTION The Signal Flow

Con/Pro

Input

Input

Bypass

Levels

Gain

Selector

Analog

Inputs [balanced]

 

Digital

Digital

 

Input

Output

Digital

Gain

Gain

 

 

Inputs

 

 

Channel select

ADAT/OPTICAL

Modifier Flow

 

 

 

 

 

INSERT INSERT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send Return

 

 

 

 

 

Input

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDI

Pedal

Dial

Output Con/Pro

Gain Levels

Analog

Outputs [balanced]

Digital

Output

Channel select

ADAT/OPTICAL

Output

9

INTRODUCTION Setups

Setup

The FireworX can be used in a number of applications. Therefore we present a couple of suggestions on how to connect the FireworX.

Send/Return

Connect the auxiliary out from your mixing console to the left or right input of the FireworX. Connect the FireworX left/right outputs to the auxiliary return or two channels on your mixing console. This leaves the one input open to be used as Vocoder or Ring Modulator Carrier input.

Group insert

Connect the left/right insert send from your subgroups to the FireworX left/right input.

Connect the FireworX left/right outputs to the subgroups insert return. This setup makes it possible to mix several sources through the FireworX, and a master or group effect to the sources.

Insert External Device

When using the Analog In/Outs of the FireworX, the Insert Loop makes it possible to connect an external device to the Digital In/Outs or vice versa. The Send and Return point of the Insert is set up in the Effects Routing menu.

10

BASIC OPERATION Quick Reference

General Control

General control of the FireworX is accomplished by dialing the Parameter wheel to change position of the cursor, and the Value wheel to change values. In many of the displays you can select different menus by pressing the < > Arrow keys e.g. in the Effects display you can select between Tool, Edit, Routing and Layout. Press Enter to carry out an action (for example when recalling a preset). Press Exit to decline an action or to leave a sub menu.

Recall

Press Recall (if you are not already there). Make sure that the cursor is placed on “Preset”, and dial the Value wheel to scroll through the presets. Press Enter to load the new preset.

Quick Store

If you want to store a preset with the same name, press Store to access the Store menu, and press Enter to confirm. The FireworX will now automatically store your preset in the first free User space, using the current name. When you restore an existing User preset, the FireworX will default to the same User preset number.

Editing

Press the Effects key and select the Edit display using the < > Arrow keys. Now there are two ways of entering the Edit display of an effect. Doubleclick the mute key of the block you want to edit or dial the Parameter wheel to place the cursor on the block you want to Edit and press Enter. Press Exit to leave the Edit display.

Routing

Changing the order of the effect blocks is done in the Routing display. Press the Effects key and select the Routing display using the < > Arrow keys. Place the cursor where you want to insert an effect block, double click the mute key of the block you want to insert and dial the Value wheel to select the right subalgorithm (sub-algorithm is shown in the lower text line). Now press Enter to insert the current effect.

Pressing Enter while pointing to an effect block will enable you to set up input/output and Mute-mode of the current block.

Input/Output Levels

When using Analog input, turn the Input/Output knobs in the upper left corner of the front panel to adjust the levels of the FireworX. To access the Digital Input/Output levels press the I/O Setup key and select the Levels page using the < > Arrow keys. NOTE: The digital In/Out levels will also affect the Analog In/Out levels.

Effect Mute/Bypass

The twelve effect block keys on the front panel are used for bypassing or muting the active effect blocks. The mute mode can be different in each block.

The Alpha Modulation wheel

The Alpha Modulation wheel (on the far right hand side of the front panel) can control a number of parameters in the current preset simultaneously. The function of the Alpha Mod. varies with the preset. A short description/name of the function is provided in the Recall display.

11

BASIC OPERATION Display overview

The display pages in the FireworX

This overview of the pages in the FireworX shows what functions are located in which displays. Each box refers to a key on the front panel of the FireworX. The text in the upper right corner of the boxes tells you whether the parameters of that display are global or stored with the preset.

RECALL

Preset page

Preset - Scrolls through presets.

Bank - Selects between Factory, User, Card.

Filter - Filters out presets containing a particular effect.

List page

Presents presets in list form.

STORE

Name page

Names User presets and Alpha Mod. function.

Store page

Selects store location and stores preset.

Delete page

Deletes presets in User bank and Card bank.

EFFECTS

 

PRESET

 

Tool page

Shows power consumation of current Routing, and provides a number of tools to be used in the Edit page.

Edit page

Edits the effects blocks.

Routing page

Changes order and setup of the effects blocks.

Layout page

Changes the size of the Routing grid, Inserts/Moves and Deletes. Rows and Columns.

MOD

 

PRESET

 

Matrix page

Connects External and Internal Modifiers to effects parameters.

Modifiers page

Sets up Internal Modifiers parameters.

Dials page

Simulates External Modifiers using the Value and Parameter wheel.

I/O SETUP

 

GLOBAL

MIDI page

Sets MIDI channel, Program change On/Off, Offset, Sysex id, MIDI Map, Alpha Mod. local On/Off.

CTRL page

Sets up external control sources for External Modifiers 1-8, Master Volume, Global Tempo, Overall Bypass, Effects block bypass.

Level page

Sets Digital In/Out levels and displays Analog In/Out levels.

Signal page

Sets Input source, Insert loop I/O, Sample rate, ADAT channels. Displays incoming sample rate.

UTILITY

 

GLOBAL

 

Config page

Sets Viewing angle, Param. dial direction, Pedal type/calibration, User bank protect, MIDI Bulk Dump.

Card page

Carries out preset transfer from or to PC-Card, Card status reader, Format/Reset card.

TEMPO

 

GLOBAL

 

Tempo page

Sets global tempo via tapping, dialing or MIDI.

ALPHA MOD.

 

PRESET

 

Alpha Mod. page

Shows the parameters controlled by the Alpha Mod. wheel and the exact value of the Alpha Mod. wheel.

12

BASIC OPERATION Recall

Recalling a preset

When you want to Recall a Preset, simply use the Value wheel to scroll through the Presets and press the Enter key to Recall.

The Recall Display

The FireworX contains 200 Factory Presets and has room for a maximum of 200 user Presets, however the actual number depends on the size of your Presets and may be less than 200.

There are two different pages in the FireworX Recall display, “Preset” and “List”. They offer two ways of viewing the Presets of the FireworX. Use the < > Arrow keys to select between them.

Basic operation is accomplished by using the Parameter wheel to change cursor position and the Value wheel to change values. Pressing Enter will recall the selected preset.

The Preset page

“Preset” page selected

Factory/USER/CARD bank selector

Filters out Presets not containing the effect selected in the Filter

Preset name

Function of the Alpha Mod.

The Preset page

The Preset page of the FireworX contains three parameters: Preset - Bank - Filter. The name and number of the Preset is displayed, and also the function of the Alpha Modulation wheel in the current Preset is shown in the lower end of the Preset page.

Change cursor location by dialing the Parameter wheel. Use the Value wheel to adjust values.

Preset

Dial the Value wheel to preview the presets, Press Enter to Recall.

Bank

Is used to select which bank you would like to recall from: Factory bank, User bank, or Card bank (only available when a pc-card is inserted).

Filter

Is used to search for Presets containing a specific block, e.g. if the Filter is set to Reverb, the FireworX will only show Presets

Preset number

containing the block Reverb.

The List Page

The List page shows the FireworX presets on a continuous list, starting with the 200 Factory Presets marked “F”, followed by the User Presets marked “U” and last but not least the optional Card Presets marked “C”.

Dial the Parameter wheel to scroll through the list and press Enter to recall.

13

BASIC OPERATION Recall

Exercise 1:

How to Recall a Preset

In this Exercise we are going to recall a couple of Presets. Press the Recall key (if you’re not already there) and select the “Preset” page using the < > Arrow keys. Make sure that the “Bank” is set to Factory, and that the “Filter” is off.

Now select the Preset parameter and dial the Value wheel to scroll through the factory Presets. While scrolling you will see both the preset number and the LED of the Enter key blinking, indicating that the current Preset has not been recalled yet. Select Preset #10 and press Enter to confirm. Preset #10 is now recalled.

Exercise 1:

How to Recall a Preset

Press the Recall key

 

 

RECALL

 

 

 

 

 

Dial Value wheel to scroll through Presets

Press the Enter key

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

to Recall the Preset

 

 

 

 

Exercise 2:

How to search for Presets containing a specific effect

Now we will try to recall a Preset containing a specific effect, in this exercise a delay. Select the “Filter” parameter by using the Parameter wheel.

Dial the Value wheel until you see “DLY”. Now move the cursor back to the “Preset” parameter.

Dial the Value to scroll through the Presets. Notice that the FireworX only shows Presets containing the Delay block. Select a Preset and press Enter to confirm.

Exercise 2:

How to search for Presets containing a specific effect

Press the Recall key

 

 

RECALL

 

 

 

 

 

Dial Parameter wheel to select “Filter”

Dial Value wheel to choose “Delay”

Dial Parameter wheel to select “Preset”

Dial Value wheel to scroll through Presets

Press the Enter key

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

to Recall the Preset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

BASIC OPERATION Store

Quick Store with the same name

If you want to store an edited Factory Preset with the same name, simply press Store and Enter. The FireworX will automatically store the Preset in the first empty User space.

If you want to store an edited User Preset with the same name, simply press Store and Enter. The FireworX will store the Preset in the same User Preset position.

The Store display

The FireworX can hold a maximum of 200 User Presets, and up to 999 additional Presets can be stored on card (depending on the size of the card). Due to the dynamic Preset structure, the maximum amount of presets storable in the FireworX will vary depending on the size of the Presets.

The Store display consists of three different pages: Name - Store - Delete.

Use the < > Arrow keys to select between them.

The Store page

The Store page displays the Preset name, the User or Card space that you are about to store in, and the amount of free space in the internal User bank.

The Bank indicator

The bank indicator tells you which bank and number you are about to store in. The existing name of the current number is displayed, if the number is free it will read <EMPTY>.

New Name

The New Name line shows the name the Preset will be stored with. This name can be changed on the Name page.

Free space indicator

The Free space indicator tells you how much room there is left in the FireworX internal RAM bank. The FireworX can hold a maximum of 200 User Presets, however the actual number depends on the size of your Presets and may be less than 200. This is due to the dynamic Preset memory structure of the FireworX.

The Name Page

In the Name page you can change the name of your Preset and change the text describing the function of the Alpha Mod. wheel.

The Letterbox

Use the Parameter wheel to change cursor position. Dial the Value wheel and press Enter to select new letters or numbers. To switch to capital letters and between numbers and special charaters, press the Exit key or select CAP with the cursor and press Enter. Use DEL to delete a character, and INS to Insert a character space.

To change the Alpha Mod. text, dial the Parameter wheel until the cursor jumps to the Alpha Mod. line.

The Delete page

Dial the Value wheel to select the Preset you want deleted, and press Enter to delete.

NOTE: The FireworX will automatically default to the Store page if you leave the Store display in the Delete page.

Free space indicator

The Free space indicator tells you how much room is left in the FireworX internal RAM bank. The FireworX can hold a maximum of 200 User Presets, however the actual number depends on the size of your Presets, and may be less than 200. This is due to the dynamic Preset memory structure of the FireworX.

Warning: All data of a deleted Preset will be lost.

15

BASIC OPERATION Store

The Store page

“Store” page selected

The Storing space

The Name of the

Preset

Free space indicator

The Name page

“Name” page selected

The New name of the Preset

The function of the Alpha Mod.

The Letterbox

Select “CAP” for capital letters or press the Exit key to toggle “CAP” on/Off

Using a Memory Card

Insert the card.

When you want to store a single preset on a PC-card, you simply dial through the User presets, and following that you will see the card bank.

A card can hold up to 999 presets depending on the size of the card.

Preset copy to or from card is done in the “Utility, Card” page (see “Utility” for further description).

Card types

S-RAM Type 1 PCMCIA cards, with a minimum of 64Kbytes, maximum of 2Mbytes S-RAM.

16

BASIC OPERATION Store

Exercise 3:

How to Store a preset with the existing name

This exercise shows you how to store a Preset with the existing name. When you try to store a Factory Preset, the FireworX automatically selects the first free storing space. If you try to restore a User Preset, the FireworX will automatically select the same storing space.

-Press the Store key to access the Store display.

-Dial the Value wheel to select the storing space.

-Press Enter to confirm.

Exercise 3:

How to Store a Preset with the existing name.

Press the Store key

 

 

STORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dial Value wheel to select storing space

Press the Enter key

ENTER

to Store the Preset

Exercise 4:

How to name a Preset and Alpha Mod. function

In this exercise we will try to name or rename a Preset and the Alpha Mod. function.

If the Preset is not named before the storing, it will be stored with the name of the Preset it was built from.

-Press the Store key to access the Store display.

-Use the < > Arrow keys to select the “Name” page.

-Now use the Parameter wheel to move the cursor in the name, the Value wheel to select a letter in the Letterbox, and press Enter to insert the chosen letter.

In order to change the Alpha Mod. function text, dial the Parameter wheel until the cursor jumps to the next line.

The new name has to be stored with the preset (Please refer to Exercise 3), press the right < > Arrow key to select the “Store” page.

Exercise 4:

How to name a Preset and the Alpha Mod. function.

Press the Store key

 

 

STORE

 

 

 

 

 

Use the Arrow

keys to select

the Name

display

Dial Parameter wheel to move cursor

Dial Value wheel to select letters

Press Enter to

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

choose letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dial wheel

Repeat Exercise 3 to Store

with the new

name.

 

17

BASIC OPERATION Store

Exercise 5:

How to delete a Preset

This Exercise will describe how to delete a single Preset. The FireworX also has the ability to clear the whole User Preset bank instantly (please see the “Reset” page for further instructions).

-Press the Store key to access the Store display.

-Use the < > Arrow right key to select the “Delete” page.

-Dial the Value wheel to select the Preset you want to delete.

-Press Enter to confirm the deleting of the current Preset.

Warning: All data of the deleted Preset will be lost.

Exercise 5:

How to delete a preset

Press the Store key

 

 

STORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the Arrow

keys to select

the Delete

display

Dial Value wheel to select the preset you want to delete

Press Enter

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

to delete the preset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

EFFECTS SETUP Effects

The Effects display

The Effects display contains four pages: Tool - Edit - Routing - Layout. Use the < > Arrow keys to step between the four pages.

The Tool page allows you to select different readouts in the blocks, and shows the total amount of DSP power usage. The Edit page allows you to Edit the different blocks inserted.

The Routing page lets you change the setup and order of the blocks.

The Layout page helps you to move, insert or delete whole rows or columns simultaneously and change the size of the Routing grid.

The Edit page

Selected

Double click on the block mute key of the effect you want to edit

Select In and press Enter to edit the Preset In-level

Block name and sub-algorithm

Select Out and press Enter to edit the Preset Out-level

Cursor position

The Edit page

The Edit page enables you to edit the blocks of the current Preset.

There are two different ways of accessing the Edit parameters page. The first way is to dial the Parameter wheel to move the cursor to the block you want to edit, and press Enter to edit the current block. The lower text line displays the sub-algorithm running in the current highlighted block.

The second way is to double click the key of the block you want to edit. In case you have more than one of a specific block, the first double click will take you into the block #1, the second double click will take you into #2 and so forth. After entering the last block, the double click will take you back to #1.

Example: The FireworX is set up with two delay blocks, DLY1 and DLY2. Double clicking the Delay mute key will take you into the Edit parameters page of DLY1, double clicking the Delay mute key again will take you into the Edit, Parameters of DLY2 etc.

Select the In and Out block and press Enter to edit the In/Out level of the current Preset.

In the Edit parameter page, use the Parameter wheel to scroll up and down, and the Value wheel to change Values (see “the Blocks” for parameter descriptions).

NOTE: A black square in front of a parameter indicates that the current parameter is modulated by an External or Internal Modifier. The parameter will in that case only be controllable through this Modifier. However, the setting in the Edit, Parameters page will act as the default value in a recall situation (See “Default parameter setting” in the Modifier chapter for further instructions).

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Exercise 6:

How to Edit an effect block

In this exercise we will edit an effect block.

-Press the Effects key (if you are not already there).

-Select the Edit page by using the < > Arrow keys.

-Double click the Mute key of the block you want to edit (located on the front panel).

You will now enter the Edit, Parameters display.

Use the Parameter wheel to change the cursor position and the Value wheel to change values.

In case the Preset contains more than one of the blocks you want to edit, a second double click on the block Mute key will take you into number two.

Exercise 6:

How to Edit an effect block

Press the Effects key

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

Use the Arrow keys to select the Edit display

Double click the Mute

key of the block you DELAY want to edit

Dial Parameter wheel to move the cursor

Dial Value wheel to change values

Press Exit to exit to

 

 

EXIT

 

 

 

 

 

the Edit page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Routing page

The Routing page is where you set up the order of the effect blocks, the sub-algorithm in each block, the left/right setup of each block and the Mute mode of each block.

The full Routing grid can be up to 8 by 8 spaces, and you can place any effect anywhere in the grid, however, the FireworX will not scroll through the last row unless a block is placed closer than two rows away. The size of the grid can be changed in the Layout page.

Maximum number of inserted blocks

Due to the dynamic processing power structure of the FireworX, you can keep adding new blocks to the Routing until all power is used. The total amount of simultaneous blocks depends on the power taken up by the individual blocks. The power allocation is showed in the Tool page.

The Routing page

 

Selected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double click on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

block Mute key of the

 

 

 

 

 

effect you want to

 

 

 

 

 

insert and dial Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wheel to select sub-

 

 

 

 

 

algorithm.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Enter to insert.

 

 

 

 

 

Block name and

 

 

 

 

 

sub-algorithm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty spaces

 

Dial Parameter wheel to select effect and press Enter to set up block I/O

Cursor position

The sub-algorithms of the blocks

All effect blocks contain a number of sub-algorithms. To change the sub-algorithm of a block, place the cursor on the block (while standing in the Routing page) by dialing the Parameter wheel, dial the Value wheel to select the new sub-algorithm and press Enter to confirm.

Here is a complete list of sub-algorithms in the Effect blocks:

DYNAMIC

 

 

 

FILTERS

 

 

 

Expander/Gate

 

 

 

Resonance

 

Soft Compressor

 

 

 

Bandpass

 

Hard Comp/Limiter

 

 

 

Phaser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resonator

 

 

 

 

FORMANT

 

 

 

Resochord

 

Formant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISTORT

 

 

VOCODE

 

 

Vocoder

 

 

 

Drive

 

 

Ring Mod. Internal

 

 

 

Cruncher

 

 

Ring Mod. External

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYNTH

 

 

 

 

 

PITCH

 

 

 

Curve Generator

 

Single Voice

 

 

 

Chaos generator

 

Dual Voice

 

 

 

Noise Generator

 

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Available blocks

Some of the Effects blocks can be inserted more than once. Here is a complete list of blocks available:

 

Total amount of blocks

 

2x

Cho/Fla

 

 

 

 

 

Total amount of blocks

 

 

 

3x

Dynamic

2x

Cho/Fla

 

 

3x

Dynamic

2x

Dly

 

 

 

 

1x

Filters

2x

Dly

 

 

1x

Filters

1x

 

 

 

1x

Formant

Reverb

Reverb

 

 

1x

Formant

2x

Pan

1x

 

 

1x

Distort

2x

Pan

 

 

1x

Distort

1x

EQ

 

 

1x Vocode

1x

EQ

 

 

1x Vocode

1x

 

 

 

2x

Synth

Ext. loop (1x Send, 1x Return)

 

 

2x

Synth

1x

 

1x

Ext. loop (1x Send, 1x

 

 

1x

Pitch

Feedback (1x Send, 1x Return)

 

 

1x

Pitch

 

 

Return)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel or Serial

The Effects blocks of the FireworX can be set up parallel or serial.

Serial

When two blocks are placed horizontally after each other in the Routing display, they are working serially. That means that the first effect will be fed through the second.

Example: If you have a Delay block in front of a Reverb block, the regeneration of the Delay will be fed through the Reverb, meaning that you will hear Reverb on the regeneration of the Delay.

Parallel

When two blocks are Vertical to each other, they are working in parallel. That means that the effects will not affect each other. Example: If you have a Delay block below a Reverb block, the regeneration of the Delay will not be fed through the Reverb, meaning that the regeneration of the Delay will be dry.

CHORUS/FLANGER

Classic Chorus

Advanced Chorus

Classic Flanger

Advanced Flanger

REVERB

Simple

Advanced

EQ

Fixed EQ

Modifiable EQ

DELAY

Stereo

Dual

Dual three-tap One-tap Six-tap Reverse

PANNER

Simple Tremolo

Advanced Tremolo

Simple Panner

Surround Panner

Stereo Enhancer

The Special Icons

There are a couple of different icons in the Routing that do not apply to any of the effect blocks.

Pipeline The Pipeline. If you simply want to lead the sound through a point, you select the pipeline icon.

Loop The Insert Loop. The External loop Send and Return blocks apply to the Insert loop set up in “I/O Setup, Signal”. Place the Send block where you want to tap the sound, and place the Return block where you want the sound to re-enter the signal chain (See Insert loop for further descriptions).

Warning: The Insert loop is subject to small amounts of delay. This could cause serious changes in the sound due to phase cancellation.

Feedback The Feedback block can feed the sound back from one point to another in the signal chain.

Place the Send block where you want to tap the sound, and place the Return block where you want the sound to re-enter the signal chain.

Warning: The Feedback can cause serious overloads in the Routing.

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Exercise 7: Inserting an Effect

There are two ways of inserting an effect. Let’s start by setting up a Phaser and after that a Delay

-Press the Effects key (if you are not already there).

-Use the < > Arrow keys to select the Routing page.

-Use the Parameter wheel to place the cursor in

the 1 1 position (position is indicated in the lower right corner of the Routing display).

-Dial the Value wheel until you see “Filter - Phaser” in the lower text line of the display and press Enter to insert the Phaser in the Routing.

And the other way after accessing the Routing page:

-Place the cursor in position 2 1 in the Routing display

-Double click the Delay Mute key, Dial the Value wheel until you see “Delay 1 - One-tap“ in the lower text line of the display.

-Press Enter to confirm.

You now have a Delay block set in series with a Phaser.

Exercise 7:

Inserting an effect

Press the Effects key

 

 

EFFECTS

 

 

 

 

 

Use the Arrow

keys to select

the Routing

display

Double click the Mute key of

the block you DELAY want to insert

Dial Value wheel to select sub-algorithm

Press Enter to insert

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

the block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise 8:

How to change a sub-algorithm

The Delay that you just inserted is a One-Tap Delay that contains only one delay time. Let’s try to find a delay with two delay times so we can get it different in left and right:

-Move the cursor to the Delay block using the parameter wheel.

-Dial the Value wheel until you see “Delay - Dual” in the lower text line.

-Press Enter to confirm.

You now have a Dual delay algorithm, where you are able to set different delay times in left and right channels (remember to set the panning of the two delay taps).

Exercise 8:

How to change a sub-algorithm

Select the Routing page

Dial Parameter wheel to select effect block

Dial Value wheel to select new sub-algorithm

Press Enter to confirm

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

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