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Why should you use a digital distortion pedal?
No idea. Analog is better, right? You should probably go buy a Tube Screamer. But if you're interested in expanding your horizons, read on.
One of the things we love about making pedals is that we get to come up with things that are new and exciting. The prospect of doing another "me too" overdrive pedal wasn't really that appealing. We decided that the best way to approach a digital distortion pedal was to think of all of the things you couldn't do with analog and proceed from there. We love this pedal, and we hope you like it too.
Press and hold the center button while turning the knobs to activate the alternate controls (shown in parentheses.)
LEVEL - Adjusts the overall output level of the Defender. The pedal has quite a bit of volume on tap, enough to overdrive your amp.
DRIVE - Controls the amount of drive, saturation, and distortion of the effect.
(WARP) - Adjusts the speed of the WARP control. With this control at minimum the Defender will warp between the red and blue settings instantly. With the control at maximum the pedal will take approximately 10 seconds to warp.
LIGHT - Controls the treble or brightness of the distortion effect or the cutoff frequency of the filter if FLT is selected.
(BLEND) - Mixes the clean signal (fully counter-clockwise) with the distorted signal (fully clockwise.) This is a really crucial control for using the Defender with bass or low-tuned guitars, allowing you to dial in some clean signal to increase the articulation.
MATTER - Controls the bass or depth of the distorted tone or the resonance / feedback of the filter if FLT is selected.
(TWEAK) - Adjusts the special effect for each distortion mode. Varies for each effect, check out the descriptions below!
Select Button - tap to choose a new effect mode or hold to engage the ALT controls:
The upper LED shows the distortion effect selection.
OD - Overdrive with a clear midrange character. This mode ranges from transparent to gritty with a sweep of the Drive knob. Try this mode with the Blend control near noon for a great soft-clipping boost.
DST - Distortion with a darker, smoother tone. Gets hairy really quickly and loves to party.
FZ - Splattery, sizzly fuzz tone. Don't even bother trying to get this one to clean up, sounds kind of like a toy robot being fed into a garbage disposal.
Once you've selected your distortion, you can choose from one of three special effects. Any distortion effect may be combined with any special effect. Please note that the special effects only work on the distorted sound, and not on the clean blend signal.
PIT - Polyphonic octave shifting, applied to the distortion signal only. The Tweak control adjusts the blend between octave down, distortion, and octave up. This effect is killer for sub-octave riffing or screaming fuzz freakouts.
SPC - Space modulation using a short time delay on the distortion signal. Tweak controls the delay time from zero to a short slap-back. Try using the Warp function to sweep the delay time for manual flanger sounds.
FLT - Super-tweakable resonant lowpass filter, ideal for synth or wah textures. Light controls the cutoff frequency, Matter controls the resonance or sharpness of the filter. Tweak mixes between the filtered sound and the unfiltered sound.
Want to get a distortion effect without the special effects? Just select the distortion sound you like (OD, DST, FZ) and select PIT as your special effect. Hold the Select button and turn the MATTER / TWEAK knob to its midpoint. The pitch effect will be bypassed and you'll just have dirt.
Tap this footswitch to accelerate the Defender into warp drive! While Warp is active, the Defender will move to a second unique setting of your choice. Just turn the pedal knobs while Warp is active to set the Warp tone. Tap the footswitch again to return to the regular sound. ALL knob settings may be changed as part of the Warp mode, but the distortion and effect selections must stay the same.
The Warp speed may be adjusted by holding the Select button and turning the Drive knob. Low settings of Warp will cause the pedal to move into and out of Warp mode instantly, while higher settings will accelerate into and out of Warp mode more gradually.
You can also hold the Warp footswitch to activate Impulse mode, which will enter and exit Warp mode only as long as you hold the footswitch down. Try using Warp to set two different distorted sounds for rhythm and lead, or using the Impulse function to add some filtering or space delay to the climax of a solo! The possibilities are endless, and if you engage it while flying backwards around the sun you may end up saving some whales...
The Defender features a buffered bypass using a soft-touch footswitch. The dry signal path is digital to maintain the phase relationship between distortion and clean. The bypass signal is 100% analog.
To configure, power on while holding the center Select button and release when the program LEDs start to flash.
Tap the Select button to choose Expression (upper LED blue,) Foot Switch (upper LED violet,) or MIDI (upper LED red.)
Turn the Rate knob to select the function for the Neo Footswitch - Counterclockwise for sequence start / restart, center for preset select, clockwise for tap tempo.
Turn the Matter / Tweak knob to set the main LED brightness.
If you wish to assign the Defender MIDI channel, simply send a program change message from your controller on the correct channel while the pedal is in configuration mode. Hold the Select button to save the pedal settings.
The Defender MIDI port requires the use of either a MIDI converter box such as the Disaster Area / Chase Bliss MIDIBox or a MIDI controller that supports 1/4" devices such as the Disaster Area Gen3 series. The Defender defaults to using MIDI Channel 1.
HOLD THE SELECT BUTTON TO SAVE CONFIGURATION
The Defender requires a 9V DC power supply with a 2.1mm pin, center negative, 80mA. The Defender is not designed to be powered on supplies higher than 9V and does not use a battery. The Defender should work fine on a multi-pedal "daisy chain" connector, but if you encounter excessive noise or hum try a separate power supply.