DARK FIRE OWNER’S MANUAL- 3.0This is your guide to the operation and features of Dark Fire, the most technologically advanced robotic guitar ever produced. Dark Fire is a self‐tuning instrument that can employ up to 18 different tuning presets, but there are many finer points of its functions that you will want to explore, particularly its Chameleon Tone Technology, which is your gateway to an array of sounds never before possible in a single instrument. We will detail all of Dark Fire’s many functions on this site and update this material as software and hardware upgrades are made available in the coming months. The Master Control Knob At the heart of Dark Fire’s operating system is the Master Control Knob (MCK). It is a highly sophisticated “push‐pull” knob with an illuminated display. The display is interactive and will communicate with you as you utilize Dark Fire’s many functions. You will notice that the MCK has a variable color light pipe Display Matrix in its center, with LED symbol positions around its perimeter. It also has a guitar symbol which indicates the status of the Piezo blend, and a pickup symbol which indicates the status of Dark Fire’s magnetic pickups. In the “in” position, the MCK behaves as a regular tone knob. When pulled out, the MCK becomes activated, and its many functions can be accessed and in some cases, modified. When the MCK is pulled out, selecting the LED symbol positions navigates through various functions. When using the MCK to execute any command, sometimes short, momentary presses are required, and at other times a longer, sustained press is required.
Details of the MCK display: Display Matrix Position LEDs/String LEDs Pickup Symbol Guitar Symbol #b symbol Features List [I recommend that each of these headings be a hyperlink to the section heading of the site where that feature’s description is found, hence the ‘features list’ will serve both as a Table of Contents and site navigation tool. I also recommend that every time a feature’s instructions cross‐reference another feature, that the cross‐referenced feature name also be a hyperlink to that feature’s main heading. Directing hyperlinks are in purple, target hyperlinks are in cyan‐sm] • Instantly Activated Tuning • String LEDs Display Actions During Tuning Operations • Powerheads • Bank Selection and Factory Default Altered Tuning Presets • More on Bank Selection • Dark Fire Primary Functions Table • A440Hz Standard Tuning
• General Guidelines for Installing Strings • String Up Mode • Single String Up Mode • Notes Regarding String Up Mode and Single String Up Mode • String Down Mode • Custom Altered Tunings • Reference Tuning (Standard Tuning to a Selected Reference Pitch) • Chameleon Tone Technology • Piezo Blend • Intonation Mode • Charging and Battery Information • Display Charge Level • Charging Dark Fire’s Battery Pack • Setup Mode • Setup Mode Functions
Instantly Activated Tuning
To tune your guitar to A440Hz Standard Tuning, pull out the MCK. The Display Matrix will alternate between the letter “S” (indicating Standard Tuning) and the first letter of the Chameleon Tone setup which is currently in use. “G” (Classic Gibson) is the default tone setup. There is no need to select an LED symbol in this function; simply pulling out the MCK begins Instantly Activated Tuning in A440Hz Standard Tuning. Now strum all 6 strings. The Powerheads will turn robotically and the String LEDs on the MCK will shine various colors. It should only take one or two strums, and there is no need to strum hard. When you are in tune, all LEDs will turn off except for the LED position you are in. The LED of the position you are in will shine solid blue. Push the MCK back in and you are ready to play! Note: You can also change your desired Instantly Activated Tuning, and even your Calibration as described in the Setup Mode section. You can also change your choice of Instantly Activated Tuning in Chameleon Tone.
String LEDs Display Actions During Tuning Operations
During Instantly Activated Tuning, and all other tuning operations, the String LEDs will change colors and flash as the Powerheads tune. Here is a table of what the LED colors you see signify: String not in tune: solid red Measuring frequency: red flashing Powerheads turning: yellow flashing Preset in tune: solid color LED for that preset position String Frequency at Extreme Range: solid purple Individual String in Tune: green All strings in tune: String LEDs turn off, with solid color preset position remaining.
Powerheads Dark Fire’s Powerheads can be turned by hand or by Robot tuning technology. Unlike conventional tuning keys, they all turn in the same direction. The Powerhead tuner posts have locking nuts to secure the end of each string during tuning operations. Each Powerhead has a powerfully‐geared mechanical transmission inside it. Never use a motorized key winder or manual key winder tool on your Powerhead tuning keys, because applying these mechanical devices could cause damage to the Powerhead’s internal parts. Peg winder tools are not needed. There are 3 Primary Functions intended to help you change strings: String Up Mode, Single String Up Mode, and String Down Mode. These functions are the only practical means of changing strings, because each key turns extremely slowly when turned by hand.
Bank Selection and Factory Default Altered Tuning Presets
Dark Fire’s features are accessed by navigating through 3 banks of Primary Functions. There is a Blue Bank, a Green Bank, and a Red Bank, and the LED symbol positions vary in purpose in each different Bank. The Blue Bank is the default Bank when the MCK is pulled out, and any Blue Bank function can be selected by dialing directly to that function’s corresponding LED symbol. Each of the Banks contains six Factory Default Altered Tuning Presets, which are detailed later in this section. These Tuning Presets can be modified as you desire. In each Bank, Factory Default Altered Tuning Presets are found at LED positions E, A, D, G, B, and e. (These LEDs are also called the String LEDs.) Here’s how to activate the Factory Default Altered Tuning Preset you want to use: Pull out the MCK and you will be in the Blue Bank by default. If you are selecting a Factory Default Altered Tuning Preset from the Blue Bank, simply turn to the Blue Bank’s correct String LED and press the display momentarily. Strum the strings, and the Powerheads will tune Dark Fire to the pitches required for that altered tuning. You will see the String LEDs display actions as the tuning process occurs. When the tuning process is complete, the String LED you selected will shine solid blue and the other String LEDs will turn off. Push the MCK back in. You are ready to play in the Altered Tuning Preset you chose. Bank Selection If the Tuning Preset you want to use is in a Bank other than the Blue Bank, you will need to perform Bank Selection. Pull out the MCK and turn it all the way counter‐clockwise. The Matrix Display dot and the #b symbol will shine blue, because Dark Fire’s default Primary Function Bank is the Blue Bank. Press the display momentarily, a few times in succession. Notice how the Display Matrix dot alternates between blue, green, red and back to blue: you are switching between the 3 Primary Function Banks. Stop on the color of the Bank you want to pick a preset from. Now turn the MCK to the LED that coincides with the Tuning Preset you want. Press the display momentarily once more, and gently strum your strings. Dark Fire will quickly tune itself to the Factory Default Altered Tuning Preset you chose. Again, your “in‐tune” confirmation signal is when all the String LEDs go dark except for the String LED you selected (it will shine in the color of the Bank you are in). Push the MCK back in, and you are ready to play in your chosen tuning.
Here is the list of the Factory Default Altered Tuning presets which correspond to the String LEDs on the MCK’s perimeter:
Factory Default Altered Tuning Presets Blue Bank (Robot Classic) 1. E – E Major: E B E G# B e 2. A – DADGAD: D A D G A D 3. D – Dropped D: D A D G B e 4. G – Delta Blues: D G D G B D 5. B – E Flat: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb eb 6. e – Double Dropped D: D A D G B D Green Bank 7. E – Delta Blues (G): D G D G B D
8. A – Delta Blues (Ab): Eb Ab Eb Ab C eb
9. D – Delta Blues (A): E A E A C# e
10. G – E Major: E B E G# B e 11. B – E Flat Major: Eb Bb Eb G Bb eb 12. e – Open D: D A D F# B D Red Bank (Low Tunings) 13. E – E Flat: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb eb 14. A – D: D G C F A D 15. D – C#: C# F# B E G# C# 16. G – C: C F Bb Eb Gb C 17. B – B: B E A D F# B 18. e – Dropped Db: Db Ab Db Gb Bb eb Note: When using extremely low tunings, such as no. 16 “C” or no. 17 “B”, use heavier gauge strings (e.g., .013” to .062”) for best results. If you do change to heavy gauge strings this way, do NOT use the Green and Blue Bank presets as you may risk damage to Dark Fire. You can store your own Custom Altered Tuning Presets in any position 1 through 18. For information on how to do this, see the section on Custom Altered Tunings.
More on Bank Selection
Selecting Banks and LED Positions can do more than just recall Dark Fire’s 18 Tuning Presets. The following chart will show you the Primary Functions accessible in the 3 Banks, and all of these functions will be explained in this manual. Notice how in some cases a short, momentary press of the MCK will have a different result than a longer, sustained press. The Blue Bank is active by default when you pull out the MCK and all its Primary Functions can be selected without having to perform Bank Selection. To select a different Bank, pull the MCK out and turn it all the way
counter‐clockwise to the #b position (where you will see the Display Matrix show a blue dot). Now short, momentary presses will scroll you through the different banks and you will see the Display Matrix dot change color from blue, to green, to red, and back to blue again. When a Bank has been selected the Display Matrix dot will shine in the selected Bank’s color, and you are able to choose your desired function in that Bank by dialing the MCK to the proper LED position as indicated on the Dark Fire Primary Functions Table. Again, notice in the Primary Functions table how in some cases a short, momentary press is required to activate a function, and in other cases, a longer, sustained press (about 2 seconds) is necessary.
Activation: short press short press short press long press long press long press
PEG Standard Tuning Standard Tuning Standard Tuning
Tuning Reference Tuning
I Piezo on/off Piezo on/off Piezo on/off
C Chameleon Tone Matrix Chameleon Tone Matrix Chameleon Tone Matrix Display Charge Level Display Charge Level
E Tuning Preset 1 Tuning Preset 7 Tuning Preset 13
A Tuning Preset 2 Tuning Preset 8 Tuning Preset 14
D Tuning Preset 3 Tuning Preset 9 Tuning Preset 15
G Tuning Preset 4 Tuning Preset 10 Tuning Preset 16
B Tuning Preset 5 Tuning Preset 11 Tuning Preset 17
e Tuning Preset 6 Tuning Preset 12 Tuning Preset 18
Arrow Single String Up Mode String Up Mode
#b Bank Selection Bank Selection Bank Selection Enter Setup Mode Enter Setup Mode
A440 Hz Standard Tuning
In any bank, turning to the Peg symbol and momentarily pressing the display will activate Standard A440Hz Tuning. Dark Fire’s factory default fundamental reference frequency is A440Hz. However, Dark Fire does not have to be calibrated to 440Hz. You can change your calibration in Setup Mode, under Function 10.
Custom Altered Tuning
To create your own Custom Altered Tuning, tune Dark Fire manually to the pitches you want. (Remember: all Powerheads turn in the same direction!) Then pull out the MCK. You will be in the Blue Bank by default. Turn the MCK to the Peg LED. Press in the display and hold it until the Peg LED shines cyan. Symbols E, A, D, G, B and e will shine red. Now, strum each string individually, one by one (don’t strum too hard!) and when each string’s frequency has been measured and registered its LED will turn green. When all string LEDs have turned
green, they will turn off and the Peg LED will start flashing, indicating your Custom Altered Tuning is ready to store. To store your Custom Altered Tuning as a Tuning Preset, select a String LED position in any Bank. Press the display momentarily and the String LEDs will flash red 4 times, indicating your Custom Altered Tuning is now stored in that position. This will over‐write the Factory Default Tuning Preset for that position, but you can restore all your Factory Default Presets in Setup Mode.
Reference Tuning (Standard Tuning to a Selected Reference Pitch)
You may find the situation when you want to tune to a “reference pitch”, perhaps when playing along with a piano, or during a recording that is not using A440Hz as its fundamental tuning frequency reference. Here’s how this can be done: Select one string and manually tune it to the desired reference pitch. Next, pull out the MCK and turn it counter‐clockwise until the #b symbol is illuminated blue. The Matrix Display dot will also shine blue, because you are in the Blue Bank. Press the MCK momentarily and the Matrix Display dot will shine green. Now you are in the Green Bank. At this point, turn the MCK to the Peg position. Press in the display and hold it until the LED symbols E, A, D, G, B and e shine red. The Peg LED will be shining magenta at this point. Now strum the string which will serve as the basis for your Reference Tuning until its LED turns green. When that string’s LED has turned green, this is your confirmation that your reference frequency has been measured and registered. Strum all strings at this point, and the remaining LED symbols will behave as during a normal tuning operation. Dark Fire will tune to Standard Tuning (EADGBe) with respect to your new reference pitch. When tuning is complete, the string LEDs will turn off. You can store your Reference Tuning in the same manner as a Custom Altered Tuning in any Bank’s String LED position. You must execute the entire procedure described in the Custom Altered Tuning section. Push the MCK back in, and perform the Custom Altered Tuning function in full, including the procedure for storing the tuning in a preset position. Note: An alternative to having a different frequency other than A440Hz as your fundamental reference is to change your Calibration in Setup Mode. Piezo Blend Dark Fire’s toggle switch pickup selector also acts as a volume knob to blend in the piezoelectric signal from the tune‐control bridge. To activate the Piezo signal output, pull the MCK out and turn it to the C Led (in any bank) and press momentarily. Then, turn the MCK to it to Letter “I” LED and press the display momentarily. The guitar symbol [target Details of the MCK Display‐sm] on the MCK will alternate as follows: Guitar Symbol Shines Blue: Piezo Blend plus EQ is active Guitar Symbol Shines Green: Piezo Blend with no EQ is active Guitar Symbol turns off: Piezo signal is off Turn the MCK all the way clockwise before pushing it back in to keep your Piezo output active.
With a mono guitar cable, your Piezo signal will blend with your regular output at the tip of the cable’s plug. When a stereo cable is connected, the Piezo signal routes independently to the sleeve of the plug, and the Dark Fire’s magnetic pickups are routed to the tip of the plug. Thus the Piezo sound is heard in one of the stereo outputs and the electromagnetic pickups can be heard in the other Channel. You can then use your Robot Guitar II charger/signal splitter to send each route each symbol to a different input.
When not using your Dark Fire guitar for any period of time, make sure the Piezo Blend is off. The Piezo blend will drain Dark Fire’s rechargeable battery pack in 10‐12 hours if the Piezo blend is left on when not in use. Follow the instructions for System Shutdown before putting your guitar away.
General Guidelines for Installing Strings
Guide each string through your tailpiece, over the center of each saddle (where contact is essential), and through the nut slot, and then straight through the post hole. Pull a slight amount of tension on the string, and tighten down the locking nut on the post hole. Cut the extra length off each string close to the post so that they will not make contact with other strings, as that would cause the system to function improperly. Also, do not use any strings which have frayed wraps at the ball end, because that could short circuit the Data‐ Transmitting Tailpiece. It will not damage the Tailpiece, but Dark Fire will not function if any part of the string touches beyond its insulated holder. String Up Mode When putting on a new set of strings, Dark Fire can automatically ‘string itself up’ by using the String Up Mode function. This is the only practical way of stringing Dark Fire, as the Powerheads can only be turned very slowly by hand. The use of manual or mechanically‐powered “string winder” tools is not advised, because turning the Powerhead keys too quickly can cause damage to the Powerheads! Here is how to perform String Up Mode: After installing your set of strings in the manner previously described (General Guidelines for Installing Strings), pull out the MCK and turn it counter‐clockwise until the #b symbol is illuminated blue. The Matrix Display dot will also shine blue, because you are in the blue bank. Press the MCK momentarily and the dot will shine green. Now you are in the Green Bank. At this point, turn the MCK to the revolving arrow position. Now press the display and hold it in until the String LEDs all shine red. Begin by gently being tapping the strings against their Piezo saddles, and their corresponding Powerheads will start to turn and place tension on the strings. Once there is enough tension on the strings for them to deliver pitch, gently strum all strings. Pause briefly between strums to allow the heads to turn. The Piezo saddles will now be detecting string frequencies and the Powerheads will wind themselves until each string is wound to A440Hz pitch as you continue strumming. During this time, the string LEDs will be changing colors red until each string reaches its pitch, which will be indicated by that string’s LED turning green. After all Powerheads have stopped turning, all the string LEDs will stop shining, indicating your strings are tensioned to Standard A440Hz tuning.
Single String Up Mode When replacing only one or two strings (as in the case of replacing a broken string), Single String Up Mode should be employed. Attach the string or strings that you are installing in the manner previously described (General Guidelines for Installing Strings). Pull out the MCK and the Display Matrix will shine blue, because you are in the Blue Bank. Now turn the MCK to the Revolving Arrow and press it down until a green “cross” symbol shows in the center of the Display Matrix. Release the display and the Revolving Arrow LED will shine blue and all the string LEDs will shine green. Now turn the MCK to the String LED that corresponds to the string you are working with. The String LED you select will shine red. Press the display momentarily, a few times in succession, and the corresponding Powerhead will start to turn and place tension on that string. Once there is enough tension on the string for it to deliver a pitch, Push the MCK back in. Unlike String Up Mode, Single String Up Mode does not target any pitch, so be careful not press the MCK too many times, or the string could snap from over‐tightening. Note: Single String Up Mode can be performed for more than 1 string during the same operation.
Notes Regarding String Up Mode and Single String Up Mode
You may want to ‘break your strings in’ in my tugging gently on them and also performing multiple tunings until they have stabilized, for the same reasons you would when changing strings on a conventional guitar. Also, if you have changed your Calibration in Setup Mode, the target pitches for String Up Mode will be referenced to the setting you selected in those functions.
String Down Mode
If you are changing out your entire set of strings, String Down Mode will cause all Powerheads to de‐tension all strings at the same time so that you can remove them all. To utilize String Down Mode, pull out the MCK and turn it counter‐clockwise until the #b symbol is illuminated blue. The Matrix Display dot will also shine blue, because you are in the Blue Bank. Press the MCK momentarily 2 times, and the Matrix Display dot will shine red. Now you are in the Red Bank. At this point, turn the MCK to the Revolving Arrow position. Now press the display and hold it in until the String LEDs start to flash and the Powerheads start to unwind. All 6 Powerheads will ‘unwind’ their strings. When the Powerheads stop turning, release the locking nuts on the tuner posts and you can easily remove all strings. Intonation Mode Dark Fire has a built‐in Intonation Mode so that you are able to intonate your instrument or check its intonation with only the additional requirement of a small screwdriver to adjust the saddle screws in the Tune‐ Control Bridge. Before starting Intonation Mode we recommend that you perform Standard Tuning (A440Hz). After you have tuned your instrument, pull out the MCK and turn it counter‐clockwise until the #b symbol is illuminated blue. The Matrix Display dot will also shine blue, because you are in the Blue Bank. Press the MCK momentarily 2 times, and the Matrix Display dot will shine red. Now you are in the Red Bank. Turn the MCK to the Peg LED
position. Press the display and hold it in until the Peg LED shines orange. All the String LEDs will shine red at this time. Gently strum the lower E string. When “E” String LED shines orange, fret the string at the 12th fret and gently strum it again. When the position of the Piezo saddle needs to be changed, the MCK will display the number of half‐turns you have to apply to the intonation screw. Turn the screw ½ turn clockwise for each LED shining red, and or ½ turn counter‐clockwise for each LED shining green. After you have made an adjustment, strum the string again open until its LED turns orange, and then re‐check by fretting the 12th fret again and gently strumming. Once intonation for a string is correct, its LED will shine solid blue, and you can proceed to the next string. When all strings are intonated, they will all shine blue for a moment, and turn off. Intonation is complete.
Chameleon Tone Technology
Dark Fire’s Chameleon Tone Technology can be activated in any Bank. The Default Chameleon Tone setup is Classic Gibson with Standard EADGBe tuning. If you are going to select a Chameleon Tone, pull out the MCK, choose a preset, and tune the guitar. This tuning will be applied to the Chameleon Tone setup if you choose to store one. Rotate the MCK to the letter C LED and press it momentarily. The Peg Symbol will shine red and the C LED will shine white. The Display Matrix will then spell out your current Chameleon Tone setup in a scrolling marquee. You will see your pickup configurations on the Display Matrix on the following table. To select a new Chameleon Tone setup, rotate the MCK to one of the 8 positions in the following table. In each position, the Display Matrix will spell out the name of the corresponding setting. A short press of the MCK will temporarily select a tone setting. Push the MCK back in to use the temporarily selected tone setting. A temporarily selected setting will remain in effect until the MCK is pulled out again. A sustained press on the display at one of the 8 positions will store that Chameleon Tone setup as your default and it will be activated automatically on next startup. The Display Matrix confirms your selected default configuration has been stored by spelling the word “STORED” in green letters. Rotate the knob all the way clockwise after you have stored your setup, or you will not get Piezo output. LED TONE SETTING E Classic Gibson (Default) A Texas Blues D Funky G Twang B Acoustic e L5 arrow symbol Solid Rock #b Metal Classic Gibson with Pickup EQ and Piezo EQ is the default setting for Dark Fire.
The next time you pull the MCK out and turn it to the C LED, the Display Matrix will remind you of your existing Chameleon Tone setup as indicated in the following table. When you enter Chameleon tone, the Display Matrix will shine the LED that corresponds to your selected tuning, followed by first initial of the Chameleon tone setup name. C O I L S Preset Letter G B F T A L5 R M
Display Color Code
Blues Funky Twang Acoustic L
GREEN = coil on on on on on on on on on
RED = coil off
off off off off off off on on
White = parallel
non-humbucking on on sgl par off on off on
BLUE = parallel humbucking
BB 3 on on sgl par on on on on All of these tones can be modified by turning the tone knobs and changing the position of the 3 position toggle switch. If you want to bypass the Chameleon Tone setups entirely, enter Chameleon Mode and switch off the Piezo signal with the “I” LED and then switch off the pickup signal by using the Peg LED. A sustained press on the display will scroll the word “STORED” again, and you have bypassed Chameleon Mode. Remember to rotate the MCK all the way clockwise before pushing it back in.
Charge Level Display
Your Dark Fire guitar should be able to perform up to 500 tunings without needing recharging. You can check the level of charge in Dark Fire’s on‐board re‐chargeable battery pack at the C LED position of any Bank. Pull out the MCK and turn it to the C LED. Press the display until the Display Matrix shows a graphic depiction of your charge level. 1 or 2 red bars = low charge level 2 red bars plus 1 or 2 yellow bars = medium charge level (charging is not absolutely necessary but will improve performance.) 2 red bars, 2 yellow bars, one or 2 green bars = high charge level (recommended for best performance.) The Humbucking Pickup symbol (next to the guitar symbol) next to the Display Matrix will also indicate charge level. It will shine orange when the system has only another 30 minutes of operation left on its charge level.
It will shine red when the charge level is too low for the system to operate properly, and charging is required immediately.
Charging Dark Fire’s Battery Pack
Dark Fire comes with a high‐quality stereo cable which plugs into the Robot Guitar II charger/signal splitter box provided with the instrument. A transformer is also provided to power the charger. To charge Dark Fire’s on‐board rechargeable battery pack, plug in the transformer and connect it to your Robot II charger/signal splitter box. Now plug in the stereo cable to connect Dark Fire to the input jack nearest the transformer plug. A bright blue light shines on the Robot Guitar II Charger/Signal Splitter box to indicate charging is in process. You can continue to play Dark Fire while charging is in process. Run an output guitar cable from the Robot II Charger/Signal Splitter box from the ‘Amp’ output the back side of the box. The independent Piezo Out is not available for use during charging, because the charge is being conducted on the sleeve of the stereo plug. If you are using Piezo signal, it will be blended in mono with your regular pickup output at the tip of the plug, and it will also pass through the Amp output. To monitor your charging process, pull out the MCK and turn it to C in any bank. Apply a sustained press on the display until you can see movement on the Display Matrix. The progress of the battery charging will be displayed as the charge level bars move. 2 Red bars will light first, then the 2 yellow bars, then the 2 green bars as the charging process occurs. When charging is complete, all 6 bars will be illuminated. A full charge should take no more than 60 minutes. System Shutdown It is recommended that the system be shut down when Dark Fire is not in use. This prevents drain on the Battery Pack. Pull out the MCK and turn it clockwise all the way to the PEG LED. The PEG LED, and the Guitar and Pickup symbols will shine blue. Now turn the MCK counter‐clockwise to the A LED. Press the MCK in, and the Robot System and Piezo output are turned off and will not drain the battery. Make sure that no LED is shining any more‐the MCK display should be off. NOTE: Any further activity will turn the system back on. Do not pull out the MCK again, or you will re‐activate the system. Setup Mode In Setup Mode, many of Dark Fire’s system parameters are user‐definable. There is a list of Setup Mode Functions which follows, but to utlize them you must first enter Setup Mode. To enter Setup Mode, pull out the MCK and turn it to the "#b" symbol in any Bank. Press the display until a pink "Enter" symbol is displayed, then release the MCK. Now press down the MCK again until a cyan "Enter"
symbol is displayed. You are now in Setup Mode. You will see a cyan “Enter” symbol and the ”b” LED will shine yellow as confirmation. How to select a Function Number Enter Setup Mode as described above. Rotate the MCK to select each digit of a number (in the range of one through 9), followed by a momentary press of the display. Each number selected will flash red to confirm it has been entered. When all the digits of the Setup Function no. have been entered, rotate the MCK fully counter‐clockwise and press momentarily. MCK will give a confirmation signal as described below. The MCK will show a cyan “Enter” symbol and the “#” LED will shine magenta, indicating that you now can enter your desired value for that function. Values are also selected one digit at a time. After the desired value for the Function has been selected, rotate the MCK fully and press it momentarily. The MCK will give a confirmation signal as described below. For example, to select Function Number 16 and give it a value of “2”: 1. Enter Setup Mode 2. Rotate MCK until the number “1” is displayed. Momentary press causes the “1” to flash red—it has been entered. 3. Rotate MCK until the number “6” is displayed. Momentary press causes the “6” to flash red—it has been entered. 4. Now rotate the MCK all the way counter‐clockwise and give a momentary press. The “Enter” symbol flashes red and back to cyan. The selected Function Number will scroll by in yellow. Now you are ready to select your value, indicated by the shining magenta “#” sign. How to select the value for Function number 16 to “2”: 1. Complete the process described in nos. 1‐4 above. Leave MCK out. 2. Rotate the MCK to the number 2 and give a momentary press. Momentary press causes the “2” to flash red—it has been entered. 3. Now rotate the MCK all the way counter‐clockwise and give a momentary press. Perimeter LEDs on the MCK flash green 3 times, and the value selected scrolls by in Yellow. 4. Note that the “b” symbol shines yellow again, indicating you can access another Setup Mode Function. If you are done and want to exit Setup Mode, push the MCK back in. Your new value for the Function you selected will be operative until you change it by either selecting it individually in Setup Mode again, or by Restoring Factory Defaults in Setup Mode.
The following documentation shows the various Functions in Setup Mode and the “clickstreams” required to execute them.
“Clickstream” is the term for the order of execution and the values selectable in a Setup Mode Function.
Utilizing each Function begins by Entering Setup Mode, selecting the Function number followed by #, then selecting a value to apply to that function, followed by #. Some functions are the “on/off” type, and some have a range of values to select from. “Reset” functions also have a safety feature where one must press a red “Y” on the display. This is the same sort of security that PCs employ when asking “Are You Sure?”
Setup Mode Functions
Name: Instant Activated Function Purpose: Control Start behaviour Factory Default: 0
Clickstream: 1#0# or 1#1# or 1#2#
If you want that the system to start with Instantly Activated Tuning choose 1#0# If you want that the system to start with Chameleon Mode choose 1#1#
If you want that the system to start with Main Menu 1#2#
Name: Instant Activated Tuning
Purpose: Select your tuning when system starts up Factory Default: 0
Clickstream: 2#0# up to 2#2
Here you can change which tuning is activated on startup (if function 1 is set to 0=tune). Type 2#0# if you want to tune Standard EADGBe.
Type 2#1# if you want to tune another tuning (see Function 14)
Type 2#2# if you want to tune the last completed tuning. For example, if you have just used a preset to tune to e E-Major and switch off the system it will come up next time with E-Major again.
Name: Piezo Out Status
Purpose: Set up your Piezo Signal status
Factory Default: 1
Clickstream: 3#0# or 3#1 (0=manual, 1=automatic on) Here you can setup the Piezo Out Signal.
If you choose 3#0# the Piezo Signal will never be switched on automatically. You have to control it manually by clicking on LED-I.
If you choose 3#1# the Piezo Signal will be switched on automatically whenever possible. It is switched off automatically during tuning (because Powertune needs the Piezo output for frequency detection). It is switched on again when the tuning process is done.
Name: PEQ Status
Purpose: Set up up your PEQ status Factory Default: 1 (on)
Clickstream: 4#0# or 4#1 (0=manual, 1=automatic on) Here you can setup the PEQ Status.
If you choose 4#0# the PEQ will never be switched on automatically. You have to control it manually by
clicking on LED-PEG in Chameleon Mode.
If you choose 4#1# the PEQ will be switched on automatically on startup. Function: 5
Name: Coil Switching Status
Purpose: Set up your Coil Switching behaviour Factory Default: 1 (automatically switched)
Clickstream: 5#0# or 5#1# (0=Standard Coils on startup, 1=automatic switched)
If you choose 5#0# the Coils will be switched to Gibson Classic on Startup no matter what you have done before.
If you choose 5#1# the Coils will be switched to your last selected sound in Chameleon mode.
Name: Coil Preset Switching
Purpose: Set up your Coil Switching behaviour when you select a Tuning Preset Factory Default: 1 (automatically switched)
Clickstream: 6#0# or 6#1# (0=Coils are not switched, 1=Coils are switched to the sound which was stored with the selected preset.
If you choose 6#0# the Coils will not be changed when you select a tuning preset.
If you choose 6#1# the Coils will be switched to your desired sound when you select a tuning preset.
Name: Tuning Precision
Purpose: Setup the precision/tuning performance Factory Default: 5 (approx. 1 cent)
Clickstream: 7#0# to 7#9#
Precision 0 has an accuracy of approx. 2.5 cent, and the system will tune very fast. Precision 9 has an accuracy of approx. 0.2 cent and takes a bit longer for tuning.
Name: Runtime Correction
Purpose: Set up Powerhead Runtime Correction Factory Default: 1 (on)
Clickstream: 8#0# to 8#1#
If you activate Runtime Correction the movements of the Powerheads are monitored and a correction is calculated. It takes up to 10 tunings before the Powerhead movement adjusts to your preferred string gauge. Function: 9
Name: E-Function Correction Purpose: Enhancing Tuning Factory Default: 1 (on)
Clickstream: 9#0# to 9#1#
If you activate E-Function Correction the frequency detection integrates the amplitude of the string during pitch detection. If you switch it off you should strum the strings gently during tuning.
Purpose: Global Calibration Factor Factory Default: 440.0 Hertz Range: 430.0 up to 449.9 Hertz
Clickstream: 10#4400# or for 438.50 Hertz type in 10#4385#
Here you define the global calibration for the system. It will be applied to all presets.
Enter the desired value in hertz. The resolution is a tenth of a hertz. This means you have to type in four digits, for example “4,3,8,0,” for 438.0 Hertz.
Name: Tutorial Mode
Purpose: Shows the name of a sound in Chameleon Mode
Factory Default: 1 (on)
Clickstream: 13#0# to 13#1#
When you enter Chameleon Mode and you rotate the MCK to the tone setup presets (LED-E to LED-#b) the
name of the setup scrolls on the Display Matrix. Type in 13#0 to switch off this behaviour.
Name: Default Tuning
Purpose: Select Default Tuning on Startup
Factory Default: 0, (0=EADGBe, 18 = red bank e) Clickstream: 14#0# to 14#18#
If you have set Function 2 to the value 1, you can select your default Instantly Activated Tuning with this function. .
Function: 16 Name: Tune Count
Purpose: Set up how often the tuning process will be repeated Factory Default: 1, (1=single tuning process, 2=2 tuning processes) Clickstream: 16#1# or 16#2#
This function is intended for increased accuracy in very low tunings. When you set the tune count value to “2”, the tuning process restarts automatically when all 6 string LEDs are green.
Name: Piezo Out Mono on Tip
Purpose: Set up Piezo Out Signal Routing
Factory Default: 1, (0=no Piezo out signal on tip when Piezo out is switched ON, 1 = Piezo Out signal routed to tip)
Clickstream: 17#0# or 17#1#
This function configures if the Piezo out signal is routed via the Toggle Switch to the “tip’ of your stereo output cable . If you don’t want the Piezo Signal on the tip of your stereo cable, type in 17#0#. This relates only to Piezo out Mono where the signal of all 6 strings is combined. Piezo out Hex is never routed to tip because you need the RIP to make it audible.
Name: Piezo Out Mono on Ring
Purpose: Set up Piezo Out Signal Routing
Factory Default: 1, (0=no Piezo out signal on ring when Piezo out is switched “on”, 1 = Piezo out signal routed to ring)
Clickstream: 18#0# or 18#1#
This function configures if the Piezo Signal is routed to the ‘ring’ of your stereo output cable. If you don’t want the Piezo signal on the ring of your stereo cable, type in 18#0#. This relates only to Piezo out Mono where the signal of all 6 strings is combined. Piezo Out Hex is always routed to the ring
Name: Sound Setup
Purpose: Combine a tuning preset with a Chameleon Tone configuration Factory Default: 0, (0=Gibson Classic for all tuning presets)
Clickstream: 20#Preset number, #Chameleon Tone configuration number
Select the Chameleon tone setup you want to activate when selecting a certain tuning preset.
For example: if you want to combine Tuning Preset Delta Blues (Green Bank, “E” LED) with Blues Chameleon Tone, your clickstream would be:
This is the same as what would happen if you selected preset LED “E” from the Green Bank, and then activated Chameleon Tone Mode, and rotated the MCK to LED-A and stored the sound with a sustained press on the display. (Chameleon Tones when stored always store in conjunction with the last tuning preset used.)
Name: Pickup EQ Settings
Purpose: Configure on-board 4 Band EQ for magnetic pickups Factory Default: depends on Sound
Clickstream: 21#Chameleon Tone Setup No. #Band No. #ConfigData Configure the left channel, Band1 of PEG for Gibson Classic sound 21#0#1#16
You need the configuration tool which calculates the correct ConfigData. Function: 22
Name: PEQ Gain for left channel (Pickups) Purpose: Configure 4 PEQ Gain for Pickups Factory Default: depends on Sound
Configure the left channel, Band1 Gain of PEG for Gibson Classic sound 22#0#1#0
You need the configuration tool which calculates the correct GainData Function: 23
Name: PEQ Settings for right channel (Piezo) Purpose: Configure 4 Bank EQ for Piezo Factory Default: depends on Sound
Configure the right channel, Band1 of PEQ for Gibson Classic sound 23#0#1#16
You need the configuration tool which calculates the correct ConfigData. Function: 24
Name: PEQ Gain for right channel (Piezo) Purpose: Configure 4 PEQ Gain for Piezo Factory Default: depends on Sound
Configure the right channel, Band1 Gain of PEG for Gibson Classic sound 24#0#1#0
Name: Set Stepper Speed
Purpose: Set the maximum speed for each Powerhead individually Factory Default: 5
You can set the maximum speed of each Powerhead individually. Function: 31
Name: Maximum concurrent steppers
Purpose: Set the maximum number of Powerheads running at the same time Factory Default: 6
Clickstream: 31#1# to 30#6# Function: 32
Name: Set Stepper Acceleration
Purpose: Set the acceleration for each Powerhead individually Factory Default: 5
You can set the acceleration of each Powerhead individually. Function: 37
Name: Set Powerhead Speed for all Powerheads Purpose: Set the maximum speed for all Powerheads Factory Default: 5
Here you can set the maximum speed of all Powerheads at once. Function: 38
Name: Set Powerhead Acceleration for all Powerheads Purpose: Set the acceleration for all Powerheads at once. Factory Default: 5
Name: Display Software Version
Purpose: Displays the software release number of the body CPU. Clickstream: 99#
Name: Reset Configuration Data
Purpose: Reset Configuration (Standard Tuning, Precision, Standard Function etc.) Clickstream:
101# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to ‘Enter’ symbol, press display momentarily.
Name: Reset Factory Altered Tuning Presets
Purpose: Reset Factory Altered Tuning Presets (in all Banks). Clickstream:
103# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to “Enter” symbol, press display momentarily. Function: 105
Name: Reset Modifier
Purpose: Reset Runtime Correction Data, Calibration Data Clickstream:
103# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to “Enter” symbol, press display momentarily. Function: 106
Name: Reset Neck Configuration
Purpose: Reset Speed and Acceleration of Powerheads Clickstream:
105# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to “Enter” symbol, press display momentarily. Function: 107
Name: Reset Pickup EQ Settings Purpose: Reset all Pickup EQ Data Clickstream:
106# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to “Enter” symbol, press display momentarily. Function: 109
Name: Reset all
Purpose: Resets all configuration data to factory default. Clickstream:
109# wait for red “?”
Rotate MCK until blue “Y” is displayed. Press display momentarily. Rotate MCK back to “Enter” symbol, press display momentarily.