Zoom RFX-1100 Operating instructions

Zoom RFX-1100 Operating instructions
OPERATION MANUAL
Introduction
Thank you for selecting the ZOOM RFX-1100 (hereafter simply called the "RFX1100"). The RFX-1100 is a sophisticated digital reverb and multi-effect processor with
the following features and functions.
• 33 immediately usable effects
The RFX-1100 comes with a full complement of preset effects (11 effects x 3 banks).
Right out of the box, the unit is ready to create great sound. The REVERB bank in
particular provides a wide spread and natural sounding ambience that meets even
demanding professional standards.
• Built-in professional quality reverb
The reverb effects alone allow 121 different settings. The convincing sound stage
created by the RFX-1100 far surpasses anything else available in this class.
• Innovative choices
Lo-Fi EFX purposely degrades sound quality for special effect. RESONANCE
processes the input signal with sophisticated filtering. MIC SIMULATOR produces
condenser mic sound from a dynamic microphone. These and various other effects
are great for recording and give full scope to your creativity.
• Attractive mixdown effects
Mixdown effects can be used effectively to tailor the overall mood of a song when
performing mixdown (mixing multiple tracks onto two final stereo tracks) or
mastering (fine-tuning the sound and level of a final 2-track mix).
• Intuitive editing controls
Convenient knobs on the front panel let you directly adjust items such as the mixing
ratio of original sound and effect sound. Editing effect parameters on the fly is also
easy and straightforward. This allows quick fine-tuning for optimum sound.
• MIC IN connector
The MIC IN connector on the front panel serves as an additional input for a
microphone. This is convenient for applying effects to a vocal part and for
controlling the VOCODER effect with your voice.
Please take the time to read this manual carefully so as to get the most out of
your RFX-1100 and to ensure optimum performance and reliability. Retain this
manual, the warranty card and all other documentation for future reference.
Contents
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Controls and Functions • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 2
Front Panel • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 2
Rear Panel • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 2
Rack Mounting • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 4
Getting Connected • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 4
Trying Out the Effects • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 6
Changing the Sound of an Effect • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 7
RFX-1100 Effects • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 8
Troubleshooting • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 15
Specifications • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 15
Safety Precautions/Usage Precautions
Controls and Functions
Front Panel
(6) OUTPUT control
(1) MIC IN connector
Controls and Functions
(2) MIC ON/OFF switch
(4) Level meter
(5) INPUT control
(3) MIC IN indicator
(7) MIX control
(1) MIC IN connector
A dynamic microphone with an impedance of about
600 ohms can be connected here, for use as an
additional input source. Either an XLR plug (balanced
connection) or a phone plug (balanced/unbalanced
connection) can be used.
Normally the input signal from this connector is
mixed with the signal from the rear-panel INPUT
jacks. When the VOCODER effect is selected, the
signal from this connector serves for controlling the
sound character and the envelope (volume change
curve) of the VOCODER effect.
(3) MIC IN indicator
When the MIC ON/OFF switch is ON, this indicator
lights up.
(2) MIC ON/OFF switch
This switch turns the signal from the MIC IN
connector on and off.
* Before inserting or removing the plug of a
microphone into and from the MIC IN connector, be
sure to set the MIC ON/OFF switch to OFF.
(7) MIX control
Serves to adjust the balance between original sound
(DRY) and effect sound (WET). When the control is
turned fully counterclockwise, only the original sound
is output. When the control is turned fully clockwise,
only the effect sound is output.
(4) Level meter
These indicators show the signal input level.
(5) INPUT control
Serves to adjust the signal from the INPUT jacks and
the MIC IN jack.
(6) OUTPUT control
Serves to adjust the level of the signal supplied at the
OUTPUT jacks.
Rear Panel
(1) POWER connector
(1) POWER connector
The supplied power cable is to be connected here for
powering the unit.
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(2) BYPASS jack
(2) BYPASS jack
Serves for connection of the foot switch FS01 (option)
for switching effects on and off.
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Controls and Functions
(9) CHARACTER/VARIATION selector
Controls and Functions
(13) POWER indicator
(10) BANK selector
(11) EFFECT TYPE selector
(12) POWER switch
(8) REVERB TIME/ADJUST control
(8) REVERB TIME/ADJUST control
Serves to adjust an effect parameter of the currently
selected effect.
(9) CHARACTER/VARIATION selector
Serves to choose one of 11 character settings for the
currently selected effect, or to adjust an effect
parameter.
(10) BANK selector
Serves to select the effect bank (group of effects). The
following three effect banks are available.
• REVERB bank
Contains various reverb effects.
• EFFECTS bank
Contains single effects for instruments and voice,
and combined effects.
• MIX&SFX bank
Contains special effects and effects particularly
suited for mixdown (mixing multiple tracks onto
two final stereo tracks).
(11) EFFECT TYPE selector
Serves to choose an effect from the currently selected
bank.
(12) POWER switch
Serves to turn the unit on and off.
(13) POWER indicator
When the RFX-1100 is on, this LED indicator is lit in
green. When the foot switch FS01 (option) was used
to switch the effects off, the indicator flashes red.
(3) OUTPUT jacks
(4) INPUT jacks
(3) OUTPUT jacks
Connect these jacks to the recorder or playback
system.
(4) INPUT jacks
Connect a line-level source, such as an instrument or
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the send output of a mixer, to these jacks. If a plug is
inserted only in the L/MONO jack, the signal from
this plug will be supplied to both channels. A highimpedance source such as an electric guitar should be
routed through a preamplifier or a guitar effect first.
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Rack Mounting
The RFX-1100 is compatible with international 19-inch rack standards (EIA, DIN). Because the unit has been designed
for rack installation, it is preferable to operate the unit in this way, rather than simply placing it on a table or similar.
Align the four screw holes with the rack screw holes and securely fasten the unit to the rack with screws.
Caution
Rack Mounting / Getting Connected
lead to a fire risk or cause performance
degradation.
• Before installation, always unplug any
connecting cables and the power cable.
Otherwise the equipment or the cables may be
damaged.
• Make sure that the rack in which the unit is
installed is placed on a firm, solid surface, so
that it cannot shake or topple over. Otherwise
there is a risk of injury to persons or damage
to the unit or to other equipment.
• The RFX-1100 uses a metal frame,
making the unit heavier than it might
seem at first glance. While installing the
unit in a rack, carefully support the
weight of the unit until all screws are
securely tightened. Otherwise the unit
may drop, possibly causing injury to
persons or damage to itself or to other
equipment.
• Do not directly stack the unit on top of
other equipment. Otherwise heat may
Getting Connected
Basic Connections
RFX-1100 is connected to an electronic instrument, microphone, and mixer or other audio device
RFX-1100 rear panel
RFX-1100 front panel
MIC IN
Microphone
Power cable
FS01
FS01
Always turn the power to all components off before making any connections.
Otherwise there is a risk of hearing damage or equipment damage by sudden
Caution
loud noise.
Insert Connection
This is an example for inserting the RFX-1100 between the sound source and a playback system or multi-track recorder
(MTR). A stereo source should be connected to the INPUT L/MONO and R jacks. A mono source should be connected to
the L/MONO jack only.
In this example, the signal from the mic or the instrument is effect processed by the RFX-1100 and then sent to the
playback system or MTR. The balance between original sound and effect sound is adjusted at the RFX-1100.
Rhythm machine, synthesizer, or similar
R
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L
INPUT
Guitar effect
INPUT
L/MONO
R
L
OUTPUT
R
Guitar
Microphone
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MIC IN
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Mixer or
amplifier/speaker
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Rack Mounting
Rack Mounting / Getting Connected
* Rack mount screws are
not supplied with the unit.
Getting Connected
FS01
OUTPUT
R
L
INPUT
L/MONO
R
Synthesizer or similar
Amplifier/speaker
Send/Return Connection
This is an example for connecting the RFX-1100 to the send/return jacks of a mixer or multi-track recorder. Connect the
send jack of the mixer or MTR to the INPUT L/MONO jack of the RFX-1100, and connect the OUTPUT L/R jacks of the
RFX-1100 to the return jacks (or the stereo line input jacks) of the mixer or MTR.
In this configuration, the RFX-1100 should be set so that it outputs only the effect sound, and the balance between
original sound and effect sound should be adjusted at the mixer or multi-track recorder. Supplying the send signal to the
RFX-1100 in stereo is also possible.
INPUT
L/MONO
L
OUTPUT
R
RETURN
L
R
SEND
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Mixer or MTR
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Using the VOCODER Effect
This is a connection example for using the VOCODER effect from the MIX&SFX bank. Connect a dynamic microphone
to the front-panel MIC IN jack on the RFX-1100. Connect a synthesizer or other instrument to the rear-panel INPUT
L/MONO jack. You can then use the mic to vary the envelope (volume change curve) and the sound character of the
VOCODER effect. Instead of the mic, it is also possible to use the right- channel signal for controlling the effect. In this
case, the signal supplied to the INPUT L/MONO jack is controlled by the signal supplied to the INPUT R jack. Verify
that the MIC IN indicator is lit. If not, press the MIC ON/OFF switch so that the indicator comes on.
MD player or sampler or similar
with recorded voice
INPUT
L/MONO
R
L
OUTPUT
R
Synthesizer
Microphone
MIC IN
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Keyboard amplifiers
Using Two Effects in Parallel
Getting Connected / Trying Out the Effects
The RFX-1100 allows using two effects at the same time (in parallel). This is possible with effects from the EFFECTS
bank which have a double name separated with a slash ("/"). The following illustration shows a connection example for
using two effects independently in the left and right channel.
Synthesizer
Preamplifier or
distortion effect
or similar
INPUT
L/MONO
Guitar
amplifier
R
L
OUTPUT
R
Keyboard
amplifier
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Guitar
Trying Out the Effects
1.
Verify that the AC cable, sound source, and
playback system are correctly connected to
the RFX-1100.
The INPUT control and OUTPUT control of the
RFX-1100 as well as the volume control of the
playback system should be set to minimum.
2.
Turn on the system in the following order:
sound source
RFX-1100
playback
system.
3.
While playing the
sound source, turn
up the INPUT control
of the RFX-1100 to
CLIP LED
adjust the input level.
To minimize noise and distortion, the INPUT control
should be set as high as possible without causing the
CLIP LED to light.
4.
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Adjust the OUTPUT control and the volume
control of the playback equipment to obtain
a suitable playback volume.
5.
Use the BANK selector and the EFFECT
TYPE selector to select the desired effect.
Depending on the position of the BANK selector, the
available effects are as shown below.
Select effect with
EFFECT TYPE selector
Select bank with BANK selector
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Changing the Sound of an Effect
The following controls are available for changing the sound character and intensity of the preset effects of the RFX-1100
and for adjusting the balance between original sound and effect sound.
(1) MIX control
Adjusts the mixing balance between the original sound and the effect sound.
• When using the insert type
connection pattern
• When using the send/return
type connection pattern
Use the MIX control to adjust the
mixing balance between original
sound (DRY) and effect sound (WET).
Original sound
Effect sound
The MIX control should be turned
fully to WET, so that only the effect
sound is output. The mixing balance
between original sound and effect
sound should be adjusted at the
mixer or multi-track recorder.
For effects such as compressor/limiter
or microphone simulator where the
output is the processed original sound,
turn the MIX control fully to WET.
Unprocessed sound
(original sound)
The function of this control differs, depending on
which effect bank is currently selected with the
BANK switch.
• REVERB bank selected with BANK selector
The control adjusts
the reverb duration.
Short reverb
Long reverb
• EFFECTS/MIX&SFX bank selected with selector
Processed
sound
(3) CHARACTER/VARIATION selector
The function of this selector differs, depending
on which effect bank is currently selected with
the BANK switch.
• REVERB bank selected with BANK selector
The selector can be used to
choose one of 11 reverb sound
characteristics (settings with
different tone and intensity).
11 reverb character
settings
• EFFECTS/MIX&SFX bank selected with selector
The control adjusts a major parameter of the
currently selected effect.
The control adjusts a major parameter of the
currently selected effect.
For information on which parameters can be
adjusted for each effect, see pages 8 - 15.
For information on which parameters can be
adjusted for each effect, see pages 8 - 15.
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Changing the Sound of an Effect
(2) REVERB TIME/ADJUST control
Only effect
sound is
output
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RFX-1100 Effects
This section lists all the effects available in the RFX-1100 and describes the character or parameter variations that are
possible.
Effects suitable for a send/return connection are marked with the S/R symbol.
• REVERB Bank
This bank contains a variety of reverb effects. For effects 1 - 9, the CHARACTER control can be used to select one of
eleven character variations.
1.
HALL
These effects simulate the reverb in various types of medium to
large size buildings.
CHARACTER
1 Large Hall
2 Bright Hall
Simulates a large concert hall.
3 Recital Hall
Simulates a small hall.
4 Municipal
Simulates a fairly large municipal style hall.
5 Wood Hall
Simulates a medium-size hall with predominantly
wooden interior.
6 Cathedral
Simulates a large cathedral.
7 Medconcert
Simulates a medium-size concert hall.
8 Strings Hall
Simulates a concert hall designed for classical music.
9 Castle Hall
Simulates a medieval castle.
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
Simulates a medium-size hall with strong, bright
reverb.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
RFX-1100 Effects
10 Small Hall
Simulates a small hall with warm sound character.
11 Gymnasium
Simulates a gymnasium.
2.
These effects simulate the reverb in various types of interior spaces,
ranging from small rooms to large clubs.
ROOM
CHARACTER
1 Tile Chamber
2 Warm Room
REVERB TIME
3 Big Wooden
Simulates the acoustics of a room with warm sound
character.
Simulates the acoustics of a fairly large room made
of wood.
4 Meeting Room
Simulates the acoustics of a conference room.
5 Large Club
6 GtrSpace
Simulates the acoustics of a large club with strong
reverb.
7 Strings Room
Reverb emphasizing the low range and midrange.
8 Small Chamber
9 Glass Room
Reverb which makes the spoken voice stand out
clearly.
Recommended
setting
Reverb with a pronounced midrange.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
Reverb with lean low end.
10 Rehearsal Space
Simulates a rehearsal room with strong reverb.
11 Garage
Simulates the reverb character of a garage.
3.
These effects simulate the so-called "plate reverb" sound (as
produced by a pickup mounted to a large, free-hanging iron plate).
PLATE
1 Large Plate
2 Bright Plate
S/R
Simulates the acoustics of a tiled room.
CHARACTER
8
S/R
Simulates the reverb produced by a large plate.
Bright plate reverb suitable for percussion.
S/R
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
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3 Dark Plate
Plate reverb with a feeling of depth.
4 Clear Plate
Transparent plate reverb suitable for vocals.
5 Short Plate
Plate reverb with short reverb time.
6 Slap Plate
Reverb with a long pre-delay.
7 Lo-Pass Plate
Plate reverb acting on the low frequencies.
8 Hi-Pass Plate
Plate reverb acting on the high frequencies.
9 Rich Plate
Dense, rich-sounding plate reverb.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
10 Endless Plate
Smooth plate reverb with long duration.
11 Tunnel
Simulates the reverb as heard in a tunnel.
4.
Reverb effects best suited for vocals and narration.
VOCAL
CHARACTER
1 Female Rock
2 Male Ballad
Reverb suitable for female rock singers.
3 Chorus
Reverb suitable for chorus music.
4 Female Folk
Natural sounding reverb great for female vocals.
5 Hi Male Rock
6 Narration
Reverb suitable for fairly high-pitched male vocals.
7 Chanting
Reverb suitable for chanting.
8 Slapback
Emphasizes vocals without changing other
characteristics.
9 Enhancer
Reverb with emphasized high end.
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
Reverb suitable for ballads sung by male vocalists.
Reverb suitable for emphasizing narration.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
Wide simulated space suitable for vocals.
11 EchoVerb
Reverb with long pre-delay.
5.
These effects lend a natural sounding ambience to the sound source
which is suitable not only for single instruments but also for stereo
music sources.
CHARACTER
1 Rock Mix
2 Jazz Band
Reverb for rock type music sources.
3 Reggae Mix
Reverb with a strong wet feeling, for reggae and
related genres.
4 Keyboard
Great ambience for keyboard playing.
5 Hip Hop
6 Film Score
Ambience for rap and hip hop type music.
7 Electronic Mix
Spatial effect suitable for synthesizer.
8 New Age
Ambience suitable for MIDI sound sources.
9 Strings Quartet
Warm, midrange centered ambience for strings.
S/R
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
Reverb for jazz band type music sources.
Ambience for film music.
10 Choral Mix
Rich ambience for chorus and vocal ensembles.
11 Percussion Mix
Ambience suitable for percussion ensembles.
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10 LushVerb
AMBIENCE
S/R
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
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6.
DIMENSION
These effects control the spatial expansiveness of the sound.
CHARACTER
1 Super Wide
2 Stereo Mono
Emphasizes the stereo spread of music sources.
3 Left Right
Changes the sound localization from left to right.
4 Right Left
Changes the sound localization from right to left.
5 Big Delay
6 Mono Stereo
Effect with long pre-delay for creating a wide space.
7 StereoMids
Adds a wide, expansive feeling to the midrange.
8 Huge Bass
Creates an expansive low end.
9 Ping-Pong
Reverb bouncing back and forth between left and
right.
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
Changes the sound localization from stereo to
mono.
Changes the sound localization from mono to
stereo.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
10 Bass/Treble
Adds reverb to the low and high range.
11 Millennium
Creates a vast reverb space.
7.
These reverb effects are most suitable for drums and percussion.
PERCUSSION
CHARACTER
RFX-1100 Effects
1 Rock Kit/1
2 LatinPerc
Reverb suitable for rock drum.
3 Jazz Drums
Reverb for jazz drums.
4 Tom
Slightly deep effect for tom-toms.
5 Shaker
Creates optimum ambience for shakers and similar
percussion instruments.
6 Reggae Drums
Midrange-centered effect for reggae drums.
7 Rock Kit/2
Allows adding reverb to snares or cymbals without
affecting the low range.
Mallet type percussion can be enhanced with this
effect.
Reverb with short pre-delay, emphasizing the low
frequencies.
8 MalletPerc
9 Slap
REVERB TIME
Recommended
setting
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
10 Afro Drums
Reverb suitable for Afro type drums.
11 Bells
High range effect suitable for bells.
8.
These effects are best for ensemble sections such as strings or
brass.
ENSEMBLE
S/R
Light ambience for percussion.
CHARACTER
10
S/R
S/R
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
1 Strings
2 Brass
Reverb suitable for strings.
3 Piano
Warm, extended reverb great for piano solos.
4 Winds
Reverb suitable for woodwinds.
Reverb Time
5 Synth/1
6 Solo Strings
Reverb suitable for synthesizer.
Sets the reverb
duration.
7 Jazz Organ
Light reverb for highlighting organ sound.
Reverb suitable for brass ensembles.
Reverb suitable for solo strings.
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8 Chorus
Wide reverb for chorus groups.
9 Solo Winds
Subdued reverb great for wind instrument solos.
Reverb Time
10 Church Organ
Reverb for adding a spacious feeling to organ
music.
Sets the reverb
duration.
11 Synth/2
Great reverb sound for synthesizer.
9.
These effects add a feeling of power and energy to sound sources.
POWER
REVERB TIME Recommended
setting
CHARACTER
1 Kick/1
2 Kick/2
Stresses the body impact of bass drums.
3 Snare/1
Stresses the body sound of snare drums.
4 Snare/2
Adds a bright reverb sound to snare drums.
5 Toms/1
6 Toms/2
Suitable for low toms and floor-standing toms.
7 Hand Perc
Suitable for hand percussion.
8 DistGtr/1
Suitable for distortion guitar sound with strong box
character.
Suitable for distortion guitar sound with bright
character.
Increases the perceived size of the bass drum
image.
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb
duration.
Emphasizes the midrange sound of tom-toms.
9 DistGtr/2
10 Vocal/1
Increases the power impact of vocals.
11 Vocal/2
Suitable for ballad type vocals.
10.
Special effect where the reverb is briskly cut by a gate.
GATE
Adjusts the threshold level where the
gate becomes active.
Threshold
REVERSE
REVERB TIME
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb duration.
This achieves a similar effect as a tape run in reverse.
Adjusts the sensitivity of the effect, that
is the level from which the reverb is
applied.
S/R
REVERB TIME
CHARACTER
Threshold
S/R
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CHARACTER
11.
S/R
Reverb Time
Sets the reverb duration.
• EFFECTS Bank
This bank contains seven sophisticated single effects (1 - 7) as well as four combined effects (8 - 11) which use two
effects simultaneously. The combined effects marked with a "+" are made up of two effects connected in series. The
combined effects marked with a "/" use two effects in parallel in the left and right channel.
1.
COMP LIM
(Compressor • Limiter)
This effect serves for keeping signal levels within a certain range.
The compressor raises the level of signals below a certain threshold and
reduces the level of strong signals. The limiter only reduces the level of
strong signals.
VARIATION
Comp Lim
Release
Switches between compressor and limiter
and adjusts the release time.
1 - 6: Compressor
Higher values mean longer
release time.
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REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Threshold
Sets the level where the
compressor/limiter becomes
active.
7 - 11: Limiter
Higher values mean longer
release time.
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2.
DELAY
A delay effect with a maximum delay time of up to 1486 ms.
VARIATION
Cross-feedback
3.
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Adjusts the amount of feedback (number of
delay sound repetitions).
6: Feedback = 0
Feedback
Delay Time
Short delay
Normal feedback
VARIATION
Pitch Shift
Interval
Long delay
2
20
3
100
4
200
5
300
6
400
7
500
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Sets the amount of pitch shift. The range
extends from slight detune to 1 octave up or
down.
VARIATION value 1
Shift (cent)
7
Sets the delay duration.
Stereo pitch shifter which adds a pitch-shifted component to the
original sound.
PITCH
S/R
8
700
9
10
900 1100
Pitch Shift
Up/Down
11
1200
Determines the direction of
pitch shift.
Downward shift
Upward shift
100 cent = 1 semitone
4.
CHORUS
A stereo chorus with three voices per channel.
VARIATION
Chorus Depth
Adjusts the depth of pitch modulation. Turning
the control clockwise increases modulation.
Light modulation
[Setting example]
5.
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Chorus Rate
Slow
VARIATION = 4
RFX-1100 Effects
Specifies the range over which the effect is
active. Turning the control clockwise makes
the range broader.
Narrow range
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Flanger Rate
VARIATION = 10
Adjusts the intensity of the fluctuation.
Turning the control clockwise results in more
intense fluctuation.
Phaser Depth
Slight fluctuation
ADJUST
TRM-PAN
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Phaser Rate
Intense fluctuation
[Setting example] Fluctuation optimized for electric piano
Adjusts the phaser
fluctuation rate.
Slow
Fast
ADJUST
VARIATION = 7
Effect ranging from tremolo to auto-panning.
VARIATION
Turning the control counterclockwise gives tremolo.
Turning it clockwise gives auto-panning with a
wider spread.
Strong tremolo
12
Fast
Phaser with pronounced fluctuation.
PHASER
Depth
Adjusts the flanger
modulation rate.
Slow
VARIATION
7.
ADJUST
Broad range
[Setting example] Ultra-slow flanger great for hi-hat
6.
Fast
Stereo flanger with a wide range.
VARIATION
Flanger Depth
Adjusts the pitch modulation
rate.
Heavy modulation
High-grade chorus with smooth presence
FLANGER
S/R
Strong auto-panning
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Rate
Adjusts the tremolo to autopanning rate.
Slow
Fast
ZOOM RFX-1100
8.
This is an in-series combination of delay and reverb.
DLY+REV
VARIATION
Reverb Mix
9.
Adjusts the mixing ratio of the reverb sound.
Turning the control clockwise increases the
reverb ratio.
CHO+REV
10.
Adjusts the mixing ratio of the reverb sound.
Turning the control clockwise increases the
reverb ratio.
VARIATION
Adjusts the mixing ratio of the reverb sound.
Turning the control clockwise increases the
reverb ratio.
Weak reverb
11.
Adjusts the delay time up to
a maximum of 743 ms.
(Feedback is fixed.)
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Chorus Depth
Adjusts the modulation depth.
(Modulation rate is fixed.)
Strong reverb
VARIATION
Adjusts the mixing ratio of the reverb sound.
Turning the control clockwise increases the
reverb ratio.
Weak reverb
Strong reverb
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Delay Time
Adjusts the delay time up to
a maximum of 743 ms.
(Feedback is fixed.)
Short delay
Long delay
This is a parallel combination of flanger and reverb. The left channel
carries the flanger effect and the right channel the reverb effect.
FLG/REV
Reverb Mix
Delay Time
This is a parallel combination of delay and reverb. The left channel
carries the delay effect and the right channel the reverb effect.
DLY/REV
Reverb Mix
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
This is an in-series combination of chorus and reverb.
VARIATION
Reverb Mix
S/R
S/R
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Flanger Rate
Adjusts the modulation rate.
(Modulation depth is fixed.)
Slow modulation
Fast modulation
This bank comprises special effects such as MIC SIMULATOR and VOCODER as well as mixdown effects useful for
mixdown (mixing multiple tracks onto two final stereo tracks).
The effects from this bank are best used with the MIX control turned fully
clockwise, so that only the WET sound is output.
WET sound only
For effects 1 - 4, the parameters adjusted by the VARIATION control and REVERB TIME/ADJUST control are the
same.
1.
POWER MIX
Mixdown effect which emphasizes the bass and gives the sound a
powerful punch.
2.
WIDE MIX
Mixdown effect which stresses the left/right stereo spread.
3.
BOOST MIX
Mixdown effect which gives the sound a tight low end and snappy high
end.
4.
VOCAL MIX
Brings out suppleness and warmth in vocals by stressing the midrange and
adding plate type reverb.
VARIATION
Reverb Color
Switches the reverb sound character.
2 - 6: Short reverb mix ratio
increases towards higher
numbers.
1: Reverb = Off
ZOOM RFX-1100
7 - 11: Long reverb mix
ratio increases towards
higher numbers.
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Intensity
Adjusts the intensity of the
respective effects.
Weak effect
Strong effect
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RFX-1100 Effects
• MIX&SFX Bank
5.
MIC SIMULATOR
Simulates the characteristics of a high-quality condenser microphone
while using an economical dynamic microphone.
VARIATION
Vocal/Inst Comp
Switches the characteristics for vocals or
instruments, and adjusts the limiter
sensitivity.
1 - 6: Vocals
Higher numbers result in
higher limiter sensitivity.
6. CABINET SIM
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Enhance
7 - 11: Instruments
Higher numbers result in
higher limiter sensitivity.
Adds the sound character of an amplifier speaker cabinet to the sound of
an electric guitar.
VARIATION
Combo/Stack &
Depth
Selects the amplifier type (combo or stack)
and adjusts the effect intensity.
1 - 6: Combo type
Higher numbers result in
stronger cabinet sound.
7.
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Presence
7 - 11: Stack type
Higher numbers result in
stronger cabinet sound.
VARIATION
Adjusts the amount of distortion. Turning the
control clockwise increases distortion.
Weak distortion
8.
RING MOD
Strong distortion
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Rotary Rate
RFX-1100 Effects
Switches the delay mode.
9. RESONANCE
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Frequency
2 - 10: Varies the delay time
from flanging to repeat
delay.
This is a filter effect with a resonance component.
Selects the filter type and adjusts the
resonance intensity.
1 - 6: Manually adjusts the
cutoff frequency. Turning the
control clockwise increases
the resonance.
Lo-Fi EFX
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Frequency
/ Sensitivity
7 - 11: Uses the input signal
envelope to automatically
alter the cutoff frequency.
Turning the control
clockwise increases the
resonance.
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When the Type & Q
parameter is set to manual
(1 - 6), this control adjusts
the cutoff frequency. When
the Type & Q parameter is
set to automatic (7 - 11), this
control adjusts the
sensitivity.
This is a special effect that can be used to purposely degrade
sound quality.
VARIATION
Lo-Fi Color
Sets the frequency with
which the input signal is to
be multiplied.
11: Feedback = Off
VARIATION
10.
Fast rotation
This is a ring modulator with short delay.
1: Delay = Off
Varies the input signal
modulation frequency.
Type & Q
Adjusts the speaker rotation
speed.
Slow rotation
VARIATION
Delay Mode
Adjusts the level of the ultra
high range.
Simulates a rotary speaker where the speaker is turned by mechanical
means.
ROTARY
Drive
Adjusts the intensity of the
treble enhancer.
Selects the sound character.
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Tone
Adjusts the effect tone.
ZOOM RFX-1100
11.
VOCODER
This effect lets you use a mic connected to the MIC IN jack to control the
signal from a synthesizer supplied to the INPUT L jack. The signal
supplied to the INPUT R jack is mixed with the MIC IN signal and can also
be used as control signal.
To use this effect, turn the MIX control fully to WET.
VARIATION
Mode &
Character
1
2
3
4
5
REVERB TIME/ADJUST
Selects the number of filter bands for the
VOCODER and the sound character.
Fast attack
18 bands
Slow attack
6
7
8
10 bands
9
10
11
Fast attack
Slow attack
Sensitivity
Adjusts the VOCODER
sensitivity.
VOCODER only
+ chorus
+ distortion + chorus
VOCODER only
+ distortion
VOCODER only
+ chorus
+ distortion + chorus
VOCODER only
+ chorus
+ distortion + chorus
High sensitivity
Low sensitivity
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Check
Remedy
• Is sound source connected correctly to
INPUT jacks and are OUTPUT jacks
connected correctly to playback system?
• Are all shielded cables used for the
connection okay?
No sound or very low
volume
No effect sound
Try replacing the shielded cables.
• Are the connected sound source and
playback system operating normally? Is the
volume set to a proper position?
Check all components and set the volume to a
suitable position.
• Are INPUT control and OUTPUT control of
RFX-1100 set properly?
Follow the instructions in "Trying Out the
Effects" and adjust the controls properly.
• Is a microphone connected to the rearpanel INPUT jack?
Connect the microphone to the front-panel MIC
IN jack.
• Are effects turned off and is the MIX control
fully turned to the WET position?
Turn the MIX control towards DRY.
• Is MIC ON/OFF switch set to OFF?
To use a microphone connected to the MIC IN
connector, the MIC ON/OFF switch must be set to ON.
• Is input signal level too high?
Adjust INPUT control so that CLIP LED does
not light at signal peaks.
The sensitivity of the MIC IN connector is
optimized for microphones. Connect line-level
devices to the rear-panel INPUT jacks.
• Is a line-level device such as a synthesizer
connected to the front-panel MIC IN
connector?
• Were effects turned off with foot switch
FS01 connected to rear panel?
• Is incorrect foot switch connected?
Press foot switch again to turn effects on.
Use only ZOOM FS01.
Specifications
Preset programs
Sampling frequency
A/D converter
D/A converter
Inputs
Line input
Microphone input
ZOOM RFX-1100
363
(11 effects x 3 banks x 11 variations)
44.1 kHz
18 bit, 64 times oversampling
18 bit, 8 times oversampling
2 x standard mono phone jack
Input impedance 10 kiloohms (mono),
20 kiloohms (stereo)
Reference input level -10 to +4 dBm
XLR-3-31/standard phone combo jack
(Balanced operation) Input impedance
4.5 kilohm, pin 2 hot
Control input
(Unbalanced operation) Input
impedance 50 kilohms
Reference input level -56 dBm
2 x standard mono phone jack
Output impedance 500 ohms
Reference output level -10 to +4 dBm
FS01
Dimensions
Weight
Supplied accessory
482 (W) x 115 (D) x 44 (H) mm
1.8 kg
Power cord
Outputs
* 0 dBm = 0.775 Vrms
* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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RFX-1100 Effects / Troubleshooting / Specifications
Input sound breaks up
or is distorted
Follow the instructions in "Getting Connected".
Safety Precautions/Usage Precautions
Safety Precautions
In this manual, symbols are used to highlight warnings and cautions
for you to read so that accidents can be prevented. The meanings of
these symbols are as follows:
This symbol indicates explanations about
extremely dangerous matters. If users ignore this
Warning symbol and handle the device the wrong way,
serious injury or death could result.
This symbol indicates explanations about
dangerous matters. If users ignore this symbol
Caution and handle the device the wrong way, bodily
injury and damage to the equipment could result.
Please observe the following safety tips and precautions to ensure
hazard-free use of the RFX-1100.
Power requirements
Warning
• Connect only to AC power outlets rated 100-120 V or
220-240 V 50/60Hz (depending on the voltage range of
the unit; refer to the back panel).
• Ground the unit by connecting the ground terminal of the
power plug to a good external ground. Do not ground to
water pipe, gas pipe, telephone wiring, or lightning
arrestor to prevent the risk of electric shock or explosion.
• During lightning or when not using the unit for an
extended time, disconnect the power cord from the AC
outlet.
• Do not pinch the power cord, bend it forcedly, or place
heavy objects on the power cord.
Environment
Warning
Warning
Avoid using your RFX-1100 in environments where it will
be exposed to:
• Extreme temperatures
• Heat sources such as radiators or stoves.
• High humidity or moisture
• Excessive dust or sand
• Excessive vibration or shock
Keep space around the unit for sufficient ventilation.
Do not impede the ventilation openings with objects such as
newspapers or curtains.
Handling
Warning
Caution
• Never place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on
the RFX-1100 since this can cause electric shock.
• Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted candles,
on the RFX-1100 since this can cause fire.
The RFX-1100 is a precision instrument. Do not exert undue
pressure on the keys and other controls. Also take care not to
drop the unit, and do not subject it to shock or excessive
pressure.
Connecting cables and input and output jacks
Caution
You should always turn off the power to the RFX-1100 and
all other equipment before connecting or disconnecting any
cables. Also make sure to disconnect all connection cables
and the power cord before moving the RFX-1100.
Usage Precautions
Electrical interference For safety considerations, the RFX-1100 has
been designed to provide maximum protection against the emission
of electromagnetic radiation from inside the device, and protection
from external interference. However, equipment that is very
susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electromagnetic
waves should not be placed near the RFX-1100, as the possibility of
interference cannot be ruled out entirely.
With any type of digital control device, the RFX-1100 included,
electromagnetic interference can cause malfunctioning and can
corrupt or destroy data. Care should be taken to minimize the risk of
damage.
Cleaning
Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the RFX-1100. If necessary, slightly
moisten the cloth. Do not use abrasive cleanser, wax, or solvents
(such as paint thinner or cleaning alcohol), since these may dull the
finish or damage the surface.
Please keep this manual in a convenient place for future
reference.
The FCC regulation warning (for U.S.A.)
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 a residential installation. 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.
Alterations
Warning
Never open the case of the RFX-1100 or attempt to modify
the product in any way since this can result in damage to the
unit.
Volume
Warning
Do not use the RFX-1100 at a loud volume for a long time
since this can cause hearing impairment.
ZOOM CORPORATION
ITOHPIA Iwamotocho 2chome Bldg., 2-11-2, Iwamoto-cho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0032, Japan
Web Site: http://www.zoom.co.jp
RFX-1100-5000-2
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