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Rocktron Cyborg Specifications
Your Cyborg™ Digital Reverb pedal has been designed to comply with the
following Standards and Directives as set forth by the European Union:
Council Directive(s):
Electromagnetic Compatibility
EN55013, EN50082-1
This means that this product has been designed to meet stringent guidelines on how much RF energy it can emit, and that it should be immune from
other sources of interference when properly used. Improper use of this
equipment could result in increased RF emissions, which may or may not
interfere with other electronic products.
To insure against this possibility, always use good shielded cables for all
audio input and output connections. This will help insure compliance with
the Directive(s).
For more information about other Rocktron products, please see your local
dealer or one of our importers closest to you (listed on the Rocktron website
Read all instructions contained in this manual.
Keep these instructions
Heed all warnings
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean with dry cloth
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All Rights Reserved.
Precautions Continued....
Do not block any ventilation openings (if applicable). Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
This product is supplied with and runs on a 9VDC adapter.
Only used attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Do not use this product with any case, stand tripod, bracket or table that is not
specified by the manufacturer. Insure that the case, stand, tripod, bracket etc. is
properly adjusted and setup (follow all instructions). Extra care and caution should
be taken to avoid tip over and injury.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused during long periods
of time.
Refer all service to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply or plug is damaged,
liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus or if the apparatus
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally or has been
Do not expose this unit to excessive heat. This unit is designed to operate between
32 F and 104 F (0 C and 40 C). This unit may not function properly under extreme
Congratulations on your purchase of the Rocktron
Cyborg Digital Reverb.
The Cyborg Digital Reverb is one of a series of “Digital
Destiny” stomp boxes that break new ground in the
world of floor effects excellence. Simple to use, while
offering instant access effects, or satisfying those who
crave more complex control and the ability to create a
plethora of additional presets, the Cyborgs are low
noise, easy operation effects!
Rocktron has designed the Cyborg series around a
state-of-the-art Motorola® DSP engine. We’ve included
our HUSH® noise reduction technology, and provided
you with full bandwidth performance. We’ve cut no
corners in the design of these digital stomp boxes.
Cyborgs are fully MIDI programmable and controllable
and Cyborgs can be chained together and controlled by
a single Rocktron MIDI controller.
Look for other Cyborg Digital Destiny pedals at your
Rocktron retailer.
Connection 1 - Standard Connection
Connection 2 - Effects Loop
Connection 3 - with a Noisy Distortion Pedal
Preset Select Knob - this knob allows you to select the “preset” you desire.
Eight presets are available with this control. As the knob is turned the LED
under the selected preset will light.
LED Display - see following page for detailed descriptions of display.
Reverb TYPE Knob - this knob allows you to select one of the 8 available
reverbs, Plate A, Plate B, Room A, Room B Hall A, Hall B, Stadium, and
Dual. As you turn the knob you will note that the LEDs in the LED display
will light as you scroll through the different reverbs available as shown in the
Reverb Type line in the LED display (for more information the LED display,
see the following page).
Decay Knob - this knob allows you to adjust the decay of the reverb tail. As
you turn the knob you will note that the LEDs in the LED display will light in
order from left to right as you increase the amount of decay. As you decrease
the amount of decay the LEDs will turn off from right to left.
Level Knob - this knob determines the “volume” of the reverb relative to the
dry signal. As you increase the reverb volume the LEDs in the LED display
will light in order from left to right and stay lit. As you decrease the volume of
the delay the LEDs will turn off from right to left.
DC OnTap Power input. Use the supplied Rocktron DC OnTap 9V adapter
to power your Cyborg pedal. Plug into a standard wall outlet and follow all
safety precautions.
Input Jack - plug your guitar into this jack. See preceeding pages for
standard connections.
HUSH Switch - The Cyborg Digital Reverb pedal includes Rocktron
Patented Digital HUSH noise reduction. Select “ON” if the reverb pedal is
placed after a noisy distortion pedal. Select “OFF” when using clean tones.
For more on the HUSH and how it works, see the HUSH Section of this
Descriptions Continued
Preset Select/Store Switch and Store LED - this switch allows you
scroll through the presets by using the footswitch. Press and depress the
Preset Select Footswitch to change the preset. Note that the presets will
change in order from 1 to 8. After preset 8, the preset will go back to
preset 1.
STORE function - Use this function to STORE (or save) changes you
have made to a preset. To operate the STORE function, press and hold
the PRESET SELECT switch down for 2 seconds. This will save the
changes to your preset. The STORE LED will “hold on” and then return
to flashing to confirm the storing process has been completed.
On/Off Footswitch and LED - this footswitch is used to turn “ON” or
“OFF” the Cyborg Reverb. When the LED is lit , the reverb is “ON”
Output Jack - Using a standard guitar cable with a 1/4” jack, plug into
your amplifier or the next effect pedal in your signal chain.
MIDI Jack - Using the Rocktron MIDI Breakout Cable (sold separately)
you can connect the Cyborg Pedal to a Rocktron MIDI Footcontroller
such as the Rocktron MIDI XChange, MIDI Mate or All Access. This
feature allows you to access all 64 presets and even connect other Cyborg
pedals to be controlled by the MIDI footcontroller.
HUSH® is Rocktron's patented single-ended noise reduction system, and is available
in all presets. The HUSH system provided in the Cyborg is a fully digital implementation, modeled after the latest analog HUSH design, achieved through Digital
Signal Processing (DSP).
The low level expander of the HUSH system operates like an electronic volume
control. The analog version of the HUSH system utilizes a voltage-controlled amplifier
(VCA) circuit which can control the gain between the input and the output from unity
gain to 30, 40 or even 50dB of gain reduction. When the input signal is above the userset threshold point, the VCA circuit remains at unity gain. (This means that the
amplitude of the output signal will be equal to that of the input signal.) As the input
signal level drops below the user preset threshold point, downward expansion will
begin. It is at this point that the expander acts like an electronic volume control,
gradually decreasing the output signal level relative to the input signal level. As the
input signal drops further below the threshold point, downward expansion increases
(see figure below).
A drop in the input level by 20dB would cause the output level to drop approximately
40dB (i.e., 20dB of gain reduction). In the absence of any input signal, the expander
will reduce the gain so that the noise floor becomes inaudible.
LED Display
The Cyborg’s LED Display consists of 8 LEDs that are used to
visually show the user:
1) The PRESET selected
2) The REVERB TYPEs available to any preset.
3) The LEVEL setting (MIN through MAX) of each of the preset’s parameters for
the Decay knob (point 4) and the Level Control knob (point 5).
As an example, lets choose preset 1.
1) PRESET - First, turn the Preset Knob (point 1) until the LED under the number
1 lights. You now have selected Preset 1.
2) REVERB TYPE - Now, select the type of reverb you would like to use for
Preset 1 by using the TYPE knob.
3) The LEVEL setting parameter shows the LEVEL settings of the following
o The Decay Control Knob (Point 4). Turning the Decay Control knob will light
LEDs in the display to show you the Decay length that you have selected within the
preset. To see the current decay length of the preset , turn the knob only one click.
This will cause the LEDs to light showing your current setting. To change the
setting continue turning the knob. Turning the knob clockwise will increase the
decay time and the LEDs will light from left (MIN) to right (MAX). To shorten the
decay time turn the knob counter-clockwise and the LEDs will turn off from right
(MAX) to left (MIN).
o The Level Control Knob (point 5). Turning the Level Control knob will light
LEDs in the display to show you level of the reverb of the preset relative to the
unaffected dry signal. To see the current level for this preset, turn the knob only one
click. This will cause the LEDs to light showing your current setting. To change
the setting continue turning the knob. Turning the knob clockwise will increase
amount of wet (effected) signal relative to the dry (unaffected) signal and the LEDs
will light from left (MIN) to right (MAX). Turning the knob counterclockwise will
decrease the amount of wet signal relative to the dry signal and the LEDs will turn
off from right (MAX) to left (MIN).
LED Display...continued...
Reverb Type
The top line in the LED display is the REVERB TYPES that are available for
each preset.
Preset 1 reverb is called PLATE A. This reverb is a Plate reverb
Preset 2 reverb is called PLATE B. This reverb is a Plate reverb.
Preset 3 reverb is called ROOM A. This reverb is a room reverb that
simulates the reverb sound of a small room.
Preset 4 reverb is called ROOM B. This reverb is a Room reverb that
simulates a slightly larger room than Room A.
Preset 5 reverb is called HALL A. This reverb is a Hall reverb that simulates
the reverb sound of medium sized Hall.
Preset 6 reverb is called HALL B. This reverb is a HALL reverb that
simulates the reverb sounds of a large sized Hall.
Preset 7 reverb is called STADIUM. This reverb is a Stadium reverb the
simulates the reverb sound generated by a large Stadium.
Preset 8 reverb is called DUAL. The Dual reverb simulates the characteristics of an irregularly shaped room, combining early delayed reflections with
longer reflections that would be present in such an oddly shaped environment where the walls are close and far away.
The Cyborg pedal has a MIDI jack that allows you to access an additional
56 user presets. Using the Rocktron MIDI Breakout cable (sold separately)
you can access these additional 56 presets (64 total) by using a Rocktron
MIDI Controller such as the Rocktron MIDI XChange, MIDI Mate or All
Access. This will also allow you to connect and control additional Rocktron
Cyborg pedals.
Note that all 64 presets on the Cyborg Reverb may be modified and stored.
When using the option MIDI Breakout cable to access the remaining 58
presets you will find that these locations have the original factory presets
already stored. Example: Preset 1-8 are repeated in MIDI recall locations,
9-16, 17-24, 25-32, 33-40, 41-48, 49-56 and 57-64. Also note that the preset
locations 1-64 will be recalled when receiving program changes 65-128 thus
allowing all MIDI program changes 1-128 to be accepted
See MIDI connections using the optional MIDI Breakout cable on the
following pages.
Cyborg MIDI Preset Programming
Connect Midi X-change to CYBORG using the optional Midi Breakout
cable as shown in MIDI Connection 1 and 2
1) To program any preset simply recall the preset to be programmed with
2) Now adjust preset with control knobs to make your desired changes.
3) Once you have created your preset press and hold down the TAP/
STORE Button on the Cyborg pedal until the led indicates the store process
is completed. (LED will hold bright then return to Tap Delay blinking
MIDI - Connection 1
MIDI - Connection 2
Maximum Input
Input Impedance
Current Consumption
Freq. Response
20Hz-16Khz +-3dBu
Dynamic Range
Power Requirements
Rocktron DC OnTap 9V Adapter
10.5” x 6” x 2.25”
Rocktron - A Division of GHS Corporation
2813 Wilber Ave.
Battle Creek MI 49015
Rocktron Phone: 1-(269)-968-3351
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Rev. 05/26/06
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