User`s manual | Behringer IAXE624 Musical Instrument User Manual

User’s manual
Version 1.0 March 2007
Thank you for expressing your confidence in us by purchasing the BEHRINGER CENTARI iAXE624 USB-GUITAR.
Your computer will become the ultimate working platform on which you can use the classic effects, in the studio as well as on stage.
BEHRINGER presents the groundbreaking CENTARI iAXE624 USB-Guitar which gives you the possibility to record the brilliant song,
which just came to your mind, immediately and directly to your computer.
With a notebook and the BEHRINGER CENTARI iAXE624 USB-Guitar it is now possible to work on the go, be it train or hotel.
The iAXE624 guitar‘s scope of delivery includes a first-class modeling software with virtual amps and effects pedals. Accompany
songs in MP3, WAV, AIFF format which you can play from your computer or Mac.
1.1 Before you get started
Your iAXE624 USB-Guitar was carefully packed at the assembly
plant to assure secure transport. Should the condition of the
cardboard box suggest that damage may have taken place,
please inspect the unit immediately and look for physical
indications of damage.
Damaged equipment should NEVER be sent directly
to us. Please inform the dealer from whom you
acquired the unit immediately as well as the
transportation company from which you took
delivery. Otherwise, all claims for replacement/
repair may be rendered invalid.
Please always use the original packaging to avoid
damage due to storage or shipping.
Never let unsupervised children play with the
iAXE624 USB-Guitar or with its packaging.
Please dispose of all packaging materials in an
environmentally friendly fashion.
The sound quality may diminish within the range of
powerful broadcasting stations and high-frequency
sources. Increase the distance between the
transmitter and the device and use shielded cables
for all connections.
1.1.3 Online registration
Please, do remember to register your new BEHRINGER equipment
right after your purchase by visiting
(alternatively and kindly read the terms and
conditions of our warranty carefully.
Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, our goal is to have
it repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service,
please contact the retailer from whom the equipment was
purchased. Should your BEHRINGER dealer not be located in
your vicinity, you may directly contact one of our subsidiaries.
Corresponding contact information is included in the original
equipment packaging (Global Contact Information/European
Contact Information). Should your country not be listed, please
contact the distributor nearest you. A list of distributors can be
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Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us
process your repair claims quicker and more efficiently.
Thank you for your cooperation!
1.1.2 Care
Do not lean your guitar against walls; it could get knocked over
or bumped into.
Never leave your guitar lying on the floor or on the edge of your
bed where it may get stepped on or knocked off er even sat on.
Never leave your instrument in the trunk of a car when the
weather is very warm or extremely cold. Extereme temperatures
can be harmful to your gear.
The iAXE624 can either be connected directly via jack to an amplifier or by connecting the provided USB cable to your PC/Mac
computer. At the same time, the USB connection acts as power supply for the iAXE624 guitar.
Fig. 2.1: Control elements and connections
You can use a commercially available ¼" TRS for the
You can connect the guitar with the USB connection to
your computer via USB. The blue control LED indicates that
a connection to the computer has been established.
The ¼" TS connection can be used to connect the iAXE624
guitar to any standard guitar amplifier. (See Fig. 4.2)
You can use the TONE-control T1 to reduce the high
frequencies from the guitar's neck pickup.
You can use the TONE-control T2 to reduce the high
frequencies from the guitar’s mid pickup.
The VOLUME controller lets you change the volume of the
guitar output. The headphone volume needs to be changed
by using the software on the computer.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that
extremely loud sound levels may damage your
hearing as well as your headphones/loudspeakers.
Turn the VOLUME control fully to the left before you
switch on the unit. Be careful to select a suitable
volume at all times.
When using your guitar with the supplied GUITAR
COMBOS software, please note that the volume
setting of the virtual amplifier is saved for each
individual preset. This may result in a noticeable
difference in volume when changing from one
preset to another.
Use the pickup selector switch to select different pickup
combinations (see table 2.) Each position has it's own
These controllers affect both conventional and USB
pickup switching combinations
pickup selector
1. Neck
2. Neck/Mid
3. Mid
4. Mid/Bridge
5. Bridge
T1 + T2
neck pickup
mid pickup
bridge pickup
tone control
Table 2. Switching combinations of your iAXE624 (Grey = activated, white = deactivated)
- To avoid damage to the USB plug or socket, disconnect the USB cable from the guitar when the instrument is not being played. Take
extra care not to stand the guitar on the USB plug.
- For more information on tuning and maintenance of your guitar, please read the tutorial which is included with your guitar.
- Visit our homepage for more information about setting up the tremolo, the intonation and the action of the strings on your guitar. We
recommend that such adjustments are performed only by an experienced guitar technician.
- When replacing strings on a guitar with a tremolo system we recommend changing strings one-by-one. This ensures that the
tremolo system remains in balance during the whole procedure and reduces the risk of string breakage due to overtensioning.
Furthermore, it takes much longer to restore the correct positioning of the tremolo and to tune the guitar after restringing if all strings
were removed at once.
The iAXE624 USB-Guitar is an extraordinary guitar. You can connect it directly to a computer and record music or play along to your
favorite songs. Additionally, you can enjoy the exciting sounds of virtual guitar amps and stomp boxes. The iAXE624 USB-Guitar is
the perfect solution if you want to start playing immediately. It is so easy—plug and rock!
4.1 Operation of the USB connector
Instead of using the USB function of the guitar, you can also use
the guitar the same way as a conventional electric guitar. To do
so, simply connect the ¼" TS connector (
) to a guitar amp
instrument input. This gives you the opportunity to play without
a computer, for example, when jamming with your band.
The conventional guitar output works independently from the
USB connector, meaning you can simultaneously play via the
USB port and a guitar amp. This way, you can set up a means of
direct monitoring to avoid latency problems.
The advantage of this setup is that while listening to the sound
coming from your guitar amp, you can record a clean guitar
Using plug-ins, you can experiment with different effects and
amplifiers afterwards.
4.3 Using the iAXE624 with a
If you're in need of latency-free monitoring during multitrack
recording, then the BEHRINGER V-AMP is the ideal partner for
your iAXE624. Make the connections as follows :
Fig. 4.1: Wiring of the USB guitar
Use the USB cable, which is included, to connect the iAXE624
USB-Guitar to your computer. The USB unit of the iAXE624 USBGuitar is bus powered—no separate power supply is needed.
The blue LED below the USB connector (
) lights up and the
system will indicate the connection of a USB audio unit.
Connect your headphones to the PHONES-connector on the
guitar, which is located directly above the USB-connector. If you
don’t want to use your headphones, you can also connect a pair
of active monitors to the PHONES-connector—the BEHRINGER
SPEAKERS MS20 and MS40 are a perfect choice for this
application. If you own a mixing console, you can do the following:
connect a stereo input of the mixing console to the PHONESconnector and the active monitors to the control room outputs of
the mixing console.
- Connect your iAXE624 to the V-AMP's instrument input using a
standard instrument cable.
- Connect the iAXE624's headphone output to the V-AMP's aux
input using a balanced cable with stereo phone jacks.
This allows you to use the V-AMP's aux level control to adjust
the playback volume.
To record the guitar, connect your iAXE624 to the computer
using the USB cable. You can set up your prefered monitoring
sound on the V-AMP and record the dry, unprocessed guitar
sound on your computer. For this purpose you should use a
sequencing software, for example the program Kristal which
can be found on the CD-ROM included with the iAXE624 package.
4.2 Connection to a guitar amp
Fig. 4.2: Connection to a guitar amp
With both connection options—the common guitar output and the additional USB output—a variety of applications are at your
disposal. The well-known ¼" output jack can be connected to the input of your guitar amplifier as usual. With the help of the integrated
USB interface you turn your computer into an ultimate recording studio.
Whether for studio application or practicing at home, the audio connections used always remain the same:
5.1 Wiring
5.3 USB cable
When connecting your CENTARI iAXE624 to a conventional guitar
amplifier, we recommend using a well-shielded, low-noise
instrument cable.
The iAXE624 USB-Guitar comes with a USB output for
connecting USB compatible devices like notebooks or MP3 players.
Here you can connect any standard USB cable.
Fig. 5.1: Unbalanced instrument cable with ¼" TS connector
Fig. 5.3: USB connector cable
5.2 Headphone connection
The iAXE624 USB-Guitar provides a connection for headphones.
You can connect any standard commercial headphone with a
¼" TRS jack plug. For mini TRS jack plugs, you will need a suitable
adapter. You can see the required pin allocation from the following
Fig. 5.2: ¼" TRS stereo connector
¼" TS, unbalanced
Output impedance
Max. output level
¼" TRS stereo jack
approx. 50 Ω
4.5 dBu, 2 x 8.5 mW @ 32 Ω
USB 1.1
type A
16-bit converter
Sample rate
32.0 / 44.1 / 48 kHz
USB connection
Operating system
Win XP
Mac OS X v10.3.x
Processor min.
Pentium 700 MHz
G4 733 MHz
Athlon XP 1.33 GHz
256 MB
Driver (Windows)
Driver (Mac OS X)
please see “Software Installation Guide”
high-performance driver
for Win 98 (SE) / ME / 2000 / XP
Core Audio
5 V_, 100 mA max.
(H x W x D)
approx. 985 x 335 x 62 mm
(38 3/4“ x 13 1/5“ x 2 2/5“)
approx. 3.0 kg (6 3/5 lbs)
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