Lehle Little Dual
Lehle Little Dual
www.lehle.com
Operating instructions
Lehle GmbH • Grenzstr. 153 • D-46562 Voerde • Germany • Tel +49 (0) 2855 850070
Dear Musician!
Thank you for purchasing your Lehle Little Dual!
I have been building units that switch, split and route signals with
no technical compromises and with maximum musical fidelity since
1999. Your new Lehle Little Dual comprises only the very best
components.
Every assembly of your Lehle Little Dual has been made and
tested in Germany.
Your Lehle Little Dual is of extremely robust design and construction, to make sure that you get absolutely years and years of enjoyment from it. If you should nonetheless have a problem, or simply a
question, just mail me or a member of the Lehle team at:
[email protected]
I wish you the very greatest pleasure and success using your Lehle
Little Dual!
Burkhard Georg Lehle
Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................ 2
Technical data............................................................................................................................ 3
General description.................................................................................................................... 4
Typical uses
- Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher............................................................................... 8
- Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for stereo effects and 2 amplifiers............................. 9
- Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for 1 instrument with piezo and magnetic pickups
sent to 2 amplifiers.......................................................................................................... 11
- Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for 1 instrument with piezo and magnetic pickups
played through their respective amps or a mixer with DI function....................................... 12
- Lehle Little Dual as tuner-mute-box (1 instrument, 1 amplifier and 1 tuner)..................... 14
Troubleshooting........................................................................................................................ 15
Lehle Little Dual signal flow diagram..................................................................................... 16
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The Lehle Little Dual is the Lehle Dual
SGoS’s little sister, a maximum signal-fidelity amp
switcher for two amps. Both amps are activated
simultaneously using the left footswitch, while the
right is used to switch back and forth between
them. High-intensity LEDs make it easy to read
off switching state A or B, or A and B, even under
high-power spots.
The centerpiece of the Lehle Little Dual is its
high-end Lehle LTHZ transformer, which electrically isolates output A from output B, making history
of hum loops - permanently! The Lehle LTHZ
features a gold-plated-contact phase inverter and
a gold-plated-contact ground switch. The two
inputs can also be routed in stereo to outputs A
and B, if you use the stereo signal of an effect
unit as the input, for example. This also makes
it possible to route instruments equipped with
two pickups, including many acoustic and hybrid
guitars, and also double basses, via two amplifier
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systems - with no complications. These systems
can be operated either in alternation or in parallel
- without hum, and without sound losses, needless
to say! The Lehle Little Dual - small, but so
utterly effective!
Technical data
Weight: 570 g
Length: 3.9”
Width: 4.8”
Overall height: 1.9”
Voltage: 8 - 20 V DC or AC
Max current: 55 mA
Max gain: +16 dBU (<1 % THD @ +16 dBU/40 Hz)
Total harmonic distortion: 0.003 % @ 0 dBU/1 kHz
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 100 kHz -0.1/+0.4 dB
(source 600 Ohm, load 1 MOhm)
Input impedance (transformer impedance load): min. 2 MOhm @ 2 kHz
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General description
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1. Input socket
 Connect your instrument or the output from an
effect unit or DAW here.
The mono input signal is fed into this socket;
should the input socket (2) be used as well this
signal will be routed to output B only.
2. Input socket for a 2nd signal
 Connect the 2nd pickup of your instrument or the
2nd stereo output from an effect unit or DAW here.
The signal from this input socket is routed to
output A only. Stereo signals such as the signals
from different pickups can be switched individually
to the outputs A and B, which could be 2 separate
amplifiers or PA channels.
3. B-Output
 Connect your amplifier or the input of a mixing
desk here.
The signal is routed to output B directly via a
goldplated switch with no semiconductors. The
Lehle Little Dual, and therefore the instrument
connected, is grounded via this socket. This output
should therefore always be occupied.
4. Phase inverter switch
 The phase of the input signal from the A output
can be inverted if necessary.
This switch can be used to invert the phase of the
input signal from the A output socket by 180°.
Splitting signals to two amps may sometimes
cause phase cancellations, resulting, for most
musicians, in a “thin” sound. Inverting the phase
eliminates this problem. Experiment to find out
which position you prefer - as always, your indivi­
dual taste is what counts!
5. A-Output
 Connect your amplifier or the input of a mixing
desk here.
Output A is electrically isolated from output B by
the Lehle LTHZ high-end transformer - so hum
loops are impossible, even if A and B are switched
on simultaneously.
A balanced or an unbalanced signal is possible,
irrespective of the type of signal fed from the
input, this way you can connect any guitar or
bass amp as well as balanced inputs on a mixing
console.
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6. Ground lift switch
 Connect the grounds of output sockets A and B if
necessary.
This switch connects the chassis of outputs A and
B when it is pressed, connecting the ground conductors of the A and B outputs can help in some
situations, depending on the units connected and
on their power supplies. Actuate the ground lift
switch to find out for yourself the position in which
noise is minimised.
7. External power supply
 Connect a power pack for a voltage of 8 to 20
V to this socket when needed.
The Lehle Little Dual switches all audio signals
completely without electricity. To detect the switching status it requires an 8 to 20 V power supply for
operation of the LEDs. Polarity is of no importance.
The supply voltage is internally rectified and stabilized in order to guarantee trouble-free operation.
A thermal cut-out automatically trips and switches
the unit off if a short circuit occurs.
A correctly fitting plug connector for the power
supply socket is supplied with the Lehle Little
Dual and can be soldered to the required power
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unit if necessary. It is advisable to use a separate
power adapter or an outlet on a multiple outlet
power adapter with electrically isolated outlets for
the Lehle Little Dual, but with no other loads
connected to it, to avoid interference noise during
operation or when switching.
8. LEDs for switching status
 If the left (A) LED shows green, the output A
(5) is active, if the right (B) LED is red, a signal is
routed thru output B (3).
The high-intensity LEDs under the lenses clearly
indicate switching State A or B, even under stage
lighting.
Output A (left) is GREEN and output B (right) is RED.
9. True-Bypass switch
 Here you can switch.
Two parallel slide switches with gold-plated contacts, which switch the stereo signal together with
the ground connections, are actuated inside the
switcher by means of a practically indestructible
switching mechanism. The slide switches switch
virtually silently, since they function completely
bounce-free.
10. Base and fixing
 You can use the fixing screws supplied with the
Lehle Little Dual to fix it to a base plate (or to a
pedal board, for example).
Thanks to its ready-to-go fixing system, the Lehle
Little Dual can be mounted without difficulty on
a base plate. To do this, undo the four housing
screws and detach the cover. Then fix the device
base to a base plate using the two screws, the
washers and the spacers supplied. Replace the
cover and tighten the four housing screws - done!
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Typical uses
Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher
e.g. with a clean and a crunchy amp sound.
Phasing issues can be corrected at the push of a
button, as afore-mentioned the output A features
a phase-inverter switch.
The Lehle Little Dual was designed specifically
to split and switch the signal of your instrument
between 2 amps which are running at the same
time. This way you can achieve very nice blends,
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Device connections
Output A (5) Amplifier 1
Output B (3) Amplifier 2
Input A (2) –
Input A/B (1) Instrument
How to do this:
1. Connect amplifier 1 to the output socket A (5).
2. Connect the 2nd amplifier to the output socket
B (3).
3. Do not use the input socket A (2).
4. Connect your instrument to the input socket A/B
(1) of the Lehle Little Dual.
5. Activate both amps with the left True-Bypassswitch (9).
6. Use the phase inverter switch (4) to find out
which setting you prefer.
7. Use the ground lift switch (6) to determine
which position eliminates the most background
noise.
8. There you go!
Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for
stereo effects and 2 amplifiers
A dual amp setup suggests the use of stereo
effects, with one amp receiving the left stereo
signal and the other amp receiving the right
stereo signal. Chorus and delays create a very
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wide soundscape when played through 2 amps
simultaneously.
Device connections
Output A (5) Amplifier 1 (left stereo signal)
Output B (3) Amplifier 2 (right stereo signal)
Input A (2) Left stereo signal from FX unit
Input A/B (1) Right stereo signal from FX unit
How to do this:
1. For the left stereo signal connect the output
socket A (5) to the input of amp 1.
2. Connect the output socket B (3) to the amp that
should render the right FX signal.
3. Connect the left stereo output from your effects
unit to the input socket A (2).
4. Connect the right stereo output from your
effects unit to the input socket A/B (1).
5. Use the left True-Bypass switch (9) to activate
both amplifiers.
6. Use the phase inverter switch (4) to find out
which setting you prefer.
7. Use the ground lift switch (6) to determine which
position eliminates the most background noise.
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8. There you go!
Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for 1
instrument with piezo and magnetic pickups sent to 2 amplifiers
totally different characteristics and sound best
when played through their respective amp-types.
A simple Y cable can be used in case both signals
come from the same TRS socket (TRS > 2 mono
TS plugs, commonly referred to as “insert cable“),
otherwise use a separate mono cable for each
signal.
Some instruments are equipped with 2 different
type of pickups, usually one magnetic e-guitar
pickup and one piezo pickup. These signals have
Device connections
Output A (5) Amplifier for acoustic guitar
Output B (3) Amplifier for electric guitar
Input A (2) Instrument acoustic pickup
Input A/B (1) Instrument magnetic pickup
How to do this:
1. Connect the acoustic amplifier to the output
socket A (5).
2. Connect the 2nd amplifier to the output socket
B (3).
3. Connect the acoustic pickup of your instrument
to the input socket A (2).
4. Connect the magnetic pickup of your instrument
to the input socket A/B (1).
5. Use the left True-Bypass switch (9) to activate
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both amplifiers.
6. Use the phase inverter switch (4) to find out
which setting you prefer.
7. Use the ground lift switch (6) to determine
which position eliminates the most background
noise.
8. There you go!
Lehle Little Dual as an amp switcher for 1
instrument with piezo and magnetic pickups played through their respective amps
or a mixer with DI function
In order to extend the previous setup and to make
it more flexible, the piezo signal can be routed to
a mixer, stagebox or DAW instead of a regular
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guitar amp. This way acoustic and electric guitar
sounds can be mixed together, either live for the
FOH mix, monitoring or recording. Having the
option to convert unbalanced signals to balanced
is extremely useful and makes the use of additional equipment like DI boxes redundant.
Device connections
Output A (5) Mixer, stagebox, DAW
Output B (3) Amplifier for electric guitar
Input A (2) Instrument acoustic pickup (active)
Input A/B (1) Instrument magnetic pickup
How to do this:
1. Connect your mixer, stagebox or DAW to the
output socket A (5).
2. Connect your electric guitar amp to the output
socket B (3) an.
3. Connect the active pickup of your instrument to
the input socket A (2) an.
4. Connect your magnetic pickup to the input
socket A/B (1) an.
5. Use the left True-Bypass-switch (9) to activate
both amplifiers.
6. Use the phase inverter switch (4) to find out
which setting you prefer.
7. Use the ground lift switch (6) to determine
which position eliminates the most background
noise.
8. There you go!
Note:
Output A can send out an unbalanced signal to
guitar or bass amps or balanced signals to mixers
or DAWs.
For connections to mixers or DAWs the signal
should be buffered to eliminate impedance issues/
mismatch.
The signal from a passive pickup cannot be split
to an amp or mixer without negative effects on
your sound, since balanced inputs are usually low
impedance.
Balanced signal lines are used to cross larger
distances without interference. They are generally
fitted with XLR connectors or TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve)
jack plugs. Here, three cores are required: there
are two signal conductors. In a balanced signal
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line, the signal is present in phase at the tip, as in
the case of an unbalanced signal line (XLR Pin 2).
The second signal conductor carries the same signal, but with the opposite polarity or mirror-image
phase (Ring, XLR Pin 3). The third conductor is the
screening, and again constitutes the signal ground
(Sleeve, XLR Pin 1).
Ground
Signal in mirrored Phase
Signal in Phase
Lehle Little Dual as tuner-mute-box
(1 instrument, 1 amplifier and 1 tuner)
JackXLR
Sleeve
Pin 1
Ring
Pin 3
Tip
pin 2
In smaller setups with only 1 guitar and 1 amplifier the Lehle Little Dual can also be helpful to
mute the signal for tuning in case you would like
to keep it silent for the audience or your fellow
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musicians.
This way the tuner is not in the direct signalpath
and is isolated electrically from your amp.
Device connections
Output A (5) Tuner
Output B (3) Amplifier
Input A (2) –
Input A/B (1) Instrument
Troubleshooting
Something is rattling inside my unit
If you should happen to shake the Lehle Little
Dual you will hear a slight metallic rattling from
inside. This is a mechanical noise caused by a flat
spring which diverts the force of the True Bypass
switch button on to the horizontal slide switch inside the Lehle Little Dual. So this is not a defect,
not a problem, just a healthy indication that the
spring is not jammed.
How to do this:
1. Connect your tuner to the output socket A (5) of
the Lehle Little Dual.
2. Connect the amplifier to output B (3) an.
3. Do not use the input socket A (2).
4. Connect your instrument to the input socket A/B
(1) of the Lehle Little Dual.
5. Use the ground lift switch (6) to determine
which position eliminates the most background
noise.
6. There you go!
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Signal flow chart of the Lehle Little Dual
In A/B (1)
A/B
In A (2)
Out B (3)
Phase-Shift (4)
Out A (5)
A&B
Ground (6)
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