Black Box • Version 2 Firmware Addendum to User Guide - M

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Version 2 Firmware
Addendum to User Guide
Table of Contents
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What’s New in Version 2? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Amp Models Increased from 12 to 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Effects Increased from 43 to 121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Special Bonus Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
New Shift Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Amp Models Increased to 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
PAN1 - PAN4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
ROTOR1 and ROTOR2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
VIBRA1 and VIBRA2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
SWELL (Volume Swell) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
FIXFLT (fixed filter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
FIXFLA (fixed flanger) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Effects Increased to 121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
TLKPDL (talk pedal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
SCIFI1 – SCIFI5 (science fiction sounds) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Reverb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
REVERB TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
REVERB HIGH FREQUENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
REVERB VOLUME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
REVERB ON/OFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
REVERB/DELAY COMPROMISES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Compression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
COMPRESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Amp Mid Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Link Drumbeat, Tempo Source, Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
LINK DRUMBEAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
TEMPO SOURCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
GATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
And a Few Other Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
DELAY TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
DRUMS > DELAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
EXPRESSION PEDAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
INTRO/ENDING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Amp Model Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
1. BASMAN (based on Fender Bassman) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2. DLXREV (based on Fender Deluxe Reverb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
3. TWNREV (based on Fender Twin Reverb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
4. DELUXE (based on Fender Deluxe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
5. CHAMP (based on Fender Champ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
6. MAR 45 (based on Marshall JTM45) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
7. PLEXI (based on Marshall 100 watt Super Lead “Plexi”) . . . . . . . . . . 6
8. MAR800 (based on Marshall JCM800) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
9. MAR 2K (based on Marshall JCM2000 TSL100)
10. VOKS30 (based on VoxAC30 Top Boost).
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12. JAZZ (based on Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120) .
13. HIWHAT (based on Hiwatt DR103) . . . . .
11. VOKS15 (based on VoxAC15)
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14. STU70S (“Studio 1970s”, based on Mesa Boogie Mark 2)
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15. BIG90S (“Big 1990s”, based on Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Solo head)
16. SOLDON (based on Soldano SLO 100 Super Lead Overdrive)
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18. Deisel (based on channel 4 of a Diezel VH4) .
19. ANGLE (based on ENGL Powerball) . . . .
20. EDDIEV (based on Peavey 5150 MkII) . . . .
21. XTASY (based on Bogner Ecstasy) . . . . .
22. BUDDHA (based on Budda Twinmaster) . .
23. CHIEF (based on Matchless Chieftain) . . .
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24. INTENS (same as Black Box version 1’s “LAMOD”) .
25. BIGMID (same as Black Box version 1’s “UBER”) . .
26. SIZZLE (same as Black Box version 1’s “MAVRIK”) .
27. PLEXIS (same as Black Box version 1’s “PLEXI”) . .
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28. SCOOP (a custom high gain model with scooped mid) .
29. CRISP (a custom model with a 60s twangy tone) . . .
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30. HOLLOW (a custom model with a cool, “hollow” sound) .
31. BITE (a custom model with biting high notes) . . . . . .
32. NECKPU (a custom model great for a Strat neck pickup) .
17. UBER (based on Bogner Uberschall)
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33. SOLID (a custom model with a very solid crunch and lead tone)
34. ACO360 (based on Acoustic 360 bass amp) .
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36. GK 800 (based on Gallien-Krueger 800RB bass amp) . .
37 SWR500 (based on SWR SM500 bass amp) . . . . . .
38. FUZZ (fuzz tone) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
39. OCTAVE (based on Octave fuzz). . . . . . . . . . .
40. MICPRE (a clean mic preamp) . . . . . . . . . . .
35. AMPSVT (based on Ampeg SVT bass amp)
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© Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. This guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of Avid Technology, Inc. Product features,
specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice. Avid, M-Audio, and Black Box are trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in
the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
What’s New in Version 2?
Amp Models Increased to 40
Version 2 of the Black Box firmware delivers a wide variety of new features
and improvements. You’ll find a summary of the major enhancements in the
following sections.
Since the release of the Black Box, we have created lots of new amp models and
enhanced many of the existing ones. Here is a list of the models and the real
amps upon which they were based. You can read more details in the section
“Amp Model Details” further below in this manual.
Amp Models Increased from 12 to 40
The new amp models sound great both in recording and on stage—classic
amps, big stacks, boutique amps, modern high gain amps, a few famous bass
amps and even some new ones of our own design. We’ve also thrown in a
classic fuzz, octave splitter and clean preamp. See the “Amp Model Details”
section for specifics.
1.
BASMAN
Fender Bassman
2.
DLXREV
Fender Deluxe Reverb
3.
TWNREV
Fender Twin Reverb
4.
DELUXE
Fender Deluxe
Effects Increased from 43 to 121
We’ve expanded our collection of effects to give you a ton of creative, inspiring
and fun new choices. There are more modulation effects, beat-synced effects,
note-triggered effects, plus 60 idea-generating filter, tremolo and arpeggio
sequences. See “The Effects” section for details.
5.
CHAMP
Fender Champ
6.
MAR 45
Marshall JTM45
7.
PLEXI
Marshall Super Lead Plexi
8.
MAR800
Marshall JCM800
Special Bonus Features
In order to add more features beyond the existing 16 front-panel menus,
we created a new Shift mode to access bonus features including Reverb,
Compression and an Amp Mid control, plus a couple of useful features called
Link Drumbeat and Tempo Source.
9.
MAR2K
Marshall JCM2000
10.
VOKS30
VoxAC30
11.
VOKS15
VoxAC15
12.
JAZZ
Roland Jazz Chorus
13.
HIWHAT
Hiwatt DR103
14.
STU70S
(Studio 1970s) Mesa Boogie Mark IIc
15.
BIG90S
(Big 1990s) Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
16.
SOLDON
Soldano SLO 100
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UBER
Bogner Uberschall
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DEISEL
Diezel VH4
19.
ANGLE
ENGL Powerball
20.
EDDIEV
Peavey 5150 MkII
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XTACY
Bogner Ecstasy
22.
BUDDHA
Budda Twinmaster
23.
CHIEF
Matchless Chieftain
24.
INTENS
Custom model with an intense high-gain solo tone
25.
BIGMID
Custom model with strong high-gain mid tone
26.
SIZZLE
Custom model with a present high-end sizzle
27.
PLEXIS
Custom model based onMarshall Super Lead Plexi with EQ
28.
SCOOP
Custom high gain model with scooped mid
29.
CRISP
Custom model with a ‘60s twangy tone
30.
HOLLOW
Custom model with a hollow tone
31.
BITE
Custom model with biting high notes
32.
NECKPU
Custom model, great with a Strat neck pickup
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SOLID
Custom model with a solid tone
34.
ACO360
Bass amp: Acoustic 360
35.
AMPSVT
Bass amp: Ampeg SVT
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GK 800
Bass amp: Gallien-Krueger 800RB
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SWR500
Bass amp: SWR SM500
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FUZZ
Fuzz tone
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OCTAVE
Octave fuzz
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MICPRE
Clean mic preamp
New Shift Mode
A new Shift mode permits access to new bonus features including reverb,
compression, mid control and others.
The parameters for these new features are implemented as Shift menus. Similar
to how the SHIFT key on your computer keyboard permits a single key to have
2 functions, the new Shift mode permits a single row and column in the 4 x 4
menu matrix to have both a normal and shifted menu function.
For example, the new AMP MID control is the Shift function of AMP BASS. To view
or change AMP MID:
1)
Select AMP BASS by pressing AMP and then turning the 3rd menu knob
one “click” to select its column. You’ll now see the current value of AMP
BASS.
2) Double-tap the AMP button to view the Shift parameter, AMP MID. Even
though the menu still blinks AMP BASS, the screen text shows “MID 50”
and the PARAMETER screen icon blinks to indicate that Shift mode is
active.
3) To change the value of AMP MID, turn the third menu knob up or down.
To exit Shift mode, press any key or turn another menu knob.
Here’s an overview of the new Shift functions and where they are located in the
4 x 4 menu matrix:
NOTE: M-Audio and Black Box are trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other
product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in
no way associated or affiliated with Avid Technology, Inc. These trademarks
of the other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those
manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during M-Audio’s sound
model development. No claim is made that the Black Box duplicates these
sounds exactly, but rather that it produces tones inspired by these classic
amps. Reference to artists and bands is for informational purposes only and
does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Black Box by such artists
or bands.
For an explanation of these functions, see the relevant section of this manual.
NOTE: Because of the MENU buttons’ new double-tap mode, it is no longer
possible to step through the four menu columns by repeatedly pressing a
MENU key.
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There are never enough effects, particularly when it comes to the cool, inspiring beat-synced effects that Black Box does so well—and now we’ve upped the ante
from 43 to 121! Here they are, with the new ones emphasized in bold:
TREM1
Normal tremolo
RNFI8T
Random filter 1/8 note triplets,
band-pass filter
SWELL
Volume swell
TREM2
Hard-switched tremolo
RNFI16
Random filter 1/16 notes, band-pass
filter
FIXFLT
Fixed band-pass filter (use FX FREQ to
change frequency)
TREM3
Sawtooth wave tremolo
RNFI24
Random filter 1/16 note triplets,
band-pass filter
FIXFLA
Fixed flanger (use FX FREQ to change
frequency)
PAN1
Normal stereo panning
RNFL 4
Random flanger 1⁄4 notes
TLKPDL
Pedal-controlled talk box
PAN2
Hard-switched stereo panning
RNFL8
Random flanger 1/8 notes
SCIFI1
Science fiction sound FX 1
PAN3
Left-to-right only stereo panning
RNFL8T
Random flanger 1/8 note triplets
SCIFI2
Science fiction sound FX 2
PAN4
Hard-switched random panning
RNFL16
Random flanger 1/16 notes
SCIFI3
Science fiction sound FX 3
FTREM1
Filter tremolo 1, up and down
sweeping low-pass filter
RNFL24
Random flanger 1/16 note triplets
SCIFI4
Science fiction sound FX 4
FTREM2
Filter tremolo 2, sawtooth down mod
of low-pass filter
ATOWA1
Auto-wah 1 (filter frequency follows
guitar level)
SCIFI5
Science fiction sound FX 5
FTREM3
Filter tremolo 3, slow up and down
band-pass filter
ATOWA2
Auto-wah 2 (fixed attack-decay
speed)
TRSQ01 – TRSQ06
First 6 tremolo sequences
FTREM4
Filter tremolo 4, sawtooth up mod
of band-pass filter
ATOWA3
Auto-wah 3 (louder notes produce
lower filter freq)
TRSQ 7 – TRSQ20
14 more tremolo sequences
FTREM5
Filter tremolo 5, switches between
low-pass frequencies
ATOWA4
Auto-wah 4 (same as 1 but soft
filter tone)
FLSQ 1 – FLSQ 6
First 6 filter sequences
FLANG1
Slow flanger, positive phase (full
bass at top of cycle)
ATOWA5
Auto-wah 5 (same as 2 but soft
filter tone)
FLSQ 7 - FLSQ20
14 more filter sequences
FLANG2
1-bar flanger, inverted phase (less
bass at top of cycle)
ATOWA6
Auto-wah 6 (sharp attack, fixed
decay)
ARPG 1 – ARPG 6
First 6 arpeggio sequences
FLANG3
1⁄4-note flanger, inverted phase
ATOWA7
Auto-wah 7 (louder notes = higher
fixed filter)
ARPG 1 - ARPG20
14 more arpeggio sequences
CHORS1
Chorus 1, triangle wave, low depth
ATOWA8
Auto-wah 8 (louder notes = lower
fixed filter)
MVE2FI
MIDI velocity modulates filter freq
CHORS2
Chorus 2, sine wave, higher depth
WAHPDL
Wah pedal
MNT2FI
MIDI note modulates filter freq
ROTOR1
Rotary speaker 1, slow
TKBOX1
Talk Box 1 (voice box simulator)
MMD2FI
MIDI controllers 1 (mod wheel), 11, 16, 70 or
74 modulate filter freq
ROTOR2
Rotary speaker 2, fast
TKBOX2
Talk Box 2 (same as 1 but louder
notes result in lower tone)
MVE2FL
MIDI velocity modulates flanger freq
VIBRA1
Vibrato 1, slow speed
TKBOX3
Talk Box 3 (slow attack and decay
speeds)
MNT2FL
MIDI note modulates flanger freq
VIBRA2
Vibrato 2, medium speed
TKBOX4
Talk Box 4 (fast attack, slow delay
speed)
MMD2FL
MIDI controllers 1 (mod wheel), 11, 16, 70 or
74 modulate flanger freq
RNFI 4
Random filter 1/4 notes, bandpass filter
TKBOX5
Talk Box 5 (note-triggered chorus
sound)
RNFI 8
Random filter 1/8 notes, band-pass
filter
TKBOX6
Talk Box 6 (louder notes result in
higher fixed freq)
VIBRA1 and VIBRA2
Vibrato, a periodic variation of pitch, is an effect that can add a movement to
your sound that is more subtle than chorus or flanging—kind of like continuously
moving the whammy bar on a Strat. Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell commonly plays
with vibrato on the whole time and this adds a very nice quality to his tone,
particularly when the vibrato interacts with the delay and reverb in his sound to
produce chorus-like textures.
As you can see, some of the new effects (TREM3, FTREM3-5) are variations
on existing effect types while others (PAN, ROTOR, VIBRA) are completely new
effect types. Here’s a little information about the new effect types:
PAN1 - PAN4
This effect automatically moves the pan position of your instrument within the
stereo field. As in other modulation effects, the speed may be either one of a
number of fixed or beat-synced values. Use PAN1 for normal back-and-forth
panning; a speed of 1⁄4 notes is a good place to start. PAN2 hard-switches
between the left right sides; set the speed to 8 bars to “trade fours” with
yourself.
SWELL (Volume Swell)
For best results, try to silence each note before playing the next one. Otherwise,
you'll hear a little bit of the subsequent note as the volume is very quickly being
turned down from the full level of the last note's sustain.
ROTOR1 and ROTOR2
This is a simulation of the classic rotary speaker effect, primarily used with organ
but also appearing on countless guitar recordings, including Cream’s classic hit
“Badge.” Use ROTOR1 for the slow rotary effect and ROTOR2 for the fast effect.
FIXFLT (fixed filter)
This is like having a single parametric EQ before the amp models. Use the FX FREQ
control to set the frequency and the FX WET/DRY control to set the amount.
FIXFLA (fixed flanger)
A flanger is actually a very short delay (0 to 10 ms) with feedback that moves up
and down periodically, so a fixed flanger is merely a short delay with feedback.
This can be used to achieve a sound similar to that of your amp in a small brick
room—you can even use the FX FREQ control to set the size of the room.
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English
Effects Increased to 121
REVERB ON/OFF
To turn reverb on or off, hold the UTILITY switch for more than 1⁄4 second (just like
holding AMP, FX and DELAY turns on or off the amp, effects and delay).
TLKPDL (talk pedal)
This is the same sound as our TLKBOX effect, but in this case the frequency
is controlled by the optional expression pedal, like a wah-wah pedal but with
voice sounds.
REVERB/DELAY COMPROMISES
If reverb is on, delay is limited to a maximum of 625 milliseconds. Specifically:
SCIFI1 – SCIFI5 (science fiction sounds)
These sounds are just plain wacky. Use them to add an unexpected element to
your performance or recording.
1)
Note: Reference to artists and bands is for informational purposes only and
does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Black Box by such
artists or bands.
If reverb is on and Delay Time is increased past a fixed value of 625
ms, then reverb is turned off. If reverb is on and Delay Time is set to any
tempo-based value that requires more than 625 ms at the current tempo,
the delay time is internally changed to 1⁄2 or 1⁄4 of that value to fit within
625 ms.
2) If Delay Time is set to a fixed value higher than 625 ms and reverb is
turned on, then delay is turned off (the “DLY OFF” icon will appear). If Delay
Time is set to any tempo-based value that requires more than 625 ms
at the current tempo and reverb is turned on, the delay time is internally
changed to 1⁄2 or 1⁄4 of that value to fit within 625 ms.
Reverb
Black Box now has a stereo reverb to add depth to your sound. There are four
settings that control the reverb:
Compression
REVERB TIME
This permits the selection of one of five reverb times:
The new compressor is useful either as a note sustainer or as a limiter, reducing
the level of loud notes and increasing the level of soft notes. It is placed in the
signal chain before the amp modeling. There is one control:
< RVTM 1 (tiny)
< RVTM 2 (small)
COMPRESSION
This controls the level of drive to the compressor, adjustable from 0 to 99:
< RVTM 3 (medium)
< RVTM 4 (large)
< CMP 0 (no compression)
< RVTM 5 (huge)
< CMP 99 (maximum compression)
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
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Press the DELAY button and select column 1.
2) Double-tap the AMP button to enter Shift mode.
2) Double-tap the DELAY button to enter Shift mode.
3) The screen will show the current Compression value. To change it, turn
rotary control 2.
3) The screen will show the current Reverb Time value. To change it, turn
rotary control 1.
Use lower values to gently limit peaks. Use higher values to sustain your guitar
notes, similar to increasing AMP DRIVE but without the distortion.
REVERB HIGH FREQUENCY
This permits the level of high frequencies in the reverb signal to be controlled.
The range is from 0 to 99:
Amp Mid Control
< RHF 0 (least high frequencies)
< RHF 99 (most high frequencies)
The new AMP MID control permits you to adjust those all-important midrange
frequencies, giving you more control over your tone. Like BASS and TREBLE, the
range is from 0 to 99.
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
1)
Press the DELAY button and selct column 2.
< MID 0 (minimum midrange frequencies)
2) Double-tap the DELAY button to enter Shift mode.
< MID 99 (maximum midrange frequencies)
3) The screen will show the current Reverb High Frequency value. To change
it, turn rotary control 2.
This is a shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
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REVERB VOLUME
This permits the level volume of the reverb signal to be adjusted. The range is
from 0 to 99:
Press the AMP button and select column 3.
2) Double-tap the AMP button to enter Shift mode.
3) The screen will show the current MID value. To change it, turn rotary
control 3.
< RVL 0 (no reverb)
< RVL 99 (high reverb volume)
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
1)
Press the AMP button and select column 2.
Press the DELAY button and select column 3.
2) Double-tap the DELAY button to enter Shift mode.
3) The screen will show the current Reverb Volume value. To change it, turn
rotary control 3.
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And a Few Other Updates
There are three new settings that you’ll find handy: Link Drumbeat and Tempo
Source. Plus, we’ve enhanced the Noise Gate and made it easier to adjust.
Here are a few other updates that we’ve made in version 2:
DELAY TIME
The 100 fixed delay times are now shown in milliseconds instead of the former
arbitrary values of 0 to 99. As before, after these 100 fixed delay times are the 19
tempo-synced delay times.
LINK DRUMBEAT
This setting permits each preset to have an assigned drumbeat. When the
preset is selected, its assigned drumbeat is also automatically selected. Certain
presets and drumbeats go together well and with this setting on, selecting a
preset will automatically select a drumbeat that goes well with it. This parameter
has 2 options:
DRUMS > DELAY
The DRUMS > DELAY (drums send to delay) parameter has been enhanced as
shown below:
< LKDB N: When you select a new preset, the drumbeat won’t change (as
< DLY 00 – DLY 99: Amount of drums signal sent to audio delay (same as
in version 1 firmware).
version 1)
< LKDB Y: When you select a new preset, its assigned drumbeat is
< INP 00 – INP 99: Amount of drums signal sent to instrument input (same
automatically selected.
as version 1)
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
1)
< REV 00 – REV 49: Amount of drums signal sent to reverb (new in version 2)
Press the UTILITY button and select column 2.
EXPRESSION PEDAL
The list of possible expression pedal assignments has changed to the
following:
2) Double-tap the UTILITY button to enter Shift mode.
3) The screen will show the current Link Drumbeat value. To change it, turn
rotary control 2.
Note: To assign a specific drumbeat to a user preset, simply select the
drumbeat and save the preset. The assigned drumbeat of the factory presets
cannot be changed.
TEMPO SOURCE
This permits the choice of one of three sources for the playing tempo:
< TPO PR (Preset tempo): Whenever a new preset is selected, its assigned
tempo automatically becomes active.
Note: Whenever a preset is saved, the current tempo at that time is saved
with the preset as its assigned tempo.
< TPO DB (Drumbeat tempo): Whenever a new drumbeat is selected, its
assigned tempo becomes active.
Note: The assigned tempo of the drumbeat is set at the factory and
cannot be changed.
changed.
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
FXSPED
FX speed
RVBVOL
Reverb volume (NEW)
FXDPTH
FX depth
FXKEY
FX key
WETDRY
FX wet/dry
DLYVOL
Delay volume
DLYRPT
Delay repeats
DM2DLY
Drums send to delay
DM2INP
Drums send to input of entire signal chain, same as guitar
DM2RVB
Drums send to reverb (NEW)
< INTRO: If the drumbeat is not playing, pressing TAP TEMPO before pressing
START/STOP will play an intro of four 1⁄4-note hi hats before the drumbeat
starts.
Press the UTILITY button and select column 4.
2) Double-tap the UTILITY button to enter Shift mode
< ENDING: If the drumbeat is playing, pressing TAP TEMPO before pressing
START/STOP will stop the drumbeat at the beginning of the next measure.
3) The screen will show the current Tempo Source value. To change it, turn
rotary control 4.
GATE
The noise gate has been enhanced to be more transparent, fading out on
sustained notes more naturally than before. However, it is no longer adjusted
by simultaneously pressing TAP TEMPO and the DRUMBEAT UP/DOWN buttons.
Instead, it is now a shift parameter. As before, there are 9 gate thresholds:
< GATE 0: Noise gate is disabled.
< GATE 1: Noise gate is on at lowest threshold. Very sensitive to soft picking,
OK when very little background noise and hum exists.
< GATE 9: Noise gate is on at highest threshold. Least sensitive to soft
picking, but best rejection of high background noise and hum.
This is a Shift parameter. To view or adjust it:
1)
Same as former AMPDRV, a volume pedal inserted before amp
models
INTRO/ENDING
The ability to play a single drumbeat intro or ending was possible in version 1
firmware, but wasn’t documented in the manual.
< TPO GL (Global tempo): The tempo never changes unless manually
1)
VOLUME
Press the UTILITY button and select column 1.
2) Double-tap the UTILITY button to enter Shift mode
3) The screen will show the current Gate value. To change it, turn rotary
control 1.
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10. VOKS30 (based on VoxAC30 Top Boost)
A unique and truly inspired design, the VoxAC30 is one of the most famous
and coveted amps ever created. It was used by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and
lots of other British Invasion bands on tons of early recordings, as well as later
recordings by Brian May of Queen and countless others. Originally launched in
the late ‘50’s, this gem produced a warm and singing power amp distortion by
virtue of its 30 watts into two 12” speakers. Both the intense but warm treble and
the full bass are characteristically different than other amps, making it a highly
addictive amp to play through.
Amp Model Details
Here are detailed descriptions of each of the 40 amps modeled in the Black Box
v2 firmware.
1. BASMAN (based on Fender Bassman)
The Bassman is a marvelous and very early Fender amp that was embraced by
many blues, rock and country guitarists in the ‘60s. With four 10” speakers and
very sweet 50-watt power amp distortion, this one is worthy of the high prices
the originals fetch. Excellent clean as well as overdriven, our hats are off to Leo
and the guys. Incidentally, this was the amp that Marshall virtually copied in
designing their early amps.
11. VOKS15 (based on VoxAC15)
This smaller precursor to the AC30 produced an understatedly elegant 15 watts
of power into a single 12” speaker. It wasn’t exactly a stadium filler but like the
bigger 30, it delivered a warm and unique tone that is cherished to this day.
2. DLXREV (based on Fender Deluxe Reverb)
The Deluxe Reverb is another stellar Fender design. With a single 12”, a very high
and intense treble and sweet power amp distortion, this amp was and still is a
popular mid-volume blues/rock amp. The bass folds over a little because of the
open back, single 12” design, but that’s part of the sound. Oddly, they chose to
call the tremolo on this early amp “vibrato.” The real amp had only bass and
treble controls, so in adding our Mid control, we tried to stick to the spirit of the
Fender design principal by looking at what they did in subsequent models.
12. JAZZ (based on Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120)
A classic transistor amp? You bet. This was a very popular unit for its shimmering
highs, full range and loud, clear tones. It departed from the designs of the day
with its inclusion of chorus effect instead of the standard tremolo. This will give
you a lovely soft jazz tone, an intense treble twang and even a bit of overdrive.
13. HIWHAT (based on Hiwatt DR103)
Most famous for Pete Townshend’s sound on old The Who recordings, this
classic was also popularized by David Gilmour and many others. With a brilliant
and responsive tone unlike any others of the day, it’s easy to see why those who
have played them won’t turn back.
3. TWNREV (based on Fender Twin Reverb)
It seemed that in the ‘70s, just about everybody had a Twin or a friend that had
one. With 100 watts in two 12” speakers as well as intense treble boost, this amp
is probably responsible for more tinnitus than any other. It might not achieve
that much distortion by today’s standards, but it gets a sound that’s pure classic
Fender.
14. STU70S (“Studio 1970s”, based on Mesa Boogie Mark 2)
This innovative design put high quality and high gain together into a small,
portable package, making it the choice of studio pros in the ‘70’s. It’s the perfect
gig amp—it produces a very solid mid-range tone with great sustain and
articulation, plus unusually high volume for its small size.
4. DELUXE (based on Fender Deluxe)
This early Fender delivered great distortion—regardless of whether it was
intended or not—by virtue of its low power and relatively flat EQ before the
distortion. I’m not sure if Leo bought into Minimalism with this design, but this
little screamer had but one “tone” control, effectively a treble control. In adding
our bass and mid controls, we tried to predict what Leo would have done had
he been less austere.
15. BIG90S (“Big 1990s”, based on Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Solo head)
Clear guitar tone? Who needs it?! This exceptional amp turns your guitar signal
into a solo or crunch tone that is powerful, thick, well-defined and just plain fun
to play. Our model of this monster will give you all that low-end power, highend sizzle, scooped or full mids, and make you sound huge. Revel in your tonal
grandeur.
5. CHAMP (based on Fender Champ)
Intended as a low-cost beginner’s amp, the small ‘60s-vintage tweed unit was
embraced by a number of studio players who valued it for its solid tone and
kindness to their backs when carrying it around. The little speaker didn’t deliver
much low end, but the uniquely crisp high end more than makes up for it.
16. SOLDON (based on Soldano SLO 100 Super Lead Overdrive)
We’re sold on this amp. Originally released in 1987, this stellar design was a
major force in defining the high gain sound in scores of famous players. Solid
both in tone and construction, we’re proud to pay homage to this fine creation
with our Black Box model.
6. MAR 45 (based on Marshall JTM45)
Released in 1962, this amazing amp head has a full, warm and remarkable
tone. Thought its circuitry is largely copied from the original Fender Bassman,
subtle differences gave it its own distinct and very attractive personality.
17. UBER (based on Bogner Uberschall)
Designed primarily for heavy playing and aggressive styles of music, this amp
blows all others out of the water. It delivers extreme gain and volume while
staying focused—no mushy sounds here. This model is guaranteed to split
eardrums and shatter rib cages.
7. PLEXI (based on Marshall 100 watt Super Lead “Plexi”)
This wasn’t just an amp but almost an instrument in itself, redefining how guitar
is played—it’s that significant. Released in 1959, this 100-watt head is the heart of
the famous Marshall stack used by countless bands in the ’60’s and ‘70’s. Along
with the JTM45, this amp was usually played with all controls set to full because
compared to later high-gain amps, it doesn’t provide that much gain.
18. Deisel (based on channel 4 of a Diezel VH4)
This is an intense, very high gain lead amp with big bass and great high end for
the most shredding of shredders. German engineering at its best.
19. ANGLE (based on ENGL Powerball)
Another great work of German engineering, ENGL’s high gain amps are played by
the likes of Richie Blackmore and Steve Morse. The Powerball is the culmination
of years of research and creation by the ENGL team. Extreme flexibility, tone
and gain structure converge in this unit, resulting in the ultimate amp. Close the
windows and doors and crank this model up.
8. MAR800 (based on Marshall JCM800)
A very popular evolution of the Plexi, this was one of the first amps to include
higher gain, a master volume and an overdrive stage before the tone controls.
Although preamp distortion isn’t quite the same as power amp distortion, it
introduced a distinctive tone similar to putting a distortion stomp box before your
amp. The full and intense high gain sound further redefined the lead guitar.
20. EDDIEV (based on Peavey 5150 MkII)
This amp is the result of a collaboration between guitar god Eddie Van Halen and
the all-American Peavey musical instrument company. We think they achieved
something great here and we’re certainly not alone in our opinion. Check out
our model of this fine creation and savor its exceptional lead tone and rhythm
crunch, which goes well beyond the classic Van Halen “brown sound.”
9. MAR 2K (based on Marshall JCM2000 TSL100)
This modern amp stretched the Marshall sound to include more versatile tone
controls and three channels—clean, crunch and lead. You could easily switch
between clean, full mid, scooped mid and super high gain tones just by switching
channels. We modeled the lead channel here and love the full bass and warm
treble it serves up.
21. XTASY (based on Bogner Ecstasy)
This great Bogner amp was designed to deliver more of the classic tones like
the Marshall amps Mr. Bogner used to personally modify for the likes of Eddie
Van Halen. A versatile amp delivering clean to bark to growl and beyond, we’re
proud to model this fine design.
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36. GK 800 (based on Gallien-Krueger 800RB bass amp)
Gallien-Krueger amps are very well-engineered, very loud and very heavy! (We
dare you to try lifting the 800RB head, from which this model was created.) The
Gallien-Krueger team understands that you need massive amounts of power
to reproduce low bass without distortion. Beyond that, they also understand
bass tone. This amp, very popular in the ‘80’s, was a testament to an intimate
knowledge of all the fundamentals that bassists require. We honor the GallienKrueger team with our model of their fine amp.
23. CHIEF (based on Matchless Chieftain)
Another superb boutique amp, this one has a unique and addictive sound (not
to mention a very cool backlit “Matchless” logo on the front panel). With a Class
A power amp, a unique tone circuit and two 12” speakers, there is a quality to
the mids and highs in this amp that is, well, Matchless. We’ve done our best to
model its special character.
37 SWR500 (based on SWR SM500 bass amp)
The SWR500, upon which our model is based, is the successor to the worldfamous SWR400, chosen by professionals for its well-defined tone and graphic
EQ. SWR amps have great, versatile sound and high, consistent quality and we’re
proud to include it in the Black Box’s arsenal.
24. INTENS (same as Black Box version 1’s “LAMOD”)
This is the same model as the Black Box’ version 1 firmware “LAMOD” (L.A.
modern high gain amp). It delivers a very intense, screaming lead tone. Not for
the faint of heart—it may make you faint of hearing.
38. FUZZ (fuzz tone)
This amp and stomp box hybrid gives you the sound of vintage fuzz tones like
Fuzz Face with bass, mid and treble controls. Think “American Woman” and
create your own classic.
25. BIGMID (same as Black Box version 1’s “UBER”)
This is the same model as the Black Box’ version 1 firmware’s “UBER” (Bogner
Uberschall). Since our new and improved UBER model better represents that
fine amp, we kept this one but changed its name to better reflect its true nature.
This model delivers a very solid and powerful midrange lead tone to cut through
a mix.
39. OCTAVE (based on Octave fuzz)
Here you’ll find the classic Octave Fuzz sound, heard on hits like “Purple Haze.”
Excellent results are achieved on the high E string above the 7th fret using the
neck pickup.
26. SIZZLE (same as Black Box version 1’s “MAVRIK”)
This is the same model as the Black Box’ version 1 firmware’s “MAVRIK” (Mesa
Boogie Maverick), but we’ve renamed it ‘Sizzle’ to emphasize its own special
personality. This model delivers tremendous presence.
40. MICPRE (a clean mic preamp)
Select this one to get the clean, warm sound of plugging directly into the
console. Thought we don’t recommend drive settings above zero, overdriving
it will produce a sound similar to the opening of the Beatles’ “Revolution.” Don’t
worry—this won’t damage the circuitry.
27. PLEXIS (same as Black Box version 1’s “PLEXI”)
This is the same model as version 1 firmware’s “PLEXI” (Marshall Super Lead
“Plexi” 100 watt). Though we’ve created a new Plexi model for the Black Box’
version 2 firmware, we kept this one because it captures a particular character
of Marshall recordings of the 70’s. (Think of Free’s “All Right Now”.)
NOTE: M-Audio and Black Box are trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other
product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in
no way associated or affiliated with Avid Technology, Inc. These trademarks
of the other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those
manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during M-Audio’s sound
model development. No claim is made that the Black Box duplicates these
sounds exactly, but rather that it produces tones inspired by these classic amps.
Reference to artists and bands is for informational purposes only and does not
imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Black Box by such artists or bands.
28. SCOOP (a custom high gain model with scooped mid)
This custom model gives a big scooped-mid high-gain tone for solid crunch or
lead work. Scoop away...
29. CRISP (a custom model with a 60s twangy tone)
This fun model gives a very crisp, twangy exaggerated tone for those early
Beatles chord or solo clear sounds, often originally achieved with a Vox AC15
and console EQ. Sounds great overdriven, too.
30. HOLLOW (a custom model with a cool, “hollow” sound)
This custom model gives an exaggerated “hollow” sound that will make people
turn their heads and say “huh?” Try it for something completely different.
31. BITE (a custom model with biting high notes)
This custom model gives a great treble bite on the high notes coupled with a
nice, overall warmth. Sort of like an AC30 off-mic’d through warm console EQ.
32. NECKPU (a custom model great for a Strat neck pickup)
This completely exaggerated “amp + console EQ” model gives an intensely
boosted upper-mid treble and high bass with almost no mids, intended to
be used when playing a Strat on the neck pickup. Think of the Rolling Stones’
“Midnight Rambler” or Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary.”
33. SOLID (a custom model with a very solid crunch and lead tone)
This custom amp model delivers a vintage tone with hints of Tweed Fender
Deluxe but with tight upper bass, strong mids and pronounced high-end
presence. Its solid rhythm crunch and vintage lead tones will take you places
where other amps fear to tread.
34. ACO360 (based on Acoustic 360 bass amp)
The Acoustic 360 was another amp that just about everybody in the ‘70’s used,
including John Paul Jones. Its deep, loud bass partly derives from its unique 18”
folded horn design. We pay homage to this fine instrument in our model.
35. AMPSVT (based on Ampeg SVT bass amp)
The 300-watt SVT—a classic and virtually ubiquitous rock bass amp of the ’60’s
and ‘70’s—was heavy both in tone and weight, particularly with the 8” x 10” SVT
cabinet we used for our model.
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22. BUDDHA (based on Budda Twinmaster)
A well-loved boutique amp, this gem is similar in tone to an old “black-face”
Fender Deluxe but with more mid-range fullness. With relatively low power, the
distortion here is all in the power amp and that’s a big part of its sound. Great
note articulation with mild or higher gain.
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