user manual - Atomic Amps
USER MANUAL
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . 4
CONNECTION DIAGRAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
HARDWARE DESCRIPTIONS. . .. . . .. . . .. . 6-8
EFFECTS & SIGNAL CHAIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
BLOCK DESCRIPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
EDITOR PARAMETER SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . 10
GATE/EXPANDER. . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . 11
COMPRESSOR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
BOOST / AMP. . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . 13
AMP SELECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16
ECHO . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . 17-18
REVERB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
CABINET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
FOOTSWITCHES . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . 20-21
GLOBAL SETTINGS / CLIP WARNING . . .. 22
PRESETS . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . 23-24
HOW TO UPDATE AMPLI-FIREBOX. . . . . . 25
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing AMPLIFIRE-BOX, a world-class amp tone and effects
pedal/processor. A powerful and portable device, it is small enough to fit in a
gig bag yet potent enough to please even the most discriminating tube amp
and effects aficionados.
We designed AMPLIFIRE-BOX as an instrument that we, as guitar players, wanted
for ourselves. This meant it had to sound/feel authentic and amazing while being
easy-to-use, portable and road-rugged.
AMPLIFIRE-BOX is equally capable of being a replacement for a physical amplifier
or part of a larger pedal board rig.
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS:
• All new, state-of-the-art amp modeling based on Studio Devil’s highly
acclaimed and patented technology
• Blazing DSP powered hardware allowing for complex and
detailed algorithms
• 1024-point cabinet impulses (IRs) with ability to upload 3rd-party IRs
• Effects selection including gate, compression, boost, EQ, echo and reverb
• Dedicated physical amp control knobs for intuitive tone adjustments
• A/B channel switching
• Pristine studio quality audio and ultra-low noise floor
• ¼” Hi-Z input with proprietary processing, separate ¼” and XLR outputs
• Rugged foot switches
• Easy to use as a pedal or desktop device
• PC/Mac editor
• 9 programmable presets
• Field upgradable firmware
AMPLI-FIREBOX SPECS
Dimensions
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3/8” W x 4 5/8” D x 2 2/8” H
8.57cm W x 11.75cm D x 5.71cm H
Weight . . . . .95lbs / .43kg
If you need service or have questions about your product please contact us:
[email protected]
Warranty: One year parts and labor
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Enjoy!
FULL RANGE
1/4” CABLE
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CONNECTION DIAGRAM
CONNECTORS – AMPLIFIRE BOX
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KNOBS
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GAIN KNOB – Adjusts the gain control
of the preamp of the virtual guitar
amplifier model.
MASTER KNOB – Adjusts the master
volume control of the virtual guitar
amplifier model.
REVERB KNOB – Adjusts the amount of
reverb effect added to the signal.
LEVEL KNOB – Sets the overall output level of the device. It can control both the XLR and 1/4” outputs. See the GLOBALS section of the editor for more info.
BASS KNOB – Adjusts the bass
equalization control of the tone stack in
the virtual guitar amplifier model.
MIDS KNOB – Adjusts the mids
equalization control of the tone stack in
the virtual guitar amplifier model.
TREBLE KNOB – Adjusts the treble
equalization control of the tone stack in
the virtual guitar amplifier model.
PRESENCE KNOB – Adjusts the presence control of the simulated power amp section of the virtual guitar amplifier model.
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USB CONNECTOR – For connecting to a host PC. Allows for editing of presets and uploading custom user cabinet impulse data and firmware via host editing software.
FOOT SWITCHES
ENABLE – This switch has two modes. The default is BYPASS mode. This simply
allows you to activate or bypass the
pedal. Holding down the switch for 3
seconds will put the pedal in A/B mode.
In A/B mode, pressing the switch will
toggle between two selectable presets.
See the Foot Switches section of the
editor parametersfor more info.
15 BOOST – Programable foot switch
for turning the selected effects on/off
Custom programmable to control Boost,
echo, EQ, etc. See the Foot switches
section of the editor parameters for
more info.
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TOGGLE SWITCHES
Stoggle
TYLE and
CHANNEL – These two switches work in conjunction 16
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t o allow you access to nine different presets. Each toggle switch has three different positions.
CONNECTORS
GUITAR INPUT – Hi-Z input for connecting an electric guitar with a 1/4” phone jack.
10 MAIN OUTPUT – TS unbalanced 1/4”
output jack for connecting to amplifiers,
mixers, computer interfaces, or input
channels of other audio devices.
11 AUX OUTPUT XLR JACK – Balanced XLR
output jacks for connecting to external
mixer or professional direct recording
equipment.
12 DC POWER JACK – 9 volt, 200mA
minimum, center negative polarity,
2.1mm coax plug.
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ny preset can be loaded in to any of
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these nine positions. We’ve labeled the
switches STYLE and CHANNEL to provide
a logical organization. For example, you
should think of STYLE postitions as:
= Clean
= Crunch
= Lead
In this scenario, you would want this switch in position 3 so that the speaker cabinet impulse respose is only active on the XLR output.
1 =CAB on 1/4” output only
2 =CAB on both outputs
In the Clean STYLE position we’ve loaded these presets in the three CHANNEL positions:
3 =CAB on XLR output only
EFFECTS AND
SIGNAL CHAIN
1 = D Luxe
3 = Top Boost
2 = ’59 Bman
MPLIFIRE-BOX offers studio-quality
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effects developed by Studio Devil. They
are arranged into the following signal
chain categories (Editor designation is
noted in parentheses):
In the Crunch STYLE position we’ve loaded these presets in the three CHANNEL positions:
1 = Kornfield
NOISE GATE (GTE)
2 = Rumble Brite
COMPRESSOR (CMP)
3 = Hot Brit
PRE EQ (PRE)
In the Lead STYLE position we’ve loaded these presets in the three CHANNEL positions:
DISTORTION / SCREAMER /
OVERDRIVE/ FUZZ / CLEAN BOOST
(BST)
1
= 5051
2
= HBE
PARAMETRIC EQ / PROGRAMMABLE
FILTER (PQ1/2/3)
3
= Recto
ECHO (ECO)
REVERB (RVB)
The order of these effects cannot be
changed The noise gate, compressor
and boost effects come before the
amp block and the echo and reverb
effects comes after the amp block.
However, the EQ function has one
band dedicated before the amp block
and three other bands that can be
assigned either pre or post amp block.
For more info see the EQ section of the
editor..
ee the Presets section of the S
manual for more info.
three postition toggle switch. The 18 CAB 1/4”/CAB XLR – This is also a s etting of this switch determines if the speaker cabinet impulse respose is active on the 1/4” output, XLR output or both. For live playing, you may have the 1/4” output feeding a power amp and speaker cabinet for your own stage monitoring, while the XLR output
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DESCRIPTIONS
• The GATE effect provides a programmable NOISE SUPPRESSOR, EXPANDER,
and GATE. NOISE GATE enable is programmed per preset, so that you can shut it
off for particular presets, and leave it on for others. These options can be set in
the GATE effect menu.
• The COMP effect models a compressor module for controlling the dynamics of
your guitar input. The COMPRESSOR options can be set in the COMPRESSOR
effect menu.
• The BOOST effect models classic stomp box distortion effects. It is placed
toward the beginning of the signal chain to drive the front end of the amp model
and tighten the tone.
• The EQ block is made up of one dedicated Pre EQ and three (3) PARAMETRIC EQ
effect modules, each of which can be placed in the PRE or POST the amp block.
• The ECHO effect models five different echo types for adding echo repeats to
your guitar tone. Two digital echoes, two tape echoes and one analog echo.
• The RVB effect models five different reverb types for adding ambience to your
guitar tone. Three sizes of hall reverb and two different spring reverbs.
CABINET MODELING
The CABINET section is where AMPLIFIRE-BOX applies Impulse Response (IR)
modeling technology and filtering to simulate the sound of real-life speakers and
guitar cabinets as recorded by specific microphones . Each of the amp models in
AMPLIFIRE-BOX contain a specific IR cabinet, but you can upload any .wav IR file to
your AMPLIFIRE-BOX preets via USB.
• The CABINET modeler lets you tweak the cab models with filters specially
designed for adjusting microphone and loudspeaker cabinet tones.
• The CABINET modeler can be enabled or disabled on both the 1/4” and XLR
outputs independently allowing you to use full range systems AND other real
guitar cabinets simultaneously.
NOTE: One of our unique features is that IRs are embedded in user presets so that
the preset is completely portable. Any imported or exported presets carry the IR data
with them so you get the exact tone you need.
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EDITOR PARAMETER SETTINGS
The AMPLIFIRE-BOX is extremely powerful and easy to use right out of the box.
Many users may never plug it in to a computer. For those who do, this simple editor
application will give you access to many more features that you simply cannot access
from the hardware.
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GATE / EXPANDER
GTE: Simply double click the GTE button to turn the gate on/off. Greyed out is off,
while blue is on.
THRESHOLD (dB): The THRESHOLD of the GATE determines is the minimum level
of the input signal that will open the GATE. Signals below the THRESHOLD are
reduced in gain by an amount equal to the RATIO (see below). Set to higher values
for a more aggressive gating effect.
RATIO: Determines how much gain reduction is applied to signals that are below
the THRESHOLD. For example, a RATIO of 2 means that signals below the
THRESHOLD will be reduced by 50%. The GATE is a true dynamic range expander.
Set to higher values for a more aggressive gating effect.
ATTACK (milliseconds): Adjusts the attack time of the noise GATE. This controls
how much time it takes for the GATE to open once the input signal has risen above
the THRESHOLD.
RELEASE (milliseconds): Adjusts the release time of the noise GATE. This controls
how much time it takes for the GATE to close after the input signal has fallen below
the THRESHOLD. Set to lower values to allow the GATE to operate quickly. Be sure
not to set too low or you could negatively affect the sustain and decay of your
guitar.
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COMPRESSOR
CMP: Simply double click the CMP button to turn the compressor on/off. Greyed
out is off, while blue is on.
MODE (STUDIO/PEDAL): Determines the source of the gain detector. In STUDIO
mode, the gain reduction envelope comes from the input (feedforward). In PEDAL
mode the gain reduction envelope comes from the output (feedback).
THRESHOLD (dB): The THRESHOLD determines the level at which the compressor
begins to reduce the gain of the input signal. Signals above the threshold are
reduced by an amount equal to the RATIO (see below).
RATIO: Determines how much gain reduction is applied to signals that are above
the THRESHOLD. For example, when RATIO is set to 2 then signals above the
THRESHOLD will be reduced by 50%. As RATIO approaches its maximum value the
COMPRESSOR becomes closer to a LIMITER.
LEVEL (dB): Adjusts the output level of the COMPRESSOR block. Higher values
of compression can result in decreased overall volume. The level can be adjusted
higher to compensate for this.
AUTOGAIN (ON/OFF): Enables or disables the automatic MAKEUP gain feature.
MAKEUP gain will automatically boost the output level of the COMPRESSOR effect
to compensate for the reduction in amplitude due to the compression effect. Can
be used instead of (or in addition to) manual level compensation.
ATTACK (milliseconds): Adjusts the ATTACK time of the COMPRESSOR. This
determines how quickly the gain reduction is applied to the signal after it passes
above the THRESHOLD.
RELEASE (milliseconds): Adjusts the RELASE time of the COMPRESSOR. This
determines how quickly the gain reduction stops being applied after the input
signal crosses below the THRESHOLD.
DETECT (PEAK/RMS): Determines the type of detector being used to DETECT
the input level of the signal. In PEAK mode, the detector responds according to the
peak input signal level. In RMS mode, the detector is taking a “root-mean-square”
running average of the input signal. This means it will not respond quite as quickly
to abrupt changes in signal amplitude.
KNEE (dB): The KNEE determines the width of the transition region between
compression and non-compression. At 0dB, the THRESHOLD is an abrupt
transition (picture two straight lines connecting at different angles). This is called
a ”hard-knee” compressor. As the KNEE is increased the transition becomes
more gentle which can help create a smoother sound. This is called a “soft-knee”
compressor. You can adjust this parameter between both types to suit your taste.
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BOOST
BST: Simply double click the BST button to turn the boost on/off. Greyed out is off,
while yellow is on.
MODE: Select from the following BOOST modes:
OVERDRIVE: Models a classic overdrive pedal similar to the Boss SD-1
SCREAMER: Models a classic overdrive pedal similar to the Ibanez TS-808
DISTORTION: Models a typical distortion pedal similar to a Boss DS-1
FUZZ: Models a fuzz-type distortion pedal similar to a Fuzz-Face
CLEAN BOOST: Models a traditional clean boost drive pedal
DRIVE (0-100%): Adjusts the drive of the boost effect from 0% to 100%.
TONE (0-100%): Adjusts the variable tone of the boost effect from 0% to 100%. Set
low for darker tones and higher for brighter tones.
LEVEL (dB): Adjusts the output level of the boost effect. Can be set to match the
bypassed level or to just provide additional boost or cut.
AMP
MODEL: There is a window that displays the currently selected amp model. Click on
this window and a list of available amps will be displayed. Click on one to load it.
AMP: Simply double click the AMP button to turn the amp on/off. Greyed out is off,
while red is on.
GAIN: Sets the gain control knob of the amplifier from 0.0 (minimum) to 10.0
(maximum).
BASS: Sets the bass control knob of the amplifier tone stack from 0.0 (minimum) to
10.0 (maximum).
MIDS: Sets the mids control knob of the amplifier tone stack from 0.0 (minimum) to
10.0 (maximum).
TREBLE: Sets the treble control knob of the amplifier tone stack from 0.0 (minimum)
to 10.0 (maximum).
PRESENCE: Sets the presence control knob of the power amplifier from 0.0
(minimum) to 10.0 (maximum).
MASTER: Sets the master volume control knob of the power amplifier from 0.0
(minimum) to 10.0 (maximum).
LEVEL (dB): Adjusts the final output level of the amp model. This control helps to
match the level of your preset with other presets.
DAMPING: Adjusts the damping factor of the power amp model from 0% to 100%.
Lowering the damping results in more bass resonance and more presence.
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AMPS
At the heart of AMPLIFIRE-BOX is Studio Devil’s patented, world-class amp modeling,
with amps that cover nearly all the sonic territory from Jazz to Djent. They are:
US Clean: Based on the two-speaker combo that set the standard for clean, loud
guitar amps spanning a wide variety of styles.
D Luxe: Based on a medium-powered, American, single 12” workhorse classic
known for its snappy and crystalline tones and coveted by country, blues and rock
players.
‘59 B Man: This legend started as a bass amp and is known for its diverse tones
and touch-sensitive dynamics.
Top Boost: Based on a British classic, this “Class A” 2x12 is known best for its
chime, jangle and its beautiful, unique voicing whether played clean, dirty or in
between.
Plexi: Based on THE British amp that defined rock as we know it.
Brit 800: Based on the early 80s British 100w head that helped defined metal.
Hot Brit: An AMPLIFIRE original model, this amp is inspired by the great British rock
amps but has a tighter low end and more gain on tap.
Recto: Based on the amp that defined much of 90s’ rock/metal, this model has
tons of gain and compression on tap, sounds great with scooped mids and has a
powerful bottom end.
5051: Based on the original signature amp of one of the most influential guitarists
of all time, it has become a Metal standard.
Kornfield: Based on a very popular boutique model, this amp puts its own
aggressive but responsive and nuanced spin on the Brit sound.
SLO: Based on an American-made, high-gain head versatile enough to play blues,
rock or roaring metal. It features a signature clipping preamp that creates cutting
tones.
Freeman BE/HBE: These are based on the channels of a ridiculously popular
boutique “Hot Rodded” Marshall variant that has taken the guitar world by storm.
Rumble/Rumble Bright: Based on an uber-expensive boutique amp known for
note “bloom” and cherished by jazz/blues/fusion players, these “Steely” channels
let you get your “D”-style thing on.
Marc IV Lead/EQ: This distinct, California-made monster is known for aggressive
tone and a powerful EQ sliders to shape the tone to perfection. We give it to you
both with that seminal EQ “smile” curve enabled and without.
“Power” Amps: We provide authentic-sounding power amp sims for tube types;
EL34, 6L6 , KT88 and EL84 for use with your favorite preamp pedals. Each has a
particular sonic character, so experiment for what works best.
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EQ-PRE TONE
EQ: Simply double click the EQ button to turn the EQ on/off. Greyed out is off,
while red is on.
TYPE: There is a window that displays the currently selected EQ type. Click on this
window and a list of available EQs will be displayed. Click on one to load it.
NONE: Disables the filter even when it is ACTIVE.
GAIN ONLY: Applies only gain (across all frequencies). In this mode, only the LEVEL
parameter has effect.
LOWPASS 1: Applies a first-order low pass filter which passes bass (lows) and rolls
off treble (highs). This filter begins to roll off (cut) high frequencies above the value set
in the FREQUENCY parameter. It passes all low frequencies below the FREQUENCY
parameter at the level set with the LEVEL parameter. This filter is not affected by the
Q control.
HIGHPASS 1: Applies a first-order high pass filter which passes treble (highs) and
rolls off bass (lows). This filter begins to roll off (cut) low frequencies below the
value set in the FREQUENCY parameter. It passes all high frequencies above the
FREQUENCY parameter at the level set with the LEVEL parameter. This filter is not
affected by the Q control.
LOW SHELF 1: Applies a first-order low shelf filter which changes the level of the
bass (lows) and leaves treble (highs) unaffected. This filter boosts (or cuts) low
frequencies below the value set in the FREQUENCY parameter by the amount
set with the LEVEL parameter. It leaves high frequencies above the FREQUENCY
parameter unaffected. This filter is not affected by the Q control.
HIGH SHELF 1: Applies a first-order high shelf filter which changes the level of the
treble (highs) and leaves bass (lows) unaffected. This filter boosts (or cuts) high
frequencies above the value set in the FREQUENCY parameter by the amount
set with the LEVEL parameter. It leaves low frequencies below the FREQUENCY
parameter unaffected. This filter is not affected by the Q control.
LOWPASS 2: Applies a second-order low pass filter which passes bass (lows) and
rolls off treble (highs). This filter begins to roll off (cut) high frequencies above the
value set in the FREQUENCY parameter. It passes all low frequencies below the
FREQUENCY parameter at the level set with the LEVEL parameter. This mode is
similar to LOWPASS 1, but has a faster roll off and it is affected by the Q control.
The Q control affects peaking before rolloff. Increase the Q to increase the peak that
occurs just before rolloff. Reduce the Q to flatten the peak for a smoother rolloff.
HIGHPASS 2: Applies a second-order high pass filter which passes treble (highs)
and rolls off bass (lows). This filter begins to roll off (cut) low frequencies below the
value set in the FREQUENCY parameter. It passes all high frequencies above the
FREQUENCY parameter at the level set with the LEVEL parameter. This mode is
similar to HIGHPASS 1, but has a faster roll off and it is affected by the Q control.
The Q control affects peaking before rolloff. Increase the Q to increase the peak that
occurs just before rolloff. Reduce the Q to flatten the peak for a smoother rolloff.
LOW SHELF 2: Applies a second-order low shelf filter which changes the level
of the bass (lows) and leaves treble (highs) unaffected. This filter boosts (or cuts)
low frequencies below the value set in the FREQUENCY parameter by the amount
set with the LEVEL parameter. It leaves high frequencies above the FREQUENCY
parameter unaffected...
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LOW SHELF 2 continued... This mode is similar to LOW SHELF 1, but has a sharper
transition from lows to highs and it is affected by the Q control. The Q control
smoother transition affects peaking just around the transition between lows and
highs. Increase the Q to increase the peak that occurs at the transition. Reduce the
Q to flatten the peaks for a smoother transition.
HIGH SHELF 2: Applies a second-order high shelf filter which changes the level
of the treble (highs) and leaves bass (lows) unaffected. This filter boosts (or cuts)
high frequencies above the value set in the FREQUENCY parameter by the amount
set with the LEVEL parameter. It leaves low frequencies below the FREQUENCY
parameter unaffected. This mode is similar to HIGH SHELF 1, but has a sharper
transition from highs to lows and it is affected by the Q control. The Q control
affects peaking just around the transition between highs and lows. Increase the Q
to increase the peak that occurs at the transition. Reduce the Q to flatten the peaks
for a smoother transition.
BANDPASS: Applies a bandpass filter which allows only frequencies in a narrow
band to pass and cuts all other frequencies outside this band. The center frequency
of the band is determined by the FREQUENCY parameter and its level is controlled
by the LEVEL parameter. The width of the band (amount of frequencies near the
center frequency) is determined by the Q control. Increase the Q control for a
NARROWER band, decrease the Q control for a WIDER band.
NOTCH: Applies a notch filter which cuts frequencies within a narrow band and
lets all other frequencies outside this band pass at the level set by the LEVEL
parameter. The center frequency of the band is determined by the FREQUENCY.
The width of the band (amount of frequencies near the center frequency) is
determined by the Q control. Increase the Q control for a NARROWER band,
decrease the Q control for a WIDER band.
PEAKING: Applies a peaking filter which boosts or cuts the level of frequencies
within a narrow band and leaves all other frequencies outside this band unaffected
The level of the peak is set by the LEVEL parameter The center frequency of the
peak is determined by the FREQUENCY parameter The width of the peak (amount
of frequencies near the center frequency) is determined by the Q control Increase
the Q control for a NARROWER peak, decrease the Q control for a WIDER peak
LEVEL: Adjusts the output LEVEL (in dB) of the filter, typically the level of the pass
band of frequencies for the filter (see filter types above for more detail).
FREQUENCY: Adjusts the corner frequency of the filter This can be either the
cutoff, transition, or center frequency depending on the type of filter (see filter
types above for more detail).
Q: Adjusts the Q of the filter which controls the amount of peaking This parameter
has no effect on GAIN ONLY and first order filters (which do not have a Q control)
Increase the Q for sharper peaks / narrower bands Decrease the Q for smoother
transitions / wider bands.
LOW-CUT: Adjusts the roll off frequency of a special low-cut filter, designed to
allow customizing your tone by feeding less lows into the front end input of the
guitar amp model This parameter can be used to “mod” the amp models for a
tighter and punchier tone.
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ECHO
USE: The echo effect can either be saved on/off per preset OR assigned to be turned
on/off with the BOOST foot switch. If the echo is assigned to be activated with the
BOOST foot switch, any preset recalled with the echo saved as ON, will be recalled
but the BOOST foot switch must be turned on to activate the echo.
ECO: Simply double click the ECO button to turn the echo on/off Greyed out is off,
while purple is on .
TYPE: Select from the following ECHO modes / styles:
DIGITAL: Models a digital delay pedal with a full range echo repeat
ANALOG: Models an analog-delay type pedal with a very warm echo repeat
TAPE ECHO: Models a delay pedal based on audio tape, having echo repeats with a
mid-range peak
DARK TAPE: Models a delay pedal similar to the TAPE ECHO mode but with a darker
rolloff on the echo repeats
SOFT DIGITAL: Models a delay pedal similar to the DIGITAL mode but with a gentle
rolloff of the highs on the echo repeats
DELAY (milliseconds): Sets the time interval between echo repeats. The maximum
delay time of each delay is 1365 milliseconds
FEEDBACK (0-100%): Controls the amount of delayed output that is fed back into the
input of the echo. Higher feedback settings result more repeats of the ECHO. Set to
100% for infinite repeats.
MIX: Sets the level of ECHO effect to be mixed in with the dry input signal. A setting
of 50% would result in the ECHO being equally as loud as the dry signal.
LEVEL (db): Controls the level in dB of the ECHO effect mixed with the dry signal.
Adjust clockwise to increase the level of the signal.
TAP MODE: Sets the length of the echo to a particular note duration (quarter note,
double time, triplets, sixteenths and dotted eighth).
TAILS (oN/off): Activates TAILS (repeat tails). Choose ON to have your echo repeats
continue to ring out and delay even after the ECHO effect is turned off. This allows
you to hear a smooth transition from ACTIVE to BYPASSED Choose OFF to force the
echo effect and its repeat echoes to both mute immediately after turning the ECHO
effect to BYPASSED .
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PARAMETER SETTINGS CONTINUED...
ECHO CONTINUED...
SPILLOVER (on/off): Controls if the echo effect continues to decay after changing
presets (spilling over into the next preset). This parameter is per preset and controls
if the delay spills over when ENTERING (switching to) that preset. Setting this
parameter to ON means that any remaining echo from the previous preset will
continue to spillover when you switch to THIS preset Setting this parameter to OFF
means that when entering THIS preset, any remaining echoes will be reset If the
ECHO effect is set differently in the switched preset from the previous preset, the
echoes will change to the sound indicated by the new preset If you want the echo
speed and character to sound identical between two (or more) presets, make sure to
set the ECHO parameters the same in all of them.
REVERB
REV: Simply double click the RVB button to turn the reverb on/off. Greyed out is off,
while green is on.
TYPE: Select from the following REVERB modes / styles:
SMALL: simulates the reverb of a small room.
MEDIUM: simulates the reverb of a medium-sized club or small hall.
LARGE: simulates the reverb of a large sized venue or large concert hall.
SPRING: simulates the reverb of a spring reverb tank.
SPRING2: simulates the reverb of a classic “D’Luxe”-type amp.
REVERB (Hardware knob): Controls the level of the reverb effect only. Adjust to
blend the right amount of reverb with your dry (unaffected) signal.
DRY LEVEL (dB): Allows you to change the dry (unaffected) signal level when the
REVERB effect is enabled. Usually, the dry signal is mixed equally (0dB) with the
REVERB effect. In cases where you want the dry signal much lower than the REVERB
effect (to accentuate the reverb), or want to increase the output level, you can adjust
it here.
DECAY (0-100%): Controls the decay time (size) of the reverb from 0% (minimum size)
to 100% (maximum size).
LOW-FREQUENCY DAMPING (0-100%): Controls the amount of dampening of lowfrequency (bass) in the simulated room acoustics from 0% (most amount of bass) to
100% (least amount of bass).
HIGH-FREQUENCY DAMPING (0-100%): Controls the amount of dampening of highfrequency (treble) in the simulated room acoustics from 0% (least amount of treble) to
100% (full amount of treble).
DIFFUSION (0-100%): Controls the amount of stereo diffusion of the reverb from 0%
to 100%.
PREDELAY (milliseconds): Controls the amount of PREDELAY feeding into the reverb
unit. Used to simulate very large spaces where the first echo splash from the reverb
occurs only after a predelay time. Adjust from 0 to 100 milliseconds.
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PARAMETER SETTINGS CONTINUED...
CABINET
CAB: Simply double click the CAB button to turn the cabinet model on/off. Greyed out
is off, while orange is on.
UPLOADING CAB IR FILES: There is a window that displays the cabinet type used
in the current preset. Click on this window and you can select an IR file from your
personal library that you have purchased or created. The newly loaded IR file will
automatically be saved with your preset.
ROLLOFF (kHz): Adjusts a high frequency rolloff filter corner frequency to help tame
cabinet impulses that have too much high end. Adjust down to cut off more highs or
adjust up for less rolloff.
PEAK Q: Adjust the peaking of the rolloff filter. The peak is a bump in the frequency
response just before rolloff. A lower value of PEAK Q means less peak. Smooth (no
peak) values are between 0.5 and 1.0. High peaking values are between 1.0 and 5.0.
BOTTOM (dB): Adjust the bottom end shelf of the cabinet model. Use this to reduce
cabinet models with too much low end woof or increase to warm up cabinets that
sound too thin.
AIR (dB): Adjust the upper top end frequencies of the cabinet model. Use to add more
sparkle and brilliance to cabinet models that sound too dull or dark.
LEVEL (dB): Adjust the output level of the cabinet model. Some impulses have a
different perceived loudness than others. Use this parameter to help balance the level
of a cabinet model with your amp model.
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PARAMETER SETTINGS
CONTINUED...
FOOT SWITCHES
BOOST- This switch can be assigned to turn certain functions of the AMPLIFIREBOX on and off when pressed. These assignments must be made in the editor
application. At the top of the editor, click FOOTSWITCHES and all of the assignable
functions will be displayed. All of the functions have three possible assignments:
1 Not Assigned - That functions button will be black That function will not be
changed when the BOOST foot switch is ON.
2 Assigned - That functions button will be a solid color This function will be
turned ON when the BOOST foot switch is ON
3 Inverted - That functions button will be outlined with a color This function will
be turned OFF when the BOOST foot switch is ON
Simply keep clicking on the function button to toggle between the three different
assignments.
For example, with the proper assignments you could turn ON the Compressor and
the Echo and turn OFF the Reverb by simply turning ON the BOOST foot switch.
TAP TEMPO MODE: Hold down the BOOST foot switch for three seconds and the
yellow LED above the switch will begin to blink at the current tempo. Press the
BOOST foot switch repeatedly to tap the tempo you wish to use. The LED will blink
at the new tempo. Once you stop pressing the switch to tap the tempo, the next
press of the BOOST foot switch will turn the BOOST function off. Hold the BOOST
foot switch down for three seconds to exit tap tempo mode. Now the BOOST foot
switch will turn the boost function on/off as normal and the yellow LED will light
on when the boost function is activated. This works the same in both BYPASS and
A/B mode.
ENABLE – This switch has two modes. The default is BYPASS mode. This simply allows you to activate or bypass the pedal. When the LED above the switch is red the pedal is on. Pressing the switch will put the pedal in bypass and the LED
will go out.
Holding down the switch for 3 seconds will put the pedal in A/B mode. The LED
above the switch will turn yellow and blink to let you know you are in A/B mode on channel A. Pressing the switch again will turn the blinking LED red and select channel B. Pressing the switch will toggle between channel A/B. From the Factory preset A is a clean amp and preset B is an overdriven amp. This is just like switchig between your clean channel and your overdrive channel on a standard guitar amp.
While on channel A and B you can use the toggle switches to select any of the loaded 9 presets. You can tweak the knobs and Amplifire-Box will save the
different knob settings for channel A and B. (Be aware that the physical knobs will remain in the position that you last set them, so they will not accurately represent
the actual settings. If you use the editor you will see the knob settings you
selected for channel A and B.)
Holding down the switch for 3 seconds will put the pedal back in BYPASS mode.
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PARAMETER SETTINGS
FOOT SWITCHES CONTINUED...
Foot Switches editor - screenshot
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CONTINUED...
GLOBAL SETTINGS
1/4” LEVEL (dB): Sets the output level of the 1/4” output jack. This is a relative level
in dB for a full scale digital output.
XLR LEVEL (dB): Sets the output level of the XLR output jack. This is a relative level in
dB for a full scale digital output.
LEVEL KNOB: Clicking the window to the right of LEVEL KNOB or clicking the left and
right tab buttons in the window allow you to select which outputs the LEVEL KNOB
on the AMPLIFIRE-BOX will affect. The choices are NONE, 1/4”, XLR or BOTH.
The default setting is BOTH. If you’re using the AMPLIFIRE-BOX on stage you might
consider a selection of NONE for this parameter. In This scenario you would set the
levels with the virtual knobs 1/4” LEVEL ad XLR LEVEL in the editor. This way the
levels are set properly and you cannot accidentally move the LEVEL KNOB and affect
the signal going to your guitar amp of the P.A. System.
CLIP WARNING
AMPLIFIRE-BOX features a digital clip warning system to alert you whenever your
output signal is driven above the maximum digital levels.
If your signal clips one of the two (2) sets of outputs (1/4” or XLR), AMPLIFIRE-BOX
will display a CLIP WARNING by turning the normally yellow BOOST LED to red for 2
seconds.
The CLIP WARNING will remain displayed for as long as digital clips continue to occur.
The CLIP WARNING will automatically disappear after two seconds of no digital
clipping.
To help control digital clips, you can do one of the following:
• Reduce the LEVEL knob to lower levels.
• Reduce an amplifire and/or cab LEVEL within your preset which may be causing
excessive output.
• Adjust the EQ settings of your preset to lower excessive bass or treble
frequencies.
• Set the individual 1/4” or XLR global settings to help reduce the output level of
each output.
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PRESETS
The AMPLIFIRE-BOX can load any preset created for the Atomic Amplifire or
Amplifire12. However it can only load parameters for the feature set in contains.
AMPLIFIRE-BOX does NOT feature the following:
Wah, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Chorus or Graphic EQ.
AMPLIFIRE-BOX also does not feature an Effects Loop.
Any settings for those features in a preset will simply be discarded when loaded in to
the AMPLIFIRE-BOX. None of the knob settings will be loaded either.
These include Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence, Gain, Master, Reverb and Level.
The only knob settings that are recalled are the ones you set in A/B mode for
Channels A & B. The knob settings used to create all the factory presets in the
AMPLIFIRE-BOX are listed below. You certainly don’t have to use them, but at least
you’ll know what we had in mind when the presets were created.
1. T
his preset is dialed in as an “edge of breakup” style American tone. Thanks to
the compressor settings, even a bridge humbucker won’t push this too hard.
Engaging the boost will provide a low/mid gain tone.
Boost used: OVERDRIVE Cab used:’59 Bman
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 4.6, MIDS 6.9, TREB 5.9, PRES 5.3
GAIN
5.0,MIDS
MASTER
7.8,
REV 4.0,GAIN
LEVEL
5.0
BASS
TREB
PRES
MASTER
+
REV
LEVEL
2. T
his preset is dialed in as an “edge of breakup” style British tone. Thanks to
the compressor settings, even a bridge humbucker won’t push this too hard.
Engaging the boost will provide a low/mid gain tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER
Cab used: D Luxe
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 4.7, MIDS 9.0, TREB 6.2, PRES 5.5
+
GAIN 3.4, MASTER 8.7, REV 4.0, LEVEL 5.0
BASS
MIDS
TREB
PRES
GAIN
MASTER
REV
LEVEL
3. T
his preset is dialed in as a clean style American tweed tone. Thanks to the
compressor settings, even a bridge humbucker won’t push this too hard.
Engaging the boost will provide an “edge of breakup” tone.
Boost used: CLEAN BOOST Cab used: ‘59 Bman
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 4.1, MIDS 6.1, TREB 5.7, PRES 5.5
+
GAIN
5.0,MIDS
MASTER
8.7,
REV 4.0,GAIN
LEVEL
5.0 REV LEVEL
BASS
TREB
PRES
MASTER
4. T
his preset is dialed in as a birght, mid gain, boutique Brithish tone. Engaging the
boost will provide a bit more gain and volume.
Boost used: CLEAN BOOST Cab used: Kornfield
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 6.5, MIDS 5.6, TREB 4.6, PRES 4.6
+
GAIN 3.4 MASTER 7.6, REV 4.0, LEVEL 5.0
BASS
MIDS
TREB
PRES
GAIN
MASTER
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REV
LEVEL
PRESETS CONTINUED...
5. T
his preset is dialed in as a mid gain, smooth, touch sensitive boutique tone.
Engaging the boost will provide an 80’s rock tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER Cab used: Marc IV Lead
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 5.0, MIDS 5.0, TREB 5.9, PRES 5.0
+
GAIN
5.0,MIDS
MASTER
5.0,
REV 4.0,GAIN
LEVEL
5.0 REV LEVEL
BASS
TREB
PRES
MASTER
6. This preset is dialed in as a 70’s rock style British tone. Engaging the boost will
provide an early 80’s metal tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER
Cab used: Brit 800
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 7.3, MIDS 4.6, TREB 3.6, PRES 3.8
+
GAIN
1.3,
MASTER
10,
REV
4.0,
LEVEL
5.0
BASS
MIDS
TREB
PRES
GAIN
MASTER
REV
LEVEL
7. This preset is dialed in as a 90’s metal tone. Engaging the boost will provide a bit
more gain and tighten up the tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER
Cab used: Brit 800
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 5.0, MIDS 5.0, TREB 5.0, PRES 5.0
+
GAIN
6.4,
MASTER
7.6,
REV
4.0,
LEVEL
5.0
BASS
MIDS
TREB
PRES
GAIN
MASTER
REV
LEVEL
8. This preset is dialed in as a the most sought after, boutique, high gain, British
tone of the modern era. Engaging the boost will provide a bit more gain and
tighten up the tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER
Cab used: Freedman HBE
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 5.0, MIDS 5.0, TREB 5.0, PRES 5.0
+
GAIN 7.4, MASTER 5.0, REV 4.0, LEVEL 5.0
BASS
MIDS
TREB
PRES
GAIN
MASTER
REV
LEVEL
9. This preset is dialed in as the most aggressive, high gain, diamond plated tone
of the last 20 years . Engaging the boost will provide a bit more gain and tighten
up the tone.
Boost used: SCREAMER
Cab used: MesaRectifierV3
KNOB SETTINGS:
BASS 4.2, MIDS 5.0, TREB 5.5, PRES 5.2
+
GAIN
5.0,MIDS
MASTER
6.7,
REV 4.0,GAIN
LEVEL
5.0 REV LEVEL
BASS
TREB
PRES
MASTER
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To update your Ampli-Firebox:
1. On the Atomic Amps website, click on the Support & Downloads tab at the
top of the screen. Then click on the Ampli-Firebox tools. http://atomicamps.
com/atomic-amps-support/#ampli-firebox
2. Here you will find the latest editor software for Mac OS and Windows.
(Minimum requirements: Mac OS 10.9 and above & Windows 7 and above.)
3. Click on either the Mac or Windows icon and the editor will download to
your downloads folder.
4. Power on your Ampli-Firebox and connect it to your computer via USB.
5. Launch the downloaded editor software application.
6. The editor will show a message: Firmware Update Required-Select “Update
Firmware” from the file menu. Follow those instructions. NOTE-DO NOT
TOUCH ANY OF THE KNOBS OR BUTTONS ON THE AMPLI-FIREBOX
WHILE THE UPDATE IS LOADING!
7. When the update is complete the editor will show another message:
Update Complete-Please disconnect/reconnect power supply. Follow those
instructions.
8. Your update is now complete!
9. The Support & Downloads page for the Ampli-Firebox also contains a new
System Restore file. Should you ever need to restore the Ampli-Firebox
to it’s factory settings. To do this, click on the System Restore icon on
the webpage to download the file. In the editor go to FILE-RESTORE and
select the file you downloaded. It is labeled AFB Backup.fbu. NOTE-DO
NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE KNOBS OR BUTTONS ON THE AMPLI-FIREBOX
WHILE THE UPDATE IS RESTORING!
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