MIDI PROGRAMMABLE TUBE PRE-AMP
OWNER’S MANUAL MP-1
(version 1)
Originally written by ADA SIGNAL PROCESSORS, INC. Scanned and edited by Jur at 3 april 2002. Original ADA
logo edited and rendered by Barend Onneweer of Raamw3rk.) The version of this manual is copyrighted and may
not be sold or placed on a website without permission of the editor.
Release No.1 for http://www.ada-mp1.com
ADA MP-1 Owner’s manual
CONTENTS
1.0 INTRODUCTION
1.1 QUICK SET-UP GUIDE
1.2 FEATURES
1.3 PRECAUTIONS
2.0 CONTROL FUNCTIONS
2.1 REAR PANEL
2.2 BATTERY
3.0 INITIAL SET-UP
3.1 ACCESSING PROGRAMS
-CHANGE MEMORY NUMBER WITHIN THE SAME BANK
-CHANGE TO NEW BANK AND MEMORY NUMBER
3.2 EDITING AND STORING PROGRAMS
-EXAMINE PROGRAM PARAMETERS
-EDIT AND STORE A PROGRAM
3.3 CREATING TONE
3.4 USING THE CLIP LEDS
3.5 USING THE EFFECTS LOOP
3.6 LOAD PRESET PROGRAMS
4.0 MIDI FUNCTIONS
-SELECT MIDI CHANNEL
-SELECT PROGRAM & MEMORY NUMBER
4. 1 ONE-TO-ONE MAPPING
4.2 REMOTE
5.0 SELF DIAGNOSTICS
6.0 MEMORY PRESET SETTINGS
7.0 SPECIFICATIONS
7.1 MIDI SPECIFICATIONS
7.2 SOFTWARE UPDATES
8.0 RETURNING UNITS FOR SERVICE
9.0 WARRANTY
9.1 OPTIONAL EXTENDED WARRANTY
9.2 TUBE REPLACEMENT
10.0 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MESSAGES
10.1 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MAP
10.2 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE PARAMETER VALUES
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1.0 INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the ADA MP-1 MIDI Programmable Tube Preamp. You
now own the most tonally flexible and technologically advanced guitar amplification
device available. Your MP-1 will store 128 programs of exactly the right tone. (no
matter what kind of music you play.)
The MP-1 features a unique Tri-State Voicing selection that allows you to choose
between Distortion Tube, Clean Tube, or Solid State circuits for each program. The
EQ points were designed to replicate the sound of Fender and Marshall, but the
Presence control surpasses the range offered by either.
The stereo Chorus utilizes analog circuitry which complements the warmth of tubes
to give you the best possible sound.
The software in the MP-1 provides the fullest implementation of MIDI available. Since
the MP-1 is software-based, it will never grow obsolete. As the MIDI standard
evolves, your MP1 can be updated by simply changing the program ROM. In the
manual, you will find references to different levels of software. When you power up
your MP-1, the display indicates which level of software is installed. On power-up,
"ADA" is displayed first, followed by a 3 digit number. The first of these digits is the
level of software installed. To properly set-up and familiarize yourself with the MP-1,
read and follow these operating instructions completely. If you can't wait and want to
jump right into the MP-1, go to section 1.1 QUICK SET-UP. We hope that the
unlimited tonal possibilities and unmatched technological capabilities of your MP-1
will inspire you to great things.
IMPORTANT: Please take this time to fill-out and return the enclosed warranty card
so we may provide you information on future software updates.
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1.1 QUICK SET-UP GUIDE
Note: The MP-1 is a preamp and must be connected to a power amp in order to play through
loud speakers.
INITIAL PREPARATION:
1. Connect guitar to front panel input jack.
2. Connect studio (line) level signals to the rear panel input jack.
3. Connect amplifier to one of the two rear panel outputs. For stereo, run both outputs to
separate power amps.
4. If MP-1 outputs are connected to power amps (instead of guitar amps) or a
professional mixing console, flip the top panel slide switch towards the rear panel to
the Line position.
5. Turn power switch ON.
6. Adjust volume with Output Level control.
SELECT MEMORY NUMBER:
1. Use ^ V buttons to scroll thru the memory numbers 1 thru 128.
2. Or select a bank by pressing the BANK button, select bank number 0 thru 12 using ^
V buttons, followed by pressing any button labeled 0 thru 9.
CREATE THE RIGHT TONE:
1.
Press EDIT button.
2.
Select VOICING button.
3.
Use ^ V buttons to select Clean Tube, Distortion Tube,
4.
or Solid State circuit.
5.
Select Master Gain.
6.
Use ^ V buttons to change level of drive from 1 to 10.
7.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for Overdrive 1 and 2. In
8.
Solid State mode, the level of Overdrive 2 controls the amount of
compression.
9.
Follow the same procedure for shaping Ea.
10.
Select Chorus Depth button.
11.
Use ^ V buttons to adjust depth from 0 to 100%.
12.
Select Chorus Rate button.
13.
Use ^ V buttons to adjust rate of sweep from .1 Hz to 10 Hz, or to turn rate
off (0).
14.
12. To abandon this edit session, press EDIT button. LED's turned off and
changes not saved. To store changes, see below.
STORE YOUR TONE:
1. To store the new values that you have set press STORE button.
2. Select the(location (memory numbers 1-128) for storing your program.
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SELECT MIDI CHANNEL:
1. Press MIDI CHNL button.
2. Use ^ V buttons to select MIDI channel from 1 thru 16, ALL (OMNI) or OFF (MIDI
reception off).
3. Press MIDI CHNL to save and exit.
DIRECTING MIDI PROGRAM CHANGE INFORMATION TO DIFFERENT INTERNAL
MEMORY NUMBERS:
1. Press PRGM button.
2. Select a MIDI program number by using the ^ V buttons to scroll thru MIDI program
numbers1 thru 128 or select directly using BANK and 0 thru 12.
3. Press MEM button.
4. Select an internal memory number by using the ^ V buttons to scroll thru the 1-128
memory numbers or select directly using BANK and 0 thru 9.
5. Press MEM to save the change and to exit.
LOAD PRESET PROGRAMS (1 thru 29)
1. Press STORE button. Press BANK, and while holding, press 1. Display shows
"LP".
1.2 FEATURES
Unique Tri-State Voicing option for choice of Clean Tube,
Distortion Tube, or Solid State circuit for each program.
Two low noise 12AX7 A/7025 tubes.
128 programs.
Three programmable gain controls for each program.
Four band programmable EQ including 16dB boost/cut for bass and treble.
Fully programmable stereo chorus and doubler.
Programmable effects loop with adjustable send/receive level.
Stereo headphone jack with level control.
Stereo outputs switchable from line level (to mixing board) to instrument level
(to guitar amp).
1/4" instrument level input jack on front panel for easy access.
Active balanced input on rear panel for mixing boards.
Output level knob for fast volume adjustment without affecting tone.
Programmable compression level in Solid State mode.
Received MIDI program numbers are re-assignable (mapable) to any MP-1
memory number.
MIDI In, Out and Thru.
Selectable MIDI channel including ALL channels (OMNI) and no channels
(OFF).
Lexan membrane switch front panel replaces pots. No contamination from
dust or liquids.
Optional MC-1 MIDI CONTROLLER footswitch provides instant access to any
program for on-stage control.
Self-diagnostics check unit during power up.
Instantaneous logic-controlled FET switching.
EPROM updates will be available for future system expansion.
State-of-the-art software implementation including SYSEX and MIDI Time
Code for computer controlled applications.
Simple programming routine.
One year parts and labor warranty. Extended 3 year warranty available.
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1.3 PRECAUTIONS
WARNING: To prevent fire or shock hazard. do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
Locate the MP-1 out of the direct rays of the sun. Avoid locations subject to vibration and
excessive dust, heat, or cold.
CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, do not remove cover. No user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing, including tube replacement, to qualified service personnel.
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS: Keep this manual in a safe location for future reference.
CLEANING: Do not clean your MP-1with chemical solvents such as benzene or alcohol.
Wipe only with a clean dry cloth.
2.0 CONTROL FUNCTIONS
CLIP
Monitors signal level at four points of the circuit to prevent unwanted
distortion. Set levels so LED's light only on the largest transients (see
section 3.0 for detailed description).
INPUT
Accepts instrument level 1/4" phone jack.
OUTPUT LEVEL
Sets volume without affecting tone or amount of distortion.
LED READOUT
Displays MP-1's internal memory number when not in Edit mode (see
section 4.0 for description of program and memory numbers). Displays
MIDI Channel, external MIDI program number or internal memory
number in MIDI mode. In Edit mode, displays level of overdrive, master
gain, EO boost/cut, effects loop in/out, chorus depth and rate settings,
and voicing choice of clean tube, distortion tube, or solid state. ^ V
Scrolls thru programs. When in Edit or MIDI mode, increases or
decreases value of selected parameter.
DUAL FUNCTION SWITCHES: IN NON-EDIT MODE:
BANK
Enter a Bank number (0 thru 12) by using the ^ V buttons. After Bank selection, you must
select the "ones" digit using the buttons labeled (0 thru 9) to exit Bank select mode.
0 THRU 9
Selects the "ones" digit of the memory number.
MIDI CHNL
Selects the MIDI channel mode. Use the ^ V switches to select the MIDI channel
number from 1-16, ALL (OMNI) or OFF.
PRGM
Selects the external MIDI program number that is assigned to the internal memory number
on the MP-1. The normal relationship is 1-to-1 (i.e., external MIDI program #1 selects internal
memory #1, 2 to 2, etc.). When the LED is lit, use the ^ V switches, the bank switch and/or a
number from 0 to 9 to select the external MIDI program number. MEM Selects the internal
memory number on the MP-1 that is assigned to the external MIDI program number. When
the LED is lit, the display reads the internal memory number. Select the MEM number using
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the ^ V switches, the bank switch and/or a number from 0 to 9. To record the change, press
the switch again or press the PRGM button to continue.
IN EDIT MODE:
VOICING
Allows choice for each program of Clean Tube, Distortion Tube, or Solid State circuits. Use ^
V switches to step through choices when Voicing switch is selected.
OVERDRIVE 1
Attenuates pre-tube input signal. Higher gain levels of Overdrive 1 result in higher frequency
harmonic saturation.
OVERDRIVE 2
Attenuates inter-tube signal. Higher levels of Overdrive 2 result in fuller harmonic saturation.
In the Solid State mode, Overdrive 2 sets the level of compression.
MASTER GAIN
Post-tube, pre-EO gain.
BASS
Narrow band low frequency EO control adjustable in 2 dB steps ± 16 dB.
MID
Wide band mid frequency EO control adjustable in 2 dB steps ± 12 dB.
TREBLE
Narrow band high frequency EO control adjustable in 2 dB steps ± 16 dB.
PRESENCE
Wide band high frequency EO control adjustable in 2 dB steps ± 12 dB.
CHORUS DEPTH
Adjusts the sweep depth from 0 to 100% for a maximum range of 7:1. When the Chorus Rate
is set to 0 (off), the Depth control will vary the delay time to create different filtering and
doubling effects.
CHORUS RATE
Adjusts the speed of the sweep from.1Hz (1 cycle per 10 seconds) to 10Hz (10 cycles per
second), or off (0).
EDIT
Places MP-1 into the Edit mode. The display reads “Edit” until a parameter is selected.
Display then shows the value of the selected parameter. Use the ^ V buttons to
decrease/increase the value of the selected parameter.
STORE
Places the MP-1 into the Store mode. Stores any current or edited program to any internal
memory location. Press the STORE button followed by a memory location. LED indicates
Store mode is engaged. LED turns off after storage is complete. If you decide not to store the
current program, but you've already pressed the STORE button, you can exit the Store mode
by pressing STORE again.
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2.1 REAR PANEL
FUSE
Externally accessible 0.5AMP fuse. Replace with equivalent type and rating only.
POWER SWITCH ON/OFF
rocker switch (located near power supply to prevent the leakage of AC line hum into the
audio circuitry).
PHANTOM POWER
A 9VAC/DC coaxial power input jack used to supply phantom power to the optional MC-1
MIDI CONTROLLER or any other Phantom MIDI Device. Use with a 7-pin MIDI cable In the
MIDI IN jack, and do not connect an AC adapter to the MC-1's rear panel power jack.
MIDI THRU
Passes all MIDI data received at the MIDI IN connector to subsequent MIDI instruments.
MIDI OUT
Transmits MIDI information originated by the MP-1 to subsequent MIDI instruments.
MIDI IN Receives MIDI. Permits MP-1 programs to be automatically selected via a MIDI
signal. The MP-1 recognizes program change, SYSEX and MIDI Time Code (MTC).
HEADPHONE
JACK 1/4" stereo phone jack. Drives headphones of 600 Ω or more.
LEVEL
Provides full mute to +17dB above internal signal level.
EFFECTS LOOP LEVEL
Provides 20dB boost or cut to the send/receive signal. Dual-gang pot insures
unity gain at all settings.
RECEIVE
Single-ended 1/4" phone jack. Maximum signal level is +30dBV.
SEND
Single-ended 1/4- phone jack. Variable from instrument to line level.
OUTPUT (a & b)
Two single-ended ¼”phone jacks. Synthesized complementary stereo outputs.
OUTPUT LEVEL
Switchable from instrument level (INST) to line level (LINE). Set output level with slide switch
on top panel. WARNING: Do not connect the MP-1 to a guitar amplifier in put with output
level in the LINE position.
LINE INPUT
¼” phone jack for line level input signals. Active balanced (ring=negative, tip=positive, sleeve=ground)
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2.2 BATTERY
The MP-1 uses a 3-volt Lithium battery which maintains power for program storage while the
MP-1 is unplugged from an AC supply. Expected battery life is 8 till 10 years. Should
replacement be necessary, contact a qualified service technician.
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3.0 INITIAL SET-UP
1. Set MP-1 rear panel POWER SWITCH to OFF.
2. Connect your guitar to the front panel INPUT jack. If you are connected to a
professional mixing console, run your signal source to the LINE INPUT on the
rear panel. If both inputs are connected, only the front panel input will be
operative.
3. Connect MP-1 OUTPUTS to your amplifier or mixer inputs.
4. If MP-1 outputs are connected to a power amp or other line input, flip the top
panel slide switch towards the rear panel to the LINE position. WARNING:
Do not use LINE position when MP-1 Is connected to guitar amplifier
Inputs.
5. If using MIDI:
A. Connect the MIDI Out of your MIDI footswitch or other MIDI controller to the
MIDI IN jack on the MP-1.
B. When using a MIDI device before the MP-1 and a MIDI device following the
MP1, use the MIDI Thru jack to send the external program number. Use the MIDI
Out jack to send the MP-1's internal memory number.
C. When using the MP-1 as the first in a series of MIDI devices, use the MIDI Out
jack to send the MP-1's internal memory number.
6. If you own the optional MC-1 MIDI footswitch, connect the MIDI In Jack on the
MP-1 to the MC-1 with the MIDI CABLE. You can use a standard 5-pin MIDI cable
and plugging the AC ADAPTER into the MC-1 or you can use the ADA 7-pin
phantom MIDI CABLE and power the MC-1 thru the 7-pin cable (eliminating the
need to have AC power near the footcontroller); when using the 7-PIN CABLE the
AC ADAPTER plugs into the 9VAC/DC jack on the MP-1 rear panel.
7. If you are using effects with the MP-1, connect the EFFECTS LOOP SEND jack to
the input jack of the first effect in use.
8. Connect the EFFECTS LOOP RECEIVE jack to the output jack of the last effect in
your loop.
9. See section 3.4 for full description of correct effects loop level settings.
10. Set your effect(s) power switch to the "on" position.
11. Set MP-1 rear panel POWER SWITCH to "on".
12. Set your amplifier's power switch to the "on" position.
13. The MP-1 will now step thru its SELF- DIAGNOSTIC program, checking a variety
of functions for proper operation. If no problem exists, the DIAGNOSTIC operation
is completed within eight seconds. Your MP-1 is now ready for operation. (If a
problem does occur, reference section 5.0 SELF CHECK DIAGNOSTIC for
explanation of error codes.)
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14. Observe the CLIP LED's. Remember, in order to maintain maximum performance
with the least amount of noise and distortion, proper level setting is necessary. If a
CLIP LED remains on as you play, an adjustment of the program setting is
necessary. See section 3.4 for a complete description.
3.1 ACCESSING PROGRAMS
The MP-1 is shipped from the factory with 29 preset programs. Please note that the amount
of overdrive in any program will depend on the type of pickups you are using. For example,
single coil pickups will require higher levels of OVERDRIVE 1 than hotter dual coil pickups to
achieve the same amount of distortion. See section 3.3. As you store your own programs into
memory locations, you erase the formerly stored program values in the respective registers.
However. you can always recall the original factory preset programs, so feel free to
experiment.
CHANGE MEMORY NUMBER WITHIN THE SAME BANK
1. EDIT and STORE LED’s off.
2. Press the desired program number button (0-9). Only a single keystroke is required
when changing the "ones" digit in a program.
3. ALTERNATE TO 2. --You can also use the" V buttons to
scroll thru the numbers.
CHANGE TO NEW BANK AND MEMORY NUMBER
1. Press BANK button.
2. Select bank number 0 thru 12 using ^ V buttons.
3. Select "ones" digit by pressing any button labeled 0 thru 9.
4. ALTERNATE TO 2. & 3. --hold down the" or the V button with the BANK function off.
The number scrolls and wraps around from 1 to 128 in either direction.
3.2 EDITING AND STORING PROGRAMS
The EDIT function is used to look at specific parameter values and to create or modify a
program. The STORE function is used to take the program you are listening to in the
Working Register and store it in a specific internal memory number location. There are 128
locations. To save your own programs, you must use the STORE function. If you do not
STORE an edited program, It will be erased when you select a different program. When
EDIT is pressed, the display reads "Edit". From the beginning of an edit session until the
newly edited program has been stored or abandoned, the MIDI interface is disabled, This
prevents a MIDI selected program from overwriting an edit session. Pressing the EDIT button
will exit the edit session. If you want to save your edit session, press the STORE button to
put the unit into the Store mode. If a change is made to a parameter while in the Edit mode,
the EDIT LED will blink until the Edit mode is exited to remind you that if you don't store the
program you will lose it if you select a different program to listen to. The memory number will
blink until the new data has been stored or abandoned. Once in the Edit mode, pressing a
parameter button selects an alternate function for editing, illuminates the associated LED and
puts the current value on the display, Pressing the ^ V buttons will increment or decrement
the displayed value. If the button is held down the display value will increment (decrement)
until the maximum (minimum) value is reached.
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EXAMINE PROGRAM PARAMETERS
1. Press BANK, press ^ V buttons until 0 is displayed on the tens digit of display, then
press 1, You are now in program 1.
2. Press EDIT button.
3. Choose the OVERDRIVE 1. The value "5.O" Is displayed on the LED READOUT.
Next, choose OVERDRIVE 2, its value is "5.0", Continue this process by examining
MASTER GAIN, BASS, etc, An LED on each button "blinks" when the parameter has
been selected for modification.
4. Press the EDIT button when you are through examining the parameter values. The
EDIT LED will turn off, and you will be brought back to program 1.
EDIT AND STORE A PROGRAM
1. Press the EDIT button.
2. Choose a parameter such as MASTER GAIN and decrease or increase its
value with the ^ V buttons.
3. Proceed to the next parameter following the same procedure as 2. above.
4. After all changes are complete, press the red STORE button.
5. Increment or decrement to a bank number, and select a memory number from
0-9 that you want to assign to the program. The program is now stored in the
selected location.
3.3 CREATING TONE
When the EDIT button is toggled on, you have access to the MP-1's gain and tone controls
(grey area). The MP-1 has a unique VOICING control which allows you to create programs
using ultra-high gain DISTORTION TUBE (display reads tUBE with DIST LED lit on the far
left of the display). CLEAN TUBE (CLEAN LED lit), or SOLID STATE (display reads S.S.).
When the VOICING button is selected, use the ^ V buttons to access these three choices.
The DISTORTION TUBE voice filters the pre-tube input signal for super-saturated distortion.
The processor control biases the tubes for extra high gain tone. When CLEAN TUBE is
selected, the processor control re-biases the Tubes for clean tones. It also re-filters the input
signal to give you full range frequency response for warm, Fender - type sounds. The
SOLID STATE voice bypasses the tube circuitry. This will give you a complete range of solid
state sound, including chorus, adjustable compression, and notch filtering. When setting your
Overdrive levels, remember that low levels followed by high levels produce more noise than
the reverse. High levels of OVERDRIVE 1 will produce a distortion that has high frequency
harmonic saturation, whereas high levels of Overdrive 2 produce fuller harmonic saturation.
When OVERDRIVE 1 or OVERDRIVE 2 is selected, use ^ V to change the levels from 0 to
10.
In the SOLID STATE mode, OVERDRIVE 2 functions as your compression control. The
higher the value, the more compression you have, to a maximum of approximately 40dB.
Use the compression to soften your attack and achieve better sustain. The MASTER GAIN
sets your pre EO level. When the MASTER GAIN button is selected, the AV buttons will
change the value from 0 to 10. As you create programs (the EDIT LED on), any change of
the VOICING mode will reset the MASTER GAIN level to 0. This is necessary to surpress
any loud surprises.
The stereo analog CHORUS is a perfect complement to the warmth of the MP-1's tube
circuitry, but it will do more than produce great chorusing. If you set the CHORUS RATE to 0
(off), the CHORUS DEPTH functions as a very short delay, producing a wide range of notch
filter and doubling effects. You can achieve a hollow, out-of-phase "strat"-type sound, and
fine tune it by taking the CHORUS DEPTH value up or down.
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3.4 USING THE CLIP LEDS
Your MP-1 is digitally controlled. The MP-1 circuit is monitored in four points for clipping of
the digital controls to help you prevent unwanted kinds of distortion from coloring your tone.
Always pay attention to your CLIP LED's. If a CLIP light remains on while you play, you
should lower the value of the control that is indicated. If you like the tone that you have, you
can still keep that tone, but eliminate the unwanted clipping. For example, if the EO is
clipping, but you want the same EO curve, you can either lower the MASTER GAIN (signal
going into EO), or lower all of the EO values the same amount.
3.5 USING THE EFFECTS LOOP
The EFFECTS LOOP LEVEL control on the rear panel will allow you to achieve the quietest
possible performance, no matter what kind of effects you are using. The level control is
configured to insure that you have the same overall signal level whether the effects loop is in
or out. provided the effects in the loop are set for unity gain.
Follow this general procedure:
1. If you are using an effect with only one level control, set your effects device to
unity gain. You can test for unity gain by connecting the EFFECTS SEND to your
effect input, and running the effect output directly to your amp. Adjust the level on
your effects device so that you have the same volume when the effect is in or out.
2. Set the EFFECTS LOOP LEVEL at the highest possible setting without clipping
your effect's input.
3. If you are using a line level effect with two level controls, set your EFFECTS
LOOP LEVEL control to 1 o'clock (0 dB gain). Adjust the input level on your effect
to the highest possible setting without clipping, and set the output level control on
your effect to achieve unity gain in your effect. You can test for unity gain as
described in step 1.
4. Check for distortion and excess noise. If your effect is clipping, turn your
EFFECTS LOOP LEVEL control counterclockwise.
3.6 LOAD PRESET PROGRAMS
There are 29 factory preset programs (1-29) that can be loaded into the internal program
memory via the front panel. These can be loaded at one time, or they can be brought into the
MP-1 's working register one at a time (level 2 software). To load all 29 programs, press the
STORE button. The STORE button will blink. Press BANK, and while holding it down, press
1. Display reads "LP" (Load Programs). Programs 1 thru 29 will be erased and written over
by the preset programs. Reference section 6.0 MEMORY PRESET SETTINGS for
description of factory presets. To load just one program (level 2 software), press BANK, and
while holding it down, press CHORUS RATE. "P" will be displayed, indicating that a preset is
being recalled. Now select the preset you want by using ^ V. You may use or edit this
program without erasing any of your own programs, or you may save it by using the Store
sequence.
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4.0 MIDI FUNCTIONS
The MP-1 has MIDI In, Out and Thru and recognizes program change, System Exclusive,
and MIDI Time Code. To send and receive MIDI data, you must select a MIDI channel. You
have the option of selecting an individual MIDI channel (1-16), or you can send or receive on
all 16 MIDI channels (OMNI) or you can turn MIDI off.
The MP-1 has 128 storage registers for programs. These are referred to as "internal
memory". The MP-1 allows you to "map" MIDI program numbers received via MIDI IN to any
"internal memory" numbers you choose. For example, if you have a MIDI foot controller
connected to the MP-1 sending program change 11, the MP-1 could "map" the reception of
program 11 to memory 22 or any memory location from 1 thru 128 in the MP-1. This gives
you the potential of "mapping" more than one MIDI program command to the same MP-1
memory number. Other MIDI devices without this feature limit you to a one-to-one
relationship, e.g., when you change to program 11 on your foot controller, the receiving
device can only change to 11.
When the PRGM or MEM buttons are in use and their corresponding LED is flashing, the
MIDI interfaced is temporarily disabled. If the MP-1 is left with the PRGM button active, the
MP-1 will display MIDI program numbers when they are received instead of internal memory
numbers.
The external MIDI PRGM number range is from 1-128. The internal MEM number range is
from 1-128.
SELECT MIDI CHANNEL
1. Press MIDI CHNL. To select a number from 1 through 16. ALL (OMNI), or MIDI OFF,
use the ^ V buttons to make your selection. When the display reads "ALL", the MP-1
will talk and listen to all 16 MIDI channels simultaneously. When the display reads
"OFF", the MP-1will not talk or listen to any MIDI channel. Be sure to set the MIDI
device connected to the MP-1 to the same MIDI channel as the MP-1. (If you do not
know the MIDI channel being sent by the device preceeding the MP-1, set to ALL.)
2. After selection made, press MIDI CHNL to save and exit.
SELECT PROGRAM & MEMORY NUMBER
1. Connect the MIDI Out of a MIDI device to the MIDIIN jack on the MP-1. Test if
reception is occuring by changing programs on the sending device. As you change
programs on the external device, the MP-1's LED display will change.
2. Press PRGM. LED flashes.
3. Select a new PRGM number by (a) scrolling through the program numbers with the ^
V buttons or (b) go directly to a program using the BANK, ^ V and 0-9 buttons.
4. Press MEM. LED flashes.
5. Select a new MEM number by (a) scrolling through the program numbers with the ^ V
buttons or (b) go directly to a program using the BANK, A V and 0-9 buttons.
6. Press MEM to store and exit.
4.1 ONE-TO-ONE MAPPING
The MP-1 is shipped with a 1-to-1 program/memory map, i.e., external MIDI program 1 is
mapped to internal memory 1, external 2 to memory 2, etc. If you want to restore the 1-to-1
relationship:
1. Press STORE. STORE LED will blink.
2. 2. Press BANK, hold down, and simultaneously press 2. Display reads "Load".
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4.2 REMOTE
The ADA MC-1 is a universal MIDI CONTROLLER that permits sending program change
commands to the MP-1 and the rest of your MIDI equipment.
Two options exist for using the MC-1 with ADA equipment. First, you can use an ADA 7-pin
MIDI CABLE to phantom power the MC-1. This prevents the need to run AC power to the
footswitch (the AC ADAPTER is connected to a jack on the rear panel of the MP-1 labeled
9VAC/DC). Second, you can use a standard 5-pin MIDI cable and plug the AC ADAPTER
directly into the MC-1.
5.0 SELF-DIAGNOSTICS
The MP-1's self-diagnostic program checks the unit for errors during power-up. This
interactive feature pin-points the source of problems to simplify correcting the problem.
The following chart shows the error code that will be displayed in the event of a problem, the
cause of the problem, and the appropriate action for you to take.
ERRORCODES
DISPLAY
Err 1
Err 2
Err 3
Err 4
[None]
CAUSE
MIDI map checksum error. All
MIDI program numbers are
set 1:1 with internal memory
numbers.
Working register checksum
checksum error. All values of
stored parameters in
the working register are set to
default
values. All are set to 0 except
effects loop is set to 'out' and
the clean channel is selected.
MIDI control parameters
checksum error. All
parameters set to default
values: MIDI=OFF, MIDI
internal # = 1, most recently
received MIDI program = 1,
current
program = 1 and display
flashes.
MIDI Time Code cue-list
checksum error. Cue-list is
erased and flag set to
respond with error message
when MTC status request is
sent to the MP-1.
Indicates the program itself
has an error. Program will not
display anything and unit will
not
operate.
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ACTION
Re-enter MIDI map
assignments.
Call up another program
number or re-enter parameter
values via Edit session.
Re-enter MIDI parameters via
front panel.
Re-load cue list.
Check fuse. If good, unit
requires service.
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6.0 MEMORY PRESET SETTING
The following 29 memory presets are loaded into the factory preset Program Storage
Registers.
Mem No Program
OD1 OD2 MASTER BASS MID TREBLE PRSNCE LOOP DEPTH RATE VOICING
1
Marshall
5.0
5.0
5.0
6
4
4
12
Out
0
0
Dist
2
Notch grind
4.8
3.2
8.0
4
8
6
12
Out
21
0
Clean
3
Liquid grind
6.0
6.0
7.0
2
2
4
6
Out
14
12
Dist
4
Edge rhythm
4.5
4.4
7.5
0
0
4
4
Out
1
1
Clean
5
Saturated notch
10.0 10.0
6.0
2
8
9
6
Out
100
0
Clean
6
Clean with compression
4.0
4.0
9.5
2
0
4
4
Out
1
1
S.S.
7
Clean and warm
3.0
3.0
9.5
6
4
2
12
Out
100
1
Clean
8
Compressed vibrato
4.0
9.0
7.5
0
12
6
10
Out
34
90
S.S.
9
Over chorused clean
2.6
6.5
10.0
4
10
12
4
Out
30
18
S.S.
10
Beefy fender
3.0
9.0
6.5
0
4
9
2
Out
0
0
Clean
11
Brittle rhythm
3.0
3.0
7.5
4
4
9
8
Out
30
3
Dist
12
Chorused lead
9.0
5.5
5.5
4
4
2
10
Out
23
1
Dist
13
Classic clean
3.6
5.0
7.5
2
4
16
12
Out
0
0
S.S.
14
Shimmering clean
2.8
2.4
10.0
0
10
16
12
Out
58
12
Clean
15
Slap funk
10.0 10.0
8.5
2
8
4
8
Out
28
0
S.S.
16
Flanged rockman
4.4
4.4
6.0
2
8
4
10
Out
100
3
Dist
17
Tubular metal
10.0 3.6
7.5
2
12
2
2
Out
14
0
Dist
18
Clean flange
5.0
1.4
9.5
6
0
4
12
Out
100
1
S.S.
19
Straight ahead metal
3.8
7.0
7.0
2
6
0
4
Out
0
0
Dist
20
Classic overdrive
5.0
5.5
7.5
6
12
4
6
Out
47
0
Clean
21
Damped lead
9.5
9.0
7.0
9
6
6
8
Out
100
0
Clean
22
notched lead
10.0 4.8
5.5
6
4
6
12
Out
100
0
Dist
23
Dry lead
7.0
5.5
5.5
4
4
9
8
Out
0
0
Dist
24
Rockman
9.5
3.0
5.5
0
6
12
4
Out
65
0
Dist
25
Crystal clean
4.0
8.5
8.0
9
6
6
8
Out
100
0
S.S.
26
Sparkling chorus
2.6
2.6
10.0
9
4
9
12
Out
26
3
Clean
27
Compressed chorus
4.2 10.0
6.5
9
4
16
12
Out
100
2
S.S.
28
Mild grind
4.2
4.2
7.0
9
8
2
12
Out
100
1
Clean
29
Compressed rhythm
5.0
8.0
8.5
4
8
6
12
Out
50
0
S.S.
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7.0 SPECIFICATIONS
EQ
Bass and Treble boost/cut 16dB:Mid and Presence boost/cut
12dB.
TUBE COMPLEMENT
Four stages of gain using two low noise 12AX7 A/202S.
MIDI
Specification:1.0 Rev. 3.3:
Channel: 1-16, OMNI, OFF; Program Change: external
programs 1-128, internal memory 1-128 and OUT (bypass);
MIDI Time Code (MTC): recognized in Level 3 software;
Parameter Change & Dump: SYSTEM Exclusive.
CHORUS, DEPTH
0 (none) to 7:1.
CHORUS, RATE
0.1 sec. to 10 sec. and 0ff (0).
INPUT, FRONT PANEL
One, 1/4" phone jack, high impedance (1 meg ohm) wide
range input.
INPUT, REAR PANEL
One, 1/4" phone jack, active balanced (30k ohm). Ring, tip,
sleeve.
OUTPUTS
Two, single-ended 1/4" phone jacks, Synthesized
complementary stereo outputs. Switchable from
instrument to line level.
EFFECTS LOOP, SEND
Single-ended 1/4" phone jack. Variable from instrument to line
level. Maximum drive on send line is + 19dBm.
EFFECTS LOOP RECEIVE
Single-ended 1/4" phone jack. Maximum signal level is
+30dBV.
EFFECTS LOOP, LEVEL
Provides 20dB of inversely proportional boost or cut to the
send/receive signals. Interfaces with low level and line level
effects.
HEADPHONE, LEVEL
Provides full mute to +17dB above internal signal level.
Max. Output +12dBm.
HEADPHONE (JACK)
1/4" stereo phone jack. Drives headphones of 600 ohms or
more.
POWER CONSUMPTION
12 watts.
POWER
120VAC, SO/60Hz.
DIMENSIONS
L-10.S" X W-19" X H-1.7S" (483 X 44 x 269 mm).
WEIGHT
61bs (2.72 kg); 81bs (3.63 kg) shipping.
OPTIONS
220V AC, SO/60Hz, Extended 3 year warranty, Software
updates, ADA replacement tubes.
ACCESSORY
MC-1 MIDI Foot Controller.
All specifications subject to change without notice.
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7.1 MIDI SPECIFICATIONS
SPECIFICATION
1.0, Rev 3.3
MIDI TIME CODE
Recognized in Level 3 Software
CHANNEL
1 -16, OMNI, Off
PROGRAM CHANGE:
External Programs: 1 -128. Internal Memory: 1-128, OUT
(bypass condition).
PARAMETER
CHANGE & DUMP:
SYSTEM Exclusive.
7.2 SOFTWARE UPDATES
By sending in your warranty card, you are entitled to one free EPROM software update.
Thereafter, updates are $50.00 each. You can send your unit to ADA for installation or we
can send you the EPROM. Always Refer to qualified service personel for installation.
When you power-up the MP-1, the software revision level is indicated on the LED
Readout before the word "ADA" flashes.
Level 1 software offers the following features: 100% compatibility with MIDI Spec 1.0. In
addition, ADA has pioneered a phantom power system which sends AC power through a
7-pin MIDI cable to controllers such as ADA's MC-1 MIDI CONTROLLER.
Level 2 software offers upload and download of MP-1 parameters to computers with a
MIDI interface using system exclusive messages. In addition, MP-I parameters may be
accessed in real-time using SYSEX messages.
Level 3 software will read MIDI Time Code for synchronizing with SMPTE Time Code
devices. and will be able to store a Q-LIST of MTC program and parameter changes.
These are the updates that we now know about. As MIDI evolves, so will the M P-1 , its
capabilities will continue to expand!
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8.0 RETURNING UNITS FOR SERVICE
If your unit requires service, please do the following:
1. Call our Customer Service Department toll-free at (800)241-8888 in CA (415)6321323for a Return Authorization (RA) number.
2. Pack unit in its original carton with packing materials and include a note explaining
the problem, your name, address, day-time phone number, and date and place of
purchase.
3. Write the RA number on the outside of the shipping container.
4. Ship via UPS. Federal Express, or U.S. Postal Service. You pay the freight. We
recommend you insure the unit.
5. If the unit is under warranty, ADA will perform the servicing and pay the return
shipping charges to you. If your Warranty Card was returned, there is a record of your
purchase on file at ADA. Otherwise, send a copy of your original purchase invoice for
proof of warranty coverage.
6. If the unit is not under warranty, ADA will bill you for the servicing and return shipping
charges. We require payment in advance or cash on delivery (COD) for these
charges.
9.0 WARRANTY
The MP-1 (excluding tubes) is warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a
period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from date of purchase. Original factory
installed tubes are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of
ninety (90) days from the date of purchase. ADA will replace defective parts and make
necessary repairs at no charge if factory inspection reveals faulty workmanship or material.
Neither MP-1 nor tube warranties cover damage due to misuse, accident or neglect. ADA
retains the exclusive right to make such determination on the basis of factory inspection.
Products returned to the factory must first receive authorization from ADA and must be
shipped prepaid. The “return authorization number” must be printed on the outside of the
container or shipment will not be accepted by ADA. This warranty remains valid only if
repairs are performed by ADA, and provided that the serial number on the unit has not been
defaced for removed. This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties either
expressed or implied.
9.1 OPTIONAL EXTENDED WARRANTY
An optional three year warranty is available on the MP-1 if the extended warranty protection
policy is purchased within the first 90 days of purchase. The policy covenants and restrictions
are the same as on our standard one year warranty. only the term is increased an additional
three years after the original factory warranty expires. Enclosed is an application for the
extended warranty protection policy.
9.2 TUBE REPLACEMENT
Your factory installed 12AX7 tubes should last approximately two years. Since these are not
power tubes, the lifespan is probably longer than you expect. When tube replacement
becomes necessary. we recommend that you use only ADA factory-tested replacement
tubes for the cleanest and quietest performance possible. These can be obtained from ADA
or an authorized ADA dealer. For more information, call ADA Customer Service.
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10.0 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MESSAGES
RESET DEVICE
<F0>
<00>
<cc>
<dd>
<01>
<xx>
<F7>
System Exclusive Message 10 (SYSEX)
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Reset Device Command
Message Checksum
End of System Exclusive (EOX)
.Causes the specified device to perform a reset operation.
.Specifics of the reset are device dependent.
.No response is sent by the device.
RUN DIAGNOSTIC TEST
<F0>
<0D>
<cc>
<dd>
<02>
<tt>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Run diagnostic test command
Test number
Message checksum
EOX
.Causes the specified device to run a selected diagnostic test routine.
.Test 00 is equivalent to the power-on diagnostic.
.Other test numbers are device specific.
.No response is sent by the device.
REPORT DIAGNOSTIC STATUS
<F0>
<0D>
<cc>
<dd>
<03>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Report diagnostic status
Message checksum
EOX
DIAGNOSTIC STATUS RESPONSE
<F0>
<00>
<cc>
<dd>
<00>
<03>
<ss>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
ResponselD
Reponsetype
Response (may be one or more bytes)
Message checksum
EOX
.Retrieves the most recent diagnostic result.
.The first byte of the response = 0 if no error occurred, and ne 0 if an error occurred.
.Some tests may return multiple bytes on a device and test specific basis.
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DEVICE REASSIGN
<F0>
<00>
<cc>
<dd>
<04>
<ee>
<ff>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Device reassign command
New channel number
New device number
Message checksum
EOX
DEVICE REASSIGN RESPONSE
<F0>
<0D>
<cc>
<dd>
<00>
<04>
<ee>
<ff>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Old channel number
Old device number
Response ID0
Response type
New channel number
New device number
Message checksum
EOX
.Causes a device to switch channels or device numbers.
GO OFFLINE
<F0>
<0D>
<CO
<dd>
<05>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Offline command
Message checksum
EOX
.Causes the specified device to go offline until manually returned online. .No response is
returned by the device.
GET PARAMETERS
<F0>
<0D>
<cc>
<dd>
<07>
<pp>
<NN>
<P1>
.
.
.
<PN>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Get parameters command
Program number
Number of parameters
Parameter 1 value
Parameter N value
Message checksum
EOX
.Causes the specified device to send the values of one or more selected parameters.
.Program number 7F specifies the current working parameter registers.
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SET PARAMETERS
<F0>
<00>
<cc>
<dd>
<06>
<PP>
<NN>
<bb>
<V1>
.
.
.
<VN>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Set parameter command
Program number
Number of parameters
Base parameter number
Parameter 1 value
Parameter n value
Message checksum
EOX
SET PARAMETERS RESPONSE
<F0>
<00>
<cc>
<dd>
<00>
<06>
<xx>
<F7>
SYSEX
ADA Identifier
Channel number
Device number
Response 10
Response type
Message checksum
EOX
.Sets one or more parameters in a program.
.Program number 7F specifies the current working parameter registers.
.A zero response indicates no errors were detected, a non-zero response indicates that a
bad parameter number or value was detected.
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NOTES ON ADA SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MESSAGES
1.
All messages include a 7 bit 2's complement checksum taken over all the data
bytes (does"' include the SYSEX. EOX. or checksum itself).
Values are in “Humber" format (MS bits sent first):
2.
≤ 6 bit value
Byte 1
0
0
Byte 1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
Byte 2
0
Byte 1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
≤ 14 bit value
Byte 2
0
0
1
1
≤ 21 bit value
7 bit value
MS Bits (13...7)
Byte 3
0
LS Bits (6...0)
Byte 1
0
Byte 2
0
1
0
0
0
MS Bits (20...14)
Byte 3
0
MID Bits (13...7)
Byte 4
0
LS Bits (6...0)
= Value
. 70...7F as byte 1 are reserved for special single byte codes.
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10.1
SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MAP
HEX ADDRESS
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
0A
1 BYTE EACH
Overdrive 2
Overdrive 1
Master Gain
Bass
Midrange
Treble
Presence
Effects (0-Out, non-zero-ln)
Depth (000-Off, 100-max. value)
Rate (000-Off, 001-.1Hz. 100-max.)
Voicing (0-S.S.,1-Dist., 2-Clean)
Marshall is a registered trademark of Jim Marshall Ltd. Fender is a registered trademark of
Fender Musical lnstruments. Rockman is a registered trademark of Scholz Research &
Development. Inc
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10.2 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE PARAMETER VALUES
1. Level 2 MIDI implementation
2. MIDI System Reset is ignored by MP-1
MIDI VALUE
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
OVERDRIVE 1 & 2 DISPLAY VALUE
0
.1
.2
.3
.4
.5
.6
.7
.8
.9
1.0
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2.0
2.2.
2.4
2.6
2.8
3.0
3.2
3.4
3.6
3.8
4.0
4.2
4.4
4.6
4.8
5.0
5.5
6.0
6.5
7.0
7.5
8.0
8.5
9.0
9.5
10.0
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MASTER GAIN DISPLAY VALUE
0
.1
.2
.3
.4
.5
.6
.7
.8
.9
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.5
6.0
6.5
7.0
7.5
8.0
8.5
9.0
9.5
10.0
MIDI VALUE
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
MIDI VALUE
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
BASS & TREBLE
DISPLAY VALUE
-16
-12
-9
-6
-4
-2
0dB
2
4
6
9
12
16
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MID & PRESENCE
DISPLAY VALUE
-12
-10
-8
-6
-4
-2
0dB
2
4
6
8
10
12