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Right out of the box, the Elevator is one of the easiest pedals to use ever! The following page describes the basic functionality. For more info, feel free to download the manual by clicking on the icon at the left.

Making connections

Nothing could be easier! However... before you make connections, it is a good idea to set your amp to standby or turn it off. This will avoid power-up and connection transients that could harm more sensitive electronic components. There is no power switch for the Elevator. As soon as you plug in the power supply, it will spring to life. Note: the Elevator does not come with a power supply nor can it be powered by an internal battery. You will need to purchase a Boss® style 9V supply or use a multi-pedal power brick as a power source. Connecting to and from the Elevator is done using standard coaxial guitar cables with ¼" connectors.

Approaching the Elevator

The best way to approach the Elevator is by thinking in terms of levels in a building. Each level is designed to perform a task.

LEVEL-1 True-Bypass

Many guitarists prefer to bypass all pedals when they are not in use. This 'true-bypass' approach basically means that all of the electronics are removed from the circuit – as if the guitar is connected directly to the amp. This has the benefit of a clean signal path, but tends to introduce switching noise when used with high gain amps. The Elevator gives you the choice by setting the 3-position baseline switch to the left – TRUE-BYPASS position.

LEVEL-2 Buffered Input

A signal buffer is basically a unity gain amplifier that is designed to lower the impedance and amplify the signal so that you can run longer cables without noise. High impedance (non-buffered) signals are more susceptible to radio frequency and magnetic field contamination caused by power supplies, transformers and light dimmers. This generally limits the cable distance to about 8 meters (25'). Lowering the impedance and buffering the signal will typically allow 16 meter (50') runs without noise when using good quality coaxial cables. Setting the 3 position switch in the middle position activates the unity gain buffer (no amplification).

LEVEL-3 Drag Control

Many guitarists do not like the sound of a buffer. This is because most buffers are designed using ICs and tend to load the pickup with a very high 1 meg-ohm impedance. This causes the guitar to sound glassy. Drag Control load correction allows you to dial in the load to replicate the sound of the guitar connecting directly to an amp with an 8 meter (25') cable. Simply set to 12 o'clock and adjust to taste. Rotating clockwise will sound brighter.

LEVEL-4 Baseline Drive

For those that want to push their amps a little harder, setting the 3-position switch to the right activates a boost circuit. This can be adjusted by turning the recessed baseline DRIVE control clockwise for more boost. This control is recessed (set & forget) so that it will not be disturbed once set. Adding this extra drive to your signal chain will push the front end of your amp harder and add a bit more punch to your tone.

LEVEL-5 Power Booster

Using the footswitch will activate the power booster. This can deliver as much as 18dB of gain for added loudness, sustain and distortion, depending on how your amp is set. Rotating the control clockwise increases the boost. For clean amps, you will get a clean boost. For slightly dirty amps, you will increase the level, add distortion and sustain. For amps that are already saturated with distortion you will increase sustain. Adjust to suit.

LEVEL-6 Mid Boost

The power boost circuit is equipped with a 3-position MID BOOST switch that lets you increase the mid-range content in the signal. Keep in mind that guitars live in the mid range. By boosting the mids, you will increase sustain and increase your presence in the mix. This can be particularly useful with single coil pickups that are not as fat sounding as their humbucker counterparts. Left is off, middle adds a bit of mid, to the right – you get lots!