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Mix-Blender™ Using & Applications

The following page describes how to use the Radial Shotgun. For more details, feel free to download the full manual by clicking the icon at left.

Making connections

As with all audio equipment, always turn your amp off or volume down before making connections. This will prevent harmful signal spikes from connection or power-on transients from damaging more sensitive components. There is no power switch on the Mix-Blender. To power up, you will need a typical 9V supply, such as used by most pedal manufacturers, or a power connection from a pedalboard power brick. A handy cable clamp is provided that can be used to secure the power supply if needed. Simply loosen with a hex key, slip the power supply cable into the cavity and tighten. Check to see if power is connected by depressing the footswitch. The LED will illuminate to let you know power is on.

Two Guitars

Connect your guitar to input-1 and the Mix-Blender's output to your amp using standard ¼" coaxial guitar cables. Set the input-1 level control to 8 o'clock. Slowly turn up to make sure your connections are working. If you are using the Mix-Blender to mix two instruments together, you can now add a second instrument. Adjust the relative levels to suit. Always test at low volumes as this will prevent connection transients from damaging your system should a cable not be seated correctly.



Two Pickups

You can also use the MIX section to combine two pickups from the same guitar or bass. For instance, on acoustic, you may have both a magnetic and a piezo with preamp. You can sometimes produce much more realistic sounds when combining the two. Simply connect and adjust the levels to suit. Use the Mix-Blender output to feed your stage amp or a Radial DI box to feed the PA.

Two Effects Loops

You can also use the MIX section to combine two pickups from the same guitar or bass. For instance, on acoustic, you may have both a magnetic and a piezo with preamp. You can sometimes produce much more realistic sounds when combining the two. Simply connect and adjust the levels to suit. Use the Mix-Blender output to feed your stage amp or a Radial DI box to feed the PA.

Using the Effects Loop

In the studio, it is common to add in a touch of reverb or delay to a vocal track. This is done using the effects loop that is built into the mixing console or digitally using a workstation. This enables the engineer to add in just the right amount of effect to compliment the track. The Mix-Blender's effects loop lets you achieve the same results using guitar pedals.

To test, we suggest that you keep your effects down to a minimum so that you can first understand the functionality. Connect the ¼" SEND jack to a distortion pedal or other effect. Connect the output from the effect to the RETURN jack on the Mix-Blender. Set the BLEND control fully counter-clockwise to 7 o'clock. Turn on your amp and turn your amp up to a comfortable level. Depress the Mix-Blender footswitch. The LED will illuminate to let you know the effects loop is on. Turn on your effect, then rotate the BLEND control clockwise to hear the blend between the dry (original instrument) and wet (distorted) sound.


Effects with Bass

The Mix-Blender's effects loop is a very effective tool for both guitar and bass. For instance, when adding distortion to a bass signal, you will likely loose all of the low end. By using the Mix-Blender, you can retain the bottom end – yet add as much distortion as you like to the signal path.








Effects with Guitar

On guitar, you may want to retain the original tone while maybe adding a subtle wah effect to the signal path using the BLEND control. This is where your creativity comes into play. The more you experiment, the more fun you will have!




Using the Polarity reverse switch

Some pedals will reverse the relative phase of the signal. This is normal as pedals are usually in series with each other and changing the phase has no audible effect. When activating the effects loop on the Mix-Blender you are actually creating a parallel signal chain whereby the dry and wet signals are combined. If the wet and dry signal are out of phase with each other, you will experience phase cancellation.

Set the BLEND control to 12 o'clock. If you notice that the sound gets thin or disappears, this means the pedals are reversing the relative phase and the signal is being cancelled out. Simply push the 180º degree polarity reverse switch to the up position to compensate.