The All New DPC-5 Gen3

I’ve been asked many times for some more specifics and details regarding the new DPC-5 Gen3, especially comparing it to our other new MIDI controllers and switching systems.  The short answer is that the DPC-5 Gen3 is positioned between the DMC-3XL / DMC-4 Gen3 and the DMC-6 / DMC-8 Gen3 in terms of MIDI capabilities, but adds programmable effects loops and a TRS control output jack.  It’s designed to control small-to-medium pedal boards by itself, and may be expanded using a DPC-8EZ.

dpc-5_gen3_front

How many MIDI devices can the DPC-5 Gen3 control?  Up to four devices on their own MIDI channels, plus a fifth channel is dedicated to a DPC-8EZ.

How many non-MIDI pedals can the DPC-5 control?  Up to five in its effects loops.

How many amplifier functions can the DPC-5 control?  Two using a single TRS cable (tip and ring) plus one more using the MultiJack as a toggle output for a total of three.

 

dpc-5-hookup-4

Note that the connections for FX1-FX5 input / output are reversed! The corrected diagram is in the manual!

 

How many tap tempo devices can the DPC-5 control?  One using the MultiJack, up to two more using the TRS ouptut for a total of three.  If sending tap tempo using MIDI, an additional four devices may be controlled for a total of seven.

How many presets does the DPC-5 Gen3 have?  Up to 32 banks of 4 presets each, for a total of 128, plus two extra global bypass and favorite presets.

What kind of external control options does the DPC-5 Gen3 offer?  The expression input may connect to an expression pedal or a momentary footswitch to control a variety of functions.

dpc-5-expression-hookup

 

What is this MultiJack you keep talking about?  The MultiJack is a multi-function connector that you can assign to perform one of several useful functions.  You can use it to send taps to a non-MIDI pedal that supports tap tempo, or to send MIDI to Chase Bliss or Empress pedals.  You can use it to read an expression pedal or footswitch, or you can use it to change channels or options on your amplifier.

dpc-5-multijack-hookup

 

We’re in the middle of shooting some technical instruction videos for the DPC-5, covering tasks like setting up your MIDI devices, creating presets, and using the MultiJack.  Is there something you’d like to see specifically covered?  Email us and let us know!

New Products for Fall 2014!

Here’s a short rundown of the new stuff we are releasing this fall:

 

1.  SMARTClock Intelligent Tempo Controller

The SMARTClock is a compact MIDI clock and tap tempo source for your pedalboard.  It’s small with a big blue LED display and a cool flashing knob.  Connect it to your MIDI pedals to synchronize them all to its super accurate master clock.  Connect it to your non-MIDI tap tempo compatible pedals to send them taps with nine different subdivisions (whole, half, quarter, dotted eighth, triplets and more.)  Up to 128 presets and full USB MIDI support round out this incredibly useful stage and studio tool.

SMARTClock Frontpage

2.  SMARTSwitch 2

This one has been a long time coming!  The SMARTSwitch 2 is a MIDI-controlled dual remote switch with some cool options.  Each output is fully isolated, so you can use one SMARTSwitch to control two different effects or amps.  The “A” output supports a stereo / TRS connection for stuff that supports that style of switching, or you can use two cables to connect to separate functions on amps like the Mesa Mark series, etc.  The SMARTSwitch 2 supports MIDI CC control and full USB MIDI implementation so there are lots of ways to control your gear.  The

SMARTSwitch Frontpage

3.  DPC-5 Gen2 Update

We’ve updated the DPC-5 with the Gen2 chipset.  Starting with serial number 0419, the DPC-5 now supports USB MIDI communication.  We’ve also updated the TRS relays with the same optical technology found in the SMARTSwitch 2 and the SMARTClock, and added the Z-Mode Buffer from our popular DPC-8EZ.

DPC-5 Front Angle

 

 

SMARTClock Frequently Asked Questions

It’s been a while since the last post, during which time we have released some interesting new devices like the DPC-4EZ and DMC series gHOST Output.  We’re going to be offering our new SMARTClock Intelligent Tempo Controller very soon, and here are some of the answers to the questions we’ve received.

SMARTClock-Top

What is the SMARTClock?

The SMARTClock is an intelligent tap tempo and clock source for your pedalboard.  It is designed to synchronize your tap tempo and MIDI devices to a single master clock.

Does it work with my (insert pedal name here?)

Probably.  Any pedal that accepts tap tempo control from an external momentary foot switch should work with the SMARTClock.

Does it send MIDI Clock?

Yes.  The internal MIDI clock source is accurate to within 0.07% across the entire range of tempo the SMARTClock sends.

How many devices can the SMARTClock synchronize?

The SMARTClock has two isolated tap tempo outputs for non-MIDI devices, and it also sends MIDI clock.  In theory, the MIDI clock could be used to synchronize LOTS of MIDI devices, in practice you can usually sync 3 or 4 with good results.  In some cases, the MIDI “through” ports on your device may introduce a slight lag that can throw off really perfect timing.  If you find this to be the case, a high-speed hardware based MIDI thru unit will send the clock signal out to all devices with much less lag and timing errors.

Can it receive MIDI Clock from Ableton Live / my DAW / my drum machine?

Yes.  The SMARTClock will accept MIDI clock, Start, and Stop messages from your DAW or other MIDI device.  The clock information is then converted to tap tempo pulses for your non-MIDI devices.

Will it send MIDI to my iPad over the USB port?

Yes, but you’ll need to use the Apple Camera Connection Kit to connect the SMARTClock to the Lightning or 30-pin port on your device.  The USB MIDI connection works with Macs and Windows machines as well, and is fully bi-directional.

How do I send dotted-eighth notes (or other subdivision) to my delay pedal?

The SMARTClock supports nine different subdivisions of the main clock:  whole note, half note, half note triplet, quarter note, dotted eighth note, quarter note triplet, eighth note, eighth note triplet, and sixteenth note.  You can even set up different subdivisions for each output, and each preset can have its own set of subdivisions.

To set the subdivisions for the current preset, just tap the knob on the SMARTClock while in the tap tempo mode.  Turn the encoder to set the subdivision for the A output, then tap and turn to set the B output subdivision.  Hold the tap tempo footswitch to save and you’re done.

How big is the SMARTClock?

It’s roughly the size of a standard Boss pedal – 4.77″ x 2.6″ x 1.39″ (121.1mm x 66mm x 35.3mm.)  It weighs less than a pound.

What kind of power does the SMARTClock need?

The SMARTClock needs 9V center negative, 64mA minimum.  The SMARTClock should not be powered on more than 9V.

How do BPM presets work?  How many presets does the SMARTClock have?

The SMARTClock has a preset mode that allows the user to recall up to 12 presets at varying tempo and subdivision settings.  If fewer than 12 presets are required, the user can limit the presets to as few as one.  If an external MIDI controller is connected up to 128 presets are available.

Can you override presets with a tap on the fly?

Yes.  Exit the preset mode by holding the knob, then tap in any tempo desired.  You can also start and stop the clock by holding the footswitch in preset mode.

Can I say in tap tempo mode all the time if I use an external MIDI controller?

Yes.  If you recall presets using a MIDI controller, the display on the SMARTClock will show the preset number and then the BPM.  You can tap to override the preset tempo or even save a new tempo to the current preset.

Can I use my MIDI controller to change BPM presets?

Yes.  The SMARTClock can listen for incoming MIDI program change messages and will change its tempo if it gets a valid program change message on its MIDI channel.

What MIDI Channel should the SMARTClock be set to?

The default setting is 16, but you can change the SMARTClock MIDI channel in its setup menu.

If you’re using a DMC-3XL Gen2 or DMC-4 Gen2 as a master controller, set the SMARTClock to channel 16.  If your master is a DMC-6D, set the SMARTClock to channel 4.  The DMC-8D uses channel 5, and the DPC-5 uses channel 1.

Can the SMARTClock take tempo from my MIDI delay pedal and send it to other tap tempo pedals?

That depends – if your MIDI pedal sends MIDI clock then the answer is YES.  If your pedal is not capable of acting like a master clock source, then no.  That’s not the end of the world though!  You can use the SMARTClock as a master clock source for both your MIDI and non-MIDI pedals so that they are all synchronized.

 

DPC-8EZ vs. DPC-5?

Disaster Area Designs has just announced the DPC-8EZ pedalboard controller.  Wait, we hear you say, don’t you guys already make something like this?

Well, yes.

We’ve been making the DPC-5 pedalboard controller for over a year now, and they’ve been very popular.  However, the DPC-5 doesn’t fit the needs of all the players out there – nothing can!  There’s no way to make one product work for everyone, so we decided to offer a controller with a different feature set.

 DPCvsDPC

Both the DPC-5 and the new DPC-8EZ can switch your pedals on and off in preset combinations and one at a time.  Other than that basic similarity, the two controllers are different in a lot of important ways.  The DPC-8EZ was designed for the player who has more non-MIDI pedals than MIDI ones.  The DPC-5 was designed as a standalone controller for a small to medium sized pedalboard with a number of MIDI pedals.

If you are using 6-8 non-MIDI pedals that you’d like to be able to program into presets, or if you want to switch stereo non-MIDI pedals then the DPc-8EZ is a good choice.  It doesn’t have the MIDI controller or looper modes, so it’s always going to be switching pedals or presets.  It also plays well with other MIDI controllers and can be used as a “slave” unit to expand just about anything that sends MIDI program changes.  It has an “insert,” which is an always-on loop that may be used in a number of ways, such as splitting the controller into two sides for stereo use or for connecting some pedals in the preamp of your amp and others in the FX loop.

If you’re using a bunch of MIDI pedals and don’t have as much analog or non-MIDI devices, then the DPC-5 is the clear winner.  You can re-configure it on the fly to be a MIDI controller, preset effects switcher, manual bypass switcher, or even to control the looper on your Strymon Timeline.  Its MIDI mode can “map” programs on up to four devices to a single effects preset, and it has an expression input jack that lets you send MIDI to all four devices at once.  If you don’t have room for a full-sized expression pedal on your board, the DPC-5 is available with an optional side roller that mimics the expression control and is assignable to the same or different destinations – use the roller for looper level on your Timeline and the expression pedal for the Hotknob on your Eventide H9, etc.

And yes, the two devices play well together!  You can use either a DPC-5 or an 8EZ as the “master,” and the other device will follow along as a “slave.”  The DPC-5 is definitely better suited for the master device, since it has more directly accessible presets and a more powerful MIDI implementation.  Either device will also work well with one of our DMC Gen2 controllers as the master device.

Let’s compare the main features of the two controllers:

Number of Loops:

DPC-8EZ = 8

DPC-5 = 5

In addition to this, the DPC-8EZ has an “insert” between loops 4 and 5.  The DPC-5 insert is between the buffered input and the first loop.

Stereo:

DPC-8EZ = may be reconfigured into 4 stereo loops or the standard 8 mono loops.

DPC-5 = no.  All the loops are mono.

In addition, all of the effects loops on the DPC series are fixed in order. Loop 2 always comes after Loop 1, etc. and may not be re-routed.

Buffer:

DPC-8EZ = Z-Mode buffer.  An always-on buffer with selectable output impedance, it plays nice with vibe, wah, and fuzz pedals

DPC-5 = bypassable buffer.  The same basic buffer as the Z-Mode, but with fixed output impedance and a bypass jack.  Plug into the bypass jack for an entirely passive switching system.

MIDI Implementation:

DPC-8EZ = sends program changes (0-48) only, no MIDI mapping, receives continuous controller (CC) and program changes (PC) to control its loops.  No looper controls.  No tap tempo.  Full MIDI thru with merge.

DPC-5 = 4 mappable MIDI channels send any programs on a preset change.  Full looper control.  Sends tap tempo in MIDI mode and using an external footswitch / R2R.  Expression pedal and optional side roller inputs send MIDI CC.  Receives program change messages to recall its presets.  Full MIDI thru with merge.

USB MIDI:

DPC-8EZ = yes!  The DPC-8EZ’s USB port shows up as a class-compliant MIDI interface if you plug it in to your Mac or Windows PC.   You can also connect it to an iPad using the Camera Connection Kit (CCK,) available from most places that sell iPads.  When the DPC-8EZ is connected to the host device (computer / iPad, etc.) the DPC will show up as a MIDI interface on the host.  The MIDI link is two-way, meaning you can use the DPC-8EZ to send messages like program change back to the host, and you can send messages from the host back to the 8EZ.  Possible applications for this are using the DPC-8EZ as a master controller for selecting presets on your live performance DAW like Mainstage or JamUp XT, or for controlling your pedals from a sequencer DAW such as Ableton Live.  The USB MIDI interface also works in concert with the hardware MIDI interface on the DPC-8EZ to let you connect other MIDI devices to your Mac, PC, or iPad through the DPC-8EZ.

DPC-5 = no.  The USB port on the DPC-5 is only used for firmware updates.  You can still control the DPC-5 using MIDI but you’ll need to use another MIDI interface if you want to connect it to your Mac, PC, or iPad.  You CAN use a DPC-8EZ or a Gen2 DMC controller as a USB interface and then connect your DPC-5 to it using a standard MIDI cable.

 

Which controller is right for you?

This really depends on your board, pedal selection, and workflow.  Let’s look at 4 possible setups:

DPC-5 Only – 5 loops, 4 MIDI pedals.  This is great for a small to medium pedalboard with a few MIDI devices (Timeline, BigSky, H9, etc.)  The DPC-5 loops are great for stacking drives, and the DPC-5’s TRS amp control jack can change channels on your amp along with your presets.

DPC-8EZ only – 8 mono loops (or 4 stereo loops,) 1 MIDI device.  The DPC-8EZ will send out a program change message for every preset you recall.  If you connect this to a MIDI pedal you’ll be able to select up to 48 presets on that MIDI pedal along with your loops.  You can also use a MIDI pedal as the master controller, so that every time you select a scene or preset on your pedal the DPC-8EZ will follow along.  If you prefer to switch your loops manually you can leave the DPC-8EZ in manual mode and tap away.  The 8EZ gives you access to loops 1-4 or 5-8 at any time, selectable with the bank button.  You’re never more than two taps away from any loop.

DMC-7D + DPC-8EZ – 8 mono loops (or 4 stereo loops,) 3 MIDI devices.  Timeline, Mobius, BigSky, H9, M9, Timefactor, Space, etc. – pick any THREE devices and that’s what you can control with this setup.  The 8EZ will auto configure and follow along; so every preset you select on the DMC-7D will engage the matching preset on the DPC-8EZ.  You can leave the 8EZ in manual mode to change up your loops on the fly, even if they’re not part of your preset.  If you don’t want your analog pedals as part of your MIDI presets, you can program the DPC-8EZ to ignore any preset.

DPC-5 + DPC-8EZ – 5 mono loops + 8 mono loops (or 4 stereo loops,) 4 MIDI devices.  The DPC-5 has a dedicated MIDI channel for the DPC-8EZ so it doesn’t take away any of its MIDI capabilities.  Since the loops in the DPC controllers are separate, you can route your signal in any order.  You can place the DPC-5 loops in your amp preamp, then use the DPC-8EZ in your amp’s preamp AND FX loop.  That would get you 9 loops in the preamp and 4 in the loop, which is enough for a fairly complex setup.  Need more loops?  Chain together some more DPC-8EZs.  We’ve been able to control 5 of them from a single master with no problems, and you can theoretically add many many more with a MIDI splitter.

 

It’s a lot to take in!  There are some big considerations to make, and a quality switching system is not a trivial purchase.  We do our best to make these systems easy to configure and use but they’re not for everyone.  Remember, there’s no one best way to configure your rig!  What works for one player might be a miserable failure for another, so please feel free to contact us and we can help you decide if a DPC-5 or DPC-8EZ is right for you.

 

So you have a BigSky…

The Strymon BigSky has just been released, and it is amazing.  There are a lot of folks out there looking to get some more control over the BigSky, perhaps wanting to integrate it with another MIDI device, so we thought we would put together a little guide to help make an informed decision about a MIDI controller.

First up – the Strymon devices all have “MIDI Thru” capability.  This means that they can pass MIDI messages from their MIDI inputs to their MIDI outputs.  Connecting several to the same MIDI controller is easy, just add another MIDI cable.  We set each device to a different MIDI “channel,” so that they will only listen to the correct messages coming from the controller.  The MIDI order can be the same or different than the audio order.  Sometimes it’s easier to route the MIDI cables in a different order based on your pedalboard layout, so don’t worry about it!

Next, our controllers are largely plug-and-play, but you will need to set up the Globals on your devices.  Press-hold the PARAMS encoder to enter the Globals menu.

Timeline:

BYPASS BUFBYP

LPEXIT PLAY

MIDICT OFF

MIDIPA OFF

MIDITH ON

 

Mobius:

MIDICT OFF

MIDIPA OFF

MIDITH ON

 

BigSky:

BYPASS BUFBYP

MIDICT OFF

MIDIPA OFF

MIDITH ON

 

We recommend the use of the buffered bypass on the Timeline and BigSky.  This allows you to have delay and reverb trails, and also allows the use of the Timeline’s looper with the delay bypassed OR engaged.

Third, you’ll need to set up the MIDICH global setting for each device.  We generally use Channel 1 for the Timeline, and Channel 2 and 3 for additional devices.  If you’re connecting to a DPC-5, bump all of those up by 1 (2, 3, 4.)

 

So now that you have all of the setup stuff done, what kind of control can we get?  Let’s start with JUST a BigSky.  You can control this with a DMC-2 for preset  or bank scrolling, or upgrade to a DMC-3 for all of that plus a second mode that offers expression and a tap + freeze / infinite button.

If you have a Timeline, then you can control both units with a single MIDI controller like our DMC-3XL.

BIGSKY DMC3XL

So one DMC-3XL and two MIDI cables will get the job done.  We can control everything on both units – Timeline looper, bank / preset scrolling on both units, bypass, the works.  The expression roller on the side can send expression to both pedals, or looper level to the Timeline.

If you’d like to add in a third MIDI device like a Mobius or an H9, then you can still use a DMC-3XL to control them all.  Since we now have three modes on the controller dedicated to bank / preset scrolling, we lose the looper controls.  If you’re not using the looper then this is not a huge deal, and it gets you a lot of control in a really small package.

 

3 DEVICE DMC-3XL

Same setup as before – we have full bypass and banking / preset scrolling on all three devices, plus a shared expression control.  Neat!

If you have a DMC-4, you can use it in a similar fashion.  We have an extra button on the 4, so it serves as a combined tap + infinite hold.

3 DEVICE DMC-4

What if you want more control?  Maybe you use the looper a lot, or you want to be able to pull up a combined preset with sounds from all of these devices?  Then you’re going to need a bigger controller!

 

3 DEVICE DMC-6D

The DMC-6D was designed from the ground up to talk to three MIDI devices.  It has a bright blue LED display that lets you know exactly what presets you’re on, TWO expression jacks (one can also connect to a side roller,) plus a remote footswitch jack for a tap tempo and a “favorite” switch.  You can still scroll presets on all three devices, including all 300 presets on the BigSky.  Once you have the sound you want, you can save the status of all three devices to a combined preset.  You can pull up sounds on all three devices, or you can bypass the units you’re not using, all with one tap.  The DMC-6D also has a full looper mode for the Timeline, and it can be disabled if you’re not using it.

Finally, we offer the DPC-5, which is a combined MIDI controller and true-bypass loop switcher.  It’s got five effects loops that you can use to control your non-MIDI pedals, plus full control of up to FOUR MIDI devices.  You can set up the same kind of presets as the DMC-6D, but you have up to 60 of them instead of 20.  It’s got a looper mode for the Timeline, two expression inputs (one jack on the back, and an optional side roller,) plus you can use the expression jack for a tap tempo or our R2R footswitch.

 

3 DEVICE DPC-5

 

So there you have it – there are a lot of options for controlling your BigSky, especially if you’d like to add in your Timeline or your Mobius, H9, M9, etc.  We’ve got all of these solutions available in our shop:

DMC-3XL

DMC-6D

DPC-5

Don’t forget the MIDI cables!

We’re always happy to answer any questions about controlling your rig, email us here.

If you are already a DMC pedal owner, we will be releasing updated firmware this week.  Updating your pedal is easy and requires only your Mac or Windows PC and a standard USB cable.  We’ll have Timeline + BigSky combo and TL + MO + BigSky versions available for the DMC-3, DMC-3XL, and DMC-4, and the new DMC-6 + DMC-7 firmware is compatible with the BigSky as well.  These will all be available on our Files page. 

 

Using the DMC-6D without a computer?!

The DMC-6D is great for players integrating looping playback or backing tracks in their arsenal, but what about everybody else?  There are a lot of folks using Live or Mainstage, but it’s still a fairly small percentage of all the players out there.

The USB port on the back of the DMC-6D acts as a MIDI interface for your Mac, PC, or iPad, but it can also be used to upload new firmware into the DMC.  The stock Ableton firmware is just one possibility!

Here’s a board equipped with a range of pedals:

DMC-6D Board

 

The bottom row has a Micro POG, a Walrus Audio Voyager, and a Paul C. Timmy.  The top row holds a Polytune Mini Noir, a Strymon Mobius and Timeline, and an Eventide H9.  Those last pedals all have MIDI capability and can be controlled by the DMC-6D!

The DMC-6D can work just like our popular DMC-6 and DMC-7, but with the added benefit of the LED display.  The upper-right button changes the operating mode of the controller, and the remaining buttons select presets or control the looper on the Timeline.

MIDI Control:

The DMC-6D can scroll presets on all three MIDI pedals, and it indicates the selected preset on its display.  When you get to a sound you like, you can exit into the normal operating mode of the controller and save the combined preset in one of 20 locations.  Once your preset is saved, one tap will recall it.  Tapping the currently selected preset bypasses all three pedals.  You can save a preset on the DMC-6D that will bypass one or more of the MIDI pedals, or you can set it up so that the pedals ignore the preset – we call this “don’t care.”  By setting up a page of presets as “don’t care” for one device, you can select presets for each pedal separately if that’s your style.  So with one tap you can pull up any combination of presets or bypass on all three pedals at once, in a fraction of a second.  The DMC-6D has an expression pedal input that sends MIDI continuous controller messages (MIDI CC) to all three pedals at once, for some pretty amazing real-time control.  You can sweep the depth and feedback of your delay, change the speed of your chorus effect, and alter the delay time of your reverb all at once!  And since you can save expression parameters per preset on your MIDI pedals, you’re never locked in to a hard-coded expression setting.  The expander switch input accommodates a momentary tap tempo switch and sends taps to all connected MIDI devices.

Live Looping:

The DMC-6D has the full looper mode from the DMC-6 and DMC-7, too.  The Timeline has a very good looper, but it’s hard to cycle back and forth between presets and looping since it requires a long press-hold on the Timeline’s tap button.  With the DMC-6D, you can access the Timeline’s looper without placing the Timeline in looper mode.  The DMC-6D offers separate buttons for Record / Overdub, Play / Stop, Undo / Redo, Half-Speed, and Reverse.  You can also change the looper routing, placing it before the Timeline’s delay (“pre”) or after (“post.”)  The second expression pedal input allows foot control of the Timeline looper volume for fade and swell effects.  Not looping live?  That’s OK – looping is a fantastic tool for songwriting or working on ideas at home, too.  Many Timeline owners report that they considered the looper unusable until “unlocking” its potential with a DMC controller, so try it out!

Mac, PC, and iPad:

Want to integrate your laptop with this setup?  Easy.  You can connect to the DMC-6D to your Mac or Windows PC using USB.  Add in an iPad Camera Connection Kit and you can interface the DMC-6D with your iPad running such apps as JamUp or Amplitube for live performance.  One tap on the DMC-6D can change settings on your MIDI pedals plus switch up your presets on your laptop or iPad for unlimited performance potential.  While the stock Ableton firmware is fantastic for triggering clips, it’s not a lot of use without a computer hooked up.  The universal firmware slants back in the other direction – it’s mainly designed for controlling external devices but it does have a lot of potential with computer and iPad.

What about other devices?

MIDI is pretty universal, so if you’re not using the pedals on the board pictured above we can probably still help you control them.  The DMC-6D can send MIDI program change, continuous controller, and note on messages for different types of control.  With customized firmware, it can send MIDI System Exclusive (SysEx) commands as well.  If there’s something you need to control, please let us know and we can make it happen.

Where can I get one?

Right here!

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Using the DMC-6D MIDI Foot Controller with the iPad

In addition to being a great MIDI foot controler, the DMC-6D USB interface is also a class-compliant MIDI interface.  It may also be USB bus-powered, and that makes it a natural fit for using with the Apple iPad.

 

The iPad doesn’t have a built-in USB port, but you can use the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) to connect certain devices to your tablet.  Apple makes CCKs in both 30-pin and Lightning varieties.  They’re available at most retail stores that carry iPads for around $30.

 

30-pin (left,) Lightning (right.)

30-pin (left,) Lightning (right.)

Plug the CCK into your iPad’s connector, then connect a USB cable from the adaptor to the USB port of the DMC-6D.

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In this pic, we’ve got the DMC-6D set up with the JamUp firmware, which sends MIDI Program Change messages to the iPad for preset selection.  We’ve also got a mode in the controller that sends MIDI CC messages for controlling the loop recorder in JamUp, and you can tap tempo to the metronome.

The DMC-6D can control lots of other iOS music applications as well – just hook it all up and look in your app’s settings for the “Disaster MIDI” interface!

We’ll have a video posted showing off what the DMC-6D can do with your iPad, so stay tuned!

You can order a DMC-6D in our secure online store here.

Help me! Or “How to Choose a MIDI Controller.”

We offer a lot of different MIDI controllers.  That’s great because we can make pretty much anything to fit your situation, connected devices, playing style. It’s also bad because you end up trying to decide between a ton of options and have no idea what to get.  We’re here to help.

 

Consideration 1:  Size.

The first thing to think about is how much board space you’re willing to devote to a MIDI controller.  We have controllers that range in size from Twinkie (DMC-2) to meat loaf (DMC-7.)  The bigger the controller, the more buttons it can accommodate, and the more control possibilities it allows.

Here’s a size reference.  There’s a 1 inch ruler at the bottom of the pic, so you can get an idea of overall size.

size comparison

Consideration 2:  Functionality

Even our smallest controllers can control your devices, but they’ll be more limited in functionality.  The DMC-2 is super compact and can handle scrolling banks, scrolling presets, or looper control, but the downside is that it can only do one of those things at a time.  Upgrading to one of our larger controllers gets you a mode switch, which lets you change the functions of the controller on the fly.  The DMC-3, 3XL, and 4 can do bank or preset scrolling, bypass, and full looper control of the Timeline.  If you’re using a different MIDI device we can control its functions, too – check the pages on the Shop for available firmware.

What happens if you have a MIDI device that isn’t listed?  Contact us.  We have written custom firmware for lots of different types of devices and device combinations, and we can probably come up with something that will work for your application.

If you want to scroll presets or banks, the DMC-2 will do it.

If you want to scroll presets AND use the looper on the Timeline or the additional functions on the BigSky / Mobius / Timefactor / Space / H9, then the DMC-3 is a god choice.

The DMC-3XL adds an expression wheel that sends MIDI or a 1/4″ jack that can connect to an expression pedal or tap tempo switch.

The DMC-4 can handle all of that stuff, but we take all the “hold” functions off the mode switch and move them over to the fourth button.  We can also make that fourth button a tap tempo switch instead.

DMC-6D Board

When you move up to the DMC-6 and DMC-7, everything changes.  Instead of being primarily for scrolling presets on your devices, the DMC-6 and DMC-7 allow you to save and recall combined presets on three devices.  One tap gets you 01A on your Timeline, 17B on your Mobius, and 68C on your BigSky.  We also send an extra program change that can control an Eventide or Line 6 pedal, plus it can interface with our SMARTLoop to engage a couple of analog pedals at the same time.  They do have a scrolling mode, and they have a full looper mode for the Timeline.

Loop Rig

The DMC-6 and DMC-7 are the same except for the size of the enclosure and the tap tempo switch on the DMC-7.  They’re designed more for quick preset recall than for scrolling around from preset to preset.

We also offer the DMC-6D, which is a DMC-6 with a bright blue LED display.  It’s easier to use than the standard DMC-6, and also includes a second expression pedal input plus a dual switch input for tap tempo and a “favorite” switch.

 

Consideration 3:  Number of controlled devices

The DMC-2 can control one device.  That’s it – if you need to control more stuff, then the larger controllers are the way to go.

The DMC-3, 3XL, and 4 can control two or three devices.  If they are set up for two devices, then the second device gets an extra mode added to the controller.  Tap on over to it and then you can scroll presets and engage / bypass the effect.  If we set them up for three devices, we disable the looper controls to reduce the amount of tap-dancing to switch between the device modes.

The DMC-6D, DMC-6, and DMC-7 have three “mappable” MIDI channels.  This means that you can scroll three devices from the scrolling mode, and save a preset that has different settings for each device.  These controllers also send messages on a fourth channel that isn’t mappable.  Every time you press red 1 (for example,) we send MIDI program change 1.  This channel may be used for our SMARTLoop, or it may be mapped on a device that can “learn” MIDI presets like the Eventide pedals.  These controllers have up to 20 presets, in 4 banks of 5 each.

 

Summary

 

Here’s a chart showing all of the specs in mind-numbing detail.

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What we recommend is the biggest controller you can fit.  If that’s the DMC-2, then great – it will still make your life on stage or in church easier.  If you have more complicated requirements, like two or more devices, or you need an expression input or side roller, then the DMC-3XL is very popular.  The DMC-6 / DMC-7 are a great choice for the multi-device setups that are becoming more common these days.  Finally, the DMC-6D can also integrate with a DAW or Ableton Live for controlling loops in live performance.

We hope this post will help you make a decision about the MIDI controller that’s right for you.  If you’ve got any questions, please contact us!  We’re always happy to help you get the right gear for your situation.

DMC-6D MIDI Foot Controller for Ableton Live – USB MIDI Demo

The new DMC-6D MIDI foot controller has some killer features that can definitely make your life on-stage easier.  Whether you’re leading worship or rocking at the club, adding loops and effects from Ableton Live can really expand your musical horizons.  By adding in a DMC-6D, you can use Ableton Live to actually switch MIDI-capable pedals on your pedalboard!

Here’s how it works:

The DMC-6D appears as a MIDI interface to your Mac or PC.  It’s class-compliant and requires no drivers, just plug and play.

Create a new MIDI track in Ableton Live.  Open up the IO panel and set its output to the Disaster MIDI device.  Optionally, set its channel to the channel number of the device you’re controlling.  We’re using Channel 2 to send to the Timeline in our video.

Create a new clip in the MIDI track by double-clicking on a slot.  If you want to send a patch change when you start the verse of your song then create a clip on the same line (scene) as the clips for that song section.  If you want to make your Timeline switch to 00A in the verse, for example, create a MIDI clip on the same line as the verse clip.  Go down to the MIDI details at the bottom of the window and select Program 1.

That’s it!  You’re all done.

The video also shows how to sync up the tempo using MIDI clock – if you’re going to do this with a Strymon Timeline then we recommend you update your Timeline to v1.43.  Set your Globals to disable both MC SWEEP and MC RESET to avoid glitchy sounds when changing tempo using MIDI clock.

For more information about the DMC-6D or to pre-order a pedal, head over to the Shop.  We’ll be ready to ship these in black and white in mid-October.

DMC-6D Ableton Live / DAW Controller

We have had a TON of requests for a MIDI controller designed to launch clips in Ableton Live over the last 2 years.  There were a couple of competing products in the market, and we worked with our customers to identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to design the best controller available.

We’re proud to announce the Disaster Area DMC-6D.  This controller is built on our DMC-6 platform, and incorporates a 4-digit LED display to give instant visual feedback to the performer.

The DMC-6D lets you access 20 banks, each of which can trigger 6 MIDI notes.  A dedicated “All Access” bank provides six more commands that are accessible from any bank.

In addition to the 6 buttons on the controller itself, the DMC-6D has two inputs for expression pedals, and one expander input for connecting two footswitches.  The expression inputs may be mapped to any of 127 different MIDI CC messages.  The expander input may be assigned to bank up / down, two dedicated messages (like Stop or Tap,) or it can expand the controller to operate with 15 banks of 8 footswitches instead of 20 * 6.

The DMC-6D incorporates both USB MIDI and standard 5-pin DIN MIDI, and the two MIDI interfaces are bridged together internally.  This means that you can send MIDI from your host DAW or Ableton Live, and the DMC-6D will pass these messages along to a DIN-connected device.  You can thus launch audio clips for your worship service and the DMC-6D can tell your Timeline, M9, H9, etc. to change patches.  If you’re already using our DPC-5, then you can change all of your non-MIDI pedals too!

Here’s a few videos showing the basic use and setup of the DMC-6D:

 

The DMC-6D will begin shipping in October, and we have it available for pre-order in our shop right now:

 

DMC-6D PREORDER

 

SMARTLoop Now Available!

The new SMARTLoop is officially available.  The SMARTLoop is a dual-stereo loop switcher with MIDI in and out.  It may be reconfigured using a set of internal DIP switches to a quad-mono setup.

The SMARTLoop will work with your existing MIDI controller or multi-effects unit.  Simply connect the SMARTLoop to the MIDI out of your controller, and patch your pedals into its sends and returns.  Tap the SMARTLoop footswitches to select the effects you’d like to hear, then press-hold the left button to enable the SMARTLoop’s MIDI learn.  Send a program change message from your controller and the SMARTLoop will remember those settings – the next time you access that program on your controller the SMARTLoop will automatically engage your pedals.  The SMARTLoop switches remain active so you always have access to your effects.

By reconfiguring the SMARTLoop to mono mode, you can use stereo Y-cables to split the signal chain to allow connecting four pedals.  Check out the video below for a demo of four-channel mode:

 

 

The SMARTLoop is designed to work with most MIDI controllers, but it really shines when paired with our DPC-5 and DMC-6 / 6L / 7.  The SMARTLoop adds two or four extra loops to the DPC-5, and can turn your DMC-6, DMC-6L, or DMC-7 into the heart of a pedal switching system.

We’re offering a $20 discount on the SMARTLoop to existing DPC-5 and DMC-6 / 6L / 7 owners.  We’re also offering a bundle pack combining either the DPC-5 or DMC-7 with a SMARTLoop at the same discount.  Please contact us for details regarding the DPC-5 discount.

Check out the SMARTLoop in the shop!

DPC-5 Frequently Asked Questions

The DPC-5 is capable of some fairly complex stuff.  We try to keep things as simple as possible but when you’re switching FX in and out, running MIDI controls, changing amp channels, etc. some complexity is just necessary!

This is a list of questions we get asked a lot, and we’re posting here to supplement the manual.  We’ll update this post with more information as required, so ask us anything you’d like to know and chances are it will end up here.

Inputs and Outputs

What is the difference between the two inputs on the DPC-5?

The upper (black) input is the buffered input, and the lower (red) input is the unbuffered input / insert jack.  The buffered input runs the instrument signal through a high-quality op-amp buffer based on a mythical pedal that rhymes with “pawn mentor.”  The unbuffered input is simply a straight-wire connection to the effects loop relays.

Which input should I use?

We recommend using the buffered input.  The buffer will lower the impedance of the guitar signal (this is usually a good thing.)  In some cases, certain pedals will sound different when fed with a low vs. high impedance signal.  If it sounds good, then go with it!  Try it both ways and pick the one that you like best.  If you are using a pedal with a rev 1b board or higher, be sure to change over the DIP switches inside to enable the tuner output.

What is the insert jack?

The insert function uses the unbuffered input to connect a pedal or group of pedals between the buffer and the switching loops.

You can connect a volume pedal to the insert – since the insert is AFTER the buffer, the volume pedal won’t mess with the tone of your guitar.

On pedals with board revisions 1b and up, muting the insert will still allow the tuner output to function.

Where is the insert / volume pedal input in the signal chain?

The insert is placed after the buffer, and before the FX loops.

What kind of cable do I need to use the insert jack?

A stereo y-cable is required.  These are sometimes called “insert cables.”  The stereo / TRS end connects to the insert jack / unbuffered input, and the mono ends go to the pedal or pedals to be connected.  The “ring” connection is the send and should be connected to the effect input, while the “tip” connection is the return and should go to the effect output.

I see the DPC-5 has two outputs.  Can I use these to run in stereo?

No.  The upper output (black) is the main output and is fed from the FX loops.  The lower output (red) is the tuner / chain output and is fed directly from the guitar input through a buffer. You can output two signals from these two jacks but the tuner output will never have any of the FX applied.

Does the tuner output work all the time?

Yes.  You can press-hold any select footswitch in the preset modes (red, green, blue) or press-hold B6 in manual mode (orange) to engage the DPC-5 tuner mute for silent tuning.  If you have a volume pedal in the insert, you can also mute the output by reducing the volume pedal to zero.  The tuner will work no matter what.  If your unit has a board lower than rev 1b, muting the insert will mute the tuner.

What are the TRS Outputs for?

The TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) Amp Control jack is located near the DC power jack and expression pedal connector.  The jack contacts are connected to two relays that can be controlled by the programs on the DPC-5.  These contacts can be used for remote switching of amp parameters such as reverb, tremolo, or channel switching.  The “TRS Tap” feature on the DPC-5 also allows you to momentarily switch the “tip” relay when a tap tempo MIDI command is sent.  This lets you sync up your MIDI and non-MIDI tap tempo devices.  The DPC-5 is confirmed to work with the DD-5, DD-20, JHS Panther, Strymon Flint, and others.

Are the TRS Outputs floating, or do they share a ground with the audio signal?

They are floating.  The jack is isolated from the chassis, and the contacts are isolated by their relays.  The TRS jack may safely be used for amp switching that uses a “hot” sleeve, or AC control signals.

Preset Capabilities

Can the DPC-5 change all my loops at the same time?  How about my MIDI devices?

The DPC-5 can simultaneously change the states of any or all 5 of its effects loops, the states of its two TRS relays, and the patches on two separate MIDI channels.  It also sends a MIDI program change on a third MIDI channel to allow for chaining multiple DPC units together or for additional MIDI devices.

What if I want to turn a pedal OFF?  Can I do that easily?

Yes.  You can enter a manual control mode from any preset mode by press-holding the mode button (B6) for two seconds.  If you use manual mode a lot, you can configure the DPC-5 so that you step through it in the normal mode “cycle,” so it will be available without holding.

Can I control the DPC-5 using another MIDI device?

Yes.  The DPC-5 has a MIDI input and will respond to up to 128 program changes on Channel 1.  Each recalled program will change the loop settings and TRS settings, as well as send the patch changes for the two “mappable” MIDI channels.

If I am controlling the DPC-5 using my other MIDI device, can I still control it locally?

Yes.  All of the DPC-5 controls work regardless of whether you are controlling it via MIDI.  If the DPC-5 is in manual mode, the currently engaged loops will be indicated by the select LEDs.  You can then turn the loops on or off, overriding the external MIDI control.

How many presets does the DPC-5 have?

The DPC-5 has up to three available preset modes with five presets each.  3 x 5 = 15 presets.  By pressing and holding B1 + B2, you can enter a “folder select” mode that allows you to choose three additional preset folders, each with 15 presets.  4 x 3 x 15 = 60 presets total.  It takes about 5 seconds to select a new folder and enter it, so it’s probably best done between songs or sets rather than between verse and chorus.

 

Working with Presets

How do I set up a preset?

Step over to a preset mode (red, green, or blue.)

Press-hold B6 to enter manual edit mode.  The RGB LED will turn orange (might look yellow on some units.)

Tap the select footswitches to turn the loops on and off.  Tapping B6 in this mode will toggle the TRS relays (tip on, ring on, tip+ring on, off)

If TRS tap is enabled, the TRS relays can’t be controlled in this mode.

Once the sound is set, press-hold any select footswitch to enter the save mode.

In save mode, the RGB LED will blink to indicate the current preset bank.  Tap B6 to select red, green, or blue banks, or white to save the bypass setting.

Press-hold any select footswitch, B1-B5 to save the current sound in that slot.  If the bypass bank is selected, any footswitch will save.

Press-hold B6 again to exit manual edit mode.

How do I map MIDI programs to a preset?

Step over to looper control mode (white.)

Press-hold B6 to enter MIDI edit mode.  The RGB will turn violet.

Tap B5-B4 to change presets on MIDI channel 2, tap B3-B2 to change presets on MIDI channel 3.

Stepping DOWN one preset from 00A / Program change 0 will send MIDI CC 102.  This will bypass the Strymon Mobius and Timeline, and may be used as a bypass for the Eventide Factor series pedals as well.

Stepping DOWN one preset from bypass will select “don’t care.”  In this mode, no MIDI data is transmitted and the previously selected preset will remain.

Press-hold B1 to enter the MIDI save mode.  The RGB will blink red/white, green/white, blue/white, or white/white to indicate the selected bank or bypass.

Press-hold any select footswitch B1-B5 to save the selected MIDI patches to that slot.  If the bypass bank is selected, any footswitch will save.

What is the “bypass” setting?

Pressing the currently selected preset in red / green / blue modes will configure the DPC-5 for Bypass.  In this mode, all of the loop relays are off / loops are bypassed, and MIDI CC commands are sent to the external MIDI devices to bypass them.  This will turn off all of the effects and provide you with a clean signal path.  Only the buffer will still remain in the audio path.

What if I want to have a pedal or a MIDI patch engaged all the time?

In this case, we can treat the “bypass” setting like a special preset.  Enter the loop or MIDI edit mode as described earlier and set up the pedal or MIDI preset that you want to remain on.  Next, enter the save mode and tap B6 until the RGB LED shows either blinking white (manual edit mode) or blinking white / white (MIDI edit mode.)  Finally, press-hold any select footswitch to save the current settings to the bypass slot.  From now on, selecting the currently engaged preset will switch the DPC-5 over to this new sound setting.  One very handy use for this is to configure the TRS Amp Control relays – since there is no industry standard when it comes to amp switching, some amps have their effects normally ON (like Fender reverb) and some are normally OFF (like Fender tremolo.)  By setting up the TRS Amp Control relays and saving the new bypass setting you can be sure that you won’t end up with the wrong effects applied.

 

MIDI Information

How do I set up my Timeline and / or Mobius to work with the DPC-5?

The DPC-5 uses MIDI channels 2 and 3 for its preset mapping.  It also uses MIDI channel 2 for the Timeline looper controls.

Set up your Timeline Globals as follows:

BYPASS BUFBYP

LPEXIT PLAY

MIDICH 2

MIDICT OFF

MIDIPA OFF

MIDITH ON

Set up the Mobius Globals as follows:

MIDICH 3

MIDICT OFF

MIDIPA OFF

MIDITH ON

Connect the DPC-5 MIDI out to the MIDI in of either Strymon pedal.  Connect the first pedal’s MIDI out to the second pedal’s MIDI in.

How do I control the DPC-5 from an external MIDI controller?

Send the DPC-5 a Program Change message corresponding to the preset you would like to access.  The DPC-5 receives messages on Channel 1 only.  Program Change 0 will set the DPC to “bypass.”  Program Change messages 1-60 access the DPC-5 presets in all 4 folders (1-15 in folder 1, 16-30 in folder 2, etc.)  Program changes up to 127 are recognized by the DPC-5.

How do I save presets higher than 60?

Saving presets higher than 60 requires the use of an external MIDI controller.  Enter the loop edit mode by press-holding b6 from any preset mode (red / green / blue.)  Edit the loop settings as normal, then press-hold any select button to enter the save dialog.  While the RGB LED is flashing, send the DPC-5 a MIDI Program Change message on channel 1 corresponding to the location where you would like to save the preset.  Program 0 is the bypass setting.  The same method may be used to map MIDI programs to higher presets – enter MIDI mapping mode, then enter the save dialog.  While in the MIDI mapping save dialog, send a Program Change message to the DPC-5 on Channel 1.

 

DPC-5 v1.08 Firmware Update

OK, so after some intense coding, we have a new version of the DPC-5 firmware ready. It’s not a “feature” release, so it doesn’t have anything new, but it does fix the issues with the looper level on Timeline v1.33.

If you’re using your DPC-5 with the Timeline v1.23, this update will break your looper level controls, so don’t do it! However, the v1.33 update fixes some big looper issues so we definitely recommend updating your Timeline with it.

One big change is that we’re now scanning the buttons a little differently, so that in looper mode the DPC will send record, play, stop, half-speed, and reverse commands immediately upon a button press. Previously the commands were sent on the button _release,_ so it was a little hard to keep loops in rhythm. Thanks to a couple of our customers we now have this thing looping like a champ!

Here’s the changelog:

v1.08
Changed buttonRead() function to allow for instant action
All MIDI mode buttons now use instant action
Added send MIDI PC on DPC channel on preset save for chaining
Changed looper level CC range from 0-17 to 0-127 for Timeline v1.33 update

This update will NOT break your presets if you start from v1.05 or up. You should also not need to perform a factory reset after this update.

Get it on the Files page here.

DPC-5 v1.05 Firmware Update

Version 1.05 of the DPC-5 firmware is now available.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS UPDATE WILL OVERWRITE YOUR EXISTING PRESETS!  We had to re-arrange the contents of the memory to get everything in.  Please factory reset your controller following the update by pressing and holding buttons 1 and 5 at power-up until the select LEDs blink.

Changes:

Preset Folders:

Press and hold buttons 1 & 2 while in any preset mode (red, green, blue) to select a preset folder.  Preset folders are indicated by the AUX LEDs above the select LEDs.  Folder 1 = blue, 2 = red, 3 = yellow, 4 = green.

Press button 5 to save and return to preset mode.  The last selected folder will be saved in memory and will be enabled on power-up.  Each folder has 15 additional presets, for a total of 60.

Power-on Configuration:

Press and hold the mode button at power-up to enter configuration.  Tap the mode button while in configuration to move between pages.

Mode Select (indicated by the Yellow AUX LED) – each button enables or disables one of the modes of the controller.

Button 1 = red mode, 2 = green mode, 3 = blue mode, 4 = looper mode (blue LED), single-MIDI mode (red LED), dual-MIDI mode (green LED), 5 = manual mode.

Expression Configuration (indicated by the red RGB LED) – each button enables or disables one of the expression destinations or configures tap tempo sending.

Button 1 = tap for Ext. Channel A.  Disables / enables sending MIDI tap on Ext. Channel A.

Button 2 = Side roller configuration.  Blue = looper, upper blue = expression Ext. Channel A, red = expression Ext. Channel B, off = disable.

Button 3 = Expression pedal input configuration.  Blue = looper, yellow = expression Ext. Channel A, green = expression Ext. Channel B, Blue + Yellow + Green = tap, off = disable.

Button 4 = TRS Tap.  Disables or enables sending analog tap using the “tip” of the TRS output jack (black, upper.)  If TRS Tap is active, manual mode and recalled presets will not activate the TRS relays.

Button 5 = tap for Ext. Channel B.  Disables / enables sending MIDI tap on Ext. Channel B.

Press and hold the mode button to save power-on configuration.

Reworked MIDI / Looper Modes:

White Mode is now Looper Mode.

Button 1 = Undo / Redo (hold for looper Pre / Post)

Button 2 = Half-Speed

Button 3 = Reverse

Button 4 = Play / Stop

Button 5 = Record / Overdub

Violet Mode is now configurable for single or dual device operation.

Single MIDI Mode

Button 1 = Tap Tempo

Button 2 = (Hold for infinite repeat, same as holding down A or B on Timeline)

Button 3 = Bypass / Engage

Button 4 = Preset Up (Hold for scroll up)

Button 5 = Preset Down (Hold for scroll down)

Dual MIDI Mode

Button 1 = Tap Tempo (Hold for bypass / engage B)

Button 2 = Preset B Up (Hold for scroll up)

Button 3 = Preset B Down (Hold for scroll down)

Button 4 = Preset A Up (Hold for scroll up)

Button 5 = Preset A Down (Hold for scroll down)

Mode Button = (Hold for bypass / engage A)

 

In Dual MIDI Mode, the left footswitches form a triangle that is identical to the “blue” mode on the current DMC-3.

If Violet mode is entered from White mode for preset editing, press and hold button 1 (far right) to enter the save dialog instead of the previous button 3.

 

Manual Mode (orange.)

If manual mode is enabled in the startup configuration, it may be activated by cycling the mode switch as the current red, green, blue modes.  If manual mode is entered in this manner, pressing and holding the mode button engages the mute function.

 

Lots of changes, lots of new functionality.  The good news is that if you just want it like it was before, you can still have it, minus the tap tempo in looper mode.  If you just want to use the controller as a Timeline or Timeline + Mobius controller and a direct-select loop switcher, you can do that too.  We’ll have the firmware update posted on the Files page later today, as well as some videos showing all the config details later in the week.

DPC-5 Firmware Update available soon!

The DPC-5s have been flying out of the shop lately, and the comments we’ve been getting back have been overwhelmingly good!  That’s great, but we are continuing to improve them based on customer requests and feedback.

We released v1.01 a few weeks ago, which fixes a couple of annoying issues with the LEDs not showing the current active loops when entering manual mode, as well as allowing players to send MIDI bypass or “don’t care” to connected MIDI pedals from Strymon.

This week, we’ll be releasing v1.02, which incorporates the following new features:

1.  Bypass config:  While in preset save mode, tap the mode switch to cycle between red, green, blue, and now white banks.  Press and hold any select footswitch while in white bank save to store the current relay config in the bypass slot.  This is valuable for the folks using the TRS contacts for amp control, and it can also be used as a “favorite” patch accessible from any bank.  Likewise, in MIDI mapping mode the mode button can now cycle to white for bypass saving.

2.  Preset folders:  Press and hold buttons 1 and 2 (rightmost two buttons) to enter Folder Select mode.  Tap select footswitches 1-4 to select a preset folder, indicated by the AUX LEDs.  Folder 1 = Blue, 2 = Red, 3 = Yellow, 4 = Green.  Tap button 5 to exit Folder Select mode.  The mute relay will be engaged when entering Folder Select mode, and the DPC will enter the new folder in Bypass mode to avoid potential issues with stored high-gain patches.  Each folder behaves like a completely independent DPC-5, with its own MIDI program change and loop settings.

We’ll be posting a video with more details and the file for download on Monday the 28th.

Thanks!