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ARC-3

Q:How many MIDI ready effects units can the ARC-3 control?

A:The ARC series can send multiple MIDI signals simultaneously. The ARC-3 can independently control up to eight units.

Q:I want to use my ARC-3 to control multiple effects units individually via MIDI. But I can’t. Why?

A:By default the ARC-3 is shipped with its MIDI Tx Global function turned on and MIDI use is limited to one channel. You can send up to eight channels of MIDI signals by turning off this function by following the steps described below.

1)Following the instructions in the ARC-3 manual page 10, item (2) “MIDI Tx Global”, turn off the MIDI Tx Global function after putting the unit in Edit mode.
2) Exit from Edit mode and put the ARC-3 in Preset mode.
3)「Referring to the manual page 7, item (2) “To control multiple MIDI devices by using eight MIDI channels (CH1–CH8 fixed)”, store a PC# (program change number) in the desired MIDI channel.

Q:Is it possible to control a MIDI ready effects unit not included in the ARC-3’s loops?

A:Yes. You can individually control up to eight units by connecting them with MIDI cables.

Q: I am planning to implement spatial or modulation effects in my system by using my amplifier’s send/return loop. In this case, is it possible to connect the amplifier’s send to the IN-B jack and connect spatial compact effects to Loops 5, 6, and 7?

A:No. Regarding connecting an amplifier’s send/return loop to the ARC-3, the ARC series is basically designed to be connected before an amplifier’s input terminal and therefore we do not recommend to connect the send/return signals of an amplifier to an ARC unit. (A relatively long connecting cable is required which can cause a ground loop. This may result in audible noise.) However you can connect the amplifier’s send/return signals to the ARC-3’s separate loop “Loop 8” for send/return use. (Please note that connecting an amplifier’s send/return signals to other loops can create a ground loop and thus cause hum noise.)

Q:Can I use my ARC-3 linked with an ARC-53M?

A:Yes. Although the ARC-53M does not have a link terminal, it supports MIDI. So you can use these two units at the same time by connecting them via MIDI.
Ex) From ARC-3 MIDI OUT to ARC-53M MIDI IN

When connected as above, the ARC-53M can receive a MIDI program change number programmed on the ARC-3 and then recall the specified program on the ARC-53M. So you are controlling the ARC-53M from your ARC-3.
NOTE:Since program change numbers range from 1 to 128, the number of the ARC-53M presets that can be recalled from the ARC-3 is limited to 128.
The ARC-53M has 200 presets (10 presets x 20 banks) but presets after No. 129 cannot be recalled from the ARC-3.

Q:Is it possible to remote control a BOGNER effects unit’s boost and bypass from an ARC unit?

A:Yes, although the BOGNER products’ control signal type is different from what is commonly used.
The ARC series provides a setting called “Momentary 2”. It is a mode to support BOGNER products. Connect to the C1/C2 jack with a stereo cable and you can control both Boost (C1) and Bypass (C2). By connecting to the C3 jack with a monaural cable, you can control Boost only.
NOTE: For control type setting procedures, please refer to the ARC-3 manual page 11, item (3).

Q:Where should I place my volume pedal and the ARC-3 within my system?

A: Please refer to the following.
1. To use the volume pedal for turning down the guitar’s volume: Connect the volume pedal in between the guitar and the ARC-3’s HTS-IN. In this case, use a high impedance type volume pedal.
2. To use the volume pedal as a master volume control: Connect your volume pedal in between the ARC-3 and the amplifier. Use a low impedance type volume pedal.
3. To use the volume pedal as a master volume control (same as 2 above) when it is necessary to maintain delay sound even when the volume is lowered or to change the volume while playing without affecting the delay sound: Connect the volume pedal before the delay pedal.

Q:What is your recommended expression pedal for use with the ARC-3?

A:We recommend the following volume pedals with 10k–25kΩ resistance:
BOSS FV-500L、EV-5
ERNIEBALL VP JUNIOR 25K
ERNIEBALL 6167

NOTE: A FV-500L can be connected with a stereo cable. Use a stereo Y cable for the two models from ERNIEBALL.

Q:When I connect my ARC-3 to a device via MIDI, noise appears but disconnecting MIDI stops it. Why?

A: In rare cases noise can be heard when connecting some effects units or amplifiers to an ARC series unit (or switcher in general) via MIDI. This occurs because the MIDI signal circuit in your effects unit (or amplifier) is connected to the signal ground, making a ground loop and therefore noise results.
In this case, the cause is in the circuit design of the effects unit (or amplifier) and it is impossible to solve it on the ARC series unit (or switcher in general) side. You may need to make a special MIDI cable with a lifted ground.

Q:Must I update the firmware in the order of release to step up the versions?

A: No. We create the latest firmware based on its previous version and therefore it contains corrections done in all of the preceding versions. So simply install the latest version.



ARC-53M

Q:Can I use my ARC-3 linked with an ARC-53M?

A:Yes. Although the ARC-53M does not have a link terminal, it supports MIDI. So you can use these two units at the same time by connecting them via MIDI.
Ex) From ARC-3 MIDI OUT to ARC-53M MIDI IN

When connected as above, the ARC-53M can receive a MIDI program change number programmed on the ARC-3 and then recall the specified program on the ARC-53M. So you are controlling the ARC-53M from your ARC-3.

NOTE: Since program change numbers range from 1 to 128, the number of the ARC-53M presets that can be recalled from the ARC-3 is limited to 128. The ARC-53M has 200 presets (10 presets x 20 banks) but presets after No. 129 cannot be recalled from the ARC-3.

Q:How can I turn on/off the FT-1Y from the ARC-53M via MIDI?

A:Setup the ARC-53M by following the steps described below.
1) FT-1Y Setup: Set the MIDI channel to CH1 or AL (Omni mode).
2) MIDI CC Number Setup: Put the ARC-53M in Edit mode and set “CC number 61” referring to the ARC-53M manual, page 11, “CSW CC#” procedures.
Enter as follows:
Parameter 1:CSW1
Parameter 2:61(MIDI CC#)
Parameter 3:CH1(MIDI channel)
3)Programming: Switch from Edit mode to PS mode. Then set the multi-status LED on the ARC-53M front panel to show “MIDI CC#”. Turning on/off the CSW1 switch now toggles the FT-1Y’s effect on and off.

Q:When I connect my ARC-53M to a device via MIDI, noise appears but disconnecting MIDI stops it. Why?

A:In rare cases noise can be heard when connecting some effects units or amplifiers to an ARC series unit (or switcher in general) via MIDI. This occurs because the MIDI signal circuit in your effects unit (or amplifier) is connected to the signal ground, making a ground loop and therefore noise.
In this case, the cause is in the circuit design of the effects unit (or amplifier) and it is impossible to solve it on the ARC series unit (or switcher in general) side. You may need to make a special MIDI cable with a lifted ground.

Q:Is it OK to secure the ARC-53M to my pedalboard with screws?

A:No. The ARC-53M has not been designed to be secured to a board with screws. Do not use screws to fix the ARC-53M to your board. A screw could possibly make contact with the PCB board inside the unit and damage it, resulting in a failure. Drilling holes in the product for securing screws will void the warranty.

Q:How can I send MIDI program change numbers from the ARC-53M?

A: Setup the ARC-53M by following the steps described below.
<Setup for sending program change numbers>
Ex) How to save a program change number in the ARC-53M’s preset 1via MIDI channel 1
*The device connected to the ARC-53M is set to MIDI receiving channel 1.
*If multiple devices are to be connected, assign different MIDI channels to them.

1) Put the ARC-53M in Preset mode and select Preset 1.
2) Press the DISP MODE switch to select “MIDI PC & CC#”.
3) Choose the select switch 1 and set the MIDI program change number to be sent by using the INC/+ and DEC/– switches.
NOTE: MIDI channels 1–4 are already assigned to the select switches 1–4. By pressing the select switch 1, the MIDI program change number to be sent in MIDI channel 1 is shown in the display. Initial setting is all “OFF”. (Please refer to the ARC-53M manual page 8.)



FLIGHT TIME FT-1Y

Q:Must I update the firmware in the order of release to step up the versions?

A:No. We create the latest firmware based on its previous version and therefore it contains corrections done in all of the preceding versions. So simply install the latest version.

Q:Can I use the Flight Time with my amplifier's send/return (effect loop)?

A:The Flight Time can receive signals up to +4 dBm but will distort if the level exceeds this limit. If your amplifier’s send/return circuit has a send level trim, then lower the send level in order not to distort the Flight Time. If you need to use the send/return of an amplifier whose send/return level does not support -10 dB or-20 dB, then additionally connect a mixer to adjust the level.

Q:When do you use the Flight Time's DRY ON/OFF switch?

A:The Flight Time's DRY ON/OFF switch should be turned off (no original sound will be output) when you mix original and delay sounds using the amplifier’s send/return circuit or a mixer.

Q:What is your recommendation for the MIDI interface for firmware updates?

A:We recommend the following MIDI interfaces. Refer to the release notes for firmware update procedures.
Yamaha MIDI-USB UX16
Roland UM-ONE MARK 2
M-Audio UNO

Q:Is the Flight Time a stereo device?

A:No. It is a mono delay unit.

Q:Can I switch presets by just one press of a footswitch?

A:No. It is impossible to switch presets instantly by using a footswitch on the Flight Time.
The Flight Time was designed to be more convenient when it is used with a routing controller such as the ARC-3 or ARC-53M. There are many modes available to recall programs on the Flight Time unit. Please refer to its manual.

Q:After firmware update, I turned on the power to the Flight Time in Edit mode while holding down the Enter and Store switches. But it did not initialize itself but the screen indicated “SO OF”. Is this a failure?

A:Yes. The firmware has not been installed correctly. If installed correctly, such a problem will never occur. Please try to update the firmware again.

Q:Would it be possible to use the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 4×4 with the Flight Time FT-1Y ?

A:Yes, We have tested the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 4×4 with the Flight Time FT-1Y and confirmed that the 12V 400mA outlet can be used for the Flight Time FT-1Y without any problem.



PT-3D

Q:If I connect a modulation or distortion effects unit to the high current terminal of the PT-3D, is noise level increased compared to the case where it is connected to the low-noise standard terminal?

A:Yes. If you are using a distortion effects unit, the noise level can rise a little. But it depends on the circuit used in it. For a modulation effects unit, the difference would be almost imperceptible because the gain is low.

Q:By using a polarity reversing cable, can I use the PT-3D to power a Fuzz that has a center plus power jack and operates correctly only when it is powered alone?

A:Yes. Since the PT-3D’s high-current terminal is isolated, it can be used for an effects unit driven by -9 V (i.e., a circuit that connects the power supply’s (+) side to the ground).
NOTE: The low-noise standard output terminal cannot be used for this application.