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SOURCE AUDIO Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter Pedal

SOURCE AUDIO Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter Pedal

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SOURCE AUDIO Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter Pedal

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Product Highlights

  • 24 Filter Effects in 1 Pedal
  • Onboard Overdrive
  • Controls for Speed, Depth, Mix & More
  • LFO, Envelope Follower, or EXT Control
  • 56-Bit DSP with 24-Bit AD/DA
  • 2 User-Assignable Preset Slots
  • 3.5mm Sensor I/O
  • MIDI & Hot Hand Compatible
  • Selectable Buffered or True Bypass
  • Included Power Supply
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  • 1Description

The Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter from Source Audio is a pedal intended for electric guitarists which features 12 filter effects, an additional 12 filters available in extended mode, onboard overdrive, and multiple methods of control—be they internal (envelope followers, LFOs), or external (MIDI, Expression pedals, and Source Audio’s patented Hot Hand brand of control). This pedal is useful in achieving a plethora of tones, from funky, quaking envelope filters to synth-inspired fuzz.

A set of control knobs provide adjustments over various onboard parameters—for instance, Depth, Speed, Modulation Source, and Effect Type. An Option Select button allows you to choose among six different effect characteristics, so you can control the level of distortion, the overall tone, the dry/wet mix, and more with one knob.

On the modulation source side, you can blend between different LFO waveforms, so your modulation signal can have aspects of square and sine waves. The pedal is also tap-tempo enabled, so you can sync your LFO to the drummer or backing track in live scenarios or recording scenarios. Two footswitches are provided for storing presets, engaging them, or bypassing them altogether. The pedal includes a DC power supply. For an in-depth look at the stompbox’s controls and effects, please see the feature section.

Key Features at a Glance

Up to 24 different Low Pass, Single Peak, Multi-Peak, and Phaser effects.

Access to control parameters typically found only on professional rackmount systems.

Add gain and distortion to any of the Stingray effects for an added boost and flavor.

Proprietary 56-bit Digital Signal Processor and industry-standard 24-bit converters.

A compact, rugged, cast-aluminum housing.

Select either analog buffered or relay-based True Bypass.

Easy-to-program user presets recallable via two footswitches.

A multi-purpose control input for use with Hot Hand, the Source Audio Dual Expression Pedal, or send and receive MIDI.

Controls Explained
EFFECT Knob: The Effect knob selects which effect type will be used. 

OPTION Knob: The Option knob controls six different parameters, each selected by the Option Select button. 

OPTION SELECT Button: This selects between six different parameters which will be processed by the Option knob. Frequency adjusts the center point of the filter’s modulation range. Resonance adjusts the width of various peaks and notches in the selected filter’s frequency response. Mix adjusts how much dry signal is introduced into the overall sound (turn clockwise for the introduction of clean tone, and turn counterclockwise for the introduction of signal with “LoRetain”—a clean sound that has been processed with a high-cut filter to preserve low end). Volume controls the overall output level, while Drive introduces and adjusts a level of soft clipping, harmonic distortion applied to processed signal. Tone adjusts the timbre of the wet signal, and operates post distortion and filter; turn clockwise for brighter and counterclockwise for darker. 

DEPTH Knob: The Depth knob adjusts the range and direction in which the signal is modulated.

SPEED Knob: Depending on the modulation source, the Speed knob controls either the rate of the LFO, the attack and decay times of the envelope followers, or the “Smoothing” of the Hot Hand.

MOD SOURCE Knob: When Hot Hand, MIDI, or an expression pedal are not being used, the Stingray features 5 different types of modulation control: Slow Attack Envelope Follower, Sine Wave LFO, Square Wave LFO, Sawtooth Wave LFO, and Fast Attack Envelope Follower. The MOD SOURCE knob controls a gradual blend in between each selection, so setting this knob between two of the modulation graphics will create a sound with features of both modulation forms.

CONTROL INPUT Button: Selects which external controller type will be used.

PRESET SELECT / BYPASS Footswitch: There are two footswitches on the Stingray. The left footswitch corresponds to Preset 1, and the right footswitch corresponds to Preset 2. Pressing either of the footswitches will engages the respective preset. Pressing the same footswitch again puts the pedal back into bypass mode. Pressing the other footswitch engages the other preset without going into bypass. The illumination of the LEDs labeled “1” and “2” indicates which preset is currently enabled. While the pedal is in bypass mode both LEDs remain off.

Effect Types
Normal Mode

2-pole low-pass filter

4-pole low-pass filter

Two parallel low-pass filters

Three parallel low-pass filters

Notch > low-pass filters

Peak filter

Low-pass > two peak filters

Triple peak filter A

Triple peak filter B

Triple peak filter C

Dual notch filter

Triple notch filter

 

Extended Mode

6-pole low-pass filter

4-pole low-pass filter with offset peaks

Peak > 4-pole low-pass filter

4-pole low-pass > peak filter

Peak > notch > 2-pole low-pass filter

Band-pass filter

Peak > notch > peak filter

Notch > peak > notch filter

Triple peak filter C

Triple peak filter D

Single notch filter

Dual notch > 2-pole low-pass filter

External Control
The MULTI-FUNCTION input is an intelligent control input that accepts both digital and analog control signals. It replaces the Sensor input on previous Soundblox pedals. The Multi-Function input connects to wired or wireless Hot Hand accessories, the Source Audio Expression Pedal, or the Source Audio Soundblox HUB. With these pedals and this connection, you can control the pedal through MIDI, expression, or Hot Hand control.
Universal Bypass
All Soundblox 2 pedals offer Universal Bypass, which allows you to select between two types of bypass. We recommend that you choose between the Stingray's active analog (a.k.a. buffered bypass) and relay-based true bypass (a.k.a. true bypass) based on what is needed in your pedalboard's signal chain. Ideally, the first pedal in a signal chain is a buffered input followed by true bypass in the rest of the signal chain.
In the Box
SOURCE AUDIO Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter Pedal
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    I/O 1 x 1/4" Instrument input, phone type
    1 x 3.5 mm Multi-Function input
    1 x 3.5 mm Multi-Function output
    1 x 1/4" Instrument output, phone type
    Controls DEPTH knob
    OPTION knob
    EFFECT knob
    SPEED knob
    MOD SOURCE knob
    OPTION SELECT button
    CONTROL INPUT button
    PRESET SELECT / BYPASS footswitch (x2)
    Maximum Input Level 2.0 Vrms (+6 dBV)
    Impedance Input: 1 MOhm
    Output: 1 kOhm
    Dynamic Range 115 dB
    AD/DA Conversion 24-bit
    DSP 56-bit digital data path
    Bypass Buffered or relay-based true bypass
    Power Consumption 140 mA @ 9 VDC (max 180 mA with Hot Hand Wireless Adapter)
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.3" / 11.4 x 11.4 x 5.7 cm
    Weight 1.0 lb / 0.5 kg

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