This product is a far more advanced version of the original Ringtone pedal. Basically, the Super Ringtone is a 16 step sequencer of ring modulators. Ladies and gentlemen, you have just entered some very strange waters. A ring modulator is a circuit that generates its own pitch or “carrier” tone initially. When another pitch enters the circuit, it then yields the difference between the two frequencies as one tone, and the sum of those two frequencies as another tone. Describing this process can sound more like math than music… hearing it is another matter. Ring modulation can be used to create astonishing
bell like textures, ethereal droning tones, and deep shimmery tremolos, and that’s just scratching the surface. Here’s 16 of those crazy things to play with! Don’t let the power go to your head! Please and thank you. New features include: tap tempo, MIDI tempo control, glissando, expression pedal control over tempo and glissando, adjustable number of stages from 1 to 16, automatic tempo slowing or speeding
(delta), savable/loadable presets and more!
Important Note: In order to accommodate all of the Super Ringtone’s features, there are some instances where a knob may control more than one parameter. This is indicated on controls that have a slash in their label. For example: the 16 mini step knobs can be set to control either the “ring” for that individual step, or “groove” for that individual step. A mini toggle switch labeled “groove/ring” assigns the
function of those 16 mini knobs. Another couple examples of this type of multi-function are the “tap div/delta” and “steps/preset” knobs. These are not your father’s knobs! They are rotary encoders, kind of a cross between a knob and a switch. They can turn like regular knobs, they can be pushed down and turned, they can be pushed down and held, and they can be pushed and released. The parameter to the left of the slash is controlled by turning the knob normally. The parameter to the right of the slash is controlled by pushing down the knob and turning it while depressed. We’ll cover all of that specifically later.
If you’ve used a Ringtone before you’ll see the familiar Step/Seq /Rnd mini toggle switch on the upper left. Seq and Rnd are modes where the pedal’s brain moves you from step to step, either sequentially or randomly. Step mode allows you to advance from step to step manually by tapping on the “tap/hold” button.
- Speed Control: There are four different ways to control tempo. The “speed” knob, the “tap/hold button”, MIDI clock input (from a computer or other MIDI device), and the expression pedal input (a 1/4” standard TRS synth-type expression pedal). You’ll see quickly that adjusting the speed control overrides the previous tap tempo setting, tapping then overrides the previous speed control setting, and MIDI overrides all.
- Speed Knob: Set as you like
- Tap Tempo: Tap tempo has become a fairly common way to manually enter tempos into time based pedals like delays, tremolos, etc. The Super Ringtone powers up in tap tempo mode. Tap tempo captures and uses the time between your last 2 taps as a foundational pulse. From there, you turn the “tap div/delta” knob normally (without pushing) to select how many steps the sequencer travels in between tap pulses.
- MIDI Controlled Tempo: The Super Ringtone may be clocked by any device that outputs MIDI clock information. It considers only the clock portion of MIDI data. MIDI clock will take priority over the speed knob, tap tempo, and expression pedal controls. If the MIDI clock is stopped at any time, the sequencing will freeze until you tap in a new tempo, turn the speed control, or MIDI clocking resumes. The “tap div” control applies to MIDI clock similarly to tapped tempos.
- Step Note: To activate DELTA mode, push and release both the “tap div/delta” and “steps/preset” knobs at the same time. Each push moves the mode led next to the “tap/hold” button. Stop when you get to delta.
- Hold: When the “tap div/delta” and “steps/preset” knobs are pushed simultaneously for a moment, you can change the function of the “tap/hold” switch and select HOLD mode. In this mode, the sequencing stops when you push and hold the “tap/hold” switch, and continues when you let go. This feature works with MIDI clocking and all other tempo choices.
- Go To 1: This is another function of the “tap/hold” button. Whenever you want the sequence to go directly to 1 and collect $200, tap the “tap/hold” switch ONCE. You have to be in TAP TEMPO mode (to get there, push and release both the “tap div/delta” and “steps/preset” knobs to cycle through the modes). Important Note: this is a really cool trick, but if you tap too close together you will wind up entering a new tempo. Using this feature with MIDI is really fun, and you don’t have to worry about tapping too often. You can interrupt your sequence at any time, and jump back to the beginning. This allows you change the sensation of your sequence by moving the apparent start point. You can also stutter the beginning of your sequence to complicate the pattern.
Battery & Power Supply
We highly recommend that you use a high-quality 9VDC power supply with your Super Ringtone with at least 100mA capability. It should have a center-negative BOSS-type barrel connector. The pedal can operate using a 9V battery but do not expect much battery life… this thing is a power hog because of all of the LEDs and the micro controller.