MOD Duo User Guide

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This first chapter describes the MOD Duo in high detail. You will find information about the physical device, the device menu and how to control it, and how to hook up the device in your setup.

The MOD Duo when powered up
Side-shot of the MOD Duo

Warnings

  • Don't expose the MOD Duo to liquids, although it has been manufactured to prevent death-by-beer, it's generally a good idea not to submerge electronics in liquids.
  • When inserting the USB-B cable into the MOD Duo, make sure that you are not accidentally plugging it into the Control Chain socket, this can cause a short-circuit.
  • Don't connect the MOD Duo's Control Chain port to a regular Ethernet port, it uses a very different protocol, and may damage your MOD Duo.
  • To power up the MOD Duo, only use a 12V-DC, center-positive adapter. Using a reverse polarity adapter (like the average guitar pedal adapter) may destroy the circuitry of the MOD Duo. When in doubt, only use the provided power supply.
  • When connecting output 1/2 to unbalanced equipment, only do this using mono cables. When you use stereo cables, the MOD Duo works in balanced mode, which may or may not be harmful for your equipment.


Overview

The wireframe images below expose the controls and inputs/outputs that the MOD Duo has.

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Device features

The following sub-sections give information about the different physical device features: the inputs, outputs, actuators, displays and finally the dimensions of the device.

Inputs and outputs

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To ensure a safe connection, follow the steps below.

  1. Turn down the volume of your amp and connect it to the OUTPUT jack(s)
  2. Connect your instrument(s) to the INPUT jack(s)
  3. Turn on the MOD Duo by plugging in its power adapter
  4. Wait until the MOD Duo boots up


Inputs jacks

The MOD Duo has two independent audio inputs, with configurable input gain for each input. You can set up the input gain through the device menu.

Output jacks

The MOD Duo has two independent audio outputs, with configurable output gain for each outut. You can set up the output gain through the device menu.

Headphone jack

The headphone output on the MOD Duo usually monitors output 1 and 2, although it can also be set up to monitor the inputs directly through the device menu. It is also possible to set the volume level of the headphone output through the device menu.

Power jack

The MOD Duo comes with its own approved power supply which outputs 12V, 2A over a center-positive barrel-type plug.

TODO: Add plug dimensions, minimum power requirements

The power consumption of the MOD Duo varies depending on the peripherals connected to the device. For example: Hooking up a USB-hub to the USB-A port, and then hooking up multiple MIDI controllers to the hub will change the power requirements. By using the provided power supply you are sure that you will never run out of juice.

Control Chain port

TODO: explain use for CC, advantage over MIDI

NOTE: Please do NOT connect this port to a regular Ethernet port, it can damage your MOD Duo.

USB Host port

In the most common scenario, this port is used to hook up a single USB-MIDI device, such as a MIDI-keyboard to control generator plugins.

Another common scenario is using this port to hook up a Bluetooth dongle for wireless connection to your PC.

NOTE: The port can also be split up into multiple ports using a USB-hub for connecting multiple USB devices to the MOD Duo.

USB computer port

This port is mostly used to connect the MOD Duo to your PC for setting it up. When executing a manual system update, its use changes to a mass-storage device, so that you can copy the update-file to the MOD Duo.

DIN-MIDI I/O

Finally, the MOD Duo also supports old-school DIN-MIDI devices, simply hook up your DIN-MIDI device to the appropriate port on the back and enjoy!

Actuators

The two knobs and two footswitches make up the actuators that are present on every MOD Duo.

The two knobs are used to access and navigate the device menu and tuner. They can also be freely mapped to the parameters of the plugins running inside the MOD Duo, through the web interface.

General knob actions

  • Turn a knob to change the value of the parameter assigned to it
  • Press a knob to cycle through the list of parameters assigned to it

Left knob actions

  • Hold the left knob to access and exit the Device Settings menu
  • Turn the left knob to scroll through the device menu
  • Press the left knob to enter the selected sub-menu or toggle the selected option

Right knob actions

  • Hold the right knob to access and exit the tuner
  • Press the right knob to change the input that the tuner is used for

The two footswitches can be used to navigate through the pedalboards that are inside a bank (when set up that way). They can also be freely mapped to the parameters of the plugins running inside the MOD Duo, through the web interface.

General footswitch actions

  • Press the footswitch to change the value of the parameter mapped to it

Switching pedalboards with the footswitches

When switching pedalboards with the footswitches is enabled through the web interface:

  • Press the left footswitch to load the previous pedalboard in the active bank
  • Press the right footswitch to load the next pedalboard in the active bank

Displays

The MOD Duo sports two large (2.8") LCD displays. The displays normally give dynamic information about the actions mapped to the device actuators, but they are also used for displaying the device menu and tuner.

Dimensions

  • width: 180 mm
  • length: 160 mm
  • height: 74.7 mm

LED Audio meters

The LED colors represent the following input levels:

  • Off: below -30dB
  • Green: between -30dB and -12dB
  • Yellow: between -12dB and -3dB
  • Red: above -3dB
  • Blinking strong red: 0dB (CLIPPING!)


Adjusting Volumes

MOD Duo allows each input and output volume to be individually adjusted.

Please refer to the Inputs and Outputs Device Settings section in the wiki for more information on that.

Tuning

MOD Duo has a built-in chromatic tuner that can be accessed by pressing and holding the right knob for one second. Both inputs can be used as the tuner input, to select between them short press the right knob. To exit the tuner press and hold the right knob for one second.

If you see a question mark on the tuner screen, it means the MOD Duo is not receiving any input or the input levels are too low.

Please refer to the Tuner section in the Device Settings page for more information.

Playing

After you have powered on and adjusted the volumes of your MOD Duo, it is ready for playtime. The MOD Duo comes with many pedalboards ready to be used. They are organized in banks and can be accessed via SETTINGS menu.

Please refer to the Banks section on the Device Settings page for more information.

When you load a pedalboard, all plugin parameters will have the last saved state. You can save a new state or restore the last saved state using the Settings > Current Pedalboard menu.

Device Settings

Configuring Hardware Bypass in the Settings Menu

Pressing and hold the left endless knob will open the Device Settings menu.

Access the Device Settings page to learn how to use it to Load Banks and Pedalboards, adjust volumes and MIDI Settings, manage User profiles and more.


Editing

Accessing the graphical interface

The MOD Duo has a built-in graphical user interface (GUI), which means you don’t need to download any extra software in order to configure the device. To access the interface, you only need a web browser, such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Once you are connected to your device you will be able to build and share your pedalboards, download new plugins, organize your banks for offline access and much more.

Please refer to the Web GUI User Guide to learn all about it.

Overview shot of the pedalboard builder in the web interface

Accessing via USB cable

The easiest way to access the GUI is through the USB cable. Simply connect the USB cable, which you received along with your MOD Duo, to your PC or Mac. The operating system should recognize the MOD Duo as a network device and configure it automatically. However, this process may fail in certain Windows versions, if that is your case please check the troubleshooting page

After successfully connecting the MOD Duo to your PC or Mac, open your favorite browser and navigate to http://modduo.local (or http://192.168.51.1).


Accessing via Bluetooth

It is also possible to connect to your computer using a wireless Bluetooth connection. Check this page to see how to do this!

True Bypass

MOD Duo has a true bypass circuit for each pair of input/output. This allows you to physically connect input 1 to output 1, and input 2 to output 2. The true bypass is enabled when the device is off and it is automatically disabled after the current pedalboard is loaded.

You can enable or disable the true bypass via the GUI, or use a plugin and assign this control to any actuator. See the Web GUI User Guide for more info.

You can also enable it via the Device Settings menu. Check Hardware bypass section on Device Settings page for more info.

Hooking up the MOD Duo

The MOD Duo has two completely independent inputs and outputs, as well as support for regular DIN-MIDI as well as USB-MIDI devices. It quickly becomes clear that many different possibilities exist for hooking up the MOD Duo in your setup.

In general, there are two scenarios for hooking up the MOD:

  1. At setup time, with a computer connected to create new pedalboards
  2. For live use, possibly without a computer connected

For the first scenario, the only connection that you need to make is from the USB B port on the MOD Duo to your computer. (Bluetooth is possible in case that is preferred)

For the second scenario, it is possible to remove the connection to the computer completely, the MOD Duo works perfectly fine as a standalone device!

Wiring examples

In the sections below you can find examples of setups that use the MOD Duo, split up into different categories.

Guitar

TODO: Add typical use cases with guitar

  1. in front of single amp, as stompbox
  2. in front of, and in fx loop of single amp
  3. into PA, with amp+cabsim on mod
  4. semi-accoustic setup

Vocals

TODO: Add typical use cases with vocals

  1. MIC -> MOD -> DI -> PA
  2.  ?

Keys

TODO: Add typical use cases with keys

  1. HW Synth -> MOD
  2. ePiano -> MOD
  3. keyboard -> MOD

MIDI

TODO: Add typical use cases with MIDI devices

  1. MIDI Keyboard/controller -> MOD -> OUT
  2. MIDI Keyboard/controller -> MOD -> HW Synth -> OUT
  3. MIDI Grid-controller -> MOD

Exotic

TODO: Add exotic use cases

  1. Chapman stick
  2. Wind instruments
  3. Accoustic instruments