USE CASE

LiberaToe Platform & Switcher

LiberaToe-6 (6L)

1. Ambidextrous Mode

In general, a switcher deals only with presets, so you cannot turn on/off certain modules tentatively. LiberaToe’s Ambidextrous mode enables you to turn on/off the modules freely while using a preset.

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Example
Overdrive in the loop 3 belongs to patch Q, you can turn Delay on temporarily during the use of patch 
Q without the need of adding another patch.

2. Dual Channel
Since all the LiberaToe modules support dual channel, you may take advantage of this function independently or by including it in a preset.

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Example

Overdrive Level-1 (11 o’clock) and Gain-1 (11 o’clock) on the green channel is assigned to switch Q for backing, another set of Level-2 (noon) and Gain-2(1 o’clock) on the red channel is assigned to switch R for solo.
In certain modules incorporating two different effects, for example overdrive and distortion, Overdrive can be on red channel while Distortion can be on green channel.

3. Reversal and Parallel Order

Effects signal sequence is normally fixed on a pedalboard. It’s difficult in terms of efforts, time and cost to change the route on the pedalboard. LiberaToe-6’s reverse and parallel functions let you reverse order and/or split/merge signals immediately whenever you want, by saving the functions in a preset.

Even if you set the function on, it will not work unless both the two loops are on. So when you turn just one loop on, it is suspended. At the time when you turn the other loop on in addition, the function resumes. This feature will inspire you with creative uses.

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Example

You set the patch R have Camus overdrive and Luther overdrive in series, and also have included the setting of reversal order between loop 2(Camus overdrive) and 3(Luther overdrive) in patch Q. Camus overdrive will act normally as a gain boost before Luther overdrive whenever you push patch R, but will act differently as a volume & gain boost after Luther overdrive whenever you trigger patch Q.

4. Control of Internal Frequency Enhancer, Input Buffer

With LiberaToe-6's routing control, you can configure the presets to include or exclude internal frequency enhancer and/or input buffer to cope with diverse cases, such like a solo play running enhancer, buffer off in front of Fuzz. Could say you have one more effects of built-in enhancer.

5. Amp/External Control

With LiberaToe-6, you can control outside gears such as an amp, up to two, together with any 6 modules, enhancer, input buffer at once as long as the gears follow one of 4 switching conventions, latch closed, latch open, momentary closed, momentary open. You need stereo Y cable for control of two devices.

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6. Cab Simulation

When you plug your effects directly to a mixer or a recorder, the sound will not satisfy you due to lack of speaker cabinet’s resonance. It would be hard to prepare for unexpected situations as well. With the internal cabinet simulation, you will be prepared for the occasions. Please refer the gears’ manual to find exact cable types among TRS-TRS, TS-TS, TRS-XLR. Please do not connect with phantom powered gear.

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TS-TS

TRS-TRS

TRS-XLR

7. Tap Tempo

LiberaToe-6’s universal tap temp is easy to use. It is applied to the modules receiving tap tempo control. Just press MODE/TAP foot switch briefly a few times with the interval you want. The last one or two terms will be applied. Please toggle the switch on the module to enable the tap tempo in advance.

8. Switch Box

Sometimes you want the pedalboard near to your hands, not on the floor. The mutually conflict purposes, pushing switches by foot, adjusting knobs by hand can be achieved together with a separate switch box.

9. Replacing Effects depending on the gigs

Setting up or reshuffling the effects on the pedalboard is time consuming or nearly impossible due to limited space. So you are always in agony about 'to be' or 'not to be' when you bring new effects. It's tedious to replace the effects, and also it's getting heavier and bigger. You often carry heavy pedalboard whose effects that you don't use often stay on. With LiberaToe's plug & play architecture, a few minutes are enough to complete the setup. You can always maintain good shape of the board.

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10. Cross Compatibility Between Modules and Pedals

In general, it is hard or does degrade sonic quality to mix multi-effects with analog pedals since multi-effects does not provide easy interface to connect to the pedals world. LiberaToe’s open structure lets you use LiberaToe modules as like normal pedals on the pedalboard. Your preferred pedals also can be included into LiberaToe platform’s signal chain in opposite manner.

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Example

With the shell, LiberaToe-S holding one of LiberaToe modules, you can relocate the module on the pedalboard. You can also make preferred pedal a member of LiberaToe’s signal chain by using built-in send/return interface or semi-mix module Gnavatar having two pairs of send/return jacks.

11. Scalability

Number of effects to be used is fixed once you set up the pedalboard. It takes much time and efforts to replace or add some effects there. LiberaToe’s extension function gets you scalability when you just connect LiberaToe-6/6L to LiberaToe–4/4L with A-A USB cable. The two platforms will give you centrally controllable 10 slots/loops(mods to be released).

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Example

LiberaToe-6 which has Fuzz/Compressor/Overdrive/Distortion/Chorus/Delay can be extended to use additional Overdrive/Boost/Tremolo/Reverb in a LiberaToe-4 together.

12. Migration Path

As LiberaToe products provide upward/downward compatibility each other, there are various starting points to try LiberaToe system as below.

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Iconic Innovator

 You are probably a leader in innovation. You can immediately enjoy the innovative benefits of LiberaToe.

Minimalist Essential

 You are perhaps a player seeking simplicity and more convenient ​mobility. With dual channel, you can enjoy the benefits of virtual eight effects.

Great Scorpion

 You are a performer who can use a wide variety of effects masterfully. You will experience the best system for central control of 20 analog channels given by 10 effects modules.

Sonic Sunflower

 You are probably a sincere-heart who can't give up particular pedal. This set-up is recommended when you want to meet the purpose of ease of use with innovative features that were not available in existing programmable switchers.  

Dual Channel Picker

 You probably are a user who can not abandon an existing pedal board. Dual channel modules that provide boutique sound quality can be used like a standalone pedal, you can choose from a variety of effect modules while keeping the board.

13. Transformable Between Module Platform and Pedal Switcher

When you want to use LiberaToe modules since you have used pedals through the connection modules adopted-in the platform, just take out the connection modules after unbolting to plug in certain LiberaToe modules instead. Exceptionally if you want to transform the platform to a loop switcher, it is also easy to do by inserting the connection modules into the slots.

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14. Amplifier Connection

a. To single channel amp
LiberaToe’s output will go to the input of a single channel amp such as classic Fender amps. All the dirty modules and modulation modules will make entire signal in LiberaToe platform. You just need to plug LiberaToe’s output into the amp input.

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b. To multi-channel amp
Connecting to multi-channel amp, some players prefer 4 cable method to use amp-driven distortion by connecting send/return between LiberaToe and amp. You can also connect a control cable to change amp channels together in a preset.

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c. Running two amps
As the send/return interface supports half-normalled, when you plug a cable only into the send jack with the return jack unplugged, you can distribute the signals into two amplifiers to let them sound differently, perhaps may utilize it as like stereo effect. The signals split at the end of loop 3. Signals coming out from loop 3 will go into one amp while the other signals through entire signal chain will go to another amp.

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d. To amp’s return
Some of LiberaToe modules are preamps (to be released) as a replica of famous amp, which are useful for players who are in difficulty to keep the consistency over different amps. As players use preamp based module in the platform, all the sound signals are constructed in the LiberaToe system. Amps only work as power amp. You just need to plug LiberaToe’s output to amp return.

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e. To mixer or PA
If you are occasionally without guitar amps, plug LiberaToe’s output to the input of mixer or PA and turn on cab sim. All the signals and tone are created in LiberaToe. Mixer or PA is only mixing or amplifying the output signal of LiberaToe.

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15. Modules Expansion

a. Built-in send/return connection

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b. Signal chain insertion through Gnavatar

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c. External pedals control with Gnavatar

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d. Combination of signal chain insertions

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16. Value

Apart from the effects, you would need extra gears such as buffers, switcher & route dispatcher, signal enhancer, cab sim, power, patch cables, power cables, and pedalboard, velcro tape etc. which cost you much. You still can’t change certain functions in real time or in spare time though.
LiberaToe as a compact and light analog effects platform render to you economics, mobility as well as qualified sound and multi-functions in real time.

Example

Typical pedalboard costs around $1,500 ~ $2,500. It also takes a few hours to reset-up the board.
LiberaToe’s optimized system satisfies you with a view point of cost, time, efforts, portability, and most importantly quality sound.

Note: The drawings may not accurately reflect the actual appearance.