LiberaToe Platform & Switcher
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.
With Overdrive in loop 3 and connected to patch Q, you can turn the Delay on temporarily during use of patch Q without the need of adding another patch.
2. Dual Channel
Since all LiberaToe modules support dual channel, you may take advantage of this function independently or by including it in a preset.
Overdrive Level-1 (11 o’clock) and Gain-1 (11 o’clock) on the green channel is assigned to switch Q for rhythm, whereas another set with Level-2 (noon) and Gain-2(1 o’clock) on the red channel is assigned to switch R for lead 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 normally is fixed on a pedalboard, and often there is effort, time and cost to change the route of 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. And so, when you turn just one loop on, it is suspended. At the time when you turn the other loop on and in addition, the function resumes. This feature will inspire you with new and creative uses.
Set the patch R to have the Camus and Luther overdrives in series, and also include the setting to reverse 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 and 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 the internal frequency enhancer and/or input buffer to cope with diverse cases, e.g., a solo play running enhancer or buffer off in front of Fuzz. In essence, a built-in enhancer effect.
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(all at once and so long as the gears follow one of 4 switching conventions), latch closed, latch open, momentary closed, and momentary open. You require stereo Y cable for control of two devices.
6. Cabinet Simulation
When you plug your effects directly to a mixer or a recorder, the sound is unsatisfactory due to lack of speaker cabinet resonance. It would be hard to prepare for unexpected situations as well. With the internal cabinet simulation, you will be prepared for any occasion. Please refer to the gears’ manual to find exact cable types among TRS-TRS, TS-TS, TRS-XLR. Please do not connect with phantom powered gear. Please refer 15. PA/Mixer connection for Balanced XLR connection.
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 TAPs will be applied. Toggle the switch on the module to enable the tap tempo in advance.
8. Switch Box
Sometimes you want the pedalboard nearer to your hands, not on the floor. If so, you can include a separate switch strip so that some operations can be controlled by foot.
9. Replacing Effects depending on the gigs
Setting up or reshuffling effects on a pedalboard is time consuming or nearly impossible due to limited space. And so, you always are in agony about 'to be' or 'not to be' when adding new effects. It's tedious to replace effects, and also, pedalboards become heavier and bigger. Many musicians lug around heavy pedalboards with effects not often used, but remain powered. With LiberaToe's plug & play architecture, a few minutes are enough to complete a setup, while always maintaining quality organization and ease of use.
10. Cross Compatibility Between Modules and Pedals
In general, it is challenging or the sonic quality often degrades when mixing multi-effects with analog pedals, since multi-effects do not provide an easy interface in which to connect pedals in different configurations. LiberaToe’s open structure lets you use LiberaToe modules like typical pedals on a pedalboard. Your preferred pedals also can be included into LiberaToe platform’s signal chain in an opposite manner.
With the shell, LiberaToe-S holding one of LiberaToe modules(thus making a standard pedal for universal use), you can relocate the module on the pedalboard. You can also make a preferred pedal a member of LiberaToe’s signal chain by using built-in send/return interface or semi-mix module we call Gnavatar, which has two pairs of send/return jacks.
The number of effects to be used is fixed once you set up a pedalboard. It takes much time and effort to replace or add effects, as you shuffle things around, or try to squeeze effects in different locations, and then re-cabling everything. LiberaToe’s extension function provides scalability by connecting the LiberaToe-6 platform to the LiberaToe–4 platform with an A-A USB cable. The two platforms will give you control over 10 slots/loops.
LiberaToe-6, with Fuzz/Compressor/Overdrive/Distortion/Chorus/Delay can be extended to use additional Overdrive/Boost/Tremolo/Reverb that are part of LiberaToe-4.
12. Migration Path
As LiberaToe products provide upward/downward compatibility among each other, there are various starting points in trying a LiberaToe system, as explained below.
You are probably a leader in innovation and creativity. You can immediately can enjoy the innovative benefits of the LiberaToe-6 platform system.
You are perhaps a player seeking simplicity and more convenient mobility. With dual channel modules, you can enjoy the benefits of eight virtual effects.
You are a performer who can use a wide variety of effects masterfully. You will experience the best system for central control with 20 analog channels within 10 effects modules.
You probably are a sincere-heart who can't give up a particular pedal. This set-up is recommended when you want to have ease-of-use with innovative features that previously were unavailable in existing programmable switchers.
Dual Channel Picker
You probably are a user who cannot abandon an existing pedal board. Dual channel modules that provide boutique sound quality can be used like any standalone pedal. Choose from a variety of LiberaToe effect modules while keeping your board.
13. Transformable Between Module Platform and Pedal Switcher
Making changes with a LiberaToe platform is easy and fast. Simply take out a connection module, for example, and plug in your preferred LiberaToe effects module. Or interchange modules, e.g., take out a distortion and replace with a fuzz or overdrive. You can place effects or connection modules (for your favorite pedals) anywhere in the chain.
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 comprise the entire signal in the LiberaToe platform. You just need to plug LiberaToe’s output into the amp input.
b. To multi-channel amp
Connecting to a multi-channel amp, some players prefer the 4-cable method to use amp-driven distortion by connecting the send/return between LiberaToe and the amp. You also can connect a control cable to change amp channels within a preset.
c. Running two amps
Since 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 to sound differently, or perhaps to create a stereo effect. The signals split at the end of loop 3, with one Signal going into one amp while the other signal travels the entire signal chain into the second amp.
d. To amp’s return
Some of LiberaToe modules are preamps (to be released) as a replica of famous amps, which are useful for players who want to maintain consistency over different amps. As players use preamp-based modules in the platform, all sound signals are constructed within the LiberaToe system. Whereas amps only work as power amps. Just plug LiberaToe’s output into the amp return.
15. PA/Mixer Connection
If occasionally you are without guitar amps, plug LiberaToe’s output to the input of a PA(or mixer), and turn on the cab sim. All signals and tones are created within LiberaToe. The PA(or mixer) only amplifies(or mixes) the output signal of LiberaToe.
As Pseudo-balanced connection is supported at the OUTPUT's 1/4 TRS jack, you can connect an XLR cable to the OUTPUT via the bundled TRS-XLR adapter. When you also attach the XLR split cable (sold separately) to the TRS-XLR adapter, you can get dual XLR outputs.
16. Modules Expansion
a. Built-in send/return connection
b. Signal chain insertion through Gnavatar
c. External pedals control with Gnavatar
d. Combination of signal chain insertions
Apart from effects, you would need extra gear, such as buffers, a switcher & route dispatcher, signal enhancer, cab sim, power supply, patch cables, power cables, pedalboard, velcro tape, etc., all of which adds significantly to you overall cost. Even then, you still cannot change certain functions in real time and sometimes not at all.
LiberaToe as a compact and light analog effects platform makes economic sense, simplefies mobility & flexibility, and provides professional sound and multi-functions in real time.
Typical pedalboards cost around $1,500 ~ $2,500 when fully loaded. It also takes a few hours to reset boards as you shift effects around and recable.
LiberaToe’s optimized system satisfies every serious musician concerned with cost, time, effort, portability, and , most importantly, quality sound.