- The Battalion features all-analog circuitry and comes with an EHX9.6DC-200mA AC adapter
- CONTROLS -
BYPASS Footswitch & Green LED – The right LED illuminates when
the effect is engaged. The LED will not light if the Battalion is
bypassed. Press the footswitch to toggle between effect on and buffered
VOL Knob – Sets master output level of the pedal.
GATE Knob – Sets the threshold for the noise gate. Turn this up to cut signal when no/little bass signal is coming through.
-10dB Pad Button – Press to cut the input signal by 10dB, good for
active basses or other basses with very strong output signals.
BASS Knob – Boost or cut low end. No effect when the knob is at 50%. Boosts/cuts frequencies below 200Hz.
LO MID Knob – Boost or cut low midrange frequencies. No effect when the knob is at 50%. Boost/cut at 280Hz.
HI MID Knob – Boost or cut high midrange frequencies. No effect when the knob is at 50%. Boost/cut at 750Hz.
TREBLE Knob – Boost or cut high end. No effect when the knob is at 50%. Boosts/cuts frequencies above 2kHz.
COMPRESSOR Button & Blue LED – Use this switch to engage or
bypass the compressor circuit. The blue LED will illuminate when the
compressor is active. If active, the blue LED will stay lit even when
the entire pedal is bypassed, indicating compression will be active upon
activating the pedal.
COMPRESSOR Knob – Determines the intensity of the compression. Turn up to increase the compression ratio.
DRIVE (distortion) Footswitch & Red LED – Use this footswitch to
engage or bypass the distortion circuit. The Left LED will illuminate
when the distortion is active. If active, the LED will stay lit even
when the entire pedal is bypassed, indicating distortion will be active
upon activating the pedal.
LEVEL Knob – Sets the output level of the distortion section.
BLEND Knob – Controls mix between dry and distorted signal. Add more distortion by turning the knob up.
DRIVE Knob – Affects the intensity of the distortion
TONE Knob – Cuts the high end from the distortion signal as you turn the knob down.
DISTORTION PRE/POST/DRY EQ Switch – Determines where the distortion
circuit falls in the pedal’s signal path. The Battalion has three signal
flow options when distortion is active:
PRE EQ – In this mode the distortion section comes right after the
compressor (if active) and before the EQ. The dry signal blended in with
the BLEND knob is the same signal that is fed into the beginning of the
distortion section. In this mode the EQ can heavily affect the tonal
character of the distorted signal.
POST EQ – In this mode the EQ comes right after compressor (if
active) and before the distortion. The dry signal blended in with the
BLEND knob is the same signal fed into the beginning of the distortion
section, which is the output of the EQ section. The EQ’s effect on the
distorted signal’s tonal character is less noticeable in this mode, but
boosting certain frequency areas can drive the distortion section,
affecting the amount of distortion.
DRY EQ – In this mode, the distortion section comes right after the
compressor (if active), but only the dry signal that is blended in with
the BLEND knob is affected by the EQ. The distorted part of the signal
is not affected by the EQ at all. In this mode you can heavily EQ the
dry signal while leaving the distorted signal untouched, giving the
option to simulate dual-amp or dual-channel bass setups. Either use the
BLEND knob to mix between two distinct bass tones, or leave BLEND at max
and use the DISTORTION footswitch as a pseudo channel switcher.
DISTORTION MODES (SIGNAL FLOW):
The following signal flow charts illustrate the three distortion
modes. These charts assume that the compressor is active – if it is
inactive that block is simply bypassed (replaced by your dry bass
signal). In all modes, the gate’s detector comes before the compressor,
right at the input to ensure the gate opens responsively, while the gate
itself comes after all other processing, to mute any possible noise
picked up through the signal chain. The main VOL knob is a master
volume, also coming at the end of the signal chain.
JACKS, XLR CONTROLS, POWER
INPUT Jack – Plug your instrument or the output of another effects pedal into this 1/4" jack. The input impedance is 2.2M.
DRY OUTPUT Jack – Use this ¼” jack to output a dry, unaffected version of your bass signal.
OUTPUT Jack – Use this ¼” jack to output the signal, dry or affected
based on the bypass status. Plug this jack into an amp, another effects
pedal, or plug headphones into this jack. The output impedance is 220.
XLR Jack – Use this to output a balanced signal.
XLR VOL Knob – Use this to set the volume of the XLR output.
XLR Bypass Button – Push in to have the XLR output the signal based
on the bypass state of the pedal. Leave out to output the dry signal
regardless of the bypass state of the pedal.
Ground Lift Button – Push in to keep ground connected to pin 1 of the XLR jack. Leave out to disconnect pin 1 from ground.
9V Power Jack – Plug the output of the factory-supplied EHX9.6DC
200mA AC adapter into the 9V power jack located at the top of the
Battalion. The Battalion draws 100mA at 9VDC with a center negative
plug. The Battalion accepts Boss® and Ibanez® style AC Adapters capable
of delivering at least 200mA.