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Manufacturer’s Address: 8760 S. Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070, USA declares that the product: Product Name: 2120 VGS Artist Tube Preamp and 2120 FC Foot Controller Product Options: conforms to the following Product Specifications: Safety: EN 60065 (1993) IEC 65 (1985) with Amendments 1, 2 & 3...
Connect Control One Foot Controller Connect the output of the included DigiTech 2120 FC foot controller to the foot controller jack found on the rear of the 2120. Make sure that connection is made before applying power to the 2120.
Comparing Changes ..............24 2120 VGS Artist into stereo power amp ........12 Storing/Naming Defaults ..............24 2120 VGS Artist into a pair of combo amps ........13 Naming the Default..............25 2120 VGS Artist direct with the Programmable Speaker Cabinet Storing the Default ..............25 Emulator ..................14...
Section 7 - Appendix Section 5 - The 2120 FC Factory Program List ..............68 Connecting the 2120 FC Foot Controller........48 Effect Configuration Chart ............70 Start-Up of 2120 FC Foot Controller ..........48 Harmony Interval Charts..............71 Front Controls and Functions............48 Specifications................72 Rear Connections ................49 MIDI Implementation Chart ............73...
S-DISC II processors which will allow you to create any preamp/multi-effect tone configuration imaginable. Whether it be dual distortion path morphing or up to eight digital effects at a time, the 2120 VGS Artist offers unlimited possibilities. In addition, the 2120 VGS Artist includes the fully programmable 2120 FC Foot Controller and presets written by some of the most respected players today.
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2c) Bank / Page Indicators - Located in the bottom left corner of the display, the Bank/Page indicators display: • the Bank number in which the current program resides in Program mode. (This is displayed only when the 2120 FC is connected).
6) Gain/Page Knob - Controls the Distortion Gain Parameter either locally or globally. Selection of either Global or Local mode can be found on Page 1 of the Utilities Menu. When the 2120 VGS is in Edit mode, the Page knob is used to scroll through the pages of the selected effect module.
Section -1 Introduction 15) Utility Button - Exits current mode and enters Utilities mode. 16) Bypass Button - Bypasses the 2120 VGS Preamp and Effects 17-23) FX Library Buttons: 17) [PreAmp] - Exits current mode and enters FX edit mode at the Preamp module. Successive presses move to the next available module in the PreAmp section.
3) MIDI Out/Thru - Sends out or passes any MIDI data generated by the 2120 VGS to other devices. 4) Control One Input - This is a 5-pin DIN plug for connecting the included DigiTech 2120 FC foot controller. Connection of the 2120 FC should be made before the 2120 VGS is turned on.
2120 VGS, you can select which distortion path the signal is routed through. Along with distortion path selection, you can also run the two in parallel, and morph between the two paths. And, if having these options were not enough, the 2120 VGS gives you the ability to combine and pan both Distortion paths to the right and the left at the same time to produce “mammoth”...
Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) or MIDI Continuous Controller information. Every Program in the 2120 VGS has a set of modifiers. Up to 16 Modifier links can be assigned to control parameters. There are three types of Modifiers that can be linked to a parameter: MIDI CCs, LFOs, and Dynamic (signal level dependent).
• Quarter (module type = 4th) Dividing the (2) S-DISC II’s processing power allows your 2120 VGS to produce up to 8 digital effects at one time. The figure below represents how each of the S-DISC IIs can be divided to accommodate a wide variety of effect routing.
1 Input and 2 Outputs Balanced (TRS) With the 2120 VGS, the input and output are set up in a mono input and stereo or mono output configurations. The input jack of the 2120 VGS is located on the front panel of the unit. The output jacks are TRS (tip-ring-sleeve), and are a Left (mono) and Right output configuration for full stereo separation of effects.
2120 FC Compatibility The 2120 VGS is an ideal stand alone multi effects processor, but to out-do ourselves, we have made the 2120 VGS compatible to use with the 2120 FC foot controller. The included 2120 FC can help you maximize the potential of your 2120 VGS. Since the 2120 FC “talks” to the 2120 VGS using a proprietary communication protocol, it offers better response time and capabilities not available with conventional MIDI pedalboard controllers.
2120 VGS into a Stereo Power Amp This is the ideal 2120 VGS Set up. From the output jack of the guitar, run the cable into the Input jack on the front panel of the 2120 VGS. At this point (if you so choose) you can utilize the mono Fx loop of the unit by running out of the fx send of the 2120 VGS into the desired unit being used.
The best signal route for a combination such as this one, is to first run out of the guitar output into the input jack of the 2120 VGS. Then, if you prefer to use an additional effect unit in the signal path, you can utilize the programmable mono FX loop of the 2120 VGS. In doing this, you will want to run from the fx send of the 2120 VGS into the selected effect unit.
So let’s cut out the middleman (speaker cabinet), and run from the guitar output into input jack of the 2120 VGS. From this point, you now have the option of utilizing the Programmable Mono FX loop that is offered in the 2120 VGS. To use the FX loop, run from the FX send of the 2120 VGS, into either input or FX return of the selected effects unit.
Getting Around In the Operating System The menu structure of your 2120 VGS was specifically designed to be easy to use. The display shows the information you need, but to make things even easier for you, illumination of the front panel buttons offers additional operating information.
Input and Output Adjustments The best setting for the input control is to use the <Input> knob so you have strong signal coming into the 2120 VGS occasionally lighting the clip LED. As far as setting the Output level, let your ears be the judge. But, if you can’t hear the rest of the band, chances are that you need to back off on the output level of the 2120 VGS or the input of your amplifier(s).
How does this work? With the unique Solo Button feature engaged (either via the Front panel control, or the included 2120 FC foot controller), you get an additional 6dB of boost at the output of the 2120 VGS. This feature is also ideal to use in the studio (or live) to give you a little extra punch for solos.
Tuner mode. Another feature available in the 2120 VGS Tuner mode, is the ability to set the amount of signal that is passed to the output while tuning. This has a range from 0 (mute) to 100%. The output can be changed by turning the <4> to the desired level while the 2120 VGS is in Tuner mode.
3. Using the <Program/Effect> wheel, scroll to the program you want to hear. Selecting Effect Configurations The 2120 VGS gives you the ability to select any one of the twenty-four different effect routing configurations within the selected program. The procedure to do so is as follows: 1.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 2 Setting Up Storing/Naming Programs Before we get into editing programs and creating your own, let’s learn how to store changes so you won’t lose any modifications you’ll want to keep. The Store procedure allows you to rename, relocate and save any modifications you have made to Programs so that they can be recalled later.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 3 Editing Programs Storing the Program • When you have the name how you want it, press the <Store> button again. The top line of the display reads: Store To: [Program Name] This screen allows you to select the location of the new program. Note that when the program is stored, it is stored in the User bank of Programs because Factory programs cannot be overwritten.
Section - 3 Editing Programs Editing a Program It is extremely easy to create custom Effect programs because your 2120 VGS gives you access to a complete library of professionally developed effects (“Defaults”). An example of this editing procedure is as follows: •...
2120 VGS Artist Section - 3 Editing Programs Example: There are 7 Stereo Pitch Shifter defaults to choose from. Some Factory programs use these Default settings. So, if you like the Pitch shifter that is being used in Factory program #4, and would like to use it in Program #98, simply scroll to the Stereo Pitch Shifter module, then use the <4>...
During the course of editing programs, you may find that you want to compare the edited version of the program to the original, stored version. Fortunately, your 2120 VGS provides you with this valuable A/B feature in the Compare function.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 3 Editing Programs Naming the Default 1. Using the <Program/Effect> wheel, change the character to the one you want in the selected position. 2. When the correct character is displayed in that position, use the <Page> knob to scroll the cursor to the next character you want to change.
Editing a Module Your 2120 VGS comes loaded with a vast menu of Factory Effect Defaults for your use. In any given situation, however, you may want to make minor adjustments to the selected module. The parameters of each Effect module are reached through a series of pages.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Digital Effect Module Size and Type With all of the work that these digital effect modules do for your sound, they have a tendency to work up an appetite. So, they consume their food from the FX pies chart referred to on page 9.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Default List The Following list contains the names of all of the Effect Defaults in the 2120 VGS Artist. Preamp Multi-FX Mods Auto Wah Stereo Flange Quad Delay Gated Reverb Quad Pitch •Mid Cut 2...
Preamp Module The Preamp module is the heart of the 2120’s sound. Basically, the Preamp module is a collection of all the Preamp section’s individual modules and their parameter settings (Compressor, Wah, Tube Distortion and EQ, Solid State Distortion and EQ, and Noise Gate) and works in a very similar matter.
The days of having to sacrifice reliability for the great tonal characteristics of an old British or American tweed preamps are now just a thing of the past with the tube preamp distortion section of the 2120 VGS. The great thing about the 2120 VGS is, you are not limited to just one preamp sound setting.
Tube and Solid State Distortion Path 10-band GEQs Included in every program of the 2120 VGS Tube and Solid State distortion paths, is a 10-band graphic EQ with 12 dB boost or cut in 1 dB increments. Note: This EQ is separate from the Global/Local EQ and EQ effect modules used in Program mode.
Global/Local EQ and Mix The Global/Local EQ and Mix selection section of the 2120 VGS is located on the front panel of the 2120 VGS when it is in Program mode. This EQ has two settings: Global EQ and Mix setting effects all programs. Local EQ and Mix settings effect only the currently selected programs. The setting for Global/Local EQ and Mix is found on page 1 of the Utility menu.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters 5) Gated Reverbs - A very linear, high energy reverb that can be set to decay, stay flat, or ramp up the reverb decay, creating many unique ambient effects. 6) Room Echo - A true stereo, multi-tap delay for creating small ambient spaces. The delays are divided into four sections of early reflections.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Type Selects the reverb type. Each room type has a different decay range (just as real rooms do), so changing TYPE also changes the decay time of the room. Types are: Studio Room, Wood Room, Vocal Plate, Concert Hall,...
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters and Reflection controls but has been simplified here for easier use. To simulate a large room, use longer DECAY settings. For small rooms, use shorter DECAY settings. For more natural sounding reverbs, you may also want to decrease the DENSITY setting as DECAY is shortened.
Aside from the more obvious speed and depth parameters (which adjust respectively how fast and far the sound goes out of tune), the 2120 VGS allows you to use different waveforms. The waveform defines how it will move in and out of tune. The triangle...
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters waveform is very popular for slow, shallow chorus settings, while the sine waveform works nicely for faster, deeper settings. WHEN DO I USE CHORUS? The Chorus effect is so vast in applications, an easier question would probably be “When can’t I use a Chorus.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Flanger A Flanger is just a chorus that loops back into itself, causing what can be described as a tubular sound (since it sounds much like the reflections heard inside a large cement or metal pipe). It is still a modulating effect, so you hear a lot of sweeping movement. This makes the flanger a very colorful effect that can be easily overused if you're not careful.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters FX: Lvl Controls the signal input level fed to the module. Ranges from Off to 100%. Controls the level of the dry (uneffected) signal. Ranges from Off to 100%. Dry: Lvl Balance Controls the positioning of the dry signal in the stereo soundfield.
The Auto Panner's Speed typically doesn't get set as fast as the Tremolo since you usually want a sound to move smoothly back and forth in the stereo image. The 2120 VGS auto panner is especially flexible since it can be used for either mono or stereo input sources. When used with a mono source, the signal pans back and forth as described earlier.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Pitch Shifters The pitch shifter allows you to move sound from one pitch to another. It accomplishes this by recording a small part of the original sound and then playing it back either faster (to raise the pitch) or slower (to lower the pitch). It does this over and over again to create a new pitch When do I use pitch shifting? Guitarists are probably the most well known users of pitch shifters.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Out E - H Adjusts the overall level of pitch-shifted voice E through H. Ranges from Off to 100%. Pan E - H Controls the placement of pitch-shifted voice E through H in the stereo image. Ranges from -99 (all left) to 99 (all right).
Equalizers The 2120 VGS has a broad selection of equalizer modules to cover virtually any need. If you need bigger guitar tone, the EQs will give it to you. Both mono and stereo modules are available. Remember that mono equalizers connected to stereo sources will always sum the stereo signal together for equalization (thus eliminating the stereo image).
Parametric EQs offer the added flexibility of letting you define the center frequency you want to adjust, and how many frequencies around that center frequency you want to affect. Some of the PEQ modules in the 2120 VGS also include high shelf and low shelf EQ bands. A high shelf allows you select a frequency, and the boost/cut parameter changes the level of all the frequencies above that selected frequency.
Multi-Effects Modules The 2120 VGS Multi Effect Modules allow the User to combine either Delay and Chorus or Delay and Flange within one Effect module block. This is ideal for situations where the User needs to add another effect to the Effect configuration, but is running low on signal processing resources.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 4 Effects and Parameters to 100%. This parameter allows you to pan the Dry signal either to the Right or the Left in the stereo soundfield. Ranges Balance from Left 99 to Right 99. Min Shift This parameter sets the minimum pedal shift level of the Whammy effect.
Select Bank: You can scroll through the 19 Banks of the 2120 VGS by simply pressing either the <Bank Up> or <Bank Down> footswitch on the 2120 FC. Once a bank is selected, press one of the flashing footswitches and the 2120 VGS will move to the selected bank.
Advanced Topics section. Rear Panel Connections The rear panel of the 2120 FC consists of the control output (for use with the 2120 VGS only) and an external continuous controller input if more than one Expression pedal or source is desired.
Expression Pedal Names With the 2120 being able to accommodate up to 3 Expression pedals, the pedal names change if the 2120 FC is used. The Names are as follows: Exp1 = Expression pedal input on the rear of 2120. When the 2120 FC is not connected...
Assigning Parameters to Footswitches/ Expression Pedals The 2120 allows you to control up to 16 Parameters per Program. Each time you link a parameter to a Footswitch or expression pedal, it is added to any assignments already made to that controller. This is where the 2120 becomes the dedicated work horse that it is, by doing all of the organizing for you so all you have to do is select which parameter is being controlled, then tell the 2120 to “Make it so”...
Other Footswitch Functions The footswitches on the 2120 FC can be assigned to do several functions. This is done through the Foot Controller menus in the Utilities section of the 2120. These functions include:...
3. Turn the <2> knob to select the bank in which the CC toggle is to used. Once the bank is selected, use the <3> knob to select the footswitch to be used. The display reads: Note- Only footswitches currently assigned to control parameters in the 2120 VGS can be used for the CC Transmit Toggle function...
For a complete explanation of Expression Pedal names, please refer to page 50. CC Transmit Channel - This option allows you to set the MIDI channel on which CCs will be sent out the 2120 MIDI Out port to other MIDI devices.
These two footswitches are located at the far right side of the 2120 FC next to the Expression pedal. The Bank Up/Tuner footswitch, as you may have guessed, will move to the next Bank Up in the 2120, as well as access the Tune Mode by simply pressing and holding the footswitch until the Tuner appears in the display.
Naming Banks The 2120 has 19 user Banks to choose from when used with the 2120 FC foot controller. Each of the banks has been given a specific named to indicate what type of programs exist with the bank. To help make the 2120 custom to your needs, we have given you the ability to rename these banks.
Frequency Oscillator (LFO) or MIDI Continuous Controller and external footswitch and pedal information. Every Program in your 2120 VGS has a set of Modifiers. Up to 16 Modifier links can be assigned to control any parameter. There are five types of Modifiers that can be linked to a parameter: •...
2120 VGS Artist Section - 6 Advanced Topics expression pedal. Once the External Expression pedal is connected, the assignment procedure to be followed is listed below. Linking a Parameter to a Modifier Note- Any changes made during this procedure must be stored with the program to be effective when recalled later.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 6 Advanced Topics Setting up an LFO To set up an LFO that is linked to an effect parameter, the procedure is as follows: 1. Enter Assign mode by pressing the <Assign> button. 2. Use the <Page> knob to scroll to the LFO page (Page 17). The display looks something like:...
Morphing/Volume Pedal Assignments The 2120 VGS Valve preamp modules and the effect configurations within the 2120 VGS have special morphing and volume control capabilities that allow you to morph between one preamp type to another. This will allow you to either morph from a distorted Tube distortion type, to a clean Solid State preamp tone type or assign a volume pedal either pre or post digital effects.
2120 VGS Artist Section - 6 Advanced Topics Volume Pdl: Morphing LINK CHANGED LINK CHANGED LINK CHANGED COMP TUBE GATE L/R OUTS FACTORY USER DIST BANK PAGE L/R OUTS 4. Now turn the <1> knob to make the Preamp active for morphing assignment or if the Volume pedal is to be used and is selected at this point.
In this day and age where the role of the Guitarist has taken on so many new responsibilities, his or her equipment has to be fast, and has to be able to communicate with other devices at the drop of a hat. So, we at Digitech have given the 2120 VGS all of the MIDI goodies that your heart may desire.
With the Program Transmit Map function, you can use your 2120 VGS to control patch changes of your other effects devices. So if you are using the FX loop of the 2120 VGS to create your sound, when you call up a program in your 2120 VGS, the appropriate programs in your other FX unit’s will also be recalled.
Program dump screen. Default Dump: Allows you to dump individual 2120 effect module User defaults to another 2120 or external MIDI devices like patch librarians, computers, or sequencers for backup, storage, or organization. This option allows you to select the Default to be dumped.
Bulk Dump: This option allows you to dump all resident Programs in memory to an external recording device, like a patch librarian, computer, or sequencer for backup, storage, or organization. This option dumps all Programs simultaneously. It does not send any 2120 system information (Utility setups), such as SysEx Device channel or Program maps.
Factory Reset Allows you to erase all User Program, Default and Utility settings at once and restore the 2120 VGS memory to its factory condition. WARNING! This procedure will destroy and reset ALL User programs in the 2120 VGS memory. Be sure you want to erase the memory, and start fresh before continuing with this procedure.
CHANGED LINK CHANGED LINK CHANGED LINK CHANGED COMP TUBE GATE L/R OUTS FACTORY USER BANK PAGE L/R OUTS 2. Using the <2> knob, you can set output route of the 2120 to either a stereo or mono signal. User Guide...