Aphex 1404 Punch Factory Features & Specifications
- Active/Passive Input Select: Allows for hot active pickups
- 10 Megohms Input Z: Brings out the maximum tone in all types of pickups.
- Low Z Instrument Output: Drives long cords effortlessly
- Balanced Pro D.I. Output:
- Effect or non-effect select
- Ground lift
- Studio Quality
- Simultaneous Outputs: Both work at the same time
- True Bypass: No electronics in bypass
- Simplified Operation: Only two knobs
- LED Bar Graph Display: Gain reduction in decibels
- Long Battery Life:
- Estimated 100 to 150 hours from a fresh 9V battery
- Flexible External Power:
- 7 to 36VDC any polarity
- 5 to 24VAC
- If the plug fits, it works!
Aphex 1404 Punch Factory FAQ
Q: The phone jacks aren't fastened to the case. Isn't that a reliability problem?
A: Not at all! Here's why:
Q: Does it matter about the power supply polarity?
- Each jack is solidly attached to the internal pc board using through-hole soldered mounting. They cannot twist or tear loose.
- The force that holds the plug firmly in the jack is created by the springy metal contacts of the jack that are solidly rooted in the pc board. The plastic housing does not need to support the plug very much other than to guide it home. There is no need to attach the plastic housing to the product's case.
- The pc board is rigidly attached to the metal case in 3 axes. It cannot slide or slip around. This holds the jacks very firmly. The boards are double-sided glass epoxy so soldered connections are extra strong and solder pin "pull out" is impossible.
- The jacks we use have been used by the millions in audio mixers and amplifiers. Over many years of use, they have earned a reputation for high reliability.
No. The 1400 Series will accept power from most AC and DC sources regardless of center pin polarity. The power is internally rectified and regulated. "If The Plug Fits It Works".
Q: I looked inside and saw an LED hidden in there. What's it for?
A: That's used as a voltage reference and is not for indicating anything. It will glow very dimly at all times when power is on.
Q: Does the foot switch still bypass the signal through even when there is no power source?
A: Yes, instrument in to instrument out is hard wire switched, and independent of any of the electronics. The D.I. output will not get a signal, however, unless power is applied.
Q: Can I use the passive input with an active instrument?
A: Yes, surely! The active input needs to be used only when an active instrument's output level is high enough to overload the passive input. Many active instruments have outputs that are about as low as a passive instrument. In that case, always use the passive input.
Q: Do these boxes run from phantom power?
A: No. There's not enough power available from a microphone phantom power source to run all the electronics.
Q: Will any harm come from feeding the D.I. output into a phantom powered mic channel?
A: Not usually. It won't harm the stomp box, but the D.I. output will put a heavy load on the phantom power circuit, and cheap mixers or preamps might have a problem with that. We recommend turning off the phantom power of that channel.
Q: When do I need to use the ground lift?
A: Usually never, but if you are getting a buzz on the D.I. output, it may be alleviated by turning on the ground lift.
Q: What does "Wet/Dry" mean?
A: That refers to the D.I. output, whether it has the effect or not. When "Dry" is chosen, the box acts as a clean direct box with no effects. You still have the effects available at the instrument output depending on the foot switch.
Q: Does the D.I. output follow the foot switch?
A: No, the D.I. output is independent and relies on the Wet/Dry switch to add or remove the effects.