Decibel Eleven Pedal Palette Analog Loop Bypass Switcher
The Decibel Eleven Pedal Palette Analog Loop Bypass Switcher gives you high quality bypass switching, routing, and mixing capability of swapping effect pedals instantly while simultaneously providing a parallel mix bus! Store and recall up to 128 pre-sets for huge versatility on stage. The Decibel 11 Pedal Palette also features 4 pedal effects loops, true relay bypass, tail control for delay and reverbs, and MIDI connection for recalling stored presets or syncing to other pedals and so much more!
Decibel Eleven Pedal Palette Effects Switcher Features
- 4 Pedal Effects Loops - True Relay Bypass
- Swap Pedal Order Instantly
- Assign Any Effect Loop to Parallel Mix Bus
- Tails Control - Delay and Reverb Tails Continue When Switched OFF
- Fully Analog Signal Path with Optional Class A Discrete Input Buffer
- Store & Recall Up To 128 Pre-Set Configurations
- Recall Stored Presets and Sync Multiple Pedal Palettes with MIDI
- 3 Year Warranty
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 13.2 x 5 x 1.6 inches
- Weight: 3Ibs
The Pedal Palette is a true bypass guitar effects switcher. The advantage to having all of your effect pedals connected through the DB11 Pedal Palette is that, when all of the pedal loops are switched off, your guitar signal goes directly from the input jack to the output jack, bypassing all of the cables, connectors and pedals in the effect chain. In order to achieve a straight wire type of true bypass, the Pedal Palette utilizes relays. This provides the most transparent bypass possible.
Decibel Eleven gives the Pedal Palette the ability to swap the order of your effects in real-time. In some cases, this can result in drastic differences. This is particularly true with tone or frequency modifying effects such as distortion, wah, or EQ pedals. In other cases, the result is more subtle, where one effect becomes more predominate than the other(s). Modifying effect pedal order is great when searching for just the right sound, and it greatly expands your available sonic options.
The top row of footswitches, labeled SWAP, allow the order of the effects to be changed. The right-most SWAP switch reverses the order of loops 1 and 2. The left-most SWAP switch reverses the order of loops 3 and 4. The middle SWAP switch reverses the order of the loop 1 and 2 section and the loop 3 and 4 section. This method allows many possible order combinations while still being intuitive and easy to understand.
Parallel Mix Bus
The parallel mix bus in the Pedal Palette works by taking the pedal's output at the loop return jack and mixing it with the dry signal obtained within the Pedal Palette. In this case, however, since the DB Eleven Pedal Palette has more than one effect (loop), the dry signal is not always the signal at the input jack. It could also be the signal output from any active SERIES mode loop(s).
When using reverb and delay pedals, it is often desired to have the tails, or echoes, decay naturally after the effect is shut off. True bypass pedals inherently cut-off the echoes abruptly when the pedal is turned off. With the TAILS control on the Pedal Palette effect switcher, the send to the pedal will be muted when the loop is off. But, the pedal return will remain connected to the mix bus, allowing the residual echoes to ring out. This is a very useful feature when used with a reverb or delay pedal, however it can be problematic when using the parallel mix bus with pedals that do not have echoes, and which may be noisy. For this reason, each effect loop can be individually configured for tails IN or OUT
The Decibel 11 Pedal Palette can be configured to be completely true bypass when all loops are off. This is the case when the input BUFFER and TAILS switches are set to OUT. However, there are some configurations which require the use of buffers in the circuit, such as when mixing in parallel, or when a loop is active. The Pedal Palette is designed such that any buffering required for a series configured signal path is done via low distortion, discrete, Class A circuitry. For the parallel mix bus, a high quality, low noise opamp circuit is used to achieve maximum headroom and low distortion.
The optional input buffer is a low distortion, discrete, JFET input, Class A circuit. It can be used, when desired, to convert a high impedance signal source (such as pickups) to low impedance, thereby eliminating the effects of capacitive loading and minimizing noise that may be caused by long cable runs.
When the input BUFFER is switched OUT, and when LOOP1 is active and first in sequence (not swapped), the Pedal Palette input is directly connected to the LOOP1 send. This is optimum for the use of fuzz or other effects that sound best when plugged in straight from the guitar. This direct-connection feature is unique to LOOP 1 only. Loops 2 thru 4 are buffered when on, even if first in sequence.