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Disaster Area DPC-8EZ - 8 Loop Controller

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Disaster 8-Loop Pedal Controller The DPC-8EZ is a compact pedalboard control system with eight effects loops and MIDI.  The DPC-8EZ is similar to our popular DPC-5 pedalboard controller but has more effects loops and a simplified MIDI implementation. The DPC-8EZ is fully compatible with the Disaster Area Gen2 pedal controllers,...

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Disaster 8-Loop Pedal Controller

The DPC-8EZ is a compact pedalboard control system with eight effects loops and MIDI.  The DPC-8EZ is similar to our popular DPC-5 pedalboard controller but has more effects loops and a simplified MIDI implementation.

The DPC-8EZ is fully compatible with the Disaster Area Gen2 pedal controllers, including the DMC-6D and DMC-7D.  Combining a DPC-8EZ with a DMC-7D allows the player to use the DMC-7D as a powerful preset organizer and MIDI controller, while leaving the DPC-8EZ in direct access mode for quick pedal selection.

Please note that in order to pack the maximum connectivity into the DPC-8EZ, the jack spacing is very tight.  We have tested several different brands and types of patch cables and have found the George L’s and Lava kits to be the best solution for cabling up a DPC-8EZ.  20 plugs are required to cable 5 effects into a DPC-5.  We are authorised dealers for these cables so we can put together a package for you if needed.  

Features:

  • Compact size – 10″ x 2.6″ x 2″ excluding switch caps and jacks.
  • No special power supply required – uses less than 120mA, 9V from a Pedal Power 2 or similar.
  • 5 footswitches for preset selection or manual effects loop control.
  • 48 presets accessible by foot, arranged in four folders with three banks of four presets each.
  • 128 presets accessible using an external MIDI controller
  • Full MIDI control of presets and effects loops
  • 8 effects loops with a custom-designed switching matrix
  • Dedicated insert connection between loops 4 and 5
  • Always-on tuner out with tuner mute.
  • New Z-MODE buffer allows you to tailor the impedance to work pefectly with fuzz, vibe, wah, and other impedance-sensitive pedals
  • USB connector for future firmware upgrades (PC and Mac firmware update tools available.)
DPC-8EZ-Connections

Modes of Operation:

Preset Mode:

Button 1-4:  Select a preset.  Tap the current preset for bypass.
Button 5:  Change preset banks.  Hold to enter direct access mode.
Special Functions:
Button 1:  Hold for tuner mute
Button 2:  Hold to select folder 1-4

Direct Access Mode:

Button 1-4:  Select loops 1-4 (blue bank) or loops 5-8 (green bank.)
Button 5:  Change loop banks (1-4 or 5-8.)  Hold to enter preset mode.
Special Functions:
Button 1:  Hold for Tuner Mute
Button 4:  Hold to save the current loop settings to a preset

Configuration Options:

Hold Buttons at boot to change settings.
Buttons 1+5:  Factory Reset
Buttons 1+4:  Reset config only (retains presets)
Buttons 1+2:  Firmware Update Mode
Button 1:  Enable MIDI channel learning / autoconfig.  Works with DMC-6D / 7D, DPC-5 as master
Button 2:  Change startup mode.  DPC-8EZ starts in either preset mode or direct access mode
Button 3:  Enable / disable Stereo Link
Button 4:  Change MIDI output from THRU to MERGE.  DPC-8EZ sends program changes in MERGE mode.
Button 5:  Enable or disable Automatic Noise Reduction.  AMR mutes the output while switching to eliminate pops or clicks.
DPC-8EZ Functions 1.02

DPC-8EZ Insert Connector

The DPC-8EZ Insert allows the controller to function as two separate switching systems with separate audio paths
  • Split the paths to place loops 1-4 in the preamp of your amp, 5-8 in the effects loop
  • Split the paths to switch effects in two separate amplifiers or signal chains
  • Place a volume pedal after your drive pedals / before your modulation and time-based effects
  • Use the Stereo Link feature to have the left stereo channel use loops 1-4 and the right stereo channel use loops 5-8

MIDI Functions

The DPC-8EZ features a limited but powerful MIDI implementation.  Selecting a preset on the DPC-8EZ will send a MIDI program change message to any other connected MIDI devices (MERGE mode.)  This program sending is fixed per preset, and may be disabled.  If the MIDI sending / MERGE is disabled, the MIDI input still acts as a MIDI thru.
Each loop on the DPC-8EZ may also be controlled by a MIDI CC (continuous controller) message.
The DMC-7D, DMC-6D, and DPC-5 can control the DPC-8EZ as a slave device.  This allows the DMC or DPC-5 to select saved presets on the DPC-8EZ and still pass MIDI control data to any other MIDI pedals on your board.
The DPC-8EZ does not support multiple MIDI channel control or program mapping like the DPC-5 or DMC-6D / DMC-7D.

Comparison to the DPC-5

The DPC-8EZ has a much more limited MIDI implementation, fewer external control options, and fewer directly accessible presets.  It has more available effects loops and places the insert between loops 4 & 5 rather than before loop 1.

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