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Important Safety Instructions
This symbol warns the user of dangerous voltage levels localized within the enclosure of the unit. This symbol advises the user to read all accompanying literature for safe operation of the unit. Read, retain, and follow all instructions. Heed all warnings. Only connect the electric line cord to an earth grounded AC receptacle in accordance with the voltage and frequency ratings listed under INPUT POWER on the rear panel of this product. WARNING: To prevent damage, fire or shock hazard, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture. Unplug the AC power line cord before cleaning the unit exterior (use a damp cloth only). Wait until the unit is completely dry before reconnecting it to power. Maintain at least 6 inches of unobstructed air space behind the unit to allow for proper ventilation and cooling of the unit. This product should be located away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, or other products that produce heat. This product may be equipped with a polarized plug (one blade wider than the other). This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet, contact an electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of this plug. Protect the power cord from being pinched or abraded. This product should be serviced by qualified service personnel when: the power supply cord or the plug has been damaged; or objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled onto the product; or the product has been exposed to rain; or the product does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance; or the product has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged. Only use a cart or stand with this product that is recommended by this products manufacturer. The power supply cord of this product should be unplugged from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time, or during electrical storms. Do not drip nor splash liquids, nor place liquid filled containers on the unit. CAUTION: No user serviceable parts inside, refer servicing to qualified personnel only. Fender amplifiers and loudspeaker systems are capable of producing very high sound pressure levels which may cause temporary or permanent hearing damage. Use care when setting and adjusting volume levels during use. FCC COMPLIANCE NOTICE This equipment has been tested and found to comply within the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide a reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications and there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: reorient or relocate the receiving antenna, increase the separation between the equipment and receiver, connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that of the receiver. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician if help is needed.
A PRODUCT OF: FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION CORONA, CALIFORNIA USA Trademarks: Fender, GDEC , Blackface and DynaTouch are trademarks of FMIC. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Copyright 2006 FMIC. All rights reserved.


GDEC 30 Guitar Digital Entertainment Center is an upgraded version of the award-winning, mega-popular original GDEC. Like the original, it includes everybody in the band but you! Inside GDEC 30 you will find a versatile drummer, skilled bass player and flexible accompanist for virtually any style of music. And for you, the guitarist: GDEC 30 is a warehouse of amplifiers and effects, and whats betterthese are ready for your sound check! Turn the GDEC 30 Data Wheel to access a diverse collection of band setups. 50 permanent Presets furnish a diverse collection always available to you. Another 50 rewritable Presets store the bands that you create for your music and playing style. GDEC 30 is the ultimate practice tool whether you are just starting out or playing professionally. As a beginner, you can have an instructor plug into the rear input. To learn a new song you can plug your CD or MP3 player into the GDEC 30 and play along. For difficult licks you can record a phrase and play it in a continuous loopat half speed if necessary! Seasoned players enjoy GDEC 30 as a songwriting partner or jamming buddy. GDEC 30 also has MIDI ports which allow you to link up with other GDEC 30 players to trade Presets. Connect GDEC 30 to your computer* to backup Presets, play General MIDI files, or store MIDI songs in the GDEC 30! Its time to jamwith GDEC 30your new band.
*MIDI capable sound card (or MIDI-to-USB device) and MIDI software required.


Each GDEC 30 Preset is a complete band! Modify any component or select another from the GDEC 30 arsenal: 17 Guitar Amplifiers, each with Gain, Volume, Tone, Compressor, Timbre and Noise Gate parameters 29 studio-quality Effects (many in stereo), each with 4 adjustable parameters 10 Reverbs with adjustable levels 84 Drum Patterns (including 4 Metronome patterns) with Tempo, Key, Drum Level, Bass Level and Accompaniment Level parameters GDEC 30 MIDI ports provide expanded functionality with your computer and other GDEC 30 players! Trade and backup Presets Store & Play MIDI files Update GDEC 30 software if necessary Rear panel MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports GDEC 30 delivers world-class Fender tone and world-standard Fender quality! Second input jack for a friend or instructor Onboard digital chromatic tuner Phones jack can be used with stereo headphones or as a stereo line out jack Stereo Line Outs can be configured as All or Synth (and Aux) 28-second Phrase Sampler On-board General MIDI synthesizer

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Control Panel Overview

A. INPUTPlug your guitar in here. B. PHONESPlug in headphones for privacy or connect a pair of powered speakers (such as commonly used with computers); the GDEC 30 speaker mutes automatically. Enjoy the GDEC 30s many stereo effects through this jack. You can also run a cable from PHONES to Audio In on your computer to record with your favorite recording software. NOTE: Optional cables, adapters and equipment are required for these connections. C. DRUMSPress for Drums Mode menus (see page 11). D. START-STOPPress to start and stop the Drum Loop. The START-STOP button flashes in time with the tempo. Set Tempo Shortcuts! Shortcut 1Hold START-STOP and turn the Data Wheel Shortcut 2Hold DRUMS and tap START-STOP in time with the beat E. SONG / HOLD FOR TUNERPress for Song Mode (see page 8) OR Hold to activate the Tuner. F. PHRASE SAMPLERUse the Phrase Sampler to record up to 28 seconds of GDEC 30 audio for a variety of playback and overdubbing functions (see page 12). Press: REC DUB To start/stop. Playback (replay) of a sampled phrase Sampling (recording) a new phrase Overdubbing (adding layers) to previous phrase
G. DISPLAYHold EXIT and turn the Data Wheel (in Play Mode) to adjust screen contrast. H. AUX / UTILITY / FX / AMPPress for the corresponding Mode menus (see pages 8-12). I. SAVESaves the current GDEC 30 settings to a user preset (U00-U49). J. EXITPress to return to Play Mode. K. DATA WHEELSelects presets, songs and settings depending on the current Mode. L. VOLUMEAdjusts the overall loudness of the GDEC 30. M. GUITAR TONEAdjusts the tone characteristics of your guitar. This control does not affect the Drum section or the Auxiliary Input sound. N. BACKING LVLAdjusts the volume level of MIDI accompaniment.

Rear Panel

O. POWERSwitches the GDEC 30 on-off. P. POWER CORD SOCKETConnect your GDEC 30 to a grounded A/C outlet using the included power cord. Q. FUSEProtects your GDEC 30 from electrical faults. Replace a blown fuse only with the type and rating specified below the fuse holder. To remove the fuse holder: Unplug the GDEC 30 power cord from the socket to expose the fuse holder. Use a small screwdriver to pry out the fuse holder using the notch on top. R. EXT SPKRAuxiliary output for an external speaker cabinet. Your speaker should be rated for 30 watts, 8 ohms minimum. S. LINE OUT LEFT / RIGHTLine level stereo outputs suitable for connection to recording or sound reinforcement equipment. T. FOOTSWITCHConnect the (optional) 4-button footswitch (p/n 0994070000) here for remote functions (see page 13).

6 "P" and "U" Bank Presets
(Highlighted if preset is modified.) (1 appears each time the Drum Loop reaches the first measure.)


(Beats Per Minute) or, during phrase playback, Phrase On appears here.


"S" Bank Presets 4

Mode Menu Navigation

Use the GDEC 30 Mode menus to access your Preset settings (the presets you're selecting from Play Mode). Press a Mode button (repeatedly) for menus, then turn the Data Wheel to adjust the settings for the highlighted menu item. NOTE: Only Song Mode may be entered when an S preset is selected. MENU SHORTCUT: After entering a Mode, press and hold the same Mode button while turning the Data Wheel (in either direction) rather than pressing the Mode button repeatedly!


Current selection is highlighted.


(of highlighted menu item)
MODES SONG. page 8 AMP. page 10 FX. page 10 DRUMS. page 11 AUX. page 11 UTILITY. page 12


Song Mode
Song Mode enables you to compose songs and prepare the GDEC 30 for performance. Press the SONG button (repeatedly) to display each of the menus: SONG ORDER COMPOSE (Global / Measure) DELETE SONG MEM USAGE Menus may display instructions, button labels and settings that you can edit using the Data Wheel. You can audition songs while in Song Mode by pressing START-STOP. To select a different song, hold down the START-STOP button while turning the Data Wheel. To start, first compose a song by selecting drums, bass, guitar preset, etc. for the whole song, or any range of measures using the Compose Global and Compose Measure menus. Then, after saving your songs, you can rearrange them in the order of your performance using the Song Order menu. When ready, press START-STOP from any S bank preset in Play Mode to perform!


SONG ORDER is the first menu in Song Mode. It allows
you to rearrange the order of the S bank presets (songs) for performance. Press SONG, then turn the Data Wheel while SONG ORDER is highlighted to start rearranging the S bank.

6 Song Order Menu

Press either key below PREV SONG (AUX / UTILITY) or NEXT SONG (FX / AMP) to highlight different songs, turn the Data Wheel to move the selected song.


to compose songs in two screens: Global and Measure:


6 Measure Menu
COMPOSE is the second menu in Song Mode. It allows you
4 Globalthese settings affect the whole song. Turn the Data Wheel while COMPOSE is highlighted to enter the Global Menu. Here you can edit: SONG NAME TEMPO DRUM LEVEL BASS TYPE BASS LEVEL Press SONG to highlight the next menu item, then turn Data Wheel to edit. In the NAME menu, use the buttons below the arrows f / g (FX / AMP) to highlight each character for editing. Pressing START/STOP will start or stop a preview of your composition. During playback the top portion of the screen will change to show the current measure number.
Pressing START-STOP from the Measure Menu will start or stop a preview of the current measure. Pressing the button below BACK (AUX) will return the Global Menu. Pressing the button below COPY (UTILITY) will copy the current measure to the next measure. Hold COPY and turn the Data Wheel to copy through multiple measures (until COPY is released). If you select END OF SONG for the Drum Pattern the song will end on the previous measure. Press EXIT to get out of songwriting and return to Play Mode. Your song data will automatically be stored for recall, even after the amp has restarted. Press SAVE while in the Compose Menus to save the song in the S bank. Once saved, it can be treated as if the song were downloaded from the PC for performance. The new song will be last in the S bank and the 3 song QAs will be the defaults assigned in the utility menu. If a song or measure us auditioned by pressing STARTSTOP or if the MIDI file is saved, any contents in the Phrase Sampler will be erased (due to system requirements).

6 Global Menu

4 Measurethese settings can affect any number of measures from one, to every measure in a song. Press the button below MEAS (which is "AUX") from the Global Menu to enter the Measure Menu. Here you can select: MEASURE NUMBER GUITAR PRESET DRUM PATTERN BASS PATTERN BASS KEY Press SONG to highlight the next menu item, then turn Data Wheel to edit. With any Measure Menu item highlighted, you can select a different measure by pressing the buttons below MEAS / +MEAS (FX / AMP).


SONG DELETE is the third menu in Song Mode. It allows
you to delete songs from the S bank. Turn the Data Wheel while DELETE SONG is highlighted to enter Song Delete Menu. Turn again to select a Song then press SONG to confirm the song to be deleted.


MEM USAGE is the fourth and last menu in Song Mode. It displays the percentage of memory used for song storage.

Amp Mode

Use Amp Mode to select an Amplifier type (first menu), then modify that amplifiers settings in menus 29.
Menu 9 Amp Menu Items AMP TYPE GAIN AMP VOLUME BASS MIDDLE TREBLE COMPRESSOR TIMBRE NOISE GATE Settings(Function) Tweed1, 2, 3, Blackface1, 2, 3, Dyna-Touch1, 2, 3, 4, British1, 2, 3, Modern1, 2, 3, Acoustic 1-10 (Adjusts amplifier distortion level.) 1-10 (Adjusts the volume of the current amplifier relative to other presets.) 1-10 (Low frequency tone.) 1-10 (Mid-frequency tone.) 1-10 (High-frequency tone.) Off, Low, Medium, High, Super (Moderates volume range and provides sustain.) None, Full Body, Full Stack, Razors Edge, Bright Lite, Bass Boost, Nu Metal, Super Bright, Acoustic (Tone filters.) Off, Low, Medium, High, Super (Cuts low volume noise.)

FX/Reverb Mode

Use FX/Reverb Mode to select an Effect type (first menu), then modify that effects settings in menus 26.
Effect Type Menu 1 NONE MONO DELAY TAPE DELAY STEREO TAPE DELAY DUCKING DELAY REVERSE DELAY AUTOPAN DELAY SINE CHORUS TRIANGLE CHORUS SINE FLANGE TRIANGLE FLANGE PHASER TREMOLO RING MODULATION DELAY PITCH SHIFT TOUCH WAH FIXED WAH VIBRATONE AUTOSWELL ALIENATOR RESOLVER FUZZ OVERDRIVE TOUCH WAH FUZZ FUZZ DELAY OVERDRIVE DELAY CHORUS DELAY FLANGE DELAY PHASE DELAY ALIENATOR DELAY Effect Settings (for the Effect selected in Menu 1) Menu 2 Menu 3 Menu 4 Level Delay Time Feedback Level Delay Time Feedback Level Delay Time Feedback Level Delay Time Feedback Level Delay Time Feedback Level Delay Time Feedback Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Ring Mod Frequency Delay Output Level Level Pitch Detune Level Response Minimum Frequency Level Frequency Minimum Frequency Level Rotor Speed Doppler Effect Level Attack Depth Level Content Tone Level Bit Depth Tone Level Gain Octave Level Level Gain Low Tone Level Gain Response Level Gain Delay Level Level Gain Delay Level Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Rate Depth Level Content Delay Level Menu 5 Brightness Flutter Flutter Release Reverse Feedback Brightness Average Delay Average Delay Feedback Feedback Feedback Duty Cycle Delay Time Feedback Maximum Frequency Maximum Frequency Depth Response Minimum Content Attack Low Tone Mid Tone Octave Mix Delay Time Delay Time Delay Time Delay Time Delay Time Delay Time Menu 6 Input Level Brightness Brightness Response Brightness Input Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo Release Feedback Pre-Delay Voice Type Voice Type Stereo Rate Maximum Content Release High Tone High Tone Voice Type Feedback Feedback Feedback Feedback Feedback Feedback

(FX/Reverb Menus 7 and 8 continued on next page.)
FX/Reverb Mode (continued)
Use FX/Reverb Mode to select a Reverb type (menu 7), and adjust reverb level (menu 8).
Reverb Type Menu 7 NONE AMBIENT SMALL ROOM LARGE ROOM SMALL HALL LARGE HALL ARENA SMALL PLATE LARGE PLATE SPRING 63 SPRING Reverb Level Menu 8 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10

Drums Mode

Use Drums Mode to select a Drum pattern (first menu), then modify that drum patterns settings in menus 26.
Menu 1 Drum Menu Items DRUM PATTERN Settings 1 Drop, 12 8met, 16 Hats, 32 Hats, Met, Met, Met, 5 On 4, 50 Shuf, 80 Funk, 80s Hop, Aerwalk, Ballad, Ballad2, Beastly, Bossa, Chicago, Clave, Classic, Country, Dblkick, Dblshuf, Disco, Dr Hop, Drive, Fever, Fiesta, Funk, Feelin, Grind, Grunge, Halves, Happy, Hardroc, Haze, Hiphop, Hiphop2, Jazz, Kid, Latin, Latpony, Levee, Lilith, Mambo, Metal, Miami, Modern, Motrcty, Party, Pop, Pop2, Popstar, Punk, Punkpop, Rnb New, Rnb Old, Reggae, Ride, Rock101, Rocbell, Rocbluz, Rock, Rocker, Rhythm, Rhythm2, Salsa, Samba, Shaker, Shuffle, Ska, Smoke, So Bell, Soul, Speed, Steely, Surftom, Swedes, Swing, Train, Train2, Viking, Virus, Waltz, Western 30-240 Beats per Minute A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G# 1-10 1-10 1-10

Auxiliary/Phrase Mode

Use AUX/Phrase Mode to adjust the AUX IN jack settings (menus 12). Use AUX/Phrase Mode to adjust the Phrase Sampler settings (menus 37).
Menu Aux Menu Items AUX INPUT LEVEL AUX MIX PHRASE LEVEL OVERDUB FEEDBACK PHRASE MODE PHRASE SOURCE PHRASE SPEED PLAYBACK Settings(Function) 1-10 (Adjusts the volume of whatever you have connected to the AUX IN jacks.) Stereo, Center Cancel, Left, Right (Helpful for emphasizing or de-emphasizing guitar parts on some recorded material) 1-10 (Phrase playback level.) 1-10 (Level of previous phrase recorded to new phrase) Freeform, Lead In (Record with or without a lead in. 4 Beat Lead adjusts measure length for correct timing.) Aux In, Drums, Aux In + Drums, Guitar, All (Select the source(s) that the Phrase Sampler records.) NOTE: To include drums in the sample (Source set to All), start the Drum Loop before you press Record. Normal, Half Speed (Phrase playback speed.) Once, Repeat (Playback the Phrase one time, or in an endless loop.)

Utility Mode

Use Utility Mode to rename presets, lock memory, transfer presets (MIDI) and manage the system.
Menu Utility Menu Items EDIT PRESET NAME SYNTH EQ LINE OUT LINE LEVEL SPEAKER DEFAULT QA1 DEFAULT QA2 DEFAULT QA3 MIDI CONTROL MEMORY LOCK DUMP PRESET DUMP ALL FACTORY RESTORE AMP UPDATE Procedure(Function) Rotate Data Wheel, then follow the instructions displayed on screen. Rotate Data Wheel (Select 1-10 as the Tone for the MIDI Synth instruments) Rotate Data Wheel (Select All or Synth to be supplied to the LINE OUT jacks.) Rotate Data Wheel (Select 1-10 as the Volume level for the LINE OUT jacks.) Rotate Data Wheel (Select All or Guitar (and Phrase) to output to the speaker.) Rotate Data Wheel (Select the default Guitar Preset to be assigned when Composing a new S bank preset) Rotate Data Wheel (Select the default Guitar Preset to be assigned when Composing a new S bank preset) Rotate Data Wheel (Select the default Guitar Preset to be assigned when Composing a new S bank preset) Rotate Data Wheel (Select AMP or SYNTH. See page 16.) Rotate Data Wheel (Prevents accidental preset saves and MIDI dumps, but NOT a Factory Reset, see below.) Press SAVE (Transfers the current preset to another GDEC 30 or computer connected to the MIDI OUT port.) Press SAVE (Transfers ALL Presets to another GDEC 30 or computer connected to the MIDI OUT port.) Press SAVE twice (Restores every GDEC 30 setting to the original settings. OVERRIDES MEMORY LOCK.) (Reserved for future GDEC 30 software updates.)

Phrase Sampler

GENERAL NOTES: (Phrase Sampler behavior that you should know about)
DUB: This button is ignored if the amp is set to half speed playback. OVRDUB FBCK: The Overdub Feedback setting (found in the AUX menu) controls the level of decay (fade out) of the previously recorded signal when overdubbing (10.0 = no decay). Overdubbing only records the guitar signals. MIDI patterns stop when overdubbing starts and they cannot be restarted until overdubbing is complete.
Phrase SamplerStates and Controls (how the current state affects what each of the buttons do) OFF (If you start with the Phrase Sampler "OFF," pressing PLAY, REC or DUB will cause this to happen).
PLAY: RECORD: OVERDUB: PLAY: RECORD: OVERDUB: Start playback if a loop has been previously recorded, ignore otherwise. Enter record mode and start recording. Start overdubbing if a loop has been previously recorded, otherwise start recording. Stop playback. Enter record mode and start recording. Start overdubbing on next pass through (tapping again, prior to the overdubbing starting, cancels overdubbing before it starts and continues playback). Exit record mode and begin playback (truncates loop to nearest measure if the amp is set to 4 beat lead in mode). Stop the recording process. Exit record mode and begin playback and begin overdubbing (truncates loop to nearest measure if the amp is set to 4 beat lead in mode). Stop overdubbing and continue playback on next pass through. Enter record mode and start recording. Stop overdubbing and playback on next pass through.
PLAYING (If you start with the Phrase Sampler "PLAYING," pressing PLAY, REC or DUB will cause this to happen).
RECORDING (If you start with the Phrase Sampler "RECORDING," pressing PLAY, REC or DUB will cause this to happen).


OVERDUBING (If you start with the Phrase Sampler "DUBBING," pressing PLAY, REC or DUB will cause this to happen).
Footswitch (optional equipment)
Button 1 Button 2 Button 3 Button 4
The footswitch (p/n 0994070000) has four modes indicated by the three LEDs on the left side of the footswitch (no LEDs lit indicates the fourth modeTuner Mode). Press the MODE/TUNER button repeatedly to cycle through the modes (press and hold for a shortcut to Tuner Mode). The footswitch will only control the amp if the GDEC 30 is in Play Mode or Tuner Mode. In Modes 1, 2 or 3 the display will show the current Preset or Song number that is loaded on the amp, and in Tuner Mode the display will show the current note. You cannot change footswitch modes while the Phrase Sampler is recording or overdubbing.

MODE 1Quick Access Mode:

Button 1: Button 2: Button 3: Button 4: Hold for Tuner, Press and release for Mode 2 Loads Song QA1 or Default QA1 if no song is currently loaded. Also turns on the LED above the button. Loads Song QA2 or Default QA2 if no song is currently loaded. Also turns on the LED above the button. Loads Song QA3 or Default QA3 if no song is currently loaded. Also turns on the LED above the button. Hold for Tuner, press and release for Mode 3 Decrements to the next preset (U or P) or Song. Increments to the next preset (U or P) or Song. Starts or Stops a pattern if the user is on a U or P preset. If the user is on a S preset the song starts and the footswitch switches to QA mode so that the user can access the 3 QA presets associated with that song during playback. Upon completion of the song the footswitch will automatically return to mode to so that the user can select the next song Hold for Tuner, Press and release for Mode 1 Starts/stops Phrase Sampler playback. LED will blink if the amp is finishing overdubbing a loop and will turn on once playback begins or off when playback has halted. Starts/stops Phrase Sampler recording. LED will turn on once recording begins and off when playback has halted. Starts/stops Phrase Sampler overdubbing. LED will blink if the amp is waiting to overdub on the next pass or stop at the end of the current pass and will turn on once overdubbing has begun or off when overdubbing has finished. NOTE: The four red LEDS on the top of the footswitch, along with the green LED in the middle will be used to indicate whether the note is sharp, flat, or in tune. Press any button to return to the previous footswitch mode.
MODE 2Down/Up/Start Stop Mode:
Button 1: Button 2: Button 3: Button 4:
MODE 3Phrase Sampler Mode:


Any Button:

GDEC 30 MIDI Guide

Basic MIDI Setup
The most basic MIDI operations on the GDEC 30 require use of a MIDI interface device connected to a personal computer. Most MIDI interface devices will use USB or the game port on older PCs and are available at most musical instrument retailers. Refer to the interface manufacturer for proper device setup. To get the most out of the GDEC 30 MIDI capability, connect the MIDI In port on the GDEC 30 to the MIDI Out port on your MIDI interface with a standard MIDI cable. Also connect the MIDI Out port on the GDEC 30 to the MIDI In port on your MIDI interface. See figure for connections.

MIDI-to-Computer Interface
Dumping and Loading Presets
The above configuration will allow you to dump and load presets to and from the computer. To dump any one or all presets (see Utility Mode page 12) you will need third party software running on the PC. Search for a MIDI librarian utility or SYSEX utility from your favorite search engine online that works with your specific computer. You will need an application that accepts SYSEX dumps from external devices. Within your selected software package, you will need to configure MIDI ports and tell the application to wait to receive a SYSEX dump. Consult the documentation for your specific SYSEX application on how to perform these tasks. Once configured, you can then dump presets to a.SYX file which then can be posted or emailed to share with other GDEC 30 users. To load a preset into the GDEC 30 you will also need third party software running on the PC. The same application used for receiving SYSEX dumps will most likely be able to send SYSEX data as well. Load a GDEC 30 preset file (ending in.SYX) into your configured SYSEX application and send the preset. The GDEC 30 is always ready to receive these files. Once a valid preset file is received by the GDEC 30, it will bring you to the Save prompt (see How Do I.? on page 6 for the Save function).

ComputerUSB or Game Port

Using the On-Board Synthesizer with an External Controller
The GDEC 30 has a full General MIDI compatible synthesizer on board that may be triggered using an external MIDI controller. Simply connect the MIDI Out port of your MIDI controller device (typically a keyboard or PC) to the MIDI In port on the GDEC 30. Set your MIDI controller device onto any channel other than 10 and it will control the onboard GDEC 30 synthesizer (channel 10 is used for a drum kit). To change voices, use the appropriate program change message on your MIDI controller. Consult the MIDI controller device documentation on how to perform this function on your specific controller. Refer to the Appendix for channels of General MIDI voicings.
Updating the GDEC 30 Software
The above MIDI configuration will also allow you to update your GDEC 30 software if and when an update becomes available from Fender, downloadable from http://www.fender. com. GDEC 30 update information will be made available from the download site. In general, to perform this operation, access the Amp Update item in the Utility Menu (see Utility Mode, page 12) and follow the on-screen instructions. Press Save to start the process. When the GDEC 30 states it is ready to receive a MIDI Update, use your selected SYSEX application (the same used for preset dumps and loads) to send the GDEC 30 update file to the amp. Other important instructions may be included with the update package.

Connecting Two GDEC 30s Together
You may also share presets directly from one GDEC 30 to another by simply connecting the two GDEC 30s with a standard MIDI cable. Connect the MIDI cable to the MIDI Out port of the GDEC 30 that holds the preset you want to share. Then connect the other end of that MIDI cable to the MIDI In port on the GDEC 30 into which you wish to load the preset. Then follow the Dump preset procedure (see Utility Mode, page 12) on the GDEC 30 that holds the preset you want to share.

Receiving MIDI

Sending MIDI
songs are created in the COMPOSE Mode, program changes will be saved in the song on channel 16 regardless of the MIDI Amp Control setting, but the program changes will only work during playback if the amp is set to AMP. MIDI on channel 16 is also passed from the MIDI input jack to the DSP during playback of songs or patterns if the MIDI CONTROL is set to AMP.
GDEC 30 MIDI Configuration
In Utility Mode you can set MIDI CONTROL (menu 9) to SYNTH or AMP. If set to AMP, data sent on MIDI channel 16 will control the amp, and channels 1-15 will be routed to the synth. This will present a problem if a normal MIDI song is played with music on channel 16 (which could affect the amp settings in unexpected ways). In this case you can either delete channel 16 or move it to a different channel. If MIDI CONTROL is set to SYNTH, all MIDI data will be routed to the synth. When

GDEC30 MIDI Controls

If the MIDI CONTROL is set to AMP the following commands can be used (on CH 16). Amp Control Preset Num Amp Volume Synth Volume Start/Stop MIDI Play Control Type Program Change CC#07 CC#11 CC#85 CC#86 Value Range 0-99,127=Tuner 0-127 0-127 Dont care Dont care (Ignored if the amp is busy playing a pattern or song) Dont care (Ignored if the amp is busy playing a pattern or song) Dont care (Ignored if the amp is busy playing a pattern or song) Dont care Dont care 0-127 0-127 0-127 0-127 0-127 0-127 0-127 0-63 (Ignored if the amp is busy playing a pattern or song)


Data Increment Data Decrement Amp Gain RVB Level FX Level FX Param1 FX Param2 FX Param3 FX Param4 Select Song
CC#96 CC#97 CC#102 CC#108 CC#110 CC#111 CC#112 CC#113 CC#114 CC#119
G-DEC 3O APPENDIX: MIDI CHANNEL (Any except Channel 10)
PROGRAM CHANGE GENERAL MIDI (Grand) Piano 1 (Bright) Piano 2 (Electric Grand) Piano 3 Honky-Tonk Piano Electric Piano 1 Electric Piano 2 Harpsichord Clavi Celesta Glockenspiel Music Box Vibraphone Marimba Xylophone Tubular Bells Santur Drawbar Organ Percussive Organ Rock Organ Church Organ Reed Organ Accordian (French) Harmonica Tango Accordian Acoustic Guitar (Nylon) Acoustic Guitar (Steel) Electric Guitar (Jazz) Electric Guitar (Clean) Electric Guitar (Muted) Overdriven Guitar Distortion Guitar Guitar Harmonics PROGRAM CHANGE GENERAL MIDI Acoustic Bass Finger Bass Picked Bass Fretless Bass Slap Bass 1 Slap Bass 2 Synth Bass 1 Synth Bass 2 Violin Viola Cello Contrabass Tremolo Strings Pizzicato Strings Orchestral Harp Timpani String Ensemble 1 String Ensemble 2 Synth Strings 1 Synth Strings 2 Choir Aahs Voice Oohs Synth Voice Orchestra Hit Trumpet Trombone Tuba Muted Trumpet French Horn Brass Section Synth Brass 1 Synth Brass 2 (continued on next page)

Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

P/N 695ICT003 REV A



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