Fishman Loudbox Performer
The lightest and most portable amp in the Loudbox series, the Loudbox Mini delivers the tonal quality that has made the Fishman name the standard for great acoustic sound. The Loudbox Mini packs 60 watts of clean acoustic power, and has two channels featuring Fishman's legendary preamp and tone control designs, plus digital reverb and chorus for the instrument channel and reverb for the microphone channel.
Part Numbers: PRO-LBX-500, PROLBX500
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USER GUIDE LOUDBOX PERFORMER
Take a few minutes to read through this manual before you power up the Loudbox Performer. To jump in immediately, start with the Important Safety Instructions and the Getting Started sections. While this information will get you on your way, it is not considered a substitute for reading the entire manual.
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Table of Contents
Safety Warnings Welcome Getting started Front Panel Rear Panel Tone Tips About Acoustic Feedback Phantom Power FAQs Stereo Blending Block Diagram Specications 1819
Wherever this symbol appears, it alerts you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage inside the enclosure that may be sufcient to constitute a risk of shock. Whenever this symbol appears, it alerts you to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the users manual for this amplier.
Risk of electric shock. Do not open. No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified personnel. Do not expose to rain or moisture.
Important Safety Instructions
To ensure your personal safety and the safety of others, operate this apparatus only after reading these instructions and heeding the warnings listed below. 1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions. 3. Heed all warnings. 4. Follow all instructions. 5. Do not use this apparatus near water. 6. Clean only with a dry cloth. 7. Do not block the ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. 8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other apparatus (including ampliers) that produce heat. 9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not t into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. 10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at the plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from the apparatus. 11. Use only attachments/accessories specied by the manufacturer. 12. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table specied by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over. 13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualied service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as a power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped. Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing liquids and do not place objects lled with liquids (such as a beverage container or a vase) on the apparatus. Disconnect device is AC inlet or power switch. Warning: To reduce the risk of re or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
The Loudbox Performer amplier is capable of cleanly reproducing the sound of your instrument at very high volume levels. Prolonged repeated exposure to high sound pressure levels (SPLs) without protection can cause permanent hearing loss. OSHA has set guidelines and specied permissible sound-exposure limits for those who work in high SPL environments. Permissible noise exposures Duration per day, hours 1 or less Sound level dBA slow response 115
To ensure against permanent hearing loss, wear hearing protection when you perform with amplication.
. and thank you for choosing the Fishman Loudbox Performer! Our passion for acoustic instruments inspired us to create this ampit is our sincere wish that the Loudbox Performer will inspire you as well! With its unique tri-amplied design, the potent and portable, two-channel, 130 watt Loudbox Performer delivers more serious acoustic tone and volume than any other amp in its class. The secret to the Loudbox Performers sound lies in its three power amps and two-way speaker system. This powerful combination results in higher sound pressure levels and cleaner acoustic tones, watt-for-watt, than comparable acoustic amps. Youll nd this lightweight and compact amp is as comfortable in your home studio as it is onstage. It easily passes the one-trip test, for those times you carry both your instrument and your amp to the car or into the club. The two-channel Loudbox Performer brings together a wish list of the essential features youve been looking for. The front panel includes inputs for acoustic instruments, a microphone and a CD player or drum machine. Dual EQ sections include bass, midrange and treble controls for easy, effective tone shaping. Vanquishing troublesome acoustic feedback is simple with independent anti-feedback lters and phase switches for each channel. We also include ve digital effects you can really use: two halls, two plates, and a smooth chorus. A convenient mute switch keeps things quiet when you tune up or take a break. The Loudbox Performer also features a headphone jack for silent jamming or practicing. On the rear panel, good things come in threes with D.I.s for channels 1 & 2, plus a third summed Mix-D.I. output (watch your soundperson smile). For pedal-heads, each channel has its own effects loop, a tuner out (Ch. 1) and a jack for a remote mute switch. With the Loudbox Performer on the oor, the speakers tendegree tilt-back angle helps to project your sound up to ear level. So what are you waiting for? Grab your guitar and your Loudbox Performer and go out and make some music! If you have questions or comments, please contact us through the Service and Support section of our website at www.shman.com.
Here are some basic setup tips to help get you going. To operate the Loudbox Performer safely, please read the entire manual, especially the Important Safety Instructions on page 3. If your amplier has an operating voltage of 120V, plug the provided AC line cord into the back of the amplier. If your amplier operates at 230V, you must supply your own detachable power cord. The cord you supply must have an IEC-style 320 connector at one end and a male AC plug appropriate for your area at the other. 1. Locate the Power switch (above the rear panel power cord terminal) and switch it off (down position), then connect the power cord. 2. Plug the Loudbox Performer into an electrical outlet with the appropriate AC voltage.
NOTE: Operate the amplier only at the voltage indicated in the check box on the rear panel. Do not defeat the ground prong on the AC cable; the safe operation of this amplier depends on a proper ground connection.
3. Push in the Mute switch and turn on the Power switch. 4. Connect your instrument to the Channel 1 input with a shielded cable. 5. Play aggressively and raise Channel 1 Gain until Clip LED ashes, then back off the Gain until no clipping occurs. 6. Set the controls as illustrated below. 7. Push the Mute switch (out) and slowly raise the Master Volume to the desired level.
1. Power Lights up when the amplier power is on. The Power switch is located behind the amp above the AC power cord terminal. 2. Channel 1 input Accepts all types of passive or active acoustic pickups. 3. Channel 2, XLR input Plug in a balanced mic here for vocal or for your instrument. The Loudbox Performer makes an excellent mini-PA or vocal monitor. You may also connect an outboard preamp with balanced XLR out to this input. Note: If you attempt to plug in both the Channel 2 XLR and inputs at the same time, the XLR shuts off. 4. Phantom power switch Provides 24V to the XLR input, for a condenser microphone. Provides 15V to the ring contact of Channel 2s input, for instruments with mini-electret microphones. Note: Push the Mute switch in before you turn on the phantom power, to avoid a loud pop. For more information on phantom power, see page 15.
5. Channel 2, input (stereo) Accepts all types of passive or active acoustic pickups. The Ring contact of this stereo TRS input is tied to Channel 1. An instrument with two signal sources (such as pickup and mini-mic) can be routed via stereo cable through this jack to both Channels 1 and 2 (see page 16 for setup). Note: Unplug Channel 1 input before you use Channel 2s input for stereo blending. If you use both inputs simultaneously, Channel 1 takes priority and shuts off the Channel 2 Ring signal. With this setup, your pickup and onboard mini-mic can be EQd and blended separately. Wire the mini-mic to Ring and the pickup to Tip and follow the manufacturers instructions. Turn on Phantom 15V power if your mini-mic requires it. Stereo cables are available through your Fishman dealer. Note: Items 614 are identical for both channels. 6. Clip LED The Clip LED will light when the Gain level is too high and the signal becomes distorted. If the light comes on when you play, lower the Gain until the distortion goes away. 7. 10dB Pad If you have a high output pickup and the Clip LED comes on at low Gain settings, push this switch in to put your pickup into a more useable range. 8. Gain Use the Gain knob to set the level of the signal. If the Clip LED ashes when you play, lower the Gain until the ashing stops. If either channel is unused, set its Gain to 7 oclock (off). 9. Low Boost here to add weight to the sound. In general, boost bass at low volumes and atten it out (or cut) at higher levels. With the dial set at 12 oclock, the control is effectively out of the circuit. 10. Mid This control affects how well the instrument blends in or stands out in the mix. At loud volumes a midrange cut will achieve a more natural sound. With the dial set at 12 oclock, the control is effectively out of the circuit. 11. High Boost highs to add air to the sound of the instrument. With the knob set at 12 oclock, the control is effectively out of the circuit.
12. Anti Feedback If you encounter low-frequency feedback, sweep this control to isolate and eliminate it. Many guitars will benet with the Anti Feedback knob set at about 10 oclock. The Anti Feedback lter is off at the 7 oclock position. To read more about acoustic feedback, see page 14. 13. Phase Use the Phase switch in conjunction with the Anti Feedback lter to eliminate acoustic feedback. To read more about acoustic feedback, see page 14. 14. FX Level Controls the amount of digital effects in the channel. Generally set this above the Master FX Level. 15. Digital FX (select) These built-in effects have been specially chosen and voiced for acoustic instruments. 16. Digital FX Level (master) Set the overall level of the Digital FX with this knob. In general set this lower than the individual Channel 1 and 2 FX Levels.
Digital FX Programs
1. Hall 1 2. Hall 2 3. Chorus 4. Plate 1 5. Plate 2
17. Master Volume Set the overall level of the Loudbox Performer with the Master Volume. In general put the Master Volume as high as possible (2 oclock to 5 oclock) to achieve the cleanest sound. 18. Headphone jack When you plug in stereo headphones here, the speakers shut off. This output monitors Channels 1 & 2 and the Aux input, so you can play along with pre-recorded music through the headphones. 19. Aux Level Use this to control the level of the device you plug into the Aux input. Note that the Aux channel is independent of the Mute switch, so you can play pre-recorded music on your breaks. If the Aux channel is unused, set the Aux level to off. 20. Mute The Mute switch shuts off the signals from Channels 1 and 2 to the speakers and all the XLR outputs. The mute does not affect the Aux channel, the Tuner out or the effects sends.
1. Tweeter Level Set the front panel controls at and adjust the tweeter level to where it sounds best to you. 2. Aux Input Plug in a line level stereo audio source such as a CD or MP3 player in this input. The stereo (TRS) Aux Input mixes the signals to mono when amplied, but will retain the sources stereo image through the headphones jack. 3. Mute Foot Switch Plug a mono, on/off (latching type) foot switch into this jack for remote access to the Mute. The Mute Foot Switch duplicates and overrides the front panel Mute switch. 4. Tuner out Plug in an electronic tuner here. This output receives only the Channel 1 signal and is independent of the mute, so you can tune with the speakers and the XLR outs muted. The Tuner out can also be used as pre-EQ unbalanced D.I. out for Channel 1. 5. Mix D.I. (Post) Plug in here when you wish to send signals from both Channel 1 and 2 to a mixing console or a slave amplier. This post-EQ output is always ground isolated to prevent ground loop hum. 6. Channel 2 effects loop (serial) Patch an external effect (delay, reverb, chorus) through these jacks. Use a standard shielded instrument cable to connect the Channel 2 send to the input of the effect. Connect the Channel 2 return jack to the output of the effect. The Channel 2 loop is located post-EQ and is compatible with battery-operated stompbox-style effects processors.
7. Channel 2 D.I. Out (Pre-EQ) Youll nd that this true direct output produces an uncolored signal that is exceptional for recording. Use this output when you want a at D.I. signal to go to the board. In this case you leave it to the soundperson or recording engineer to dial up your tone and effects from the console. This pre-EQ output is always ground isolated to prevent ground loop hum. 8. Channel 1 effects loop (serial) Patch an external effect (delay, reverb, chorus) through these jacks. Use a standard shielded instrument cable to connect the Channel 1 send to the input of the effect. Connect the Channel 1 return jack to the output of the effect. The Channel 1 loop is located post-EQ and is compatible with battery-operated stompbox-style effects processors. 9. Channel 1 D.I. Out (Pre-EQ) Youll nd that this true direct output produces an uncolored signal that is exceptional for recording. Use this output when you want a at D.I. signal to go to the board. In this case you leave it to the soundperson or recording engineer to dial up your tone and effects from the console. This pre-EQ output is always ground isolated to prevent ground loop hum. Power switch Lower the master volume or engage the Mute switch before you turn on the amp. Flip the power switch to the up position and it will light, indicating the amp is on. AC power Operate the amplier only at the voltage indicated in the check box on the rear panel. For 120V ampliers purchased in the USA, Canada and Mexico, plug in the supplied detachable AC power cable. For 230V ampliers purchased outside the USA and Canada, you will need to supply your own detachable AC cable. This cable must have an IEC-style 320 connector at one end, and a male AC plug appropriate for your region at the other. Disconnect device is AC inlet or power switch.
Fuse holder The fuse is located within the AC power receptacle on the back of the amp. Access the fuse compartment with a small slotted screwdriver. For 120V ampliers purchased in the USA and Canada, replace the fuse with: LittelFuse type 218002 or equivalent 5 x 20mm, 2A, 250V, time-delay fuse. For 230V ampliers purchased outside the USA and Canada, replace the fuse with: LittelFuse type 218001 or equivalent 5 x 20mm, 1A, 250V, time-delay fuse.
120V / 230 - 240V ~AC 50 / 60Hz - 500W Max FUSE: 120V T2AL / 230V T1AL
Replace with same type fuse as indicated
You can nd a balanced tone with the Loudbox Performer when you hear how tone changes as the volume rises. Set up For reference, start with the tone controls at (straight-up, twelve oclock). In this position, there is no equalization applied to your sound. Begin at a very low volume and work your way up. As you turn up, try adjusting the Loudbox Performers tone controls as recommended below.
1. Low volume At a low volume (just above conversation level) our ears are not very sensitive to bass and treble, so give the Low and High controls a good boost. Try three oclock on the dial.
2. Medium volume At intermediate levels, when you need to raise your voice to be heard over the music, the human ear is quite sensitive to midrange. Cut the Mid control to about ten oclock or to your taste. At this level our perception of bass and treble starts to catch up to the rest of the tonal spectrum, so you can back off the Low and High controls slightly for good tonal balance.
3. High volume At loud levels, when you must shout to be heard over the music, your ears (and your audience) will benet from a deep midrange cut. Set the Mid dial between nine and seven oclock. Our perception of bass and treble attens out at high volumes, so you wont need much, if any, Low or High boost. Set the Low and High knobs to between twelve and one oclock. In many cases you can also improve the tone at very high volume if you cut bass. Try setting the Low knob between ten and eleven oclock.
About Acoustic Feedback
Feedback usually occurs in the lowest octave of your instrument, generally with two notes about a half step apart. The lower type of feedback (cavity resonance) starts when the sound pressure coming out of the speakers excites the resonant air chamber inside your instrument. We have found that it is effective to tune out an instruments cavity resonance feedback with the Anti Feedback (notch lter) in the Loudbox Performer. For acoustic guitar this occurs at G# on the low E-string, or at about 100Hz. Turn the Anti Feedback knob to about 11 oclock to dial out this resonance. Note that the circuit can be effectively defeated by moving the dial to the Off (7 oclock) position. The higher range of feedback (top resonance) usually starts about a half or whole step above cavity resonance of the instrument. Top resonance feedback happens when the sound pressure coming off the speakers excites the resonant frequency of the soundboard of your instrument. For acoustic guitar this occurs at A and above on the low E-string. Push the Phase switch in and out until you nd the position that subdues top resonance feedback.
Lower Feedback Range
(E to G#)
Upper Feedback Range
(A and above)
Phantom Power FAQs
Q: I have heard 24V phantom power can damage some audio devices. True? A: Yes, phantom power can damage the following: 1. An unbalanced dynamic mic that has been modied for XLR. 2. A balanced line-level device that is not designed to accept phantom power (eg, some effects processors). Contact the manufacturer to conrm compatibility. 3. Some older balanced wireless receivers can be damaged by phantom power. Consult the manufacturer of the wireless unit for compatibility. 4. An instrument preamp or stompbox with an unbalanced output that is modied for XLR. Important note: Turn off phantom power if you plug any of the above into the XLR input. Q: Which devices are safe with 24V phantom power? A: All the following can be used safely with phantom power: 1. All balanced condenser microphones. 2. All balanced dynamic microphones. 3. Many new wireless units. Check with the manufacturer for compatibility. 4. A preamp / D.I. designed for phantom-power operation, such as the Fishman Pro-EQ Platinum.
If your instrument has two signal sources (typically minimic and pickup) and stereo output, you may route these signals into separate channels of the amp and blend them independently for your own custom mixes. 1) Plug in a stereo (TRS) instrument cable between your guitar and the Channel 2, input. 2) Pickup (Tip) is routed to Channel 2 and Mic (Ring) is routed to Channel 1. 3) Turn on phantom power if mini-mic requires it.
Gain Low Mid High Anti Feedback Phase FX Level Digital FX Level Master Volume
Mic (ring) feeds Channel 1
Turn on Phantom if mini-mic requires it.
Pickup (tip) Mic (ring)
Pickup (tip) feeds Channel 2
TUNER OUTPUT P ASE
A AN E I OUTPUT
IP ETE TION
IP E ANNE UTE
INPUT U ER AIN PA
I PASS POST SI NA
O I NOT
CH. 1 DIGITAL FX LEVEL AUX E E LEFT DIGITAL FX RIGHT 20dB SELECT CH. 2 DIGITAL FX LEVEL DIGITAL FX OUTPUT LEVEL
JACK INSERTED MUTES INTERNAL SPEAKERS
POWER AMPLIFIERS CROSSOVER HI TWEETER LEVEL LIMITER
RIN SI NA
STEREO AUX INPUT
TIP = LEFT RING = RIGHT
AIN PA O I NOT I X SEN X RETURN
INPUT U ER
POST SI NA
POST MIX D.I. OUTPUT 18dB PAD
I PREA P P ANTO PO ER
MUTE FOOT SWITCH JACK
MUTED WHEN CONTACT CLOSED. FOOT SWITCH JACK OVERRIDES FRONT PANEL SWITCH.
Rated power: Cumulative 130Wrms Woofer Amp 80Wrms continuous Midrange Amp 40Wrms continuous Tweeter Amp 10Wrms continuous All measurements @ nominal line 120V, 60Hz Acoustic response: SPL @ 1 Meter Frequency Response Power consumption: Input impedance: Ch. 1 Ch. 2, Jack (Tip) Ch. 2, Jack (Ring) Ch. 2, XLR Input Aux Input (stereo) Nominal input level: Ch. 1 Ch. 2, Jack (Tip) Ch. 2, Jack (Ring) Ch. 2, XLR Input Aux Input (stereo) Maximum recommended Ch. 1 Ch. 2, Jack (Tip) Ch. 2, Jack (Ring) Ch. 2, XLR Input Aux Input (stereo) 117dB SPL 80Hz 20kHz 4dB 200W max 10MOhm 10MOhm 10MOhm, 10kOhm with 15V phantom power 2.4kOhm Balanced 10kOhm -20dBV/-10dBV with 10dB pad -20dBV/-10dBV with 10dB pad -20dBV/-10dBV with 10dB pad -40dBV/-30dBV with 10dB pad -10dBV input level: 6dBV 6dBV 6dBV -14dBV 6dBV
Phantom power (Ch. 2 only): XLR Input 24Vdc/6.8kOhm DC source impedance per pin Jack (Ring) 15Vdc/10kOhm DC source impedance Tone controls and Anti Feedback (Ch. 1 and Ch. 2): Low 10dB @ 100Hz (shelving) Mid 12dB @ 1.2kHz (resonant) High 12dB @ 10kHz (shelving) Anti Feedback range -14dB @ 20 400Hz (Hi-Q resonant notch) We reserve the right to change any of the the specications and information in this manual without notice.
Digital effects: Program 1 Program 2 Program 3 Program 4 Program 5 Headphone Jack Output Impedance Max Output Level Nominal Output Level Channel 1 & 2 D.I. Out Output Impedance
Hall 1 Hall 2 Chorus Plate 1 Plate Ohm 18.5dBV (rms) -10dBV 600Ohm balanced Phantom power tolerant, ground isolated
Channel 1 & 2 Effects Sends: Output Impedance 2.2kOhm Output Voltage +3dBV (1.4Vrms max) -10dBV Nominal Channel 1 & 2 Effects Returns: Input Impedance 20k Ohm Input Voltage +3dBV (1.4Vrms max) -10dBV Nominal Sends and returns are compatible with battery operated effects processors Mix D.I. out: Output Impedance Tuner out: Output Impedance Speaker system: Woofer Midrange Tweeter 600Ohm balanced Phantom power tolerant, ground isolated 5kOhm
6.5 paper cone 4.5 polypropylene cone 1 soft dome, rare earth magnet, ferrouid cooled Tweeter Level Up to 6dB cut Crossover 600Hz, 4kHz (Tri-amplied with active crossover) Woofer and midrange installed in separate isolated and damped compartments Bafe Angle Upright position 10 degrees With kickstand 45 degrees Physical: Dimensions Weight 19.5 x 16 x 11.5 (49.5cm x 40.5cm x 29cm) 35 lbs (16 kg)
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