Echolution 2 Blog

E2 Firmware 101

The new E2 Pitch-Shifting firmware is now live.

This improved code will run on any version of the Echolution 2 pedal (Basic, Deluxe, Filter, Ultra). This is the standard firmware found in the new Filter PRO and Ultra PRO models which begin shipping on dealers this week.

To Update your Echolution 2, open the previous E2 application and select File->Automatic Firmware Update.

Once your E2 has been updated to firmware version 101, update the E2 Application by downloading and installing the new Windows and Mac OS X Applications.

Currently, Windows 10 is not supported.

Feature Enhancements:

Pitch Change (ascending and descending) for both delay taps.  Each delay tap can be assigned a different pitch shift interval. The pitch shifting can be turned on and off at any point using the remote switch JUMP function or via MIDI. Once a pitch shift value has been selected JUMP is automatically enabled, so that users without the remote switch can enjoy pitch shift effects. When a pitch shift value has been selected, the JUMP function “latches” and the JUMP switch must pressed again to turn the pitch shifting off.  Pitch Shift values can be assigned, saved and recalled in any of the 60 presets.

  • To change the pitch shift value for the first delay tap, hold down both the Delay Time (Short / Med / Long) and Taps buttons and turn the Preset Encoder to select the desired pitch shift value.  After simultaneously pressing Delay Time and Taps, (while at least one of them is still held down), the 7-segment display will show a number or “-“.  This number represents the Pitch change, The intervals are displayed as a number and decimal point; each number represents a corresponding scale degree (5 = perfect fifth) with the decimal point indicating whether that interval is flatted (5. = flat five).
  • The change the pitch shift value for the second delay tap, hold down the Special FX (Pong / Halo) and Taps buttons and turn the preset encoder
  • To change the VOLUME of the second delay tap, hold down the Special FX (Pong / Halo) and Taps buttons and turn the mix knob.
  • When one delay tap is turned on and a pitch shift value has been selected, JUMP with cause the delay to pitch shift.
  • When one delay tap is turned on and a pitch shift value has been selected for both taps, JUMP with cause the delay to alternate between the two assigned pitches (First Tap pitch for one cycle, Second Tap pitch for one cycle, etc).  The second tap will not be heard.
  • With two delay taps turned on, and a pitch shift value has been selected for only one of the taps, one delay will pitch shift and one will not.
  • With two delay taps turned on, and a pitch shift value has been selected for boths of the taps, each delay will pitch shift according to the selected intervals.
  • When FREEZE is activated, JUMP will only remain active for a single cycle, allowing material to change pitch one interval at a time.
  • When FREEZE is activated with a single tap but a pitch shift value has been set for both taps, the pitch shift value of the frozen delay will alternate with each press of the JUMP footswitch.

The Second Tap now has an independent Mix parameter.  This parameter decreases the volume of the Second Tap from the current Main Mix setting.  To Change the Second Tap’s Mix, hold down the Special FX and Taps buttons and then turn the Mix Knob.

When FREEZE is active, the Tap footswitch becomes Loop Record.  When FREEZE is turned on, pressing the TAP footswitch begin recording a new loop.  A second press (within 10 seconds) will close the loop and begin playback. To overdub, turn off FREEZE to add new material and turn FREEZE back on when done. Hitting the TAP switch will clear any currently looped audio. To record a new loop, make sure FREEZE is turned on and then hit the TAP footswitch.

When MIDI Sync’d, Tapping a new delay length, even using the Loop Record function, will quantize the new length to an integer number of MIDI quarter notes.  (IE, you can increase the delay time while remaining MIDI Sync’d).  To get back to the original delay time, quickly double tap the Tap Tempo switch.

Presets now load exactly as saved and ignore any expression pedal assignments until the Expression pedal has been moved.

Global Tap will not load the delay time of any preset saved with a SHORT delay range setting.  The previous Tap Tempo value will be stored and used once a delay without a SHORT delay range setting has been loaded. This allows musicians to access the myriad of modulation effects (that require delay times less than 100ms) while still preserving a global tap tempo when switching presets during live performance.

New Global Boot Settings:

MIDI Channel Selection Menu has been added.  Hold Preset during boot to access the MIDI Channel Selection Menu.  After the firmware version number has been displayed a ‘C’ will be displayed indicating the E2 will enter the MIDI Channel Selection Menu upon release of the Preset Encoder.

In this menu, users can see the current MIDI Channel selection and change it if necessary.  Upon entering this menu, the current MIDI Channel Selection will be displayed followed by a blinking ‘C’ to indicate the current menu.  The possible MIDI Channel assignments are 1-16 with tens indicated by an illuminated decimal point: 9 = 9, 0. = 10, 1. = 11, etc.  Turn the Preset Encoder Clockwise to increment the selection and Counter-Clockwise to decrement the selection.

Once the desired MIDI Channel is shown:

  • Pressing the Preset Encoder will confirm the selection, save the MIDI Channel assignment, and finish booting.
Phase Inversion Global setting has been added.  Hold the FILTER button while powering up the E2 to toggle stereo output phase inversion.  The Filter LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = Outputs are out of phase.  Not Lit = Outputs are in phase.
Delay Output Boost has been made toggleable.  Hold the TAPS button while powering up the E2 to toggle the delay output boost.  The Taps LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = Delay Output Boost.  Not Lit = No Delay Output Boost.
Added Non-Pitched MIDI Tracking (Taps  will Teleport when a New MIDI Tempo is received), this is a Global Flag and can be toggled by powering up the E2 while holding down the DELAY TIME button (Short, Med, Long).  The Time LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up: Lit = Pitched MIDI Tracking.  Not Lit = Non-Pitched MIDI Tracking.
MIDI Clock Thru has been added to Boot Settings.  Hold Special FX (Pong / Halo) while powering up the E2 to toggle the MIDI Clock Thru.  The Pong / Halo LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = MIDI Clock, if present, will be copied from MIDI IN to MIDI OUT.  Not Lit = MIDI Clock will not be copied from MIDI IN to MIDI OUT.
MIDI Thru has been added to Boot Settings.  Hold the LFO button while powering up the E2 to toggle the MIDI Thru.  The LFO LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = MIDI data other than Clock, if present, will be copied from MIDI IN to MIDI OUT.  Not Lit = MIDI data other than Clock will not be copied from MIDI IN to MIDI OUT.
Dry Kill During Bypass has been added to Boot Settings.  Hold down the Trails / Listen / Dry Kill button while powering up the E2 to toggle Dry Kill During Bypass.  The Trails / Listen / Dry Kill LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = Dry Kill will remain active (muting analog pass-through) when the E2 is Bypassed.  Not Lit = Dry Kill will disable (allowing analog pass-through) when the E2 is Bypassed.
Generate MIDI Out Clock has been added to Boot Settings.  Hold the Reverse / Duck button while powering up the E2 to toggle whether the E2 generates MIDI Clock from its current delay time.  The Reverse / Duck LEDs will indicate the current status of this setting while powering up.  Lit = E2 will generate MIDI Clock from the current Delay Time.  Not Lit = E2 will not generate MIDI Clock from the current Delay Time.

Added Explicit MIDI values for setting parameters more quickly. Follow this new MIDI CC Map:

  • Knobs:
    • 4 – Exp pedal input
    • 12 – Repeats Knob
    • 13 – Time Knob
    • 14 – Mix Knob
    • 15 – LFO Speed Knob
    • 16 – Modulation Depth Knob
  • Buttons:
    • 17 – Time Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = SHORT
        • 4 = MED
        • 5 = LONG
    • 18 – SFX Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = OFF
        • 4 = PONG
        • 5 = HALO
        • 6 = PONG AND HALO
    • 19 – Taps Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = SHORT
        • 4 = MED
        • 5 = LONG
        • 6 = SHORT
        • 7 = MED
        • 8 = LONG
        • 9 = SHORT
        • 10 = MED
        • 11 = LONG
        • 12 = SHORT
        • 13 = MED
        • 14 = LONG
    • 20 – Filter Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = FILTER OFF
        • 4 = LP ON
        • 5 = TAPE ON
        • 6 = COMB ON
        • 7 = SWEEP OFF
        • 8 = SWEEP ON
        • 9 = CRUSH OFF
        • 10 = CRUSH ON
    • 21 – Bypass Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = NONE
        • 4 = TRAILS ON
        • 5 = LISTEN ON
        • 6 = DRY KILL OFF
        • 7 = DRY KILL OFF
    • 22 – Ducking Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = DUCKING OFF
        • 4 = REVERSE ONLY
        • 5 = DUCK ONLY
    • 23 – EXP Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = NONE
        • 4 = REPEATS
        • 5 = TIME
        • 6 = MIX
        • 7 = SPEED
        • 8 = DEPTH
        • 9 = ENVELOPE SELECTOR ON
        • 10 = ENVELOPE SELECTOR OFF
    • 24 – LFO Mod Button
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = TRIANGLE
        • 4 = SQUARE
        • 5 = SAW
        • 6 = RANDOM
        • 7 = SUPER TRIANGLE
        • 8 = SUPER SQUARE
        • 9 = SUPER SAW
        • 10 = SUPER RANDOM
    • 25 – Tap Tempo Footswitch
    • 27 – Engage Footswitch
      • Special Values :
        • 3 = Explicitly Engaged
        • 4 = Explicitly Not Engaged
    • 28 – Preset Save
    • 29 – Jump Footswitch / Preset 1/2
    • 30 – Freeze Footswitch / Preset 3/4

Adjustable Filter Cutoff Frequency : Send the desired value (0-127) to MIDI CC#74 to change the corner requency of the currently enabled filter

Second Tap Volume : Send the desired value (0-127) to MIDI CC#76 to change the volume of the second tap.

Looping: Send a momentary 1 to CC#83 to Start a Loop, then send another to Close that Loop.

Setting Jump Intervals:

First / Primary Tap = MIDI CC# 77

Second / Secondary Tap = MIDI CC# 78

Sending a 1 will decrement the pitch of the tap, sending a 2 will increment the pitch of the tap.

To set the intervals of the first and second taps explicitly, follow this table:

  • 3 -Descending Octave
  • 4- Descending MAJOR 7th
  • 5- Descending MINOR 7th
  • 6- Descending MAJOR 6th
  • 7- Descending MINOR 6th
  • 8- Descending PERFECT 5th
  • 9- Descending TRITONE
  • 10- Descending PERFECT 4th
  • 11- Descending MAJOR 3rd
  • 12- Descending MINOR 3rd
  • 13- Descending MAJOR 2nd
  • 14- Descending MINOR 2nd
  • 15- Classic Jump (Octave no Latching)
  • 16- Ascending MINOR 2nd
  • 17- Ascending MAJOR 2nd
  • 18- Ascending MINOR 3rd
  • 19- Ascending MAJOR 3rd
  • 20- Ascending PERFECT 4th
  • 21- Ascending TRITONE
  • 22- Ascending PERFECT 5th
  • 23- Ascending MINOR 6th
  • 24- Ascending MAJOR 6th
  • 25- Ascending MINOR 7th
  • 26- Ascending MAJOR 7th
  • 27- Ascending Octave

Pigtronix launches Pitch Shifting Echolution 2 Multi-Tap Delay Pedals at Summer NAMM

PRESS RELEASE

July 9, 2015 (Port Jefferson Station, NY) – Pigtronix unveils two new masterpiece delay pedals at the Summer NAMM in Nashville today: Echolution 2 Ultra Pro and Echolution 2 Filter Pro.

Both new E2 models feature Independent Pitch Shifting on two syncronized delays, which can be overlapped or set to numerous rhythmic configurations, including the Pigtronix signature Golden Ratio function. The tap tempo and MIDI-controlled dual delays can be set to pitch-shift by any musical interval within an octave. Sweeping filters and complex modulation options—with up to 5 LFOs—create new sonic textures that go far beyond the “shimmer” and “crystals” effect patches of the past.

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The Echolution 2 Ultra Pro (E2U) replaces the E2 Deluxe. This new flagship delay processor represents the ultimate realization of the Echolution 2 platform, providing an unprecedented level of parallel delay and filter processing in a pedal format. Breaking away from the industry-standard “one sound at a time” paradigm, the Echolution 2 sports 30 individual front-panel algorithms that can be selected in any combination, deep expression pedal and envelope mapping options available via real-time MIDI or PC/MAC app control.

The E2 Ultra Pro ships with numerous firmware enhancements over the original Echolution 2 Deluxe, as well as a double-digit preset indicator—eliminating the need for bank selection—and an improved USB port for connection to the editor software. In conjunction with this firmware and hardware upgrade comes an enhanced PC/MAC editor, which gives this monstrously deep time machine free access to even greater depth of customization.

The Echolution 2 Filter Pro (E2F) replaces the E2 Basic, adding on-board multi-tap / tap sub-division control as well as 8 different filter options and pitch-shifted time based sound effects. These core “pro” features give players who want a streamlined user interface the ability to tweak key delay ingredients on the fly. Connecting the pedal to the free Pigtronix Echolution 2 PC/MAC editor application via the newly revised USB port gives the E2 Filter Pro access to the full power of the flagship E2 Ultra Pro.

Many of the new sounds, MIDI functionality and deep sound design features found in these new units were requested by Pigtronix Echolution 2 users around the world and can be added to previous versions of the Echolution 2 via a simple online firmware update process, as detailed on the Echolution 2 blog located here: http://www.pigtronix.com/blogs/echolution2

The new E2 pedals will ship worldwide in August, 2015 and will hit the street at $449 USD for the Echolution 2 Ultra Pro and $329 USD for the Echolution 2 Filter Pro.

Echolution 2 Build 78

Click Here to Download the latest firmware for your Pigtronix Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe.

New Features:

  • Maximum delay level has doubled. The Mix Knob can make the delay 6dB louder at the maximum setting.
  • Adjustable Filter Cutoff Frequency for the default filter, LP filter, and Tape filter.  Each preset can have different settings for each of the 3 filters.
    • To Change the corner frequency of the currently enabled filter, Press and hold both the Filter Selection and Bypass Selection Soft Switches, and then turn the Speed knob.  Immediately after updating your Echolution 2 the filters will be set to the finely tuned defaults: Default = Fully CW, LP = 11 O’Clock, Tape = 9 O’Clock.  Any changes made to these settings can be saved to the current Preset using the Preset Encoder.
    • To change the corner frequency of the currently enabled filter using MIDI, send the desired (0-127) value on MIDI CC #74
  • Global Tap option sticky flag.  With Global Tap enabled, the delay time will not be loaded when changing presets.
    • To toggle the Global Tap setting, press and hold the TAP footswitch while the Echolution 2 is powering up.
    • NOTE!: The Remote Switch assignment sticky has moved to the ENGAGE Footswitch!
  • The Echolution 2 now copies ALL data from MIDI In to MIDI Out.  If a MIDI Clock is present on MIDI In, it is copied to MIDI Out.  If no MIDI Clock is Present on MIDI In, the Echolution 2 will output its own MIDI Clock on MIDI Out.
  • Ignore the Incoming MIDI Clock option sticky flag has been added.  This can be used to control multiple Echolution 2’s via MIDI CC’s but allow them to have different delay lengths.
    • To toggle the IgnoreMIDIClock setting, press and hold the Expression Assignment Selection (EXP) while the Echolution 2 is powering up.
  • Changes have been made to the Echolution 2’s Power up procedure:
    • The Echolution 2 will now display “-” while it initializes itself, when this is done it will display the current firmware version number in a sequence of three digits.  For this firmware you will see “0->7->8”.
    • While the Infinity is displaying the current firmware version number it will also display the current settings of each sticky flag
      • Global Tap is displayed on the TAP LED:
        • Not Lit = Global Tap is disabled
        • Lit = Global Tap is enabled
      • The Remote Switch setting is displayed on the ENGAGE LED:
        • Not Lit = The Remote Switch controls Jump/Freeze
        • Lit =The Remote Switch controls Preset selection
      • The setting to Ignore Input MIDI Clock is displayed on the 5 Expression Selection LEDs
        • Not Lit = MIDI Clock is NOT Ignored
        • Lit = MIDI Clock is Ignored
  • 2 new special values have been added to the Engage MIDI Controls.  These new values explicitly assign the current Engage State
    • MIDI CC #27 Value of 3 explicitly sets the Echolution 2 to Engaged
    • MIDI CC #27 Value of 4 explicitly sets the Echolution 2 to NOT Engaged

Bug Fixes from previous versions:

  • Tap Tempo, Engage, Jump and Freeze MIDI Controls have been fixed and now correctly allow a value of 1 to trigger a short press in ALL cases
  • Jump and Freeze are now ignored if the Delay Range is set to NO DELAY (If the Delay is turned off using the Delay Time Soft Switch).  This prevents the Echolution 2 from staying in the Jump or Freeze state until the Delay is turned back on.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPDATING TO THE E2 2.0 APP AND FIRMWARE

When updating to the ver. 2.0 Echolution 2 application and firmware, you must update the firmware FIRST (using the old app) and THEN update to the 2.0 app.
If you update the app first, when you then update the firmware, the app will crash and disconnect.

If you updated the app first and can’t update the firmware, you will need to:
1) UNINSTALL the 2.0 app
2) Go to http://pigtronix.com/E2application/Legacy%20E2%20App%20%28Version%201%29/ and download the Legacy E2 App (choosing the right platform for your computer: Linux, Mac or Windows)
3) Install the Legacy E2 App
4) Update the Firmware: click on File>Update Firmware in the app and navigate to the 2.0 firmware file (wherever you downloaded it to). The file is called “e2update.dat”.
5) Update the App: Go to http://pigtronix.com/E2application/ and download the applicable app version, and double click on the file to install.

If you haven’t updated to 2.0 app and firmware yet, simply open your app and follow steps 4 and 5 above before you update the application to version 2.0.

MASSIVE firmware update and NEW application for Echolution 2

Click Here to Download the latest firmware for your Pigtronix Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe

Click Here to Download the Echolution 2 Application Version 2.0

This new application and firmware allows expression pedal and envelope control of all knobs, simultaneously, with user definable heel and toe settings as well as independent envelope inversion, strength and decay time parameters for every preset.

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The five main parameters (Repeats, Delay Time, Delay Mix, Modulation Speed, and Modulation Depth) now support independent mapping from the expression pedal and envelope detection circuitry.  The expression and envelope mapping can apply to multiple parameters, with each parameter having independent settings for Expression range/direction and Envelope strength/direction/release time.  When a parameter has any of these advanced mapping features enabled the LED for that parameter dimly illuminates to indicate the expression or envelope control.  The previous Single Expression/Envelope Mapping now serves as an Advanced Mapping Override allowing E2D users to quickly override or experiment without the use of a computer.

This functionality is easily accessed in the newly updated Echolution 2 application using the advanced options controls.  When a parameter is assigned expression pedal control, pointers for the heel and toe become visible around that parameter’s associated control knob; moving these pointers sets the range of control.  Controls in the advanced options menu set the direction of the expression pedal mapping.

Envelope control is also accessed through the advanced options controls.  Here envelope control of the individual parameters can be enabled, along with the strength of the mapping, the direction, and the release time of each.

This unprecedented level of control and tweak-ability is pushed to it’s limit with the application’s inclusion of Preset Blending.  Users can select two similar presets and have the application automatically set the expression pedal ranges and directions so that the expression pedal blends between the parameter settings.

To round out this paradigm shifting addition, we’ve added separate global settings for the Sensitivity and Release Time of Ducking, a host of improvements to Preset Management and Switching as well as access to Global Parameters (such as MIDI Channel).

Echolution 2 Firmware Update

Click Here for Echolution 2 Firmware Ver. 71

New Features:

* Taps “teleport” when loading presets. This is helpful for seamless transitions between vastly different sounds.

* Switching in and out of TAPE mode is now silent

* Holding down rotary switch during boot sets MIDI channel.

* MIDI Bug that would see other MIDI channel’s data has been fixed.

* MIDI BEAT CLOCK output divider removed – This feature is essential for using E2’s tap tempo to control the Pigtronix Infinity Looper. 

This Echolution 2 firmware, combined with the Infinity Looper 2.0 firmware represents the complete realization of the musically synchronized echo, modulation, filter and looping system we set out to create. Enjoy!

Firmware update for Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe

This firmware vastly improves the sound and “feel” of the E2 Delay line. It is essential. If you have an E2, please run the firmware update process from the application. Download the new firmware here:

http://pigtronix.com/E2firmware/