BLOOMERY VP FAQs
How do I adjust the tension?
PLEASE NOTE: READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE ATTMEPTING TO ADJUST. IMPROPER ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES DAMAGE THE ADJUSTING MECHANISM AND MAY VOID THE WARRANTY. THE FACTORY TENSION SETTING IS A BALANCE BETWEEN ALL FOUR SCREWS OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE PEDAL TOP. GETTING A CLEAN TENSION, AND A STRAIGHT PEDAL TOP IS AN EXERCISE IN PATIENCE. EACH ONE OF THE SCREWS IMPACTS BOTH THE OTHER SCREWS, AS WELL AS THE TENSION SETTING ITSELF. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT UNLESS YOU ARE TRULY UNHAPPY WITH THE CURRENT SETTING.
Step 1: Push pedal to back-stop position
Step 2: Loosen the tiny set-screws on the underside of the pedal top (SCREWS FACING THE FRONT) Just loosen 2-3 turns, they do not need to come all the way out. These tiny screws hold tension on the large tension adjustment screws (SCREWS ON THE SIDES).
Step 3: Adjust the tension on the outer adjustment screws (SCREWS ON THE SIDES) to desired setting – while paying close attention to how your adjustments are impacting the angle of the pedal top. As you add tension each side will need to be individually fine-tuned to keep the pedal top straight. There WILL BE a point where a perfect relationship between the tension and the top becomes impossible and you’ll have to choose between more tension OR a perfectly straight top.
Step 4: Retighten the set-screws – also, please understand that the tension setting will change slightly as these are tightened so you may need to run through the process a couple of times to fine tune your desired tension. Make sure to tighten the set screws very firmly.
How do I customize the entry point?
PLEASE NOTE: THE FACTORY ENTRY POINT IS THE BEST BALANCE BETWEEN MAX VOLUME AND FULL OFF / NO SIGNAL BLEED. ADJUSTMENT EITHER DIRECTION TYPICALLY RESULTS IN EITHER BLEED OR DIMINISHED MAX VOLUME.
Loosen the two black screws that hold the potentiometer in place. (Don’t forget to hold the nuts on the inside still at the same time.)
Slide the potentiometer toward the rear for a later entry or toward the front for an earlier entry point.
Once you reach your ideal setting, hold the potentiometer bracket very still while tightening one of the bracket screws to lock position. Again, don’t forget to hold the nut on the inside while tightening the screw.
Tighten the final screw and check your setting.
What is the procedure for properly adjusting the potentiometer on my Bloomery? (Also, what to do if there is "bleed" or signal coming through when the Bloomery is at "full off".)
First, loosen the two screws that hold the pot in place. (Be sure to hold the nut in place on the inside of the base while loosening the two Philips-head screws on the outside of the base). Also, don't loosen too much. Just enough to get the pot bracket to move.
Push the potentiometer bracket forward with your fingers until it stops.
Next, connect the pedal to a tone so you can hear what's happening.
Stand the pedal up on its end with the "Bloomery" logo on the right and the pedal top positioned on the "off" stop.
Looking down through the pedal from the other end, position a flat head screw driver against the pot bracket and gently tap the screwdriver. (VERY GENTLY) until the bleed stops.
Finally, tighten the bracket screws (holding the nuts on the inside) to lock in the new setting.
This is the current standard factory setting procedure, once complete, your potentiometer will be perfectly adjusted.
How do I turn my Bloomery Passive VP into an expression pedal?
Every PASSIVE Bloomery can be configured ahead of time to become an expression pedal. There are internal DIP switches which can be easily accessed from the cutout in the side of the pedal. This function is not able to be "switched on" in a live setting, but instead needs to be configured before playing. The Passive Bloomery ships pre-configured as a volume pedal. The DIP switches for volume are: 1 down, 2 up, 3 down, 4 up. The DIP switches for expression are: 1 up, 2 down, 3 down, 4 down. These settings are also shown in the manual which is included in the packaging and also in the pdf version of the manual here: http://tapestryaudioblog.com/bloomery_full_manual.pdf
What type of maintenance or cleaning is necessary for my Bloomery's potentiometer?
The Bloomery is engineered to protect the potentiometer from dirt, dust, and debris. However, inevitably with use, some of these will enter and, over time, they can affect the tone quality of your Bloomery. It's a good idea to clean the potentiometer using a good electrical contact spray and then follow by using a can of "computer use" type compressed air to complete the cleaning. If done regularly, this should keep your Bloomery performing as it should. **NOTE** This cleaning should probably be completed every 300-500 "sweeps" but a solid standard is impossible to give since every environment is unique. If you begin to get "scratchy" noise, perform this procedure as soon as possible.
What should I do if my Bloomery begins to make some "crackly" or “popping” type noises through the sweep?
(See "What type of maintenance or cleaning is necessary for my Bloomery's potentiometer.")
What is the difference between “Active” and “Passive”?
The active Bloomery contains 2 buffer circuits that keep your guitar tone pure and prevents tone loss of the high end frequencies. The reason it is called active is because the version requires a standard 9v center negative power supply to be used and cannot function without power.
The passive Bloomery uses passive electronics to function and therefore does not require any power to operate. Because of the nature of a passive circuit, some high end frequencies can be lost, but not significant amount. The tone loss can be compared to standard passive volume pedals such as the Ernie Ball VP. Unlike the active model, the passive Bloomery is also able to convert the tuner output into an expression output. This can be done with the internal DIP switches which can be accessed on the side of the Bloomery. The ability to convert the passive model into an expression is not meant to be "switched on" in a live setting, but must be configured to be used as an expression or volume pedal before using. By default, the passive Bloomery is shipped as a volume pedal.
I am interested in the Bloomery Passive VP for expression pedal purposes.
In terms of setup, would it require 2x TS cables connected into the VP (input & Tuner jacks) or can 1x TRS cable only through the Tuner jack be used?
Only one TRS 1/4" through the tuner output is required when in EXP mode.
Does the active version of the Bloomery allow you to configure it as an expression pedal (or does that feature only work with the passive version)?
The active version of the Bloomery cannot be configured to be an expression unless you use an insert cable through the input and output. (2 mono TS to 1 TRS)
What pedals are compatible with the Bloomery?
Any pedal using a TS 1/4" instrument cable will be compatible with the Bloomery. The Bloomery runs in line with your effects chain and is very simple to implement into your current pedalboard setup.
Is the Bloomery VP center negative?
The passive Bloomery does not require any power to operate. The active Bloomery requires a standard 9v 2.1mm center negative power supply (like most Boss pedals) and draws around 20mA.
What is the impedance of the Bloomery VP?
Both the active and passive models of the Bloomery use a 250k ohm potentiometer.
Why is my pedal is showing a different BPM than the Time Traveler?
As stated above, the Time Traveler is the closest way to sync up multiple pedals. It has been tested and is accurate within 50 micro-seconds at 60 BPM, which is significantly more accurate than anyones foot could ever be. There have been reports of pedals like the Strymon Timeline and the Boss DD-20 showing a slightly different BPM when used with the Time Traveler, however, in most cases the delay pedals are still in time with each other and a metronome.
Should the time traveler be placed before or after a delay pedal in your effect order?
The Time Traveler can be connected either before OR after a delay pedal. Either way is functional.
Why are my pedals making a humming noise?
Since the Time Traveler does not actually carry an audio signal, it cannot add any noise to your pedal chain. If the Time Traveler seems to be creating a hum when hooked up, then you are probably running too many pedals on your existing power supply. To check this, add up the mA draw on all pedals and find out how many your power supply is outputting.
What type of cable does the Time Traveler use?
The Time traveler uses a standard TS cable. TRS is not necessary, but can be used as well.
How will I know if my pedal is able to be used with the Time Traveler?
Any pedal that has an external momentary tap input should be compatible with the Time Traveler. Many pedals that have onboard tap tempo, but don't have an external tap option, can be modified to add an external tap. We do not offer modifications, however if you are interested in having your pedal modified, go to www.this1smyne.com to see if your pedal can be modded.
Does the Time Traveler output a NO (normal open) or NC (normal closed) signal?
The Time Traveler outputs NO pulses, but it works just as well with NC. NO and NC should not affect whether or not 2 pedals will be in sync.
Does the Time Traveler work with Empress delays and tremolos?
The Time Traveler will work with Empress pedals, however since they use a latching signal, the BPM will be doubled. A remedy for this is to input half of the desired BPM when working with Empress pedals.
Will the Time Traveler always sync up every tempo based effect perfectly?
The Time Traveler is the easiest way to sync up multiple tempo based effects with tap. Every pedal maker is a little different in the way they translate a tap into a tempo, however when using the Time Traveler as the master tap, we have found very few pedals that do not sync up.
What is the power draw of the Time Traveler?
The Time Traveler uses a standard center negative 9v adaptor. The resting power draw is 60mA and the peak power draw is 100mA.
What are the dimensions of the Time Traveler?
The Time Traveler uses a Hammond-style 1590BB and is 4.67” x 3.68” x 1.18”
Can I customize the Time Traveler in any way?
At this time we are not able to customize the Time Traveler, EG - that means we cannot move the jacks, or the switches, change the colors or modify the program in any way. That being said, we always appreciate good ideas for the next updated versions.
Does the Time Traveler work with EXP jacks?
Some pedals are able to be set up to use the EXP input as a tap input. For more information, check out the manual of the pedal in question or contact the pedal manufacturer.
Does the Time Traveler send out a continuous signal?
The Time Traveler sends out 4 pulses by default. This can be changed in the advanced settings from 2 - continuous. To resend the existing BPM you can click the BPM knob twice. At this time there is no customizable options to change the number of pulses.