Combinator 2 user manual
Carl Martin Combinator 2 was designed and developed in response to many
requests from guitar players who use lots of effects pedals, but are
frustrated by having to press several footswitches in order to turn
multiple pedals on and off. The Combinator 2 is a non-midi programmable
effects switching system that handles up to eight pedals. Each pedal is
connected to one of eight individual effects loops (loop 7 with stereo
return, and loop 8 with stereo send/return), and then assigned to one or
more of 18 groups. Pushing the program switch for a group simultaneously
engages all of the pedals assigned to it. So if, say, you have a fuzz, a
wah, and a chorus assigned to program switch 1, pressing that switch
will turn them all on or off. The Combinator 2 is a three-bank device
each with six programs. The Combinator 2 also features a master mute
switch, a tuner output jack, and three channel external switching using
loop programming switch one, two and three, connected to three
individual jack plugs, the loops can be used simultaneously i.e. if loop
one is used for external switching, and a pedal is in loop one, that
loop is activated when the external switching is used.
is a snap. Just select bank press one of the program buttons, press the
soft buttons corresponding to the pedals or/and external switches you
want to include, press store, and you're done. The Combinator 2 also
features a power supply, providing eight individual 9-volt taps, one for
the pedals in the 8 loops (the order is fixed)
Select bank, press program button
Press the soft buttons corresponding to the pedals and/ or external switch you want to include
Press store, and you're done
The Combinator is primarily designed for Carl Martin pedals, but can also be used with other pedals with low impendant output (BOSS, - Ibanez, - DOD i.e.) some older effects and wah pedals are high impendant output, these requires a low impendant converter, or a low impendant pedal in series.
The 9-Volt taps are hot on the ring (Boss, - Ibanez standard)
Always press a program button, before connecting it to the amp, all the loops are activated after power has been taken.
If one or more of loops 1,2 & 3 is used for external switching, and a pedal is in either one of the loops, that loop is activated when the external switching is engaged, say you use loop 1 to shift channel on your amp, and you know you will use a specific pedal every time you're on that channel, you can place that pedal in the loop.
or 115 or 230 VAC 50-60 Hz.