electro-harmonix SUPER PULSAR User Manual

SUPER PULSARStereo Tap Tremolo/Panner

Congratulations on your purchase of the Electro-Harmonix SUPER PULSAR, one of the most advanced Tremolo/Panner effects ever put into a guitar pedal. Super Pulsar pairs a high-end, low noise, stereo, and analog signal path with full digital control bringing out the best of both worlds.Super Pulsar boasts so many features we thought it best to list them:

Special Features of SUPER PULSAR:

  • Stereo or Mono input and output for any combination of stereo/mono tremolo or panning
  • Fully analog signal path with up to 12dB Volume Boost
  • Four adjustable modulation waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Pulse and Rhythm
  • Sine continuously varies from narrow positive peak to standard sine to wide positive peak
  •  Triangle continuously varies from ramp-up to symmetrical triangle to ramp down
  • Pulse continuously varies its ON time from 4% to 100% of modulation rate
  •  9 Rhythm patterns available, up to 16 steps each, all user-programmable
  • Phase control continuously varies the right channel’s phase of modulation in relation to the left from 0° to 360°
  • Wave Invert button quickly inverts modulation waveform
  • Output Volume knob allows for adjustable output effect volume
  • Wide modulation rate control: from 16 seconds to 230Hz
  • Tap Footswitch allows you to set modulation rate or Rhythm tempo with 2 or more taps of your foot
  • Tap Divide function divides down your tap tempo for faster modulation from the same tap tempo; divides are dotted eighth note, quarter note triplet, eighth note, eighth note triplet, 16 the and 32 and notes
  • Expression pedal or CV control over Rate, Depth, Shape, Phase or Volume
  • External, generic footswitch input for Tap Tempo plus up to 2 other functions on TAP/CLK IN jack or set it for the external clock in
  • Save and recall all knobs, settings, rhythms, and tap tempo in up to 8 presets
  • True Bypass using mechanical relays
  • Includes EHX9.6DC power supply
WARNING: Your SUPER PULSAR comes equipped with an Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200 power supply (same as used by Boss® & Ibanez®: 9.6 Volts DC 200mA). The SUPER  PULSAR requires 165mA at 9VDC with a center-negative plug and does not accept batteries. Using the wrong adapter may damage your unit and void the warranty. Please do not exceed 10VDC on the power plug.



  • Use standard, mono ¼” instrument cables for all Super Pulsar audio connections.
  • Plug your guitar, or the output of the previous effects pedal, into the MONO / L input jack.
  • Connect the MONO / L output on the Super Pulsar into your amplifier or into the input of another pedal.

MONO Input / STEREO Output Setup

  • Start with the MONO Guitar setup above.
  • Grab a third instrument cable and plug it into Super Pulsar’s Right output.
  •  Connect the third cable to a second amplifier or the stereo input of a stereo in a guitar pedal, such as the EHX Cathedral, or use it to split your signal into another pedal chain.

STEREO Input / STEREO Output Setup

  • Building upon the MONO in/STEREO out setup above, add a fourth instrument cable and plug it into the Right input on Super Pulsar.
  • Plug the fourth cable into a stereo source, such as a keyboard or the output of a stereo guitar pedal, like the EHX Stereo Electric Mistress.


Standard Sine Wave Tremolo:

VOLUME = 1 o’clockSHAPE = 12 o’clockENV DEPTH = 12 o’clock RT. PHASE = 0°DEPTH = 11 o’clockENV RATE = 12 o’clock WAVE = RATE = 11 o’clockxRATE = DIM
Chopped Tremolo:
VOLUME = 1 o’clockSHAPE = 11 o’clockENV DEPTH = 12 o’clock RT. PHASE = 0°DEPTH = 10 o’clockENV RATE = 12 o’clock WAVE = RATE = 12 o’clockxRATE = DIM

ENVELOPE CONTROLS- See page 3 for a full explanation on ENV controls.Rate Slows As Notes Fade:

VOLUME = 1 o’clockSHAPE = 12 o’clockENV DEPTH = 12 o’clock RT. PHASE = 0DEPTH = 11 o’clockENV RATE = 3 o’clock WAVE =RATE = 9 o’clock

PRESET MODE – See page 13 for a full explanation on Presets.Entering Preset Mode/Loading Factory Presets:

  • Press and hold the MODE footswitch.
  • After 2 seconds, all the LEDs in the waveform display light up.
  • Release the MODE footswitch, you are now in Preset mode.
  • Press and release the MODE footswitch to load and advance the presets.



RATE Knob – Adjusts the speed of the tremolo or pan effect. As RATE is turned clockwise, the modulation rate increases. The RATE knob has 3 distinct ranges of speed to choose from, please see the following xRATE button description for more on the RATE knob’s range.xRATE Button and LED – This pushbutton cycles through 3 range choices for the RATE knob, one LED indicates the current selection: Slow: xRATE LED off, Medium: xRATE LED dimly lit, Fast: xRATE LED brightly lit. The following table details the RATE knob’s frequency range for each mode:

SLOW 16 Seconds – 0.28s (3.5Hz) OFF
MEDIUM (Factory Default) 0.5 Hz (2 Seconds) – 28 Hz DIM
FAST (Great for Ring Mod) 4 Hz – 230 Hz BRIGHT

DEPTH Knob – Adjusts the amount of effect. As you turn DEPTH clockwise the tremolo or panning effect becomes more pronounced. When you turn DEPTH down completely, to the minimum position, no effect is produced; in this setting, the VOLUME knob could be used to boost the signal, up to 12dB. As you turn DEPTH up past 50% the overall volume of the effect increases.ENV CONTROLS – Super Pulsar has an internal envelope follower circuit that converts the amplitude of the notes and chords you play to a voltage that sweeps modulation RATE and DEPTH. The envelope is a very dynamic effect.Since it is a measurement of the volume of your playing, you control the effect directly with your touch.There are 2 ENV knobs: ENV RATE and ENV DEPTH. Each ENV knob works in conjunction with their large knob counter-parts, and in the case of ENV RATE also sweeps Tap time. Think of the larger knobs’ positions as the start and end points of the envelope’s sweep. You should find the ENV controls react differently based on the position of its large knob counter-part.The center or 12 o’clock position for the two ENV controls is the off position; there is a center-detent in this position indicating the ENV control is off.ENV CONTROLS – POSITIVE HALF: As you turn either ENV knob clockwise, towards the + (plus) symbol from the center-off position, the output of the envelope follower will add to the current position of the bigger knob, as if you’re turning the larger knob up every time you play a note. The more positive you turn the ENV knobs, the further up the envelope sweeps RATE or DEPTH. When you set an ENV control to its positive half, you will want to turn down the associated large knob to a position in its lower half.

ENV CONTROLS – NEGATIVE HALF: As you turn the ENV knob counterclockwise, towards the – (minus) symbol, from center-off, the envelope follower output subtracts from the bigger knob’s position as if you’re turning the larger knob down each time you play a note. You will want to turn up the larger knob to a high setting in order to produce a broad envelope sweep. The ENV controls are very sensitive. Depending on how you play and how hot your pickups are, your sweet spot might be atonly 2 or 3 o’clock, not the maximum setting.ENV RATE Knob – Turning the ENV RATE knob clockwise from the center-off position causes the envelope follower to have a quickening effect on modulation speed: increasing modulation RATE, or TAP time, whenever you play a note. A negative setting on the ENV RATE knob (counter-clockwise from 12 o’clock) causes the envelope follower to slow down the modulation RATE, or TAP time. Setting ENV RATE to its center detent position, at 12 o’clock, shuts off the envelope sweep for RATE.ENV RATE’s RANGE: When the RATE knob sets Super Pulsar’s modulation rate, the limits of the envelope follower are the limits of the RATE knob. The envelope the follower will not cause the tremolo’s rate to exceed the RATE knob’s current maximum or  minimum limitsENV DEPTH Knob – Turning the ENV DEPTH knob towards its positive direction (clockwise) from the center-off position will cause the envelope follower output to increase the DEPTH amount each time you play a note. Turning ENV DEPTH counter-clockwise from the center position causes the envelope follower to decrease the amount of DEPTH. Set ENV DEPTH to its center-detent, 12 o’clock position, to disable envelope sweep for DEPTH.ENV DEPTH’s RANGE: The limits of the envelope follower are the limits of the DEPTH knob. The envelope follower cannot sweep Depth amount past the DEPTH knob’s upper or lower limits. So if you have DEPTH maxed out and you turn ENV DEPTH up to a positive setting, the envelope follower will not change the DEPTH amount as you play. Instead, turn the  DEPTH knob down to a lower setting, below 11 o’clock, when you have ENV DEPTH set in its positive half.WAVE Knob – In the counter-clockwise half of this knob’s rotation it acts as a switch choosing between the modulation waveforms: Sine, Triangle or Pulse. When you turn WAVE into the clockwise half of its rotation, from 12 o’clock to maximum, the modulation waveform switches to RHYTHM while simultaneously adjusting the pulse length of each beat in the Rhythms: as you turn WAVE clockwise from 12 o’clock to maximum, the pulse length of each Rhythm beat increases, from 2% to 100%. The SHAPE knob works in tandem with the WAVE knob to vary the waveforms’ shape or to choose the current Rhythm pattern.SHAPE Knob – While the WAVE knob is set to Sine, Triangle, or Pulse waves, the SHAPE knob continuously varies each of these waveforms’ shapes. WhenWAVE is set to RHYTHM, the SHAPE knob acts like a switch as you rotate it: allowing you to choose between 1 of 9 available rhythms. The following table indicates waveshapes available near the extremes and in the middle of the SHAPE knob’s rotation. See the TIPS AND TRICKS section on page 14 of this manual for creating your own Rhythm patterns.

SINE Peak Sine: Normal Sine: Flattened Sine:
TRIANGLE Ramp Up: Triangle: Ramn Down:
PULSE 4% PulseWidth: 50% Pulse Width: 100% Pulse Width
RHYTHM Pattern 1 Pattern 5 Pattern 9

RT. PHASE Knob – RT. PHASE turns the Super Pulsar’s stereo tremolo into a panning effect. Please note: you will only hear the effects of the RT. PHASE knows when you have the Stereo Pulsar set up in some sort of stereo configuration whether it’s mono in/stereo out, stereo in/mono out, or stereo in/out. The RT. PHASE knob is inactive in the mono in/out setup.MONO IN / STEREO OUT Setup: The RT. PHASE knob adjusts the phase of the Right channel’s modulation waveform in relation to the Left channel’s waveform. At 0°, the Right and Left Channel modulation waveforms are in phase with each other. As you turn  RT. PHASE up from 0° the Right channel will lag behind the Left channel all the way to 360° (which is really the same as 0°). For typical sine wave modulation, an RT. PHASE setting of 180° will yield maximum loudness in the Right channel when the Left channel is at its quietest.STEREO IN / MONO OUT or STEREO OUT Setup: The RT. PHASE knob adjusts the amount of the Right input that is output from Left output and the amount of Left input that is output from the Right output. At 0° the Right input comes out the Right output only and the Left input comes out the Left output only. Set RT. PHASE to 180° and you will hear an equal mix of Left input at the Right output and Right input at the Left output. Turning the knob all the way up to 360° will reverse the input/output channels completely so that the Right channel is only output from the Left output and the Left channel is only output from the Right output. The modulation waveforms are normally in phase with each other but if you enable the WAVE INVERT button, the right channel’s modulation waveform will be inverted as compared to the left channel. When DEPTH = 0, turning RT. PHASE, or sweeping with an Exp. The pedal will allow the two inputs to cross-fade between the two outputs.WAVE INVERT Button and LED – This button enables or disables the WAVE INVERT function. When its LED is lit, WAVE INVERT is enabled, when the LED is off, WAVE INVERT is also off. WAVE INVERT can be used in tandem with the RT. PHASE knob to maximize Super Pulsar’s panning effects. WAVE INVERT’s function is dependent on your input/output set up. Here’s what it does:MONO IN/MONO OUT Setup: WAVE INVERT flips the current modulation waveform. For example, pressing WAVE INVERT is a quick way to change a ramp-up the waveform to a ramp-down. Interesting patterns can be generated when you invert the Rhythm patterns.STEREO IN or STEREO OUT Setup: WAVE INVERT flips only the Right channel’s modulation waveform. It is similar to, but not identical to setting RT. PHASE to the 180° position. For example, if the modulation waveform is set to Ramp Up, enabling WAVE INVERT will change the Right channel’s modulation waveform to Ramp Down but keep the Left channel at Ramp Up so that the 2 channels are opposing each other..VOLUME Knob – Sets the overall output level of the Super Pulsar. As you turn VOLUME clockwise, the output signal for both channels gets louder.TAP FOOTSWITCH & BEAT LED – Use the TAP footswitch to tap in your modulation rate. Press and release, do not hold, the TAP footswitch at least twice to set the tremolo/pan speed. We highly recommend 4 or more taps for better accuracy. Tapping in the modulation rate will override the RATE knob’s current setting or the rate loaded by a preset. Turning the RATE knob aftertapping in a modulation speed will erase your last tap time.WAVEFORM/RHYTHM RESET: Each time you press the TAP footswitch the modulation waveforms reset to their starting points and the Rhythm patterns reset to beat 1. If Super Pulsar’s modulation waveform or Rhythm goes off beat, pressing the TAP footswitch once, on the beat, will force the waveform or pattern to start over immediately.TAP TIME LENGTH: The longest acceptable tap time is approximately 4 seconds (0.25 Hz); the shortest tap time is approximately 0.1 seconds (10 Hz).TAP AVERAGING: Super Pulsar employs TAP time averaging. Tap 3 or more times and the taps will be averaged together as long as they are within 12.5% of the first 2 taps. If the Super Pulsar receives 2 new taps (3 new taps if the new tempo average is faster) that are outside of the 12.5% tolerance, it considers this a new tap time and updates to the new tap tempo. Tap averaging is erased 4 seconds after the last tap. After the 4-second time out, 2 new taps will immediately change the modulation rate to the new TAP time.When TAP sets the modulation speed, it is saved in presets and during a power cycle. So if you tap in a tempo, then save a preset, the rate that is saved in the preset is your tap tempo. Additionally, if you tap in a tempo then power cycle, when you restart, your last tap time sets the modulation speed. Move the RATE knob to cancel out of TAP.The BEAT LED, located above the TAP FSW, always blinks at the current tempo whether the tempo is set by TAP, the RATE slider or external clock. The BEAT LED also synchronizes with the current waveform so that it lights when the modulation waveform is in the upper half of its sweep.SPEED BRAKE – Press and hold the TAP FSW for more than 1 second to slow down Super Pulsar’s speed of modulation. Thelonger you hold TAP, the slower the modulation rate will go. Release TAP to restore the modulation speed back to its currentsetting. Please note: Speed Brake is only available to the Super Pulsar’s built-in TAP footswitch. Speed Brake cannot be initiatedfrom an external switch connected to the TAP/CLK IN jack.TAP DIVIDE BUTTON & LEDs – The TAP DIVIDE button allows you to divide down your TAP time to create faster modulation rates in relation to what you tapped. Each press and release of the TAP DIVIDE button jumps to the next TapDivide mode. There are 7 available Tap Divide modes represented by 5 LEDs.TAP DIVIDE Works Like So: Super Pulsar always assumes that the musician taps in a quarter note. That quarter note can then be divided down into 6 other types of notes: dotted eighth note, quarter note triplet, eighth note, eighth note triplet, 16th note, and 32nd note (all LEDs lit). The seventh mode is a quarter note or OFF, where the tap tempo is not divided down and the modulation speed is set to your actual tap time. No LEDs are lit when Tap Divide is set to quarter note/OFF. Below is a chart displaying the 7 modes, their divide ratios, and an example of the modulation rate for each mode:

Quarter Note / OFF 1 / 1 2 Hz / 500mS
Dotted 8th Note 3 / 4 2.7 Hz / 375 mS
Quarter Note Triplet 2 / 3 3 Hz / 333 mS
8th Note 1 / 2 4 Hz / 250mS
8th Note Triplet 1 / 3 6 Hz / 167 mS
16th Note 1 / 4 8 Hz / 125mS
32nd Note All LEDs 1 / 8 16 Hz / 62.5mS

EXP MODE BUTTON & LEDs – The EXP. MODE button chooses the destination parameter for an external expression pedal or control voltage to modulate. The lit LED indicates the selected mode. Each time you push and release the EXP.MODE button jumps to the next Expression Mode. When no EXP. MODE LEDs are lit, the expression pedal/CV is disconnected, and does not sweep any of the parameters. Please note: in the following table, the expression pedal’s heel position relates to 0V from the CV source, the expression pedal’s toe position relates to 5V from the CV source. See EXP Jack on Page 10 for more information.

EXP. MODE EXP. MODE Description

Allows external control over Super Pulsar’s modulation rate whether it is set by the RATE knob or TAP footswitch.

RATE Knob RATE Knob’s minimum position RATE Knob’s current position
TAP Footswitch Tapped In Time plus TAP DIVIDE setting Very fast multiple of TAP Time plus TAP DIVIDE setting
DEPTH Allows smooth external control over the tremolo or pan Depth. In this mode, the heel position will yield a Depth of 0, the toe position equals the current DEPTH knob setting.
SHAPE For Sine, Triangle and Pulse waveforms, this mode allows smooth external control over the SHAPE knob. The heel position yields the SHAPE knob at its full counter-clockwise setting while the toe position will be equal to the SHAPE knob’s current setting.When WAVE is set to RHYTHM, the expression SHAPE setting controls the RHYTHM pulse length. The heel position sets the RHYTHM pulse length to its minimum; the toe position equals the current position of the WAVE knob.
PHASE Allows smooth external control of the Right Channel’s RT. PHASE setting. The heel position equals a Phase of 0, the toe position equals the current setting of the RT. PHASE knob.
VOLUME Allows smooth external control over the output volume of the Super Pulsar. The heel position equals a Volume of 0, the toe position equals the current setting of the VOLUME knob.

BYPASS FOOTSWITCH & STATUS LED – Press and release the BYPASS footswitch to toggle between effect mode and true bypass mode. When the Status LED is lit, Super Pulsar is in effect mode. When the Status LED is off, Super Pulsar is in true bypass mode. The Status LED is located above the BYPASS footswitch. The Super Pulsar always starts up in bypass mode.

BYPASS Signal Flow: Here are the signal flows for Bypass mode only:MONO In/Out: MONO / L Input connects directly to MONO / L Output.MONO In/STEREO Out: MONO / L connects directly to both L and R Outputs.STEREO IN/MONO Out: MONO / L connects directly to MONO / L Output, the R Input is disconnected in Bypass.STEREO IN/OUT: MONO / L Input connects directly to MONO / L Output; R Input connects directly to R Output.The BYPASS footswitch is also used when saving presets, see the Preset section on page 13 for more information.MODE FOOTSWITCH – The MODE footswitch is a utility button that may be reassigned by the musician. It has 2 modes of operation: Normal mode and Preset mode. In Normal mode, which is the factory default, the MODE footswitch can adopt thefunctionality of one of the following pushbuttons: TAP DIVIDE (factory default), EXP MODE, xRATE or WAVE INVERT. While in Preset Mode, the MODE footswitch cycles through and loads the 8 presets. The following paragraphs describe how touse each mode. Please note: the MODE footswitch will advance whatever parameter it is currently assigned to upon releasing thefootswitch, not when you first press down on it.

NORMAL Mode – While in this mode, which is the factory default, each press and release of the MODE footswitch cycles through its assigned function. At the factory, we assign MODE to TAP DIVIDE. Here’s how to assign MODE to another function:


  1. First make sure you are in Normal or WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode. If the waveform LEDs at the topof Super Pulsar is displaying the current modulation waveform then you are good. If not, see the following section called CHANGING TO NORMAL MODE FROM PRESET MODE.
  2. Press and hold the button you would like to assign to the MODE footswitch. The buttons that can be assigned to MODE are TAP DIVIDE, EXP MODE, xRATE, and WAVE INVERT.
  3. Now press and hold the MODE footswitch. Continue to press and hold both buttons until either all the LEDs for the function light up or the sole LED for the function blinks.
  4. Once you see all the LEDs for the newly assigned function light up or blink, release both the button and MODE footswitch. The MODE footswitch has been reassigned.
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Please note: after re-assigning MODE to a new function, Super Pulsar remembers the new assignment during power cycles and will save it to presets. You can only access a preset’s MODE assignment when using an external switch to load presets, see page 11. Please note: the buttons on the Super Pulsar will continue to work normally even if they are assigned to the MODE  footswitch.CHANGING TO NORMAL MODE FROM PRESET MODE:

  1. Press and hold the MODE footswitch.
  2. After approximately 2 seconds of holding down MODE, the waveform LEDs begin displaying the current modulationwaveform. You are now in Normal mode.


MONO / Left Input Jack – This is the main audio input for Super Pulsar. When using Super Pulsar in a mono-in setup, use this input jack. When using Stereo Pulsar in a stereo-in set up this would be your left input. The minimum input impedance presented at this jack is 1MΩ.Right, Input Jack – This is the secondary audio input for Super Pulsar. When using Super Pulsar in a stereo-in setup, connect your right channel to this input. When using a mono-in setup, we recommend you do not connect to this input.The input impedance presented at this jack is 2MΩ.MONO / Left Output Jack – This is the main audio output for Super Pulsar. When using Super Pulsar in a mono-out setup, use this output jack. This is the Left output for a stereo-out configuration. The output impedance at this jack is 300Ω.Right Output Jack – This is the second audio output for Super Pulsar. When using Super Pulsar in a stereo setup, connect your right channel to this output. The output impedance at this jack is 300Ω.EXP Jack – Connect an expression pedal with a TRS plug to this jack to control the following parameters with your foot: RATE, DEPTH, SHAPE, PHASE, and VOLUME. Additionally, the EXP IN jack can be connected to a CV source using a TS plug; the acceptable control voltage range is 0V to 5V. Some suggested Expression Pedals: EHX Expression Pedal, M-Audio® EX-P, Moog® EP-2 and EP-3, Roland ® EV-5 or Boss® FV-500L. The polarity of the expression pedal’s plug must have the Sleeve connected to the heel position (usually GND), Ring connected to the toe position, and Tip connected to the wiper. The nominal expression pedal impedance is 10kΩ though most other values will work fine. Please do not go below 6kΩ on your expression pedal’s potentiometer impedance. |TAP/CLK IN Jack – This jack accepts up to 3 external footswitches allowing you to set the TAP time and control up to 2 other functions. Additionally, you can set the Super Pulsar to accept clock pulses on the Tip conductor of this jack, instead of switches, so that an external clock sets the Tap time. We recommend powering down Super Pulsar when connecting or disconnecting your external switches to the TAP/CLK IN jack.EXTERNAL SWITCHES – All external switches that are connected to the TAP/CLK IN jack must be normally open,  momentary switches. The tip connection of the TAP/CLK IN jack is hardwired to set Tap time, the tip cannot be re-programmed for other functions. The ring connection of the TAP/CLK IN jack is set from the factory to scroll through the Super Pulsar’s 8  presets plus WYSIWYG mode. Each press and release of a switch connected to the ring will advance and load the next preset. You may also connect a switch that connects to both the tip and ring simultaneously; from the factory, this third switch is set to scroll through the EXP. MODEs. An example of an external footswitch that has 3 switches is the Digitech® FS300. You may also connect a single external footswitch to the tip only, or a dual external footswitch to the tip and ring.PRESET ADVANCE & LOAD FROM EXTERNAL SWITCH: You can advance and load Presets using an external switch. From the factory, the switch connected to the ring performs this function but it may also be assigned to the tip&ring switch. You do not have to enter Preset mode, as described on page 13, to advance and load Presets.Upon pressing the external switch assigned to Presets, the waveform display will jump to the next preset and load it. The preset LED will remain lit for 2 seconds and then go back to displaying the current waveform. After the 8 the preset, the last preset in the waveform display, Super Pulsar loads WYSIWYG mode and then cycles back to the 1 st preset.RE-ASSIGNING EXTERNAL SWITCHES: You can re-assign either the Ring switch or the Tip&Ring switch to any of the following Super Pulsar functions: TAP DIVIDE, EXP. MODE, xRATE, WAVE INVERT, BYPASS, or PRESET Advance andLoad. Here’s how to re-assign an external switch:

  1.  Make sure the TAP/CLK IN jack is set to External Switch mode. See the following section on page 12, entitled  EXTERNAL CLOCK, to learn how to change to External Switch mode. External Switch mode is the factory default.
  2. Press and hold the button on Super Pulsar that you want to assign, for example, the X rate button.
  3. Now press and hold the external footswitch that you want to assign to rate. It should be connected to either the Ring or Tip&Ring of the TAP/CLK IN jack.
  4. You will see either all the LEDs associated with the function on Super Pulsar light or blink. In our case, the crate LED will blink. Once you see the LEDs light or blink, release both the Super Pulsar button and the external switch, it is now assigned.
  5. To assign PRESET Advance and Load to an external switch: press and hold the MODE footswitch on Super Pulsarand then press and hold the external switch. When you see all of the waveform display LEDs on Super Pulsar light up solid,the switch is re-assigned and you can release both switches.

Please note: if you assign a switch while a preset is loaded, it only re-assigns the switch for that preset, not WYSIWYG. If you want to keep the preset’s new assignment, you must save the preset. If you want to assign the switch for WYSIWYG mode, please make sure you are in that Normal mode, see page 10.EXTERNAL CLOCK – Super Pulsar has the ability to synchronize its modulation speed to an external clock pulse on the tip conductor of its TAP/CLK IN jack. In order for Super Pulsar to properly follow the external clock, it must be set to Clock-In mode. From the factory it is set to External Switch mode, here’s how to change between Clock-In and External Switch modes:CHANGING BETWEEN EXTERNAL SWITCH AND CLOCK-IN MODES FOR THE TAP/CLK IN Jack:

  1. First press and hold the WAVE INVERT button on Super Pulsar.
  2.  Now press and hold the TAP footswitch, also on Super Pulsar.
  3. Once you press the TAP FSW, the WAVE INVERT LED will blink rapidly for about 2 seconds, you have now set the  TAP/CLK IN jack to Clock-In mode. The rapid blink of the WAVE INVERT LED means you are in Clock-In mode.
  4.  Change back to External Switch mode by performing the same procedure in steps 1-3. The only difference is when you go back to External Switch mode, the WAVE INVERT LED blinks just twice, at a slower rate.
  5. We recommend you perform this setting change while nothing is inserted into the TAP/CLK IN jack. The Super Pulsar willremember the Clock In setting during power cycles and even save it to presets. External switches are not supported in Clock-In mode.

EXTERNAL CLOCK Specs: The nominal external clock amplitude is 5V but it can follow clock amplitudes as small as 2V and as large as 9V as well as bi-polar amplitudes ranging from +/- 2V to +/-5V. The maximum external clock frequency that Super Pulsar can follow is 150Hz. The TAP DIVIDE modes can be used to increase the speed of modulation in relation to the external clock frequency, by the same ratio as for the TAP footswitch.Please note: If your external clock is modulating, it is normal for the SuperPulsar’s modulation waveform to stutter while the clock frequency is decreasing.9V Power Jack – Plug the output of Super Pulsar’s supplied AC Adapter into the 9V power jack located at the top of Super Pulsar. Super Pulsar requires 165mA at 9VDC – 10VDC with a center-negative plug. Super Pulsar accepts most BOSS ® style AC Adapters.


Super Pulsar can save and recall up to 8 presets. Every knob and button setting is saved and recalled in the presets as well as expression pedal position and all of the 9 Rhythm patterns that were in memory at the time the preset was saved. Even some of the hidden functions such as the assignment of the MODE footswitch, Clock-In mode, and assignment of external switches are all saved within presets.While in Preset Mode, the waveform display lights up only one LED at a time. The lit LED indicates which Preset is active. After you have enteredPreset mode, Super Pulsar will remain in this mode until you change back to Normal mode. It remembers the last mode you chose through power cycles and re-loads that mode upon powering up again.CHANGING TO PRESET MODE FROM NORMAL MODE:

  1.  Press and hold the MODE footswitch.2. After approximately 2 seconds of holding MODE, all 8 waveform LEDs light up solid, you are now in preset mode. You can release the MODE footswitch.
  2. You will see just 1 of the 8 waveform LEDs lit up. Even though it is now in Preset mode, Super Pulsar has not yet loaded the shown preset, it is still set to the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) setting. You must press and release the MODE footswitch again to load the currently lit preset.

LOADING & ADVANCING Presets – Each press and release of the MODE footswitch will jump to the next preset and load it. After the 8 preset, the last preset in the waveform display, Super Pulsar loads the WYSIWYG setting. Press and release MODE again and it loads the first preset.PRESET LED Blink – If you load a preset, then turn a knob, set a new Tap time, or change a button set, the currently lit preset LED will blink, indicating that a preset is loaded but something has changed since loading it. Returning the knob or button to the setting held within the loaded preset stops the LED from blinking. Expression pedal movements will not cause a preset LED to blink. If you press and release MODE while a preset LED is blinking, it will re-load the currently selected preset; press MODE again to advance to the next preset.SAVING PRESETS – You must be in Preset mode to save a preset. You can save an edited version of the preset currently loaded or save a new sound you created in the WYSIWYG slot of Preset mode, the save procedure is the same for both. In addition, if you have created a sound while in Normal mode, you can change over to Preset mode and then immediately save the preset. Here is the procedure for saving presets:

  1. Ensure you are in Preset mode. If you are not, see the section above called CHANGING TO PRESET MODE FROM NORMAL MODE.
  2. Press and hold the BYPASS footswitch on Super Pulsar until you see the blue Status LED blink at a medium rate. You will need to hold BYPASS for approximately 2 seconds before the Status LED blinks.
  3. Once the Status LED begins blinking, release the BYPASS footswitch. You are now in Preset Save mode.
  4. Use the xRATE and WAVE INVERT buttons to choose the save location. Each press and release of xRATE will scroll 1 preset to the right, while WAVE INVERT scrolls to the left.
  5.  If a preset is already loaded and you plan to save an edited version of it in a different location, the original preset LED continues to blink while you scroll with xRATE and WAVE INVERT.
  6. Once you land on the LED that you want to save to, press and release the BYPASS footswitch to actually save the preset.Both the newly saved preset LED and Status LED will blink rapidly for 1 second and then stop blinking. The preset is saved.
  7. If you change your mind and decide not to save the preset, press the MODE footswitch to cancel out of Preset Save modebefore you press the BYPASS footswitch to save.


CREATING YOUR OWN RHYTHM PATTERNS – The following procedure details how to create your own Rhythm patterns. The Rhythm patterns you make will overwrite the patterns that were loaded at the factory. Whatever Rhythm patterns are in memory at the time of saving a preset will be saved into that preset.ENTERING RHYTHM PATTERN CREATE MODE:

  1.  Ensure the WAVE knob is pointing somewhere in the RHYTHM area of the knob’s rotation, that is the WAVE knob’s clockwise half of rotation.You cannot enter Rhythm Pattern Create mode if Sine, Triangle, or Pulse waveforms are selected on the WAVE knob.
  2. Press and hold the EXP MODE and TAP DIVIDE buttons simultaneously.After about 2 seconds of holding both buttons, you will see all LEDs for both TAP DIVIDE and EXP MODE light up, the Waveform Display shows the lower 8 beats of the currently selected Rhythm.
  3. You can now release the EXP MODE and TAP DIVIDE buttons. Beat 1 of the Rhythm pattern will begin blinking indicating it is the active beat.
  4.  SELECTING A PATTERN & NAVIGATING THE PATTERN: Turn the SHAPE knob to change the rhythm pattern selection. There are a total of 9 patterns available on the SHAPE knob.
  5. The xRATE and WAVE INVERT buttons allow you to scroll through the beats of the selected Rhythm Pattern. create scrolls to the right and WAVE INVERT scrolls to the left. Beat 1 is represented by the leftmost LED and beat 8 is represented by the rightmost LED. When you scroll past either beat 8 or beat 1, the waveform display will change over toshowing the upper 8 beats of the pattern.
  6. As you scroll through the Waveform Display LEDs, the currently selected beat blinks. If the beat is currently OFF, its LED pulses ON for a short time but is otherwise off. If the currently selected beat is ON, the LED pulses ON for a longer duration with a short off state.
  7. TURNING A BEAT ON OR OFF: Press and release the MODE footswitch to toggle the ON/OFF state of the currently selected bet.
  9. PATTERN CREATE MODE: Once you have created a pattern that you would like to save into memory, use the xRATE or WAVE INVERT buttons to select the last beat in your pattern.  Press the EXP MODE button to save the pattern and exit the Rhythm Pattern Create mode. IMPORTANT: the beat you are on when you exit Rhythm Pattern Create mode will determine the last beat of the pattern. For example, if you want to create a 4 beat pattern, beat 4 must be selected at the time you press EXP MODE to exit Rhythm Pattern Create mode. If you want to create an 8 beat pattern, make sure beat 8 is selected at the time you exit User Rhythm Creation mode.
  10.  The Rhythm patterns you create will overwrite the factory patterns. When you exit Rhythm Pattern Create mode it is saved into the Normal mode memory, not into a preset. Only the pattern that is selected at the time you exit is saved. Your patterns can also be saved into presets. Each preset can have an entirely different set of 9 patterns as compared to another preset. In addition, if a preset is loaded you can edit the rhythmic patterns for that preset while the preset is loaded. When you are finished editing/creating the new pattern(s) for the preset, re-save the preset by following the Saving Presets instructionson a prior page.

SWIRLING PAN – To obtain a swirling effect as if the sound is encircling you, set WAVE to SINE, set RT. PHASE to about 10 o’clock and SHAPE to 12 o’clock. This works best with a mono in/stereo out configuration.

RHYTHM ECHO – When configured to mono in/stereo out and using a rhythmic pattern, set the RT. PHASE knob above 9 o’clock and it will start to sound like the Right channel is an echo of the Left channel. RT. PHASE set to 360° and the Right channel will be exactly 1 beat behind the Left channel.FACTORY RESTORE – While powering up the Super Pulsar, press and hold the WAVE INVERT and TAP DIVIDE buttons simultaneously. During the normal start-up routine, the waveform LEDs light sequentially to the right.Continue to hold the 2 buttons until you see the LEDs turn off sequentially to the left. Once the LEDs begin turning off towards the left, you can release the buttons, factory restore has begun. Restore usually takes a few seconds.– WARRANTY INFORMATION –

Please register online at http://www.ehx.com/product-registration or complete and return the enclosed warranty card within 10 days of purchase. Electro-Harmonix will repair or replace, at its discretion, a product that fails to operate due to defects in materials or workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. This applies only to original purchasers who have bought their product from an authorized Electro-Harmonix retailer. Repaired or replaced units will then be warranted for thethe unexpired portion of the original warranty term.If you should need to return your unit for service within the warranty period, please contact the appropriate office listed below. Customers outside the regions listed below, please contact EHX Customer Service for information on warranty repairs at or +1-718-937-8300. USA and Canadian customers: please obtain a Return Authorization Number (RA#) from EHX Customer Service before returning your product. Include with your returned unit: a written description of the problem as well as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and RA#; and a copy of your receipt clearly showing the purchase date.

United States & CanadaEHX CUSTOMER SERVICEELECTRO-HARMONIXc/o NEW SENSOR CORP. 47-50 33 RD STREETLONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101Tel: 718-937-8300Email: [email protected] EuropeJOHN WILLIAMSELECTRO-HARMONIX UK13 CWMDONKIN TERRACESWANSEA SA2 0RQUNITED KINGDOMTel: +44 179 247 3258Email: [email protected]

This warranty gives a purchaser specific legal rights. A purchaser may have even greater rights depending upon the laws of the jurisdiction within which the product was purchased.To hear demos on all EHX pedals visit us on the web at www.ehx.comEmail us at [email protected]


Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, 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 to which the receiver is connected.
  •  Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment under FCC rules.



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