MIDI Features and Controls

Library of MIDI commands and how to program your Lion Distortion

How to Connect

Midi communication to the Lion conforms to the specification for TRS to Midi adapters issued by the Midi Association. So what does this mean for me? In order to communicate via Midi you will need either a 5 pin to 1/4" TRS adapter cable that is wired to the TRS specification (link to a compatible cable found here) or if you wish to make your own patch cables, a link to the wiring diagram and the midi specification can be found here. You can also use a midi box that converts 5 pin Midi to multiple TRS patch cable connections and will need to conform to the TRS specification (currently only the Midi Box 4 by Disaster Area Designs), or a compatible Midi controller with TRS midi output's like the Futurist by Matthews Effects or various controllers by Disaster Area Designs and MorningStar Engineering.

Changing the MIDI Channel

From the factory the Lion is set to receive Midi messages on Midi channel 1, however this can be changed upon powering up the pedal. After applying power to the Lamb, hold down the Preset switch while the pedal is in startup mode (Volume & High Cut knobs are white and the Bypass and Preset LED's are flashing). While continuing to hold down on the Preset switch, the Bypass LED will flash the number of times equivalent to the Midi channel (set to 1 from the factory) and then will have a 2 second pause before flashing again. Simply press the Bypass switch to increment the Midi channel by 1, press as many times necessary to change to the correct Midi number. The numbers available on the Lion are channels 1 thru 16, once you've reached number 16 the next press will start over again at number 1. Once you have the right number selected, just release the Preset switch to save this setting into permanent memory.

Saving Presets via MIDI

You have two options for creating presets. The first option is to use a "smart" midi controller that can send multiple simultaneous midi messages. Just send individual CC messages to turn the Bypass switch on, select the algorithm, and set the values for each knob. 

The second option is to use our revolutionary CC Snapshot feature. While in Live Mode, select your desired algorithm and then set all of the knobs to their desired positions. From there just send midi CC #28 with any Value from 3 thru 124. The pedal will then take a snapshot of its algorithm and knob positions, after that the knobs will flash green letting you know the preset has been saved into permanent memory. To recall this preset, just send a PC message with the same number used for the Value when sending CC #28.

Example: send CC #28 Value 10 to save a preset in the 10th slot. Send PC #10 to recall the new preset.

The Lion can save 100 onboard presets (0 thru 99).

Program Change Messages

Control Change Messages

Receiving CC messages will control the individual controls, knobs, and switches of the Lion