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When first booting up, the Lineage splash screen is displayed.
Firmware version info: there are three processors in the system. The LCD processor, the IO processor and the Main board processor. The LCD communicates with both these devices to run the Lineage system. You will see the indicators turn orange to indicate that IO and Main CPU are functioning properly. The firmware version of the LCD and Main processor are also indicated on the display.
String Indicators: The string indicators are on the bottom right of the splash screen. Each indicator will show white or orange. Orange indicates that the string is sounding. The string indicators are active on most of the screens.
Battery Info: The battery indicator on top right of the display indicate the battery charge level and will change from green/yellow/red. When plugged into your PC while playing, you will see the battery indicator change to blue with a + sign to indicate charging charging.
You can also plug Lineage into any standard USB charger. To charge at max rate you need at least 1.5A charger, but it will charge with anything 500ma. When charging from a PC port, it will charge very slowly, basically just keeping the battery topped up as you use it. It will take a little over 4 hours to fully charge using a wall charger.
When plugged in to a charger or your computer, the guitar will not shut off. After 5 minutes of inactivity the screen will dim. You can touch any key to turn screen on again. If not plugged in, it will power down.
Hard Buttons / Indicators
(1) Performance (Home)
(2) MIDI controllers
(4) Back one screen or hold to edit for controller and whammy parameters
Performance (Home) There are two performance screens described below. These are your main screens while playing intended to give quick access to most common used functions during performance.
MIDI Controllers The MIDI Controllers, screen described below allows control of various MIDI modulation parameters.
Settings The Settings button takes you to a Settings sub-menu allowing access to all the parameters of the Lineage.
Knob 1: Always controls Layer 1 volume
Knob 2: Always controls Layer 2 volume
Knob 3: Assignable to any parameter with a round or rounded corner screen element. To assign it, touch the screen element and it will turn blue to indicate that it is activated.
Double-Whammy Bar: This is a dual purpose controller that defaults to sending MIDI pitch bend messages. When the push button is pressed it transmits MIDI continuous controller messages. The MIDI modulation controller messages and channels are programmable.
Mute Bar: Press the mute bar in the front of the bridge with your palm to stop all notes from playing.
General Rule for LCD Buttons
- Rectangular buttons turn functions on or off.
- Circular buttons or buttons with rounded edges indicate that can be controlled by the assignable knob on the body of the guitar.
To adjust a parameter, touch the display item (circular button), it will turn ‘blue’ to indicate that it is assigned to Knob 3. Turn knob 3 to adjust the parameter. The knobs are attached to rotary encoders and turn infinitely. The value of the parameter is displayed on the selected field.
String Indicators: The string indicators on the performance screens are larger than those on the Splash Screen or MIDI controller screens – they have the same functionality. Each indicator will show white or orange. Orange indicates that the string is sounding.
Other Indicators: There are several indicators on the top right of the display:
[battery] – the battery indicator shows approximate life of the internal rechargeable battery. If it turns red, it is time to plug in your guitar. Under most usage conditions, we expect that the unit will be plugged in and it will charge. This is indicated by a blue icon with a + sign.
[whammy/modulation] – when pressing the button on the tip of the whammy bar, the modulation indicator will show a white dot in the middle of the red indicator. This means that the whammy is now outputting modulation information.
[v] – save preset indicator is shown when changes have been made to the current preset settings. You can go to the save menu to save your preset.
The performance screens are intended to give quick access to most common used functions during performance
Performance Screen A
*Graphic controls from top left to right.
Preset: Touch to assign knob 3 turn to load presets.
Layer 1 Volume: knob 1 changes this value to control Layer 1 volume.
Layer 1 Transpose: Touch to assign to knob 3 and change transposition of Layer 1 in semitones.
Layer 2 Volume: Knob 2 changes this value to control Layer 1 volume.
Layer 2 Transpose: Touch to assign to knob 3 and change transposition of Layer 2 in semitones.
Open Tuning: touch to turn on/off current open tuning. Open tunings can be created in the system/tunings menu.
Tap: touch to turn tap on or off
Slide: touch to enable/disable slide. Slide range can be adjusted in the Settings/Presets menu
Performance Screen B
This is the secondary performance screen and includes adjustments for internal sounds.
Graphic controls from top left to right.
Preset: Loads presets.
Layer 1 Pan: Touch to assign to knob 3 to adjust Layer 1 pan position.
Layer 1 MIDI Channel: Touch to assign to knob 3 and adjust MIDI channel for Layer 1.
Layer 2 Pan: Touch to assign to knob 3 to adjust Layer 2 pan position.
Layer 2 MIDI: Touch to assign to knob 3 and adjust MIDI channel for Layer 2.
When selecting MIDI Channel range from 1~16, the Lineage sends MIDI note data for all strings on the displayed MIDI channel. It is often convenient for improved performance and pitch bend handling to put each string on a separate MIDI channel. To do this, rotate past 16 to get the following options.
|Indicator||LoE channel||A channel||D
The buttons below the dividing line are for internal sounds only.
Internal Sounds Only
Enable: enable/disable internal sounds.
Chorus: enable/disable chorus effect for internal sounds.
Layer 1 Sound Number: Touch to assign to knob 3, dial up the required sound.
Layer 1 Sound Name and Enable: Displays the file name of the selected sound. toggles the sound on and off. Greyed out if the sound or layer is off.
Layer 2 Sound Number: Touch to assign to knob 3, dial up the required sound
Layer 2 Sound Name and Enable: Displays the file name of the selected sound. toggles the sound on and off. Greyed out if the sound or layer is off.
NOTE: If you are not using internal sounds, you should disable them. This will allow faster loading of presets as the sound files do not need to be loaded. We expect that Internal Sounds will not be needed as will be used as a MIDI Controller in most cases.
There are 4 MIDI Controller screens. These screens allow MIDI Controllers to be assigned and modulated by the user. All MIDI controllers can be assigned the following parameters:
- MIDI Channel
- MIDI Controller Number
- Static or Dynamic Mode
The X/Y controller can send MIDI controller information for 2 simultaneous controllers.
There are four faders on the screen, each fader can have a different MIDI channel and controller number. They can also all be individually set to dynamic or static mode.
The pads are designed to be used as on/off switches for various MIDI functions, the pads always transmit MIDI value 0 or MIDI value 64. In dynamic mode, the pads will automatically switch off after the programmed time delay. In static mode, each press toggles the pad function.
Programming the MIDI Controllers
Each Controller can be configured with several parameters:
- MIDI Channel
- Controller Number
- Static or Dynamic Mode
Origin: this sets the initial value of the controller when the system initializes.
Delay: sets the delay time in seconds for the controller value to return to the origin in dynamic mode.
Controller Number: sets the MIDI controller number from 0 ~ 127.
MIDI Channel: sets the MIDI channel number on which to send the controller.
Static/Dynamic switch: In static mode the controller will remain in the position that the user selects by touching the screen. In dynamic mode, the controller always returns to the origin value after the programmed delay time.
The Settings screen is a gateway to various controls for the performance and features of the Lineage MIDI guitar.