Paradox TZF Custom Batch NOS 2019 is a run of 26 units built up from parts kept in storage since the original TZF was discontinued. This special batch of flangers includes additional features that were part of Paradox TZF2, which was the follow-up to the original TZF. Check out Dave's new video above, where he shows how to get those cool TZF sounds!
Custom NOS owner's manual
9 VAC Power adaptor (USA Domestic)
This unit includes these special features:
Manual delay ramping
Rate indicator LED
Output volume control
Unit comes double-boxed (one box inside another).
Paradox TZF is an analog through-zero-flanger geared towards live performance. Organic time-based modulation with interactive sweep control and warm analog processing produce flanging sounds that you’ve heard in recordings and in nature, but have never been able to recreate.
TZF Neg/Pos - Controls Fixed delay level and polarity. Center is off. Full CCW is for negative flanging. For full over-the-top cancellation, combine this setting with the MIX control full CCW. This mixes the two delays out of phase without any direct signal mixed in.
MIX Delay/Clean - Select the mix from Modulated Delay to Clean. Full CCW is modulated delay only. Full CW is direct signal only. For stereo spread, set MIX around center.
REGEN - Modulated delay feedback level and polarity. Center is off. This adds resonance to the modulated delay. When dialing in sounds, try turning in both directions. Leave in center (off) for maximum negative ZERO cancelation.
VOLUME - Boost and cut for matching flange and bypass levels.
ENV - Control flange point with dynamics of input signal. Start with DEPTH and MANUAL all the way down. Turn ENV up until you hear it kicking in. Tweak other controls for perfect sound.
WIDTH - Control LFO sweep width. Turn all the way down for static flange / matrix filter.
MANUAL - Set delay time for modulated delay.
SPEED - Select LFO speed. LED blinks to show rate. When using external speed control, SPEED knob limits maximum speed. Start with it all way up.
Ramp Activate - Momentary switch for ramping speed or manual flange point. Ramp starts when button is pressed and fades when the button is released.
Ramp source SP/MAN switch selects function of Ramp Activate button.
Ramp Source SP/MAN - Selects ramping source.
NOTE: When SP is selected, Rate LED blinks RED. When MAN is selected, Rate LED blinks GREEN.
SP is Speed. Select slowest speed on SPEED knob. When button is pressed, rate quickly speeds up.
When released it gradually slows down.
MAN is Manual. Start with WIDTH all the way down. Select lowest flange point on MANUAL knob. When button is pressed, flange point goes upward. As it passes over the zero point, it appears to go back down. When button is released, it reverses, going up over the zero point again and back down to where it started.
Bypass - Switching is done with a pair of audio relays. YELLOW LED indicates status. In Bypass, signal at input jack is routed to both Output Jacks A & B. Default state of relays is Bypass. If power is disconnected from unit while engaged, signal will be bypassed.
Input Jack - 1/4” Mono input.
Output A, Out B Jacks -1/4” Dual Mono outputs.
For Mono operation, use either one.
For Stereo operation, set the Delay/Clean MIX knob to center.
When bypassed, signal at input jack is passively routed to both output jacks.
Speed jack - 1/4” Stereo jack. Control speed externally with standard keyboard expression pedal. Set fastest speed with Speed knob. Designed using Roland EV-5 as sample pedal.
Manual - 1/4” Stereo jack. Control flange point externally with expression pedal. Set low point with Manual control. Designed using Roland EV-5 as sample pedal.
9 VAC - Paradox TZF uses a power supply that puts out 9 VAC, 1,000 uA. via 2.5mm plug. Since it is AC, there is no polarity.
RATE LED - Blinks to show the speed of the LFO. When SPEED is selected by Ramp source, switch LED is RED. When MAN is selected LED is GREEN.
Important Application Tip:
For best results, run overdrive/distortion/fuzz effects BEFORE Paradox TZF. That is, between your guitar and the flanger. After that, run Paradox TZF into a CLEAN amp.
A dirty signal at the input will give TZF a richer frequency range to deal with, creating the most pronounced effect. And a clean amp will reproduce the effect most accurately. Doing it the other way around, clean guitar into TZF and then into dirt pedals or a distorted amp, will mask the effect to the point where it is almost inaudible.
If the normal tone of your amp is always distorted, then try hooking TZF up in the effects loop. If there is no effects loop, then you will have to try a different amp if you want the most intense TZF sounds.