Iconoclast Software works exclusively with the Iconoclast hardware platform and accesses response visualization, deep editing, additional EQ filters, stereo enhancement processing, and file storage of settings.
The following versions of MacOS and Windows are supported:
To install the software:
If the Iconoclast hardware is not connected, the software will run in demo mode. Not all features are visible in demo mode.
You only need to wait for the driver to install the first time you connect Iconoclast.
When the software detects that Iconoclast hardware is connected, the USB Status Icon (in the lower right corner of the software window) will turn from gray to black.
When the Iconoclast hardware is connected, the software loads a preview of its current firmware and last settings. Changes made in the software will be to this preview image, which can be heard in real time. Nothing is saved to the Iconoclast hardware until
If you do not save this preview image, you will have the option to
Any changes made in the software are stored and reloaded the next time you launch the software.
Selecting File > Save Settings File... opens a dialog box that allows you to save all current settings to a file. There is no limit to the number of files you may store. Selecting File > Open Settings File... allows you to load the settings from a previously-saved file.
If you want to load the default settings, select File > Restore Default Settings.
Settings cannot be recalled directly from the Iconoclast hardware; however, a backup file is stored each time settings are written to Iconoclast. These backups can be found in your Documents folder, under Iconoclast/Backups and may be opened using the File > Open Settings File... menu option.
The Response tab displays all settings that affect the frequency response. These settings are grouped in sub-tabs along the bottom.
The composite frequency response is shown above the setting knobs and includes any real-time changes on the Iconoclast hardware itself. Visualization is extremely helpful for seeing exactly how each control affects the response.
If you prefer to view the response of the currently-selected tab only (rather than the composite response), select View > Only Current Tab.
The Low Adjust tab displays the controls that affect the low frequencies.
By default, the Low knob approximates a single-12" open-back cabinet when the knob is turned fully counter-clockwise and a 4-12" closed-back cabinet when the knob is turned fully clockwise. In between, the knob morphs between these two types of cabinets.
This behavior is accomplished by controlling both the cutoff frequency of a high-pass filter and the gain of a low-shelf filter. If desired, these controls can be decoupled so that the Low knob controls:
In any case, the low shelf filter's frequency and slope can be altered from their default values in the software.
The Mid Adjust tab displays the controls that affect the midrange frequencies.
Iconoclast emulates the interaction between a virtual amplifier and the loudspeaker. This interaction depends largely on the damping factor of the amplifier. The lower an amplifier's damping factor, the greater effect the loudspeaker's impedance will have on the frequency response. The impedance curve of most guitar speakers is (roughly speaking) a broad midrange cut; therefore, when coupled with an amplifier with low damping factor, the response will also have a broad midrange cut.
The Mid knob is essentially a damping factor control and therefore acts like a broad midrange cut when turned counter-clockwise. The controls in the software allow you to change the virtual loudspeaker impedance, thereby changing the character of midrange cut.
The High Adjust tab displays the controls that affect the high frequencies.
The Filter Type control changes the type of low-pass filter, which mainly changes the cutoff slope of the filter. The Fizz Enable and Level controls allow you to dial in more "fizz"—frequencies above the filter's cutoff.
Power Compression results when a loudspeaker is driven hard for a significant amount of time. Power compression is different than normal compression: it's more like dynamic filtering when the driving amplifier has a low damping factor (as most guitar amps do).
The Power Compression controls allow you to adjust both the sensitivity to (or amount of) and response time of power compression.
Two additional bands of EQ (equalization) are available to do with what you please. Either may be configured as a parametric or shelf EQ. A parametric EQ is useful for boosting or cutting the region around a frequency. This EQ has adjustable gain, center frequency and bandwidth (BW). A shelf EQ is useful for boosting or cutting the region above/below a frequency. This EQ has adjustable gain, frequency and slope.
Iconoclast incorporates a studio-quality noise gate for cleaning up a noisy signal chain. While the gate's threshold is adjustable on the Iconoclast itself, all other controls are only accessible via software:
Visualization shows the real-time signal in relation to the effect of the noise gate and aids in dialing in these controls.
This section consists of additional controls that affect the signal output.
The Stereo Enhancer will create a pseudo-stereo signal from a mono input. The resulting signal is mono-compatible: in other words, the summed stereo output will exactly reproduce the original mono signal.
The Level control adjusts the amount of the effect.
The Frequency control adjusts the frequency above which is affected. Lowering the frequency increases the effect strength but reduces its naturalness.
The Master Output section consists of controls for bypass, gain, and polarity:
The analog gain of the headphone outputs may be selected.
It is possible to overdrive the headphone amplifier with a high signal level when this control is set greater than 0 dB and the Headphone Level knob is greater than about 75% of maximum. In this case, the clip (red) LED will not illuminate.
If the headphone output is used as a line (non-headphone) output, we recommend setting this control to 0 dB.
Select File > Save Settings File... in the menu bar to save all of the current software settings to a file.
Select File > Open Settings File... in the menu bar to open a previously saved settings file. These settings will overwrite the current settings.
We may provide settings files that approximate specific speakers, cabinets, impedance curves, microphones, etc. Opening these files will overwrite only the settings that they use, and any other settings will remain unchanged.
Selecting File > Restore Default Settings in the menu bar will revert all settings to their factory defaults.
Selecting View > Open Reference IR... in the menu bar will allow you to open a third-party IR (impulse response) and view its response superimposed with that of Iconoclast. The IR file must be a .wav file. The resulting response is for comparison only and is not loaded into Iconoclast.
To hide the IR's response curve, select File > Hide Reference IR.
This function is provided so that you may compare a given IR with the response produced by Iconoclast. To approximate an IR's response:
What you see and hear while using Iconoclast Software is only a preview and must be saved to the Iconoclast hardware for use after disconnecting from the software. To save the preview image, select File > Save Preview Image to Iconoclast.
If you forget to do this, you will be prompted to save any changed settings to the Iconoclast hardware when closing the software.
When you save these settings to the hardware, a backup file is stored in your Documents folder, under Iconoclast/Backups. These backups may be opened using the File > Open Settings File... menu option.
The software may be used with more than one Iconoclast, but only one can be connected at a time.
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