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The DMC-8 Gen3 is our most powerful next generation compact MIDI controller.  The DMC-8D was the biggest, baddest Gen2 controller from Disaster Area, and it really pushed the boundaries by adding additional presets, control modes, device support, and connectivity.  We first offered the DMC-8D way back in 2013, and now the time has come for us to give it the Gen3 treatment.

  —  What’s New in  Gen3  —

New Custom Colors – We’ve added some new finishes to our standard Black Texture and Ghost White:  Red Clay Texture, Illusion Orange Sparkle, Illusion Green Sparkle, Illusion Blue Sparkle, and the limited edition Black Rainbow finish!

More MIDI Control – Control up to SIX MIDI devices plus any combination of Disaster Area pedalboard switching systems.

Preset Naming Capability – Each user bank and preset may be named.  This allows you to name a bank with a song title, and each preset with a section name (verse, chorus, solo, etc.)

Improved LED Indication and Display – We’ve added five LEDs to the display cluster, putting all of the info you need in one place.  The LEDs now show the bypass / engage status of the individual MIDI devices, the looper state, and the clock or tap tempo rate. The display has also been upgraded, and now features full alphanumeric capability.  Both display and LEDs may be dimmed in the setup menu to suit indoor or outdoor venues.

Built-in SMARTClock – The DMC-8 Gen3 adds in support for sending MIDI Clock or tap tempo to your connected devices, without any additional hardware.  The three MultiJack connectors can operate as an expression pedal inputs, tap tempo footswitch inputs, MIDI outputs, or isolated tap tempo outputs.  The DMC-8 Gen3 can send either a global tempo / BPM for all presets, or a new tempo / BPM for each preset.

User-Definable Access Mode (coming soon) – Define up to 12 pages of 4 MIDI messages each in this unique mode.  Send one-shot, momentary, or toggle CC messages, MIDI notes, or change banks on your Strymon devices in this handy mode.  The state of these messages may be saved in your presets or remain as global controls.

Optional gHOST Compatiblity – The DMC-8 Gen3 can control an external USB-MIDI device including the popular Zoom MS-50G, MS-60B, and MS-70CDR using its native USB port.  Connect your USB-MIDI device to the DMC-8 Gen3 USB port through our gHOST adaptor, install the USB HOST firmware, and you’re all set!  The DMC-8 Gen3 can power most USB-MIDI devices, but please note that the power supply you’re using must be sufficient to power the DMC plus the connected device.  Powering a USB device may require as much as 500mA, so be sure your power supply can handle the load.

Separate Expression and Roller Configuration – hundreds of players all over the world are in love with the expression rollers on their DMC-8 Gen2 controllers.  It’s a great way to add expression control without giving up valuable pedalboard real estate, but in the Gen2 the roller and expression input are connected so that you can only use one at a time.  In the Gen3, we’ve given the roller its own input channel, so that you can assign it independently from the expression input.

MultiJacks – we’ve brought the MultiJack over from the SMARTClock, but we’ve taught it some new tricks! Now each of the three MultiJacks can function as an expression pedal input, tap tempo footswitch input, or additional MIDI output by connecting the Disaster Area TRS to MIDI Adaptor Cable. MultiJack 2 also supports the Disaster Area Expander Switch for dual footswitch operation. You can use our TRS Control Cable for Chase Bliss Audio to connect your Tonal Recall, Warped Vinyl or other Chase Bliss pedal for full MIDI control of up to THREE simultaneous devices. Want more? Flip the DIP switches inside the pedal and the MultiJacks can act as an isolated tap tempo output to your non-MIDI gear. Any of the pedals listed over on the TNT or SMARTClock pages can be controlled by the MultiJacks. MultiJack C (blue) also supports selectable tap tempo subdivisions.

MIDI Input and Output – the 5-pin MIDI jack on the DMC-8 operates as a MIDI output, of course, but if you connect the Disaster Area MIDI Y-Cable, you can also send MIDI in to the DMC-8 Gen3. Want to connect your old DMC Gen2 to your brand new Gen3? No problem! How about sending MIDI clock into your chain from a drum machine? Sure, that’ll work.

Easy Firmware Update – no more driver installation, app downloads, or weird Windows errors! Simply hold the bank up / save button and plug in your DMC, and it shows up on your desktop as a flash drive. Drag and drop the new firmware over and you’re all set! (Mac folks will have to type three keystrokes, but you can handle that!) And our new 32-bit processor has more than eight times the available power of the Gen2 family. We’ll be adding support for more devices and more features as you request them!

— Features and Specs —

  • Sturdy cast aluminum enclosure
  • Enclosure Dimensions 10″ x 2.5″ x 2.0″
  • Soft-touch footswitches
  • Blue LED display with 10 brightness levels
  • 5-pin MIDI port, doubles as MIDI input using the Disaster Area MIDI Y-Cable
  • 9vDC power jack, 80mA max (up to 500mA if powering a USB device as host)
  • USB port with USB-MIDI functionality or optional USB Host compatibility
  • 1/4″ jack for expression pedal or tap tempo switch
  • MultiJacks function as expression pedal input, tap tempo input, tap tempo output, or MIDI output with Disaster Area TRS to MIDI Adaptor Cable, control an Empress or Chase Bliss device with the appropriate cable.
  • Optional side roller assignable to expression or looper level, or user-defined MIDI CC message

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