Let’s get familiar with the MOD Duo Graphic User Interface…
Plug in the power to your MOD Duo and plug into your computer via USB. Open a browser window and type in the web address modduo.local and you will see the User Interface.
The open area in the middle is where you will build your pedalboard. You will place plugins in this space and connect them however you like. The signal chain is left to right with the input coming from the left and outputs on the right. (I will get into further detail on pedalboard building in another post.)
Under the build area is where all the saved plugins are shown with tabs for each category. On the right top of this area is a search for quickly finding a saved plugin and a pin for keeping it open or having it disappear when not needed. I keep it open as the work area will adjust as you cram in more plugins not needing to hide the plugins.
Under the plugins bar and on the left is where you will go between different screens. From left to right, the current view of the “Contructor” is shown as puzzle pieces. next is the pedal board library where your saved pedalboards can be found. Next in line is the banks menu where you can categorize or create set lists. Last is the button for the plugin store, shown as a shopping bag.
Going across to the right side is the Global BPM, MIDI Ports selector, Bypass 1&2, CPU Usage Meter, RAM Usage Meter, Settings Link, Control Chain status, and Firmware status. Global BPM can be used for plugins to sync to, but only available to those plugins where they have implemented it. The Bypasses are for accessing true bypass through the Duo and is accessible by clicking or with a plugin called Hardware Bypass.
In the top portion you have access to Presets, New Pedalboard, Save, Save As, Share, and zoom in/out. Presets are not the same as saved pedalboards or pre-made pedalboards which MOD Devices or other developers may create. Presets are multiple setting you save of the current pedalboard to quickly access through a song. You may have a “preset” for the intro then a “preset” for the first verse, then another for the chorus and so on. Scroll through these settings with a press of a button without having to turn on/off individual plugins or “tap dance.”
This is a very quick overview of the GUI but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Now that you know where everything is, we can start making pedalboards!