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SGX Series – Guitar Effects Processor


The Guitar System. The SGX 2000 Express is a guitar system. Technologically so far ahead of everything on the market, the Express caused the whole industry to take a closer look at what they’ve previously called guitar processors.

ART integrated the absolute best in signal processing, an incredible preamp, a straight-forward user friendly package, and all the routing options one could ever need into the 2000 Express, placing it into a class of its own. Often imitated, but never duplicated, nothing competes with the SGX 2000 Express!

Programmable Preamps. When designing the 2000 Express, our engineers researched and designed a tube preamp circuit that rivals the most classic of vintage tube amps. The result is a sound that is warm, yet brilliant, and breathes the way only a tube amp can. The SGX 2000 Express offers 8 variations of the Tube and the Solid State circuits that have their own unique sound. Choose Tube only or Solid State only, and for maximum gain, run through both preamps by selecting a stacked option. Tone, gain and output are all adjustable. A Tube Contour control, located on the front panel, adjusts the tube’s tonal characteristics. There’s no need to use a speaker simulator or any other “special” black box when running the SGX directly into a console. The preamp design is so precise you’ll swear the guitar is mic’d.

Analog Effects. All analog effects can be used simultaneously or individually in a preset. Analog effects are completely programmable and independent of each other.

Analog effects include:

ART’s engineers are players. Long before ART was known as a leader in signal processing, these same engineers were responsible for creating the best sounding and most widely used analog effect pedals ever on the market. Even today the original pedals are sought-after for their remarkable sound. It’s only natural that ART combines the absolute best of analog design with the leading edge of digital technology. We’ve created both.

4 Bit Digital Effects. Unlike other processors that limit you to a pre-determined number of effect chains, the SGX 2000 Express accomplishes preset construction by adding or deleting individual effects. After adding an effect, the processor displays the remaining effects available for use in that preset. This unique and simple system provides for almost unlimited combinations of effects. Full programmability of digital effects is provided.

An example of digital parameters includes:


Stereo Delay:

Four Banks of Presets. There are 200 memory locations in the SGX 2000 Express. The 475 factory presets are retained in four memory banks: A-Classic, B-Performance, C-Production, D-Contribution. Bank selection is accomplished while in Utility Mode. When a bank is selected, factory presets are loaded into locations from 001 up. When a user writes over a factory preset or creates a preset in a blank location, the letter “U” (for User) is displayed in that same bank designation location of the LCD. All 200 memory locations are considered User locations. Users are encouraged to store their presets starting at location 200 and work downward, as user presets take precedence over factory presets. A user preset is automatically present in all banks. The Express’ factory presets are among the finest in the industry. A wide range of guitars with hum bucking, single coil, passive and active pickups were used in preset development. The type of pickup used to create the preset and the sound of the preset are listed in the manual. Presets are developed with the Express plugged directly into a console and into a power amp running stereo cabinets.

A Programmable Patchbay. If you ever wanted to patch something into your 2000 Express, you have the choice of two effects loops: one mono, one stereo. The mono loop is located between the analog and digital sections, and the stereo loop is located between the digital effect section and the main output. The status of the effects loops is programmable, switchable via MIDI, and, in keeping with the SGX’s design philosophy, may be manually overridden by pressing the Efx Loop Master Override switches on the front panel.

Editing Parameters and Values ART processors possess the most user-friendly editing interfaces on the market. The SGX 2000 Express is no exception. Preset, Parameter, Value adjustment and Mix parameters are instantly accessible with a press of a button and a turn of the Encoder.

Connections. The SGX 2000 Express provides a front panel instrument input and rear panel stereo line inputs. Outputs include: stereo line outputs, balanced XLR line outputs, and a -10dB instrument output, all of which can be used simultaneously. Headphone outputs are located on the front and rear panels. MIDI In, Out and Thru are included.

Performance MIDI. Performance MIDI is a trademarked name for the simplest MIDI interface in the world. MIDI controls are displayed in a readable fashion and all commands are written in English so it is easy to understand what is happening within the system. What makes the SGX 2000 Express even more powerful is its ability to control effect parameters in real-time. With an X-15 Ultrafoot, up to eight parameters can be varied per preset, and effects that are present in that preset can be tur ned off and on just like they were a series of stomp boxes! Real-Time MIDI allows for raising and lowering of individual effect levels, fading in effects, adding distortion gain, and changing mix levels (all foot controlled!). All necessary programming is done in the Express, and it’s as simple as adding and editing an effect!