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NEO SABERS

Welcome to the Sabertrio User Guide. This page contains important information that will guide you to maximizing the lifespan of your saber as well utilizing it to the fullest of its capabilities; please read this user guide.

THE NEO SABER’S CHASSIS

The internals of a Neo saber contains multiple components that are all neatly housed together in a chassis made from Delrin; a very durable thermoplastic. In the section below, we will be referring to several of these components and therefore it is important to familiarize yourself with all of it. The illustration below shows a Neo chassis and this is found inside all Sabertrio Neo sabers.

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NEO SABER MODES

When the battery is installed, the saber will be in either one of these modes at any point in time:

DEEP SLEEP MODE

  • During deep sleep mode, the saber consumes extremely low current which allows it to be left idle for very long periods of time without fully draining its own battery.
  • If the saber has an illuminated switch, the switch is NOT illuminated in this mode. 
  • Pressing the switch once will put the saber into active mode.

ACTIVE MODE

  • In active mode, the saber has been booted up and is ready to be used.
  • If the saber has an illuminated switch, the switch will be illuminated even if the saber’s blade LED is off.
  • The saber will automatically enter deep sleep mode if the blade LED is off and the saber is idle for 5 minutes.

OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Accessing the Saber’s Chassis

  • Remove the pommel by unscrewing it from the saber to reveal the chassis inside.
  • With one hand cupping the bottom opening of the saber, gently shake the chassis out. When part of the chassis is out of the saber, hold the sides of it and pull it out completely. You may need to rotate the chassis to align it into the right position to be fully taken out.
  • Never forcefully shake the chassis out as its fall from the saber may put stress on the wires and potentially snap it. The chassis can never be completely separated from the saber; it will still be held back by all the wires connecting the components together.

Inserting the Chassis Back Into the Saber

  • Align the chassis’ cut-in to the saber’s Covertec wheel’s screw. 
  • Gently push the chassis into the saber at the sides of the speaker. Never press on the speaker itself as this may damage it.
  • Replace the pommel to saber and screw it back tightly. If the pommel cannot screw completely in, remove it and gently shake the chassis out. Rotate the chassis one entire round to bundle twist the wires behind it and reinsert the chassis back into the saber. Repeat this step if the pommel does not screw completely again.

Recharging the Saber

  • Attached the correct plug head type to the charger and plug the charger into a wall socket.
  • Access the saber’s chassis as explained above to reveal the recharge port inside the saber. Connect the charger’s 2.1mm jack to the recharge port. The LED indicator on the charger should now be red indicating that the connection is successful and the battery of the saber is being charged.
  • When the battery is fully charged, the LED indicator on the charger will revert back to green. The 2.1mm jack can now be disconnected from the recharge port and the chassis may be reinserted back into the saber.
  • A depleted battery would typically require about 5 hours to be fully charged.

Muting the Saber

  • When the saber is in active mode, press and hold the switch until a beep is heard.
  • The saber’s Neo blade will illuminate without any sound. All LED effects will still work however the saber will be silent. Press and hold the switch to power down the saber’s Neo blade and disable mute.

Switching Soundbanks

  • A soundbank is a settings profile for saber sound fonts, blade color, flash on clash color, flickers effects and more. 
  • To cycle to the next soundbank, the saber must first be in active mode. Press and hold the switch until a SECOND beep is heard. You will hear the boot sound of the next sound font indicating that the switch is successful.

NEO SABER SETTINGS

The settings of the Neo Saber can be customized by modifying the files in the saber’s SD card. This allows you to personalize the way the saber sounds & behaves. You will need a computer and a micro SD card reader for this step.

Accessing the SD Card’s Files

  • Firstly, access the saber’s chassis as explained above to reveal the micro SD card slot on the soundboard.
  • Gently push the SD card into the slot until a click is heard and it will pop out.
  • Remove the SD card from the saber and insert it into your micro SD card reader. 
  • Plug the micro SD card reader to your computer’s USB socket and navigate to it with your computer’s file manager (eg. Windows File Explorer / OSX Finder).

What are the Files & Folders for?

  • Once you have navigated to the SD card with your computer’s file manager, you will see 3 folders (bank1 – 3) and 3 files.
  • Each folder represents a soundbank and is where all the sound files and settings for it are stored.
  • The ‘override’ file contains general settings for your saber and is already pre-configured. If you change the length of your neo blade, the value for the ‘ledstrip’ attribute will need to be updated accordingly: 150 for 36.7″, 120 for 32″, 110 for 30″ and 90 for 24″.

Changing the Blade’s LED Color

  • Each soundbank (bank1, bank2, bank3) contains a ‘config’ file that determines the color of the blade.
  • To change the blade color, navigate into the soundbank folder that you want to modify using your computer’s file manager and open the ‘config’ file with a text editor.
  • Look for the ‘drive’ attribute and modify its parameter to change the blade’s color. Recommended color values are shown in the table below.
  • Similarly, you can change the color of the flash on clash effect by modifying the ‘fdrive’ attribute.
  • Make sure to follow the syntax format exactly in the ‘config’ file otherwise the soundbank may not work.
  • Save the file and close the text editor.

Changing the Blade’s Effect

  • Each soundbank (bank1, bank2, bank3) contains a ‘config’ file that controls the blade’s effect.
  • To change the blade’s effect, navigate into the soundbank folder that you want to modify using your computer’s file manager and open the ‘config’ file with a text editor.
  • Look for the ‘flks’ & ‘flkd’ attribute. A 3 & 20 value respectively will set the blade to a mild flicker. A 7 & 60 value would give an unstable blade flicker.
  • Make sure to follow the syntax format exactly in the ‘config’ file otherwise the soundbank may not work.
  • Save the file and close the text editor.

Recommended Color Values

Parameter
Green:
0,1023,0
Lime:
350,1023,0
Yellow:
1023,750,0
Amber:
1023,450,0
Tangerine:
1023,125,0
Blood Orange:
1023,30,0
Red:
1023,0,0
Pink:
023,0,350
Parameter
Magenta:
1023,0,600
Purple:
1023,0,1023
Royal Blue:
0,0,1023
Ice Blue:
0,150,1023
Light Blue:
0,350,1023
Cyan:
0,1023,1023
Viridian:
0,1023,75
White:
1023,1023,1023
*Only for Flash on Clash
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Changing the Sound Font

  • It is a good practice to make a backup copy of every files & folders in the SD card before continuing.
  • To change the sound font, navigate into the soundbank folder that you want to modify using your computer’s file manager. You will find multiple sound files (boot, clash1-16, hum, poweroff, poweron and swing1-16) in the folder.
  • Overwrite all these with the sound files from your new sound font. You may also overwrite the config file if it was provided.
  • Ensure all the sound files are properly named as above otherwise the soundboard will not recognize it.
  • Safely remove the SD card from the reader and re-insert it back into the SD card slot in the saber. Insert the chassis back into the saber as explained above and your new sound font is ready to be used.

Acquiring New Sound Fonts

  • While there are multiple sources where you could download sound fonts from, the best would be at www.saberfont.com.
  • When selecting a sound font from this website, be sure to choose the version that has been optimized for Plecter Labs. It usually has a green banner in its thumbnail.
  • After paying for the sound font, the download link for it will become available for a limited time. This is meant only for you and should not be shared with anyone else. 
  • Download the files before the link expires and install it into a soundbank in your saber’s SD card to use it.