Boomerang III Firmware - Please read the following before downloading and installing.  Link for download is at the bottom of this page.

OVERVIEW

The Firmware can be downloaded from our website; it comes in the form of a MIDI file. Save it in a convenient directory on your computer.

You’ll need a USB to MIDI interface. A USB cable connects your computer to your interface device and a MIDI cable goes from the USB/MIDI interface to the Pedal LinkTM In connector on your III. A USB to MIDI cable is a complete interface in one item, and can be purchased for as little as $19.

Launch an application that can play MIDI files. Open and play the MIDI file you were sent. You may get a warning saying something like “There is no note data in this file.” That is okay as there isn’t - only a bunch of SysEx and some Continuous Controller commands. After the file plays, all the clock display lights turn on bright yellow to indicate the new software has been received. A second later, they will turn bright green indicating the new software has been permanently stored. Power down the III, move it to your rig, and you’re set to go.

REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMENDATIONS

For the best results, we recommend using a Windows based computer and a free program called MIDI Ox (midiox.com). Please make a donation to them if you can; we gave $100 as MIDI Ox is a very powerful tool.  Best USB/MIDI interfaces are the M-Audio MIDIsport I/O M-Audio (now called Avid) Fast Track Pro, M-Audio Uno, or anything equivalent.

 

DO NOT USE THESE PROGRAMS TO UPDATE

We do NOT recommend using any software like Protools, Logic, Ableton Live, Garageband, FL Studio, Cakewalk, Cubebase, or any other similar DAW. This is because these programs tend to send MIDI messages in the background and could potentially disrupt and hurt the firmware update process. For best results, use the simple MIDI players we recommend

 

APPLE USERS

Because of Apple's OS having integrated MIDI core drivers, sometimes this can cause problems updating the firmware.  Many users have been unsuccessful in the updating process using Apple OSX, so because of that we don't officially recommend using Apple for this.  To play the MIDI file (firmware file) using Apple, go to www.ronimusic.com and download their free program Sweet MIDI Player Version 2.4.4.  Only use version 2.4.4

THE DETAILS

  1. Check to ensure the MIDI player program is set to output to your USB/MIDI device. If your MIDI interface has a configuration utility be sure it is set to output SysEx data and it is not inserting, merging, or generating any other MIDI data, clocks, etc. that might cause problems.
  1. Turn off the repeat option so the file plays only once.

3   Before connecting the III, open & play the MIDI file to see if it appears to play all the way through without any error messages, pauses, etc. The file plays in about 32 seconds at 120 BPM (beats per minute).

4  Verify that the “MIDI data present” indicator on your hardware

5  Ensure no other programs or devices are running which could also be using the MIDI port and inserting extraneous MIDI data, clocks, etc.

6  Disconnect all other MIDI devices.  Power-up your RangTM III and wait until it is fully initialized (about 10 seconds).

7  Now connect the MIDI cable to the Pedal LinkTM In jack and play the MIDI file. The file should play only one time.

8  After the file has played, the RangTM III’s clock display will light in yellow (firmware update has been properly received) and then shortly thereafter turn green (new software stored in memory). Any other result means the download was unsuccessful.

 NOTE - On the rare occasion that the file transfer is unsuccessful, unplug the Rang and restart the process.  We have

never had this method corrupt software, but the previous owner of Boomerang has mentioned only 5 issues in his warnings: "** DO NOT begin a download until your III has completed its initialization & power up sequence - This takes at least 10 seconds.

** If a download renders your III inoperable, all costs associated with fixing it are your responsibility. ** Downloading software is NOT covered by warranty. ** This is necessary due to the unpredictable nature of using a wide range of computers, operating systems, drivers and hardware interfaces.

Having said that, hundreds of customers have performed software downloads without a problem. In fact only 5 have actually "bricked" their pedals.

 

UPDATING TO VERSION 3 FROM VERSION 1 OR 2

To successfully update the firmware from versions 2 or older, it is required that you first update to 3.3 and then from there you can update to 3.4.  Just simply power down the Rang once the first update is successful and repeat the steps. DO NOT INTERRUPT THE UPDATE OR UNPLUG YOUR RANG WHILE THE MIDI FILE IS PLAYING.

DETERMINING WHICH FIRMWARE IS CURRENTLY INSTALLED

How to determine which software has possessed your III:

 Deciding between software Version 1.0 and newer releases

Power-up your III. If the Serial Play Style light is on bright, it has Version 1. If any 2 Play Style lights are on dim, it has Version 2.0 or higher.

Determining exact software version

To verify which software version has possessed your III, hold down the loop 1 button and yellow Bonus button throughout the entire

Power-up sequence (about 10 seconds).  You'll end up with the clock's center light on and possibly one other light. Release the buttons.

Press loop 1 to see the first digit of the software version; the clock display shows you. Release and press loop 2 for the second digit.

Release and press loop 3 for the third digit.

        050        = V1.0 - 2009, Aug

        103-104 = V2.0 - 2010, Sep

        111        = V2.1 - 2011, Jul

        114        = V2.2 - 2012, Jun

        118-122 = V3.0 - 2012, Dec

        125        = V3.1 - 2013, Nov

        127        = V3.2 - 2013, Dec

        129        = V3.3 - 2014, May

        131        = V3.4 - 2014, Sep

        134        = V3.5 - 2017, Mar

HAVE BOOMERANG DO THE UPDATE FOR YOU

You can send your Boomerang III to our support team in Southern California and have us do the update for you and send your pedal back to you. This requires a $60.00 fee plus shipping and handling both ways.  If you would like to do this please send us an email at support@boomeranglooper.com

FIRMWARE HISTORY

Version 2.0  2010, Sep - Our original concept of the III was completed with the addition of Sync and Free Play Styles.

Version 2.0  2010, Sep - Our original concept of the III was completed with the addition of Sync and Free Play Styles.

Version 2.1  2011, Jul - Added support for the Side Car™ controller and the ability to control Decay Rate with an expression pedal were added.

Version 2.2  2012, Jun - Just a bug fix. Only one player came across this particular cockroach, but it was significant enough that we spent time squashing it.

Version 3.0  2012, Dec - Added quantizing loops to an external MIDI clock allowing it to play in sync with the MIDI clock. MIDI Start & Stop commands are supported.

Jack monitoring - It's no longer necessary to plug in signal cables before powering up. Cable changes are recognized on the fly.

Version 3.1  2013, Nov - Added "Brother Sync" capability. Multiple III's can play synchronously WITHOUT an external MIDI clock. Added Reset function.

Version 3.2  2013, Dec - 2 bug fixes: (1) fixed volume problem when running 2 inputs & 1 output, (2) adjustment to ensure exp pedals take Decay Rate to zero.

Version 3.3  2014, May - Added "active" MIDI sync algorithm; a serious improvement over V3.0. Your loops will stay with an external MIDI clock signal FOREVER!!

Version 3.4  2014, Sep - Added an easier way to record and play a loop with Stacking active; it only requires two loop button

Software Version History 

Version 1.0  2009, Aug - This is the initial release that supported all the Bonus button functions but had only Serial and Serial-Sync Play Styles.

Version 2.0  2010, Sep - Our original concept of the III was completed with the addition of Sync and Free Play Styles.

Version 2.1  2011, Jul - Added support for the Side Car™ controller and the ability to control Decay Rate with an expression pedal were added.

Version 2.2  2012, Jun - Just a bug fix. Only one player came across this particular cockroach, but it was significant enough that we spent time squashing it.

Version 3.0  2012, Dec - Added quantizing loops to an external MIDI clock allowing it to play in sync with the MIDI clock. MIDI Start & Stop commands are supported.

Jack monitoring - It's no longer necessary to plug in signal cables before powering up. Cable changes are recognized on the fly.

Version 3.1  2013, Nov - Added "Brother Sync" capability. Multiple III's can play synchronously WITHOUT an external MIDI clock. Added Reset function.

Version 3.2  2013, Dec - 2 bug fixes: (1) fixed volume problem when running 2 inputs & 1 output, (2) adjustment to ensure exp pedals take Decay Rate to zero.

Version 3.3  2014, May - Added "active" MIDI sync algorithm; a serious improvement over V3.0. Your loops will stay with an external MIDI clock signal FOREVER!!

Version 3.4  2014, Sep - Added an easier way to record and play a loop with Stacking active; it only requires two loop button taps. And a small bug was fixed.

Version 3.5  2017, Mar - Added a new option for the Octave effect. A recorded loop can be processed so it plays an octave lower and at the original tempo. Instant bass part!

 

THESE ARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPDATING YOUR FIRMWARE wITH A PC AND USING THE MIDI OX SOFTWARE.

First, the link to download MIDI-OX: http://www.midiox.com/?http://www.midiox.com/moxdown.htm

1-  Once installed open the MIDI OX software and also make sure you know where to find the Boomerang Firmware

     file on your computer.  We recommend putting on your desktop for ease of finding.

2-  Power off the Boomerang and power on.

3-  Open MIDI-OX and choose the "MIDIBar" (fish icon)

4-  Select The MIDI device.

5-  Plug the MIDI interface’s MIDI OUT into the Boomerang III PedalLink IN port.

6-  Select the file to play

7-  Press play and wait 30 to 40 seconds.

8-  If all goes well, the Rang's circle light should glow all yellow, then all green.

NOTE -On the rare occasion that the file transfer is unsuccessful, I will unplug the Rang and restart the process. I have never had this method corrupt software, but Mike had mentioned only 5 issues in his warnings: "** DO NOT begin a download until your III has completed its initialization & power up sequence - This takes at least 10 seconds.

** If a download renders your III inoperable, all costs associated with fixing it are your responsibility. ** Downloading software is NOT covered by warranty. ** This is necessary due to the unpredictable nature using a wide range of computers, operating systems, drivers and hardware interfaces.

Having said that, hundreds of customers have performed software downloads without a problem. In fact only 5 have actually "bricked" their pedals.

DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE HERE