Fluke Networks Pro3000F60 Tone Generator and Probe Kit Review
The Fluke Networked Tone Generator and Probe Kit (Pro 3000) is a great way to add professional quality tone generation capabilities to your home studio or small band recording setup. With its built-in USB interface, it’s easy to connect with any computer via a standard audio cable. And with its high-quality preamp, it provides the power needed to drive your favorite MP3 player or CD burner. The Pro 3000 includes a variety of inputs and outputs so you can easily integrate it into your existing system.
You’ll love the fact that you don’t need any additional cables or adapters; just plug in and go!
• Built-In USB Interface for Easy Connectivity
• High Quality Preamp with Gain Control and Line Level Inputs
• Two Channel Outputs with Selectable 2.1mm TRS Balanced XLR or 1/4″ TRS Balanced ¼” Phone Combo Jacks
• Two Channel Inputs with 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jacks
• Stereo 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jacks for CD or MP3 Player Input
• Low Frequency Effects (LF.EFX) Input with 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jacks
• 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jack for Guitar, Bass, or Key Input
• Headphone Output with 1/4″ TRS Balanced ¼” Phone Stereo Jack
The unit is well-constructed and includes a solid metal chassis. The knobs are solidly attached and have a quality “threaded” feel when turned. The plastic casing has a substantial feel and the transport buttons have a nice positive “click” when operated. The screen is bright, sharp, and easy to read from a wide angle.
The sliders and transport keys also feel solid with a quality “threaded” feel when operated.
The Pro3000 is very easy to use right out of the box. It is essentially comprised of 6 smaller units (listed above) which can be used separately or together in any combination to suit your needs.
The first thing you’ll want to do after unpacking is to charge the internal rechargeable battery. This is done through a standard USB cable connected to a computer or USB “power pack”. A full charge requires 4-6 hours and gives approximately 6 hours of continuous use. While this is not as long as a “conventional” 9V battery, keep in mind that the internal battery is designed to last the life of the unit and can be charged anytime through a USB port.
The tone generator / signal source is extremely flexible. You can choose from many internal waveforms or input a signal from an external device such as a computer, CD player, synthesizer, or traditional audio source (guitar / bass) using the 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jacks. There is also a switch to choose from 2.1mm TRS Balanced XLR or 1/4″ TRS Balanced ¼” Phone Combo Jack outputs.
You can also add an optional volume control for the input signal by using the 1/4″ TS Unbalanced RCA Jacks.
The tone generator also has a built-in speaker for “real time” monitoring. This is an especially handy feature when using the tone generator as a signal source. The signal being played as well as the output level of the tone generator can be adjusted using the 2 sliders on the front panel. These adjustments are “overwritten” if you plug in a signal from an external source.
In this case, you’ll have to adjust the volume using the external device (i.e. computer, synthesizer, etc).
The effects are very good and offer a wide range of applications. They include:
Delay: Standard delay (short / medium / long) with optional modulation.
Reverb: Plush, Hall, Arena, and Room settings with optional modulation.
Distortion: Heavy, Metal, Insane, and Mud settings.
Echo: Short, Medium, Long, and Random settings.
Chorus: Standard, SFX, and Dynamic settings. The dynamic setting adjusts the chorus depth relative to the input volume giving a wide range of sounds from “subtle” to “slightly noticeable” to “psychedelic”.
Pitch: -1 octave, -1½ octaves, -2 octaves.
Combinations can be created by loading up to 6 presets. For example, you can load the heavy distortion preset and the reverb preset then save them to slot 1. You could then load the insane pitch setting and the medium echo setting and save them to slot 2. By pressing slot 1 followed by slot 2 you would activate heavy distortion with reverb followed by insane pitch tracking and medium echo.
Another example would be loading the heavy distortion preset, the reverb preset, and the dynamic chorus setting then saving them to slot 1. You could then load the heavy echo setting and the medium pitch setting and save them to slot 2. By pressing slot 1 followed by slot 2 you would activate heavy distortion with reverb followed by heavy echo with medium pitch shift. There are many more possibilities with up to 6 presets available.
The external inputs and outputs are great for connecting pedals or other instruments. For example, you could connect a wah pedal to the input and use the output to connect to a bass or keyboard amp. Or you could plug a synth in to the input and use the output to power a set of speakers. Some effects combinations may cause an external signal to feedback, in this case you can turn down the output or completely bypass the effected signal.
Optional rack ears are available (pictured with unit).
The power adapter accepts any voltage from 100 volts to 240 volts so you can use it anywhere in the world with the proper plug adapter. It’s also available with optional battery operation for street performers (see below).
For more info, please check out the user manual (link below).
Visit the M13 product page for more info and audio samples.
If you want to use the optional expression pedal, check out the VSS3 Stompbox Controller, which is specifically designed to work with the M13.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Best Tone Generator And Probe Kit: Top 5 of 2020 (E Mentor – 2018 – electricianmentor.com)