Introducing the Mastermind PBC/6X
Thanks for checking out the Mastermind PBC/6X. Here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions.
What’s new about this model?
The big new feature is the ability to rearrange loop order. Your effects can automatically be placed in a different order for each preset. Aside from that, it’s smaller and less expensive than the original Mastermind PBC, making it more suitable for smaller pedalboards.
What are its main tech specs?
- 6 audio loops
- 1 insert loop, which can be used for a 7th effect, a split point for the 4 cable method or other special routing arrangements
- 3 loops and the insert loop are switchable between mono and stereo
- Programmable loop order per preset
- 1 switchable buffer at the input, and 1 buffer in the insert loop
- Secondary, switchable unbuffered input
- Expression pedal input
- External switch input accepts 1 or 2 button switch
- Function switch output which can control channel switching on some amps, or additional feature switching on select pedals
- MIDI output jack, which can be split into an input and output using a Y cable
- USB connector for connection to a computer to use with our Mastermind Editor or DAW software
- Easy to read LCD screen displays preset and song names
- Built-in tuner
- Fully user configurable using the Mastermind Editor software
- Extensive MIDI support (the same as our other Masterminds)
- Built in support for many popular MIDI devices
Why is it called PBC/6X?
The “X” indicates that this is a matrix switcher, which means that you can change the order of loops. We wanted to differentiate the PBC/6X from the PBC/10, which is a relay switcher.
Is the PBC/10 going to be discontinued?
No, we’re selling both PBC models.
Will there be a PBC/10X?
We’ve had some requests but with enough request we may be persuaded. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if that is something you really want. Be aware even if we decide to do a project like this (and we have not decided ) it would take 6-12 months before we’d be ready to ship.
Why would I want the PBC/6X over the PBC/10?
- The PBC/6X is smaller, which allows it to fit on smaller pedalboards (or allows you to put more pedals on a big board!)
- The PBC/6X is less expensive
- The PBC/6X has the ability to change its loop order on the fly
Why would I want the PBC/10 over the PBC/6X?
- The PBC/10 has more: 10 audio loops (4 stereo), 2 insert points, 3 buffers, 4 function switches, 11 buttons
- The PBC/10 has an internal line mixer that allows you to use parallel effect routing
- The PBC/10 has individual left and right outputs, and the right output has an isolation transformer and phase switch
- The PBC/10’s layout has more space in between buttons and a larger LCD
- The PBC/10 uses relay switching which allows you to use it without any buffers. Matrix switching needs a buffer in front of it when used with a standard guitar
In short, if small size, lower cost or loop reordering are a priority, the PBC/6X is probably a better choice. If you are planning a larger pedalboard with extensive use of stereo effects and parallel routing, then the PBC/10 is what you’re looking for.
Why doesn’t the PBC/6X have a line mixer?
The PBC/6X doesn’t include a line mixer (parallel support) like the PBC/10 does because the goal of the PBC/6X was to reduce the size and cost. Having a line mixer would interfere with those goals. However we do sell a Mini Line Mixer and you can use that with the PBC/6X to run up to 3 effects in parallel.
What are the dimensions and weight of the PBC/6X?
Dimensions: 10.1 x 4.4 x 2.4 inches (25.7 x 11.1 x 6.1 cm)
Weight: 2 lb (0.9 kg)
The photo above is of the Pedalboard that RJM Music made to show off how much you can fit on a small board. On the board is Strymon Riverside, Exotic SP Compressor, Exotic EP Booster, Chase Bliss Tonal Recall, Neunaber Expanse, DOD Mini Expression pedal, and Eventide H9. Powered by Strymon Zuma . The pedalboard is a PedalTrain Junior.
When can I order the PBC/6X?
We expect to allow pre-orders mid February 2019. Send email@example.com an email if you’d like to get an email when we start taking pre-orders.
What is the price for the PBC/6X?
$699 Retail. Presale will be $649
I have a Rig Builder who is going to build my pedalboard. Should I preorder through RJM or my Rig Builder?
If your rig builder is a professional who already works with RJM and has an account with us, contact your Rig Builder to preorder.
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