2-Piece Modular Rig


Just completed four months of chemotherapy. Took advantage of the down time by building my ultimate controller board. I play set-based gigs almost exclusively. Rather than create many different variants of similar presets, I like the ability to tweak a relatively small number of basic presets. Much easier to keep organized and offers much more performance flexibility as mood or inspiration dictates. The GT 16 and nine expression devices gives me sufficient command of both set-based and on-the-fly switching. I celebrated the news of my cancer being in complete remission by purchasing the Strymon Volante, which replaced two pedals. Love the sounds and tweakability. My only gripe is that the pedal gives you no indication of which preset is currently loaded. So I feed its PC MIDI data into the SIMI LCD display. I have a clean boost pedal on the effects board that has expression control so i use an expression fader on the controller board that is configured to provide a unity gain to +16db boost to compensate any dips in level. Rather than run a TRS cable in addition to a MIDI cable between the controller and effects boards, I converted MIDI + TRS to a single CAT5 cable. In addition to requiring only a single cable connection, there are other advantages. CAT 5 cables are much cheaper and easier to beg, borrow, or steal (should a cable should ever go bad) than MIDI cables. CAT5 cables also offer more signal fidelity over long runs. Using CAT5, I can remotely control my effects board from over 300 feet away! Even though 15 to 20 feet is usually sufficient to get the effects board off the stage, it's good to know! For my next project, I'm going to build a mini controller board around my old Mastermind LT controller and maybe two or three expression pedals for quick and dirty or tiny venue gigs.

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