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44 minutes ago, tbone_ said:

I have had power supplies not deliver enough milliamps to run certain pedals before.

+1 on Cioks. Those are good units.

You can run analog pedals off a One-Spot daisy chain all day long.  But digital pedals are thirsty and picky.  

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You can run analog pedals off a One-Spot daisy chain all day long.  But digital pedals are thirsty and picky.  

True. But interestingly to me anyway the one spot delivers better milliamps than some cheap power supplies I’ve had in the past (Donner).
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18 hours ago, tbone_ said:


True. But interestingly to me anyway the one spot delivers better milliamps than some cheap power supplies I’ve had in the past (Donner).

I sold my PedalPower 2 and went with a $30 OneSpot since I was going with Nano boards.  It's been great except when I've tried to run the Topanga Reverb off of it.  It will power it, but I get a pop from the switch unless I run it on its own power supply.  

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I added one of these Jackson Audio Bloom compressors about a week ago, and I really, really, really dig it.  Its kind of a combination compressor. booster/sustainer and 3 band EQ.  You can activate any combination of the 3 with the 2 footswitches.  The compressor has different modes for different styles like chickin pickin, funk, slide, etc... This defines some unadjustable compression settings like attack and decay, then you have knobs to control the amount of compression and the blend of your dry signal.  The bloom knob & switch is the booster/sustainer and you can change how it fades in to your signal.  I haven't used the EQ yet, but I could see using it to offset differences between guitars while keeping an amp dialed in.  Finally, its quiet as fuck and so usable in a recording context.  I have a strong feeling this is going to be one of those always on pedals.

 

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Look at LR Baggs. I have the Venue and love it but it’s not small. I’ve heard good things about the Para and the Session as well and they are smaller.

All the dudes on Acoustic Guitar Forums swear by the Alix by Grace Designs as the holy grail. It’s a pedal though not really small and it’s $800. But apparently it’s the shizzle.

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46 minutes ago, tbone_ said:

Look at LR Baggs. I have the Venue and love it but it’s not small. I’ve heard good things about the Para and the Session as well and they are smaller.

All the dudes on Acoustic Guitar Forums swear by the Alix by Grace Designs as the holy grail. It’s a pedal though not really small and it’s $800. But apparently it’s the shizzle.

Thanks, a used Para might work at my price point.  I've got an acoustic gig set up for Friday's Memorial Day through Labor Day, so putting together a minimal pedalboard for it, with Pigtronix Infinity 3 looper, a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic and some pre-amp pedal.  Not much room for additional stuff, so ideally the preamp would have a reverb knob but I could perhaps add a mini reverb pedal if the preamp were small enough.

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The Nux Optima Air has the perfect feature set for me at a pretty cheap price, but I am not sure its worth a shit.

 

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18 hours ago, hullabelew said:

Suggestions on loopers. I have a ditto. Need more but don't want to spend a ton of time learning.

I've heard a lot of good things about the loop station.

I'm looking to buy a DigiTech Trio+ in the near future. It's a looper and more. 

You play a chord progression into it for four or eight bars, it learns your rhythm and your chord progression and gives you a backing bass and drum track.

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21 hours ago, hullabelew said:

Suggestions on loopers. I have a ditto. Need more but don't want to spend a ton of time learning.

This is what I use in my solo performances.  It's definitely a step up in price and complexity/learning curve, but its great if you want something to make more complex music solo with a guitar.  You might could get one used for $225 or so.  Its got everything I want and nothing I don't in about as small a form factor as I can imagine for its feature set.  The things it does that I really like:

  • 2 separate loops/tracks
  • operate the loops/tracks in parallel -- they can be layered on top of each other and made to fade in and out which is great for ambient type stuff
  • operate the loops/tracks in serial -- you can record a verse progression¬†on loop 1 and a chorus progression¬†on loop 2 and switch back and forth in a live performance
  • fade out your loops which I use a lot live
  • stereo or mono
  • extremely low latency
  • studio quality sound
  • midi clock sync
  • clipping indicator to know when you are pushing it too much

I like this better than the Boomerang3 (too big, no real midi sync) and the aeros loop studio (too expensive and complex with features I couldn't work into a live performance).  If it seems too complicated from the video above, I might look at the Infinity 2, which is scaled down, cheaper and has a few less features and also less complexity.  Its about half the price of the 3.

 

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Related to my post above, one of the cool things you can do with these advanced loopers is to put it at the end of a post-preamp effect loop.   Whatever is looping has already gone through any front-of-signal-chain pedals, to the preamp, through any other pedals in your fx loop and whatever that all adds to the signal is in the loop going straight to the power amp.  That means you can change anything in front of the looper to change the signal you are now playing and not effect what you recorded in the loop(s).  So you can do cool things like:

  • Loop a clean guitar signal playing a chord progression
  • Engage a bass9 pedal or octave pitch detune and overdub a bass line onto your loop
  • Disengage the bass9/octave pitch detune and engage some ambient effects and overdub some pad type sounds onto your loop
  • Disengage the ambient effects and engage an overdrive to play a soaring lead over the backing track that you¬†just made on the fly

The clipping indicator helps in the above, so you know when you may be exhausting the headroom on your loop with overdubs.  Combine that with a beat buddy pedal synched to your looper with midi, and you can pretty easily emulate a trio or quartet.

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I took the experience from 3 summer gigs and got my acoustic Muzak/ambient pedalboard done.  4 pedals right to left:

1. Fishman acousticomp compressor:  Just to even things out a bit.

2. Nux Optima Air:  preamp and impulse responses.  Have just messed with the stock IRs but they go a long way to improving the acoustic sound from a piezo.  The preamp feels optional almost.

3. Source Audio Collider: Delay and/or reverb.  Fantastic sound quality for both.

4. Pigtronix Infinity 3: looper I've owned for awhile discussed in previous posts.

Played on it for a couple hours last night and it all sounds and works great.  I may get another collider for my main board.  Makes me wish I had a stereo PA for live perfs.  I plugged it all in to my studio monitors and it sounded amazing.

 

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Kid has Boss Katana MK2 50 and a Airstep Kat pedal.

 

now he wants an expression pedal - wah.

recommendations?  If possible I would like to buy a decent one that he’ll keep for a while.  Not something specific to particular amp/pedal.

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14 hours ago, tbone_ said:

There is only one

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And am I plugging this into the pedal port on the back of the amp, or in line from the guitar to the amp?  If the answer is, "buy it and give it to your kid - let him figure it out," I understand.

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1 hour ago, CoTex said:

And am I plugging this into the pedal port on the back of the amp, or in line from the guitar to the amp?  If the answer is, "buy it and give it to your kid - let him figure it out," I understand.

Run it in front of the amp. 

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Run it in front of the amp. 

This.

That said, one can always try it in the loop. Maybe it gives some weird sound that way the player digs. But they are designed to go in front of the amp.
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