Roger Mayer, guitar effects guru for Jimi Hendrix, has released the Mission Controller Radio FX Switching System.
Player Freedom: Players can now change the effects path or amp channels without having to find the right switch on a crowded stage or pedal board by using radio remote control. The advantages are obvious in both ease of use and the confidence you will experience by having control in the same place on your guitar strap or guitar. This new freedom will change the way you play as well as improve your stage presence by maintaining audience eye contact. The nightmare of finding the right button to push in the dark will be gone forever.
System Information: The system consists of an FM transmitter and receiver using rolling code encrypted digital signal packets. The frequency bands that are used require no license to operate and the overall performance of the system is secure and free from hacking or interference. The range is over 35m or 150ft in all conditions and exceeds this in open air and most auditoriums. The RX-1 receiver can learn the unique code of up to 7 transmitters thus making guitar changing easy. The transmitter also transmits a signal when it's time to change the battery but battery life is over 9 months with normal use. We have chosen to use the best and most secure radio system available rather than cheaper AM or Bluetooth for this critical application. The audio switching is direct using reed relays with special low level signal contacts in a vacuum and therefore cannot be improved by any other method. You have the choice of having control from your Guitar Strap or directly from your guitar.
Guitar Strap Transmitters: The Skull, Skyscraper and Trek all share the same electronics and control two insert or effects loops with a push on push off command. The commands are decoded by the RX-1 receiver and control the reed relay audio switching to insert or bypass the loop or effect. The switching action can also be easily configured to act as a remote footswitch: e.g. amplifier channel switching.
Guitar Transmitters: The potentiometers that control volume or tone can be replaced with our Guitar Transmitter Potentiometer or GTX pot that when pushed on produces a soft feel click that sends a command. The transmitter module and battery are housed behind the scratch plate and now radio control is possible by pushing on the guitars knobs. Switching an effect couldn't be easier or less conspicuous.
RX-1 Receiver: This is housed in our standard sized enclosure and has been configured to receive the commands from any of the transmitters for the 2-channel audio switching. Provision for storing the antenna when travelling is provided plus led indication of the status each of the channels. A low transmitter battery alert LED is also provided and recessed switch and led for the learn function complete the front panel features. It can be powered by a 9V battery or from an AC Adapter (not provided).
Extended Capabilities: The RX-1 system only scratches the surface of what is possible. Up to 15 commands can be sent from the transmitter and the receiver can decode all 15 into a myriad of switching possibilities. The receiver can also learn up to 48 transmitters should 7 not be enough. It is now possible to control virtually everything remotely while playing.