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Fender&EHX4ever

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  1. The vintage version of the EHX SoulPreacher has a treble switch that works pretty well. Might be worth a try for the price.
  2. Walrus Audio for me also. Very interesting marketing idea. I'd never heard of Walrus audio, but now I am intrigued.
  3. [ATTACH=CONFIG]n31723497[/ATTACH] Yes, I actually have two Clockworks, and two 8 Step Sequencers. I use a Molten Voltage MIDI Splitty to keep them all in Sync. The vintage units I have in the pic above are 1 Sonic Boomer, 1 Crash Pad, 2 Clap Tracks, 4 Instant Replays. The old EHX junction mixers are really handy for being able to assign more than one Clockworks channel to a single drum module so I can get more complex rhythms. This modular approach to percussion and sampling has taken me on a musical journey that pretty much defines the way I'm approaching songwriting and musical performance these days. What's really interesting about the Instant Replay units is that they don't save the samples, so it forces me to use them in a manner that is more spontaneous and organic. Mostly I've just been doing simple vocal or guitar stuff, but I've thought about using an iPod to load samples. Among my most recent gear acquisitions was a MOOG Mother 32 and a vintage Digitech RDS 8000 (8 second sampler). Both have CV trigger compatibility for added fun! Looking forward to your Crash Pad review, Phil!! I am curious to find out what features they've added on top of the original. Most likely I will pick up the reissue regardless since it is much more compact.
  4. Another top notch review, Phil. Thank you!!! I am indeed interested in this pedal. I'm especially excited to try out the Aux In in particular. Did you get a chance to feed anything into the Aux In, like guitar or bass?
  5. I went with these two http://www.ehx.com/products/super-pulsar http://cusackmusic.com/tap-a-whirl/
  6. I first started really experimenting with pedal order around 2007 when I designed my own passive pedal http://www.audio-joy.com/The-Labyrinth-An-FX-loop-sequence-selector_10762501.html The pedal allowed me to hook up 4 different effect pedals in a typical send/return config, then switch the order of them in several different combinations using just foot-switches. Sometimes the sudden switch would cause the effects to do really crazy things like self-oscillate. I haven't used it in a long time, but I will definitely come back to it for some experimental inspiration.
  7. Received one a few days ago. I can't help the feeling that this pedal has raised the bar and set a new standard for the guitar-synthesis game. I can see this being the pedal of the year award winner for a lot of 2016 publications. I imagine that EHX will probably start tackling a whole lot of other iconic or legendary synthesizer tones moving forward. Here are some on my wishlist: - Yamaha GX-1 string synth from "All Of My Love" - Polymoog string synth from "Cars" - Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 32 Sync II Patch from "Let's Go"
  8. Speaking only from my own perspective, I came to HCFX in 2007 primarily to learn more about effect pedals because there were few other places on the internet to get the information. At that time I only owned a few BOSS pedals: a GE-7, a TU-2, an HM-2, a CS-3, and an RV-3. I wanted to get into making my guitar sound more synthetic and electronic, which is one of the reasons I went down the EHX path. If you all recall, in 2007 and the years before, YouTube was not what it is today. We had to resort to second-hand experiences of pedals on the internet if we wanted any information. You couldn't find very many pedal demos, especially if the pedals were rare or vintage. And there were only a handful of websites that offered audio clip demos of those hard-to-find pedals - like Mode Zero and ToneFrenzy for example. EHX, BOSS, and Digitech were about the only pedal mfrs at that time who offered audio clips of some of their pedals on their websites. We take for granted that all of that changed very quickly between 2007 and now. If I want to know what a Maestro USS-1 Guitar Synth from the 70s sounds like, I just Google it and at least 2 YouTube videos appear. But in 2007 I didn't have that, so I came to HCFX to hear from someone who had used one, or heard one being used, or at least knew more about it than I did. Add to these changes the fact that a much younger crowd began to join HCFX in 2008. Suddenly the whole forum became more like a chat room filled with pithy text message-style posts in netspeak, rarely adding any actual information about effects, but instead dominating the forum with personal anecdotes, jokes, and attention-getting tactics. Don't get me wrong, sometimes that was a lot of fun, and I engaged in it as well at varying degress. But at that point, most of the old guard from pre-2007 HCFX began disengaging from the forum because the posts no longer had much content or depth. And the newer gen that took over HCFX was bound to leave at some point because they were finding other internet outlets like Facebook. All that said, I look back fondly on the heyday like most of us. We did have a whole lot of fun!
  9. My musician friends and I frequently visit this topic. Not so much regarding "Guitar Hero" specifically, but video games in general. I really believe, like many others, that video games are for this generation what rock music was to those of us who grew up between 1965 and 1985. Sure, arcades were always a part of Rock and Roll culture (think Tommy), but not necessarily the driving force of that generation's youth culture. I concur with the theory that the driving force that motivates youth is the desire to control their own destiny. Every time I read up on any studies or articles about youth psychology, there is always a discussion about how the child is always reaching for something that their parents, school, or environment don't control for them. That is what music did for me when I was growing up. Playing music gave me a feeling that I could enter my own world where a lot of real-world rules didn't necessarily apply. I first saw the real power of video games in 1994 when I started playing DOOM. I quickly realized that my addiction to the game was largely a symptom of my desire to maneuver in a world that I could control. Every time I completed a room successfully, I could just save at that point and come back to it again if I screwed up the next room. I had endless chances to perfect each scene (think Groundhog's Day, Edge of Tomorrow, or About Time). So I believe this is what today's youth want. They want to navigate through a world where they have more than one chance, where they can make mistakes with minimal consequence, and where they can control their own destiny. In that way, video games are much more seductive than say: learn to play an instrument, start a band, or tinker with Garage Band. The next game-changer in youth culture will be whatever makes children feel like they are in control of their own world. Maybe it will be some sort of virtual reality underground, like in Caprica. Whatever it is, I'm sure I will be the old guy who would rather play in a rock band.
  10. I only really frequented the FX forum, hence my opinion. As you implied, Phil was always sympathetic. I don't recall anything resembling disdain or scorn from him. As someone who works in the field of technology and customer service, I work a lot with situations where hardware or software has to be updated, migrated, and changed altogether. My experience has been that customization of software can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming, especially when you are trying to preserve and integrate pre-existing data, and that the user-base often doesn't understand what's going on behind the curtain. They only know that they have to adapt to the new environment, and are frequently resistant to change, and often resentful that the changes didn't look more like how it used to be. This is human nature. I get it. I'm very sympathetic to this in my professional life and do what I can to make their transition more comfortable. In my personal life I don't have to be, so I admit that I was not very sympathetic to all of the user negativity that happened at HCFX circa 2013 . But that brings me back to my original point. I believe that the user-community had already disengaged itself anyway, and that the change in forum software was simply the straw that broke the camel's back. But it's always easier to blame the software and its administrators than it is to look reflectively at ourselves and see what changed about ourselves.
  11. Years ago i bought a ZVex Fuzz Factory. When I turned it on my tabby cat started to bite me. He hated the sound of it. So I pushed him out of the room and closed the door. That night while I was sleeping he defiantly and neatly laid a perfectly sized turd across the top of it. i wanted to be mad, but I could only muster respect for his intelligence, audacity, and aim. Impressive really. His pedal of choice, BTW, is the Deluxe Memory Man. He lays his head on it when I play clean through it.
  12. :philthumb:Terrific review as usual, Phil. i still have my OctaSwitch MkI . I agree with you about having a loop with stereo ins and outs. i'm a bit baffled that they didn't tackle that 2 generations later
  13. Here is an old BOTB video of the PFL: [video=youtube;G6pktfTCyqA]
  14. I have one. The trimpots are not easy to align correctly, but once you get them set correctly it is one of the finest vintage flangers with a Reticon chip I've heard. More flexible than an Electric Mistress since it has a variable Center knob and treadle control over both sweep and rate. Highly under-appreciated flanger IMO.
  15. If we are indeed moving more and more toward a Modular Philosophy with gear and technology, that would mean the ability to shuffle around pedals easily from day to day, or week to week, and not spend a lot of time hassling with screwdrivers and drills between each reorganization. Velcro is probably still the best option for that, but like most people I'm not crazy about the messiness of it. Magnets would be really clean, like magnetic paper dolls? Maybe a chassis screw design that incorporated a large magnetic head?
  16. You say that like I won the lottery I'm actually going to forego the Crash Pad. But I will not be able to resist a Super Replay or a Rolling Thunder if they decide to reissue them.
  17. And so it begins.... I've been waiting for this day. So does this also mean reissues of the Clap Track, Super Space Drum, Sonic Boomer, Panic Button, Rolling Thunder, Instant Replay, Super Replay, DRM15, DRM16, and DRM32 ?????? I have the vintage versions of everything but the Panic Button and Rolling Thunder. I treasure them. So I'm curious what additional features the reissues will add?
  18. Not sure if thus will do what you need, as I haven't tried it yet. But it has a foot-switch for each loop: http://www.ehx.com/products/22500 I'm pretty sure this one will do what you need, but you might need to set up your keyboard to MIDI control the pedal if the foot-controller doesn't do the job: http://www.ehx.com/products/ehx-45000
  19. Delay pedals vary wildly in terms of prices, types, features, and sizes. Crazy amount of choices out there, but many will have what you are looking for. The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is an old favorite, and it has a Blend knob that will allow you to dial out the dry signal. But it isn't cheap. A cheaper alternative is the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy, which also has a Blend knob, as well as a Send output for the effect loop.
  20. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Will hopefully have some time in the coming weeks to experiment. Also hoping for not too much of a learning curve.
  21. Props to my Sales Engineer at Sweetwater. I am going to give this a shot http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MIDIevent Not sure why I didn't think to look more closely at MIDI Solutions' stuff. Phil recommended them also last year. Will report back on my progress.
  22. Not yet. Still searching for an answer. I would even be satisfied to find out that someone makes a single drum pad that sends MIDI CC messages. But from what I can tell, DAW software or a full featured machine is required for doing what I'm after. I keep hoping that Bill at Molten Voltage will create it. Love his stuff!
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