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  1. Yes, Ive tried all the tubescreamers at some point or other, for what its worth I think the Maxon OD808 is the absolute tits, probably always keep it for recording.


    But alas, I am looking for pedals with asymetrical clipping, I love the percussive sound they produce with the Marshall. Maybe the SD-1 is the perfect marriage now Ive had it so long, but its always fun to try something a bit more unique :-)

  2. A while ago I tried tonnes of overdrives and always came back to the Boss SD-1, I use it to boost a high gain modified JCM 800 into metal territory and love it.


    Mostly for fun I'd like to try some similar overdrives, have to be asymetrical clipping and high gain for lots of percussive attack; ideally I'd like a touch more gain without the trebley grit of the Sd-1.


    I was thinking of checking out the Boss BD-2?


    Ive tried the MXR Zakk Wylde one, but didnt like it as much as the SD-1.


    Thanks in advance :-)

  3. Off the bat a lot of house PA systems are mono so get used to bringing your own rig. Setting up your rig for stereo invites havoc onstage aka timing with the band. A lot of the time the monitoring is already bad and there's a catch up, slow down thing going on already then you introduce that into the mix to throw everyone off even more? Aside from all that you have to bring extra gear with you to make it happen in the first place. About the only thing imo that really works well is a keyboardist running Leslie effects. You get a sense like it's filling the room. But effects like delay where it ducks between a stereo pan, stereo tremolos, and hard phasing/chorus effects where they also duck, all those will fuck your band over hard one day when you do that gig where the monitors suck or the sound guy doesn't know what he's doing or you're outdoors and the wind is blowing and you're having a hard time hearing the band and they you. Like I say the best way to learn is to find out for yourself.


    I cant see us ever using our own rig round here, all the decent venues have great in house PAs. As far as the timing is concerned, in theory, as long as the click track is good enough for the drummer to hear and he plays tight with it, then I would imagine that no matter how crazy (in terms of stereo effects) the sample is, it wouldnt throw you off as long as you play in time with the drummer?.... FWIW I would imagine that I wouldnt want any of the sample in my monitor anyway?


    But yeah, I guess you would have to practice alot with it to make sure it works and experiment with the settings and stuff. But in theory it seems like a great solution to what is probably a popular problem.


    thanks again

  4. Wouldn't that mean that the metronome is heard through the PA?


    No it has stereo outs, so you would have the sample on the left for example and a click on the right. The click would go through the desk to the monitors only as a separate signal, the sample would be played through the PA. the benefit of that would be that you can choose whatever noise you want as your click track. The con would be that the click might not be suitable/audible.




    Use the in built metronome which has its own out to the drummer only, then the sample in stereo out front. The benefit is that the sample is in stereo (but as the guy above explains, this isnt really an advantage and could even be a disadvantage if you have mad stereo effects going on), the disadvantage is that you are relying on the click track presets to be good enough for the drummer to use as a cue, and I dont know if they are yet because I havent heard them.

  5. Trust me, you'll never see a need for stereo live. Even if you did amass a stereo rig you'd shit can it after a short run.


    Fair play, sounds like a good back up plan. I was talking to a guitarist from quite a big 80's metal band recently and he seemed to think that the quality and impact of alot of their orchestral synth stuff is comprimised when played in mono.... and although I am in no real position to judge, I can totally imagine that stereo echoes and the depth could be lost a bit in mono?


    But then again he was trying to persuade me to buy a very expensive yamaha keyboard to do what we described which sounds way more complicated that a simple little footswitch, so he might be a bit of a nutter! :-)


    I might ask the soundman at our next gig if such things are usually outputted as mono usuallly anyway, as I have a sneaking suscpition that that could be the case in alot of venues....

  6. True which is why you can only really get away with it for a measure or two if you're lucky. You might be able to setup the stereo version to pan the click track (it has one) out only on one output so that the drummer could capture it in their monitors or headset? Ask Subs, he has one.


    Yeah you could do that no problem, but then your samples or whatever would be in mono I suppose...

  7. Even though you set the tempo to your drummer, the drummer will still need to sync to the looper once it's set. Otherwise the sync will drift further on each loop because it will never be exact and your drummer won't be exact either.


    Yup, the jamman has a click which has its own separate output, but fwiw, I'm more sceptical about the ability for the drummer to hear the click track. Our drummer sings a bit so he needs some vox in his monitor plus guitars etc. If you put the click through the desk would he be able to hear it?


    the other option would be headphones for the click, but then he would hear his monitor....

  8. Yeah it does time stretch apparently, its a new feature. It says in the manual....


    "Once a loop phrase is recorded, you can change the playback tempo which speeds up

    or slows down the playback of the phrase without changing its pitch (Time Stretch).

    Time Stretching a loop is a very useful feature in case the band is playing slightly

    slower or faster than normal or you just want to change the pace of a backing track

    slightly. You can Time Stretch a loop while stopped or during playback"


    Cool! :-)

  9. Great, still sounds very tempting. in what way is the software lame? I guess i would only be using it to move wav files from my computer to the Jamman. Are there any problems at all with the metronome (the rhythm track as its called on the jamman)? Given the choice it would be better to be able to record your own rhythm track in some circumstances (e.g. shout "one" "two" "three"... or whatever to give the drummer a cue)


    thanks for the advice

  10. Does anyone do this? I'm led to believe that you can load it with wav files and scroll through them, then trigger the samples live. There is also a tempo switch you can tap along to that will stretch the sample to match the drummer (with no change in pitch). There is also a rhythm track that can send a metronome click to the drummer.


    It takes all the boxes for me, almost sounds too good to be true! Does anyone use this unit to trigger samples? If so any problems? I wonder does the rhythm track have to be a preset click or can you load it with something else?


    thanks for your input

  11. Thanks for the input everyone. The last idea was definitely the best! ha :-)


    The digitech pedal looks really cool, I'm going to check that out. I'd like to avoid using a laptop if possible as I wouldnt trust it not too crash and again seems like using a sledgehammer...


    I dont mind admitting that I'm a total noob, and I'm not sure what you mean by "The samples isnt the hard part, its the sequencing that fucks things up". By that do you mean there is a way to adjust the tempo on the fly to keep it to speed with the band? In theory that would be really cool, except no-one has free hands and alot of the time its full speed metal ahoy! so i wouldnt see that working....


    I reckon some day software using some kind of recognition algorithm like voice recognition or those that can tell you what song is playing could probably do it for you, but thats probably a few years away yet.


    Thanks again peeps and sorry for the long delay replying, my internet died for a day and a half there.

  12. That video is amazing, crazy what you can do with a delay pedal and alot of messing about! Great stuff. I saw him step on the pedal on the left which triggered an old man talking... I guess something like that could work for what i need.


    Ive seen live bands do exactly what im describing, I guess there is potential for the drummer to have to adjust tempo to match the click quickly which is unavoidable.


    Thanks for the input peeps

  13. Hi all,


    I posted this here because I was wondering if any other fellow guitarists have ever come across a way of triggering audio samples using some kind of footswitch? I have to warn you, I'm a bit of a noob at this so apologies in advance.


    I would love to find an easy reliable (and hopefully not too expensive) way of triggering live synth parts to accompany our music live. I'd say I would have maybe one or two samples per song, not enough to warrant getting a keyboard player! :-)


    I saw a metal band do it recently using a Yamaha Keyboard (Yamaha Motif XS7) and a foot controller (an FC-5). The XS7 stored multiple audio samples that you could scroll through and trigger using either the keyboard keys or a footcontroller. The keyboard sent two audios at once, a click to the drummer and a stereo .wav to the desk.


    This would be an almost perfect way to do it, but for me using a whole keyboard feels like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut! Plus the xs7 is really expensive.


    Is there anything else out there yet that stores multiple audio files, can be easily scrolled through in between songs, can trigger two audio files at once (click for drummer plus music) and can be controlled with a footswitch?


    I know its possible to play whole songs to a click track, but I would prefer not to go down that route... I also would prefer not to have to use a laptop as I can imagine someone tipping beer on it or it going walkabout in some of the places we play! I may be asking the impossible, but I'd be surprised if there wasnt a market for such a thing I have described.


    Thanks in advance :thu:

  14. Thanks for the feedback,


    Yes I appreciate that having to use your hands would put off some people. But just to be clear, the switch is a momentary switch, so it is off until you hit it either up or down. In fact, now Im used to it I dont even look at it just give it a quick flick of the wrist and because it is good quality I can hit it quite hard or clumsily and it will always bounce back to the middle. I really do prefer it to stomping on footswitches and it is much easier than using a pickup switch that has at least two positions. The option of having one switch to operate simultaneous tasks can avoid unecessary "tap-dancing" too.


    I agree with the comment on aesthetics, if it was ugly or conspicuous there would be no point at all, so that is a big concern, but I think we can make the transmitter very small indeed (about the size of a car door remote or smaller)


    Guitarists who use any sort of expression pedal might also not be interested. It's not going to break them free from their pedal board.

    Sure, thats true


    Another thing to consider is visual feedback. Assuming you've got a couple of these switches on your guitar, or maybe a single transmitter/receiver that controls a couple of switching channels. How would you know from looking at the switches which channels are currently engaged?

    I hadnt thought of that. A LED similar to that on a pedal would be quite useful, but might require more work to the electronics and maybe even more room in the transmitter housing.... The transmitter is only using battery power during the time it is pressed on, but this would require a different circuit I guess. My receiver lives on my pedal board and has a very bright LED but that would be any use to someone who wanted to rid themselves of the pedal board....


    What measures will you take to make sure that some wise ass in the audience, or another guitar player offstage, isn't going to have a transmitter that your receiver will respond to? Is the signal purely analog, or is it digital? If it's digital, will you be able to enter an ID number in the transmitter and receiver to prevent people from f'ing with you during a set?

    Mine is digital and is encrypted, of course we would need to make sure that the receiver would only configure with its own transmitter.


    Thanks for all input everyone, much appreciated :-)

  15. Hey all,


    Me and my friend are thinking of starting to make some of these to sell, but was wondering if anyone out there would be interested?


    Basically instead of a channel switching stomp box that you have to walk up to sand step on, this is a wireless version that connects a transmitter on your guitar to a receiver where ever you want (e.g. on top of your amp or on a pedal board). The idea is that you hit a switch on the guitar with your hand and the reciever performs a function such as changing amp channels or turns on a solo boost etc.? basically any switch with a 1/4" jack.


    The benefit is

    - You dont have to keep walking back to your pedal board to step on a footswitch

    - You change it with your hand and not your feet (I find this a big advantage because its easier to find in poor light and with big feet I sometimes hit two pedals at once!)

    - Potentially you could move your pedal board off stage and out of your way

    - Less cables

    - Its small (about the size of a boss pedal)


    I made a working prototype and have been gigging solidly with it for a year and it works flawlessly. Even better is the fact that mine not only has a channel switch, but simultaneously switches on an effects loop, so I can switch on the solo boost on my amp AND add some delay etc. The plan would be to have some units that have custom options like this on them, e.g. a channel switch/loop selector, where you can change between one of two effects loops AND simultaneously switch channels, that kind of thing.


    Would anyone be interested in such a device? What would you consider a reasonable price?


    Thanks for reading

  16. I have an old JCM800 2210 with built in reverb, but at some point in the past someone replaced the stock reverb transformer (or whatever its called) and spring with something from Maplin that produces alot of hum!

    How and where would I get a stock replacement and would it be worth it? Or could I just buy a decent pedal?

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