Jump to content

tomhyzy

Members
  • Posts

    15
  • Joined

  • Last visited

tomhyzy's Achievements

Newbie

Newbie (1/14)

2

Reputation

  1. Originally Posted by Purpgld How can I hook up a Roland EV5 and use it as a wah pedal to my Tonelab LE? Purpgld I think trying to use the EV5 for the wah would be a lot harder than using the EV5 as a volume pedal in the effects loop of the TLLE, and using the on-board expression pedal for wah. This is how I use an EV5 with my TLLE. It's not perfect, because backing off on the EV5 isn't controlling the overall patch volume, it's just reducing the guitar input to the rest of the effects chain, but it works pretty much the same way as turning the guitar volume knob down. The only way I can think of to use the EV5 the way the OP is asking would be to use a MIDI continuous controller like the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller, programmed to translate the EV5 position to the wah effect of the TLLE. It could be done, but it would take some programming, and you'd end up with another box on the floor in addition to the TLLE and the EV5. I hope this is of some use. Tom Hyzy
  2. Originally Posted by thedh02 I have a question... is it possible to connect my OD pedal in the effects loop and program it to be on whenever I switch to that patch? Yes. The effect loop status (on or off) is saved with each patch, so if you leave your OD pedal "On" all the time, and switch to a TLLE patch that has the effects loop turned on, your pedal will be in the loop.
  3. Jon, I'll be glad if this helps someone. Had you not posted that picture in this thread, I would never have figured out a way to do this - while you had it wired fairly early on, it seems. This exercise benefited me personally, since I've never used MIDI before, and now I have at least a practical grounding in it. Once you get through programming the MIDI box once, the rest is really very straightforward. I will say that Martians probably wrote the TLLE MIDI Implementation document, though. Best to all, great thread. Tom Hyzy
  4. Based on Jon Chappell's post and picture way back on page 7 of this thread, I decided to set up a second expression pedal for the Tonelab LE, using a regular analog expression pedal (Roland EV-5) and a MIDI-converter box from MIDI Solutions. It took a while, but I finally figured out how to set it up. Physically, you connect the expression pedal to the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller, then connect the Controller to the TLLE using MIDI in/out cables. This part is easy. The REAL trick is in programming the MIDI Pedal Controller, and in interpreting the almost incomprehensible MIDI implementation chart for the TLLE that Vox publishes on their website. You have to program the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller, because out of the box it doesn't know what you want it to do. It seems odd that MIDI Solutions doesn't have software to allow users to do this more easily - they refer you to a different site, to get shareware called Bome's Send SX. Bome's is free, and it's pretty easy to understand, just odd MIDI Solutions doesn't have their own. Instructions for programming the MIDI unit are fairly clear. You have to hook the MIDI Solutions box up to a computer, using a MIDI interface of some kind - I used the UM1-EX from Edirol. The hex programming string I ended up with is shown below. I show it in 2 lines, because the first line is the actual programming of the MIDI unit itself, the second line is the System Exclusive command that I'm programming the MIDI Solutions box to send to the TLLE - in other words, the second line is what the TLLE "hears". Part I (This is the MIDI Solutions programming line): F0 00 00 50 16 01 03 0A 00 64 F7 Part II (This is the SysEx command the TLLE "hears"): F0 42 30 6D 10 41 01 00 00 00 F7 The first five bytes of Part I don't change. The seventh byte ("03") tells the unit you're sending a System Exclusive command. The next byte ("OA") is the trickiest - it tells the MIDI unit WHICH BYTE OF THE SYS EX COMMAND WILL CHANGE WHEN YOU CHANGE THE PEDAL POSITION! Part II is the actual SysEx command that gets sent to the TLLE. Reading the MIDI Implementation document was rather difficult, and I think Vox drafted it deliberately to make it harder than it needs to be. (Probably just paranoia here). The first five hex bytes identify the command as a SysEx command being sent to the TLLE on MIDI Channel 1. The sixth byte ("41") indicates you are sending a Parameter Change instruction. The seventh and eighth bytes ("01" and "00") tell the TLLE you are changing the Program Volume. The ninth and tenth bytes ("00" and "00") are the actual values - you see zeros here, but the actual value sent for the tenth byte is the one that is being changed by the Roland EV-5 pedal position. Remember Part I of the command string? That byte "0A" is just the way you write "the tenth byte" using hexadecimal. Note that I'm altering the 10th byte, not the ninth byte - both of them represent the Program Volume value, but only the tenth one gets used - the reason is beyond the scope of this already too-long message. I know this is probably not something many people will care about, but it sounded like a great and fairly cheap solution to get a second pedal on the TLLE. I beat my brain against it for a week before figuring it out, so if anyone else can benefit from this it would make my day. Tom Hyzy
  5. Originally Posted by The eggman Thanks so much for the response and great direction tomhyzy. I'll set it to 0 for the maximum sustain : ) In response to eggman and 777Brad about negative consequences of turning off the noise gate: Just be aware that by setting the noise gate to zero, you're going to be letting through any hums and buzzes that crop up in your signal chain. If you play clean, this may not be a problem, but if you use any kind of distortion or overdrive, there may be some unwanted background noise. - Tom Hyzy
  6. Originally Posted by The eggman ...I would like to have the last note I'm playing ring out more - sustain longer. It seems to get closed off before the natural sustain should. I believe I read of someone else with this concern and they adjusted the noise gate (reduction?) to a lower setting. Can anyone please provide me a method to do this? To change the noise reduction threshhold, press both "AMP" and "CAB" at the same time - this lets you adjust a couple of parameters including presence and the level at which the noise gate kicks in. If you want the maximum possible sustain, set the noise gate to zero. Hope this helps. Tom Hyzy
  7. Maybe this is answering a question that only I asked, but I figured out how to set up a second expression pedal for the Tonelab LE, using a MIDI Pedal Controller from MIDI Solutions and a "normal" Roland EV-5 analog expression pedal. Physically, you connect the expression pedal to the MIDI Solutions controller, then connect the controller to the TLLE using MIDI in/out cables. This part is easy. The REAL trick is in programming the MIDI unit, and in interpreting the almost incomprehensible MIDI implementation chart for the TLLE that Vox publishes on their website. You have to program the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller, because out of the box it doesn't know what you want it to do. It seems odd that MIDI Solutions doesn't have software to allow users to do this - they refer you to a different site, to get shareware called Bome's Send SX. It's free, and it's pretty easy to understand, just odd they don't have their own. Instructions for programming the MIDI unit are fairly clear. The hex programming string I ended up with was this. I show it in 2 lines, because the first line is the programming of the MIDI Solutions controller unit itself, the second line is the System Exclusive command that I'm programming the MIDI Solutions box to send to the TLLE - in other words, the second line is what the TLLE "hears". Part I (This is the MIDI Solutions programming line): F0 00 00 50 16 01 03 0A 00 64 F7 Part II (This is the SysEx command the TLLE "hears"): F0 42 30 6D 10 41 08 05 00 00 F7 The first five bytes of Part I don't change. The seventh byte ("03") tells the unit you're sending a System Exclusive command. The next byte ("OA") is the trickiest - it tells the MIDI unit WHICH BYTE OF THE SYS EX COMMAND WILL CHANGE WHEN YOU CHANGE THE PEDAL POSITION! Part II is the actual SysEx command that gets sent to the TLLE. Reading the MIDI Implementation document was rather difficult, and I think Vox drafted it deliberately to make it harder than it needs to be. (Probably just paranoia here). The first five hex bytes identify the command as a SysEx command being sent to the TLLE on MIDI Channel 1. The sixth byte ("41") indicates you are sending a Parameter Change instruction. The seventh and eighth bytes ("08" and "05") tell the TLLE you are changing the Channel Volume. The ninth and tenth bytes ("00" and "00") are the actual values - you see zeros here, but the actual value sent for the tenth byte is the one that is being changed by the Roland EV-5 pedal position. Remember Part I of the command string? That byte "0A" is just the way you write "the tenth byte" using hexadecimal. Note that I'm altering the 10th byte, not the ninth byte - both of them represent the Channel Volume value, but only the tenth one gets used - the reason is beyond the scope of this already too-long message. Later today, I'm going to try setting it up to alter the VR volume instead of the Channel Volume - all it should take is to change the SysEx command to address VR volume instead, so that part should be easy. I know this is probably not something many people will care about, but I beat my brain against it for a week, so if anyone else can benefit from this it would make my day. Tom Hyzy
  8. Having read through the several hundred posts on the "Pro Review" of the Tonelab LE, I sprang for one a month or so ago. Love the sounds, but I miss having a separate expression pedal dedicated to volume control. Jon Chappell, in that same HC Pro Review, posted about using a MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller to translate the signal coming out of a Roland EV-5 expression pedal into MIDI, and how that could be used to talk to the Tonelab LE. Well, I'm a MIDI newbie, but I bought the gear and here's where I've gotten to so far: I understand how to program the MIDI Solutions box, their instructions are pretty clear. I wish I could say the same of the Vox MIDI Implementation chart. I think I need to create a SysEx message for a Parameter Change, leaving the "value" bytes somehow blank or just a zero or placeholder; I then program the MIDI Solutions box to translate the position of the Roland EV-5 into a MIDI value for that byte and send that to the Tonelab. The best I can tell, the beginning of the correct SysEx message is this: F0 42 3n 6D 10 41 08 05 The last 2 hex pairs ("08 05") are supposed to be the Parameter ID and Sub ID for Channel Volume. So far, this is all directly from the Vox MIDI Implementation document. Then I get a little fuzzy - do I then leave the next hex pair at 00, is this the "value" assigned to that parameter?. If I can identify which hex byte tells the Tonelab LE what value this parameter should have, I can program the MIDI Solutions box to vary that hex byte, between hex 00 and hex 64 (decimal 100), giving me a volume pedal sweep from 0 to 10. I tried to paste in a clip of the MIDI implementation document, but the fonts are all very basic and it didn't come over properly. That document is on the Vox website at: http://www.voxamps.co.uk/downloads/PDF/TonelabLE_midi_Implemenation.txt I'm doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what. I would appreciate help from anyone who has done this or could shed some light on this, thanks. Tom Hyzy
  9. Originally Posted by teetop Have a question based on my experience with Tonelab. I know one can use the footswitches to toggle up and down Banks and for the programs within each Bank. I also know the unit can operate in Stompbox mode where each of the four footswitches will turn the four effects modules on and off. However, can the unit operate in a combined mode between these two? Say, for example, I have a custom patch set up in Bank #3, Program #3. The amp model is a Fender with matching cab sim. I have the Tube OD for effect 1, classic chorus for effect 2, mod delay for effect 3, and some spring reverb for effect 4. Then, during the course of my gig as I am toggling to each of my custom patches, I get to the song that uses this patch and toggle to it...i.e., I go to Bank #3 and click the footswitch for Patch #3. Now, that I am in that path, I want the ability to turn each of the effects on and off, yet stay within that patch. Can this be done? How would I make the switch from using the footswitches for Bank/Program control to Stompbox control, WHILE staying in the Patch and not affecting my settings? Sorry for the long-winded question. Mark You can do what you want to. Using your example, while you are in Bank 3 Patch 3, press and hold the "Bank Up" switch. This changes you over into "manual" mode. In this mode, the LEDs over each of the Patch 1-4 switches will indicate which of the modules (Pedal, Mod, Delay, Reverb) are on or off. To get back into "Patch change" mode, just press down on the "Bank Up" switch again. Hope this helps. Tom Hyzy
  10. Is it true that there isn't actually a law to state that you have to pay it? Or is that just conspiracy theory crap? Title 26 of the US Code (Internal Revenue Code), Section 61(a)(1): Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, gross income means all income from whatever source derived, including (but not limited to) the following items: ... ..Compensation for services, including fees, commissions, fringe benefits, and similar items; "Gross income" is ultimately the basis for taxable income. The US Internal Revenue Code may not directly say that labor itself is taxable, but it sure says that compensation received for labor is taxable. I wouldn't advise ignoring it.
  11. I've been playing for about 35 years, pretty much any style (and mangling them all, I might add). I own a variety of electric and acoustic guitars, including a late-70's Les Paul, a Telecaster, a Carvin; a Taylor 714 (main acoustic instrument), a couple of Ovations, a Tak, and an old beat up Guild. As noted above, I love the versatility of this amp in combination with the POD XTL. I like the fact that it can easily be linked to a PA board for live work, although I'm not currently doing any of that. I wish it was just a bit smaller, but after all it does have 5 speaker/drivers in it, right?
  12. I've been playing over 30 years. I own a variety of other instruments, including an LP, a Tele, the afore-mentioned Carvin, a couple of Ovation acoustics, and a Taylor 714. I was intrigued enough by the guitar's design that I didn't really beat up its reviews too much before going for it. Frankly, there really aren't that many around, even though the guitar was introduced over a year ago. I like the sound of it enough where if it were destroyed, I'd probably get another one. There were clearly some issues with the design of the headstock and the strap arm, both mentioned above. I'm surprised the designers (probably including Ned Steinberger) let those things get through, especially the headstock problem. Even so, I deem those issues to be peripheral to the actual instrument's playability and sound, both of which I like a lot.
  13. Been playing acoustic and electric guitars for about 35 years. I own a variety of acoustic and electric instruments including a late 70's LP, Tele, Carvin SC-90, Taylor 714, Tak EAN series, a couple of Ovations. I really like the Synapse. I wish that it had the piezo that its sibling TranScale does. The strap hook thing and the malfunctioning combo headstock are a shame, I would have thought someone would have discovered that these are a problem earlier on.
×
×
  • Create New...