So it turns out you can control the Boss RC-5 looper pedal via MIDI instead of needing to lean down awkwardly to adjust the built-in drum machine, so I bought an (Australian-designed) MIDI controller, the Pirate MIDI Bridge4! It's pretty slick, but unfortunately Boss' documentation on how specifically to configure external MIDI devices to control it is a little lacking, so there's a LOT of trial and error going on right now.
Yessss, got the Bridge4 configured to control Logic Pro now! So I can start and stop recording, play and pause the existing audio, and switch between and trigger live loops scenes all right from the pedalboard without needing to take my hands off the guitar. 😎
Okay, so after a TON of reading and watching videos on YouTube (shout-out to That Pedal Show in particular), I've decided the last (for the moment 😏) piece of my guitar pedal board is going to be a Boss DM-2W analogue delay pedal. Delay pedals basically take the note you play and repeat it back after a given interval and for a certain number of repeats, and there's all SORTS of interesting effects you can get depending on how big the interval is, how much of the original note you get back, and how many repeats you've set. Analogue pedals in particular have a specific sound that's really warm and dark, as opposed to digital pedals which tend to be basically exact replicas of your sound. The original DM-2 pedal stopped being produced in the mid-80s and this DM-2W is the "Waza Craft" reissue of that original one, so it's got the same sound but also a little switch at the top that goes between "Standard" DM-2 and the new "Custom" mode that boosts the maximum repeat rate from 300ms to 800ms and brightens up the sound a little bit.
I did some playing around in Logic Pro with the built-in delays in there, none of which sound nearly as good as the DM-2W, but damn, playing without any sort of delay at all sounds so flat and boring now, haha. I was considering the Boss DD-200 which is VERY swish, but it's a digital one instead of analogue and while it's got a ton of features, it seems kind of overwhelming for just dipping my toes into the world of delay.
The setup is complete! ...at least until my new guitar arrives, and also until I inevitably decide I want more guitar pedals and thus need to build a longer pedalboard. 😅
Man, that delay pedal is such fun. If you set one single repeat and set the delay before the repeat occurs to the right timing, you can get it to essentially play notes in between what you're playing, so it sounds like you're playing more. Or you can set a really long delay with lots of repeats and lower the intensity, and it sounds like you're in a vast hall. Or you can go in between those and just get a much fatter-sounding tone.
Today's deliveries are a flanger pedal for my guitar setup (can I call it a "rig" yet?), and a replacement airbrush needle!
I was all excited to get my Kill Team terrain started last week, and I realised that my troubles with the airbrush clogging and spitting and just generally misbehaving were caused by the very tip of the needle being bent. 😞 I'm not sure exactly how I managed to do that, but I'm going to make a point to be a lot more gentle with it from now on.
Why yes, it IS more guitar pedal-related stuff! Though technically not an actual pedal this time. Keen to see the difference it makes in sound.
(Update: it makes ABSOLUTELY no difference whatsoever because it turns out all Boss pedals already have built-in buffers to counteract the signal degradation from long chains. 😑)
I'm waiting on just one more thing (at least until Christmas 😅), an Orange FS-1 mini footswitch so I can switch between the clean and dirty channels on the amp without having to lean over and down to actually fiddle with the amp itself.
My little footswitch arrived! It's so little and adorable. And because it can be used for different things depending on the amp it's plugged into, they give you this set of little stickers to stick onto the front of it so you know what the actual function is that it's triggering.