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I know I said this before but MAN this delay pedal is fun! Have a listen to this, I'm just playing quarter notes but the pedal adds so much extra rhythm. (The drums aren't me, I just chucked a drummer track in in Logic Pro.)
Posted on 24 September 2022, 21:43
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.
Posted on 21 September 2022, 21:52
Yesssss, very excited to play around with this tonight!
Posted on 21 September 2022, 15:29
Huzzah, the relay interface finally arrived! Next step, figuring out how best to configure the MIDI controller to activate the interface in terms of ease of usage...
Posted on 19 September 2022, 15:51
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.
Posted on 18 September 2022, 22:36
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. 😎
Posted on 15 September 2022, 22:11
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.
Posted on 9 September 2022, 22:13
That was a HELLA productive day off, look at my pedalboard! Everything is so neat and tidy, I'm fucking STOKED at how well it came together.
Posted on 5 September 2022, 17:09
Ahhhhh, this is so much fun! Creating a chord loop and turning the drum kit on (which is matched perfectly to the rhythm of the loop you recorded), then playing over the top of it. Definitely excellent practice for getting my timing up to snuff. And that overdrive pedal is so good, I get fantastic distortion now without having to crank the amp volume too high.
Posted on 2 September 2022, 21:42
Last pedal arrived! Now the interminable wait until the end of next month for the guitar itself. Lots of fun to have with my current one and the new pedals in the meantime though!
Posted on 1 September 2022, 14:48