Effects overview

Again, this bit might only be interesting to some of you, but this is part of the ”bragging pages”, after all…

Current setup

I used to keep two pedalboards – one big/main board and a small grab-n-go board for quick rehearsals and tight stages. As I started using the digital 11 Rack rig more and more, I found myself only bringing an amp/pedalboard rig when the gig was either too small to have a proper PA, or when I needed a quick rig for a rehearsal. So while I had all my favourite pedals on the large board, I realized was really only using the small board. So I ripped up both boards, and decided to start fresh with a new ”main” board, but confined to the smaller size.

I’m using the Stonecastle Blues Boy pedalboard/case from the small gig setup (listed below), as well as the Cioks DC8 for power. The board currently has the following chain:

  • board_2014-7Tuner/input buffer – T-Rex Tunemaster. I used to have a Korg DT-10 (as shown in the pic) first in line, but decided to try the Tunemaster to save a little space. So far, so good 🙂
  • Compression – Xotic SP Compressor
  • Dirt – a Stinkfoot ”30” (Catalinbread CB30 circuit built on veroboard) and a Mooer Solo for higher gain stuff.
  • Boost – home built Micro Amp-style booster. The pedal used to have a nice chickenhead knob, but I’m currently trying a larger one to allow me to adjust it on the fly with my foot. Not as pretty, but function beats form.
  • Modulation – Mooer Ensemble King chorus and a Mooer Eleclady flanger (for those Andy Summers moments).
  • Delay – currently a Mooer Echolizer for standard echo, and my trusty Ibanez DML10 for slightly modulated stuff. Both pedals may have to move over in favour of a Strymon El Capistan + Favourite combination,  if/when I get hold of one.
  • Tremolo – Voodoo Lab Tremolo. Yes, it’s big for this type of board, but it sounds great and the volume control is invaluable. I have a Mooer Trelicopter that I also like very much, but you can’t set the level on that one.

I have also considered adding a Malekko E.Filter for those funky envelope filter moments. But… I also want to use true bypass loop strips to get all footswitches within easy reach. And that won’t fit on this small board, so I might have to move on to a bigger board after all (it never ends!!). And I am still considering a programmable loop strip for the compressor/dirt section, with the current candidates being the Disaster Area Designs DPC-5 and the Cusack Pedalboard Tamer. That would let me preset the foundation sounds, and add other effects freely as normal. So I might end up with a Stonecastle Stevie (same depth as the one I have, but 60cm width instead) – that way, I can fit both my 5-loop strip and a DPC-5 along the lower edge, with the pedals stuffed in where they fit. This ”small” board just might get expensive, and not so small after all… 🙂

Bass board

This board was used as the sub-board, carrying a Korg G4 leslie simulator and a true bypass loop box to turn it on/off. The idea was to be able to add the board on after whatever setup I was using at the time, if I needed a leslie and couldn’t be bothered to bring the real thing. The board has since been converted for use with bass, with the following pedals:

  • bassboard2014EBS MultiComp
  • EBS Octabass
  • DOD FX25 Envelope Filter

All powered by a Cioks Baby power supply. The MultiComp stays on pretty much 100% of the time. I originally had the Octabass last (FX25 in the middle), but found it tracked better when being fed from the compressor.  The bonus is that the FX25 provides a consistent, fully buffered signal that has no problem driving even a passive DI box with the amp connected to to the parallel out jack. That can sometimes be a problem, with the two input impedances (of the DI circuit and the amp) ending up in parallel with each other.

Old setups

This was the last incarnation of the main pedalboard setup (click for closeup). The signal chain was:

  • Digitech EX-7 Expression factory (used mainly for wah and space station sounds, and sometimes the leslie sim)
  • Korg DT-10 tuner
  • Foxrox Octron
  • EBS MultiComp
  • Ibanez PT-9 Phaser (modified for true bypass)
  • Stinkfoot Stage 1 TS-9 (modified for true bypass)
  • Higher gain overdrive/distortion (in the pic it’s a modified STL Super Tube, but this spot keeps changing)
  • Stinkfoot 5-loop true bypass strip, containing:
    • Stinkfoot boost pedal (basic LPB circuit)
    • TC Electronic SCF chorus/flanger
    • Ibanez EM5 Echomachine (set for almost-infinite repeats)
    • Ibanez DML10 Modulation Delay II
    • Ibanez DL5 Delay
  • Voodoo Lab Tremolo

The whole board was powered from a Modtone Power Plant located underneath the back row riser. The EX-7 has its own power supply, while the TC Chorus is mains-powered. Both of those get their mains power from the accessory mains outlet on the back of the Power Plant, via a dual extension cable I whipped up. The Power Plant does have a 9vAC output, which should eliminate the need for the EX-7 power supply. But sadly, it creates a hum in the EX-7… 🙁

This setup was mainly used for smaller gigs and rehearsals – whenever I didn’t want to bring the large setup. The signal chain was:

  • Guyatone MT-3 Micro Tuner (modified to true bypass)
  • Maxon CP101 Compressor
  • Boss OD-3 Overdrive (modified)
  • Ibanez CS-9 Chorus (modified to true bypass + chorus level control)
  • Ibanez DML20 Modulation Delay III
  • Ibanez DL5 Digital Delay
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo (modified for adjustable output level)

The whole lot powered by a Cioks DC8 power supply, which I can heartily recommend. The board itself is a Stonecastle Blues Boy pedalboard/case, btw. This board was later turned into the one featured at the top of the page.