Sam Spoons wrote:CS70 wrote:I start seeing using my amps and old fashioned pedalboard as a competitive disadvantage, I gotta work hard to make 'em sound good, people with the Helixes/Headrushes/Atomics/Axes must work harder if they want to make 'em sound bad!
I think it's very easy to make a Helix sound bad, I've heard a few people using them manage it. Great bits of kit but they definitely repay time spent tweaking.
I guess :) The one thing of a regular board is that your carefully tested gain staging (so that each pedal stays at the right level when engaged) can go down the drain in a second without you realizing, especially with these chicken-knob pedals which turn very easily. Give me boss-style knobs with good resistance any time of the day!
Also, of course, the player must have even a notion of gain staging pedals (and so many seem to like to have half a dozen distortion pedals on the board, each with wildly different levels :) ). Not to mention the noise and periodic de-oxidation... As of the Helix, I tried a few presets and actually liked them out of the box, but ymmv of course.
I've just got a Headrush Gigboard on loan from a friend a couple days ago and gonna put it thru its pace.. I'm looking for ways to replace my pedalboard with something that does not need periodic deoxidation :D
Still not sure though if I will exchange the pedalboard with a digital multiFX. A bit it's a matter of flexibility and the wonder of discovering a new pedal, a bit is that no digital FX seems to have something like the microPOG! That pedal has been on my board for some 7 years and I never used it to make an actual song, but it's a killer for power jamming... the times I tried pedal FX in rehearsal I sorely missed it. And since I like to use the same setup in reharsal and live, it gets annoying not to have it during the warm-up jam!