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Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby Arpangel » Sun May 09, 2021 9:42 am

I have a couple of these, and they very rarely get used, I thought they’d be really useful at the time.
I’m reluctant to sell them, as sometimes I find a new thing about them I didn’t know about, which brings up the question, I can have too many things, we joke about it, but in reality my attention is too thinly spread, and I don’t make the most of what "I actually need" sometimes.
Some pedals aren’t cheap, far from it, and some are undoubtably excellent from the word go, some seem to gel from the very beginning, like my Zoom CDR70, Big Sky, but others languish around and I’m not sure.
There are some dodgy pedals out there, by dodgy I mean nothing special, mutton dressed up as lamb with fancy graphics, clever YouTube videos that make a pitch shifter and what is basically a really bad reverb into something "mystical" "magical" something that they convince you will ad "mojo" to your sound, basically, if you can’t explain it in simple terms it is, nothing but marketing blurb.
How many more dense reverbs do we need? How many more delays with a zillion different flavours? There is reverb, and modulation, basically, everything else is a twist on the same tune.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby shufflebeat » Sun May 09, 2021 11:44 am

I've got.one of these which I do love to play with but can never really justify taking it to gigs, usually because it requires the cooperation of others to StFU and let it be heard.

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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby blinddrew » Sun May 09, 2021 12:32 pm

Ha! I've actually been thinking about one of those recently. :)
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby BJG145 » Sun May 09, 2021 2:04 pm

I'd love a freeze pedal, I've been thinking about a Gamechanger Plus for ages but the right planetary alignment hasn't happened yet.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby shufflebeat » Sun May 09, 2021 2:30 pm

It does some very weird stuff if you put it through other processes. I was gigging with a Tak dread and mandola, both through first the Freeze and then a Yamaha AG Stomp. Having finished a song with the Tak I'd hit a 1:5:8 (in Drop D) and freeze it to a drone. When I switched over to the mandola preset on the AG the drone sounded completely different and seemed to be modulating somehow with the mic modelling section.

Then I'd play a song/tune on mandola over the drone.

I was really pleased with this until one evening when the bar manager of an Irish pub in Manchester beckoned me over and said, "it sounds fine but there's a bad buzz coming from somewhere".

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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby BillB » Sun May 09, 2021 4:44 pm

Brilliant. Esoteric Effect or Bad Buzz. Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby shufflebeat » Sun May 09, 2021 5:20 pm

BillB wrote:Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

Artistically and philosophically correct but some people should keep their beholdings to themselves until they know what they're beholding about.

:)

While we're on the subject if anyone has an ambition to start a museum of acoustic instrument preamps and processors I may have some items of interest.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby BillB » Sun May 09, 2021 6:28 pm

Mmmmm, processors. Do let us know...
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby shufflebeat » Sun May 09, 2021 8:38 pm

That's not a proper museum you're thinking of.

Bad BillB!
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby Luke W » Mon May 10, 2021 9:26 am

In general I'm fairly well behaved with pedals, although along the same sorts of lines as the Freeze I do have one of these sat in the box still:

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It's mainly because I haven't quite finished putting together the rig that I bought it for, but apart from a quick play when it arrived to get to grips with what it does it has done very little.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby The Elf » Mon May 10, 2021 10:09 am

Luke W wrote:In general I'm fairly well behaved with pedals, although along the same sorts of lines as the Freeze I do have one of these sat in the box still:
I'll be interested to hear how you get on with the Superego+. I've given this one a few sideways glances as I think it would be great for my 'One Man and a Mellotron' improv gigs.
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby Luke W » Mon May 10, 2021 10:43 am

The Elf wrote:I'll be interested to hear how you get on with the Superego+. I've given this one a few sideways glances as I think it would be great for my 'One Man and a Mellotron' improv gigs.

I'll keep you posted, that sort of thing sounds right up its street though. My initial impressions were good, a lot of potential but I think it'd definitely need some time invested to really get the hang of it.

You can connect a sustain pedal to control the freeze as well which I think is a nice touch. My feet are a bit unwieldy so I find the stompbox footswitches a bit tricky. :lol:
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby Martin Walker » Mon May 10, 2021 11:41 pm

I must apologise to Luke W, as only by looking closely have I finally realised that his avatar is actually a clever design using his initials Luke Wood Audio, and not (as I've mistakenly thought for ages) a pair of trousers.

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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby BobTheDog » Tue May 11, 2021 6:33 am

I thought it was a moustache!
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Re: Must have pedals that remain unused.

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue May 11, 2021 9:01 am

The best way to solve the unused pedal conundrum is to buy something new to go on the other end of the cable :lol:
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