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Give your keyboards some personality, add pedals.

Postby Arpangel » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:56 am

I’m doing this more and more these days, instead of using pedals on sends, etc, I’m making custom pedal chains and putting them straight on the outputs if my keyboards.
It's sounding very good, I can change the character of a synth, if it sounds too clean, add some dirt with an analogue pedal, synths with no effects built in, just add what you want.
I’m finding that adding lots of pedals is like adding a life long patina to a keyboard, it turns into a massive vibrating organic "thing" and it requires little input to excite the chain, I’ve got two delays, and two multi-effects on the end of my Moog, what comes out the other end is like listening through a mist, and memories of time, it’s magical.
I’ve been chaining about ten pedals together at a time, you can’t have too many, the textures that emerge are great, even the noise build-up can be interesting and can be further processed.
This is great experimentation, and highly recommended.
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Postby Ben Asaro » Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:49 pm

I hope you have a buffer in there somewhere!
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Postby Arpangel » Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:58 am

Ben Asaro wrote:I hope you have a buffer in there somewhere!

:)

My effects situation is fast becoming very unwieldy, but I like it.
Matching things is fun, for example, I have a T-Rex Replay Box, it’s very clean, digital sounding, I have it as the first effect on my Moog Grandmother for use on drones, it does very strange things, because the circuit was wrongly designed, it basically has two delay knobs, the feedback also affects the delay, you get a very rich sounding sort of frozen pitch effect! ! After that I’ve put an EHX 16 Second Delay which ads a modulated chorus, after that is a Big Sky, that’s it for the Moog.
Ben, I’ve just got a Doepfer A-188 BBD delay, that’s just incredible, it’s so dirty, I put that through a mixer out into a Boss DD7 on long delay mode, that goes into my Alesis MidiVerb 11, it’s a great little set-up for looping.
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Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:34 pm

I have a BOSS RV-3 that I use in a similar fashion: it's grungy as all get out and has 2 seconds of delay, so it's effectively a decaying loop. Lot of fun!
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Postby Arpangel » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:56 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:I have a BOSS RV-3 that I use in a similar fashion: it's grungy as all get out and has 2 seconds of delay, so it's effectively a decaying loop. Lot of fun!

Decaying loops? you want a trip to heaven, get a Bel BD80s my weapon of choice for years.
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Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:24 pm

Looks like an interesting unit.
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Postby ian2 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:19 pm

I'm intrigued to hear some heavenly samples... :)
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Postby Arpangel » Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:25 am

ian2 wrote:I'm intrigued to hear some heavenly samples... :)

Track 1.
Bel BD80s, Prophet 5.

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Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:29 pm

Floating into infinity - love it!


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Postby Wonks » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:33 pm

I added pedals and wheels to my D-50, and now I can get it up to a good 25mph; maybe even more downhill!
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Postby Arpangel » Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:38 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Floating into infinity - love it!


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Yes, that was a crazy session, musically, everything we wanted to work didn’t, and everything we didn’t plan, did.

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Postby Adam Inglis » Sat May 01, 2021 12:12 am

Agree with the OP... and while you're there, hang them off an aux on the desk so you can feed them back on themselves...
https://mezzoauto.blogspot.com/2021/04/ ... -desk.html
... and you'll have a whole new world of sound!
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Postby ManFromGlass » Sat May 01, 2021 1:53 am

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Postby Arpangel » Sat May 01, 2021 6:21 am

Adam Inglis wrote:Agree with the OP... and while you're there, hang them off an aux on the desk so you can feed them back on themselves...
https://mezzoauto.blogspot.com/2021/04/ ... -desk.html
... and you'll have a whole new world of sound!

All of my most used pedals are on aux sends, Dub Style, that’s where a hardware analogue mixer is essential, you don’t have the same instant access with digital.
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Postby The Elf » Sat May 01, 2021 8:19 am

Arpangel wrote:
Adam Inglis wrote:Agree with the OP... and while you're there, hang them off an aux on the desk so you can feed them back on themselves...
https://mezzoauto.blogspot.com/2021/04/ ... -desk.html
... and you'll have a whole new world of sound!
All of my most used pedals are on aux sends, Dub Style, that’s where a hardware analogue mixer is essential, you don’t have the same instant access with digital.
Yes you do with RME's TotalMix. It's much more flexible and instantaneous than a mixer.

This is how I'm dipping in and out of any pedal I like, and creating pedal chains of any combination or order (including feedback), at the drop of a hat. And I can recall any chain I like with one click of a button on my master keyboard.

And I'm sure there are other digital systems with the same facilities. An analogue mixer is not a necessity, and will actually be less flexible.
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