|davesisk ||12-31-2012 01:40 PM |
Poor man's Taurus pedals?
Hey folks...like some of you, I've always been interested in grabbing some Taurus pedals...but they're expensive AND glitchy. There's a couple or three foot-operated "organ pedal" midi controllers that could be paired up with a sound module for a Taurus-like experience...also not exactly a cheap approach though. Plus, any of these options are large and heavy to lug around. And considering that it's probably not something I'd use frequently (just guessing), it seems awefully hard to justify all the expense to just try it and see if I like it.
So, I was thinking...:eek: :p...most synths are essentially a tone source (like a sawtooth or squarewave oscillator or such) and then some envelope filters, distortions, etc. We already know from just simple effects pedals that we can get some very synth-ish sounds from our bass guitars...for instance, the EHX Bassballs, EHX Bass Microsynth, or some fuzz + envelope filters + whatever other effects. Many of us already have some of these pedals, either in singular analog form stompboxes, or built into bass multi-effects units. The only thing we lack is a foot-pedal operated "keyboard" (ie. "organ pedals") that is a tone-source.
That said...I'm wondering about the possibility of building an inexpensive pedalboard with 1) a simple analog circuit to generate a tone signal, and 2) thirteen stompbox-style momentary footswitches arranged like a piano to function as the "keys". Then, just run the output through whatever effects pedals or multi-effects unit that you choose. You could even use an ABY pedal or box to route the "synth pedal" output through the effects, the bass guitar through the effects, or both through the effects. With just simple footswitches rather than the big organ-pedal type foot-friendly "keys", the "synth pedal" tone source itself would be fairly small, lightweight, and portable, compared to even the midi-controller foot-pedals.
What do you guys think of this idea?
For instance, I've got an old Ibanez SB-7 bass guitar synth pedal lying around that I've "decommissioned" (plus a couple other old pedals)...the SB-7 sucks for bass guitar (IMO...really washed-out tone, no attack at all...but very good tracking)...I've tried running a keyboard through it with some sustained portamento string sounds, and that was actually a pretty darned cool and useable tone (and similar to what I'd be able to do in terms of playing sustained notes with my feet). So, I could see something like this being a really cheap but decent solution to Taurus-gas.
There are plenty of simple circuit designs to create an "electronic organ" or similar...I'm not anything remotely resembling an electronics guru, but the circuit schematics look simple enough that I could probably put one together without a huge amount of difficulty. I *think* I could probably kludge something together for well less than $200 (including all of the electronic components, footpedal switches, knobs, power supply, wood and supplies to build the pedalboard itself, etc....it might make sense to just built it into one of the wood pedalboard cases if I can find one wide enough to fit 13 footswitches in a piano-like arrangement, that way it's already it's own case).
So, if I'm going to go to all the trouble of putting something like this together, then I'd probably want to build a few of them and sell all but one. (I'm referring to just the "synth pedal" tone source...specific effects pedals would not be included, add your own.) No commitment necessary (just gauging interest), but would anyone be interested in buying one if 1) the result turned out pretty decent, and 2) the price was $200 or less?
I've got a little more reading/digging/etc to do before actually attempting this...but just wanted to guage the level of interest here. Let me know what you think. :bassist: