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Any OCD folks own multiple versions of the same pedal? lol (Layout of my boards)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TonyP-, Feb 9, 2019.


  1. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Hello Folks,

    I'm to the point right now that its beneficial to have multiple boards for a few reasons...
    To leave at gigs, something set up at home all the time, backup gear, & running between rehearsals and studios.

    Right now I'm working on my 3 board (I know some of you are shaking your heads but IDGAF)
    Come geek with me.

    All of start out the same Polytune Tuner -> MXR Bass Compressor -> 'Some kind of Darkglass' and they all end to some kind of DI preamp that has an EQ for ampless situations.

    Board 1 my staple and fly out. - Polytune Tuner -> MXR Bass Compressor -> Darkglass B3K -> MXR Bass Envlolpe Filter -> MXR Octave Deluxe -> Pigtronic EP-2 Envelope Phaser -> Basswitch or A-Designs KGB

    Board 2 - is a clone of Board 1 but bigger if I want to experiment with other pedals or use a Bass whammy of some kind. I can easily throw handful more on if I want.

    Board 3 is my rock board and I'm the building - Polytune Tuner -> MXR Bass Compressor -> Darkglass Microtubes X -> Darkglass Vintage microtubes -> EBS IQ set up for to release real fast -> Basswitch or Nordstrands new pre (smaller board)
     
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  2. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    Aus
    I’m on board (mind the pun) with this idea.

    I personally have three boards, but have two to three pedals that I move from board to board (depending on the gig). I would love to have duplicates of a few of my pedals. Just so I can have permanent set ups (with slight variations- of each board)

    The reasoning for this is pretty straight forward I think. I know what I want my tone to sound like but don’t always want a big board. I would love to have that same tone in different size set ups.
     
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  3. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Here is basically Board 1 and 2 (board 1 is smaller) E6D5E19D-AC02-41A7-9190-4AB0C52FFE5E.png
     
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  4. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Board 3 is now this since I ordered a Q-Strip

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  5. How are you enjoying the Q Strip @TonyP- ? With all of the talk of HPFs and LPFs lately I feel I might be missing something?
    Best wishes,
    Brent
     
  6. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Brent, I just ordered it and a good a friend of mine loves his and if it does not work for me (which I’m not suspecting) I will use the Nordstrand pre which is killer.

    Board 3 is still in the works.
     
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  7. FutureTense

    FutureTense Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Wilton, Iowa
    At one point I did something like this. I had a large board (Pedaltrain Classic 2) for gigs and a much smaller board (Nano+) for taking to practice/sitting at home. I got into some boutique pedals and didn't really want to spend the money to double up the board, so I pieced out the smaller board and carry around the large one now. It's not too much of a hassle except that I'm in 3 projects right now so I have to pack and unpack it a couple times a week.
     
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  8. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Luckily I’m not really into boutiques (unless you call Darkglass boutiques, but I work with them).

    For me it’s like 5-6 days a week and I’m just over it lol...
    I got the last piece of board 2 from you. :thumbsup:

    Board 1 at the main gig and travel
    Board 2 at home (get to play with new stuff).
    Board 3 is small and can use at rock gigs and/or leave at rehersal.
     
  9. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Man, that is pretty much me...I know what my core compression sound, tuners and oversdrives I like.
     
  10. FutureTense

    FutureTense Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Wilton, Iowa
    I run into an MXR compressor->MBD 1->Nano POG (this replaced the MXR)->Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus->
    Mesa Subway DI->OmniCabSim. Adding in a TAFM next week when it gets here. Makes it easy to run things straight to FOH and sound pretty much the same everywhere.

    I tried running less expensive versions of the same genres, but I couldn't quite get it to sound the way that I wanted it to be and it always bothered me. Definitely more than it should have, but I couldn't quite get over that I had the sound I wanted somewhere else and not at the practice space or wherever I was playing.
     
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  11. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Dude that is a nice setup.

    There are more exspensice compressors but I love those MXRs and I use the meter to adjust gain ect. I could try thr Darkglass but to be honest I just haven’t yet (if its not broken don’t try and fix it type of thing) I play hard and love that type of compression.
     
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  12. speedball3

    speedball3

    Nov 13, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    None
    What sound/effect are you going for with your MXR compressor? Do you mind sharing your settings? It’s been one of the harder pedals for me to figure out and I feel its impact is fairly subtle through much of its range.

    Also have you considered a cam sim for the direct in setups or does your EQ already let you setup a cab sim of sorts?
     
  13. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Hey @speedball3 in order here lol.
    1. I'm going for not a sound but eveness as much as possible. For those who thing a compressor takes away your dynamics I politely disagree...I can play soft and have subtle effect when the call for that, but most of the time its hard. So the effect is eveness (not a tubish type compression or a tone change so to speak).

    2. Sure I will have that in the next post since I took a pic of it on my phone this morning.

    3. Do you really want to open that box...lol The answer is not a short one and some TB-ers will not relate or understand my point of view on it. I love the DSM omnicabsim but for my theater stuff FOH wants me compressed sound and other filters and such are part of routines. I also did not have a spot for it on the board for the longest time until now. Which I'm sure I'm going to play around with it on board 2 because it will have the space.

    For my own instrumental and rock stuff I have GK amps (either for recording and live) so I don't really need it persay.

    If I was touring in a rock or my own gig and had no real backline then the DSM Omnicabsim would be a must. Great product, I was interviewed back in Dec 17 in Bass Musician Magazine and talk about that pedal specifically.
     
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  14. crguti

    crguti

    Feb 14, 2011
    Scandinavia
    no real board picture = no board.
     
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  15. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
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    Messy in all it’s glory...

    This board is “my personal” item on planes. ;)
     
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  16. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    @speedball3

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    Take into consideration I have a hard right hand technique, I’m running in series most of the time with an active pre...As a result I'm coming into the pedal hard...This is no passive fender J or P coming in...So my ratio is very high at 12:1. So this setting my not work for most (I'm suspecting) and yes its suposed to be subtle. I want my lows heard as much as much highs.

    I also grab and release on the quicker side of things...As far as output I plug my bass into my rig, get an idea of volume and then match that volume though my board. Since everything is true bypass I add a little gain at my compressor.
    I love it....
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2019
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  17. adamajah

    adamajah

    Oct 9, 2017
    I thought you were talking about owning multiple OCD's haha
     
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  18. speedball3

    speedball3

    Nov 13, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    None
    @TonyP- Thanks for all the info and settings pic!! I’ve been using my MXR compressor for the same volume-evenness goal but have been using a more heavy handed approach with 20:1, slower release and faster attack. I’m still trying to train my “compressor ear” and sometimes I wonder if I’m fooling myself when I mess with that pedal :) I recently got a looper pedal though, so hopefully will be able to dig in and hear the subtleties... anyway appreciate the brain-dump and you sharing your approach! :thumbsup:
     
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  19. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Temple Audio boards are there way next week...
    Almost all pedals in...
    I’m pretty stoked.
     
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  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Good thread, Tony! Not a bad idea to have a couple different boards. I do it a little different, though. I have no duplicates of the same pedals. I am way too cheap for that! Instead, I have different pedals that do similar functions and/or combine functions thst I use separates for on my main board. Like I do an Ampeg Scrambler and MXR Bass Distortion for dirt along with H and LPFs so they don't sound all tinny or woofy in the PA, but if all I need for a gig is some dirt, I'll bring a VT Deluxe because it's one pedal that does all of those things and has presets, plus I can throw a rechargeable battery in it and it'll last forever. Or instead of the OC2 and the Pitchfork, I'll bring my Tender Octaver because it's tiny.

    But I really don't get too bothered by swapping out pedals now that I don't try to jam tons of pedals on my board anymore. God, sometimes I see pics of boards I've put together in the past and wonder what I was thinking!
     
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