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Bass Pedals (Moog Taurus-stylee)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cameric, Jan 17, 2008.


  1. cameric

    cameric

    Dec 31, 2007
    I'm an expat Moog Taurus 1 owner who hasn't been able to haul his beloved bass pedal ensemble overseas. I'm having a crack at replacing that giddy thrill of hitting 'brown notes', and looking for midi control options that expand the possibilities of foot-controlled synthesis.

    I've got a Moog Rogue (idential brain as the Moog Taurus 2), a Cheetah (rack-mount analogue synth with DCO's), and a Microkorg. So I'm into the idea of using a midi controller unit, such as the Kenton unit, or ones made by Roland or Fatar/Studiologic.

    Do you know of any unit that can be programmed to achieve chords by pressing a single note? (Perhaps that's not possible for pedals alone). Any recommendations? Any strong value-for-money stories?
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Errr... Have you tried asking in a synthesizer forum?
     
  3. I think the Roland PK5 midi controller can achieve what you're looking for, but I'm not sure ... maybe you could check this item's user manual ?
     
  4. cameric

    cameric

    Dec 31, 2007
    Well, I thought I'd ask a forum where Geddy Lee, Mike Rutherford et al feature in the regular name-check list ;)

    The Roland unit looks very tempting, I must admit. Anybody have experience with these beasts?
     
  5. plasson

    plasson

    Mar 21, 2005
    I'm a PK-5 owner.
    I don't think any bass pedal will ever allow you to program chords.
    you must do that on your synth, but it's kinda hard to achive on most synths...
    I use it with my MacBook and Logic, so I'm free to do whatever I want to...
     
  6. Someone has some kind of midi bass pedals in the FS section.
     
  7. cameric

    cameric

    Dec 31, 2007
    Cool, thanks guys. The PK5A looks quite good and should be available in the UK soon...
     
  8. The easiest and most reliable way to do it live is to use a sampler and sample the chord to a patch you map to one note on the pedals. you can also sample little snippets of background vocals, little synth ostinatos, etc. this way.
     
  9. skb5string

    skb5string Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2007
    Clinton Township, MI
    +1 I own PK-5's also. Cant program chords. Your gonna need a Sampler and trigger samples via Midi for that. Some synths may have that option but alot of programming will go into it I'm sure. Try the sampler route. I use Logic Studio (Logic 8) and the sampler and synth plugins are very good!
     
  10. cameric

    cameric

    Dec 31, 2007
    That's a great idea! I've never used a sampler before, sounds kinky.
     
  11. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I modified the pedalboard off a Hammond M-100 to function as a midi controller. Best $40 I ever spent. However, I do not believe the guts are available anymore.
     
  12. Joeykun

    Joeykun pronounced ジョーイくん

    Jun 22, 2007
    MA - RT. 2
    Endorsing Artist: SADOWSKY GENZLER DARKGLASS TEMPLEBOARDS KIRLIN CABLE RIGHTON STRAPS
    I use the PK-5. It does the trick for me.

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  13. nig

    nig

    Oct 18, 2006
    south east u.k
    I had a set of taurus pedals in the early 80's and sold em to the 'outfield'....can I buy them back please, now I have a roland midi module and a set of fatar midi pedals, job done.
     
  14. anechoic

    anechoic

    Oct 31, 2005
    Shirley, MA
    The "Midipeds" boards that Howard Cano used to sell on ebay by any chance? Too bad he stopped selling those. I have one of the later versions with the hold function built into a pedal board made out of heavy duty momentary pushbutton switches, which I find much easier to play standing up than organ pedals.
     
  15. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yep, those are the ones. I mounted them into some Hammond pedals and works great...

    Darn shame he's not selling them anymore.
     
  16. Hey guys:

    From another thread, somebody posted about the BASYN bass synth pedals, and they also have a MIDI synth board.

    Not only that, but they are selling the MIDI board as a kit and apparently it's the same one which was made by Howard Cano!

    I just ordered the kit to make my own for my Little Phatty!

    Here is the link

    CM
     
  17. bjlevine

    bjlevine

    Dec 4, 2008
    To follow up on this, yes we are producing a kit and a pedal controller based on Howard Cano's Midipeds. Info and ordering can be made at Basyn.com

    We're working on re-releasing the Sonosaur as both a kit and pedalboard, but are currently awaiting some technical resolutions with the company producing the circuit boards.
     
  18. AndyLES

    AndyLES

    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    About a few months ago, I sent two emails inquiring about the Basyn.com units to the link on the site, and got no response. Just clicked on the new link above, and the site is down.

    Caveat emptor!
     
  19. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    The link works for me...

    Does anybody know how the BASYN synth sounds? And how well the pushbutton interface works? Looks pretty cool.
     
  20. bjlevine

    bjlevine

    Dec 4, 2008
    Sorry for the past problems. Turns out Zencart has a big security leak that is easily hacked, so we switched to another program. Both the MIDI kit and the Analog Bass Synth are available as kits to configure to your own pedals, or as complete pedalboards.

    Basyn Info Page
    Basyn Store

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    We also have MIDI Controller kits and pedalboards.
     
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