Remembering pedal settings

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JakobT, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I’ve always struggled with the settings of my pedals changing whenever I take my board somewhere. It’s always the same - when I remove my board from its bag, some settings have altered since I put it in.

    I figured out a solution today. I recently needed a slightly bigger board, and upgraded from a Pedaltrain Nano to a Metro 16, which is wider, and has three rails instead of two. It turned out that I couldn’t make the pedal placements work the way I’d hoped to, so I ended up with an empty rail at the top.

    Today it struck me that I could use that rail to make a note of the knob positions on each pedal, so I made some cards with my standard knob positions on the front, and velcro on the back. Whenever the knobs go out of alignment, or I want to make temporary adjustments, I can now return to the original positions in seconds, and if I should ever want to change the order of pedals, or swap one out, I can easily swap out the card as well.

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  2. Cracker7


    Jul 2, 2016
    Lakeland FL
    Nice, I usually take a pic on my phone. Lol
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  3. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Me too.
    But I also wrap rubber bands under knobs to aid in stopping them from moving easily. It has always worked for me. and sometimes I wrap rubber bands between two knobs. Do this underneath the knob, and it adds enough friction to stop the knob from turning easily.
    I do this with all my pedals.

    The knob can still be turned, but it has some friction associated with it.
  4. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I’ve done that as well, but I find that rummaging for your phone/opening the photo app/locating the right photo/putting on reading glasses/pinching and zooming to find the right setting takes more time. :)
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  5. Cracker7


    Jul 2, 2016
    Lakeland FL
    This ^^^ is an excellent idea. Thanks
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  6. Cracker7


    Jul 2, 2016
    Lakeland FL
    This is also true. Haha
  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Here's a tip I picked up from Adrian Belew when he recently showed off one of his ~30-year-old stompboxes on a Facebook post: Tiny adhesive dots in various colors, stuck to the top of the pedals in specific orientations around the knobs. All the (for example) green dots indicate the knob settings for one particular sound; all the red dots indicate the knob settings for a different particular sound.

    Gonna try this on a few of my pedals that have remained semi-inscrutable. I recently picked up a bunch of tiny multicolored adhesive dots from the office supply store. Should work long as I remember what green or red means. :)
  8. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    Very nicely done, looks good and super convenient.
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  9. dcbassist5

    dcbassist5 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
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  10. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
    Joe Bonamassa glues the knobs in position.
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  11. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    This one was new to me - my OCD forbids drawing on my gear with any sort of marker, though - removable or not. :)
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  12. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    That seems a little excessive, don’t you think? ;)
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  13. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    Thanks! :)
  14. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Geddy Lee's tech used the adhesive dots as well:

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  15. Alien8


    Jan 29, 2014
    This one will destroy your pedals permanently. Avoid.

    Another idea is to print a circle pattern for your pedal on removable office labels (ie Avery) then use different colour markers to mark the positions. Kind of a combination between the OP and Adrian via @Bob_Ross 's idea. Stick em where it makes sense.
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  16. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Pedal settings are like missing socks. "Where did they !@#$$@ go?"
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  17. I use stickers with an arrow on the knobs themselves. Set the knobs how you want, and attach a sticker to each knob, with the arrow pointing up. If the knobs change, you adjust them. Yours is nicely organized.
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  18. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    I simply marvel at the new sounds made possible by not marking or remembering anything.
  19. DoctorZee

    DoctorZee Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    New York / New Jersey
    This is basically my approach, except I cut thin strips of colored tape.
  20. I just use bits of masking tape on the pedal.
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