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On 11/10/2019 at 18:13, GisserD said:

Finally got round to rebuilding my board today. The promise of a new dub band on the horizon has inspired me to start making some whacky noises again. 

The FEA opti fet has replaced the spectracomp, and the green bass machine is temporary. C4 and FI are battling it out in the synth department... but I have room for both atm so why not.

I feel like this configuration will stay for a while.

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I might have asked you this on another thread, but does the C4 make the Manta redundant? I have the latter and would like the former when money allows, partly for its harmoniser and detune functionality, allowing me to lose the Boss PS6 which doesn't have MIDI control and (it turns out) can't be controlled by the Boss ES5 expression output either (WTF?). In theory, you can adjust a lot of the Manta from the knobs, but in practice it's quite fiddly and as a MIDI user, I'm always worried about overwriting something by mistake so I only really edit via the hub. C4 could solve a lot of problems in one go.

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In short yes. If you have the will to do so, the manta filters can be replaced by the c4. I really like to create sounds on the fly so the manta stays for now, but if your midi enabled and happy to program from the app/computer then your not loosing anything in my opinion.

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1 hour ago, GisserD said:

In short yes. If you have the will to do so, the manta filters can be replaced by the c4. I really like to create sounds on the fly so the manta stays for now, but if your midi enabled and happy to program from the app/computer then your not loosing anything in my opinion.

I think the only complication would be that I run the Manta after the ES5 and rely on MIDI completely, whereas the PS6, I have in a loop and sometimes run in front of a bitcrusher and sometimes near the end of the chain, before the Manta. I'd need to think a bit about the number of available loops and how this would affect pedal order.

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4 hours ago, Wilco said:

I tried it for the first time at a gig last Saturday night. It was on for probably longer than that & was rock solid throughout.

What brick were you using? In my research it seemed that the Strymon kit was particularly good (& also very quiet).

The vicos one - actually one of 2, but it is also powering some other things, and I think it is too much.

The problem with a split power input like that on an isolated supply is that no voltage is perfect, so one of the sides will provide slightly more power than the other, and then at some point if your PSU is already flat out, one side shuts down because it is too hot leaving the other one to do all the work, which doesn't last long.

Probably need to run two psus.

4 hours ago, Wilco said:

I guess it also depends on what else is on your board drawing power - with my set up, very little.

You’re right, they do need to make a new power supply for the HX. Construction wise it’s terrible - mine kept coming apart within a couple of weeks of buying it (brand new). 

Yeh, the uk plug comes off as it is only held on one side, a bit of a poor design

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Had a bit of a shuffle around, slightly unconventional ordering but should hopefully create more options. 

Numbered the running order. 

 

 

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Heres my (slightly messy) board. Needs a rejig but recently reintroduced the memory man back on to replace the DE-7. apart from that it's pretty much distortion :D

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I’ve gone from analogue to digital. Haven’t had much time to play around with the HX yet. Probably will buy a Cioks to power it and maybe a pedal or two. Depends if I can nail a sub octave sound with the HX. 

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I’m not overly impressed with the Octave on the HX. Think my Octamizer will be sticking around!

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7 hours ago, Higgie said:

I’m not overly impressed with the Octave on the HX. Think my Octamizer will be sticking around!

Have you tried the one from the legacy effects? That one's not bad, but still no Octamizer I agree!

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15 minutes ago, dannybuoy said:

Have you tried the one from the legacy effects? That one's not bad, but still no Octamizer I agree!

Simple pitch. But agreed, my octamizer is going nowhere either.

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2 hours ago, dannybuoy said:

Have you tried the one from the legacy effects? That one's not bad, but still no Octamizer I agree!

That’s the one i’m referring to actually. It sounds ‘OK’. Sounds awful if you take out the clean signal, whereas the Octamizer sounds great!

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2 hours ago, Higgie said:

That’s the one i’m referring to actually. It sounds ‘OK’. Sounds awful if you take out the clean signal, whereas the Octamizer sounds great!

I think I’ll end up using the HX one for my 50/50 octaver and my MXR (for now) for the no dry signal octave. Maybe get a 3 Leaf

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I was considering doing the same thing. May just bend down and turn the clean down if I need to though. Won’t take up a block on the Stomp then either 😂

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This was Saturday's offering. I seem to be changing my board every time I play. No not seem to be - I am changing my board every week. Think I've finally grasped it. Don't buy hundreds of amps cabs and guitars - you'll not use more than a fraction of them. But buying, selling and trading pedals makes all sorts of sense. Comparitively inexpensive and you can use twenty at one gig (if you so desire of course). Anyhow I give you my modular system, the T-Bone:

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I actually prefer having two or three smaller boards over one giant one. I prefer making a few trips with lighter bags than one ungainly heavy case case. Makes loading a small car easier too. I have a cunning plan for making on stage assembly much quicker. A row of 1/4" sockets on the back edge of the top board with cables coming up through the board terminating in flat plugs.

Ultimimately I'd rather like another TPM. Once you've gone parallel you never want to go back.

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I love threads like this - it makes me feel so virtuous that I have never bought an fx pedal in my 45 years of playing bass! 

I did once try my bass through a (guitarist) friend's flanger to see if it would reproduce the sound Mike Howlett got on Nik Turner's 'Xit into Day' album. It didn't. That was at least 40 years ago and I've never tried one since.

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12 minutes ago, FinnDave said:

I love threads like this - it makes me feel so virtuous that I have never bought an fx pedal in my 45 years of playing bass! 

I did once try my bass through a (guitarist) friend's flanger to see if it would reproduce the sound Mike Howlett got on Nik Turner's 'Xit into Day' album. It didn't. That was at least 40 years ago and I've never tried one since.

I'm genuinely interested.... not trolling I promise! But why is someone who has never used effects, browsing (and replying) to a fx thread????

I ask because I'm an addict and want to explore strategy on how to get clean. The first step on the road to recovery and all that :)

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Simply because it came up in 'unread topics' and when I saw it ran to hundreds of pages I realised how lucky I have been to avoid FX GAS - leaving me free to spend more money on basses!

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On 27/10/2019 at 08:13, GisserD said:

Simple pitch. But agreed, my octamizer is going nowhere either.

I completely agree! After a recent reshuffle of my board, I decided to stop using 3 octavers and get 1 that does it all. I bought another octamizer! Which is now my third 😂

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1 hour ago, FinnDave said:

I love threads like this - it makes me feel so virtuous that I have never bought an fx pedal in my 45 years of playing bass! 

I did once try my bass through a (guitarist) friend's flanger to see if it would reproduce the sound Mike Howlett got on Nik Turner's 'Xit into Day' album. It didn't. That was at least 40 years ago and I've never tried one since.

Wot no compressor? In 40 years? And no one's noticed (and you still love playing bass)? 😂

4 minutes ago, lee650 said:

I completely agree! After a recent reshuffle of my board, I decided to stop using 3 octavers and get 1 that does it all. I bought another octamizer! Which is now my third 😂

Glad I'm not the only numpty who's on his third iteration of the same pedal! 😊

1 hour ago, GisserD said:

I'm genuinely interested.... not trolling I promise! But why is someone who has never used effects, browsing (and replying) to a fx thread????

I ask because I'm an addict and want to explore strategy on how to get clean. The first step on the road to recovery and all that :)

If you ever recover and get clean, that surely means that my future is bleak: full of bland sounds and Delano pups :facepalm:

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Bespoke made highly technical pedal board and attachment system with a myriad of effects for any occasion 

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6 hours ago, GisserD said:

Is metal good for anything?

We would still be in Stone Age (the Rolling Stone Age) without it. 

 

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