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Turn the bass down to 2 on the guiar amp and the treble down to 2 on the bass amp (high frequency horn off) and the sound is super huge, full range, loads of crushing bass when I want it from the HOG or the newest addition, the Pigtronix Mothership

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Fun with Electro-Harmonix

Heavily modified my Frequency Analyzer to utilize a single installed jack to function as either an expression pedal input(without expression pedal in the FA is just as normal) or a Carrier In depending on the position of a switch.  The Carrier needs to be a line level, so I needed a boost circuit built into the pedal, so there’s a dial to control the amount of boost if needed from an instrument input.

So low and behold, the Frequency Analyzer with Selectable Expression Pedal or CV Input jack, toggle and pad to accommodate various CV input levels and automatic link of Input signal to Carrier.  With LED.

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Board re-do

Recarpeted the effects board and changed the signal chain around while I had everything off the old carpet.  Turns out I like the envelope filter after dirt after all, even though I didn’t think it would work at first.  Frequency Analyzer also sounds better after the envelope filter, not before, and sounds just fine after dirt, so it all works out.

Chain is now EQ > HOG > (Direct out to Mixer) Effect out > Noise Box > Distortion Booster > MMM > DFW Envelope FIlter > Frequency Analyzer > Small Stone > TB Loop > (Send to Mixer) > Return from Mixer blends in dry signal from HOG and microphones if needed, else > Echohead > RC-2 > Amp.

Very versatile and everything sounds great!

Pedal board update

Well, I made a lot of tweaks to my pedal setup.  I’m running a LOT of stuff through the effects loop of the amp. The ME-50B just sounds better there, although I tend to get some artifacting in the sound when I play really loud and having the compressor in the effects loop can sometimes really bring out some 60Hz hum.  Some of the effects work way better though, especially the pitch tracking things, like the synth settings and the octaves.  Those work more effectively.

I’ve since decided that the artifacting is not the only negatives here.  The distortion settings just don’t work with this setup.  The sound of them is terrible and they’re oddly quiet, even when I crank them – All I get is the artifacting.  I also noticed the modulation effects like wah, chorus and phaser caused way more feedback with this setup.  So I’ll deal with the glitching of the synth and octave effects to have everything else working correctly.  Still running the mixer throught the effects loop to pick up the microphones.

Since my amp has no overdrive I’m still running the Vox before the amp, to use basically as my overdrive channel if I should want it.  It gives me some serious hum when powered on a daisy chain though – luckily it is true bypass, so I can still leave it in the chain without actually pluggin it in!

Here’s the picture of the final product.

I’m routing things in a pretty sophisticated fashion in order to incorporate all the things I want.  Basically it goes:

Bassoon – Preamp – Boss ME-50B – Vox – Amp – Effects send – Mixer (receiving input from two GLM-100 Mics) – Mixer Mains out – Boss RC-2 Loop station – Amp return.

Getting the mixer in there means I get the natural sound of my mics and the effected sound of the pickup, can blend them, and both can be recorded by the looper.  The Vox is where it is to mimic a gain channel on an amp (my amp has none).  For some reason when it’s ahead of the ME-50B I get more squelch too, so it’s better placed later.

Both of the Boss pedals have homemade tap tempo switches, two for the ME-50 and a single for the RC-2.  These tap tempos require NORMALLY CLOSED switches, NOT normally open, like it says almost everywhere on the internet.  Trust me, they need SPST-NC switches or they don’t perform their functions properly.  You’ll have to go to Digikey or some other specialty stores (not Radio Shack) to find foot-friendly NC switches.

(Audio samples used to be here, but they don’t exist anymore)

One last thing: Radio Shack brand soldering irons are absolute crap.  Don’t waste your time.

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