When you jam, there’s little time to set up. Some jams even have a ‘no stomp boxes’ rule to hasten changeovers and minimise wankers’ wasting valuable playing time. And often the back line is pretty shit too.
This ensures that no-one sounds as good as the house band, who are invariably more familiar with the(ir) gear and space. I should know, I’ve been in enough house bands and have played the game myself.
So I wanted something that gives me all the control I need but sets up instantly through any clean amp, is seriously portable and doesn’t rely on mains power, so :
– I considered Analog Alien’s otherwise excellent Rumble Seat pedal, which combines od, delay and reverb, but I rejected it because it needed external power at 17? volts, and
– I designed a boutique stompbox comprising od, delay and reverb and had it fabricated…
…but in the meantime I had gigs to do, so after a lot more research I arrived at this setup.
It looks a bit like a box of candy, but is very powerful and gives me all the tones I need for blues-based jamming. It’s very portable as it straps onto my gigbag, and is powered by Pedaltrain’s Volto rechargeable power supply (though it’s good idea to plug in if there’s nearby juice as it probably won’t do a whole gig).
This is the latest, version three, incarnation. It comprises :
– a TC Polytune Mini Noir;
– Mooer’s excellent little Hustle Drive;
– the Remarkably flexible Mooer Mod Factory for multi-fx (replaced a Trelicopter trem);
– Mooer Repeater mod delay;
– Mooer Sky Verb (better-sounding than previous Shimverb)
…with Mooer custom linkages.
Musicians also tend to have very big feet. One caught my lead and caused the board to drop off my amp during setup, damaging several of the units’ mini-switches. This was fixed quickly and efficiently by S J Effects (thanks Steve) and I added a kitchen drawer pull as a protective rail so things don’t get trashed again. We’re jamming’.
In fact, it turns out that this board is so useful and convenient that my other stuff is now half-redundant!