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 #33730  by bucketorain
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:08 am
can you explain how these work? so you plug your pedals into these components, do you keep the pedals turned on? do you program the board so that when you hit a number it will turn on the pedals selected?

i guess what i'm trying to figure out is if you can program the switcher so you can have various effects set together at any given time. say you want your envelope and octave going together for one song you press the designated button marked 1, and if you only want the envelope and dist you hit 2?

is that how it works?

 #33732  by Tennessee Jedi
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:25 am
Strum
For the Wobo(way cool)do you think that each pedal has its own in/out jacks on the back side?
It says to put the pedals in a cabinet,but wouldn't that be a whole lotta chord length?
I was gonna find the smallest unit I could and put it on my board.But the Wobo people suggest that the unit is designed to end that kind of stage clutter?
I think I might be missing something?
I'm looking for true by pass for 6-8 pedals.
Thanks for any advice you got. :cheers:

 #33733  by strumminsix
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:29 am
Basically how these devices work is that the pedals are plugged into a "box" and then switches bring them in and out of the chain.

For the Wobo & GCX (there is are others but I can't remember I think Access and Bradshaw) these both have you store your pedals in a rack and a controller comes out to you on stage. Trust me when I say this really rocks and is the best thing ever (except for the weight).

 #33736  by Tennessee Jedi
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:46 am
Thats what I wasnt getting!
The controller doesnt have all the pedals plugged into it;they plug in somewhere else.Then run to the controller!
Ah Hah!
Thank You Strum :cool:

 #33740  by strumminsix
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:05 am
Tennessee Jedi wrote:Thats what I wasnt getting!
The controller doesnt have all the pedals plugged into it;they plug in somewhere else.Then run to the controller!
Ah Hah!
Thank You Strum :cool:
Correct, mostly. Some systems, like the voodoo looper one I linked where designed to sit on your pedal board and loop pedals in and out while the GCX has a controller that comes out to you.

Here is a pic or 2 of the GCX in action...
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 #33741  by Tennessee Jedi
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:12 am
Way cool Strum.
Is that your Bob rig?
I see the Emma,too.
Sweet sweet sweet!
:cool:

 #33742  by strumminsix
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:17 am
Tennessee Jedi wrote:Way cool Strum.
Is that your Bob rig?
I see the Emma,too.
Sweet sweet sweet!
:cool:
Thanks! It's taken me years and years and years to find the right gear. Finally, I am satisfied as I have never been before. Yup, it's pretty much my Bobby rig - alot of the same FX but different brands. He and I don't agree on a few things: pedal brands and his love of the bridge pick-up!

Pedals:
Emma Discumbobulator
Barber LTD SR
Maxon PH350
GE7 (soon to be gone for a clean boost)
and recently added Deeelay!

 #33806  by deadguise
 Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:18 pm
I always wanted something like that...so going this route, the pedals are switched via midi? It looks clean, and you can rack (and preserve) the pedals too! Which brands are the best? How much? Sorry for all the questions, now I have to wait until next Christmas!

 #33822  by Revv23
 Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:55 pm
wow now these are some fun toys - thanks for the link.

I've known about these for a while just not enough about them. :) much less where to get them.

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 #55723  by waldo041
 Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:47 pm
deadguise wrote: the pedals are switched via midi?
no, these that strummin has shown are individually relay switched. the midi function is a different animal.

for those looking for a true bypass floor unit. here is one i have been eyeballing.

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200 ... 0369288197


peace,
waldo
 #66729  by strumminsix
 Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:13 am
As this topic has come up a few times here is my updated list:
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GCX - http://www.voodoolab.com/gcx.htm
RJM - http://www.rjmmusic.com/effectgizmo.php
WOBO - http://woboge.com/remote.html
Axess - http://www.axess-electronics.com/sc/Routers-Switchers-p-1-c-251.html
CAE / Bradshaw - http://www.customaudioelectronics.com/
Switchblade - http://www.soundsculpture.com/products/switchblade.htm
Rocktron patchmate - http://rocktron.com/ 
Had to put them in the "CODE" box as there were too many URL's

All have pro's and con's. If I were to do it again I'd likely go for the RJM HOWEVER the WOBO is at a FABULOUS price point (<$400 shipped) with the controller.

Would love to have more input here from folks who are familiar with non-GCX brain-boxes and especially those who are fluent with MIDI foot controllers!