I’ve been doing some pretty heavy research on a new pedal board for me. Currently, my set up is all on the floor and in a line (no board). I sorta have a love/hate deal with ‘boards’ and how they feel, but I think I need to get over that. One of the big issues for me is that I sing in my band so looking at my feet is somewhat difficult. I can view my pedals without any problem, but if I had pedals in rows, I know that’ll be an issue for a bit. I also like to have mic stand fairly close to me, and at a position where it almost splits my pedal line in half. Again, this will be something I’ll need to adapt to after getting a pedal board.
One product that I’m really interested in is the Voodoo Labs pedal switcher. I have a main loop for lead set up and I control that with a Boss LS-2 at the moment. It’s a good pedal overall, but my particular pedal is having a few issues, so it might be time to upgrade. The Voodoo Labs switcher will allow me to group separate loops (with multiple pedals or single pedals in line). It also has the ability to be true bypass or buffered, and they can be linked. I think the way it can isolate the signal or bypass the signal is pretty great.
Now, I’ve been seeing the Commander and knew it interacted with up to pedal switchers, but I wasn’t 100% sure what it was all about. After seeing the demos below, I was blown away how you can group pedal combination (or loop combination) from both pedal switchers via the Commander. It’s gets a little pricey if you want the whole set up, but I’m thinking about getting a single switcher after my initial board purchase is paid for.
Here are three videos from voodoolabvid showing what the switcher and Commander can do.
Voodoo Lab – Pedal Switcher and Commander Demo 1
Voodoo Lab – Pedal Switcher and Commander Demo 2
Voodoo Lab – Pedal Switcher and Commander Demo 3
As you can see, these switches are pretty damn powerful. So how will this address my personal ‘issues’? Well, now I can have the strip in the front where I can manage the pedals, I’m not having to deal with rows. The Commander would be pretty cool so I’m not doing any *dances* while trying to sing and get the tone at the same time. Seems like a good thing. Anyway, it’s on my wish list for now.
If anyone has any personal experiences with this… please comment. I saw one negative review at Musician’s Friend, so I wanted to see what the general feedback is out there.
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