Category Archives: tech

Pedaltrain Metro-16

Here’s my mini pedalboard mounted on a Pedaltrain Metro-16, one of their new offerings for 2015.

Previously, I had the old Pedaltrain Mini. Apparently, my model had gone through a couple of revisions. One of them is publicly known and visually obvious. The other, more or less nobody knows about and you really can’t tell just by looking at it. What it comes down to is that my Mini doesn’t accept any non-daisychain power supplies. Continue reading Pedaltrain Metro-16

Pedalboard as of 06/17/15

This is the latest version of my pedalboard.  The newest addition, my Sho ‘Nuff boost in the bottom right corner.


Here’s a closer shot of my drive section. Below is the complete signal path. Continue reading Pedalboard as of 06/17/15

New Mini Board Setup

Following my new-found appreciation for compression placed post-dirt, I decided to redo my mini rig. I also swapped out the TU-2 for the Polytune I had sitting around. To my surprise/delight, the rearrangement even allowed me to cram in one more pedal (added Hall of Fame reverb). For some funny reason Jesus’ miracle of the feeding of the 5000 came to mind…

Here’s the signal chain:
TC Electronic Polytune
MXR Analog Chorus
Lovepedal Amp11
Boss CS-2
Boss DD-5 (w/ Monte Allums mod)
TC Electronic Hall of Fame

Walrus Audio Deep Six (Compressor)

Here’s my new compressor pedal. I really like it. Previously, I had a Boss CS-2 on the board, which is regarded by most as a pretty great compressor. I agree. Before that, I had a MXR DynaComp. I even had it modified by JHS. But it just wasn’t doing what I wanted. As great as the CS-2 was, I was really intrigued by the idea of having a blend knob on a compressor, which the Deep Six has. So I’ve finally gotten my hands on one for a good price. Continue reading Walrus Audio Deep Six (Compressor)

Lava Cable’s Solder-free Patch Cables

My current set-up.

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But what I wanna highlight are the new patch cables. Previously, I had George L cables installed. I had been using them for about 8 years, I think. They were great, but there were a few occasions when the connections became insecure, causing me to spend anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes to figure out where the kink was. A couple of times the issue occurred right before a live set. THE WORST.

Anyway, I was drawn to the Lava cables because of a couple things: 1) They had the smallest plug of any patch cable I had ever seen 2) assembled cable looked very secure.

here’s a closer look.

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For anyone considering these, I have to first warn you that these are NOT the easiest to assemble. I’m not gonna waste time typing out the instructions ’cause you can easily google that. But I will link this video, because I believe that if you assemble them the way this guy says to, you’ll be good. If you don’t have one of those meters he’s using, I think a cable tester like this one should do (this is what I used). I will add one thing though. I know this guys says that the cables only need to be “finger-tight.” but USE PLIERS when tightening them. unless you’re ridiculously strong, pliers are the only way to guarantee that they are securely assembled.

I’m pretty happy with these. They look incredibly tidy and I do think the audio quality is better. There were some noises (very slight) that I remember having with my old patch cables that I just sort of accepted. But with these, the bypassed signal is dead quiet!