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RE: Pedal Options
I agree, Travis. I find the Echoplex controller to be a beautiful little
device....small, light, and appropriately functional. I just don't
stomp on it as if it were an old Ibanez stombox. I guess this means I
can't wear my "moon boots" when I play? :) I notice that some people
play with bare feet or just socks for this reason. I wear traditional
tennis shoes, not the gawdy ones with all sorts of rugged arichitecture
on the sides and soles....just plan ol' Addidas Stan Smiths.
However, for preventative maintenance, does anyone know where we can
purchase replacement buttons online for the EDP controller? I wouldn't
mind having a few of these on hand. My ADA MC-1 MIDI controller uses
the same buttons.
From: Travis Hartnett [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: Pedal Options
The larger the buttons, the larger the foot controller, the more space
required on the floor. The current controller puts all the necessary
functions into a controller that can be stored inside a rack if need
be. Like all tools, it requires that you learn the proper technique
for using it--i.e. not using unnecessary force when pressing the
switches, and learning how to use more of the toe of your foot rather
than the ball or whatever part of your boot you can get to switch in
time. The same technique that may work for turning on your chorus may
not work for EDP work. I've used mine for 150+ shows for years, and
have yet to break any of the switches and I've got size 12 feet.
A larger controller with bigger, heavier switches would drive the price
up,and quicklly pushes you into the range where you can now buy a MIDI
controller like the Behringer.
The switches themselves were chosen to provide accuracy in timing
(short throw, no hard click point), not make a lot of acoustic sound
(most of the heavier duty switches make a loud click when depressed)
and be inexpensive to build/replace.
The foot controller is offered as a optional accessory, so you don't
have to buy one if it doesn't fit your situation. However, as I recall
the JamMan switch that Lexicon included had two buttons, was made of
plastic, and was $20, which I thought was about $18 more than it was
worth, but everyone's got their preferences. A lot of thought went
into the button/foot controller design.
On Oct 21, 2004, at 12:59 AM,
> From: "john rush" <JOHNRRUSH@peoplepc.com>
> Date: October 20, 2004 11:46:49 PM PDT
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Subject: Pedal Options
> I use a Gibson Echoplex live in my solo act. I tour constantly doing
> over 200 shows a year. I'm looking for a more durable and easier to
> hit pedal. I have a Roland VG-88 and I really like the buttons on
> it. Why does the Echoplex have such little buttons that are hard to
> hit? Is there anything that I can substite? Preferably something
> that can take a beating. I'm on my 3rd pedal in just over 2 years.
> My JamMan pedal never had a problem. Any suggestions?
> John Rush