This is a dual input, one output rig. Basically, I wanted a rig where I could do both Saxophone and EWI and run it through effects. Lets look at the signal flow.
EWI – The input starts by going into the MX Micro Amp. Then goes into the volume pedal. Why? In live performance, sound guys tend sometime not to pay attention. That lead to performances with the EWI not being heard. Having the Amp and the Volume pedal lets me control the volume. I can boost it, or lower it. The signal then goes into the Eventide MixingLink. The mixing link then can send it to the effects loop.
Sax – The input starts by going into the Eventide MixingLink. Great little box that has nice preamps, and allows you to send things to an effects loop, or not, or send things to the effects loop and mix in some of the sax (or EWI) sound. It’s pretty flexible.
Effects Loop Signal flow
First stop is the KLIQ Tuner. Hey, you have to check the pitch every now and then.
Electro-Harmonix Nano POG. This is a great little pedal that one thing, alters pitch an octave above or below. It tracks really well.
Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron. This the model Jeff Coffin uses, with pretty much his settings. In pedal board 1.0, it was having issues, now it’s back. It’s fun to also put the Nano POG on as well through the Q-Tron.
Last but not least is the Eventide H9. This is an awesome pedal that does everything. It can do reverb, harmonizing, effects, distortions, etc. Again, its fun to have the Nano POG go through the pitch stuff on the H9, then I can sound like a horn section(ish).
Then everything comes back to the Eventide Missing link. I have the Missing Link set in DI mode (not line level).
And that is the pedal board as of today. It’s been working well.
This is my current pedal board, minus the Q-Tron (which was in the upper left corner of the board).
This board was designed for using an EWI and a Microphone input at the same time. One issue I have found performing is that sound people are usually very inconsistent. They are either the set it once and they leave type, or the not playing attention type. Hardly does one get a sound guy who’s actually doing their job. My biggest problem was that a LOT of sound guys Continue reading Pedal Board 1.0→
The Woodwind and the Brasswind has some lightly educational videos about playing saxophone with effects pedals. They seems a little more geared towards them selling stuff. Not the greatest videos or examples, but it is a thing that saxophone players are using in performance. One of the best examples of someone who uses pedals is Dean Mongerio.
I think the one they did not show is an envelope follower, like a Q-Tron. If you are into the Brecker sound from the 70s, you want a Q-Tron type pedal. I’m planning on doing an article about pedals soon. I have been doing playing with pedals off and on for a while, starting with a Digitech Vocalist Live. I’ve now gone more “traditional”. What I would say is that I’m not a huge fan of using an all in one box to do effects for various reasons.
Anyhow, if anyone has any good videos with effects pedals, submit them in the comments!
I do a LOT of scripting. From writing Bash shell scripts, to Python code to AppleScripts, I do a lot of coding. It makes life easier. Why reinvent the wheel when you can script it once and be done with it.
Anyhow, since about 2011, I’ve been formatting things for use on an iPad. One thing you can do to get your printed things out of Finale on to an iPad easy is to format the page for an iPad. Sadly, there is no “default page setting for iPad” thing in Finale. However, with a little bit of FinaleScript-ing, you can format things for an iPad. Here is my script
This script basically sets your top page at .5″, left and right to 0.10069 and then the bottom to .12153. These are sorta the settings I found that look good on an iPad. I leave just a little bit of boarder “whiteness”.
The script can be fired off by doing a Ctrl + Opt + Shift + I, or from the FinaleScript menu.
Yet another entry into the Electronic Wind Instrument category, the Aodyo Sylphyo. Seems to be completely wireless (that is a plus), and has interesting things like gyroscopes in it so you can do gestures with it, like tweak it to the side, and it can trigger another sound or effect.
Most musicians are using some sort of tablet to store music. And why wouldn’t you? A tablet is small, allows you to store tens of thousands of pieces of music, and you can organize your music for whatever you need. Set lists, practice lists, etc. And you can “write on it” using your finger or a stylist. Heck, I’m STILL using my original iPad as my primary music reading device for gigs and practice.
Ebook readers use e-paper displays for two reasons. First is the innate nature of such screens, which are easy on the eyes and batteries. Second is the cheaper costs of such components, which translate to a more affordable retail price. If you thought the latter would be true of the Gvido music sheet “tablet” and its two 13-inch e-ink screens, you’d be shocked to find out the truth. Because when the Gvido launches later this year, it will cost just as much as two 12.9-inch iPad Pros.
Ridiculous. If this product was like $400. Maybe……MAYBE. But $1,600? I could get 4 iPads for that. FOUR. FOUR. Or I could get a 12.9″ iPad Pro (maxed out), with an Apple Pencil, a stand mount and a bluetooth foot controller and still have money left over.
Insane. Though I LOVE my iPad for music. I really hope an iPad Pro with pencil is in my future…..
A lot of saxophone players are using pedals to change their sounds and stuff. I found the video below where they guy is going through equipment setup of Dennis Chambers and Victor Wooten for an upcoming gig of Victor Wooten’s Trio (which is most excellent by the way). Anyhow, they focus for a few seconds on Bob Franceschini’s (the saxophone player in the trio) pedals. From what I see, he is using the following:
Line 6 DL4
TC Electronic Ditto Looper Pedal
MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter
Morley ABY Switcher
Xotic EP Booster Pedal
Dunlop DVP4 volume pedal
Digitech CR7 HardWire Stereo Chorus
The first part of the video there is a Line 6 M9 (like what Jeff Coffin uses) shown, but it appears not to be set up. I think there is also a Dual DI box under the Booster pedal(?), but there is one pedal, left of the Eventide I’m clueless on. Anyhow, check out the video, and see.