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Gear Guide

People have been asking me for an updated pedalboard rundown, so here we go!

Both boards are build on Rockboard's Quad 4.1 using 3M Dual Lock Tape for mounting.

I've also used a combination of traditional and flat patch cables as these have been evolving over many years and it is not great economically to replace every cable unless it's absolutely needed.

Latest Update: 22nd February 2024

Left Side Pedalboard - Guitar FX & Looper

(B1): Built on a Rockboard 4.1 with a Mod 3, This uses a rechargeable power supply and designed to also be used as a standalone guitar board for small setups for a fast, simple and fully self-powered setup.  It still works best when combined with the second board, though.

Boss OC-5

Boss OC-5 Octave

I absolutely LOVE this pedal.  It allows me to have a bassline playing while still playing chords or melodies.  I send a split signal from here, with the processed bass signal directly to the RC600 and send the clean signal through the "middle" of the signal chain (comp > drive > trem) before it reunites in the RC600.  This is so even if any of these 3 effects are activated, the bass signal comes through unaffected.

Caline Python Compressor

Caline Python Compressor

Perfect for a clean boost, or those funky rhythm tones!

With some tweaking of knobs you're sure to find even a bit of grit in here.

Such an affordable unit, I don't know how I went so long without this little compressor.

Caline Queen Bee Overdrive

Caline Queen Bee Overdrive

When I first started playing guitar, I was addicted by distortion pedals and patches.

Now that I'm much older and a little wiser, I much prefer the silky smooth sounds of a low-gain overdrive.

This is my go-to for my lead tones with a real edge-of-breakup sound and heaps of room from clean to dirty if you need it.

Boss DD-200 Delay Pedal

Boss DD-200 Delay

This is such a powerful pedal and I LOVE the shimmer delay setting so much, it's my main preset.  It also has MIDI so I've connected it to receive the tempo commands from the RC-600 so the delays are perfectly matched to the loops I have running.
When using both boards, the audio then connects to the Zoom MS-100BT on B1

RC600

Boss RC-600

I loved my RC-300 back in the day, moving to the RC-600 was a no brainer. 

I've remapped every button to suit my needs, and even added two more, (see the Switch by Nux) allowing me to construct music in whatever way takes my fancy.  From simple loops to something more complex to turn a guy and a guitar into a full sound production.

Nux Dual Foot Switch

Nux Dual Foot Switch

This little 2 button switch is a definite MUST HAVE companion to the RC600.

Robust and reliable, it makes something as simple as clearing all loops quick and easy.

(The default way to do this on the RC-600 is actually terrible haha!)

Oceans 11 Reverb

EFX Oceans 11 Reverb

This is definitely much more than I need, but I'd rather have more options than less.  This generally sits as always on with the settings as per image. 

A set and forget pedal on my board, this reverb is the last pedal in my chain before it hits the RC600

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Fender Engine Room 12

Now this is a BIG unit - probably a little TOO big, but that's my only criticism of this power supply.  

I love the 12 ports, the IEC power and pass through IEC.  The USB are also fast charging so this gives me everything I need.

The Engine Room 8 would probably be better for most, but if you can fit the 12, I recommend highly!

Right Side Pedalboard 2 - Vocal Effects

(B2): Switching to the Rockboard 3.0 with a Mod 3, I've changed this board to be just vocals only.  However I also use the Play Acoustic as my DI OUT for both guitar and mic signal. Much less floor space than before so I'm loving not having to stretch out as much to tap a pedal.

TC Helicon Play Acoustic

TC Helicon Play Acoustic

This sleek black unit is super powerful when it comes to processing your vocal harmonies.  Combined with a switch, tapping in and adding vocal delay makes a massive difference.

I have an RC600 aux send to the Play Acoustic, so I can kick in my harmonies whenever I need to - As long as there's a chord playing on the looper, it can read it and adjust accordingly.

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TC Switch 3

Switches make life so much easier!  This talks to the Play Acoustic to allow me to tap tempo in my echo, activate it, as well as act as the HIT trigger as the actual pedal is in a sub optimal position.

This replaced my previous Loopi pedal as I found those switches were too close together to hit reliably

Stompbeat A/B XLR Switch

Stompbeat A/B XLR Switch

This is a switch which I use to route the mic output from the Play Acoustic to either the mixer, or to the RC-600 if I want to loop vocals.  This way I can loop guitar/beats whilst still singing, and still have the option to click over and loop vocals separately.

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Swamp Iso-10 Power

When looking for a second power supply, I was originally looking at the Fender Engine Room Lvl8.  However after some shopping around and I came across this little beauty.  The only down side is that ports are 300mA instead of 500 mA, Since this board is only running 1 pedal with couple of switches I didn't need anything bigger.  

DJ Booth

DJing is so much fun and I love being able to bring the decks out for weddings and events!

It's all about creating a workspace that is easy to set up, manage and work through, as set and forget as possible.  Convenience, Stability and Reliability are key here.

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I'm not a scratch DJ, however I wanted something with easy to access stems controls, paddle FX controls, XLR outputs and less than $2000 AUD - this Hercules Inpulse T7 Controller really ticks all those boxes for me, for almost half the price!

Stepping up from the DDJ-400 and running Virtual DJ, this unit is a great value and impressive tool in my DJ booth.

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I don't go to any gigs without at least one set of these on hand.

Bright, controllable, with built in Wireless DMX, full range RGBAUV colour pallette and a magnetic base, built in programs or can be used as recievers, these are my lighting workhorses.

I use them as uplights, spotlights, dancefloor lights - so versatile and the batteries last a good 6-8 hours.

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Beamz Panther 25 

Moving Heads

I wanted to move away from the lasers and derby lights - mostly because I wanted a lighting solution that was dynamic but didn't leave dots and spots and other strange colours on people's photos at weddings.

Moving heads are great for this, and the Panther 25's are controllable, directional, and small enough to cart around easily.  I may upgrade these in future, however for what I need, they are perfect.

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Vonyx DB4

DJ Booth with Scrims

I never wanted to be in a situation where I was DJing a wedding on a folding table with a cloth, but I didn't want to have to use full on DJ furniture either.  

This booth is the perfect size - big enough to be very usable but compact enough to be easily transportable and still be able to see and connect with the dance floor.  The removable and washable scrims are a plus!

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It too me a while to get into SoundSwitch, but I'm so glad I did - being able to control the light show at weddings without needing to micromanage it is a godsend!

There is a fair learning curve, but once set up, even at a very rudimentary level, it has elevated my event lighting to a brand new level!

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I'm currently using the Chauvet Flarecon as my wireless tranciever (from an earlier setup) but you definitely don't need to spend that much to make your lighting rig D-Fi.

This Chauvet Hub works well, but I also know there's others like the Donner units that work just as well.

It's nice not needing to rely on meters of cable to make your lights work together.

I still prefer cables for the moving heads for smoother operation.

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