I generally try not to have more than one project in progress at any given time in the handsawgeek shop.
The real job and other activities require enough multi-tasking as it is, so staying linear with woodworking is good for the geek’s brain!
This week an exception had to be made. The lathe stand has been moved aside briefly to make room for a small project of necessity for some pressing musical endeavors.
A recent trip to Guitar Center resulted in the purchase of a Line6 HDX500 Digital Effects Processor unit for use with my electric violin and guitar.
This means that the home-made effects pedal board built (cobbled) for these instruments a few years back is now obsolete and can be dismantled.
Still in frequent use, however, is a Boss RC2 Loop Station and its accompanying foot switch unit. It is fairly inconvenient to have to do a loose ‘cable –up’ of these pedals every time I wish to use them.
So here is a small wood pedal board built just for this dedicated application:
The connector jack on the side is for the separate 9 volt supply to power the devices.
In case any of you might have the slightest curiosity (or even care) about what a loop station does, here is the scoop:
The device allows one to record a passage of music, then continuously play it back over and over (looping). During each playback, the musician can then add successive layers of recordings. For example, I can first lay down a rhythm guitar line, then add a bass line, then add a drum pattern, then layer on a lead riff, then maybe a harmony part or two. The end result is that the unit allows one to virtually become a one-man band in real time. A very cool tool, especially for practicing.
Not too long ago, I was playing around with this device to build up a loop in which I layered all four parts of Pachelbel’s ‘Canon In D’ on violin. The cello part was simulated by running through an octaver pedal.
My wife walked in on this session and commented, “It sounds like a wedding in here!”
Next time on ‘The handsawgeek Blog’, we return to the lathe stand.
Found ike while tidying up between projects….
Thanks for ‘plugging in’.