Cheap modeler to use as a midi controller?

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  1. speedyone

    speedyone Supporting Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got my Amplifire coming in Monday, and I need a cheap midi controller for it.

    It occurred to me that I could probably just find a cheap, older fx unit with a built in expression pedal and midi capabilities.

    Are there any out there that you guys can recommend? I thought of the GT series...and the Pods....but anything out there used for around $100?

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    thanks for any input!
     
  2. speedyone

    speedyone Supporting Member

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    What I REALLY want is just a midi pedal with at least five buttons to press; one for each preset I use, that's it!

    But all I'm finding that fits that requirement is the GINORMOUS fcb1010, and Rocktron MidiMate, which is also kind of big....
     
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    I'm thinking the Tech 21 midi moose may work, but it's $179. I'm going to take a good long while making this decision.
     
  4. speedyone

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    Yeah....there are a number of BIG midi switchers, but the Amplifire is small, y'know? It seems ridiculous to get a huge midi switcher for me...that's why I have started to consider just getting a multifx unit with an expression pedal, since I like to have lots of fx, and the Amplifire as of now won't let you stack them.

    The Midimoose is long and narrow, which looks like something I would be ok with...
     
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    I used an old tonelab se exactly this way for years. Worked great and was built like a tank.
     
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    Thanks, I have!

    I am considering this one. In fact, I may pull the trigger on a used one I saw in the emporium....
     
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    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Used HD 500 is pretty big, but would give you some FX that might come in handy, as the Amplifire is, I hear, a little more limited in the FX area.
     
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    A Line6 X3 Live has good MIDI Capabilities too.
     
  12. GuitaRasmus

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    After having tried a few preamp pedals through my Torpedo Cab, and loving it, I've experimented with using my old Pod Hd500x as an effects unit/switcher/looper. It just sucks the punchiness and great tone out of the preamps. After having tried to make my Pod HD work as a great tone machine during the last 1½ years (including using it with Torpedo cab), I've come to the conclusion that the converters are simply just bad. Even just using it straight through, without any effects, there is a noticable degradation of the signal - it seems compressed and certain frequencies dissappear, and adds a metallic treble. There is nothing wrong with my particular unit, others I've tried does the same. It's just not good enough. I would strongly advice against running a good signal through it.

    As a midi controller however, it works very nicely.
     
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    I use my HD500 as a MIDI controller for my Whammy 5, Source Programmable EQ, and M5. I also use the onboard effects, and it sounds good to me, so YMMV.
     

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