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I just don't have the patience for complicated things.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Johnny Moondog, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Johnny Moondog

    Johnny Moondog Member

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    I may as well admit it.

    I will never study the manual, to learn all the features on that MD-500.
    I will never bother to beam a Toneprint into my TC pedals.
    I will never dive deep into presets on a massive reverb or super delay.
    I will never "update the firmware" or "edit parameters via usb".
    I will never learn to use "midi".

    When I use pedals , or make a pedal board,
    I tend to keep it simple, and stick to reliable gear,
    with simple interfaces.

    I could have saved some money,
    over the years, by admitting this before .
     
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    This is important to know about oneself before purchasing pedals that require the patience to unlock their complicated features, even if those features are really just “under the hood” so to speak.

    So good on you, and hopefully we all can be so self-aware.
     
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    I’m kinda like that too, but I still buy ‘em anyway and underutilize ‘em.
     
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  4. Johnny Moondog

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    " Part of figuring out who you are,
    is also learning who you are not."

    I think I read that somewhere.
     
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    your name here Supporting Member

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    Actual footage of me programming MIDI the other night:

     
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    I don't like the hassle of having to explore option on menus, but...

    This is actually very easy and fun. Having said that, I tend to keep a toneprint that I like for months.
     
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    I generally come across a good noise on a complicated pedal and then leave that as the noise that pedal makes, even though it makes a million other noises. I just don't want to lose the settings that made that noise. :confused:
     
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    And that is why you need MIDI/presets...

    Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

    :bkw :D
     
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    Yeah me too, like the pedal to be easily tuned in. But i just got a Nova Delay in pristine shape... that is pretty much the most complicated pedal I have on my board.

    I've had the Timelines etc and quickly sold them. I would rather spend my time playing than configuring pedals. Takes long enough to put together a large versatile board correctly and learn/tweak the basic knobs. Now its plug and play.

    No updates or digital configurations. Where is the preset I want? 33, 34 or 43? S**t!
     
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    Never is a much longer amount of time then you imply.
     
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    I dont want to know who I am and who I am not.
     
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    lol, this is me now! That's why i have like 5-6 Chorus, because I set the Keeley sooooo perfectly for Rotary (couldn't change it), and the Maxon is my 'TZF', so, can't mess with those exact settings... the other one is last-in-chain, set-and-forget. SO- I HAD to get another Chorus that I could just mess with, but then I found a Sound on THAT,.... ahhhhh!!!!!


    But, as to OP, (very phunny OP btw!), I find guitars and amps too complicated. Knobs? C'mon!!!

    I had no idea "we" were such a 'I'm not reading the Manual' bunch until TGP! If I'm PAYING for something, I'm LEARNING it!!! lol


    I've got the 856-for-Zellersasn (makes the enigmatic Ct5 look like a TrebleBooster!) and just got an Echolution2Deluxe. The former seems to make most User go away and cry, but the E2D, complex as it is, I was able to memorize the 60 Presets and get 95% of the manual in about 45min.

    But, fixing the Wah??? UGH...


    I would get pissy if some box was resisting me, but, I ALWAYS go to UltimateGuitarChords, so, eh, that's me, lol! (meaning, I'll 'cheat' and read the Manual, OR, COME HERE AND ASK QUeSTIONS!!! Nothing wrong with that!!!)

    great thread!
     
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    I’m all for reading the manual, even studying the manual, because there are lots of tricks packed into pedals. I do think I’m the kind of person who hopes to “learn” on a “curve” and if after all the reading and studying the workflow is less than intuitive, or if there are too many complicated sub-systems so that I NEED a manual every time, I quickly lose interest.
     
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    Simple pleasures are the best!

     
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    A lot of the time I find that complex pedals just put too much of a gap between myself and the music.
     
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    Agreed.."option anxiety" is something I try to avoid and usually the reason I keep it simple. Never been a "tweaker" just for the sake of it, although I do greatly admire those that can pour over the settings, nuances and intricacies. However, I always tend to find my sound and stay with it. As mentioned, something I've learned about myself over time and tend to invest my energy toward tackling complexity in the music rather than the gear.
     
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    I stupidly bought a Strymon Timeline years ago. Never use it. Only my original Analogman delay and my old Boss RV-3.
     
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