To Midi or not to Midi...That is the question

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by CaseyI, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. CaseyI

    CaseyI Member

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    so, I am thinking of going to a midi switching system for my rig. I just ordered a Damage control Glass nexus from a fellow TGP member and it got me thinking. I have 2 DD20's on my board which I could replace with the DC Timeline giving me midi for mod/reverb and delay. I think I would use a Rockton Midimate for a controller at this point. Then of course I was thinking an axess grx4 could control my dirt. The downsides are that my 2 overdrives (see sig) are 2 button pedals, so there would still be a little tap dancing. The benefits for midi for me is that I sing a play lead at the same time. I play at church so those loud clicks caused by pedals can be rather annoying at times. So, I am a Midiot... is it worth the hassle? I have thought about just using it for the mod/verb/delay to get the hang of it. Will this hinder creativity or expand it? Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. reo73

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    I run a midi board and rack system. I use a DMC Ground Control Pro that switches a GXR4, a Rocktron Xpression, and the channel on my amp. I have 8 CC buttons and 4 program changes per bank at my feet at all times. I love it and all you really need is a good weekend for programming then you're set.
     
  3. williamh

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    I had the damage control timeline for a while(imo the best sounding delay available). Sold it because I downsized to a pedaltrain jr. I ran the timeline with a tech21 midimouse. It worked really well as far as just setting up presets went, and it was really easy to program them in. If I was still running a big board, I wouldn't have any other delay.
     
  4. Passenger84

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    The midi definitely makes it easier...and in my opinion, it's worth the hassle for the DC pedals. Just gives them huge flexibility. I've been using the Timeline with a midi mouse and I can literally program in my set (tempos included) for church each week. I also sing and play, and being able to do this has literally cut my tap-dancing by about 60 percent. However, I have a Rocktron midi mate in the mail to hopefully cut tap dancing out even further.

    As a side note, I agree with williamh; the Timeline, at least to my humble ears, is one incredible sounding pedal. I've played through the Eventide Timefactor, DD20, Line 6's Echo Park & DL4, and the T-Rex Replica. And the Timeline...wow, that was just it for me. The downsides are that it is a humungous pedal and it does take getting used to as far as the interface, but the sound is spectacular. IMHO :)
     
  5. CaseyI

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    Well, the Glass Nexus has arrived. I like it a lot. I just ordered the midi mate and am getting ready to get the Timline. I think I have decided to leave the dirt out of midi though. I like having access to it all the time. Who knows though, maybe when I have an idea of what I am doing I'll change my mind. Anybody got a Timeline for sale?
     

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