“So what is a RigBook?” you might be asking yourself. A RigBook is a collection of gear where each component serves a specific role while also complementing the nuances of the other elements in the rig. As I’ve said before, Craigslist is a junkyard of bad gear choices that frequently reflect poor judgement in terms of how an individual piece of gear is going to work within the context of a rig.
Noting that our context is worship guitar, I immediately start thinking of chimey, delay-laden, stereo guitar sounds. From Helix to Axe-Fx, worship and secular players have come to tolerate, like, or love the myriad of conveniences that modeling devices and software offer. Where these devices are traditionally the gateway to modeling, this RigBook takes a different approach thanks to the OMEC Teleport, courtesy of the good people at Orange Amps (you can read the full review elsewhere in this issue).
While any people will logically think of the Teleport as a USB audio interface, the moment I saw it demonstrated by its inventor Danny Gomez at NAMM, I recognized it is a gateway to a myriad of great worship tones, many of which have never been utilized on the platform. While that’s a pretty bold claim, those of us who’ve spent countless hours, days, and weeks in the depths of DAWs (digital audio workstation) like Pro Tools have probably never used our favorite studio plug-ins on the platform for one simple reason – we lacked a convenient vehicle from which to do so.
The Teleport enables us to beam our pedal board into our favorite DAW or modeling software and in turn beam that back out to our live rig. At every step of Danny’s NAMM demo I became further convinced that I’d experienced the greatest technology breakthrough for worship I’ve seen since modeling itself. Then, when Danny busted out the MIDI Guitar 2 app, I was immediately reminded how my Roland GR-20 enabled me to blend lush strings on top of delay laden guitar, much the same way keyboardists layer strings on top of piano. While I’m sure others have done this before, I’ve never heard anybody do this during a worship service. The concept of being able to layer string sounds on top of my favorite plug-ins about put me over the moon.
But wait… there’s more. The Teleport comes bundled with IK Multimedia’s Amplitube CS Orange Edition which includes the model of one of the coolest worship amps ever – the Orange AD30. Yeah, it’s kind of like an Orange-flavored AC30, but with twin channels that are perfect for blending with other amps, which gets us back to the whole stereo convo. Once you’ve played in stereo, it’s really hard to go back. Be it dual amps (or models thereof) stereo effects like beat-synched dual delays, or dual cabinets, stereo rocks… especially for worship.
When I set up a new track in Pro Tools, I look at the channel strip in the mix view and start to imagine which plug-ins I’ll use for that track. The Teleport allows me to apply this strategy for incorporating my favorite studio effect into my live rig. The ability to separate effects onto their own tracks via an Aux Bus in turn leverages the processing power of both Pro Tools and my laptop which is incredibly exciting.
So, as you might have guessed in looking at the photos, the Fender guitar effects are the hybrid part of the equation. If you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to read the review on these pedals, because they are every bit as cool as the Teleport. Stan Cotey and his team at Fender really went to town! And thanks to that crafty little Teleport I can process these pedals using the amp modeling software on my laptop. Seriously folks, this is seriously cool!
Last, but in no way least, we get to the Line 6 Powercabs… which were pretty much built for this kind of rig. In “Flat” mode they are perfect for amplifying the cabinets that come bundled in Amplitube CS Orange Edition. That said, I preferred turning off the cab models and using Celestion Greenback speaker models that come stock in both the Powercab 112 and 112 Plus. Thanks for the handy XLR outs, I’m able to send that signal out to my iMac where I’m running another instance of Pro Tools to capture all that audio goodness.
All in all, this is one of the coolest rigs I’ve ever used, so please take a moment to watch the video if you haven’t already!