Nigel Hendroff's New Pedalboard by Goodwood Audio

Nigel Hendroff’s New Pedalboard by Goodwood Audio

While we love pedalboard photos, we wanted to go a bit deeper on Nigel’s new board, and thanks to Michael Woodward and Grant Klassen from Goodwood Audio we were able to do just that! Here are the in and outs of how signal is routed through Nigel’s new board!

Guitar plugs into a box underneath the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner. Signal passes directly to the first Jackson Audio Prism, then to an Ohmless Yara and back to the input box. Here the signal is actively split to feed the tuner and the input of the RJM Mastermind PBC.

Loop 1 – EHX Synth 9/ Micro POG
Loop 2 – Second Prism
Loop 3 – Selah Effects Scarlett Love v3
Loop 4 – Chase Bliss Brothers

Signal is then routed to a mono audition point under the Yara. The audition has a courtesy 9v power tap and can be remotely controlled by the PBC.
After the audition is the Dunlop Volume pedal and then signal goes to the junction box under the GFI Systems Cabzeus.
An active split sends signal two ways.
1. To a dedicated dry send (more on this later) which has toggles for ground lift and phase correction. We use a Jensen transformer due to it’s completely transparent design from 20Hz to 20kHz. The dry send can be remotely controlled by the PBC.
2. To a pre-amp send/return (more on this later) and then back to the PBC.

Loop 5 – EHX Super EGO
Loop 6 – Boss DD-5
Loop 7 (stereo) – Eventide H9
Loop 8 (stereo) – Strymon Timeline
Loop 9 (stereo) – Strymon BigSky
Loop 10 (stereo) – Meris Mercury7

Stereo out from the PBC is sent to the inputs of the Cabzeus and then through to the main output junction underneath the Synth 9. The right output has toggles for ground lift and phase correction, again via a Jensen transformer for no tone loss. There is also a push button for stereo/dual mono summing.

Midi chain. PBC > Selah Quartz Timer > Timeline > BigSky > H9 > Disaster Area Midi Adapter (under H9). This adapter allows midi information to be sent to the Brothers and Mercury7.

All BPM information is stored in the Quartz. We set up the system so that the PBC will send a message to the Quartz to recall the correct tempo for each song. While the PBC can handle BPM without the Quartz, we find this system to work really well.
Quartz provides a dedicated tap tempo switch without sacrificing one of the PBC’s
It has a large screen that prominently shows the current tempo
Changing a song’s tempo and then updating the preset is as simple as turning the tempo knob and then holding it to save – click here for a video explaining the setup in full

Mikey at Goodwood Audio put together this insightful video on integrating the Selah Quartz Timer and the RJM PBC …

The second Dunlop volume pedal is a dedicated expression plugged into the PBC. Nigel mainly uses it to control the mix of his delay and reverbs.

Dry Send. This is used as part of a wet/dry/wet setup. In this instance one amp receives only his clean and overdrive tones, while two other amps receive a fully wet stereo image.
The Cabzeus is at the very end of the chain so it can be used in place of two amps for the wet signal. This means Nigel can run wet/dry/wet with one tube amp running dry, and the Cabzeus sending a fully wet stereo signal direct to front of house.
It’s hard to explain how huge a w/d/w setup can sound. Needless to say it’s something every guitarist needs to try once!

Pre-amp send/return. This gives Nigel the option to insert a preamp between his dry and wet effects and then run a direct signal from the Cabzeus to FOH for a completely amp-less setup.
As well, because the Cabzeus has a headphone jack it provides a great way to have silent practise at home with good tone. Especially if a tube pre-amp is used.

The tray measures 800mm x 520mm and inside its flight case (which has under-tray storage with a 4-line snake) weighs 32kgs.

Nigel Junctions

1. Input Junction. Input is passive and goes directly to the first Jackson Audio Prism, then the Ohmless Yara and back to the junction. A buffered split provides two outputs. One feeds the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner, the other feeds the input of the RJM Mastermind PBC.

2. Mono Audition. Situated between loops and 4 and 5 five of the PBC. Switchable by the PBC via a function switch. Also has a courtesy power tap for the pedal being auditioned.

3. Dry send and Pre Amp Insert. The locking jack is for a dedicated dry send when running a wet/dry or wet/dry/wet setup. It has ground lift and phase reverse toggles. Can be remotely muted by the PBC via a function switch. The send/return jacks can be used as another mono audition point or for inserting a pre-amp in between the dry and wet pedals.

4. Main Output Junction. Provides stereo/dual mono summing as well as transformer isolation (using a Jensen which has a flat response from 20Hz to 20kHz), and phase correction.

7 COMMENTS

    • Hey Greg – don’t know, but as I recall the board Jeffrey Kunde had built by the Goodwood Audio guys uses Daniel’s goodies! God Bless ~ Doug [WM]

  1. Curious… for the W/D/W setup via the Cabzeus – is the Jackson Audio Prism acting as the “preamp” that feeds the Cabzeus the amplike tone it requires to emulate speakers? Or does Nigel have to have a Preamp feeding the Cabzeus in order to give FOH something that’s usable for the wet effects? Hope that all makes sense. Thanks! – Paul

  2. Spoiler alert! Having served in small organic worship teams for over 30 years, what I am seeing here is a totally different world from the vast majority of them. I don’t understand why people get bogged down or even obsessed with so much gear. Does it all really help people engage with God any better, and do they really care what gear you use? And is it becoming a god in its own right?

    • Hey Dusty. While gear can like any object become and idol, like gold to a jeweler, it can also be an invaluable part of creating art. Like a pantry filled with spices, it is nice to be able to step on a pedal and get a flavor when you want it – but – the owning of the gear – and or showing it off becomes the point, well there you go. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts – appreciated and God Bless;)

  3. Thanks Doug, good reply, getting a balance I think it applies to any instrument, and therefore tone is as important as good technique and development of your skillset. God wants us to do and give our best. GB, Dusty.

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