Having already built main and fly rig pedal boards for Jeffrey we had a good sense for the sorts of sounds he likes to achieve and how he likes to operate.
After we built Nigel Hendroff’s board around the RJM PBC (Pedal Board Controller) we knew it would be perfect for Jeffrey who does a lot of touring with a huge back catalogue of songs. The ability to store and arrange set lists of songs, where each song has pre-programmed presets makes playing live very easy and intuitive. Creation Music Company were good enough to provide a custom flight case and tray, and host us for a week to build the board and then have an evening where people could come and check it out and learn more about these sorts of complex systems. It was a great time!
The board is built around the RJM PBC, which has 10 audio loops and best-in-class MIDI implementation. The goal was to set the system up in such a way that the press of one foot switch can engage/disengage any of the audio loops and recall any preset from a midi device.
Our only real constraint was a 50lb limit. Not easy with a board this size! By using The GigRig power system and hiding it’s components underneath pedals, we we’re able to keep the tray size as tight as possible. Creation Music Company built a flight case from a material that is lighter than traditional laminated plywood, but still strong enough to handle the rigors of touring.
We built two custom junction boxes.
The first has two external buttons that connect to the PBC and can be programmed for any function. We tend to set them up for page up/down which makes work flow much easier, particularly when programming the PBC. It also has a buffered split which feeds the input of the PBC and an external tuner. The PBC has a very capable tuner in-built, however Jeffrey wanted to keep using his Sonic Research Turbo Tuner.
The second junction (top right on the board) provides connections for two amps, fed directly from the PBC’s stereo outputs. There is a mono patch point connected between loops 4 and 5 which can be used to audition any mono pedal, typically an overdrive, and a mono send / stereo return patch point after the OBNE Reflector in loop 8, which Jeffrey uses to patch in his Korg SDD3000 when he’s recording in the studio.
Finally, there is a master mute across the stereo outputs.
Guitar > Bondi Effects Del Mar > RJM PBC
- Walrus Audio Deep 6
- Matthew’s Effects modded EHX Nano POG
- Mad Professor Little Green Wonder
- JHS Super Bolt
Mono Audition Point
- Keeley modded ProCo Rat
- Chase Bliss Spectre
Hilton Pro Volume Pedal
- Chase Bliss Gravitas
- OBNE Reflector > mono send / stereo return patch point
- Strymon Timeline (stereo)
- Strymon BigSky (stereo)
The Selah Quartz Timer is used to manage tap tempo over the Timeline and Gravitas. We implement it into the system in such a way that when in song mode, the PBC recalls a tempo preset from the Quartz which is then sent to all time-based pedals. Having the Quartz frees up a switch on the PBC and also gives a very clear visual as to the current tempo. It also makes updating a song’s tempo incredibly quick and easy. Finally, there is still the option of manually over-riding a preset by tapping in a tempo.
PBC > Quartz > Timeline > BigSky > Disaster Area MIDI box.
The MIDI box converts 5pin DIN to TRS cables, which feed the Chase Bliss pedals. This allows them to receive tempo and have presets saved and recalled.