pairing down live rig because I'm lazy

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  1. buriedoutback

    buriedoutback SS.org Regular

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    lazy and rushed in a live situation

    So recently I've started removing pedals from my live/jam rig because
    1. I'm lazy/always rushed live
    2. paranoid of equipment failures (due to having 1 at the Faceless show I recently played)

    Elaborate!

    previous rig setup:
    guitar > tuner > behringer mh300 (chainsaw tone) > gate > amp
    loop > eq pedal

    1. I decided that the eq (while making everything sound better) wasn't worth the time/effort/cabling/power supply to bring and setup. extra wires/cables and something else to go wrong. Yes its 1 pedal and 3 wires... but honestly it's given me a sense of relief to not have to set it up every time we play.
    I bought a clip on tuner for a backup (the latch on my planet waves tuner broke so it won't close - but still works) and i'm thinking i might just use that and simplify my chain even more ...
    guitar > gate > 5150

    2. my hm300 pedal started cutting in and out during our last live set to the effect of: chainsaw-broken lofi-chainsaw-broken lofi. it happened again at band practice last week so i removed it from my chain.
    Yes i could probably have spent more money on higher-end gear - alas I did not.

    So, currently I'm guitar > tuner > gate > amp ... and it actually sounds 'fine' ... i have a couple tube screamer-type pedals to swap in for the hm300 but ... it sounds good enough. and i think that no one else but me is actually going to notice....

    TLDR: to the possible detriment of your tone (that probably only you would notice) are others pairing down their rigs for quicker setup / laziness / equipment-failure-paranoia?
     
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    I should also add that i have to setup/tear down our backing track and IEM equipment every time we jam and play live, so saving time is important to me.
     
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    I went from a traditional pedalboard to an fx8. I dont look as cool as everyone else but i also dont worry about my rig.
     
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    I rarely take my stuff to practice besides one guitar... it's a rental studio by the hour, so I'll use whatever there is as amplifier and cab...
     
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    we rent our jam space by the month and share with between 3-5 other bands. I don't know or trust the other people. we get to leave our gear there, but its all packed up and secured - hence me having to setup/tear down every time.
     
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    apologies if you've gone over this in other threads ... how do you feel about your tone after the switch? better/worse?
    obviously very convenient having an all-in-one with the fx8.
     
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    Im happy to answer questions! I feel my tone is the same. The fx8 has deeper editing than any of the pedals it replaced, but I only really mess with parameters I understand. I read the manual before it arrived, so I had a rough idea of how to set it up. I had it giggable pretty quick and I've been refining things since. The forum and fb group are helpful as well. My first gig with the unit was the start of a 22 day tour haha. I knew soundwise that I wasnt going to lose anything.
     
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    That's awesome. 'set up good enough then refine on the road' -- i like.
    I think I would get lost in all the deep editing.
    I have a line 6 hd500 that I quickly tried to use in front of the amp; TS > gate > 5150 but I couldn't get the result i was looking for. I might try it again when I have more time to screw around with it.
     
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    I also couldnt get the pod HD sounding anywhere near right when I had one. Not sure what i did wrong haha.

    I dont really sweat the deep editing. I avoid YY tutorials usually but i'd watch one on for that haha.
     
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