Hardware effects anyone?

Anything about hardware musical instruments.
KVRian

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1120 posts since 11 Sep, 2008 from UK

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:29 am

justin3am wrote:Yes, lots. Stomp boxes, rack effects and modular. All of the above. :hihi:
I love cheap stomp boxes...
Here is one pile:
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I think I have 4 of those Realistic reverbs in total. Also Boss RPS-10, RSD-10 and SE-50.

I got these from a friend who had worked at Line6:
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All of the docks have stereo I/O and they handle line level signals, so they are great for synths.

In the rack have an API 2500, UBK Fatso, TC Fireworx and M-One XL, modded Alesis 3630, modded DBX 166XL, Roland SDE-2500 and Fostex 3180 spring reverb. I love the Fireworx and the API the most. The Fostex reverb is almost always hooked up to my modular.

In the modular, I use Make Noise Echophone and Erb-Verb, Mutable Instruments Clouds x2, Harvestman Tyme Safari... really, most modules can be used as effects.

I frequently use my Elektron boxes as multi-effects, particularly the Octatrack.
Very cool Justin.. but how do you deal with that tangle of cables?!!

KVRian

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1120 posts since 11 Sep, 2008 from UK

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:31 am

Hidenori wrote:A little noisy(alias noise?) but I like to use Ensoniq dp4+.
Ah yes.. heard good things about that one too. Difficult to find a cheap one though.. seems they're quite sought after for an old rack unit.

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KVRAF
11536 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:09 am

sazb30 wrote:Very cool Justin.. but how do you deal with that tangle of cables?!!
How do you deal without a tangle of cables? :lol:
When it comes to pedals and my modular synth, I don't leave anything patched up for long. Since I'm always rerouting things, it's a wasted effort to try to keep the cables neat. I only have to remember the signal flow for as long as a patch is still hooked up.

The rack gear is another matter, that's all connected through patchbays, so the cables are hidden from sight and normalled connections allow me to have default patches (like V-Synth>Fireworx>channels 5+6 on the audio interface), without connecting any patch cables.

So I guess I just balance the order and chaos as much as I can.

KVRAF
3273 posts since 22 Jul, 2009

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:29 pm

do you have any of those Alesis pedals (ModFX?) that came out, years back? one of them was the 'philtre' or somesuch. they seem difficult to find, today.

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KVRAF
11536 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:26 pm

I had a Bitrman but wasn't really set up to get the most out of it at the time. The only other hardware I had was an MS2000.
It sounded pretty cool from what I remember, I'd like to get one of those again as I really like stereo FX in desktop or stomp box format. Particularly if they have a lot of front panel controls.

I think at least one the people who was responsible for those Alesis ModFX pedals (those were around 2002-2003 right?) is now at Strymon. I could be wrong.

KVRian
742 posts since 18 Apr, 2011

Post Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:37 pm

Problem with analog hardware is it makes me never wanna use software again.

Right now the compressor on the analog rytm is rocking my world. I don't even think it's that good for a analog compressor, but it just sounds so much more interesting than software. I feel like the 'the glue' is more precise but doesn't quite have the vibe.

Also I have an Aphex aural exciter. Again, sounds kind of cheap, but it has way more character than any software I've used.

Then there's my analog mixer.. Same goes for the eqs. It's an old soundcraft and I love it.

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KVRAF
9222 posts since 23 Jul, 2002 from Pequot Lakes, MN

Post Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:04 am

sazb30 wrote:
Hidenori wrote:A little noisy(alias noise?) but I like to use Ensoniq dp4+.
Ah yes.. heard good things about that one too. Difficult to find a cheap one though.. seems they're quite sought after for an old rack unit.
I'm not sure about the expense; I see them quite often here in the Twin Cities for $300-400. In fact, I just sold mine a couple weeks ago for $350.

As far as what hardware FX I use, they're fairly normal. A TC Electronics G Major 2, a wah (an Ibanez Screaming Demon), a Fulltone Full Drive 2, and the one oddball; an Oberheim Digital Echoplex.

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KVRAF
11536 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:52 am

Well there's a character I haven't seen around these parts in a while!

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KVRAF
9222 posts since 23 Jul, 2002 from Pequot Lakes, MN

Post Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:43 am

justin3am wrote:Well there's a character I haven't seen around these parts in a while!
Who, me?

*waves*

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KVRist
123 posts since 25 May, 2020

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:08 am

The Alesis Bitrman is definetively a nice multieffects unit. Being digital at heart, it can possibly be replaced with similar plugins within your DAW, but the immediacy and easy of use make it still desirable if you can find one, imho.

https://youtu.be/OvE9gdj6kgc

KVRAF
6561 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:34 am

I have one ART MPA ii and two TC-Helicon specifically for vocals (for myself and spouse) that I find superior to software. I do sometimes find software in addition to these to be a benefit though. My generalized philosophy towards processing with both is "Subtle in, Subtle out" and summarily acheives the desired effect without sounding like an effect.
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KVRAF
8001 posts since 16 Oct, 2006

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:43 am

Here's some of my FX.. Lexicon MX400/MX200 - x2 Digitech Studio Quad V2's - x2 DBX 166XS also not in picture Jomox T-Resonator II

The old stuff sounds amazing on my analogs...

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KVRAF
6561 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:49 am

Love those Lexicons!

KVRAF
8001 posts since 16 Oct, 2006

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:53 am

BBFG# wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:49 am
Love those Lexicons!
I have more lol just need another 8U rack for them, basically a Lexicon or Digitech for every synth. Can't beat the old 90's 2000's FX IMO.

KVRAF
6561 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:59 am

rob_lee wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:53 am
BBFG# wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:49 am
Love those Lexicons!
I have more lol just need another 8U rack for them, basically a Lexicon or Digitech for every synth. Can't beat the old 90's 2000's FX IMO.
There's something about those earlier Lexicons that always sounds like their reflections are based on stone or tile whereas most digital racks from others sound like metal plates and tanks. Both have their place, but Lexicon really nailed the former IMO.

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