Readers will no doubt be enjoying the earth-shattering news that Red Zoo have reformed (albeit with “new” bassist Max). Well, it’s singer Elaine’s birthday today, so here’s a shot from the good old days, when we played at the Lion on the Wicker on the 80s.
Following a great gig supporting Howlaround (Tim Woolf, John Jasnoch, Damion Wright and Tim Tozer), they have asked me to repeat the line-up at Bishops’ House but also to join them for a final set! We’ve had a blast together and all kinds of craziness will be happening.
Over the years, I’ve loved Boss multi-FX pedals, they are so flexible & well-thought-through. Starting with a GP100, I was using a GT3 until recently and now, thanks to my thoughtful son, I own the latest GT-1 device! I think it will deliver *exactly* what I need in a compact, study package.
My good mate Martyn Bailey persuaded me to unbox & demo it on the morning after my 60th, so please excuse the sloppiness!
At my recent 60th birthday celebrations (organised in secret by my my family) my band from the 80s, Red Zoo, finally lugged our zimmer frames onto a stage and performed a full set of originals (plus a new toon by bassist Max). And here’s proof 😉
The current trend for multi-fx seems 100% down the foot-pedal market. Apart from the dubious merits of having £1000+ worth of gear on the beer-sodden stage to jump up and down on, I’ve yet to find a pedal that is compact and can be configured they way I like it (easy patch jump, switch effects on & off easily within a patch etc etc). I realise different players want different options, but a bit of common sense would help – for example, why does the TC Nova system have a *dedicated* reverb button on the lower bank of switches?
My Boss GT5 is pretty good but lacks things like a range of echoes. So, when I saw the GT001, I thought – excellent, loads of modern sounds, compact unit, cheap, hook up my FCB1010 and I’m away. Sadly not, it has no midi socket. What were they thinking?? With a midi controller, it would be a superb & flexible solution.
There are plenty of us enlightened twangers who are familiar with midi and love the flexibility it offers, who just want a nice 1U rack with all the gubbins inside to be controlled by a midi pedal. C’mon Boss, you know it makes sense.
Below a possible DIY solution. My quest continues.
I really enjoy collaborations – they always seem to bring out an aspect of your musical character that you weren’t aware of. I had a fun session with local improv ace Hervé Perez recently, who played & treated some shakuhachis that he had made, along with some minimal drum loops. I added my usual loops & twiddles, captured live in stereo. He’s uploaded some of it to this site. I hope we can play live at some point….
As I slowly trudge up the ladder, I’ll share any issues I’ve managed to get a handle on.
Firstly, I couldn’t (as reccomended) get M to accept midi direct, I had to create a mid track in ableton & route it through to Mobius. Next, when sending mdi signals to set bindings, you *must* have the midi capture checked, otherwise it receives (and displays) the midi message, but doesn’t update the *value* box.