My Gig Performer Hand Truck Journey V 3.1

Ah where to begin , a journey of over a year transitioning from Gig Performer pedal board and laptop setup to V3.1 of the Hand Truck.
Up and running with Gig Performer 4.054 or so last spring early summer 2021 it became evident that
a pedalboard setup with laptop and control pedals was becoming cumbersome to say the least .
For years I carted around a pretty heavy pedal board , dual layer, c/w a midi Footswitch , FCB 1010
and the accompanying power amp and cab and slew of fiddles , axes , guitars .
My first instance incorporated a modified small mic stand to hold a MacBook and it sat along with the pedalboard and midi floorboard and various control and expression pedals .
Too many moving parts and couldn’t be moved reliably as it was splayed out and wired up in an awkward fashion to say the least .
That got me thinking about a vertical solution with wheels , enter the hand truck.
Version 1 was the tallest heaviest hand truck I could find reasonably cheap on sale , maybe $70 or so , a deal at the local princess auto. Solid wheels and plenty of height to accommodate a bevy of pedals and the guitar amp itself , the laptop , audio and midi interfaces, hairy with cables and nylon straps all over .
I was mobile !
With the Mesa Boogie Mk2C+ and the pedals and wiring etc she was heavy but she was rolling !
I couldn’t lift her into the van so I travelled with a wide thick piece of board , mdf it might have been to
fashion a ramp to roll into the back. Simply roll out and into rehearsal , here’s the rub .
Into the band rehearsal house : up the front stairs into the foyer down the hall and then right down a flight
of stairs and into the basement , eek ! This rig had the potential to destroy something as it was heavy as hell , Frick with the amp on it that was insane .
Also needed assistance getting back up the stairs and out the door , but one thing was evident , I could arrive and be booted up and logged in in around a few minutes .
Enter Version 2 , after weeks of slogging the V1 around I though I would downsize and make a version that I could single handedly move and maneuver .
I had a portable folding hand truck , they type that folds flat and the wheels turn out for storage etc .
That was old yeller , recycled some plywood that was painted yellow from an exhibit at work .
This version eschewed the amp and I vowed to only add what was mandatory and less is more .
It was shorter and once loaded didn’t fold anymore of course , stand alone , but it wasn’t solid and often seemed like it was gonna tip over at times , hmmm , the death knoll sounded for V2 when I tore a wheel off and the plastic shroud wasn’t repairable at all, out she goes .
Enter V3 ! Repurposing yet another tall heavy hadn’t truck , this one was the standard size and could be set for varying heights , I cut her down to the smallest height with a grinder and cut off disc , and set upon bolting the bits back on , repurposing some and redoing a lot , keeping the idea of stability in mind , some gear would be bolted to the back , less is more , even less this time , the goal to keep it short and sturdy and not heavier than I could manage on my own ! I was tired of repurposing the MacBook for the guitar rig , I decided I wanted a dedicated Mac to run this , bolted on so in the flick of a switch I could be playing , enter the Mac mini. Bought a used one locally and decided to fashion a monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse. Using an old Elo touch screen and a few Bluetooth devices it could boot up very fast and login to the items set in Sys Preferences so I could up and running in way less than a minute , key to use a password you can enter with only one hand , make it quick . I had dabbled with OSC and Midi devices but to keep it super simple , wired midi usb can’t be beat in my opinion , always repeatable setup and I don’t change as much these days as I did earlier on in my Gig Performer history .
I typically create way to complex setups and find I get lost live , so I’ve come to using very little changes to keep it super simple , realizing that when it comes down to it , I can create almost any part with either a clean or simple crunch gain sound , I’ve eschewed a lot of effects for just simple delay at some parts , really just one fader on a Midi controller . I use a Traktor F-1 , it’s rock solid and has great pads you can color coordinate for reference , a few faders for just the basics , two DP-2 Roland momentary switches for Prev and Next parts in a setlist. Only using one song with one rackspace for guitar , two parts.
Over the last year I’ve delved deep into sexists and songs and charts going to certain pages etc , but found the most flexible arrangement for me is no songs , I have a vst for delay , Bucket Brigade Device , a freeware Audio Unit , I have one fader and can blend in some slap back for Rock a Billy , or some repeats say for Pink Floyd’s “Run” .
The Synth stuff is quite a bit more complicated , using a separate instance and utilizing rack spaces for different songs , I play like less than 10% of the time or less on the keys , just certain intros and solos , very sparse but it adds a uniqueness we don’t have a dedicated keyboard player at this time .
I’ve found the Akai MPK mini Mk3 to be pretty handy , and got a great deal on a used one that’s all black , no white keys , the pads have aftertouch and performing on the pads I find you can get shorted note on /off values than you could with a key , very handy , not that I do much finger drumming but it’s cool that you could , the editor is decent but only works on an older OS so that’s a bit of a work around .
So here is a break down video with V3 and perhaps I’ll make another video with sounds of the guitar and keyboard stuff that works live ! I play in a classic rock cover band and we’ve been at it for like 5 years or so now , plenty of gigs under the belt …


Once again, thank you for sharing this. :beers:
The video is great!

If it wasn’t for Gig Performer in Action, I wouldn’t know how creative can people be with their setups! :slight_smile:

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Wow! I think you’ve just invented the first Gig Performer robot!


here’s short video rolling the hand truck around in the back lane showing off the mobility, music is an old tune of mine called “Action Man” sort of fitting …