Hi, I’m Alistair and I’m addicted to pedal. Big pedals, small pedals, old, new analogue, (some digital) and even imaginary - which brings me here.
*** feel free to just look at the pictures!***
I have been including a laptop in my rig for some time, triggering the occasional synth with MidiGuitar.
By early 2000 I became the only member of the bands with a car big enough for the subs. But only if I left the pedalboard (and the sack truck) at home.
I had been using plugins in Mainstage to approximate my rig for teaching bass and for home practise. It was easy to have the laptop replace the pedalboard.
Then I started thinking inside the box. The Softube Eden plugin nails the sound of my amp, everyone is in IEMs, I don’t actually need an amp on stage.
Then Lockdown happened.
Right about when I was getting irate with trying to route busses in MS so I could get delay trails, I started to see Trey Gunn’s videos demonstrating Gig Performer, saw the wiring view and it made so much sense. - which (again) brings me here.
Can I recreate my entire Stick rig in GP?
With a couple of choice additions…
But Lockdown kills off both of those bands
Restrictions lifted for a while in late summer in the UK and Gig Performer hit the stage for the first time.
FINALLY AN ACTION SHOT!!!
with DS:UK a tribute to Dire Straits
you can just see the laptop behind the pillar on the left of the image.
And then Seriously Collins
Then it all locked down again.
In June, rehearsal and the gigs resumed for DS:UK. Warner Leisure Hotels in stately homes for the over 50s (way over 50 for the most part!)
why was I bothering with the laptop stand!
Since the release of GP4 I started thinking my rackspaces should really look like the pedals.
I may have got carried away…
I only connect widgets i really need though!
Compare the real thing
(downsized bass-only board, Stick rig will be entirely in the box henceforth)
which brings me bang up to date with a Seriously Collins rehearsal yesterday
(does this count as ‘action’?)
based on this micro board
I am gobsmacked by the versatility of the simple shape widget for creating the design elements.
I’m just having a spot of bother recreating this!
Thanks for reading this far, you must be as obsessed as I am
Alistair Begg - freelance electric bassist and Chapman Stickist, recovering pedaloholic and delighted GP4 user.