Controller Innyrds – Does More
Dec01

Controller Innyrds – Does More

How about a Wireless Wah-Volume-MIDI-Expression Controller. So freakin pretty! Can’t get into specifics as people are poking around now, but it’s noise free and it works well. There are a few more chips on it since last time, but digital and analog are completely in their own spaces and it has 3 knobs on top for the feel. Tonight I met the band SlingShot AZ (great crowd movers and bad ass actually). They invited me to their rehearsals down the street to mess around with this unit. (I think I’ll make this a Friday routine with some dance as well.) Deal is $250 to participate with testing and feedback, then keep the Beta unit until this just screams for volume builds. It’s a bargain, but this is more about creating an atmosphere to make it just right for performers. And last week we engaged in a discussion with ASU – wouldn’t these make for a great workshop? Control whatever… In case you’ve never heard of SoulPedal®, it’s probably because we don’t advertise (yet anyway). Growth needs to be organic and 100% real. No doubt in my mind it will rock the best out there – and they don’t even know it yet. SoulPedal® is Trademarked and Patented by Cleanstage LLC 2015, all rights...

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Nice Volume Control Demo
Oct16

Nice Volume Control Demo

The video says it all. This is all part of combining the Wah and MIDI controller into a single unit with the new Volume and Expression out. So far so good! (Xanadu by Rush was a song I played since I was a young kid in Canada. Great song!) Stay Tuned,...

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TDK “Band” Loves SoulPedal®!
Sep20

TDK “Band” Loves SoulPedal®!

We just returned from the TDK Dev Conference in Silicon Valley (Sensor Technologies… yes, the same TDK that made audio tapes). It turns out that several TDK executive members, including CEO Jon Nelson, are also musicians. Apparently, there’s a TDK band, and they all loved SoulPedal®. In fact, it was Jon who introduced me to several TDK Directors and insisted I meet Rich Fry, Director ICT Sales who is now eager to engage as a SoulPedal® Beta Tester. Over the years, first impression to this technology have always been with amazement and awe – 100% of the time. Whether that translates to a sale or acceptance in the industry is only just starting to come into focus. It can’t be just cool or another wireless product; it’s got to add value. That’s exactly why SoulPedal® is being shared in a personal and custom way in our Beta Program. Playing devil’s advocate, there is obvious excitement among TDK staff because their technology is being applied in a brand new way to something they love to do for fun. So I asked Rich “Are you excited because it’s using TDK’s motion technology, or do you believe SoulPedal® is something you’d buy, and why?” His answer was both candid and encouraging. “Yes (to the TDK), but often in our band we are pointed to without warning when it’s our turn to solo. That’s hard to do if you’re not quite ready and right in front of your pedals.” He went on to say that “…given the fast change-over times between band line-ups, it would be great to have a faster setup.” So Change-over Time may not be just a Manufacturing indicator, and not having to run cables round “trip” from the amp to the pedals and back does add value (pun intended). The photo isn’t my actual setup, it’s just a teaser to get people thinking simplicity and ease of use. But I wouldn’t put it past someone duct-taping SoulPedal® to their rig to just throw on stage in a hurry. Initial, we’re not replacing your sacred pedal board, it’s an enhancement and a new feel for now, but that Wah pedal may have a finite life. I really can’t wait to see what people think of the variable taper for starters. Aside from the TDK Band buzz, the meeting with motion experts yielded some great tips that will directly translate to a better product. In fact, positional accuracy (in a multi-pedal configuration) could maintain around 3 mm accuracy over a 1 foot distance using our existing Beta design (which is actually using older technology). They already do this in the medical industry,...

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Two Pedals – Live
Sep05

Two Pedals – Live

MIDI Controllers are a bit more interesting than I thought. Songwriter Kody Raine decides he wants to control his Boss DD-500 to command some echo/delay at key points in his own song – on demand. I always thought who better to time an effect than the musician real-time. So this Sunday during Open Mike at Bourbon Jacks in Chandler, we’re going to try out SoulPedal® MIDI, and SoulPedal® Wah on different channels, separate musicians. Guitarist Ron Daughton is pretty excited to try it out in his pedal board, replacing his existing Cry-baby. And who knows, I might give it a shot myself. Here’s Kody using SoulPedal® to MIDI control his DAW then into an MS-2000 Analog Korg. (That’s a whole other world.) Stay tuned,...

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Meet our 1st Beta Tester
Jul29

Meet our 1st Beta Tester

Meet Kody Raine, local career musician, awesome vocalist, and our first Beta Tester. His focus is on the SoulPedal® MIDI controller with his current rig for an enhanced live performance. Our meeting was just a chance encounter at Good Time Charlies after his duo performance with Ethan Newman on Bass. Although SoulPedal® wasn’t quite ready for Beta testing (and you wouldn’t be the first to wonder if or when that would ever happen), discovering use cases just became priority well worth completing the MIDI portion ASAP, then accept $299 for Beta Membership¹ when the full product is ready. It’s one thing to get input on user forums to say “ya gotta have MIDI”, but to collaborate and explore technology as part of a live performance, and get paid, that’s got some real jazz! It was refreshing to hear his view of benefits and uses… the simplest things like “I could be looking up in the air with eyes closed jammin’ away, and engage SoulPedal® without ever having to look for my pedal.” It’s so cool to hear other creative types jump in. Kody currently has his Laptop DAW, MIDI Interface, Delay Pedal, Synth, and Drum Machine all connected up preparing for this integration. We also discussed using our toe-tap method for setting the tempo, so lots to explore there as well. Or maybe just a live drum kick might be useful- essentially the MIDI artform to explore. ¹ Beta Membership is defined as a collaborative group of 10 users who agree to pay $199 to test the Insole Pedal and MIDI, (plus an optional $99 to experience the Wah/Vol-Drive/Ext Expression Controller), to help further both the artist’s performance and SoulPedal® Technology Development (SPTD). The musician keeps the tested technology at no additional charge. The Wah portion will be available when … you know. (Just need to breadboard the new buffer section to get the right Drive clipping sound using parts in-house, then complete the PCB layout to build 10 Beta...

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