On Stage – SlingShot Band from Az
Mar02

On Stage – SlingShot Band from Az

Beta Testing is going well, more tests planned Mar 13th. Here are some snippets from the show last Friday. This user testing is fun...

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Headrush – Wireless
Nov16

Headrush – Wireless

SoulPedal® Wireless Control – Headrush Here’s a Pedalboard with it’s own Pedal. Add a second pedal on Wireless and Go...

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Remote Control Gear!
Nov01

Remote Control Gear!

SoulPedal® is now configured for Fractal and Kemper units, with more pedal gear to come. While Fractal has flexibility on the MIDI configuration, Kemper allows for some serious SoulPedal® functionality through pedal Morphing and Linking shown below. There are many ways to hook up, but with Kemper, MIDI inputs are fixed so specific cc# must be used to control things. Meanwhile my EXP out, which has higher resolution, controls the variables. They work together seamlessly with different modulation effects in each Rig as needed. Both systems should work out of the box using either EXP or MIDI. But I prefer manually switching in/out effects vs automatic enable/disable for the real...

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Updated Demo Oct. 2019
Oct16

Updated Demo Oct. 2019

Wireless Effects Pedal Update This is long overdue, but good things take time. The latest updates made this pedal more universal for the various users (size and weight), and I’ve reinforced the pressure sensor with Stainless Steel. Testing for reliability is in marathon mode as I’m currently wearing it… sockless, closed shoe, everyday now (although I recommend only putting it on prior to a show or for...

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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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