TheGigRig gear is high on my wish list as my pedal board is in desperate need of organizing. The G2 is their latest pedalboard switching system and it is quite a little monster: 10 Tru Bypass loops (with a Pregain to boost the signal to your effects if needed), 30 presets, 4 outputs to switch external gear like amps, full MIDI, etc. Nice touch: a volume pedal inserted between loops 8 and 9 give you a master volume that preserves the trail of your delays and reverbs.
We’ve all tried at some stage to keep records of our favorite pedal settings and ended up with either writing directly on the pedals using big markers or using regular labels that would stick on the pedals for ever.
pedallabels.com has the answer: perfectly calibrated labels with an adhesive that makes them easy to remove and put back on (it works, I have tried). The full pack is only USD 7.95 + shipping. For this price, you get labels designed for all major brands (Boss, Ibanex, MXR) and 54 single knob labels as well. There is even a label for a 3 position toggle switch. You can find all the details on pedallabels.com.
With the ever growing number of pedals in our rigs, issues often arise such as tap dancing to switch between different sounds, powering all our beloved stompboxes as well as the introduction of noise or hum in the tone. I recently stumbled upon the website of The Gig Rig and from what I can see, this is a company that probably addresses every issue associated with building a complex guitar rig. It prompted me to write a post about organizing and powering our pedals.
In order to turn multiple pedals on and off, The Gig Rig offers a number of programmable “Loop Switcher” floorboards.
The idea is quite simple, these machines have a number of effect loops in which you insert your effect units or pedals. They work like the effect loop on your amp except that on the Gig Rig loop switchers, you can have up to 10 of them. And even better, you can program presets such as “pedal in effect loop 1 + pedal in effect loop 3” and recall these presets by pressing a switch. In other words, it turns a bunch of pedals into a programmable multi-effect unit.
Here is a video demo of the Gig Rig flagship Pro 14 loop switcher which offers no less that 10 loops and 14 presets:
The Pro 14 comes with a power supply to power all these pedals and has some neat features such as the possibility to correct volume mismatches between pedals, the possibility to choose between buffered or true bypass signal paths or two outputs if you use two amplifiers.
The Gig Rig offers another 3 loop switchers:
the Midi 8 which is a 6 loops/10 preset version of the Pro 14 minus the true bypass/buffered signal paths feature
the Loopy-2 is a simple 2 loop non programmable switcher (same idea as the Boss LS-2 without the volume control)
The Remote Loopy-2 is the same as the Loopy-2 except that the switch can be “deported” so that you can leave the switcher near the effect loop of your amp
Often, a poor choice of wall wart adapters to power your pedals can significantly alter the quality of your tone. Granted this is not the only reason for getting hum but it is an easily fixable one.
Although it is not a novel idea, The Gig Rig has refined the idea of a power supply capable of powering many pedals. The Generator in itself is a power supply that provides up to 5A of power which is more than enough to power all your pedals. It comes with daisy chain Boss style cables.
That would be pretty boring without the available isolated adapters which allows to power any type of pedal on the planet such as 12V (TC Electronic Nova Delay), 15V, 18V or even 24V.
Even better, the Virtual Battery adapter will make your pedals believe they are powered by a battery. Perfect to power a vintage pedal!
Finally, for those of you with ground problems, the Hum Dinger provides an isolated output.
The Gig Rig website is full of advice and information about pedals and building rigs, it is well worth a read.
Alternatives: when looking for a pedal power supply, companies to consider include CIOKS (I personnally own a Big John which can power up to seven 9V pedals and it has been very good) and Voodoo Lab with their famous Pedal Power line of products.