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Hey, gang! I made another video showing the use of a really delightfully gnarly effects pedal, the "Organizer" by EarthQuaker Devices, with saxophone.

I really, REALLY like this pedal.


This one sounds particularly great on saxophone, for my taste, and it's actually become a pretty crucial part of my saxophone effects rig for my band, Progger. I've been using it on all our shows this year and it's become a pretty important layer for some of the new compositions that will be on the new record we'll be doing this summer. This is definitely NOT an old-school sound, it's very much an intentionally quirky, progressive, non-subtle vibe, and it happens to be great for the kind of thing I do, but it won't be for everyone. That's kind of the charm of Earthquaker's stuff and part of why I like them so much: they have serious personality.

As always, I love talking about this stuff, so if anyone has questions about pedals, mics, signal path, signal control, or just how the hell to use any of this electronic gear at all, please feel free to hit me up via email or here on the forum. Cheers!
 

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Fantastic! I've experimented a bit with a resonant sweep filter before and even rigged up a mic to my Arp Odyssey once. I like how that combo you've got there adds some depth and character to the sound beyond simple frequency shifting.
 

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Jinx. We posted about pedals at the same time :)

That Organizer certainly is cool. I saw a review for one but of course it was being played with a guitar.

Nice demo.
 

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Hmm. Kinda cool, but the idea of moving knobs during a performance isn't really appealing.

I've been using a Digitech vocalist live FX that I picked up on one of the musicians friends stupid deals of the day for $100.
http://digitech.com/en-US/products/live-fx

You can use the preamp on that just have one pedal. You can also set a bunch of presets and name them and stuff. It has some nice Lexicon reverb on it as well.

My current pedal setup is running a mic into an Eventide Missing Link (like the Voco Loco), and have some of that sound passed to a Q-Tron (like the Jeff Coffin version Q-Tron), and then have the output from the Missing Link go into the Live FX. Works ok.

New experiment is using a Behringer FCB1010 controller with an iPad using Amplitude and an iOS midi/audio interface. That seems to work really really well, except I get little audio glitches. Annoying glitches. Not sure if it is the iPad 4 that I'm using or the interface. Still playing around with it.

The Behringer FCB1010 you could also use with something like Mainstage. That is an option as well.....Might end up doing that. It's slightly less equipment to take to a gig than all the pedals......dunno yet.
 

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Fantastic! I've experimented a bit with a resonant sweep filter before and even rigged up a mic to my Arp Odyssey once. I like how that combo you've got there adds some depth and character to the sound beyond simple frequency shifting.
Thanks, EZ! Those two pedals alone make for rather a ton of sound options, so they're the main two I've been using on gigs lately, sax-wise. In my band I play both sax and keys and have pedals for both, so lately it's been the EarthQuaker Organizer and Space Spiral on the tenor and the MXR Carbon Copy and Envelope Filter on keys. With those four pedals on those two instruments there's no shortage of ammo.

The VocoLoco has been the real game-changer for me since it helps to regulate the signal so well. Plus, it's just a great sounding preamp and DI on its own. In the future I might end up incorporating a few more goodies (like the EQD Spacial Delivery, Pitch Bay, and/or Transmisser) but for now this little setup is working well.
 

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Hey, gang! I made another video showing the use of a really delightfully gnarly effects pedal, the "Organizer" by EarthQuaker Devices, with saxophone.

I really, REALLY like this pedal.


This one sounds particularly great on saxophone, for my taste, and it's actually become a pretty crucial part of my saxophone effects rig for my band, Progger. I've been using it on all our shows this year and it's become a pretty important layer for some of the new compositions that will be on the new record we'll be doing this summer. This is definitely NOT an old-school sound, it's very much an intentionally quirky, progressive, non-subtle vibe, and it happens to be great for the kind of thing I do, but it won't be for everyone. That's kind of the charm of Earthquaker's stuff and part of why I like them so much: they have serious personality.

As always, I love talking about this stuff, so if anyone has questions about pedals, mics, signal path, signal control, or just how the hell to use any of this electronic gear at all, please feel free to hit me up via email or here on the forum. Cheers!
For gigs (or just in general)- do you put your pedals on a board like some guitar players do?
 

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For gigs (or just in general)- do you put your pedals on a board like some guitar players do?
I used to have a dedicated pedalboard but things have been so fluid lately that I've just been spending the time to set everything up at each gig... a bit of a pain in the butt but the engineer in me enjoys doing it. However, things are getting more stable in my rig so I'm going to put a pedalboard together this month to help speed up setup and teardown times. Along with the pedals themselves, the board will have my DI/preamp (the VocoLoco, which is amazing) and my wireless receiver for my mic (which is an older AMT Roam Elite 1). And power, of course.
 
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