My pedalboard

For years I had a pedalboard built around a three-loops switcher, the One Control Salamandra Tail Loop. The Salamandra switcher allowed me to re-order some of my effects without having to re-patch everything. My old pedalboard also had a Goodwood Audio Output module which offered the possibility to have a dual-mono or stereo output. I could use two amplifiers or to go to a stereo amp+speaker simulator or, simply use one single amp in mono. This was a quite flexible board and it has ever worked flawlessly. There was no MIDI control.

I always wished to be able to re-order more than three loops but, for years, the switchers that make this possible were rare and expensive (GigRig G2, G3, Boss ES-8) and I could not justify the investment. The release of the Morningstar ML10X changed everything for me. The ML10X has 5 stereo loops or 10 mono, fully re-orderable loops. Finally, I'll be able to experiment with up to 10 loops in any order!

The current wiring is not very nice-looking because I re-used most of the patch cables I built for the previous board. And I plan to modify and update this new pedalboard a few times. I still have a ton of pedals that want to have a place on this new board.

This page serves me as documentation for this new pedalboard.

Configuration

Pedalboard-v3.2

Usage

I mainly use my pedalboard to try and discover new sounds. It is not meant to be used "live".

Limitations and constraints

Problems encountered

Preamp output level too high for the Nemesis delay

The output level of the Mooer Preamp is somewhat high. Probably because it is meant to go in a mixer or soundcard. If the master level is set above 50%, the output level is then too high for the Nemesis delay and the sound is heavily distorted by digital clipping. I can work around that by reducing the output volume of the preamp but normally the Nemesis should be able to handle very hot signals and I still don't understand why it's clipping.

Future evolutions

Wiring

I used the following convention to label the MorningStar TRS adapters :

For example, the red jack marked BS is the B Ring Send connection. The black jack marked CR is the C Tip Return connection.

For the stereo signal at the end of the chain, I used red cable for the right channel and black cable for the left channel.

The patch cables are Lava Cable Tightrope. It takes about 5 minutes to assemble a cable.

Mooer Preamp

The Mooer Preamp is not only used for its amplifier simulations but also for its speaker cabinets simulation. Its internal effect loop is not used (yet). Maybe, in the future, I will rewire the pedalboard and put some modulation effects (chorus, flanger, maybe delay) into this loop.

In the current configuration the main time-modulation effects (delay and reverb) come after the speaker cabinet.

I think this is a good configuration because it reflects what happens "live", in reality (especially with the reverb) and, most important, it sounds good.

Because of this setup, placing distorsion effects after the preamp does not really makes sense. But, who knows, it may sounds good!

MIDI

graph LR
    Nektar-Pacer --DIN--> Widi-Master-1  
    Widi-Master-1 --bluetooh--> Widi-Jack
    Widi-Jack --DIN--> Neuro-Hub
    Neuro-Hub --DIN--> ML10X
    ML10X --DIN--> MIDI-Thru5
    MIDI-Thru5 --DIN--> Future-Impact
    MIDI-Thru5 --DIN--> Specular-Tempus
    MIDI-Thru5 --DIN-TRS--> Flanger
    MIDI-Thru5 --DIN-TRS--> Syntax-Error
    Neuro-Hub --TRRS--> Nemesis-delay
    Neuro-Hub --TRRS--> Lunar-phaser
    Widi-Master-1 --bluetooh--> Widi-Master-2
    Widi-Master-2 --DIN--> Mooer-preamp

Configuration for pedals with direct MIDI connection

channel presets select preset dn preset up pedal off pedal on
Neuro-Hub 2 PC 0..127 CC CC N.A. 128 scenes. A scene includes the config of all connected Source Audio pedals.
ML10X 1 PC CC 6 any CC 5 any N.A.
Future Impact 3 PC 1..99 CC 67 0 CC 88 0 CC 66 0 CC 66 127 Bank dn: CC 99 1, Bank up: CC 90 0
Specular Tempus 5 PC CC 20 any 21 any CC 22 0 CC 22 127 CC 18,any loads patch A, CC 19,any loads patch B
Syntax Error 6 PC CC CC
Mooer Preamp 10 PC 0..11 CC CC 3 banks * 4 channels; Preset down/up is through the Pacer programming
Nemesis Delay 4 PC 0..11 CC CC 38 0 CC 38 127 Messages are forwarded by the Neuro-Hub
Lunar Phaser 7 PC 0..11 CC CC 38 0 CC 38 127 Messages are forwarded by the Neuro-Hub

Configuration for pedals piloted by the Neuro-Hub

Neuro-Hub configuration :

Very important: Neuro-Hub MIDI Omni Mode must be enabled. With this setting enabled, the hub will forward any MIDI message to the connected pedals, according to the message channel.

MIDI channel scene select
Neuro-Hub 2 PC 0..127 128 scenes. A scene includes the config of all connected Source Audio pedals.

Pedals configuration :

MIDI channel scene data channel bypass/engage preset dn preset up
Lunar Phaser 7 7 CC 0
CC 22
Nemesis delay 4 4 CC 38 CC 80 CC 82

ML10X configuration

ML10X user manual

Loop Effect pedal Loop off (0-63) / on (64-127) Loop toggle (0-127) Effect category
A tip Floyd Fuzz CC #10 CC #20 distorsion
A ring Rat Pack CC #11 CC #22 distorsion
B tip BB Preamp CC #12 CC #23 preamp
B ring Syntax Error CC #13 CC #23 processor
C tip Lunar Phaser CC #14 CC #24 filter
C ring F-13 Flanger CC #15 CC #25 modulation
D tip Mooer preamp CC #16 CC #26 preamp
D ring SL Drive CC #17 CC #27 distorsion
E tip Chorus CC #18 CC #28 modulation
E ring external loop CC #19 CC #29 any

Basic ML10X presets

graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white
graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white
graph LR
    distorsion:::mm-red --> f(filter):::mm-green --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> f(filter):::mm-green --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue --> f(filter):::mm-green
graph LR
    distorsion:::mm-red --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> f(filter):::mm-green

With the external loop :

graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> x[external loop] --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> x[external loop] --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> x[external loop] --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue
graph LR
    f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue --> x[external loop]
graph LR
    x[external loop] --> f(filter):::mm-green --> distorsion:::mm-red --> p[[preamp]]:::mm-white --> m([modulation]):::mm-blue

I use the following convetion when naming the ML10X presets :

One letter for Distortion, Filter, preAmp, Modulation, eXternal loop, Processor

For example, the very first setup above will be named F-D-P-M

MIDI Controllers

Nektar Pacer

I use the Pacer editor I created to manage Pacer patches.

I use two additional foot controllers with the Pacer. One to navigate the Pacer presets (previous preset, next preset) and one to navigate the Preamp presets (previous and next preset too). I simply used Digitech FS3X footswitches I had laying around.

Bridge 6

I also have a Pirate MIDI Bridge 6 that's still in its box. I plan to use it to pilot the Future Impact synth pedal.

More documentation in preparation...

Power supply

The power supply is a Palmer PWT-12.

In the following table, the columns 1-12 represents the outputs of the PWT-12. Each output can supply max 300mA.

gear voltage V current mA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (15V) 10 (15V) 11 (15V) 12 (9V)
TC Electronic Polytune 9 50 50
Future Impact v3 9 100 100
TC Electronic Ditto X2 9 100 100
Source Audio Lunar Phaser 9 150 150
TI Boost 9 20 20
Boss Chorus 9 25 25
Alexander Syntax Error 9 80 80
Alexander Flanger 9 80 80
Tru-Fi Floyd Fuzz 9 20 20
Tru-Fi Rat Pack 9 20 20
ML10X 9 160 160
Neuro Hub 9 50 50
Source Audio Nemesis 9 200 200
GFI Specular Tempus 9 100 100
Xotic SP Compressor 15 5 5
Xotic BB Preamp Comp 15 6 6
Xotic SL Drive 15 5 5
ISP Decimator 9 40 40
total: 1231 150 100 170 185 40 210 200 120 5 6 5 40

Photos

Click on any image to view it in full size.

The board in situation, for sound design. The looper is not used at the moment.
And, yes, I have a very tight space.

The heart of the system. The ML10X switcher.

Layout of the ML10X breakout cables.

Wiring details.

Wiring details.

Wiring complete for now. Guitar 2 input is not wired yet.

Power supply outputs

Left patch bays.

Right patch bay wiring (still incomplete when the photo was taken).

Left patch-bays. Preamp loop, additional effect loop
and main outputs.

Right patch-bay. Guitar inputs and additional effects loop.

Neuro Hub and Widi-Jack with the USB battery for the Widi-Jack.

Another view of the Neuro Hub setup

The Neuro Hub is attached with velcro to the ML10X.

Preamp connections and main outputs to mixer.

The Mooer Preamp is temporarily fixed to the stand.

The MIDI controller, a Nektar Pacer.

Additional footswitches connected to the Pacer.
This one controls the Preamp presets.

Bluetooth MIDI (Widi Master) connected to the Pacer.

Bluetooth MIDI (Widi Master) connected to the Preamp.

Bluetooth MIDI (Widi Jack) connected to the Neuro Hub.
It's fixed by a small magnet.

A first version had the bluetooth interface
connected to the MIDI Thru interface instead
of the Neuro Hub.