Mastering Your Church Pedalboard

on today's episode of the rig doctor I'm going to be working on Daniels rig Daniel is a worship player out in Virginia but also enjoys playing blues rock and fusion and he has a combination of pedals that are not only worship staples but things that you might more commonly see out of blues or rock players rig I was really excited to put this together for him it kind of fuses to sort of dissimilar ideas and makes into one really really hip rig so stay tuned I've already started day one by putting the pedals down so you're gonna kind of see a start a little bit further on ahead then we may normally start but if you want to reference any of the ways that we put down pedals on pedal boards feel free to reference any of the previous rig doctor videos and I'll link some above here let's get started his name is Mason Marin jela he builds rigs for the industry's top professionals now he's teaching guitarists how to build rigs like the pros with DIY tips easy mods and all the tricks of the Train his name is the rig doctor so we're done with day one of Daniels rig and this was just a matter of going through everything making sure that everything was in the right place that the velcro was down that's the dual lock just making sure that everything is in its right place all the cables are going to address into the right place based on where the velcro and the pedals are tied down so we just did a really nice once-over of this made sure everything fit and then we're going to move from there to power I'm going to start that on day two but I just wanted to make sure that we had that I'm gonna check in with Daniel and just make sure I kind of have everything in the correct order make sure that we've made any adjustments that he wants before I start really doing the power and really getting it set in stone where it's gonna be a little bit harder to modify after we do this initial kind of setup phase it's gonna based on our first conversation so let's check in with Daniel and then we'll move on to day 2 which will be the power so I'll update you once I get to that now I realized after I film on my phone that it doesn't record audio so I'm gonna have to figure that out for the coming days but for now I'm just gonna kind of give you a basic idea of what the conversation was essentially I had made some presumptions about how Daniel was gonna use some of the pedals like the boost and the Tumnus for example and kind of how I would have done it versus how he does it and I typically would have put the boost after everything but he's putting the Tumnus after everything and kind of using that as the clean boost that kind of Quan style clean boost and he's using the prism before everything even before the compressor to kind of used it as like a guitar shaping tool and I actually when I tried it I thought he was actually right it's a really good sort of pregame boost whereas the Tumnus although I think it still fits better pregame for what he likes it seemed to work a little bit better so we just got clear on our organization we're able to get a more streamlined process for the pedal board layout based on his actual application and using it at church which is his primary use for the pedal board so just understanding more about exactly what he wants and how he uses it now in making sure he can recreate the songs that he's responsible for playing and worship we wanted to make sure that we could represent that as well as possible so we can see here on Danielle's rig that pretty standard setup kind of along the lines of what we did for Rhett Shull it's got a ts8 instead of the ES Prime we're not really doing a true Strymon bridge we have some of the boss pedals in there the 500 series of the delay and modulation unit and then we have the Big Sky and then a Jim man looper on this one it's part of the Strymon bridge and as you heard we made a few adjustments so I changed a few of the words on the switcher there so I kind of know what's going to correspond to what again it's all kind of a wash because you can rearrange the order no matter what here's the back row we got the prison coming first so that's going to be kind of an always-on and also the compressor of the deep-six and then the organizers are going to do in the organ stuff and then the euphoria prince of tone and then ending with the Tumnus then we're going to come up here go to the md 500 then over to the DD 500 big sky and then ending with the jam man looper I should also mention the Scarlet love in there is going to come before the Tumnus this is kind of for his kind of Marshall II plexi style sound and then of course all powered by the true tone CS twelve I should also mention the micro clock here that's just syncing the tap tempo for these two guys the boss series stuff I also have a custom interface that I built so this just has a mono in with a shorting jack there and then a stereo out that unit is just past that we're going to be using the buffers out of the boss unit since those are programmable so we want to make sure that we have those so that we can engage them for cleans maybe take them away for some of the dirty stuff so that's where we are day 1 so we have day 2 mostly done we started with the power supply and then we moved into getting everything wired out to the pedals the one problem that we did run into was we were short on power outputs and normally I would combine those through one output to make sure that they could all work off the same milliamps but I went through and I measured using the true tone one spot version of the milliamp breeder which is a great product which I'll link here and these are mostly getting at minimum 100 milliamps per overdrive pedal in most cases or boost pedal so we don't really have the ability to be able to share so I had to go in and add a second power supply and I'll just add a tap internally so that you don't have to plug in to ia C's I'll do a little bit more information on that but that's just to make sure that we have good power for everything because if I were to combine things it would actually be under powering it and it could potentially add some noise and cause some issues and functions with the pedals so I really wanted to avoid that happening so we have to use a second power supply I don't want to do it but it's the only way that we're going to be able to get all this stuff so I'm gonna call up Daniel and kind of let him know what's going on you gotta see where to go from here because I don't see any other way that we can continue to build the rig and get him what he wants without adding this second power supply but again it won't be too much of an eyesore it'll be hidden under the lift and I will basically internally wire that like a three prong AC cable essentially internally going off of one and coming into the other and I'll just use kind of some nice rubber grommets drill out the enclosures slightly other power supplies and make that so it's all really streamlined easy too easy to hide and he's not going to be bummed or tampered with in any way so be really stable for him so let's hope Daniels okay with this your call has been forwarded to an automated voice-messaging system at the tone please record your message when you finished recording you may hang up or press one for more options hey Daniel its Mason calling from vertex I just wanted to update you on kind of where we are with the power supply it looks like we're gonna have to actually add another small one I measured all of the milliamps on all media drive pedals and almost all of them are at 100 like versus a hundred Scarlett love is at 100 and then some of them will not take 18 volts and so I'm using the king of tone or the prince of tone rather and the ecstasy at 18 volts and using the other ones at 9 but I just don't think we're gonna be able to get everything on one power supply on this or just because while the OverDrive's can't be combined just want to get your permission on that before we move forward and get this all taken care of so let me know we're getting into day 3 now and this is kind of where everything starts to come together and it's starting to look like a real pebble board I've gotten the clearance from Daniel to go ahead and add that second power supply I'm gonna kind of show you a little bit more closely visually how this works once we get back into the shop but you can see that essentially what we're doing in order to combine these because he was like I'll take a second power supply but I don't want to be plugging in two ie C's we essentially went inside of each of them and just basically jumpered another IEC cable that I just cut which is just kind of a standard sort of like power cord that you would find an open extension cord or something like that we left all the insulation on it and then we just kind of wired it from one into the next and basically just soldered on top of these this ports that are already in existence for the IEC this just makes it so that any IEC cable whether it's on one power supply or the other although one of them is gonna be pretty hard to read so you pretty much have to use the larger CS 12 to access the IEC but if it were to be taken off this paddle board and used in something else any single IEC into either one of them will carry power to the other so it's just an easy way to connect to power supplies and they don't all have to be accessible externally in order to make this happen so that's kind of a cool feature I should warn that by doing this it voids the warranty I'm sure although I can't say exactly what line item on true tones website that would be but if I were them I wouldn't guarantee any of this however it's a pretty safe mod all it's really doing is just soldering on top of what's already there and then just drilling these holes and they actually already have portholes on a couple of the power supplies where you might ordinarily mount them to a pedal train or another sort of modular pedal board system so quick check in here we have pretty much done all of the power we're getting into the Audio side kind of got it organized but not terminated into any of the pedals I want to shed a little light on what we did here with these power supplies because we needed to use the second power supply and we normally would have to connect both of these with an IEC so you'd have to have two connectors one going into the back of each however as you can see here I've actually routed a AC cable and attached it to the actual power supply tab then routing it into this guy so they're connected to each other it just takes one single eye you see in the back of the true tone one spot CS 12 and then that comes over here and links to the CS seven so we have power to everything so that's a where we are for today check back in this afternoon see we get this all finished up on day three it's looking good now that we're at day three were starting to get into the cabling I've already kind of pre soldered a good group of the cables for this just wanted to make sure that we had kind of some predetermined lengths for certain things that's one easy way or a secret that I like to do in a switcher is I kind of determine kind of what are the rough estimate in terms of links and then I pre solder one side of them so that I'm really only having to route and dress into the pedal itself or if I wanted to start on the penile end I'd be routing and dressing into the engine switcher so this just helps keep it really clean helps keep it really organized and helps me stay on tracks that I know what's going where because there's so many cables and so many moving parts that it's easy to get lost on the switcher so I always put blue painters tape and label all of the ends that I haven't soldered so I know exactly what they correspond to on the switcher side and I usually try to be careful in the order with which I terminate these when it goes into the pedal so that it don't have kind of a mismatch so I kind of work in a loop one I'm only going to be soldering and terminating with one I'm not going to involve other loops at that point just because it adds to the confusion that's already kind of there an inherent in doing a rig like this so just wanted to point that out for those of you that are gonna be wiring switches yourself just get some blue painters tape I'm gonna link some below and you can use that and get it at any hardware store just use it to mark up whatever these cables are and what they're going to so that you don't accidentally wire a send to a return or do something silly like that our wires lead 5 to live for and accidentally things like that so just a real easy way to stay organized the goal today is really just to get it finished up and see if we can get into the testing at least today so then that way I can get it back to Daniel this week and kind of do a nice an alien for him so we'll see what we come up with who so that was a day it's it's still light outside which is great because we're not in daylight savings anymore here in California but we were able to get this thing finished I haven't gotten a chance to audio test it today but I invited over my friend Alex Dodie he's gonna come over tomorrow and he plays on a lot of worship services and so he has a lot of experience with this type of music more so than I do as a player so I'm gonna have him kind of create some basic tones here so we can hear this rig in stereo which is kind of the full intention for how Daniel wanted to use it in worship in stereo so we want to kind of try to recreate that get some clean tone to get some dirty tones so now that this thing is done it looks really really beautiful it turned out incredibly well and in the test just completely just dead quiet no issues having that second power supply on there so I was glad that we were able to make it fit with two power supplies not have to expand anything in terms of size because that can be a real nightmare we were able to get this really really nicely put down for Daniel getting everything nice and organized so I can't wait to give him a call I'm gonna try to hit him up maybe tomorrow morning cuz it's a little bit late here it's kind of you know three hours ahead in Virginia where he is so I might give him a break until tomorrow morning but we'll see if he responds to my text and if so I'll call him up and kind of give him a an unveiling we'll see what he thinks of this thing all right Daniel so we're all finished with the board sound checked it sounds incredible I'm gonna take you now into the office give you a sneak peek so you can see what you think let's check it out awesome and here she is that is so clean so everything on on the back here I've got it kind really nicely labeled just in case of any point in the future you know a technician or somebody else had to work on it or you couldn't send it back to me you would know kind of where all the cables were everything's kind of labeled with all the loops on the on the front side here I've just put like the MIDI channels for you know like the Strymon and for the the boss pedals so you kind of know what MIDI channels are on so when you're doing your programming through the ESA you know what's what so we've gotten all kind of nicely labeled for you here so you can see like what stereo what's mono thank you it was easy and of course everything is on the exterior has whatever loop it's in so you gotta know you know where it is but it sounds great it looks great and I think you're gonna be really happy with it thank you so much and I'm really glad that we were able do it you get this ready to have it just in time for for Sunday yeah thank you so much yes sir all right enjoy you [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] well Alex really killed it there and did an amazing job of recreating some of the tones that this rig would actually be used for once it arrives to Daniel I'm gonna be shipping this thing back to him and a nice Pelican case so that I'll be going back to him this week and hopefully he'll have this ready to play at his next worship service this coming Sunday so I hope it arrives in time it was a really really cool experience to be able to do this for Daniel I've done a lot of rigs for praise and worship players but I've never got to document one like this so it was a lot of fun to be able to kind of document the way that we use the switcher I really appreciated the types of pedals that Daniel used it wasn't necessarily the go-to that we see a lot of worship players use but it is a go-to for a lot of rock and blues players so I appreciate that he was able to integrate some tones of not only worship music but also secular music to be able to get a really nice blend of great distortion tones and really really nice ambient stuff I think the boss DD 500 was one of my pleasant surprises I know that my friend Reinhold Bogner talks about these all the time as being one of his favorite delays because not only it works great in front of an amp but it works great into a loop and you know i-i've heard it kind of just as a passerby but never really heard it in my own hands and kind of how I experienced delays I have to say it is an incredible delay being able to activate two delays simultaneously in it being able to manipulate those that just opens up a whole world of new ideas you can get some of those really cool edged tones of course because you could have you know the the two delays happening simultaneously that was a real surprise on this one and I would say if there are those of you that you know are struggling with your Strymon as great as those are I definitely think that these boss units are pretty darn good the MD 500 no complaints they're just a really great all-around modulation device but the DD 500 really stood out to me and sounding great I didn't of course have the reverb unit because Daniel in this case went with the big sky but I've also heard that those are great so maybe worth checking out if your can some alternatives to the Strymon bridge sort of thing and you wanted to put some boss pedals on there we did it's sort of a hybrid here of part boss part Strymon and even have a digitech jam man looper for you know any of those sort of looping things for Daniel to play some thank you again for watching I was really happy to be able to get this done for Daniel and really make it a rig that he can use weekend in and weekend out at worship service and also for any other potential gigs that he may come up with you know this rig could definitely pull off a blues jam although it might be a little overkill compared to what the guys are using typically there but it's got all the right tones for that you set some basic delays a little slap back maybe a little tremolo I have a nice spring reverb and you got you know prince of tone you got the euphoria you got the Tumnus you got pretty much anything that you would need in order to make those tones work and then you can show up to church on Sunday and get some incredibly brilliant big in lush tones that are gonna be great for worship service so I really appreciate Daniel for giving me a chance to build this for him and thank you again for watching if you are interested in learning more about this please go and check out the description I've linked all the stuff that I've used and materials for this so that you can do this yourself if you like what you saw today please make sure to do the things that you like you subscribe you leave a comment all those things help our channel get optimized with YouTube so please make sure you do those things and if you want to make sure that you're always up to date with the latest stuff that we're putting out hit the bell icon next to the subscription button and that will just send you a notification whenever we put up something new thank you again for watching I'm uncle Mason the rig doctor adios