And also, 'synth guys' always have a wall of gear - several midi controllers, a laptop, sustain pedals, possibly more... not to mention amps, and a mic/mic-stand if you're singing.
Here's the problem:
The wall of gear isn't exactly conducive to an awesome stage show.Well, I'm one of those 'synth guys' these days (recently converted from guitarist), and I sorely regret the loss of mobility. And then I got to thinking: There must be some way to change patches using a foot pedal, just like the guitar.
That's when I came across this:
Aye, the Roland FC-300. It sounds like a the name of a spaceship from startrek, or some infomercial ripoff, but from what I gather it's a decent piece of gear. But for $350, is it really worth it? I'm not so sure. So I continued my quest... leading me to the much friendlier Rolls MP128.
I'm still not exactly sure how to get these things to do what I want, but I'll probably write up another post when I actually get one.
Here's how I would guess you do it:
- Hook up your keyboard to the midi in of the sound module/laptop, as you would expect.
- Then Hook up the pedal board to either
A) The Midi In on your keyboard
B) Another Midi In on your sound module/laptop (if it has one)
- Then you can change patches using the pedal board and have them go into action for input via the keyboard in real time