Acoustic Nerdville: Detail Changes


Today is Sunday – meaning the last day for a few days where I can focus on this kind of thing exclusively. So here’s what happened:

I ended yesterday’s post with the idea that I needed to replace the T-Resonator/OD2 chain with something more multi-effect. With the focus on stompbox effects, this could only mean one thing: the Zoom G2.1u.


This pedal is in my opinion a vastly underrated pedal. Featuring a very compact form factor and a selling price back then of between 100 and 150, you actually get a lot of effects slots, giving you the possibility to have, among other things, three delays with 5, 2 and 2 seconds of delay time each running at the same time. And you get a lot of other things which are fun.

I first used it to be able to quickly jump in for 2006’s kybermusik session at y2kloopest. Here, I wanted something compact to oddly process an electric guitar in ambient solo mode, so I paired this thing with the Boss DD20 – the latter having been part of all of my pedal-oriented setups ever since I got it.

So here’s what the changed setup looks like:

Acoustic Nerdville 1.1
Acoustic Nerdville 1.1

This might be a good place to have a look at the signal flow of this setup for a moment:

Signal flow of the setup
Signal flow of the setup

Note that I haven’t used the Kaossilator in this setup so far, so the only signal source is in fact the microphone.

The Mackie 1202 has a total of three possibilities to send signals to effects: Aux1 and Aux2 are (standard mono) aux sends, with aux1 being switchable pre/post fader. Then there’s the Alt3/4 bus, and signals get sent there when you press the channel’s mute button. Unfortunately, this also means they don’t get sent to the auxes…

The way I have that set up, I’m using split cables to drive two effects each with each aux: aux1 is the DD20 and the G2.1u, aux2 is the M9 and the SMM. That way, I have one delay/loop-specialized device and one multi-effect on each aux. The Alt3/4 is then sent to the KP3, which, different to the other effects, is configured as an insert, not a send effect.

Apropos send effects: taking care of the effects not having a dry component is important also if you want to route signals from one effect on one aux to the other on that aux, e.g. from the DD20 to the G2.1u. For that, you need to make sure to mute the direct signal completely – which, for the DD20, does not work, at least not easily: Boss’ designers thought it would be a wise idea to have the dry signal always going through at full level (which typically makes sense on a pedalboard, but not in this configuration). There’s a workaround, however: you can configure the thing to use one of its two outputs (normally serving as a stereo pair) as a dry and the other as a wet output. That way, you do however lose stereo out (which is a pity for the chorus-enhanced delay, and for the pingpong delay, which normally can be jury-rigged into being a 46-second mono delay!).

…and Music.

Today’s music turned out to be more tonal/rhythmical than yesterday’s although I don’t believe this was a result of the switch to the Zoom. After all, this would have allowed me to do more ambient washes and other noisy stuff (which it did).

I don’t really want to explain about the music too much…it’s acoustic guitar only, and processing of course. There’s two tracks of it – have fun!



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