What controller do you recommend?

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  1. Bryan

    Bryan Active Member

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    All I need is standard preset recall.

    So maybe 1-3, 1-4, and a bank up bank down option.

    What are you guys using? And what controller would you recommend for the AA3?
     
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    Well I just bought my AA3 for a great price. I could still buy a controller and still not be at the price of the AA6.

    What about the Tech 21 MIDI Mongoose?
     
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    I’ve done AA3/H9 with morning star, I didn’t like how close the buttons were. It was very easy to program but when using live, in a non movement church environment, I’d step on the wrong button many times. Went to AX8, but missed atomic amps, so came back and got the six when it came out and problem solved.

    You still seem set on a midi controller though, so I would look at anything that is a in line 3-4 button. For what you are trying to do any basic midi controller should work fine. Amplifire plays nice with midi.
     
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    Yes, the MIDIMongoose is also a great choice.
     
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    I'm just used to at least 3 or 4 presets in front of me that I can toggle between. Using banks allows me to access even more.

    Is it possible to use the existing 3 buttons to do presets, then just get a 2 switch MIDI pedal to access up and down banks?
     
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    Another option that I discovered last night: if you set up any switches as offset (1/6-5,10), they will act as if the bank change was made if you scroll up using the rotary knob from say preset 1, to preset 11. (Or any preset in another bank) This would make it possible to have two presets available per switch, and not have to use switches for bank changes. The trade off is having to reach down and turn the knob.
     
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    That's a cool idea, but I'm using this in a live settings. I don't have the luxury of reaching down and turning knobs.
     
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    I'm using Decibel 11 Switch Dr. - a great piece of gear that even allows you to include your favourite stomp boxes in a small looper/switching system. Doesn't take up much space either.
     
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    Can it do banks and presets per bank? Because that's really all I need.
     
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    I went ahead and grabbed the Decibel Switch Dr. At that price it was kind of a no brainer.

    When it arrives I'll see if it's as easy to program as they told me it was.
     
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    It's really easy to programme! Yes, it does presets in banks of 4 presets.
    I have my AA3 placed a bit elevated just behind the Switch Dr. so that the three buttons on the AA serve as AI for my chosen effects. On the Switch Dr. I then have my base sounds.

    It's really not that complicated to neither wire together nor programme. And it works in a live situation and that's what counts for me :)

    I hope that you'll enjoy your solution.
     
  13. Bryan

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    That's exactly my plan for it and what I need it to do.
     

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