Sunday, March 20, 2011

Guest author Mudfuzz presents: Keeping the Chaos Under Control....

Keeping the chaos under control....
Knobs are funny things sometimes, where they are set is really important and they can be bumped out of position so easily. Sometimes you don't want them to move... Sometimes you need to keep track of multiple settings. So here are some things you can do to keep the chaos in check.

One of the most common things I see on people's boards is where they take a piece of tape and draw pictures of their favorite setting... This must work because it is common and you are not writing directly on the pedal hurting it'd resale value..
[M/AF/PF/KS's board from ILF]

I on the other hand just grab a sharpy and don't care....

One thing I do do now and then Is to wrap a rubber band under the knob around the pot shaft, this works really well in keeping the knob where you want it intill you want to move it, and then it might fight you a little :D

Another way to go is tape... on a pedal I never change the settings on and if it has small push on knobs that are easy to turn I will just cover over the knobs with gaffer's tape.

Lastly [or firstly] is to take pictures of your settings! This really helps when you need "that sound" you got a year ago and don't remember it %100, a phone cam or even a cheap camera can really come in handy.

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  1. Sweet! Good pick of topic, too.

    I usually remember what my settings are, because I know what the knobs do. Which is why I can't stand pedals with too many or too interactive knobs. So I like one-knobbers or on the other hand pedals that have knobs that make sense to me (input gain vs. bias) I tried the cellphone pic too, but lost the phone shortly after that... grrr.

  2. Yeah some nice tips. I'll try the rubber band trick tonight.

  3. Nice Post! I'll have to try that rubber-band trick.

    I hate to say it, but Ibanez actually did a great job on their "Tone-Loc" pedals where the knobs actually pop in and out of the casing.