The Pedal Switcher also gives you choice of buffered or non-buffered inputs for your guitar (the manual details why you’d want to use one or the other), and an Insert jack is provided so that you can patch in a volume pedal or additional effects between loops 3 and 4. MIDI In and Out jacks provide the connections between the Commander and additional Pedal Switchers (you can control any number of Pedal Switchers by daisy chaining them together), and multiple units can be powered via the optional Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus or Pedal Power AC power supplies.
So now that you’ve got all your pedal combinations automated, wouldn’t it be great if you could have the channels or boost circuit on your amplifier switch automatically too? If your amp is MIDI enabled, great, because the Commander automatically sends MIDI program changes. But for standard footswitching amps, you’ll need the Control Switcher—a compact unit that connects between the Commander and your amp (or amps) to provide relay controlled switching of up to four footswitchable functions. The Control Switcher sports four 1/4" outs for interfacing with standard footswitch jacks, as well as a DIN connector for amps with modern-style footswitches. You can also activate each relay individually via the frontpanel buttons on the Control Switcher. The unit is powered by the included 9-volt adapter (or via phantom power though a MIDI cable connection to a Pedal Switcher) and can be mounted practically anywhere— inside youramp, in a rack, or on your pedalboard.
It almost goes without saying that the convenience of being able to activate multiple effects so easily and efficiently is a pretty cool thing—as is having your amp’s channels and/or other functions switch in tandem when you press a button on the Commander. Getting our new Vox Custom Classic combo to change channels in sync with presets on the Commander only required connecting a standard mono guitar cable between the Control Switcher and the Vox’s footswitch jack. If your amp’s footswitching scheme requires a custom cable, Voodoo Lab can provide you one for an extra charge (contact the company for details).
It’s no secret that pro players have long been enjoying the advantages of automated control over their effects and amplifiers, but compared to the custom-built switching systems that many of them use to accomplish such switching feats, a Voodoo Lab Commander/Pedal Switcher/Control Switcher rig is a far less expensive proposition, and it basically does the same thing— all without losing any of the instant access to your pedals. If you’ve ever wanted to stop doing all those tap dance moves necessary to switch a bunch of stompboxes on and off, this is a super cool way to make the leap. See for yourself how these Voodoo Lab switchers can reduce your onstage workload, and let you focus more on your playing than your pedals.
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