Automating Parameters with MIDI Learn:
Now let’s complete the clean guitar setup and then automate some parameters in POD Farm.
First I’m going to delete the delay and add a volume pedal. You’ll find it under “Dynamics”.
It could just as easily go before the amp, but in this case I want to put it between the amp and the delay, so I’ve deleted the Analog delay and placed a Tube echo after the volume pedal.
Next I’ll add a wah.
And an overdrive pedal. I’m going to have a full on distortion tone on the other channel – but this gives me another tonal option.
Across the Very top of the Pod Farm Window (labeled Audio 1: POD Farm 2 (1))
You’ll see 4 tabs underneath that window reading from left to right:
Audio1 –> POD Farm 2(1) –> Untitled –> Line:6 POD Farm 2
Select the arrow to the right of Line:6 POD Farm 2 and scroll down to Midi Effect Editor:
You’ll notice that the MIDI Source is None – which in this case means that the shortboard is getting power and sending midi, but it’s not being received by POD Farm/AU Lab.
I’ve selected the POD short board for the MIDI SOURCE, and will keep it on midi channel 1
Now that the midi signal from the shortboard will get to POD Farm, I can use the Midi Learn function.
Let’s start with the volume pedal.
If I select the volume pedal in the signal chain a close up of the pedal will open up in the window above the signal chain.
Since I want to control the volume of the pedal – I want to cntrl – click the level knob on the pedal.
That brings up the following option:
Choose MIDI Control – – > MIDI Learn. Now if I move the volume pedal with my foot the level on the screen will change as well.
(If you make a mistake you can choose the “Clear” option above MIDI Learn and repeat the process.)
If you wanted to do this with a distorted amp and roll off the gain, you could select the amp and cntrl – click the Gain knob. Even better, with the “Set min to current pos/Set max to current position” you could use the volume pedal for subtle variations in gain.
POD Farm: Midi Learn – Volume
Let’s see how this works with the Wah pedal.
First, as opposed to the volume pedal, which is always on, I want to be able to turn the wah pedal on and off.
The “secret” here is to automate the On/Off button under the “Gate” Button.
By selecting the MIDI Learn function and pressing down on the toe switch, that switch now turns the pedal on and off.
Next, with the toe switch on – I’m going to set the volume pedal to control the WAH sweep. Just cntrl-click the actual wah switch for MIDI Learn and move the pedal. The pedal will now control the sweep.
I like the Chrome Custom pedal, but don’t like the extreme high end, so I’m going to limit the scope of the sweep. I’m going to turn the knob to 85% or so and then cntrl- click, but this time instead of selecting MIDI Learn, I’m going to choose “Set max to current position”.
Now when I sweep the wah it only goes from 0-85%. This is really useful if you only want to filter a specific bandwidth.
I’ll set the Overdrive to an on off setting – the same way that I did with the wah.
That is enough for a general clean tone. Now onto…
The Dirty Channel:
I’m going to spend a lot less time on this as I’ve already shown how to set up and automate effects on the clean side.
Here’s the default set up:
A brief note on tone:
In distorted models, you can create amps with gain structures that you could never create feasibly in the real world. One problem I hear a lot is the desire to crank the gain and cut all the mids. That creates a particular sound – but it’s not one that cuts through very easily. The overdrive will boost the channel a bit in general, but it’s easier to ADD distortion live than it is to take it away. Again, louder isn’t always better.
Basically I’m using the same Volume, Wah and delay as the clean channel above. The only differences are in the amp and overdrive pedal (and that I’ve moved the placement of the volume pedal.)
Here’s the overdrive setttings:
POD Farm: Midi Learn – A/B Switch
The next step is to set up a midi command to be able to switch from the A to B channel.
The secret here is to click on the mixer button so the A/B Box appears in the window above the rig.
All I have to do then is cntrl-click the A/B button and select a button on the shortboard and then it’s all set.
Save your Bacon:
Hopefully you’ve saved your POD Farm patch and your AU Lab settings, but if not saving them both are very self explanatory.
Let’s start with POD Farm:
Click to the left of Default and save as
In this stage, you can also make whatever notes you want as well for later reference which is a nice feature.
Another really cool thing about AU Lab is that when you save AU lab – it saves the settings on all of the effects in AU Lab. So save OFTEN.
That’s it for this post. In the next post, I’ll add Sooperlooper into the rig.
You can find all of the laptop guitar rig posts on the Blueprints tab on the top of the page. Once on the blueprints page – just scroll down to the Laptop Guitar Rig section.
Thanks for reading!