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I saw a pic the other day of a friend playing at a festival in the 70’s. Shot from the back of the stage looking at 30,000 fans, were the Marshalls, my friend in bell bottoms, his SG on, plugged into a a big muff pi, then into a phase 90, which was plugged into an echoplex next to his mic.. That was a heck of a pedal board back then.. I still have my pi, mxr and echoplex from the same era.. :o)
I did the same thing by having a certain set of sounds relegated to each H9 – however, 2 of them are in the effects loops of each amp. Time based Echo’s and verbs. Pitch and phase and other etherials are at the front end.. About every few months, I set the rig up just to tweek, then I lock it all in. As I perform, I hear little things that I want to improve on and live is not the place I care to make changes. Like you, I use presets – then I store them on iCloud. I can tell you its well worth the trouble to store them there, if you can do it. My H9’s have been rock solid, but I have been known to get all exhuberant, showing other guitarists whereever we perform, and every so often, overwrite a preset. I do most of my H9 wild changes, when in a studio and while inventing sounds that are unique and fits the new stuff.
I really really really like being able to program in a ‘show order’ into the GCP and then being able to set it up to access effects based on a grouping of sounds for recording. No matter what controller – if it has the ability to do this, and control otther effects in the rack drawer, I’m all in.