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Re: Great article on carrying backups at gigs
7/17/2011 9:45 AM
Danny Danzi (2052) wrote:
I've read quite a few of these over the years yet they all seem to forget something super important all the time. They name the basic stuff that everyone should bring as back ups....extra guitars, strings, batteries, amps etc...but what about those of us who have rack processors?
Ever turn on your rack and all your presets you spent years on are gone? To me, one of the most important back ups to bring is a midi rig that can blow all your patches back in. That little 3 volt battery that keeps your patches in memory always seems to die at the worst time. Any of you ever think of that? Imagine turning your stuff on and you see the factory stuff only and all your work is gone!
I have two types of back up depending on the rig I use. For my big touring rig, I use an old Alesis Data Disk unit. All my rack presets are sent to it. If I have a problem, I press the send button and that rack is back to my specs. Most times, when your 3 volt battery dies, any patches you load back will stay there unless you power down. So you should be able to make it through a gig.
For my little rig, I use an Yamaha MDF2. Same as the Alesis, but smaller. This way I always have my patches with me. Most of you guys probably use amps and pedals, so maybe this isn't important to you...but my sound comes from my pre-amp so this is super important to me. I not only bring the mack up unit, but an extra disk as a back up to my back up. I bring a tool box that has just about anything you can think of for guitars in it.
You ust never know when you'll be faced with a failure...it's always good to be prepared, that's for sure. So if you use racks or anything that stores patches, you definitely want to get something that will back them up. Most times, that little battery will last anywhere from 7-10 years...sometimes longer, sometimes shorter...you just never know. I know how long I've spent creating my patches...I seriously think I'd kill myself if they were all lost without any back up considering all the time I've put into my tones. So keep this in mind. :)