Hi everybody. I’m new here, and new to the BB. So hello all, and nice to meet you.
I’ve been having fun, jamming more creatively than I ever have with this awesome new tool / product / enhancement / what have you.
Jamming (for now) mostly in the quiet of my studio-apartment studio… the clickety clack of the BB’s footpedal switch was something of a bother. Especially when the tapes rolling and the mic’s are live.
Upon researching I found a blog, as you can too, with some information on swapping in new momentary switches. Having recently made a homemade footswitch for my Jamman Solo II. This seemed like a doable project and was much more straight forward.
I ran out and bought 2 momentary switches for under 4 bucks, and ran home to swap them in with some simple soldering.
Yes, my leg’s were tired.lol.
I have it done and set up the BB for that type of switch and went to jam. I’ve noticed some differences I didn’t see anyone mention so I wanted to bring them up here…
You’ll know why they’ve used these louder click pedals once you’ve swapped over. I would recommend making your own custom footswitch so you can have both to try. However if you modify your original pedal it’s not much of a big deal to just put it back as it was if you so decide… As I understand it the click isn’t an issue in louder music settings such as a live performance and a PA.
With my new momentary switches, There’s more to it than just loosing the click,…
what I’ve found it the sound isn’t deployed until release… = your foot’s upward motion.
The original switch provides the sound -“on stomp” then you can lift your foot off at your leasure.
This makes it easier to get the sound out on time. especially if your foot was a bit late. Works best with a heavier soled shoe (my personal preference) and louder music.
With the MS, you have to have a quick tap and release procedure and you can get the sound out on time, or maybe even just a micro second late. That’s where your preference will come in. You can however tap barefoot, and without any sound. Good for jamming with the brushes kit, relaxing at home.
The other plus’s are;
this tap and release technique is the same movement you use to for the most of your pedals so it standardizes the the things your leg has to do while your trying to perform.
And there becomes another technique where you can rest your foot on the switch early and lift off when required. That might work better in certain performances. namely a quiet one. Like an acoustic cafe performance where the drums are to sound as a surprise to the audience.
So over all I suggest making a second separate box so you can have both.