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1. Problem statement
The Dr Watson Umix is a pedal for musicians who both sing and play guitar in a band, and who have trouble hearing themselves when playing live. The USP is that the pedal is designed to have absolutely minimal reliance on whatever the band’s main PA/ monitoring system may or may not be able to deliver. It is also intended to be quick and easy to set up and to sound great. The concept is especially useful where a band is playing on a bill with other acts and where there is little or no time to get the monitors right. To further these goals, the pedal is designed to use a “wired” rather than a “wireless” IEM approach. This is not a “second best” thing – it is deliberately done this way to maximise the above design criteria.
The pedal is packaged as a regular-sized pedal that you attach to your pedalboard like any other pedal. See photo and initial announcement of the Umix in this thread: http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/comment/1554003/#Comment_1554003. At the moment, the pedal is a prototype, but I believe a production version is expected soon. The pedal is designed and built by our own @danny1989.
2. Connections and Controls
The connections to the pedal are as follows:
ii) A female XLR into which you plug an XLR lead direct from your vocal mic.
iii) A male XLR into which you plug an XLR lead that takes your “thru” vocal mic signal from the Umix on to the main PA. The thru signal is transformer-isolated from the vocal mic input.
iv) A 6.3mm jack socket into which you plug a short patch lead that attaches to the first pedal on your pedalboard, and feeds your guitar signal into your pedal chain.
v) A 6.3mm TRS jack socket into which you plug a lead that brings in your amplified guitar signal back from your amp or modeller. It could, for example, be from a mic in front of your amp, or (as in my case) from a Palmer “the Junction” DI box. The socket is TRS to enable the Umix to support stereo guitar inputs (e.g. from a Helix)
vi) A 6.3mm TRS jack socket into which you plug a lead that takes the “thru” amplified guitar signal from the Umix on to the main PA. The thru signal is transformer-isolated from the amplified guitar input.
vii) Two female XLRs into which you plug a pair of XLR leads (or you could use a twin cable) carrying a stereo monitor mix (or whatever mix you can get, if any!) from the main PA.
viii) A socket for power (12VAC).
The pedal has controls as follows:
i) A gain pot and a volume pot for your monitored vocal.
ii) A volume pot for your monitored amplified guitar signal.
iii) A volume pot for the incoming monitor mix from the main PA (if you have one).
iv) A footswitch (looks like a regular pedal footswitch and has an accompanying green/red indicator LED) to switch on or off a stereo boundary mic that is built into the pedal. The purpose of this is to serve as an “ambient mic” to let you hear your bandmates talking between songs (not that we ever do that J).
v) A volume pot for the ambient mic.
Review continues in next post...