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Old 24-03-2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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Which Expression/Volume Pedals are compatible with a Digitech Whammy WH4?

Can anyone else help? I've got an old WH4 Whammy (my first one I bought 11 years ago) and the expression pedal is worn out so it doesn't stay up anymore. I was going to stick it in my rack and try and control it from an expression pedal plugged into my Rocktron All Access and controlling it by MIDI

I have an old Bespecko Expression pedal (similar to the Line 6 EX1) for my Line 6 and that doesn't seem compatible with it, I have also recently got an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr 6180 with a Stereo-Mono Y Lead and that doesn't seem to work properly either.

If I have the Whammy on up 1 octave and pick an E note with the pedal back and then push it al the way forward it will go from that E up to about D# so won't go all the way up to the octave, doesn't matter what I do when trying to recalibrate the Whammy

Don't want to keep buying and selling Expression Pedals until I get it right, does anyone know which pedals will work please?
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Old 24-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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i think the molten voltage guys will have something for you
they even willing to burn custom firmwares on their chips

edit: disregard this, i though you need some external pushbutton style control pedal

btw due to the mechanics of these pedals, i think they can't really utilize the pots full travel
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Old 24-03-2011, 11:30 PM   #3
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This is basically what I am looking for



If Matt has used this system with an identical Rocktron to mine for 5 years then I know it can be done, just have to find the right Expression/Volume Pedal that works


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Old 25-03-2011, 01:58 AM   #4
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I use just the standard 25k volume pedal. Now, I don't have my Whammy racked or anything, but it works fine as an expression pedal and I've always heard that it's the best of the EB pedals for this sort of thing. My £.02
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Old 25-03-2011, 08:14 AM   #5
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Just buy an EB one if it works for Matt!

Are you trying to calibrate it with the new EXP pedal? If you calibrate it, it shouldn't matter how far the reach of the EXP pedal is.
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Old 25-03-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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Didnt matt use a liquid foot controller?
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Old 25-03-2011, 09:43 AM   #7
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Matt had a Rocktron for Absolution & Black Holes & Revelations Tours, now using the Liquid Pro on the Resistance tour

http://www.musewiki.org/Guitar_effects

Mine has a 250k pot so I'll try one with the 25k pot

Thank for your help guys!
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Old 25-03-2011, 09:46 AM   #8
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eh....

that's 1/10th of 250k. You'll get some strange tapering. I'd be inclined to suggest a good midi controller tbh.
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i think the value of the pot does not matters because it acts as a voltage divider

the taper should matter, with digital stuff like the whammy i would use linear taper because that makes sense but maybe the engineers @ digitech calculated the use of log pots into the whammy control voltage slope or whatever is it called.

i don't know anything about expresion pedals coz i have never had any but i think they should use linear pots and only volume pedals should use log pots.
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from google, it seems any midi foot controller will suffice for the whammy
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Old 25-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #11
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this is borrowed from musecasters, showing Matt used a Stereo 25K pedal plugged into the back of his Roctron but not sure why it is only wired from one output, I thought with Volume Pedals you have to use a Y lead

Looked into it and one of these is £190, might as well buy a new whammy instead!!

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how much is a behringer cheap as chips midi foot controller?
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Old 25-03-2011, 10:48 AM   #13
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Thanks but I'd I'd rather stick with the Rocktron as it's much more versatile than the Behringer, able to have pedals and effects as Instant Access, not just programs
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FCB1010? About £100 and I swear by mine, awesome bit of kit once you figure out how to program the thing.
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Old 25-03-2011, 03:56 PM   #15
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I'd suggest a boss FV-500 (I don't remember if i have the high or low impedance)

I like mine 10x more than the Ernie Ball footpedals. I can't stand the string that the Ernie Balls use. I currently use 2 of them with my all access to control a ton of stuff with my axe-fx.
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