Damage Control Timeline Demo Part 2: Controlling via the Rocktron Midi Mate (& Telethon)
It’s been about two years since I’ve been asked to do this. Yep, I like to stay on top of things. The crazy thing is, that these pedals are still on my board after 2 years. It actually frightens me a little…as if these pedals sound so good that they are literally stealing from me my status (and when you say that word, make sure you pronounce the ‘a’ long, as in ‘Larry Mullen Jr.’…it sounds more British that way) as a gear junkie. So then you have to ask yourself, what is more important: good tone, or the sad qualifications you’ve chosen to give yourself in order to feel as if you have some sort of identity and purpose in life that revolves around shiny metal boxes which exponentially increase your self-worth the more rare and expensive they are (i.e. ‘gear junkie’). And since the answer is obviously the identity-in-expensive-little-boxes one, the only logical conclusion is to sell the Damage Control Timeline’s, and then buy them back. (So many times on this blog I literally wish these were jokes. But no. I’ve owned the Tim pedal 3 times.) And I would probably do that, were it not for the saddest news in the guitar gear world since last month when we all ran out and bought $2,000 Klon’s because they were ‘being discontinued’, only to learn the next week that they were not being discontinued, but were only being revamped into smaller and more usable enclosures. We are so awesome.
Yep, the best delay pedal the world has ever seen has sadly been discontinued. (And if you disagree that it’s the best delay pedal in the world then, well…you’re wrong. hehe Little joke there. Which I won’t tell you how much of is true in my mind. ) And I actually heard that news the same day I was recording these demo’s that people have requested of how to control the Timeline via the Rocktron Midi Mate. And at first I wasn’t going to post them…why add insult to injury for people who now can no longer find these pedals? But then I started to think…what if we can keep raising the awareness on these things, and perhaps convince Damage Control to come out with I don’t know…maybe…the ‘Damage Control Timeline 2: The Alternate Reality’? Because, ‘timeline’, so…another timeline would be like, an alternate reality…ya, I know…that was cheesey and very Battlestar Galactic-ish, which is always a bad thing. Oh no, wait! The ‘Damage Control Timeline 2: ‘The LOST edition.’ Ya! Stupid LOST, man. It’s making a geek out of me. First it gets me addicted to a show about alternate universes, which is way geeky, and then it gets me reading Isaac Asimov short stories online, which is even geekier! I don’t know what it’s doing to me…and I like it. ………… Okay…where in the world are we? Oh ya! The best delay ever hopefully having a part 2. Maybe with the exact same tone, exact same build quality, exact same midi capabilities, but slightly smaller and with a beats per minute readout? Oh. I literally just got the chills.
So, I’m off. Going for it. The Damage Control Timeline Telethon. Just need a couple celebrities on board. Edge will do. Maybe Johnny Buckland. You out there, bro? (I like to pretend I know them.) Raising awareness for the most noble cause of them all: healing our world. With delay. Oh ya, and for all those of you who requested it, the demo of how to program your Timeline with the Midi Mate.
And for those of you who just don’t care, because you don’t own a Timeline, so hence have no reason to program a nonexistent Timeline via midi, I recorded a special video for you, that’s another piece written to be looped, and that’s in the third video. For your listening pleasure, sure, but mostly just part of the telethon so that I can get a Timeline with bpm readout. hehe
The Clean Tone
Prairiewood Les Paul (with Wolfetone Dr. Vintage pickups)–>
Fryette Valvulator (JJ gold pin)
Damage Control Timeline–>
Damage Control Timeline–>
65 Amps cab (with Celestion Blue & G12H30)–>
And I’m running through my pedalboard, but no other loops are engaged except the Timeline loops, until the last video.
None, it’s not a shootout. I just wanted to say that I love delay.
Things to Notice
How long it takes me to form words.
And, at long last, Controlling the Damage Control Timeline with the Rocktron Midi Mate:
That’s just the beginning of the Telethon. We’re gonna make this happen! And in that last video, for those of you who might be interested, there was a Dr. Scientist Tremolessence used, my shimmer section consisting of the This1smyne parallel looper, Boss RV3, and EH POG, and a George Dennis volume pedal. And one Timeline was being used solely for looping, and then the other was used for a couple different delay settings. Oh ya, and then I used an Arion SAD-1 delay at the end, to help the loop fade out.
I really hope that wasn’t too boring, and that it made it a little easier to understand how to program the Timeline’s via midi. The thing about it is, that it’s so incredibly simple, that you end up questioning yourself if you did it right. Because it almost seems too simple. At least, that’s what I did when I was first learning to program them. But I hope this helps!
P.S. Thanks for being patient as I work on this new site. I am completely tech illiterate, so little things like putting a picture behind your blog, become hours of painstaking…uh…clicking. Wow. Drama queen. But I’m gonna try it out for a while, because of honestly, financial issues; but if it doesn’t work, I’ll jump back to the old one.
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