My family got me this nifty BOSS BCB-60 powered pedal board/case for Xmas 2011. This is either to encourage me to abandon a successful architecture career in favor of playing children's parties for free cake OR because they are simply tired of helping me set up and take down all that gear every time the Sutra-Signal goes off. The extra stickers are visual cues to help prevent me from stomping in the wrong places (again).
The red & white cable markings are for right & left stereo channels respectively, with blue for services, yellow for USB and green for 9v power. The Kazoo pickup plugs into the Loop Station via the white left-channel jack next to the power distributor. The microphone cable is permanently fixed to the Loop Station. Loaded pedals from input-to-output are:
- The board provides power for two extra devices and in this photo I have loaded a supplemental Distortion pedal before the board's input jack.
- Octaver: A BOSS OC-3 bass simulator is split into right/left stereo channels at the Loop Station, with the bass effect going direct to the right and the unaffected guitar going through the other effects to the left, ensuring that the enhanced guitar & clean bass are acoustically separated.
- Volume Rocker: A cheap plastic BOSS FV-50H to adjust volume levels by foot and produce manual tremolo effects while leaving the right hand free for strumming/picking (and whatnot).
- Tuner/Metronome: For tuning on the fly. Essential when using pre-recorded backup, which requires perfect (as opposed to relative) correct pitch.
- Delay: A cheap old plastic Ibanez DL-5 digital delay for distinct echoing. Situated after the volume pedal, the two used together simulate the sound of a strings section of an orchestra.
- Stereo Chorus/Flanger/Phaser: A Marshall RG-1 simulates the sound of a 12-string or two guitars in unison by splitting the signal into straight and phased waveforms. This pedal is stereo-capable, so the phased channel is tied into the kazoo/bass line for the full effect when it is activated
- Toggle Switch: Turns the RG-1 right channel off for when guitar is only desired on the left side (when RG-1 is off). Keeps the guitar panned separately from the right bass/kazoo and center vocal lines.
- Harmonist: The BOSS PS-6 is a pitch-modultor that simulates 2-3 voice harmonies. This pedal is NOT looped in with the guitar signal. Instead, it sits between the microphone and the Loop Station so that I can achieve (and loop) vocal and/or kazoo harmonies on the fly. This pedal was added after the board photo was taken, which is why the image looks photoshopped and the cabling is not as described here.
- Loop Station: A BOSS RC-30 unit provides me with pre-recorded backup rhythms as well as the power to record mymself on-the-fly, providing multiple guitar parts and vocals in harmony during a live performance. Also doubles as a local mixing board, permanently wired for...
- Right Channel: Electric Kazoo (seen in yellow in the pic), the "bass effect out" of the Octaver and "phased waveform" of the Chorus
- Left Channel: Guitar & other effects
- Center Channel: Vocals (mic jack)
- Other: USB cable for loading the Loop Station with MP3s via laptop and cable to attach an third pedal to the Loop Station
- 3rd Loop Station Switch: A BOSS FS-5U switch toggles between controls at the Loop Station
Emergency backup for the "Humm-Bucker" in case the kazoo pickup mic doesn't work or there is no available power to the amp system. Marketed as "the loudest kazoo ever made", but I've heard worse.
All of The Kazoo Sutra's percussion section was purchased from Toys-R-Us and also may include whatever gets thrown on stage. If you do throw something, please do so in time with the rhythm of the song.
*See Sidekicks for "The Sutracoustic"