Red Five - Custom Bass Multi-Effects for Andrew Westwood
"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"
I do rather like it when people make it interesting for me, and this is certainly one of the more interesting commissions I've had. Red Five is designed to be both a standalone multi-effect to cover all bases, but can also be integrated as part of a larger pedalboard. Something this splendid needed to appear equally as splendid, and what could be more splendid than having Luke Skywalker's Incom Corporation T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, call-sign Red Five, flying across it? The answer is nothing. Nothing could be more splendid. Alright that's enough gushing about Star Wars, let's see what this thing can do.
The input signal is split three ways: to the Direct Out jack, to the chorus (based on the CE-2B), and to the T-65 Octave (available soon!). The T-65 then feeds the Grand Tarkin, before being mixed back together with the clean chorus signal. Another signal can be added at this stage through the Insert jack. This mixed signal is then fed to the reverb before the output.
Two effects loops, one before and one after the Grand Tarkin, provide options for adding more effects into the main effects chain either buffered or unbuffered. When nothing is connected to the effects loops, the Sends and Returns automatically connect, meaning patch cables aren't needed. The Direct Out jack can be used in conjunction with the Insert jack to add a third totally independent effects chain. Additionally, by using two patch cables (Direct Out to Return 1, and Send 1 to Insert) the T-65 can be put in parallel with the Grand Tarkin as opposed to in series.