One Of The Best Ways I Have Found Is
Using Three Signals Right From The
Amp, One Dry, Two Feeding The Effects.
Splitting The Signal Is Not Easy Sometimes
Due To Misunderstandings Of Line Level Signals
Being Split Uneffected And Strong And Clear.
I Used Three Rack Units Once,
And Maxed Out The Effects Chain
To Have Everything Set Near Where
I Could Get Near The Sound I Wanted
Due To Only Harmonics Ringing
And Turned Off Anything I Didnt Need.
One Patch On Three Racks, Never
Needing To Send Any Program Changes.
I Only Used Two MIDI Continuous Controller
Foot Pedals And Tow Up Was A "Cleaner"
And Tow Down Was Lead Sound.
Backing Off Some Reverbs And Delays
By Setting The MIDI Continuous Controller Settings
Between Tow Up And Down To Clean Up Any Delays
Or Roll Back The Reverbs. Took Some Work.
Why No Program Changing?
Because The Rack Units Had
Been Pushed To The Max And
I Had Zero Delays On Tow Up
And Tow Down Changes..
Also This Left 8 Or So Foot Switches
To Use For Really Making Changes To
Get Other Sounds I Wanted Besides
The Harmonics Ringing Clear(er).
MIDI Program Changes Had Been A
Tough Effort On Effects CPU Usage,
And Not Changing Patches Let The
Continuous Controller Really Push
The Effects Units With No Delays.
And Some Rack Units Really Like
Using The Same Patches Across
A Few Very Different Real Time
Continuous Controller Settings.
And Some Rack Units Are Buffered
On Programs Changes So We Hear
The Reverbs Trail Off On Complex
Programs Changes, This Eats Up CPU
On The Rack Units, Not So With Just
Using Continuous Controllers.
CPU On Racks Had Been Maxed
Out For Some Mid Grade Effects,
I Just Found A Way To Have A Lot
Of Switches Sending Continuous Controller
Messages IF I wanted To Really Change Sound.
No Patch Change Needed, Freeing Up The CPU Buffer.
Adding To This Was The Fact That When I Called A
Patch On A Rack Unit? It Was Stored With Settings
That The Continuous Controllers Didnt Change Anything
Till I Used One Of The Continuous Controller Pedals.
So I had Three Full Programed Settings On One Patch
That Had Two Full Continuous Controller Pedals Controlling.
If I Had More The One Patch Edited With The Same Effects
But With Different Settings? Changing Patches Let The CPU
Buffer The Same Effects, But Different Settings Only.
This Really Changed My Rack Usage In Many Ways.
These Units Could Help?
But I Have Never Used Them, Not Yet.
I Found Them If I Need Backup.
The Real Magic Of Guitar Tube Audio And Effects.
This Unit Keeps The Amp Sound 100% And Even
Has Tone Shaping With Normal, And Processed
Tube Amp Sounds, Eddie, And Many, Many Others
Used Palmer Audio With Great Success.
Notice The Four Line Outs For Rack Gear
And Just All Around Sonic Control Outboard From Amp.
Palmer Makes Other Trimmed Down Non Rack Gear To Get
Something Near The PDI-03 Too.
But, Most Importantly.
Knowing How To Use A Palmer PDI-03 Is The
Power Play 99.99999% People Miss.
Palmer PDI-03 Is The Magic Of Eddies Sound I Think.
So So many Great Sounds Came From The PDI-03.
A PDI-03 Is Not A Speaker Simulator.
The Main Thing The PDI-03 Is For Is
Taking A Tube Amp Speaker Out,
And Splitting The Signal To 4 Line level Outs
For Feeding Effects Racks And Power Amps.
There Are Two Circuits On The PDI-03.
One Is Line Level And The Other Is The
Speaker Level Out For The Speaker Cabs.
At This Point? The Tube Amp Can Be Set At 10
Using The PDI-03, With No Sound From The Amp
Or Speakers, YOU Can Then If You Like Use The
Speaker Out To Feed The Cabs. And Still Have 4
Line level Signals Feeding Effects OR, OR
Feed This To One More Tube Amp Input
Thus Having A Cranked Up Marshall On 10
At Normal Line level Feeding Tube Amp Number 2.
This Can Hurt Your Amp If You Mess The Cabling Up.
Just Have To Know What Cables Are Feeding What.
The Magic Of This Is Just Jaw Dropping When You Hear It.
I Use The PDI-03 And A PGA-05 But Not At The Same Time.
The PGA Is My Work Horse Over All Because I Have Only
One Tube Amp, With Stereo Effects And Powered Monitors.
Your Basic Wet/Dry/Wet Bradshaw Style Guitar Rack.
The PGA-05 Lets Me Use The Same Circuits As The
PDI-03, And Have Two Cab Sims, With Unaffected
Speaker Through, AND A Really Nice EQ Circuit.
Palmer Designed The PDI-03 Just To Tame A
Pexi Style Amp On 10. This Is What Started
The Crazy Slue Of Rack Guitar Sounds.
No One Else Came Near What Palmer Did
Due To The Fact Bradshaw Made All This
Crazy Engineering Work With Some Simple
Rack Gear, Amp Simulators At The Time
Only Used Your Basic EQ Circuits To Sim A Amp.
Bobby Bradshaw Has A Interview Where He
Tells How All This Unfolded.
He's set up rigs for everyone from Olivia Newton-John to The Edge to Yngwie Malmsteen.
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