If the slick pedalboards of Instagram are anything to go by, loop switching systems such as the game-changing “GigRig G2”, and highly programmable “Boss ES-8”, seem to be rapidly growing in popularity. Whether the goal is to keep cable runs to a minimum or to recall preset combinations of rack-mounted effects, these controllers are now ubiquitous among touring musicians and weekend warriors alike.
The Origin Effects “RevivalDRIVE” is capable of providing a broad range of extremely high-quality core overdrive tones, making it indispensable in such a rig. The pedal’s “footswitch” connection was originally conceived to allow the user access to the “Mid Boost” and “Blend Override” functions via a traditional analogue footswitch. However, in response to customer feedback, we have designed an affordable, add-on product to extend support to remote switching systems, whilst also expanding control to include the pedal’s onboard footswitch functions.
For those using remote switching systems, you will need a specific accessory depending on the number of functions you intend to switch. Here’s how it works…
CONTROLLING FOUR PARAMETERS: THE REVIVALDRIVE SWITCHER INTERFACE
The Switcher Interface allows four functions to be remotely switched via the single TRS footswitch connection on the RevivalDRIVE. The unit plugs into the GigRig G2, or Boss ES-8, and converts the signal from four latching control switches into the formats used by the RevivalDRIVE’s internal circuitry (a mix of latching and momentary).
Using the Switcher Interface it is possible to remotely toggle the active channel, bypass state, mid engage, and blend override functions. This allows a user to instantly recall presets with different combinations of channels, mid boosts, blended overdrive, or even bypass the effect entirely. This could prove useful when connecting the RevivalDRIVE directly to a flat response power amp and using the preamp EQ on the bypassed signal (Mode DIP 1 up).
Connect a standard TRS cable from the switcher’s control switch jack (this could be labelled SW, CTL, RMT…) to connection A on the RevivalDRIVE Switcher Interface. Connection A allows the bypass state to be switched via the tip connection and the channel to be switched via the ring connection.
Connect a standard TRS cable from another control switch jack on the controller to connection B on the RevivalDRIVE Switcher Interface. Connection B allows the mid engage to be switched via the tip connection and the blend override to be switched via the ring connection.
Connect the Switcher Interface to the RevivalDRIVE’s F/SWITCH jack socket using a standard TRS cable from connection E. Lastly, connect a 9VDC power supply to connection C and use connection D to “daisy-chain” the power to the RevivalDRIVE.
PLEASE NOTE: Remote switching of the bypass state and active channel can only be achieved with the Switcher Interface. The interface converts latching control formats to a short momentary pulse. In the unlikely event of power loss, the user may find that switcher-to-pedal synchronisation is lost. To re-sync the set-up the user should toggle the affected function directly on the pedal, by pressing the appropriate footswitch.
CONTROLLING TWO PARAMETERS: THE REMOTE SWITCHER CABLE
If only the mid engage and blend override functions are required, our Remote Switcher Cable can be used in place of the Switcher Interface. The 4k7 ohm resistors inside this cable are required to limit switching to just the mid engage and blend override parameters.
Connect the Remote Switcher Cable from a control switch jack on the controller to the RevivalDRIVE’s F/SWITCH connection.
We are currently finalising procurement of parts and components for the Switcher Interface and Remote Switcher Cable with the hope of announcing retail prices and availability in the near future.