> making this transition with my rig will be a baby step towards configs that could
> outgrow the smaller units. I am only anxious that the learning curve will be steep
I just wanted to chime in and say I think your right on both accounts… I have a VERY underutilized Gordious LG because of the learning curve and, though I am good at many things, anything involved with MIDI seems to be a really hurdle for me, even though I basically understand it.
(There's a guy who was nice enough to do 8-10 or so (last time I checked) videos on the Gordious software editor so I recommend watching them to get an idea of how it works and why it's fantastic and in some ways simple but in many other ways a rabbit hole.)
However, I went through a LOT of pedals, wasting money in the trade each time, to even get this far and there's value in knowing it can do whatever you need it to vs discovering you need a new pedal to get to the next function on your list. Just knowing that it can do most anything (minus keystrokes, which really, really annoys me though I could use Bomes MIDI Translator Pro) is, in a way, something that helps me know I'll get my setup done eventually, so that fact alone introduces a simplicity (I know the hardware can do it) and I know I won't waste money trading equipment around anymore.
The screen is nice and large, the build quality is great, the expansion options (volume pedals, etc.) great, and possibly most important, as someone mentioned before, silent foot switches (though I've been thinking of making some sort of cap for them with a wider circumference because they're small enough to get lost in the space between your toes if you like to play in socks and aren't exactly accurate with the ball of your foot or big toe. That would be an easy enough mod, I just haven't got around to it. And I kind of like trying to be accurate, for now.)
As for support, most people love the guy. I've had a few issues, but I can't really blame him because I'm a "midiot" and he's just one guy with a day job and I don't lean on the user group like I could, partially because it's too hard to explain what I need. I'd say he's great for the complicated stuff but just know you'll need users for the simple get started stuff, which is perhaps as it should be but still frustrating given the price. Again, he's just one guy with a day job.
Lastly, be committed. Mine seemed to have a loose power supply jack and one of the 4 midi ports only works for a volume pedal, not a button. I don't know why, it was like that from the beginning, but over seas, returning isn't an option really. Not without a deterring cost. Luckily I haven't really ever had it turn off on me after the first week or so because it never moves, so that doesn't bother me, but if I ever start playing out, I might have to have it fixed locally.
All and all, I still advise it over the other options I've seen recommended. If you can afford to get the right tool, you may be saving yourself money and trouble (time) but if you just can't afford it, I'm sure you'll make the best of whatever you get.
You know what you're trying to achieve, and that's a good portion of the battle.
Good luck, and do let us know where you went once you get where you're going!!!!
On Nov 3, 2014, at 8:40 AM, Rejyna MDW wrote: