Hey, Cafe. #I play in a rock band that's just beginning to play shows in our area. #I'm hoping I can turn to you all for some advice on how to best set up my gear for performance. #I've been an entirely acoustic musician for over 15 years, so I don't have a whole lot of experience with the considerations of amplified playing.
In the band I switch around between my mandolin (Gold Tone GM-110), my octave mandolin (Sherwood with Fishman under the saddle), my mandobird IV, my Soares'y Reso-tenor (single coil), and my Bari Uke (soundboard transducer).
In rehearsal, I plug directly in to a Mackie Onyx 1640 mixing board. #I have to change input levels, etc. every time I switch instruments. #That's no problem in rehearsal, but it is unwieldy at best on stage.
I'm looking to get myself the right set of peripheral equipment to make this all go much smoother, as well as to be able to craft my sound. #I know I want a pedal tuner, which would double as an "off" switch for changing instruments. #I'm also thinking about getting the Boss EQ-20 pedal which would allow me to store up to 10 individual presets. #That way I could hit the tuner, switch instruments, call up the EQ setting for the new instrument, and hit the tuner again.
Would I be okay plugging that setup into a soundboard? #Do I need to add a preamp to the end of that chain? #A direct box? #Should I use a guitar amp instead? #What if I want to add some effects pedals into the mix, such as a compressor or an overdrive pedal?
Each of my instruments pushes out differing levels of signal. #Is there a preamp that has memory slots for settings?
What is the big issue I'm leaving out?
Thanks in advance for your help.