Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Re: Midi People.. is this possible
Have you confirmed with Mario that the CFX4 will work with the DD20? For example, I though you needed a custom cable with the CFX4 to switch the Mark IV, and as such, may not have any relays left over for the DD20. (My bandmate used a custom cable with the CFX4 and a Nomad, and basically all the 1/4" relays were disabled.) I mean, I know you'd be able to set G-Major's delay times by tapping over MIDI, but I'm not sure if the CFX4 will be able to pick that up and send it to the DD20.
Oddly, if you want to switch 5 things on the Mark IV, that pushes you into a different class of switchers... seems like most devices switch either 4 (such as the Nobels MS4, Rolls RP93, Axess CFX4) or 8 (Nobels MS8, Rocktron Patchmate, GCX Switcher, Rockman MIDI Octopus). If you could get down to 4, you may be able to get by with a cheaper device.
Another consideration... all of the loops on the Rocktron Patchmate and GCX Switcher can be used as either loops or switching relays, so with a single box you could bascially do the job of both the CFX4 and GRX4. That may or may not save you any money, but if nothing else, it would simplify your setup a bit to have all your switching & routing in the same box. So loops 1-3 could be used for compressor, overdrive, DD20, then 4-8 could be used for switching 5 different functions on the Mark IV. Both the Rocktron and GCX are similar... with the GCX you get the bonus of having a built-in buffer, with the Rocktron you get the bonus of having a built-in HUSH unit.
(I just did a quick search... a new GCX switcher is $400, which is slightly less than the $425 it would cost for a new CFX4/GRX4/custom Mark IV cable).