I'm looking at a Pendulum Audio SPS-1
and I'm wondering if anyone who has this AND a T1®: are you using both at the same time?
I think that Tom Munch and Open Road Matt have previously mentioned using this system so if either of you has some input, I'd really appreciate it.
I have a couple of guitars that have very simple Fishman under saddle pickups without internal preamps. I typically run 6 foot cable from the guitar to the T1®. If I have to run a longer line, I'll use David Enke's power plug preamp
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at the guitar's output jack so that I don't load down the pickup with a long cable run. I only mention this because one of the benefits that I see with the Pendulum SPS-1 is the preamp on the cable.
I'm quite happy with the sound I'm getting with these guitars through the T1® but this Pendulum unit came up locally and I so I'm curious.
I'm guessing from previous threads about the Pendulum SPS-1, that the people who wrote about them had them before they got their T1®s. So I'm wondering if you think that the Pendulum unit adds enough (fill in the blank here) to warrant the expense and additional bother of adding a rack-unit to my live setup.
I have that unit as well as the older 4-band unit, but I haven't used it with the T1. It is a very fine unit with low noise and great sound.
I do use the Pendulum Smart Cable that plugs directly into the T1 though. This is a discontinued piece I think, but it puts the preamp box on the guitar and then phantom powers it from the T1. It works really well with the T1.
If you're asking whether it's worth adding the SPS-1 to the T1, I'd say that what you will gain are the extra parametric bands, an additional channel through the second one in the Pendulum, and the preamp box on your guitar which is different than David's but probably only slightly better or the same.
What are they asking? I paid maybe $1300 for mine many years ago.
Great to hear from you. Happy New Year (feels odd to say it only a week later).
It's a Craigslist deal and the asking price is $1500 ($1995 new online now from Pendulum). The unit has the Pendulum Smart Cable instead of the newer, separate preamp like David's.
Thanks for the analysis. I don't think that I would use the extra parametric bands. I might I suppose but I don't use the zEQ much now. I don't really need the extra channel.
I guess what I was looking for was a "Wow - get it. The sound is waaaay better than you can get with the T1®"
But I'm not getting that vibe from your reply. I guess that's why I was wondering if you were using the Pendulum in front of the T1®. That would have been a pretty strong indication of the value that it might bring.
I have an old TL Audio dual valve EQ (original version) that I haven't powered up in a decade. Maybe I'll fire that up and see if I like what I can do with that just to get a sense of how I might work with 8 bands of EQ. (it's 2 x four bands that you can run in serial as you can with the Pendulum). I know that it's not the same animal, but it will give me some knobs and dials to turn.
Any other thoughts Tom?
Looks like this is covered and answered, but I too picked up a Pendulum unit (back in the 90s). Leo Kottke talked me into it and gave me Greg's number. A few other guitarist I work with bought one as well. (at the time I was playing an old Hummingbird with a Fishman saddle pickup and an AKG mic inside) Great Great unit, but eventually I got tired of hauling the rack to the gigs.
Not sure if I just got lazy or what, but its nice to just dial in a Taylor preset on the T1 and keep on trucking.
All the other gigs still have me dragging a Line6 Variax acoustic to the gig these days but I do remember how nice the Pendulum unit sounded.
The main reason I would use the SPS-1 would be to process two signals from your guitar. If you don't need that or the extra parametric bands then the sound will be only slightly different. I wasn't aware that the controls for volume and balance weren't on the guitar-mounted preamp box anymore. Greg must have made some changes. The Smart Cable used to be mainly for going into a phantom-powered board.
With the dual source (pickup and microphone) it looks like the Pendulum would have been a great fit for you at the time. Thanks for all the background information.
I stopped carrying gear that goes between the acoustic guitar and the T1® as soon as I got the T1®. Like you said it is just too easy to dial in a preset and go.
Thanks for your input Rain.
I have an iMix dual source with a preamp onboard, but I could flip the switch on the preamp and send the two sources out separately. I tried that on the T1® using two channels, but in the end I just flipped it back to mono.
For me, I probably need to spend more time on my playing and the tone from my fingers. Everything else (tone controls and all that follows) can be a black-hole for time. I can occasionally get lost in the quest for better sound but since the T1® and L1® are so good at what they do, the weakest link is my playing.
Tom, thanks for your thoughts on this. It was good to chat and to get your ideas. I think I'll go pick up a guitar now.
I have not used my SPS-1 and T-1 either... don't know why I never got around to it?
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