First impressions after receiving, exploring and trying the MOD Dwarf.
impressed, excited, full of ideas to try and tweak.
Haven’t played much instruments yet but have been playing around with the virtual and real GUI.
While doing some experimenting, I already learned a lot about the available plugins and what you can do with MIDI
Really glad I participated in this project; it is what I thought it was.
The potential of this technology has much to discover!
(for me but also for you)
A few negative points; mostly minor though.
Strongest one is the noise issue but there seem to be solutions for that I need to explore.
++ The Dwarf, nicely in a dedicated sturdy bad, embedded in an extra safety casing.
++ A long and sturdy USB cable.
++ A sufficiently long power adapter
++ A dedicated US stick for backup? Excellent: The devil is in the details!
++ All arrived in safe condition
++ love the feel of the buttons and dials
– Lacking expectation management when it comes to tier 2 reward; Opening the box, Idon’t know what, how, when and whether it active or not. Jon told us in another thread about an upcoming communique though.
Connecting for the first time
++ As soon I was there, The GUI worked very well
++ no software installed; just a browser. Can’t wait to attach my tablet with a specific cable or BT dongle + my BT keyboard and mouse for a minimal studio setup for configuring+testing iterations.
– couldn’t connect to the local address or IP, had to switch a simple setting that was documented in the forum but not on the FAQ about connection issues
Working with the GUI
++ Adding, dragging, connecting is a breeze.
++ for some it might be a drag but being able to map virtually everything to the buttons is great.
++ midi devices, audio effects, all in one screen. I’m still impressed
++ Adding pedalboards from the site was a cool experience.
++ Managing banks and pedalboards into banks went very easy, both on GUI as device itself.
++ Adding files to the file system: super easy! My added IR’s showed up instantly
° Haven’t tried snapshots yet but browsed and had a good feeling what to expect
° didn’t take me too long to map controls to dials/butons but I think I can come up with a more intuitive table to map them
° might need extra footswitches soon.
– sighlty disappointed I couldn’t use the A footswitch in a similar fashion as B and C, turning on and off effects.
– Didn’t see how to have a pedalboard in mutiple banks though (copy paste)
– I instinctively tried to disconnect the outputs but dragging that actually creates a new wire.(perhaps holding SHIFT or CTRL drag could unplug it? :p)
– sometimes, loading a board from the site, it said said ‘victorious’ but the Dwarf dit nothing. retrying often worked
– The pedalboard overview list mode is hard to read because how it is organised
++ Felt like playing more, that’s a good thing!
++ As soon as I dialed it in right, I discovered some sounds that will need little tweaking to become usable sounds on my board.
++ Had some sweet “edge of breakup/breakup sounds” sounds that sounded great for Hendrixy clean stuff
° with a good “unified output” workflow, I will be able to do more and better testing
– instalty had rather high pitched noise. only dwarf connected to outlet, guitar going in in input 1; cable from output 1 going to input amp. Even with the suggested ground loop fix followed by reboot. Suppose I’ll need to try the “different PSU” scenario?
– I found out the hard way the pedalboards all had different levels of output. Is there a way/suggested workflow to normilze this? I had to dial my Blues Deluxe down to the lowsest possible setting to have quiet test volume.
– Getting an “organic” drive sound was ok but going for high gain without sounding like a hard clipping microwave took some effort.
To-Do for me now:
- Find a workflow to make out output volumes similar
- get to know more options (looper etc, was there a “recorder” device plugin already?)
- Get my first real personal and usable board (and share it)
- test vocals
- test acoustic guitar
- test bass
- test snapshots
- test 4 cable setups with effect loop on amp
- learn more about using IR’s
- buy a midi controller keyboard and start learning piano