PEDALBOARDS: the never-ending futzing/wiring/confuguring game.
You’re probably familiar with Pedaltrain.
I had a Pedaltrain-2 originally, in summer 2012. It was a bit small for the stuff I was using and wanted to use, so I upgraded to a Pedaltrain Pro (32″ by 16″). The cost was (and still is) a bit ridiculous, so I decided to go the cheaper route, after not messing with my pedalboard for several years.
My friend Brad Parsons told me about the IKEA Hejne shelving. It’s basically $10 for two 5-slat pieces (just a tad smaller than a Pedaltrain Pro, and much, much less). We went to IKEA one day and got one. It sat around for a while because I couldn’t decide exactly what to do with it…. more on this in a minute.
There are tons of people who build their own pedalboards using IKEA stuff: the Brada laptop stand, the Gorm shelf, or the Hejne shelf. All of these are great options. I think a lot of people choose the Gorm, and do various cuts and re-screwing.
I chose the easiest/laziest route– I cut a Hejne shelf into two pieces with a hand saw: 2-slat, and 3-slat. I put some velcro and cable ties on the 3-slat part, for the power supply, and the loop-side velcro (soft side) for the pedals to mount to. I used some Ikea KALLAX L-brackets (normally for securing the Kallax shelves to a wall), as the feet for the board. Super-simple, and not much work at all.
Version 1 (the 3-slat piece)
Version 2 (3-slat, with the 2-slat on top):
This version is set up as a convertible board…. the 2-slat piece being the “main” section and the 3-slat piece being the “big, bulky, studio-use only” piece. I velcroed the 2-slat piece to the 3-slat, and it seemed decently stable… but… I can’t really find a soft case that can fit it like this. So, I think I’m going back to the 3-slat “has mostly everything”… and when I need my Delaylab (the biggest beast), it’s there (separately), on an IKEA Brada, with the special red plug from my power supply… I can actually sit it on top of the left corner of the board, when I need it (just some small re-cabling needed, when I change it up). I never use the Delaylab live, only in the studio (see version 3)
Version 3 (August 5th, 2018):
This is the version I’m likely to keep at least for a while. I’m back to the 3-slat piece, but brought in the IKEA Brada to house the bigger pedals. Notice how the Delaylab can sit on the main board (in the top left corner) or be on the side, as long as the power cable can reach (likely can’t, though). This is simple and light, and easier to find a soft case for… it measures 30″ by 11.5″ by about 4.5″ high. The Ernie Ball volume pedal sits to the side, as does the Tap tempo switch for the Zoom G3.
I still have to get a Digitech Jamman Stereo for backing track and loop stuff (which will be on the left side of the main board, by itself, or on the 2-slat piece, right next to the Digitech Vocalist Live 5 harmonizer pedal). The 2-slat thing will be used mainly for my solo stuff and/or stuff with others— Vocalist Live 5 harmonizer pedal (shown), and/or the Jamman Stereo, depending on the needs. When I need my laptop, I’ll use a Line6 Shortboard MKII to control Reaper 5 functions, with my feet.
Lots of fun…. here are some cool videos showing some DIY builds with IKEA stuff…
Video showing the Gorm:
Another Gorm build (no tools):
Hejne build…. lots of painting, tool use, but came out great:
Pedaltrain— while I love your stuff… you gotta get with the times and realize we probably don’t need your products, anymore…. the shit is just too damn expensive. But, we do dig your soft cases (can you please offer them separately?)
PEOPLE OUT THERE…. Good luck with your build! Please feel free to comment below with any ideas or with anything you’ve built. Thanks!