Tweaking settings on effects stomps for different song requirements can be a bit of pain. Not only do you have to indulge the patience of the audience by crouching down to your pedalboard to turn the knobs, but you also have to remember which value positions give the desired sound. GigRig's AutoPot allows players to set value presets and have up to three of its arms change the settings for them.
The AutoPot comes with three 6 x 1.5 x 2 cm (2.36 x 0.59 x 0.78 in) arms ending in a metal cog. A toothed wheel is attached to the pot shaft of a value knob on the face of a stomp and the AutoPot arm lined up so that the teeth bite, and the arm stuck in place. Cables are then fed to the 9 V-powered, 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm (2.48 x 2.48 x 1.37 in) main unit.
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The AutoPot has been designed to work with the company's G2 pedalboard switching system, but will operate with any MIDI controller or loop switching system. Multiple controllers can be linked via the MIDI Out/Thru ports so that they can work together. The Control dial in the center of the AutoPot in used to select, set and save the positions of the value knob.
Each arm can receive data over a different MIDI channel, allowing for a number of presets to be stored and recalled. Plugging in an expression pedal offers real-time control of the third AutoPot arm.
The AutoPot is priced at US$389 and is estimated to ship in May. Visitors to NAMM this week can take a closer look at the system at the Lava Cable booth.
You can see a short introduction video below.
Product page: AutoPot