and much more ....
all this in 0.5 Kg / 1.1 pounds weight and a footprint of just 17 x 11 x 6 cm / 6.7" x 4.3" x 2.3"
Ideas often arise out of necessity and frustration. If you are a guitarist, you are constantly looking for tones that define your sensitivity and contribute to your career, experimenting with pedals, effects and accessories that become part of your sound chain.
Whether it's a vintage analog pedal, a digital effect or a programmable multi-effect processor, cheap or expensive, every link in the chain can become irreplaceable because it has that tone, that attack or that color you can't get with any other product on the market.
If you ever found yourself in the need to set up a complex repertoire that includes fast sound changes and special sound effects, you probably included a programmable switcher in your pedalboard to handle patch changes for MIDI-equipped effects and inclusion of pedals: or, alternatively, you decided to adopt a more or less expensive and sophisticated multi-effect pedalboard to achieve total management of your performance - ending up being tied to the specific sound and rules of the pedalboard.
Or, you adopted both solutions, integrating a multi-effect pedalboard with your vintage or boutique pedals, finding yourself pressing various footswitches almost simultaneously during the performance, with an exponential increase in the percentage of errors.
For some years now, high-quality affordable digital effects have surfaced on the market: unfortunately, they lack the MIDI interface, which would allow an efficient use during a live performance; instead, they allow communication only by using a PC via the USB port and proprietary protocols.
Among these, the Zoom MultiStomp product line and the Boss GT-001 , for example, offer incredible sound possibilities with a small footprint, yet at a very affordable price, but they allow limited control during a live performance.
If you have ever been busy setting up musically complex repertoires in dynamic contexts, you probably dreamed of putting together a compact pedalboard able to manage your composite arsenal without compromising handling and quality of your tone, in a package enclosed in a handy laptop case that can be carried as a hand-luggage even on a low-cost flight. No?
Now, imagine having a compact pedalboard, lighter than 0.5 Kg / 1.1 pound, able to use 50 patches to handle a Zoom MultiStomp or a Boss GT-001 and other MIDI compliant devices using three multi-functional footswitches together with an expression pedal to be freely assigned to various events and functions!
However, Magimidi ML-1 is just the first pillar of the Magimidi ecosystem , that is a series of control devices dedicated to live music performance designed and built to finally allow the exploitation of the real possibilities of digital and analog effects.
The missing link is now a reality.
Let's sum it up: the Magimidi system literally revolutionizes the way you think about setting up your pedalboard without compromises, without redundancy and without unnecessary bulk. How?
If you already use any of the famous Zoom Multistomp line effect pedals and the powerful Boss GT-001 , you know that these multi-effects processors offer the same sound quality and the same tonal variety of the top of the line models (expensive and cumbersome) of their respective brands - which are among the most innovative on the market - and you can now, finally, use them live to their full potential : actually, far beyond their intrinsic possibilities, because you can even have a programmable expression pedal to handle any parameter of the Zoom Multistomp or the Boss GT-001 - in the latter case, as a second pedal!
Not enough for you?
ML-1 can be integrated into any MIDI chain as master / slave with zero latency between IN and THRU so as not to limit your imagination and your wish to experiment!
Not enough for you?
ML-1 is just the first product available as part of an innovative control system capable of making the most of analog and digital sound!
All this, and much more, is Magimidi ML-1.
Confirming its innovative vocation, the roadmap of the Magimidi system has on its agenda - thanks to a wide-ranging R&D - the next release of ML-MOD, a digitalization system for analog pedals (Boss, Ibanez, MXR, boutique, ...) capable of making any analog effect programmable via MIDI!
A short distance away in the roadmap follows ML-BT, a buffer/booster/tone pedal that can be used as a classic pedal but also available in the version integrated in the ML-MOD!
The first thought the creators of Magimidi had was to make sure that the weight of the device was the least possible, given the already immense amount of objects that it is necessary to carry along in occasion of a performance.
Magimidi ML-1 is 17cm/6.7" wide, 11cm/4.3" deep, 6cm/2.3" high and weighs 500 grams/1.1 pounds.
A solid structure in combed aluminum makes the object light but at the same time reliable, robust and resistant to any type of stress.
The ergonomics of the shape have also been studied in depth, and this choice makes it easy to use it during the performance also avoiding those errors usually present on the very popular but equally heavy and often inadequate Hammond boxes.
Finally and exclusively, a personal serigraphy printed on a laminated support, scratch/foot resistant and perfectly visible even in conditions of extreme use. This means that a picture of your event, your band or your portrait will be the cover that will personalize and make "your" ML-1 unique, just like your playing style.
Other standard devices are limited to one alphanumeric monochrome display with 2 or 4 lines, with very little graphic possibilities but, above all, with an unmanageable resolution for viewing from afar. The result is that the information displayed is often incomplete, summarized and impossible to be read at a glance.
Magimidi ML-1 has a 2.4 inch OLED COLOR display. You will have visibility and clarity on the information with characters adequately sized and based on the reading distance.
Furthermore, the colors and fonts specially created will make it possible to bring out the current configuration chosen by the preset buttons, and this same information can be seen at the same time as others, immediately but, above all, not summarized.
Just like smartphones, TVs and all similar electronic devices, there will be no need to connect to the internet, download files, copy it to a USB key and transfer it to the device.
Another added value of Magimidi: the firmware gets updated automatically!
Whenever an update is available, a warning message will communicate the need for a download, which will take place in a semi-automatic way (i.e. you can decide whether to do it later or not) via your wifi router or smartphone. Magimidi will connect OVER THE AIR to the dedicated server: within a few seconds, your device will be updated to the latest version available.
Update presets? Duplicate? Replace? Make a backup copy? Nothing easier!!!
By making a LONG PRESS of the central button you enter MAGIEDIT mode.
Through any browser (pc or smatphone) you will reach in a few seconds the page of the preset to be changed and, with a few clicks, you will update what is necessary.
Editing alphanumeric information has never been easier.
Goodbye uncomfortable and not very ergonomic rotary encoder!!!
Among other things, you can create a myriad of specific configurations, creating multiple files to be used from time to time in order to use the one suitable for a certain type of performance.
Your performance should not have technical limitations of any kind.
For this reason, when necessary and possible, the components used for the construction of all Magimidi products are of the highest quality, such as those from ST-PROFESSIONAL for years in the world of ultra-professional sector for audio connectors and footswitches.
Anyone in the industry knows what we're talking about.
The pursuit of excellence does not end with design.
The authors are able to produce almost every part of all MAGIMIDI products, making use of a large technological park, naturally putting aside the electronic components which - for economic and qualitative reasons - are purchased from third parties.
And here, then, total autonomy in the production of ML-1, which is synonymous with high quality standards and attention to detail: from CAD drawings to firmware programming, from electronic assembly to structural carpentry, passing through the use of traditional machine tools to end the process - finally - on numerically controlled machines managed by quality computers.
This typical and unparalleled ITALIAN STYLE leads to the proud goal of an excellent craftsmanship of details.
Finally, the phase of realization of perfectly working prototypes leads to the possibility of positively closing the production process. The authors invest heavily in both software and quality control and will always be able to ensure a constant and high quality of all the pieces that will be handcrafted over time.
A research extended to the entire music scene, a craftsmanship of rare quality and an obsessive attention to detail make ML-1 a jewel of technology.
This is its strength!
Before the pandemic, but above all before the new European regulation linked to imports from outside the EU, the price of ML-1 was much lower than what we are now forced - in spite of ourselves - to propose. Based on these scenarios - certainly unfavorable towards small artisan producers - and even if it has not yet been precisely defined, a figure is expected to be around 300 Euros.
Also due to COVID-19, some parts of the components are not yet in stock in such quantities as to make ML-1 a device to be built in many copies.
An opening of the reservation waiting list is scheduled by the END OF AUGUST 2021, when everything needed for the production chain will, hopefully, finally be available.
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