12 Delays, 4 Bands, 1 Stompbox Modeler: Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius) on M13

As a member of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band and support guitarist for re-united Yellow Magic Orchestra, Keigo Oyamada (known as Cornelius for his one-man project), has been using M13 Stompbox Modeler as the core of his guitar rig.

He just finished playing with YMO at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since YMO's historic 1980 appearance.

Covered with YMO stickers, Keigo's M13 is ready for upcoming gigs at the Fuji Rock Festival ’11 and World Happiness 2011.

"I tend to rely on delays a lot, so the ability to store various delays with different delay times is crucial," said Keigo, also a longtime user of DM4 Distortion Modeler, DL4 Delay Modeler, MM4 Modulation Modeler and FM4 Filter Modeler. "Sometimes I use a couple of delays simultaneously, or change delay times during a song."

With M13 Stompbox Modeler, four effect units can be used simultaneously regardless of effect type, and switching to different setting is breeze, thanks to three footswitches per FX unit.

"Up to 12 delay settings can be used within a single 'scene' (the M13 term for a whole panel setting stored in a single slot), so the total number of delay settings is virtually infinite. I can create settings based on the tempo, then switch to a different setting by pushing a switch. Very convenient."

For a 90 minute-long YMO gig, he uses three scenes.

In addition to M13, he also uses an original Digitech® Whammy® pedal and a volume pedal. He assigns distortion/overdrive to FX Unit 1, and other locations are mostly occupied by delays. The Whammy® pedal is placed after FX Unit 2 by using FX loops available on M13. He prefers using M13 Boost Comp (inspired by* MXR® Micro Amp) and Heavy Distortion (inspired by* Boss® Metal Zone®) for distortion/overdrive.

Other than overdrive/distortion and delay, a volume pedal is also important "effect" for him. On his M13, the closest switches for FX Units 2-3 are assigned to it, and he uses it to cut the delay trails.

For live gigs as Cornelius these days, synchronization between performance and video is getting more important. "I can pre-program delays and switch them by stomping a single switch, which is very helpful. Since I started using M13, it's become much easier for me to manage multiple delays."

He also feels M13 is useful when versatility is paramount, especially while recording as a support musician.

"I used the same pedalboard for recordings with Plastic Ono band, as we really didn’t know which songs would be played. We can do anything with this board. I’ve been using them for Plastic Ono Band and Sean Lennon for the past three years."


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