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Switching effects without foot pedals

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Does anyone know of a way that you could switch up effects while playing without the use of a "foot" pedal? I am a wheelchair user with paraplegia and am not able to use my feet to use effect pedals. I am pretty sure one could use their hands but that would mean having to stop playing. Maybe gear with an interface that uses Alexa so the player could say when to change or adjust tone or effects. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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Some of the POD's have midi in/out, which can control most of the parameters and actions. There are a lot of weird and wonderful midi controllers out there, some made especially for people with disabilities. I don't know which country you're in, but in places like USA or UK you are almost guaranteed to have a music therapist nearby, who would be glad to help you solve your problem. They should know all about midi controllers and any other alternatives.

 

Here's a reference document. The big hurdle is going to be mapping your chosen controller to the POD (or vice versa) successfully:

https://line6.com/data/l/0a06000f1344c45ecbcd6e0293/application/pdf/MIDI Continuous Controller Reference

 

One approach you might want to think about, at least to start off, is playing along to a backing track or metronome from your computer DAW software, and then use midi signals from the DAW software to change patches automatically at certain places throughout the song without you having to do anything.This means you wouldn't need to find a suitable midi controller to switch on the fly right away, and could learn about how the midi functions work on the PODs before experimenting with controllers.

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