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Instructional Video – Vex Pro Touring Double Bass Pedal (Round Two)

by Omar on November 10, 2009

in Education

Pro Touring Double Bass Pedals

Way back in February of 2009, I produced a video (split in two, actually) about how to configure the Vex Pro Touring Double Bass pedal, particularly the slave pedal.  You can read about the whole experience here, but suffice it to say that, well, some people wanted more!

Initially, I thought that everyone would be having the same difficulties that I was having.  But as time went on, I realized that many were having different types of problems configuring their Vex pedals.  There were problems with both pedals, but predominantly it was the left, or slave, that prompted most of the questions and concerns.  That is why I chose to make the aforementioned videos about that part of the pedal.

Unfortunately for customers, Vex’s customer support leaves something to be desired.  In their defense, I know what they’re doing.  They’re determining where would their money be better spent:  on advertising, or in the product?  If they spend more money on advertising, then they would have to increase the price of the pedals, which they want to make accessible to as many people as possible, for as little as possible.  Since they chose to invest more dollars into research and development, the quality of the product may go up, but customer/technical support is not as good as some of the other drum companies.  Their pedal may be a great bargain based on a feature comparison with other pedals, but the others may have the edge support-wise.

The above then prompts end users many times to fend for themselves, trying to figure out what to do when things go awry.  Fortunately, I am one who has fended for himself, and won!  🙂  Anyway, what I decided to do is produce a follow-up video to the first two, which pretty much covers all the bases as far as how to configure these pedals.  It is very likely that some of these concepts can be applied to many other brands and models of pedals, so from an educational or referential standpoint, all should benefit.  Feel free, of course, to comment on your experiences with these and other pedals, for everyone’s benefit.  I’d also love to hear if these videos have helped you solve the ‘vexing’ riddle of the Pro Touring double bass pedals.

I tried to make the video ten minutes, but there was just too much information to be presented, so again it is split in twain.  These videos pretty much supersede the previous two, so you could get away with watching these new ones and not miss the other two.  But it doesn’t hurt to review!

Have fun double-bassing!



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dan November 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Hey, nice looking pedals.
I have an 8-piece double bass kit, and would like to know how well these pedals perform individually. These look real nice compared to IC’s or DW’s

Ive seen that they can be separated into single pedals, but have not seen any videos or articles about it, or how well they are.

If you could help, that would be [great.]

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Omar November 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Hi Dan.

I’ve never separated these pedals to play individually, but after tweaking, I’m sure they’d be fine. If you haven’t purchased the pedals, I think they’re inexpensive enough to twiddle with them, and if you’re not satisfied you can return them. But I think they’re a good value. Give it a shot! You can purchase them on eBay.

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