If your schedule looks like this:
• Friday-night industrial metal band club date
• Saturday pig roast subbing with Americana/roots-rock act
• Sunday church worship band...
... odds are you’re not always using the same gear from gig to gig. I’m constantly adding and subtracting gear, but Aclam has built a pedalboard that gets me!
The Smart Track S2 board offers a solution to keep your pedals in line without permanently marking them up with Velcro. It can hold eight to 10 pedals on a footprint of just under 24-by12 inches. Included with the S2 are 40 reusable fasteners that attach your pedals to the board with the help of a flathead screwdriver.
Assembly came down to lining up my pedals, placing a fastener between two track pieces and tightening the screw. The instructions suggest four fasteners per pedal. I got away with only needing three for my delay’s tap/tempo switch, but I needed six fasteners to anchor down my wah. The fasteners have a rubber coating that won’t scratch your pedals. They also pivot to help mount circular or odd-shaped pedals.
First night out, I carpooled with the drummer. Even with some creative equipment stacking and a U-turn or two, once I got to the gig, all my pedals were still locked into place. The front legs on the S2 sit about a half-inch higher than the back legs. Included are two front leg extensions if you prefer a larger angle or height.
The S2 is made from anodized aluminum, without pedals it weighs around 8 lbs. Aclam offers an optional softcase that includes shoulder straps, handles and a front pocket for cables. The website offers a bunch of additional accessories such as power supply mounts and level extensions.
Street Price: $250 for the S2 board with softcase
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