Well, the F-30 is working out really well... i've been just plugging straight into the amp (well, with a modded TS7 and a Decimator in front) for the last few weeks, and have really been enjoying the "plug and play" nature of my rig. But as the time approaches when i'm going to have to be laying down some guitar tracks, i'm going to need to have my effects.
So my old board is going to get gutted, and a new one rebuilt. Actually, my "board" is two separate boards... one for magnetic and one for piezo. This worked REALLY well, because for simple shows, i could just leave the piezo board in its case and run just with my GT-6 into the power amp and cab. But now that i have the TS7 and Decimator (and amp chanels + Contour boost to deal with), i'm going to have to rebuild it completely, because it all won't fit on one board, and there would be too much stuff split between the two boards to make that setup work.
I'm going to be getting an Axess Electronics CFX4 to handle the amp switching duties via MIDI (i'll only need two channels of it to toggle between channels on the amp, and to activate the Contour mode. I'm not going to bother switching the reverb on the amp, as i'll be using the digital 'verbs in the GT-6 where needed.
I'm also going to be dropping the AG-Stomp out of the piezo signal chain. I'm finding the Tech21 Acoustic DI is giving me better tonal control with less noise, so the only thing the AG-Stomp was doing was adding a touch of reverb and enabling my fancy expression-pedal-enabled panning between my magnetic and piezo sounds. Instead, my plan is to build a custom pan pedal myself using a wah pedal shell from Small Bear Electronics, a few jacks and a blend pot. I'm hoping it's going to work out as planned.
I'll be hooking it all up using the four-cable method.
My dilemma right now is how to use use my PedalSnake. Option 1 is to have it carry nothing but power from the backline to the pedalboard (i like having my amp and effects all plugged into the same circuit to reduce the chances of ground loops) and the footswitch functions from the board to the amp. This would mean i'd need to either add three audio to carry the signal back and forth to and from the amp and board, or upgrade to the 7-channel snake. Option 2 is to build a power supply into the pedalboard and use the PedalSnake to carry the audio signals and footswitch functions to and from the amp. I'm leaning toward option 2 just to keep things simple and cost-efficient.
Zip-tie an extension cord to the PedalSnake?
If you're using MIDI to handle all the switching, you could get by with just the 4-channel snake - MIDI, audio in, audio out, power. Unless I missed something?
Edit: dunno how many pedals you're running, and what the current draw is - I guess that would be the limiting factor - you might need more channels for power.