Todayâ€™s pedal line is from Omer Cordell. If you have a pedal line (doesnâ€™t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Friday Iâ€™ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
I thought I’d share my Pedalboard with you here. As a bassist, a lot of people see my board and ask me “Why…?” to which I have no specific answer to other than, “It’s damn right awesome!”.
I have total appreciation towards the clean direct sound of a bass. I use Spector basses exclusively and those instruments need no tweaking or fiddling with at all. They have immense tones and plugged in to almost any amplifier, they will speak for themselves.
I write a lot of my own music and using effects when I am doodling around puts me in a “zone” and inspires me to write something within those sonic landscapes.
It’s important to use effect pedals (particularly for bass) appropriately and with good taste. I try to never overwhelm a part with a saturated effect unless the part really calls for it.
Others might like to use effects at full capacity which is fine too if this is what they like. I don’t believe that there are any particular set of rules one must follow, if it sounds good to you, go for it.
My signal goes as follows:
Bass—Volume Pedal—Loop pedal (which is a true bypass and when not engaged, goes direct to amp)
Loop #1- Whammy—Harmonizer—Flanger—Octave—Envelope Filter—Delay.
Loop #2- Chorus—Tremolo—Distortion.
Loop #3- Bass DI.
I have loop #3 on all the time as I use the Distortion blend the M-80 Bass DI and it gives me a little bit of dirt to the tone when I need it. Depending on the music, I would engage or disengage the distortion setting on the M-80.
The M-80 Bass DI is by far my favourite thing on my board. It has amazing range and tone characteristics.
I’ve recently acquired the Empress Tremolo and this has proven to be the most versatile tremolo pedal I’ve ever used.
Having a loop pedal allows me to engage multiple effects at once. I love the combination of the Envelope Filter, Flanger and Delay, these three together generate a nice atmospheric sound.
In the near future I will likely be replacing the Whammy with a Wah pedal as I don’t use the whammy that much and real-estate on my board is valuable.
A video of my board can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw-kf7ZbSoo&list=PLS_8guhUW-biGooOcy4V2mUsvWji65QbA