Today’s Pedal Line Friday submission is from Jason Matheson . If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to email@example.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Pedal Line Friday – 9/22 – Jason Matheson
First, I play at my church every Sunday. I’m in no other bands, I’m just a church player. The room constraints where I play were the biggest shaping factor when building this board. I didn’t want an amp adding noise to the room so I put together a direct board that would provide the best possible sound and finally ditched the hd500x. IMO, it sounds awesome. I’ll list the pedals in the sequence they’re run.
First is the muff. Classic fuzz sound which I use for any song that is 100% fuzzy. It is not a necessity on the board, but I love it so it stays.
Thorpyfx Fallout Cloud. This is my final gain stage that’s there for when I need to go to 11. It’s super fuzzy and a slight volume boost over the gain stage before it. Wonderful muff clone.
D&m this is my bread and butter. I love this thing. As soon as I get 2 trs insert cables it’ll be in separate switches on the looper.
Polytune. You know what it does.
All of these are in the looper.
After the looper, it’s the Keeley compressor pro. Man oh, man. Anything you ever need out of a compressor this thing can do. I have it set to squash really big peaks in volume and provide some amount of sustain.
Morley mini optical volume pedal. It works.
From here we go into a JHS buffered splitter.
One side goes straight to the ethos clean for a “dry” signal. The ethos has loads of tone sculpting possibilities and a pretty solid speaker simulation. This runs out into the PA.
The other side of the split goes into the Kingsley Squire D. Talk about tone! 3 knobs and a 3 position switch and this pedal creates amazingly smooth, lush clean tones. I’ll never part with this beauty.
The squire goes into the two notes torpedo cab simulator. If you’re going direct, you can’t find a pedal board cab simulator that sounds better. I have a custom ir loaded on it.
The VFE chorus prototype pedal is based off of their choral reef and can make any sound from a chorus, to a flanger, or insane feedback screeching madness. It’s loads of fun to play with.
There signal goes out of the board to the PA from here for the wet signal.
There it is. Hundreds of hours of learning and research and scouring forums to find the brands and devices needed to go direct in the most real means possible.