Today’s Pedal Line Friday submission is from Tony Long . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Pedal Line Friday – 9/29 – Tony Long
Been following Pedal Line Friday for a while, and now that I finally have my sound for my bass rig dialed in, I thought I’d share.
Unlike many on this forum, I am fairly pedal-averse. I like it simple, but I have complex sound needs for the music I play. I’ve found that, with having to play through many unpredictable backline setups, it’s best for my board to be “my sound” so I can plug into almost anything, set the EQ to be flat, and sound great.
Here’s the signal path:
1. TC Electronics Poly Tune Mini
2. MXR Bass Compressor
3. Source Audio Soundblox2 Multiwave Bass Distortion
4. Heavy Electronics El Oso Bass Fuzz
5. Moog Moogerfooger12-Stage Phaser
6. HBE Mimic Analog Delay
7. MXR Analog Chorus
8. Tech21 Sans Amp Bass Driver DI
I built my board myself without regard for aesthetics. It is angled and has 2 levels because there are 2 pedals that are always on and never change – the Compressor at the front end and the Sans Amp at the tail end. So I mounted these underneath the top level, which is angled for easy access. The whole shebang is powered by a Walrus Audio Aetos power supply which really saves me when I’m touring internationally.
The 3 switch UMI3 Logidy pedal is a USB Midi device I use to set tempo on a computer that sometimes is playing a keyboard part for one of my projects. I am going to explore using this for more than that time permitting.
My basses are either a Keith Roscoe 5-string with Bartonlini pickups (single coil n the neck position and a humbucker by the bridge), or a Fender Precision V with a Nordstrand MM5 Dual Coil added to the bridge position.
The natural sound of the rig is smooth on the bottom end but with a bit of bite in the upper mids and highs. The Soundblox2 has 2 channels of distortion, one dirty and one completely guttural. The El Oso is a smoother fuzz, which works great beneath a guitar solo. Either of these with the Moogerfooger makes for a pretty intensely complex wash. The Moogerfooger alone is set to add some gentle rolling tone shift without taking the pitch to funny places. The delay is there just in case, and the chorus is there to add sheen every once in a while.
My main rock project is a new band called Samson The Aviator: http://samsontheaviator.rocks which is a hard alternative rock band. My other music project can be seen at http://www.culturalexceptionmusic.com which is my music composition business.
Hope this works for you, I also have a lovely guitar set-up that I can share in due time.