Aug 15 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/15 – Robert Abernathy

Today’s pedal line is from Robert Abernathy. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Hey, my name is Robert Abernathy and I have been following Effects Bay for a long long while.  I always enjoy reading how other people have chosen their gear, how they use it and why they chain it together as they do.  I’m always searching for creative and unusual ways to create sound.  I love reading Effects Bay to see how everyone from different genres sets up their gear.  I love playing everything weird and experimental from doom to post rock, surf to noise wave and crusty punk to clean.  My attempt at setting up my board is based on wanting a great sounding clean tone that can be quickly obliterated into the best sounding all-out noise you have ever heard.

I’ve been using Hank’s pedal labels for the past year on different gear and they are great for saving settings.  My board is always evolving, but here is my current setup:

Stanley FX Bluesman  – This overdrive is an original design using FET transistors in a Shunt, Resist, Push, Pull configuration.  This pedal is very unique to my ears and I really like it (and no, I don’t think of myself as a blues musician).  It can go from a light/medium overdrive to gritty fuzz, without losing clarity or the bottom end.  I put this first in my chain so that it will impart its’ sound on other pedals that I stack it with further in the chain.  The Bluesman stacks very nice with fuzz and other overdrives, adding nice lows that give an extra growl while boosting the signal as well if you need it to.

Moog MF Boost  – This is a great boost that really helps enhance your tone.  VCA mode is like a clean boost, while OTA Clipped mode is more of a dirty boost.  Either mode will make your guitar sound better as it adds beautiful natural compression.  I keep this on all of the time.  You can even add an expression pedal which increases the signal boost available and can be used to either sweep the gain or act as a volume pedal (!).  I think this is a great under-rated pedal and can’t wait to add the expression pedal.

Devi Ever Synth Mangler – 2 of Devi’s Soda Meisers in 1 pedal – but with 2 sets of glitch switches (Chaos and Noise).  The Chaos switch seems to de-activate parts of the circuit, while the Noise switch seems to slowly choke out the circuit altogether until it gasps its’ last breath and then passes out in a puddle of its’ own urine.  Dense muff tones, gated/ungated,  velcro-fuzz, sputter/creamy zazz – the Synth Mangler is super versatile.   The trick is adjusting the joystick and trying different switch combinations.  And if you love noise, feed this into another fuzz pedal, turn the switches on and off, and you’ll get wild rising sirens.  Feed this into long delays, use the switches on and off, and create electronic drum patterns.  Convert your body into an A.M. radio antennae by just touching the switches with your fingers while it’s on.  I keep finding new ways to use this thing that should not be even possible.  Insane, but dependable every time.

Kinnetone Sagmaster   – This is a dying battery effect made by Brian Kinnaman.  The sounds it gives you when you add it to the pedal’s power supply will vary from pedal to pedal.  I keep this hooked up to the Synth Mangler.  When you dial it all the way down while the Noise and/or Chaos switches are engaged and toggle the joystick, you can get other-worldly octave ring modulator tones, destructive electrical flash grenade sounds, arpeggiator-like tones, and scrambled sirens chock full of upper octave artifacts.  Sometimes, your waveform just wants you to destroy it, so that it can be reborn into something new.  You can check out a video I made of the Sagmaster and the Devi Ever Synth Mangler+MXR Carbon Copy here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_AG7o8P3Lk

Blakemore Effects Bi-Polar Octadrive  – This pedal is a Blakemore Effects Mustang Overdrive along with an octave-up fuzz in a single pedal.  The overdrive is based on a modded Way Huge Red Llama overdrive circuit (Tube Sound Fuzz) along with 3 separate tone controls added.  This goes from a nice boost to a hot tweed tone before crossing over into fuzz territory.  The Octave-up side is based on the Foxx Tone Machine’s Octave circuit and it has an amazing wild bloom – as if a ghostly electrical arc was creepy-crawling from your guitar cord to your amp.  Both sides of this pedal sound incredible.  The octave is very present and easily defined with either bridge or neck pickups and on both low and high notes all over the neck.

Devi Ever Aenima  – Nasty high-gain Fuzz, instant thick angry feedback, super loud – Doom on command.  This circuit is an evolutionary mutation from Devi’s Torn’s Peaker design and has a super aggressive and biting raw sound to it.  This silicon fuzz is bright, in your face, down and dirty and sounds great stacked with overdrive.  As nasty as this pedal is, it is easily tamed with a delay and is great for leads.

Übermut   – This is the 1 pedal to rule them all.  The Übermut pedal was designed so that you can change out the clipping components with a military spec. diode clip holder – so you can change out the diode in seconds without a sodering gun and without technical know-how.  This is a great customizable pedal and what it does really depends on what diode you’ve selected.   I am in love with their Vintage Germanium diodes, which at high settings is a great, burley, warm fuzz fountain.  Mosfets sound awesome too.  The left footswitch is a treble booster, which has an internal trim-pot to adjust the gain level.   This is a great great sounding overdrive/fuzz pedal.

Celestial Effects Gemini VTR  –  Independent Vibrato, Tremolo and Reverb 3 in 1 pedal, with the circuit path in that order.  The Vibrato sounds just like the sweet vibrato from a Magnatone amplifier with a toggle switch for Square and Triangle waveforms.  The Tremolo is classic and easily controllable.  Both the Vibrato and Tremolo are optically coupled LFO’s that have Rate, Depth and Duty Cycle controls on the front panel of the pedal.  The Duty Cycle allows you to control the on/off ratio of each pulse of the waveform, allowing you to control the ratio of how long the pulse is on during the time base cycle.  This means that you have incredible flexibility to manipulate the waveform to your liking.  The Reverb section is based on the digital Belton medium spring reverb tank with an analog opamp signal path.  I’m thinking of switching the tank out for the long reverb tank, but the medium tank sounds huge as it is.  Each section of this pedal has its’ own Gain Adjust and Tone controls via internal trimpots.   Everything on this pedal is of the highest professional grade and built like a tank.  It sounds lush and can easily go from beautifully authentic retro sounds to nonstandard noise-athon pulse waves of desolation.

EHX Micro POG   – Simple to use and tracks great on all notes and all strings with no lag.  Great for bass sounds from the guitar and for guitar sounds from the bass.  Cut down the dry signal to zero, crank the sub-octave and upper-octave and use this with fuzz and you’ll get a nice bit-crushing Atari effect.   I like to add a little bit of the sub-octave to my dry signal when I’m playing clean – just enough to round out the sound and add fullness.  A lot of people have this earlier in their signal chain, however, I like it right here after the reverb on the Gemini VTR to create a wash of ethereal octave waves.

MXR Carbon Copy  – Great analog delay.  This pedal makes everything single thing you play sound nice and worthy of listening to.  I adjusted the internal trim pots to slow down the modulation so that it’s more subtle.  Also super great for noise and oscillation effects.  I love keeping this just on the verge of oscillation.  Nice deep and warm repeats.  Carbon Copy + any Fuzz = great for slow solos.

BOSS AW-2 Auto Wah  –  Great analog auto wah/envelope filter that has now been discontinued.  Do I play Funk? – well, no…never -but this is great for slow, low-pass resonant filter-sweeping psychedelic drama (Rate 3, Depth 2, Manual 1 and Sens 0).  At this setting, it’s slow and low and great for doomy sludgy Fuzz love.  A lot of people put their wah very early in their chain, even before their dirt.  I’ve always loved wah after dirt and putting this after dirt and modulation effects creates a very unusual sound that is not a typical wah or auto-wah sound.  This unit can also act as an envelope filter (Rate 0, Depth 0, Manual 0, Sens 6).  The BOSS AW-2 is a great example of why you should often disregard what the “experts” say about pedal chain order and why you should also try products and effects that other people tend to overlook.

TC Electronics Flashback Delay  – Extremely versatile digital delay with a small footprint.  The Flashback is like a Swiss pocket army knife of delay options and textures.  The toneprint feature is what makes this pedal stand out from other similar delays and lets you customize it to your own personal taste.  I am in love every single toneprint and I love being able to customize the toneprint to my exact liking.  I switched the buffer on in this unit, which eliminates that audible click sound when you engage the pedal and also lets the delays spillover after you’ve turned off the delay.

I use the same set up for guitar and bass with zero problems.  The pedalboard was made from re-purposed wood by Cory Scanlon of www.recycledpedalboards.com .  He is a super-nice, super-skilled guy.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Effects Bay is a great platform for us to compare notes and inspire each other.  I only wish we had something like this back in the 80’s and 90’s.  I am currently involved in 2 different projects:  My solo project is The Pipes of Drone https://soundcloud.com/the-pipes-of-drone/tracks  and I collaborate with my good friend Jason Hagood (guitars, keys, samples) on his project called Everything We Hold Dear https://soundcloud.com/everthing-we-hold-dear .


Aug 12 2014

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Here is a nice pedal I wanted to talk about for a while. It’s the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive. This is a classic sounding overdrive using the famed JRC4558 IC chip (ala Tube Screamer). This is a symmetrical clipping overdrive. There is a lot of talk about the JRC4558 IC chip. Some people swear about the tone from the JRC4558 opamp – some don’t care. For those of you have that have a few minutes today.. check out this post – “Visual Sound: Myth Buster #2: Op Amps

But regardless of the type of opamp that is in the EHX East River Drive, the bottom line, it sounds great at an affordable price! Standard controls you’d expect for this classic overdrive – Volume, Drive and Tone, and the unit is has a true-bypass footswitch.

Here is the official description of the East River Drive:

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Overdrive creates classic overdrive that’s as bold as New York City. Add some east coast attitude to your clean sound or send your already gritty tone over the edge. Symmetrical overdrive adds edge and gain without compromising tone. Volume and Drive take it from sweet to searing while Tone lets you dial in just the right amount of bite to cut through the mix.

No matter how hard you drive it, you’re always in control. True bypass and tone that is absolutely unflinching at a musician-friendly price! What more could you ask for?

Check out this demo by EHX:

If you own this pedal, please head over to PedalFinder.com and submit a review!


Aug 8 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/8 Pete Hiley

Today’s pedal line is from Pete Hiley. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/8 Pete HileyHere are my pedals, arranged on a RUFO pedalboard purchased from Vintage Gitar in Oslo, Norway. I play in a stoner-rock band called The Wit (www.thewit.no) based in Oslo. I’m playing an early 80’s Gibson ES-335TD, a ’76 Gibson Explorer (Ltd Edition) fitted with Lindy Fralin p92’s, an MJT Jazzmaster copy and a ’79 Washburn Falcon. For amplification, I’m using a Simms-Watts MKII 100 watt head into a 1984 Marshall 4×12″ bass cabinet and an old Telrad (Norwegian company) 2×12 cabinet fitted with two monster PA speakers.

For power, I’m using a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 plus, which is hidden away under the top bank of pedals.

The signal chain is as follows:

1: Sonic Research ST-200 Tuner. Tuners are tuners, I guess, but this is certainly the quickest one I have ever used. The accuracy and response are excellent and the user-preset function is pretty useful as well. I always thought the Gibson Min-ETune thing looked like it would do away with floor tuners all together. That was until I tried one the other day.  It functioned perfectly well, and was fun to use, but it kind of reminded me of an orthopaedic shoe in the way that it looked. It completely ruins the side-profile of the headstock in my opinion, as well as adding extra weight at the wrong end. Anyway, enough about that…

2: Pete Drive PD-1 Ok, so this is really just a Boss SD-1 that I repainted and renamed. The paint job doesn’t do anything for the sound, but I think it makes it slightly nicer to look at. I love SD-1’s; they are as cheap as they are reliable. The Simms-Watts head is incredibly clean, so I’m using the SD-1 with a relatively low drive setting, just to give the sound of an amp that just on the point of breaking up. I understand that the SD-1’s are voiced on an overdriven tube amp, and it’s perfect for that.

3: Analog Man Astro Tone Fuzz I don’t use it all that much, but it has an excellent dynamic response. Changing the pick attack can really squeeze the tone. I’m running this and the King of Tone at a slightly lower voltage, using the SAG feature on the Pedal Power 2, but I’m not totally sure if it affects the tone all that much.

4: Analog Man King of Tone  I’m using channel 1 as a clean boost and channel 2 on the distortion setting. Channel 1 stays on pretty much all the time and works nicely with the SD-1. It also gives decent clarity to the Astro Tone.

5: Earthquaker Devices Arpanoid  This pedal has capabilities that I’m yet to fully explore/appreciate, and I haven’t really found a good use for it. However, if you set it as shown, you get a kind of slap-back octave situation. It’s hard to describe, but it works really well on leads patterns and gives a kind of vintage style effect. It only really stays on the board to encourage me to play with it. Otherwise, I think it might just end up on a shelf at home.

6: Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay with the AMAZE0 Controller Pedal pictured to the right. The delay itself is amazing as it is, but the controller pedal gives you modulation options, a tap-tempo function, a bank of user-programmable presets and a choice of quarter, eighth and dotted eighth note settings. It’s just extremely cool and: No, I don’t work for Analog Man :-)

7: Boss DD-3  I have no fixed use for this, but it’s nice to have. I’m mostly using the ‘hold’ function to create some atmospheric stuff between songs. Not much one can say about the DD-3 that people don’t already know.

8: EHX Holy Grail Nano The ‘flerb’ setting is poor, but the ‘hall’ and ‘spring’ settings are perfect. I’m using it for colour mostly. It’s really nice if you push the ‘hall’ setting just over halfway and get a slightly wetter tone.

9: Mr. Black Supermoon  It’s pretty much my signature sound and I can’t say enough good things about this reverb pedal. The effect is sort of indescribable; a bit like trying to explain the smell of cut grass or clean bed-sheets. Hehe. The ‘sway’ function gives you erie trails that go on forever. I’d say the upgraded Supermoon Chrome has more of a high-shimmer to it and is perhaps a little brighter, but this one is perfect for me.

And that’s it! I might incorporate a phaser and a volume pedal at some point, I’m not sure.

Enjoy

Pete


Jul 29 2014

Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine

EHX B9 Organ MachineMan.. I’ve been reading more and more buzz about the Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine pedal. It’s time for me to take a closer look. I think it’s great that Electro-Harmonix exploring replicating sounds of interesting instruments and apply that for guitar for creating whole new musical options, that go beyond just replicating the instrument. EHX’s  Ravish Sitar is a perfect example. Sure you could use this pedal for that sitar part, but you could also use it for crazy guitar leads that is completely unique.

So, the EHX B9 Organ Machine was designed to recreate some of the most classic organ sounds. You can select from 9 classic organ tones – Fat & Full, Jazz, Gospel, Classic Rock, Bottom End, Octaves, Cathedral, Continental and Bell Organ. Controls include ‘dry’ and ‘organ’ levels. Basically how you mix the guitar with the organ (via Organ and Dry outputs). ‘Mod’ will add modulation to the signal. ‘Click’ is an actual click to replicate the click percussion from B3 and C3 organs.

Here is the official product video by EHX:

Here is the official brief description of the EHX B9 Organ Machine:

With 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the ’60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Control the instrument’s signature percussive click and sweet modulation. Blend your dry signal to create lush layers. Enough tone wheel and combo organ inspiration to light your fire and cook up some green onions!

The Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine is currently available for $220.30 at Amazon.com. If you’re looking to add organs to a recording, or use this for a totally unique application, this could be a great solution! This pedal also comes with free shipping!

If you own a B9 Organ Machine, please lets us know what you think about it by commenting below!


Jul 28 2014

EHX Switchblade Plus Bundle

EHX Switchblade Plus BundleThis morning I came across a nice bundle deal on the Electro-Harmonix Switchblade Plus pedal. The Switchblade Plus is a A/B/Y pedal that is compact and with multi-color LED when switching from A/B which is nice. I personally use something similar to this (custom build) for Matchless HC-30 head. That particular head has 2 dedicated input channels, and I needed a way to switch between the two, as well as combine them. My controller, has single color LEDs so it can be confusing on dark stages, so the different LEDs is a big deal for me! I might have to jump on this.

Here is a quick demo by Sean Kerns:

So let’s talk about this bundle deal! I personally like the bundle deal. Nice way to pick up some extra pieces for free.. or really cheap, and some of these things are nice to have in the guitar case or in the studio for when you need it. The Electro-Harmonix Switchblade Plus is currently available for $43.95 via Amazon and includes FREE shipping.. but also comes with a free instrument cable.. free patch cable.. and free polishing cloth (also comes with free picks..but didn’t want to mention that.. who cares on the picks). But the rest is nice!

If you have personal experience with the Electro-Harmonix Switchblade Plus, please let us know what you think by commenting below! Love to hear what you think!

 


Jul 18 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 7/18 – Florent Paris

Today’s pedal line is from Florent Paris. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 7/18 - Florent ParisHi effects bay !

Here’s a new french contribution for your friday’s pedal line !

So basically the first board is for both my guitars (Fender Jazzmaster & Harley Benton Open tunned), going to a Fender BluesJunior. The second board is for both my accoustic guitars. I play mainly for my solo ambient/post-rock instrumental project called Hors Sujet, and you can find all the latest news here: www.facebook.com/horssujetmusic

Now about the gear itself

First Board :

SHO clone : A Super Hard On Clone made by a french compagny called Crust Pedals. A great way for me to boost the incoming signal into the pedalboard. Plus the Crust pedal’s guys are really kind and did a custom paint just for me ! You can trust the Crust!

Buzz Electronics ABY box : Allows me to change between my Jazzmaster and the Harley Benton (Open tunned).

Earnie Ball Jr: The attack is faster than the Boss FV, which is good!

TC Electronics Polytune mini: Recent purchase, I thought it couldn’t do open tuning (I had read that somewhere, long time ago), but this little baby can’t be more precise for both my guitars!

Zvex Instant Lofi I love the immediate and typical vintage compressed sound it can delivers, and although it doesn’t fit everywhere you can get a subtil and delightful sound with it. It works VERY VERY well when the EHX Freeze is freezing a note.

Digitech Whammy  Lot of use of this one. Mainly for its one-octave-down bass layers, I also loop a lot of glitchy sounds and play with them. Since I play solo, it’s perfect to have some strong bass layers!

Fairfield Circuitry Barbershop My main sound. It gives me its lovely crunch. I’ll never get rid of it. 95% on, it goes from great boost to really warm overdrive.

Fulltone OCD My big overdrive. It’s sharp, very versatile and nice overdrive.

EHX Big Muff Really awesome fuzz ! Big wall of sound, infinite sustain, and when I use it with the whammy, boom, fat bass !

Devi Ever Aenima : Depending on the mood, I use this fuzz or the HFOA (see below). The Aenima is really a textural fuzz. Dirty, yet very distinct. So much gain from this cute thing.

Holy Fuzz of Antioche (the yellow one on the far left of the unused) Here’s the story: I was a member of a forum, but few months ago they decided to put an end to that forum. So a nice guy decided to make a “present” to some people, and built a pedal as a “farewell forum” thing. This is a heavy fuzz, really massive.

EHX#1 Echo Clean delays. I do a lot of slapback echoes with it, the blend knob can be strange at the first attempts, but once you get it, you’ll love it.

Sib! Mr Echo My favorite so far.For his warm decay and the craziness of the self-oscillation (if you press the Slam switch, you’ll never forget it). I’m still amazed by the harsh noise it can produce. This one was hard to get (I had to get it on american ebay, and ask for the man to send it to France…that wasn’t easy believe me). Back in these days I had got it for 80$.

Boss RV3 Perfect pedal. It has the 100% wet, the reverb+delay, and the delay itself.

Boss TR2 The first tremolo I had, I’m not that much of a modulation guy, but I like this one. This is the best example of “I bought it when I built the board, it’s hard to imagine it without this pedal, haha)

Looper Reverser This is the kind of thing that change the pedal’s order.This one allows me to change the order of the RC2 and the Kaoss Pad III, to avoid double overdubs. When there’s some sample played on the RC2, the Kaoss Pad has to be first to avoid re-recording RC2’s samples, and vice-versa.

Boss RC-3 + DIY footswitch Small, incredibly useful, it’s the second most used pedal of my righ. Everything goes in, a looooot of things are sampled there, and since I’m playing solo it’s a great tool to play live with. Coupled with the Kaoss Pad = more fun. 99 banks, perfect for live !

Kaoss Pad III : Such a powerful and incredible tool for musical creativity, a lot of different effects and since it’s a tactil unit it’s a great way to experiment unusual settings. I really like the stutter effects of its looper and the sampler’s effects. I often record small and little layers, like swells or bowed strings for exemple.

EHX Freeze This little pedal is amazing, you can go from simple layers to really weird things (by playing on the guitar’s head for ex., or with the reverb trails)

EHX SuperEgo Before the loopers on the rig, it’s a perfect way to have some unbelievable torturated layers or to merge different notes with the glissando effect. Love it.

T1M Buffer : End buffer, just to enhance the tone & gain loss before the amp. And when I say “enhance”, I’m talking about a REALLY NICE enhancement with this one !

Second Board :

Boss FV500: I’ve got this one for ages (since the beginning of my project), nothing to say about it since it does its job perfectly.

Boss LS2 : What do you want more, I can choose between 2 instruments and an additionnal third one (piezzo mic for Mandoline, my casio SK1, sometimes my Hurdy Gurdy…), it’s a perfect tool !

Korg Pitchblack : Super tuner, I often play in small places without lights, but the lights can spread through in any dark places!

Modified Boss CS3 Nice for accoustics, clean the tone and compress slightly.

Mooer Pitch box : Same use as the first board. Mostly for “others” instruments than accoustic guitars, this little guy does its job perfectly.

TC Electronics Hall Of Fame mini : How nice. The reverb aren’t too cold, you can change them via the Tone Print Editor, it adds a little bit of reverb on the accoustic set.

Line 6 Echo Park : My old friend. Very versatile, can goes from warm analog-sound delays to digital clean repeats. The reverse is really fun to play with !

Boss RC20xl : Same job as the first board, but with the reverse and the fade out options !

Needless to say that I’m always considering a lot of new gear to try, the more important thing is the sound itself and how to improve what’s in your head and how to draw it with music. If you wanna listen what I do with all that, feel free to go on my facebook / bandcamp or even to browse my videos. Here it is, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, if you want some details, I’d be more than glad to talk about that !

Florent Paris | Hors Sujet
Toulouse, France


Jul 11 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 7/11 – Jason Williams

Today’s pedal line is from Jason Williams. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 7/11 - Jason WilliamsHey,

My name’s Jason Williams, I perform vocals and guitars for the band, Animal Holograms.  I found out about your site from a friend of mine, Nathan (Hot Nerds, Some Girls, All Leather) who you recently featured.  Animal Holograms and Hot Nerds are actually playing a show together next month in Chicago.

I’ve been playing the guitar since I was nine years old and haven’t let go of it, tired it out or found it any less limitless as a tool for manipulating pitches, timbres or human emotions since.  I started Animal Holograms as a solo project while playing in other bands and often recorded guitars clean for my songs, then later manipulating them using all sorts of odd combinations of plug-ins, spending hours re-arranging the sequence of FX, their parameters, sending them to multiple buses and experimenting with “subcutaneous audio tissues” or “ghost nested” reflections of the source track in order to achieve an original sounding albeit only subconsciously perceivable, though present ambiance.

A few years of this led to finally getting the right people to perform Animal Holograms songs live, but I found myself without the outboard gear needed, let alone a single clue how to re-create or simulate the sounds I achieved mixing in-the-box with fancy plug-ins.  So I recently started constructing the board pictured in the attachment.  It has only four FX components:

1. Electro-Harmonix Vox Box
2. DOD Supra Distortion
3. Deltalab DD1 Delay
4. Lexicon MX200 Dual Channel FX Processor (reverbs and delays and the offshoot FX created by manipulating these like chorus FX, as well as a few others like pitch and modulation FX)

The guitar (Fender Telecaster) runs through the EH box (not effected, simply bypassed), the distortion pedal, then the delay where the signal is split.  The main signal (the prominent “source” guitar signal) is sent through the DD1’s “Output ‘A'” where it ends up running through a Marshall VS-100 half stack.  The “ambient signal”, or as I put it before the “subcutaneous audio tissues” or “ghost nested” reflections of the source signal, goes out from the DD1’s “Output ‘B'” where it is sent to the Lexicon MX200’s mono input and patched back out to a combo amp or a B-52 stack.  The signal is heavily reverberated, often delayed and creates essentially a washed out, organic sonic sea of sound for the main source signal to comfortably float in, giving a greater sense of space, color and atmosphere.  The ambient signal is quite a few dB’s quieter than the main signal, since the intent is not to combine, clash or compete with the first signal , but rather sit modestly in the background and serve more of a contextual, textural and supporting role sonically.

The only other input is the microphone which runs through the EH box and runs directly from there to the PA.  If set to Vocoder, the pitches/notes played on the guitar are recognized by the vox box and synthesize a vocoder effect keeping to the key of the song by analyzing the various frequencies present in a chord (ex: An A minor chord, depending how its played, will have, let’s say, an A4 (440Hz), C5 (523Hz) and E5 (659Hz) and replicating them synthetically.  Its really the only effect I use on that pedal except for vocal reverb and the occasional pitch manipulation using the “gender bending” parameter.

We’re in the process of preparing to record our first full length.  The tracks we have available on sound cloud are a mixture of heavily produced demos with electronic drums and full band with live instrumentation (ex: Hello, my Dark).

Listen to Animal Holograms on Sound Cloud

To hear specifically heavy & prominent guitar effects songs using my pedal board listen to:

Gratur
Circular Shapes
Lorca

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully you’ll consider featuring this homemade, very “MacGyver’d”, though beautiful as it can be abrasive sounding pedal board of simple design despite a relatively complex routing configuration and its various (seemingly endless) set of functions.

– Jason Williams

www.facebook.com/animalholograms
www.soundcloud.com/animalholograms
www.twitter.com/animalholograms


Jul 4 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 7/4 – Mike of Queen City Riot

Today’s pedal line is from Mike of Queen City Riot. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 7/4 - Mike of Queen City RiotHi.  Name’s Mike.  I like the pretty pictures you post on Fridays.  Here’s my rig for Queen City Riot.  Like a book: Leslie Combo Preamp, Riotbox Rusty Crunch 120, Memory Man (1), Memory Man (2), Peterson Stomp Classic,  DIY tube mixer.

Signal Flow:  (it changes from time to time) Guitar=>Peterson tuner=>input of the tube mixer.  The tube mixer has two outputs with independent active volume controls for both channels.  The output of channel “A” goes to the input of the Leslie Combo Preamp, which is connected to a real vintage Leslie 147.  Output B goes to the input of my Gravitone 30 tube amp (an upcoming release from LBA) and Mesa 4×12 loaded with Celestion Alnico Blue speakers.  The tube mixer has an FX loop as well.  Connected to the FX loop is my DIY high voltage vacuum tube distortion pedal, followed by a pair of EHX Memory Man delay pedals in series.  When the tube mixer is bypassed via onboard stomp, it cuts the signal to channel A (the Leslie), bypasses the volume control on channel B (Gravitone + 4×12), and accesses the mixers FX loop.  When the Mixer is activated, the FX loop is bypassed and the incoming signal is distributed to both channel’s A & B with their respective volume controls active.

BTW, that little jobbie at the bottom of the shot is a home-made power conditioner.  Much better than those crummy Furrymen!

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Jun 20 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 6/20 – Riccardo Fassone

Today’s pedal line is from Riccardo Fassone. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 6/20 - Riccardo FassoneHey,

here’s my pedalboard. Nothing particularly fancy, but pedals are arranged in a creative way. :)

I play in a drone/noise/experimental band called Shabda (http://shabdahq.bandcamp.com/); we are based in northern Italy. We are a trio comprised of a laptop, a sitar and me playing guitar. Our style requires noisy, bass-heavy drones, so I built my rig accordingly.

Here’s a rundown of the signal chain:
1. Tc Electronic Polytune: it works and is visible. Really everything you need from a tuner.
2. EH Freeze: this is really the centerpiece of my style. I sample stuff and send it through the chain, then play with the knobs of the other pedals and make noise.
3. EH Double Muff: a really underrated pedal, more overdrive-y than a regular Big Muff.
4. Homemade fuzzface variation: a fuzzface with added bass and gain
5. Ibanez DE7: great delay pedal, it oscillates pretty easily when in “echo mode”. Very cheap as well.
6. MXR Blue Box: Modded Blue Box (more volume and mids). I use it for shits and giggles.
7: Line6 DL4: I use it mainly as a looper, for drones and textures.
8: Digitech Digiverb: cheap digital reverb, with a couple of cool features. I use it mostly in “church” or “reverse” mode.

Guitar is usually a 1982 Ibanez AR50 or a 1999 Gibson LP Studio. In some songs I use a heavily modded Squier Tele. Everything goes in the front of a Peavey Classic 50 2×12 combo + (sometimes) an external 2×12 cab. In the amp’s loop I usually have a vintage rack-mounted ibanez HD1000, which I use as an harmonizer for adding a sub-octave.

That’s about it. :)

r.


Jun 13 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 6/13 – Francisco Macedo

Today’s pedal line is from Francisco Macedo. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 6/13 - Francisco MacedoHello, my name is Francisco and I am from Lisbon, Portugal (for  those who don’t know,  it’s a real country! in Europe!).

I play in some small projects in Portugal, and right now the band with the most success is called Ciclo Preparatório (https://www.facebook.com/ciclopreparatorio?fref=ts).

The Pedals from RIGHT to LEFT, BOTTOM TO TOP:

BOTTOM(B):

B1. POLYTUNE - great tuner, tunes nicely and fast!

B2. NANO SMALL STONE PHASER (EHX)- awesome phaser, it sounds really natural and smooth. and the size is perfect!

B3. MXR DYNA COMP – very good compressor, although while I’m not playing guitar it can be a bit noisy. But when I play, I can’t hear it, which is the important part!

B4. BEHRINGER ULTRA SHIFTER/HARMONIST US600  – My first goal was to buy the POG 2, but i didn’t had much “time” (and time is money!) .So i went for this instead, which is not that bad for a 50 euros (68.5 dolars) pedal! It does the job i need it to do (mostly octaves and other harmonies) and have some other crazy sounds.

TOP(T):

T5. VISUAL SOUND DOUBLE TROUBLE – they say it is two tube screamers in one pedal. It’s one awesome pedal, it sounds really good. I basically use two settings with it, one louder (for  solo stuff) and one quieter, for rhythmic stuff .

T6. LINE 6 DL4 – It’s a great delay stomp box, almost all delays sounds good. you can record your favourite delays in the 3 knobs on the left. The other one is tap tempo. I don´t  use the looper, but it sounds good to me. there are some weird sounds too, if you want to do experimental or psychedelic stuff.

For the line6 I use its original power supply, and for the others I use the boss PSA  power supply.

I play with a Mexican Fender Telecaster, into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.

Well, That’s it! Thank you every one and I am sorry for my bad English!”
Francisco Macedo.


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