Oct 30 2014

Talking with Jon Carolino about.. you know.. pedals

The other day I was wasting time on Facebook, and came across an interesting post on the Gear Talk group. It was a small clip of Jon Carolino performing some ambient work with a Telecaster. It reminded me of one of my favorite ambient guitar players Andy Othling, and then I started exploring a little more. First off, his board is pretty great, is perfect for what he’s trying to pull off. Second, his YouTube channel has some absolutely great stuff from technique to amazing ambient songs. Here is an example:

I reached out to Jon to see if he would be interested in answering a few questions about his set up, and he was into it. First off, let’s see this board!

Jon Carolino Pedalboard

Here is a breakdown of pedals:

Ernie Ball Jr. Volume
5 channel True Bypass Looper
Disaster Area DMC-6L Midi Controller
Strymon Timeline Delay
Strymon Tap/Favorite
Strymon Timeline Delay
Strymon BigSky Reverb
Neunaber Wet Stereo Reverb
Neunaber Slate V2
Visual Sound Route 66 Overdrive/Compression
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
JHS Morning Glory Overdrive
JHS Moonshine Overdrive
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

Like I mentioned, I wanted to talk some pedals with Jon.. so here we go!

- What is the Disaster Area switch? Midi controller? Couldn’t find that model on their site.

The Midi controller is a Disaster Area DMC-6L. Its the early version of the ones they first made. Looking forward to upgrading some day. Matthew over at Disaster area makes some incredible equipment. This controls both of my Timelines and the Bigsky. REALLY helps for the live stuff.

- What is the pedal right of the Route 66? In other vids.. I saw a Freeze there at one point.

Right now I’m auditioning the Neunaber Slate V2 using their Hold with Reverb algorithm in place of the Freeze. Works the same as the freeze just with the stereo wet included too.

- What true bypass loop strip are you using?

Honestly I don’t know. I bought it off ebay back in like 2007 before True bypass loopers got cool ;) I saw the Hillsong guys use them and it really made sense to start using one with so many pedals, not just for a cleaner tone but for was of use. I’m really looking forward to getting a Disaster Area DPC 5 or 8 in the future so I can have all my pedals set to be turned on or off via midi.

- I see you’re using 2 Strymon Timelines.. what’s the reasoning there?

Ah! The golden question. Cuz I can ;) No, really though, I LOVE layering delays. Its been a favorite thing of mine for a years. So I used to have a to of other delays on my board but the Strymon Timeline IS my favorite. It can do anything so many other pedals are trying to do an more so it made sense to just get rid of all the other pedals and get another one. So now I can layer different delay tones mixing the two timelines together. The first timeline gets more of the analog and auto swell action to where the second timeline gets more of the different spacious delay tones and stuff. It really just gives me an infinite way to mix and play. I love Strymon’s stuff. So awesome.

- Were you using a BlueSky before the BigSky or did you just jump right into the BigSky?

Yup. I was using the Bluesky before. I actually sold half of my pedalboard to be able to fund buying a Strymon Timeline and Bluesky several years ago. It was SOOOO worth it. From that point I always said to myself, “If Strymon ever comes out  with a multi reverb pedal like the Timeline, I’m jumping on it” and they did. So I sold my Neunaber Stereo Wet and my Bluesky to get one. Its probably my most favorite and used pedal on my board.

- Based on other shots, looks like the JHS Morning Glory and Moonshine are recent additions. What made you go in this direction?

Well for a LONG time I was using a Visual Sound Open Road. Its a FANTASTIC overdrive. But I always heard really good things about the JHS Morning Glory. So when I got a chance and the funds, I decided I was going to invest in some new drives so the Morning Glory and a Timmy were purchased. I instantly fell in love with the Morning Glory. It just had some kind of magic in there that really speaks to me. So yes, it has become my favorite drive.

So I was trying to find a nice thicker drive with a bit more gain and my friend Brian Howerin had a moonshie he let me test out one day. It sounded amazing. So I went on a quest to find one in trade of the timmy and a boost. Once I got it it was like “man this is what Ive been missing”. Its a great OD. Since I like a brighter more chimey-er clean tone, it really helps thicken up my tone when I need it.

- Do you find yourself swapping out pedals often? If so, why?

Eh…it just depends. As far as new pedals, I really try to make sure that I acquire a pedal for a purpose. I don’t want to just have a bunch of pedals just because I can. But as for swapping out pedals on my shelf, it just depends on the application. If I’m going to be playing a worship set at a church, then ill make sure to have overdrives and stuff on there. If I’m just doing an ambient solo act or something, Ill have more modulation and reverbs and delays since, as of right now, I don’t use much overdrive in those applications.

- Do you do any looping with your ambient soundscape (similar to Andy Othling), if so.. is the primary looper a Strymon Timeline?

Oh yeah! Make sure you check out my Youtube (youtube.com/nightbulb42) Andy Othling is and was a HUGE inspiration in me getting into ambient music as well as Youtubing.

As for the looper, I use a Boomerang III

- Do you play in any bands or other projects? If so, does this board seem versatile to handle those projects, or do you need to swap pedals out?

Mainly solo right now. I have been thinking about taking this full band live more as a collective rather than a set group of people. And as I said in the earlier question, I just switch out gear all according to the application.

- If you had to keep one pedal on the board.. only one.. what would it be and why?

Strymon Bigsky. I think I could still get any kind of ambient thing done with just that one pedal ;)

You can learn more about Jon Carolino by checking out the links below:

Carolino.bandcamp.com
joncarolino.com
Youtube.com/nightbulb42
Facebook.com/Carolinomusic
Twitter: joncarolino
instagram: joncarolino

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

 


Oct 3 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 10/3 – Tiago Pedroso

Today’s pedal line is from Tiago Pedroso. 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 - 10/3 - Tiago PedrosoHi.

I’ve been reading your website for the last 3 to 4 months and thought I’d pitch in. I’m a webdesigner by trade and currently play guitar on an instrumental rock band in Lisbon, Portugal. Beyond the pedals pictured, my setup includes a 62 Reissue Epiphone Sorrento (Korean built hollow body guitar with USA Gibson electronics and mini-hums) and a 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue (running clean on the vibrato channel).

Signal Path is as follows (pedals mounted on a Diago Commuter board – powered by a 9v 1Spot transformer):

TC Electronic Polytune Mini > Excellent tuner. I’ve used the Polytune 2 before but traded down for this to save on pedalboard space. The big Pulytune 2 is has a brighter display but this works well enough for me.

Wampler Black 65 > Oldest pedal on my board. I use it in boost mode, as a light OD as it gets dirty past noon. EQ is extremely powerful and makes this pedal highly versatile. The gain mode is a little boomy, but is definitely usable. I just don’t use it in a band context to avoid having to kneel in the middle of a song. Instead, I have a 2nd OD.

Barber Gain Changer > My 2nd gain stage. The Barber GC is an evolution of their LTD pedals. It has 3 voices and 2 gain stages. I use it on the ligther gain stage, maxed with the standard LTD voice. Focused, clear, american tone that cuts well into any mix.

Barber Barb EQ > I tried the Xotic RC Booster in this position before getting this Barber and, although its a good pedal, it added to much dirt. I needed a clean volume boost, not a gain boost. This does that in spades, but goes well beyond: in has a 3 way toggle for different “tone stack” sounds allowing you to turn your amp into either a 59 high power Tweed, a 60’s Blackface or a late 60’s British amp head. I use the tweed voicing as it fattens up my lead tone quite nicely. Also, the midrange knob has a push/pull switch that when “pulled up” emulates the bright input on the tweed and British setting (useful when playing darker guitars).

Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master > Delay & Reverb in a box. I use this almost exclusively as a delay pedal but the reverb on it is excellent. It’s usually white and blue but they did a run of black and blue DMs this year. I bought it used a couple of months ago and love it, although the switch feels a little stiff (not sure if its an EQD thing or if it’s a fault on my unit).

Strymon Flint > The ultimate Tremolo & Reverb box. Seems like a simple pedal, but this thing is capable of doing so much: from traditional spring reverb to wobbly/soupy soundscapes; it’s just a beautiful piece of gear. I use a lot of reverb (to much, actually) so I’ve hooked it with a favourite switch built by Drew Swindle (http://www.swindlereffects.com/) so I can have 2 presets on tap: the favourite switch has my regular plate reverb and the right switch on the flint has an 80s long/wet/glissed setting. For spring I use my Deluxe Reverb (foot switch pictured on the left). Tremolo-wise, the flint has a pretty extreme, almost chorus-like setting dialled in. For traditional tremolo I use the DRRI’s foot switch.

Boss RC-2 Loop Station > I use it as a practice tool. A sturdy but complicated machine, it allows me to record ideas on the fly.

That’s it.

Enjoy,
Tiago


Sep 24 2014

Talking Pedals with This Patch of Sky

While searching for venues/bands for my own upcoming mini-tour of the Northwest, I stumbled across This Patch of Sky out of Eugene, OR. After a couple of listens… I really really dug ‘em. This Patch of Sky is a instrumental / post-rock band. Similar to Explosions in the Sky, who I’m also a huge fan of. After talking with them about possibly doing a show together and venues around Eugene, I asked if they would be up for a quick gear related interview. Often bands with instrumental / post-rock vibe have interesting selection of pedals.. and they do!

Here is a video with a live performance and interview. To learn more about This Patch of Sky, check ‘em out on their site, Facebook and on Twitter!

Kit Day – Guitar

TC Electronic Polytune Mini
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Fox Pedal Kingdom Overdrive
Push + Pull Pedals Triton Fuzz
Diamond Memory Lane Jr. Delay
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Strymon Timeline Delay
Tap Tempo
Strymon BigSky Reverb
Neunaber Slate Stereo Effect Pedal
Disaster Area DMC-3XL Gen2 MIDI Controller

Kit Day - This Patch of Sky
- What is your primary goal with this board?

My primary goal is to be able to achieve multiple sounds as needed depending upon the song while still maintaining a great sounding tone.

- How are you using the Disaster Area DMC-3XL Gen2 MIDI Controller?

The DMC-3XL allows me to control the banks on the Bigsky and the Timeline, and allows me to use the loop feature on the Timeline while still being able to use the other effects.  I’ve also been experimenting connecting the DMC to Abelton Live to send midi clock to the Timeline/Bigsky as well as send program change messages for different song presets without needing to touch either pedal.  It’s seriously a very powerful tool to have on my board.

- Tell me about the Neunaber Slate Stereo Effect Pedal

I picked up the Slate to have as a second reverb option on my board.  What I like about the slate is that it’s reprogrammable.  You can flash the pedal to use any 5 reverb options via Neunaber’s pedal customizer software you install on your Mac or PC.  The software also includes a virtual trim pot that let’s you mess around with the tone of the reverb which is pretty neat.  The other reason I chose the Slate is because you can write/draw on the surface with a permanent ink marker.  As you can see, this is my kid’s favorite pedal.

- I thought your choices for overdrive and fuzz were pretty interesting. What eventually led you to the Triton and Fox Pedal?

I hate fuzz.  Fuzz was one of those things that always made me cringe whenever I heard one, mainly because of how muddy they get.  I was looking for a pedal that could turn a fender amp into a heavy sounding amp when I needed it to.  I went through quite a bit of pedals and never achieved the sound I was looking for.  One of my friends let me borrow his Triton Fuzz, and after playing a few chords I was instantly hooked.  I love how deep and gnarly sounding it can get.  A good example of this pedal is on ‘In The House Of Wolves’ at the 6:21 mark.

The Kingdom Transparent Overdrive by Fox Pedals I recently picked up.  I was playing through a surf green Timmy which I liked a lot.  I wasn’t looking for a new overdrive whatsoever, but I happened to stumble across this specific pedal and loved the tone they were achieving.  After picking one up I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile it was.  It has characteristics of a Klon Centaur but allows for a LOT more head room.  I especially love the OD and Clip switches.

- You currently have 3 delays (MXR, Diamond and Strymon) – What roles do each play in your sound?

Being in a post-rock band, I obviously have a hard on for delay and reverb.  The Carbon Copy is almost always on.  I use it not so much as a delay, much more of a sweeping, lush, background effect.  The Diamond Memory Lane Jr. I always kick on for leads.  It can add a lot nice trailing delays which I love.  Mix this and the Carbon Copy together with a little bit of reverb and you’re good to go.  So why do I have a Timeline?  I don’t really use the Timeline as a delay pedal.  With the capacity to store 200 presents, I use it more as a “random effects” pedal.  I can go from awesome ambient pads to lo-fi vinyl sounds.  It’s basically a synth for a guitar.

- Do you feel that this board is where you want it? Or are you still trying to achieve your sonic goal?

It’s pretty dang close.  Obviously as technology continues to move forward my board changes.  Right now I am definitely content with my setup.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

Oh man – that’s a hard one!  It’s a toss up between the Bigsky and the Carbon Copy.  On almost every song we’ve ever created, the Carbon Copy most likely has a presence in the recording.  The Bigsky is newer to my board, and I just can’t turn it off.  It’s such an awesome sounding pedal.

 

Joshua Carlton – Guitar

Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff
Home Made Boost
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler
Timmy (Surf Green)

Joshua Carlton - This Patch of Sky
-   What is your primary goal with this board?

My primary goal with my board is tone.  I was taught early on how important tone is and over the years have trained my ears to find the specific tone that I love.

- I was unable to identify a couple of pedals. What is the orange pedal and the white pedal?

The orange pedal is home made boost pedal.  Nothing too special about it.  The washed out “white pedal” is actually a surf green Timmy OD.  It’s newer to my board.

- I noticed you’re using the black russian Big Muff. Why is that the Big Muff of choice?

I love the Black Russian Big muff.  It has that warm dark fuzz that I like. I don’t like pedals that are thin and whiny, the black Russian gives me more of a deep sounding bass fuzz which I love.

- How many modeled pedals/presets do you use on the M9?

I actually only use about 3 or maybe 4 presets on the M9. My favorite 2 are the particle verb (pretty much never catch me without it),  and the Octoverb when I want a bit of shimmer (you can hear it a lot on Heroes And Ghosts). I use the particle verb set to Hazard on ‘In The House of Wolves’ to get that dark drone where you can’t hear the attack of the guitar. It’s such a great setting for stuff like that.

– What took you to the direction on M9 vs. getting individual pedals?

I chose the M9 over actual pedals because I am always experimenting and there are so many options with the m9. And to be honest, even for it being modeled they all sound really good. Line 6 has made some big strides in modeling. Almost every time we play a show someone asks me about a certain effect I am getting and its usually M9.

- The DE7 is an interesting delay/echo. What do you like about in particular?

The DE7 has been with me since the beginning, it all started with me being a fanboy of Explosions in the sky. I read somewhere that that’s what Munaf Rayani was using so I just had to get one! Ha! I usually just use it as a secondary delay nowadays.

- What’s the next pedal that you’re interested in?

Our other guitarist Kit has a ton of Strymon gear and I gotta say I am pretty envious, but I don’t want our stuff to sound to similar, I like the way Kit and I play off of each other. I do have my eye on an old Evantide Space. The broken glitch setting seems pretty brutal.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

Definitely the M9 hands down.  It’s used on every single song we do.

 

Joel Erickson – Bass

Boss TU-2 Tuner
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (Keeley Mod)
Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb

Joel Erickson - This Patch of Sky
-   What is your primary goal with this board?

I wanted to be able to get a variety of timbres other than just the standard bass sound. This board allows for bass swells, huge fuzz bass, and some approaching more of a affected guitar sound which allows me to fill other roles and be more versatile in songwriting.

- I believe the Blue Boss is a BD-2 Blues Driver (Keeley mod’d). How did you end up with this on the board?

The BD-2 was originally Kit’s and he gave it to me when he picked up some other pedals.

- I see that you and Joshua both prefer the Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff. What about it do you like? Have you tried the Bass Big Muff?

The Big muff allows me to get that huge doom bass sound that is on And Death Shall Have No Dominion and In the House of Wolves. It’s my go to pedal on any darker song we write. I’ve actually been wanting to try out the bass version of it as I’ve heard it works better with the bass frequencies but i have this one pretty dialed in so we will see if I ever get around to it.

- Having two *dirt* pedals on your board (BD-2 and Big Muff) do you use these in combination or do they offer two differing textures of dirt (Medium grit vs Full fury)?

Most of the time I use the two fuzz pedals for different purposes. I usually use the Big Muff when I am fulfilling the typically bass role and I want it to sound burly. I use the BD-2 most often with the carbon copy and holy grail. I can tremolo and come out with a full texture approaching a guitar or heavily affected cello. The BD-2 seems to work better with the higher frequencies for that type of stuff.

- How do you use the MXR Carbon Copy with your bass? By the look of the settings it looks like pretty extreme setting.

I use the carbon copy for bass swells mostly. It works well in the laid back parts of songs and gives bass support without more rhythmic playing breaking up the flow. I also use it for tremolo work as previously stated.

- Likewise, how do you use the Holy Grail? Drone? Or specific parts of the songs?

I’ve only ever used the holy grail on a high setting with the carbon copy for tremolo work. I’m starting to play around with it more to see if I can incorporate it in other ways

- Are you interested in any any other pedals for the board? If so.. what?

I am looking to pick up a tap delay of some kind. I also really want a compressor pedal to have more control over my tone.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

This changes from album to album. Overall, it’s probably the big muff though. It’s just so fun to stomp and that thing when the song climaxes and scream away. I have also been trying to use less effects on this new album so when I do use them, they are more meaningful.

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

 


Aug 29 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/29 – Jesse Davidson

Today’s pedal line is from Jesse Davidson. 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 - 8/29 - Jesse DavidsonHey pedal line! My name is Jesse Davidson and I live in Dothan Alabama. I’ve never submitted to this before but I would love to share my rig with you! I do not have any links to music just yet but I will soon. Anyone can follow me on twitter: jesseredeemed and Instagram: JesseJaguarkick

Pedalboard chain.

I have a parts caster telecaster and an epiphone es-339 as my main guitars. First in my chain is a t1m mini buffer. From there it goes into a polytune and then into the cmatmods compressor. The comes my bypass strip. In the strip I have an EM drive and a JHV3 Ghost drive. (The blank space in the top is reserved for a micro pog)

From the bypass strip it goes BBE sonic stomp, VPjr volume, strymon timeline, eventide timefactor with t1m aux switch as my secondary delay. I also use the infinite repeats function with swells to make a really nice pad like underscore when there are no keyboard players. From there it goes into my strymon bigsky and then into a strymon bluesky. This all runs through a badcat Luca. I am powered by a fuel tank jr. And a furman power conditioner that is mounted under my Pedaltrain pro. I use lava instrument cables, George L and planet waves patch cables and Blue Herdim guitar pics. Westone triple driver in ears monitors as well.


Aug 25 2014

Kjartan Dagur – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

Last week I went into detail on Georg “Goggi” Hólm and Jónsi boards of Sigur Ros. Only one more installment to go.. which is Kjartan Dagur! Kjartan has few more pedals on board than the others, but his roll in Sigur Ros is to really add the depth of the sonic landscape of the band. While Jónsi leads the way, Kjartan defines the landscape. To get you up to speed, here is Premier Guitar Rig Run down cued up:

Here is the break down of Kjartan Dagur pedalboard:

Kjartan Dagur - Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break DownErnie Ball Volume Pedal
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
Strymon BlueSky Reverb
EBS MultiDrive Bass Overdrive
MXR Micro Amp
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
Digitech Whammy

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+
T-Rex Fuel Tank

Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Jul 16 2014

Petteri Sariola … whoa!

Yesterday, while on Facebook, I was introduced to the musician Petteri Sariola (aka Pete). The video was a cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. I started to watch the video with the Petteri and his acoustic, and was expecting another “looper” singer/songwriter deal. My first initial thought during the first 10 seconds.. “yeah, it’s okay”, but then I started noticing and paying attention to what was going on. He was playing percussion on the guitar, but the sound was sounding quite realistic (especially the kick drum sounds). Then I started hearing the bass lines. Then I realized.. “hey wait.. there is no looping”. I had to learn more. But first, let’s get you up to speed.

Here is the video I mentioned above (posted by Candyrat Records):

Okay, as you can see/hear, there is a lot going on here. Petteri uses a special guitar with a custom top so he can do the percussion. Also, his set up is quite interesting, with splitters taking care of specific areas of frequencies, etc.

There is a great video where Petteri goes into detail about his set up. Very interesting!

Here is a break down of pedals that he is using:

Petteri Sariola Pedalboard Break DownAllen & Heath ZED 10FX Mixer
Digitech Whammy
Boss OC-3 Super Octave
Mad Professor Little Green Wonder Overdrive
Strymon Timeline Delay
TC Electronics Corona Chorus
TC Electronics PolyTune Mini
MXR M87 Bass Compressor
MXR KFK1 10 Band EQ
MXR M108 10 Band EQ
Suhr Buffer (w/ISO split)

Let me know what you think about this by commenting below!


May 21 2014

Coffee and Riffs, Part Seventeen

Ok.. Coffee and Riffs.. is starting to be one of my favorite things to watch. For those of you not familiar, Coffee and Riffs is Brady of Walrus Audio combining a few pedals together to create a short clip of coolness. He often has guest musicians too. Combination of pedals are different every episode. Usually different instrument as well.

Coffee and Riffs, Part SeventeenWhy do I like these? Simply.. they’re not *demos* but *potentials* maybe? I like the idea of combining pedals and just work on a riff. I like the creativity. I definitely watch these and feel inspired to slap some pedals together.. and just create something. Break away from the board. Break away from the established pedal routing set and locked on the board and just mess around.

Part Seventeen features Brady and he’s playing a Schecter Hellcat Bass VI.. which are cool. I own a Schecter Ultra VI and are quite fun to play with, so I was particularly excited to see what this was about.

Pedals featured in the video:

Dr. Scientist Cosmichorus
Walrus Audio Voyager Overdrive x2
Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler
Mr. Black DeluxePlus
Strymon Timeline

Do you ever pull the pedals off the board and shake things up? Let me know!


May 2 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 5/2 – Jonathan Oh

Today’s pedal line is from Jonathan Oh. 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 - 5/2 - Jonathan OhHey There!

This is my pedal board! It’s a Pedaltrain PT2. All effects are powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Plus 2.

The effects chain goes like this – Boss Chromatic Tuner TU-3 > Zvex Fuzz Factory Vexter Series > Goosesoniqueworx Blitzkrieg Buffered Boost > Barber Direct Drive w/ PCB Mod > Barber Compact Direct Drive > Barber Gain Changer > Bigfoot FX Magnavibe > Strymon Timeline > Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Nano > TC Electronic Hall Of Fame.

As you can see I like Barber pedals. They are well made and sound more organic than any other drive pedals I’ve ever had (includes the OCD, Tubescreamer, Signa Drive, etc.).
Both the Direct Drives are made to sound like Marshalls and my goodness they nail it. The Gain Changer does the American sound and it’s so so good.
Both the GC and DD are the most versatile pedals you can get too without any lack in quality. Both can do their respective clean tones and driven tones in the flick of a switch.

I normally keep my amp clean and maybe just on the verge of breakup.
I like to rely on pedals to provide the drive especially when I have to play on rigs that are not mine.

I think the pedal that needs a good mention is the Magnavibe.
I’ve always dreamt of owning a Magnatone but never had the chance or money. So I asked myself what did I like about them? And of course, it was the vibrato.
Did a little research and found this dream pedal on eBay. It’s an incredible pedal. Even with the vibe turned down low, it adds a certain divine fullness to your tone.

The other pedal I’d like to mention is the Blitzkrieg Boost. It’s a fat sounding boost that retains clarity while adding body.
I use it to tame the highs from my Fuzz and to drive the amp over the top.
It’s locally built in Singapore where I come from and I always love showing support for the local industry.

I run these pedals from a 89′ Strat Plus Deluxe and into a Ceriatone DZ-30 with a WGS Veteran 30 and Reaper HP.
I play mainly indie and alt rock with blues, psychedelic rock and shoegaze/nugaze on the side.
Check my band out, we don’t have stuff on yet but we will in a couple of months.

http://www.facebook.com/silverbengal/

Thanks effectsbay! I hope you can choose my board for the Pedal Line Friday!

Regards,
Jonathan Oh


Mar 28 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/28 – Andy Hale

Today’s pedal line is from Andy Hale. 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 - 3/28 - Andy HaleHi – I’ve been a fan of pedals for years and spent most of my teenage years buying, selling and trading to try and really find my sound. I play in a band called Winter Circle. We’re an indie rock band that straddles the line between catchy hook-driven and ambient epic sounding rock.

My pedalboard has gone through a lot of changes but it’s always stayed clean and compact. The Effects Bay site has actually been really helpful in turning me on to some recent pedal purchases including random accessories like the Pedal Riser or even the Pedal Labels.

I bought the pedalboard and case years ago and loved that the board floated inside with a little room for storage underneath. Everything is powered by a T-Rex Fuel Tank that lives in the space just under the board. It’s mostly Mogami (and a couple of Monster) cables connecting everything.

Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner – This has been with me for awhile and I have no complaints. I actually own a Polytune but I don’t want to throw off my balance by changing out the pedal that’s served as my foundation.
Ibanez TS9DX – A friend of mine owned this and I traded him a bunch of DOD pedals for it. After some research I realized it had actually been modified by Analog Man. I use it for a lot of of open chords and palm muting parts. I love the crisp and smooth low-end sound while still having definition to notes when needed.
Xotic EP Booster – This is new addition that had previously been held by a Malekko Chorus. I found myself needing an occasional short-lived boost and got this on a whim and a prayer after watching some YouTube demonstrations. The pedal has been surprising in that I don’t have to turn it up much and it provides a nice boost without being destructive or overly noticeable when activating.
Strymon BlueSky – The musical quality of the effect really makes it stand-out to me. It provides amazing texture that can live on its own. I use it in place of a synth for a number of songs. And for easy access I have a StrageTrix Pedal Riser that raises the pedal height.
Wet Stereo Reverb – I run this in Shimmer mode and use it in conjunction with either the delay or the Strymon. The combination seems to get things moving a little more. Like the BlueSky I also have a Pedal Riser here for easier access.
Ibanez DL10 Delay – This has been my favorite delay pedal. There are others I love but I always come back to the DL-10. It has a rhythmic bouncy quality and a no-nonsense three knob approach that makes it super easy. The delay is noticeable but even when turning up the settings I feel in control unlike when using a Line 6 or TimeFactor.
BBE Sonic Stomp – This is an always-on pedal. Our music has a lot of high melodic lead lines and low end palm muting. I feel like this helps to even out some of those parts. It’s a great pedal and actually now a number of years after getting this one it was nice to see the video reviews on the site about it.
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal – I use it for swells on a couple of older songs and keep it around just out of habit. I’m actually looking for a reason to get rid of it but it’s a great solid pedal.

I run a older model Bogner Shiva amp [head version] going into an Orange 2×12. Despite what the footswitch would indicate, my Bogner actually does not contain reverb. And guitar-wise it’s mostly Gibson or older Epiphone (SG, Les Paul Studio, Epiphone Dot).

You can check out my band Winter Circle at http://www.wintercircle.com or Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wintercircle

Andy Hale


Mar 7 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/7 – Adam Parkes

Today’s pedal line is from Adam Parkes. 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 - 3/7 - Adam ParkesI am a complete pedal geek (as you can tell) I have been playing for 18yrs I have gone through a lot of different pedalboard sizes as my collection has grown. And I’m always on the look out for new pedals.

I play in a funk rock band called Mezzotonic. Think chili peppers, Ratm and jamiroquai and you get the idea.

My board is set up to make things as easy as possible to turn pedals on and off, and certain pedals are placed in a where I haven’t got to stretch to opposite ends of the board. The pedals on the top row are all on pedal risers, so I don’t catch the pedals on the front row.

The pedalboard is from a company called Diago. The power supply and the pedal risers are also from diago.

Direct line: guitar to amp.
1: boss TU tuner. Standard tuner never let me down.

2: Cry baby wah wah, I love my wah I’ve had this wah from the age of 16 and is the first pedal I ever purchased.

3: Marshall ED1 compressor. This is always on and I love what it does to my tone, it pumps up the sound a little and adds a slight warmth. It’s set with quite fast attack but with a light compression so I can keep dynamics of my playing.

4: CAE Line Driver/boost. This is also a leave on. I use this to boost (buffer) my guitar signal through my pedalboard,
To combat high end loss I get from running through all the my effects pedals, cables etc

5: MXR modified OD. Believe it or not, this is my first overdrive pedal and infact I never thought I had a use for one. That is, until I got one. It’s such a great pedal plus it has 100hz control knob so you can cut and boost at that frequency as you desire.

6: MXR 78 modified distortion. I have never been able to dial a good hi gain sound out of any amp I’ve ever had. But this pedal makes up for it does all sorts of tones from 70s classic rock right up to nu metal. Plus it has little push button that adds a ton of harmonic overtones.

7: boss line selector. There are many uses for this pedal, I use it to link in the top row of my effects and the whammy to the front end of my amp. It has an adjustable volume control on each loop. That loop then gets sent back to the outout of the  pedal.

8: MXR micro amp. Just a good old clean boost. I use it for boosting my solos. This then goes straight in to the front of the amp.

Boss line selector loop.
Marshall chorus pedal. Does great slow swampy chorus to fast vibrato.

Boss phase shifter. Man I love this pedal. First heard it on gorilla radio by RATM, ever since then I had to have one. Superb pedal.

Boss flanger. Not much to say on this one don’t use it all that often 30 seconds here and there or for and intro on the odd song.

Boss tremolo. I mainly use it on arpeggio style intros, or on slow open chord sequences.

Moogerfooger ring modulator. This is by far one of the most difficult pedals I’ve used it can do really interesting stuff though. But you have to work hard to get things sounding good and not to crazy. I have it set to do a more lumpy sounding trem type sound for live performances. Then get a bit more creative with it in the studio.

Last in the loop is the Digitech whammy pedal. To me this one of the best pedals I own I’ve had it for about thirteen years and to me every  guitarist should at least try one.

Amp effects loop

Strymon timeline. This is the best pedal I own. It’s not only one of the best delay pedals I’ve ever heard but it’s a complete inspiration box. I also have the ernie ball volume pedal which I use as an expression pedal for the timeline. I use a split trs cable ( stereo one end, that then splits to two mono ends) I plug the mono ends into the input and output of the volume pedal then the stereo end into the exp insert on the back of the time line. I can then blend the delay in and out as I see fit, per patch.

Check out my band “mezzotonic” www.facbook.com/mezzotonic
We also have an iPhone and android app.
You can also check out my videos on YouTube here http://youtu.be/7nYxRub0Qk8

Adam


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