So, I have a problem. Well, maybe it's not a "problem", I just feel a little guilty. I have dozens and dozens of pedals. I probably could build around 10 full pedalboards with all my pedals. So, this is just a current "home/practice" rig. We start with an Acorn Amplifiers Solid State Preamplifier- it's the variation of Acorn's "Peavey Decade in a box" that doesn't have a power amp. I'm using it mostly as a kind of clean boost, that can also do chainsaw distortion. From there we go to the "heart" of the build- an Old Blood Noise Endeavors Beam Splitter. I'm a huge fan of Geordie's tone in Killing Joke, and he famously uses two Bell ADT bass units to get that tone, so, when this came out ( the basic deal is "one in, three out with three different drive tones and really short delay on two for seperation ") I built this board for it. So, "channel one" goes from low gain distortion to a trio of Walrus Audio pedals- an ARP 87 modulated delay, a Julia Chorus/Vibe, and a Slotva ambient Reverb into a Boss Katana mk II. Channel two is a light Overdrive, with about 40 ms delay to a Mr Black Downward Spiral pitched delay and a Mr. Black Deluxe Plus reverb/tremolo into a Fender Blues Junior III ( with about a half dozen mods) Channel 3 is a medium gain distortion with about 50 ms delay into an Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master and a Boss RE 20 Space Echo into a Peavey Windsor Studio, currently using an EL 34 power tube, though I can put in just about any power tube in it. The result? A pretty "dimensional" sound. Not quite Geordie Walker, but close enough for a hack like me.
About a million years ago, I used to run a blog called EffectsBay. On that blog, the most popular feature I would run was Pedal Line Friday. This is where readers of the site would send pics of their pedalboard and a short (sometimes long) write-up of routing and thoughts about specific pedals and the reasoning why they liked it, etc. Readers. loved this. It was a great way to learn about new applications or techniques regarding pedals. It also brought a little inspiration and knowledge about pedals you were not familiar with. It also brought a great sense of community - people like sharing and absorbing cool things, right? It was a super popular feature, and I loved putting them together.
All you have to do is send a pic of your pedalboard (or pedal line - it doesn't have to be on a board) along with a short (or long) write-up of the board. We want a list of pedals (manufacturer/model), routing would be great, and, most importantly, why you use those particular pedals. Also, this is a great way to promote your band or musical project - include that information as well!
You can send the pic and the write-up to email@example.com.
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