Month: May 2012

Wah & Expression

Let me start off by saying I am not a big fan of the obnoxiously overused sound of a wah pedal in many classic and modern recordings, but I do believe is has a certain place where it fits more naturally. When I use a wah pedal, it is almost always in conjunction with a delay and/or reverb pedal. I use the wah before these effects to make extreme modulation in real time. It’s as if using the wah as an expression or volume pedal like a swell, making the sound lush and huge without murdering everyone in the first 10 rows due to treble bleed. I also use a compressor post wah, and if at all possible, a wah with an EQ for mellower sweeps to prevent this bleed. The wah I’m currently using is a Dunlop Q95 Crybaby which I hand painted in a greek/ocean theme. This will soon be replaced by a Wilson QWah (12 position). Moving on to expression, I find this effect very useful for any musician who needs full control over their delays or modulation effects. I use a Mission Engineering SP2R, which is a dual output, and reversed polarity expression pedal that is nearly indestructible. I run output 1 to a Strymon Timeline, which controls almost anything on the damn thing, and output 2 runs to and early version of the DMB Lunar Echo. The Timeline is ran in stereo, with the Lunar Echo in mono, later on in the right output signal. I hoped this was a little helpful in trying to use these pedals for an abnormal purpose! Happy recording! 

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Volume

Most people who run effects in their guitar signal will at some point or another use a volume pedal for easy and quick changes in their output level. I am one of these people, yet am unlike most of them in the way that I apply it to “my” sound. Most musicians use the volume pedal primarily for a mute switch that overrides the other effects, or to even out guitar levels (ex; Les Paul vs Stratocaster), placing it after the effects which can choke them out. I run mine first in the board, so reverb, delay, and other types of time-based effects naturally trail off into the amplifiers. Not only is my volume pedal used in this way for ambient and lush volume swells, but also as a gain control for my overdrive and fuzz pedals. The lower the volume, the less load is placed on the effect, therefore it has a lower gain, and thicker sound. I have used many types of volume pedals, yet have mainly stuck with a late 60’s Fender Volume pedal, and as of late, a Mission Engineering EP2 Buffered Volume Pedal. Volume control is the simplest form of guitar signal control, yet plays such a crucial role in all other effect applications, and that is why it is so important to me. Next post, we’l be covering Wah and Expression pedals! Happy recording!

Time For Personal Effects

As I normally cover the emotions and opinions of myself at the time, I have yet to empress my opinions upon my absolute favorite type of musical expression, through the usage of effects pedals. Starting with my next blog post I will go in depth with each type of effect I use, what my favorites are, and why I love them. Below I have included my favorite song for the freshmen O.M.A.M. album, Yellow Light. Happy recording!