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This:

Into this:

Turn the bass down to 2 on the guiar amp and the treble down to 2 on the bass amp (high frequency horn off) and the sound is super huge, full range, loads of crushing bass when I want it from the HOG or the newest addition, the Pigtronix Mothership

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Fun with Electro-Harmonix

Heavily modified my Frequency Analyzer to utilize a single installed jack to function as either an expression pedal input(without expression pedal in the FA is just as normal) or a Carrier In depending on the position of a switch.  The Carrier needs to be a line level, so I needed a boost circuit built into the pedal, so there’s a dial to control the amount of boost if needed from an instrument input.

So low and behold, the Frequency Analyzer with Selectable Expression Pedal or CV Input jack, toggle and pad to accommodate various CV input levels and automatic link of Input signal to Carrier.  With LED.

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A couple of noodlings

Don Belt wanted some clips of me using the HOG and the Metal Muff.  So I made some.  First clip is some looping I did.  Some Frequency Analzyer and the Noisebox in the background, later some Vox distortion.  The soloing is with various stuff, lots of HOG use and the DFW that Don made for me.  I couldn’t get the delay setting to be at the right tempo for the second half, so it’s not a really solid groove – sorry, I was doing it on the fly.  The second one is just a few tidbits of some speed metal kind of stuff.  My double-tonguing was far from perfect, so luckily the distortion covers a lot up!  Should be good for a laugh anyway.

The last 10 seconds of the second one are quite a little trip.  🙂

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New Pedal Day

Sold my Devi Ever Bit to a guy at C.V. Lloyd today and used the proceeds to buy a Micro Metal Muff.  The Bit just didn’t work with the bassoon, and after trying a few pedals out at the store the MMM was the most versitile and compatible with the bassoon.  Had some bad feedback in the store but not at home, so that’s good.Board as of 11-23-08

No sound clips with the MMM, but here’s some improvising using a lot of Frequency Analyzer.  I start with more effects and remove them for the most part throughout the improvising.  I used the Vox distortion at the beginning.  The echo is actually the Mod Filter setting on the delay pedal.

Pedal board update

Well, I made a lot of tweaks to my pedal setup.  I’m running a LOT of stuff through the effects loop of the amp. The ME-50B just sounds better there, although I tend to get some artifacting in the sound when I play really loud and having the compressor in the effects loop can sometimes really bring out some 60Hz hum.  Some of the effects work way better though, especially the pitch tracking things, like the synth settings and the octaves.  Those work more effectively.

I’ve since decided that the artifacting is not the only negatives here.  The distortion settings just don’t work with this setup.  The sound of them is terrible and they’re oddly quiet, even when I crank them – All I get is the artifacting.  I also noticed the modulation effects like wah, chorus and phaser caused way more feedback with this setup.  So I’ll deal with the glitching of the synth and octave effects to have everything else working correctly.  Still running the mixer throught the effects loop to pick up the microphones.

Since my amp has no overdrive I’m still running the Vox before the amp, to use basically as my overdrive channel if I should want it.  It gives me some serious hum when powered on a daisy chain though – luckily it is true bypass, so I can still leave it in the chain without actually pluggin it in!

Here’s the picture of the final product.

I’m routing things in a pretty sophisticated fashion in order to incorporate all the things I want.  Basically it goes:

Bassoon – Preamp – Boss ME-50B – Vox – Amp – Effects send – Mixer (receiving input from two GLM-100 Mics) – Mixer Mains out – Boss RC-2 Loop station – Amp return.

Getting the mixer in there means I get the natural sound of my mics and the effected sound of the pickup, can blend them, and both can be recorded by the looper.  The Vox is where it is to mimic a gain channel on an amp (my amp has none).  For some reason when it’s ahead of the ME-50B I get more squelch too, so it’s better placed later.

Both of the Boss pedals have homemade tap tempo switches, two for the ME-50 and a single for the RC-2.  These tap tempos require NORMALLY CLOSED switches, NOT normally open, like it says almost everywhere on the internet.  Trust me, they need SPST-NC switches or they don’t perform their functions properly.  You’ll have to go to Digikey or some other specialty stores (not Radio Shack) to find foot-friendly NC switches.

(Audio samples used to be here, but they don’t exist anymore)

One last thing: Radio Shack brand soldering irons are absolute crap.  Don’t waste your time.

Electric Bassoon strategies part 2

Notice:  Sorry, some of the audio clips got cut off in the encoding process and I didn’t notice until I had already deleted my original files.  You get the idea anyway.  Moving on:

Things have come a long way since my last post.  I did a little house cleaning of the thread and the first post’s links have now been fixed.  I have more or less completed designing my new pickup, and have had a chance to show it to a few important individuals that approve of it and say it has potential greater than the Telex.  If things go well expect it to be available at Forrests as an option to go along with the Telex.

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Electric Bassoon strategies

This is a cross-post of my writings at the IDRS forum on methods of amplying the bassoon.  Seemed like a good way to get my blog rolling.  Then I’ll post some hotly political stuff later.

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