Tuesday, January 14, 2014
My Current Rig
I don't use an amp to play out live. I use a QSC K10 as a floor wedge and monitor myself from there. Basically, I strive for a very clean tone that sounds good with several effects. My favorite effects for harmonica are:
There are endless ways to approach this, and this is where I am at now, mostly due to wanting to nail some pitch shifted delay/reverbs, which is a sound I'd be totally ripping off from John Popper. In my quest to do this, I am realizing the pitch delay with some reverb on the Zoom G5 I had was perfect for this, and the Eventide Pitchfactor is total overkill, so I am rethinking my board.
What makes my board extra complicated is the wireless unit that requires an annoying power supply that is hard to track down.
My signal chain goes:
Samson Wireless with impedence transformer
EP Booster, which is used to boost the signal a hair and add some body. It makes the tone fatter, but keeps it clean.
Harp Break which I use like a distortion pedal (my mic is a SM58, and that doesn't have enough output to push the HB without the EP)
Rotochoir is what I use for rotary, but I am rethinking using this pedal
Eventide Pitchfactor is used for some pitch delay/reverb sounds, but I am finding it total overkill. I have it as a Midi Master with the M5, so I use two effects at once, but again, it is probably overkill
Line 6 M5 is used for delays and reverbs and some mods
In my head, I think two Zoom G3's instead of the L6 and PF would be more than enough. I also think a L6 M9 with a G3 or just a dedicated pitch delay would be ample.
The last pedal is my compressor, a Lone Wolf Flat Cat. Usually, a pedal compressor is at the start of the chain, but it was recommended by LW to put it last like in studio. I will experiment with flipping it with the EP soon. I also sometimes put a Tech 21 Blonde there instead.