This has been updated on 17 October 2014.

The Laney IRT Studio is such a good amp that you really do not need a lot of FX as it has built in reverb and with 3 channels you can drive it to get the overdrive you need.  Having said that my main target is to record.  I decided I wanted to access all the soft instruments.  So I have invested in Apogee Gio as my midi computer midi interface and MIdi Guitar software.  That allows me to do full midi without having to buy a Roland GP10 or GR55, which contain soft instrument patches and also interface to the amp.

Before recording I wanted to get the backing and the rhythm laid down so I invested in the Boss RC300 high end 3 hour looper.  So I can record pre tracks and also up load them to the computer.  This is my basic thinking recording device.  Once I have established what I want I can move to record in Logic Pro X.

Having said all of this Boss brought out the ME80 which is an eight switch pedal board containing, amps, compressor fx, OD/DS, mod, delay, EQ with several combos of mod all manual.  In addition, they have patches in banks that you can program in each.  Boss Tone Studio allows you to download a whole bank of artists patches using USB link which I have done with Alex Hutchings patches so far.  Josh Munday an Aus working for Boss has done a phenomenal job with standard rock song legend sounds such as Hendrix, Eagles, etc.

Given I really like analog I went for a Wampler Ego compressor before the ME80 came out.  This pedal is great at maintaining even sound output from your guitar especially when coil tapping.  It also has loads of sustain for clean mode without any overdrive.

Before I acquired the ME80 or even knew it existed I ordered Tom Quayle’s Wampler Dual Fusion and Faux Tape Echo combination as my Hollier grail and memory man are good, but not easy to use nor easy to instantly obtain the sound I want delay wise.  I also have MXR P90 and Flanger two fantastic true pedals which I will put with the Wamplers.  The dual fusion to me is a way of having very light overdrive or distortion with such a combination of tones and sounds it will allow me to search for different to stamp my mark rather than someone else’s sound in my writings. So now I have kind of two pedal board set ups, COSM to the left and Analog to the right.  Both are extremely good and once I find I stop using one, I shall relief myself of it with friends or eBay.  All are less expensive in Thailand so I can see how I can reap my money back if I do not like what I have.

Now to write songs with a large array of sounds and soft instruments which allows me to think in choir and orchestral terms not just simple guitar sounds.  Input wise I have an Musicman Axis Super Sport and a Novation keypad 49 and Warwick Corvette Bass.  My Waghorn has started to be built as w8e speak.

This is now an update since I have the Waghorn.  Read that post to understand how my amps are set up now and recording.  For me I sold the Memory Man, Hollier Grail and Flanger, mainly because they are 18v and 24v and a pain to power.  The STB 8 power board for the analog works.  This board is now split in two.  Going to send return on the Laney IRT Studio I now have the Wampler Faux Tape Echo, MXR Phase 90, TC Electronics Corona Chorus mini and Flashback Delay mini.  Again like the Boss Tone Studio selection, the TC Electronic minis have Toneprint and allow you to change using the computer and phone with a large banks of artists sounds.  I love this kind of technology where you can edit and change settings without a gazillion switches.  On the input side, I added the EH Big Muff Nano to get those Pink Floyd type fuzz and distortion sounds. I also added the Boss DS-1X as both Alex Hutchings and Jack Thammarat like this pedal from Boss. However this is quite a metal mid and highs pedal almost wiping out the lower frequencies.  I found the Wampler Dual Fusion Euphoria side to be inadequate with the Waghorn, so I researched what are the best pedals for humbuckers at the lower registers and added the Fulltone OCD v4. Yes there are arguments between the best with V1 through to V4.  You have to try as they are different with every guitar and amp.  I found the V4 was better than the V3 I tried so have gone with that.  Now this pedal is awesome with the tones you want for blues or rock very great and when used with the channels of the Laney IRT Studio it is awesome.  Next is stack with the DS-1X which gives me a new Dual Fusion type scenario.  I can see the Dual Fusion which the Euphoria side is better with single coil being next ebay selling.

I shall post more on these FX as I use them.


About roberttwiddy

I live, work and play in Bangkok. My play is all about guitars. I enjoy researching guitar and sound equipment and spend more time on this than actually playing. I have 6 x six string guitars, 1 acoustic and 2 Bass guitars. I have 4 amps and 4 pedal boards and two band/looper boards. Bangkok is great for food, I have an on and off gf for the last two and a bit years here. It is also great for live gigs, music venues and shopping malls. A short drive gets you by the river or the sea and historic parks and temples galore. There also lots of pubs full of expats if you want to talk about Western culture. Service is here, as opposed to not in the UK. Thais will fix and do everything you need at a very low price and very quickly. My work is either teaching project management, soft skills or strategy and consulting on projects or soft skills. I am have been in business 30 years and held VP posts in computer hardware and software development. I have ACCA, NLP Master Practitioner and MBA. Enjoy my blog it may have more about music and sound equipment than anything as that is my passion at the moment!
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