Re: [Harp-L] Pedal help
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- Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 13:39:33 -0700 (PDT)
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Something else to consider if you go beyond pedals...
The Fireball is a very clean mic. A SM57 or SM58 or RE10 would be a mic
that would sound dirtier, still have a nice dynamic range, and be similar
to cup. There are pedals you can use like the Zoom or Digitech stuff that
will let you use dirt and a time effect, but they take time to set up.
I would personally get a RE10 and make sure my cupping and tongue blocking
were getting the dirt. Carlos Del Junco had a rig like that on his live
album. I prefer 75% clean-ish tones nowadays, so YMMV. Jason Ricci does a
great job with a SM57, HarpBreak, and large amp, so it can easily be done
with or without a pedal.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:29:31 PM UTC-5, Maurice Thaler wrote:
> I am an experienced player in the Madison WI area, with a request for
> suggestions for a pedal for my rig.
> I am using for smaller gigs a Princeton Reverb (1972) which works great
> needs no help. But for gigs in larger rooms with louder guitar to keep up
> with, I use a Bassman reissue. I have modified it slightly by using less
> aggressive preamp tubes. Before I did that, it was 3 is too soft, 4 is
> feedback. Not a lot of room for adjustment. At any rate, the amp sounds
> great, but it is so clean that it needs something to add some crunch to
> sound. That amp has no reverb and the only other adjustment is "Presence"
> which I never really understood all that well.
> I have a Holy Grail which works nice (I like the simplicity) and I have
> tried using a Tube Screamer to add crunch, but it is rather touchy and I
> have trouble getting them to work well together.
> I am using an Audix Fireball V which I really like since it fits in my
> hands well so I can cup with a nice tight seal. I am of course using an
> Hi-Lo Z adapter to plug either into the amp or whatever pedal.
> What I am asking for and have not seemed to find is a "one pedal solution"
> that combines some crunch plus some reverb. I tried one at the Guitar
> Center: Mad Professor MP1DR which combined distortion and reverb with
> control in one pedal.
> That SOUNDED like what I needed on paper and it sounded good with the
> at the shop, but when I went to set up at the gig (idiot that I am, I did
> not show up at the Guitar Center with a harp & mic in hand to test it
> there), I plugged everything in and the level was so pumped that I could
> move it above about 1 on the level control of the pedal. I had my volume
> levels set on the low side on my amp. My guess is that pedal is setup for
> certain guitar pickups and does not match well impedance-wise with my
> Fireball V mic with its low-z adapter.
> So, to rephrase the question, is there a pedal that combines reverb and
> distortion that could be recommended for my setup? I really like to keep
> things simple, I find when I start stringing pedals together I lose
> over the sound, so I am hoping to find a single pedal solution that works
> well with a harmonica mic and my Fender Bassman.
> Thanks for any suggestions.
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