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Pedalboard Feature: Chris Wrate

Posted by Angela

WrateChris Wrate is a guitarist, songwriter and musical director that works with Ariana Grande, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Daniel Powter, Cher Lloyd, and Charice, among others. Chris originates from southeastern Wisconsin, where he got his first live experiences sitting in with local blues musicians around the Chicago and Milwaukee area. He recently sent us a photo of his pedalboard, and we wanted to learn a bit more about it.

What was most important when first starting building your board?

Having a good overdriven tone. A lot of guitar players I looked to when building my board (Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio) weren’t necessarily using a large amount of effects—but had these great overdriven tones that they are noted for. So I kind of looked to them when I first got started out.

What type of pedalboard is this?

PedalTrain 3. I’ve been using their boards for a while and they seem to withstand the abuse from frequent traveling well.

What is your signal path?

Sonnus Wahoo Wah, Ernie Ball Jr. Volume Pedal (modded by Mercy Seat Effects), Empress Effects Compressor, Em-Drive by Emerson Custom, Walrus Audio Mayflower Overdrive, Mercy Seat EffectsTree of Life Overdrive, Empress Effects Multidrive, Xotic Effects EP Booster, Mercy Seat Effects Zacchaeus Boost, Electro Harmonix Micro POG, Strymon Mobius, Strymon TimeLine, Strymon BigSky.

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When you are on the road what is the biggest challenge or advantage of your pedalboard? What about in the studio?

I think both in touring and in studio work, the biggest advantage I find with my board is it’s versatility and my understanding of it’s capabilities. The guitar is often thought of as a lead instrument but is capable of so many sounds and textures that can be used in great support to the music and musicians around it. Once I started to invest in modulated effects, delays, and time-based effects I really started to understand their power and ability to make you more valuable as a player when you understand how to use them in context. Especially in the studio, I do a lot of work with film and writing cues. Having a wide range of sounds to pull from can again really increase your worth to other composers/producers. The disadvantage I’ve found at times, mostly when playing live, is that I might find myself trying to do too much with my effects. It also becomes another thing you have to be paying attention to when playing, aside from remembering the form of the song, vocals and lyrics if you’re singing—now you are also thinking about what effects come when throughout the song. It can trip you up and take a little more time to become comfortable with each song especially if the set gets long.

What current project are you working?

Currently I am the musical director and guitarist for Ariana Grande. I have also recently been writing and recording a lot of cues for TV and commercials.

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Hey Pedalboard… Shhh!

Posted by Angela

We recently heard from pedalboard builder Mike Vegas of Nice Rack Canada, and he gave us the story behind a challenging job to create a board for a Jazz & Chamber Orchestra guitarist, Rob Piltch. We thought the board turned out great and were intrigued by the nuances and wanted to learn more.

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We asked Mike to elaborate a bit more on this unique board.

What needed to be considered when creating this board?

Guitarist Rob Piltch has long been one of Canada’s “A List” players with a decided lean towards very clean sounds that don’t have a lot of extra harmonic reach added through overdrives or distortions. The signal path had to be super transparent to allow the guitar to speak very dynamically with the amp while combining the “colour” of the effects. Due to the super quiet stage volume of the chamber orchestra environment, the signal path and “noise floor” of the system had to be as quiet as possible. Each effect pedal’s mechanical switches had to be quiet as possible as well. In respect to the producer and client relationship that a session player has to maintain we built a rig that has a set up and tear down time of less than 2 minutes.

What did you need to do to address the super quiet environment?

Strymon pedals are shipped from the factory with “soft touch” momentary switches that work very quietly, so we emulated that in each other effect pedal that previously had mechanical switches. We used these “soft touch” momentary switches engaging switching relays we installed in each pedal.

To accommodate producer / client effect requests that fall outside the scope of what the system contains, we built an “external” effects loop with clickless switching between the dynamics and post effects for easy insertion of extra effects into signal path. We also built a clickless clean boost circuit of variable gain from unity to +20db.

What is the signal path?

Guitar » DriveTrain OD » Sans Amp Classic » External Loop » Marshall ED1 Compressor » Nice Rack Canada Clean Boost with 3 outputs. #1 » Tuner #2 » dry feed to Sound Sculpture Volcano & line mixer. #3 » Strymon Mobius (mono in – stereo out) » Boss FV500L stereo volume & expression pedal » Strymon TimeLine » RJM Music Mini line mixer combining 100% wet effects with 100% dry signal to create a parallel “50/50″ blend of wet & dry signal into the left & right Fender Princeton Reverb amps. The expression pedal jack on the FV500L is connected to the Sound Sculpture Volcano which acts as volume pedal for the dry signal from the Clean Boost into the line mixer.

The Clean Boost’s buffered split to send signal to tuner constantly, provides a visual “cheat” for hitting certain intervals on a pitch bend, also allows for volume swelling a bent note while coming in on pitch with other players. We included switching circuit to sum stereo effects to mono for single amp gigs, no re-patching, no signal loss, no phase issues.

We also sync’d tap tempo from TimeLine to Mobius.

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Why does set up and tear down need to be so fast?

For a session player to be able to walk into a studio and set up the rig in under 2 minutes says to the producer & client that not only does the player have chops but is also respectful of the “time is money” credo in relation to studio costs etc. This factor helps the player get repeated calls from producers.

And what did you do to make that happen?

We built latching in & out connection points for signal & power to & from the pedalboard. The amplifier I/O box features switchable ground isolation transformers for the left & right amp outputs and clickless relays for silent switching to mute. A multicore cable with custom cut lengths to reach input jacks etc helps streamline the set up time. In under 2 minutes Rob can uncase the board, plug in all cables in seconds, uncase amps, plug in multicore to amps, plug in to power point, tune guitar, start playing.

Although Rob is not using MIDI to control the system we included a MIDI Integration point for connecting the Strymon pedals to an external sequencer/recording suite for clock input and possible program changes & continuous control movements as necessitated by the session that Rob may be playing on.

Why the dollar coin?

We put one into every system build for good luck. It seems to work for Canadians! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loonie#Lucky_loonie

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MV-3.1Nice Rack Canada is passionate about building guitar rigs, bass rigs & keyboard rigs. Our mission is for musicians to get the absolute best tone and functionality from their equipment. We can build a rack or pedalboard system to suit your desire & budget. We offer a number of lightweight & easy to setup systems that maximize your tone and conform to your unique criteria. We are committed to building the best implements we can with the highest quality materials. We consciously source as much of our materials as possible from domestic sources. We seek to help build our community by creating value for musicians through our assemblies while creating jobs through our purchasing and the forward going opportunities that our assemblies create. We value the role that we play in a musician’s creative process and are honoured to have a hand in making many forms music to be enjoyed by everyone.

Rob Pitch is one of Canada’s best known sidemen and session players. Starting in the late 70′s with his brother David on bass, both Piltch brothers played with their saxophone & clarinet playing band leader / father Bernie Piltch. Rob moved on to playing with David Clayton-Thomas in Blood, Sweat & Tears during the Nuclear Blues period. Rob has recorded & toured his own solo works as well as works by Don Johnson, Hugh Marsh, Kim Mitchell, Shirley Eikhardt, Marc Jordan, Guido Basso, and Rob McConnell. Rob also works with his avant cabaret combo NickBuzz which itself is a “super group” of Canadian jazz musicians featuring Rob alongside Hugh Marsh, Jonathan Goldsmith & Martin Tielli. Rob is also a regular contributor to the Art of  Time Ensemble which is regarded as one of Canada’s most forward thinking and musically talented chamber orchestras.




A chorus of praise for Mobius!

Posted by Ethan

Mobius modulation pedalThe reviews for Mobius have been rolling in, and we’re very excited about what everyone has been saying!

Featuring 12 different types of modulations – chorus, flanger, phaser, a flexible rotary effect and more – “the amount of high-quality effects [Mobius] crams inside is amazing,” writes guitar blog GuitarNoize.com.

» Read the GuitarNoize review

Within each modulation type lays a wealth of mod effects that Premier Guitar magazine describes as “shockingly accurate.”Premier Guitar, The Deli, Guitar Noize, Sound on Sound magazine The “sonic undulations” of the rotary effect, PG continued, are “deep and complex, and at times sound impossibly real.” We’re deeply honored to have received the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear” award, which the magazine bestowed upon Mobius earlier this year.

» Read the Premier Guitar review

In its popular audio blog, The Deli magazine is “extremely excited” about Mobius’ release. It calls the mod pedal “super diverse” thanks to its wide variety of classic mod effects including “everything from lush choruses to pulsating tremolo as well as unlikely additions.”

» Read the Deli review

In a shootout versus some classic mod pedals, Mobius won Sound On Sound magazine’s praises for its “clarity, warmth, smoothness and depth.” With “sounds as glorious as its tech-spec suggests,” Mobius “more than held its own” against its predecessors. SOS ranks Mobius “among the best [mod pedals] of its type.”

» Read the Sound on Sound review

Our friends at Premier Guitar think “it’s getting harder to surprise folks with how good Strymon pedals sound,” which makes us really happy. Sound On Sound noted that we’ve “quickly gained a loyal following” in the three years since we began making pedals. And The Deli made us blush when they called us “one of the sickest companies making stompboxes right now.” Thanks, guys, we really appreciate it! :)




Mobius factory preset settings PDF

Posted by Ethan

Mobius factory preset list PDFHi Mobius users—many of you have asked us to put together a detailed list of the Mobius factory preset settings. Here is a PDF that contains settings for all of the factory presets. :)

download the PDF

 

 




Mobius receives the Premier Gear award!

Posted by Ethan

Mobius - Premier Gear awardWe just read Premier Guitar magazine’s review of our new Mobius modulation— and we we’re extremely excited to announce that Mobius has received their coveted Premier Gear award!

Here’s what they had to say:

“The Mobius is a pedal of very deep capabilities that exponentially widens the sound potential of a pedalboard, opens up studio and production possibilities, and can inspire whole tunes.”

“The sonic undulations are deep and complex, and at times sound impossibly real—to the point of being confounding. Just how is a 4′ tall Leslie with wildly spinning drum and horn speakers hiding behind that practice amp?”

“The quality of the Mobius is superb. It’s dead silent—quiet enough to use for outboard mix buss duties. And it’s difficult to imagine a modulation unit doing much more as capably as the Mobius does.”

“If you’re an incurable studio tinkerer, session expert, or a gigging guitarist who plays in a classic rock cover band one night and a post-rock project the next, the Mobius gives you just about every modulation weapon you could ever need.”

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




Building Mobius pedals!

Posted by Ethan

We’ve been hard at work building Mobius pedals! We’re busy shipping out pre-orders to our North American customers, and will be making a large shipment to our international distributors in early January. Here are some photos of our recent activity:

Circuit boards complete!

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Chassis anodized and ready to go.

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Final assembly!

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Audio testing and programming. Jorge keeping it real.

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Just waiting for knobs.

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Getting ready to box up!

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Big end-of-year giveaway

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Kerwin from Tallahassee, FL. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Present from StrymonWe wanted to celebrate the holiday season and give you the chance to win a Strymon four-pack! Enter to win a holiday care package that includes our TimeLine delay, blueSky Reverberator, OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost, and our brand new Mobius modulation. I’m not sure what we were thinking— that’s over a $1400 value!

All you need to do is fill out the form below. Contest ends on December 18. Good luck and happy holidays. Ok, go!!

Big End-of-year Giveaway

The rules:

  • Enter the contest form below.
  • Please only enter once. Entering more than once will not improve your odds.
  • That’s it!

The prize:

  • Strymon TimeLine multidimensional delay pedal and 9V power supply ($449 value)
  • Strymon Mobius multidimensional modulation pedal and 9V power supply ($449 value)
  • Strymon blueSky reverberator pedal and 9V power supply ($299 value)
  • Strymon OB.1 optical compressor & clean boost and 9V power supply ($218 value)

The terms:

Enter the contest:

Enter the form below.

Contest has ended.

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Kerwin from Tallahassee, FL. Stay tuned for other giveaways!






 
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