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This Week’s Preset – Eli Maiman’s “Shut Up and Dance” and “Different Colors”

Preset - TimeLine Delay
This edition of This Week’s Preset is brought to you by Eli Maiman from Walk the Moon, who shares three different TimeLine presets that can be heard on Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” and “Different Colors.”  A big thanks to Eli for sending in these presets — we know you’ll dig them!



“Shut Up and Dance”

8479 EditFor the intro, we actually used two guitar parts.  The first is a guitar hitting an amp just at the verge of break-up, which is where I usually like to live.  I very rarely use a totally clean tone.  This guitar is playing the arpeggio of the main riff.  The other guitar is just playing 16th notes on muted strings. This ‘helicopter’ sound, as we refer to it, is thickened with a dotted eighth note delay set with a relatively even mix of dry to wet signal.  We found that the combination of these two sounds resulted in a really exciting, U2-inspired vibe.

Live, I’m the only one playing guitar, so I approximate this effect by using a digital delay set to dotted eighth repeats, which Kevin supports by playing muted 16th notes high on one of his bass strings.

Listen here:

Preset details: 

The image below shows the knob settings and parameters that Eli uses for “Shut Up and Dance.”  Dial them up on your TimeLine and try this preset out!

Eli Maiman Shut Up and Dance TimeLine Preset

“Different Colors” 

I have two settings that I use for “Different Colors,” which is the first track on the new album.  COLOR1 is a slapback setting that I use in conjunction with a the verse, and the chorus. 

For the intro and pre-chorus (the “this is why, this is why…” part), I actually use a tape delay that’s actually set faster than the song’s tempo, a setting I creatively call COLOR2.  As wonderful and delicious as tempo-locked delays are, I’ve found that occasionally out of time repeats can sound really hip and fresh.  Here, I use them to create a weird, kind of off-balance effect.

Listen here: 

Preset details:

The images below shows the knob settings and parameters that Eli uses for “Different Colors.”  These are both awesome presets and we encourage you try them out on your TimeLine!

Eli Maiman Different Colors TimeLine Preset

Eli Maiman Different Colors TimeLine Preset

Download the presets: 

Using the Strymon Librarian?

Download Eli Maiman’s “Dance” and load it into your TimeLine.

Download Eli Maiman’s “Color 1” and load it into your TimeLine.

Download Eli Maiman’s “Color 2” and load it into your TimeLine.

What do you think? 

Like the presets? Make a few tweaks of your own? Post your feedback in the comment section, and please share suggestions of presets you’d like to see from us in the future.   Thanks again to Eli Maiman from Walk the Moon for sharing his sounds with us.  I’ll leave you with this sweet photo
of Eli’s pedalboard.



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4 Responses

  1. WOW – now THAT’S a board I could get down with!!!!

    Mi Gusta! as my brethern from the south say. 🙂

    I’m REALLY curious as to 2 things:
    1. WHAT’S INSIDE those woodboxes??! (not the loopers, the ones on the top left)
    2. WHO did those for you and can I get their number?!


  2. Hey Chris, I build Eli’s wood pedals – solo custom shop in PA called MJR Effects. He’s got a few drives, couple different boosts, and the loopers on his board right now in addition to those sexy strymon beasts. You can find me and more info on facebook or instagram @mjreffects

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