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This Week’s Preset: BigSky – “Clear Skies” from Zac Tiessen

Canadian guitarist Zac Tiessen was recently featured by EMG pickups on their EMGtv YouTube channel, giving a virtuosic 8-string guitar performance of his original tune “Clear Skies Ahead.” What’s more, he has shared the custom BigSky preset he used on the outro of the song. Below, Zac tells the story behind the song “Clear Skies Ahead” in his own words.


“Reverb has always intrigued me both from a physics standpoint and on an emotional level since I started playing seven years ago. It has become an essential ingredient to my sonic identity as a solo 8-string guitarist. Epic sights and sounds inspire me, and when I heard the Bloom setting on the BigSky, it was the actualization of the larger-than-life sound I had been searching for. My song “Clear Skies Ahead” utilizes the Bloom reverb machine in the clean finger style outro, and other BigSky reverb types appear throughout the rest of my latest EP, Traverse.

During the writing of “Clear Skies Ahead” I was going through an intense three months of IV treatment for chronic Lyme disease. I remember spending hours on end playing through the BigSky, which provided a needed outlet for creativity. That is where the inspiration came for the title, since I felt that there was hope on the other side of my treatment. Everything we experience in life happens for a reason and can serve a greater purpose if we will adopt a positive attitude. Now, having recovered my health, the BigSky continues to infuse me with creativity, positivity, and hope for the future!”

Watch the video:


The image below shows the knob settings and parameters for the BigSky preset “Clear Skies.”

Zac Tiessen BigSky Clear Skies Preset

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Download the preset:

Using the Strymon Librarian or our new Nixie preset editor? Download the “Clear Skies” preset and load it into your BigSky.

What do you think?

Made your own tweaks to this preset? Post them below. Are there other preset types that you’d like to see in upcoming blog posts? Let us know what you think. Thanks!

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