This month on PedalsAndEffects, we have been running a series on the making of Big Sir’s DIGITAL GARDENS album. I have been writing about what I used to get the bass sounds on this record and other insider info. Last week, I revealed how I got the loudest, most distorted tone with out feeding back and this week I am going to reveal how to blow up a speaker!
So basically, for the rest of DIGITAL GARDENS, I either used a combo of my Fender Custom Shop Precision Raider Bass into Boss CS-2 into my Sovtek into my Ampeg SVT-VR and my 8×10 or the combo I spoke about last week, which was my Fender Custom Shop Precision “Raider” bass into Idiot Box’s Blasteroid Fuzz. into Earthquaker Devices Hoof Reaper Fuzz ending with the DOD FX10 Bi-FET Preamp amplified by my Ampeg SVT-VR and my 8×10 bass cabinet. On a couple of songs, I added some pedal weirdness to different sections but these two setups were the main setup throughout the album.
The reason I used my giant Ampeg rig on this entire record was because I tried using my Ampeg fliptop B15 but unfortunately, that didn’t last long. My first attempts at recording bass for DIGITAL GARDENS were very ambitious in that I was not going to use 808 bass drum drops but, instead, use bass drops with the DOD Meatbox! I wanted that digital hardcore 808 drops that seem to blast out in a track at random times but use my bass and pedal to achieve the same effect. It all started when I recorded the third song, Old Blood.
In Old Blood, there is a break in the song that has circuit bent keyboard sounds blasting through it. Those breaks were meant to have Meatbox drops but when I was recording the bass, I had setup my 1967 Ampeg B15 because it was my best rig for recording bass. When I hit that first bass drop, it sounded super distorted with no low end at all. I thought I had mic’d the rig incorrectly so I went through the recording line, checking the cables and mic placement and then realized I must have blown that old speaker at impact! This is why you don’t hear a bass drop in those breaks…I tried circuit bent noise instead and thought it worked better. For the rest of the recording of DIGITAL GARDENS, I used my indestructible Ampeg SVT-VR into my 8×10 cabinet to handle the volume and low end.