It is not often that I get to break down, track per track, what I used on an album I made but here we go! PedalsAndEffects is going to get the gear listing for each track I played on the new Big Sir DIGITAL GARDENS record we released last week.
The first track on DIGITAL GARDENS is Infidels. As fans of Big Sir know, Infidels is the third track (thank you Karl Boson!) on Before Gardens After Gardens but the DIGITAL GARDENS version is way different in approach and gear used. Even the basses were not the same, as well as, one was performed with a pick, the other my fingers.
On the original Infidels, I used by 1971 Fender Fretless Precision with the rear, bridge position, jazz pickup only. I then ran my finger plucked bass into my Boss CS-2 compressor then into my Boss VB-2 vibrato. That bass was recorded directly into my computer via my Apogee Duet.
For DIGITAL GARDENS, I went for the harder sound with my Fender Custom Shop maple neck Precision “Raider” bass. I then grabbed a Dunlop thick-as-a-brick pick and hit as hard as I could. I ran my bass through my Boss CS-2 that went into my trusty Russian made Sovtek fuzz.
I mic’d my Ampeg SVT-VR and 8×10 cabinet (no di used!) with my Heil mic and that was pretty much it except for the chorus on the song. In the chorus of Infidels, I used my Jerry Jones Bass Six that Paul Gilbert gave me years ago. It is the country guitar sounding riff that loops before Lisa screams the chorus. That bass guitar ran into my Russian Distortion so I guess a lot of this track was made possible by Russian manufacturing.
As the album progresses, I get crazier with the pedal use and the distortions and other effects get pretty obscure. Please help your fellow artists by downloading Big Sir’s DIGITAL GARDENS on our bandcamp or iTunes and be sure to lookout each week for the gear breakdown of DIGITAL GARDENS!