“Here is a picture of my pedalboard. I am from a German Band called Eaton Rise and I constructed and built the board myself. I do a little singing as well so there is a vocal effect, the EHX v256. I use the following effects: Korg Pitchblack Tuner, EBS Compressor, EBS Octaver, SansAmp DI Programmable, EHX Steel Leather, EHX Mole, Boss PS-5, Source Audio driver thing(dunno the Name right now), Boss syb5, Boss Chorus, Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter with Hot Hand, plus crappy Expression Pedal assigned to the syb5.”
The second pedalboard featured for PedalsAndEffects’ Show Me Your Pedalboard comes all the way from Germany, and from the looks of the picture, Arne shot this at his rehearsal spot. I’ll admit there are a lot of pedals on here that I have not personally heard or played through, but I know what they do and so I’ll do my best to give my two cents.
Arne has his tuner first, which I think we can all agree is a great spot for it. You can put your tuner on mute and swap basses without making a sound. The signal then goes into his EBS compressor. I haven’t messed with this pedal, but placing a compressor early in the chain is always a great idea. After that, Arne has his EBS Octaver, which I have heard and is an excellent octave pedal for tracking. My OC-2 by Boss, for example, does not track well, but that’s what I like about it. It’s not as transparent as the EBS, but it is all just a personal preference.
Arne has a Sans Amp Programmable Direct Box, which I’ve never used but it could, in theory, be a good pedal to adjust your direct signal’s tone. I tend to let the sound engineer do what he needs with my direct signal at venues, but I’m also one of those rare bassists who has never used a Sans Amp. I’ve never really liked signal from the Sans Amp, but I know many bassists who use it and love the sound so again, this is all just personal preference. The Electro Harmonix Steel Leather comes next, which is an expander. Oddly enough, this to me seems to counter what Arne’s compressor does. Maybe Arne uses it at specific points in a song, but I think these pedals are doing either the same thing or are working against each other.
Arne didn’t mention his Big Muff in the description, but I see it there and would personally suggest putting it before the octave pedal. That way, you can get this fuzzed out bass, but then throw this huge low end on top of it. Running it the other way, the Big Muff is just going to compress that octave signal and make it smaller.
I’m not too familiar with the rest of these pedals, except for the Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter, which is great. I was really impressed with the way Dennis Owens from Free Moral Agents, used this pedal when treating mixes to their new record, Chaine Infinie You can see that video and the Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter here.
I think this pedalboard could really produce some interesting sounds, but as I mentioned, I’m also unfamiliar with some of these pedals. I think Arne would benefit from constantly exploring different ways to chain his pedals, which could eventually lead to the most functional and efficient use of his pedals.
So now, it’s time to hear your feedback! Please let Arne and me know what you all think in the comment sections below.
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