Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Kim in Salt Lake City, UT. Her board is a bit special for the site because Kim is not a bassist or guitarist-she plays electric Violin for Doom metal band Subrosa as well as her instrumental two-piece noise project Cicadas. She tells us her board get’s full usage in both bands and she adds that she prefers using bass amplifiers and cabinets, taking advantage of the wider frequency range she was unable to get with keyboard or guitar amps when effects were being used. Let’s break down her unique setup:
Kim’s signal starts with an unmodified Boss CS-3 the updated and still in production version of my number one pedal the CS2, while not as effective on bass, the CS-3 is still a very usable comp for added boost and sustain and I could see why this would be a great buffered starting point for an electric violin signal. From there she goes into an Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird Trem, a versatile tremolo that can get really choppy and percussive, or something more subtle-my preference with Tremolo effects is to keep them closer to the end of the chain and chop up other dirt and modulation effects-after the Hummingbird, Kim goes into a rare Japanese Boss DF-2 Distortion & Feedbacker I recently had the chance to try one of these on bass, the distortion feature on this pedal is notorious for being very thin and sure enough the low end was gone! However the endless feedback/sustain effect this creates while you’re standing on it is very cool! After that the Violin makes it’s way to a Scott Shriner favorite the Wren And Cuff Tall Font Russian which Kim uses for massive low end, into a Dwarfcraft Devices Great Destroyer fuzz a totally different flavor of fuzz that Kim makes use of during solos for oscillation and adding huge distortion to the top end.
Photo Credit: Digitech.com
From there Kim goes into a Digitech Harmony Man and then down to the bottom row of her board into a Boss DD-6 Digital delay immediately into another delay, the powerful Digitech Time Bender that offers plentiful delay types and throws in pitch shifting, modulation, tap-tempo and harmonizing effects that she mostly uses for ambient noise and song transitions. After the delays everything gets sent to another PedalsAndEffects favorite the Rainbow Machine from our friends at Earthquaker devices-not only do I love seeing this being used on electric violin, it’s brilliant seeing a dedicated Moog expression control on the board with it to control the pitch, she uses this pedal almost exclusively with the magic turned on for wild noise and pitch shifting before ending with a Boomerang III Phrase Sampler for running simultaneous loops, the main feature being that the loops can be run out of time and phase with the option of faded in and out of each loop. Very, very cool!
Photo Credit: Boomerangmusic.com
Kim thank you for sending your board in to PedalsAndEffects, It’s truly exciting to see and hear sound crafting trails being blazed by a whole different set of 4-strings! We’d love to see more instruments and their boards, please send in your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org to have yours featured!