Post by FirstAlternate
I've been putting some chorus on my guitar and adding a touch of reverb for
live playing. I've gone through several choruses, and so far they all make
the guitar sound unnatural. I've gotten used to it over the years, but it's
time to re-evaluate.
When I record, I get that space I want by putting slight delay on the
guitar and panning the signals. Not enough to get that doubled sound, but
just a slight sensation of space - about 2 ms. As you no doubt are aware,
stereo effects do not always translate well into the live setting, and in
some cases I work with only one speaker.
I was toying with the idea of getting an Aphex Acoustic Xciter. I've read
the reviews, which are mostly positive. Have you worked with this device,
or do you have another suggestion?
(BTW, my days of carrying racks of stuff are over. I'm thinking small
I'm fine tuning the Zoom A2 acoustic guitar "pedal", and I'm hopeful
of getting just the right sound through it. I was very happy with the
way my Martin HD-28 and an LR Baggs Active I-Beam sounded, but it was
incredibly prone to feedback -- even after tweaking it's position.
Eventually, I installed a K&K Pure Western Mini, but it doesn't sound
as good, but feedback was pretty much resolved. The basic A2 settings
did offer some improvement. The Zoom A2 has options for different
types of pickups, guitar models, reverb, etc..
I'm already running several different guitars into a small Behringer
mixer in order to provide a single signal to the PA and not have to
coordinate with the sound guy as I switch instruments. I'm planning
to try out the A2 routed through the mixer's external effect loop.
That way I can just mix in whatever amount of the A2's signal sounds
best for each instrument.
The "best" sound I've achieved so far, though, is with my "Hawaiian
lap slide". I installed a PickUpTheWorld #27, which feeds into an old
dual input Yamaha soundhole system that I have. The Yamaha combines a
magnetic pickup, an input for the piezo pickup, a preamp, and a
mixing dial to select how much of either pickup source you want.
Prior to installing this I'd tried using that LR Baggs (and again,
deinstalled it due to feedback), but this setup sounds sooo much
better. I have no plans to run this through the A2 (unless I can
achieve a convincing "dobro" sound, which is why I bought the A2 in
the first place...silly me!).