And We’re Back In The Room! [New Boards, Sounds, Pickups & More]

Pubished 9 April 2021

We’ve been making videos apart for four months. Time to get back in the room and see what’s what!

Life too short for long YouTube videos? See the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ info below.

Welcome to the show! It’s a big day for us as it’s the first day back filming since, oooh, ages ago… preceding England’s Covid movement restrictions through the beginning of 2021. The good news is that things have eased up a little bit, so we’re back in the room.

This show is fairly loose in scope. We’re just glad to be back. We catch up about various things before discussing three topics each that we’ve discovered/changed/re-energised during the apart time.
Dan talks about some cool new reverb sounds from his CXM1978; his new-found love for the Hologram Microcosm and how lockdown has left him totally gig-unfit.
I give Dan his first actual listen to the new Epiphone Casino pickups; take a brief stomp around my latest pedalboard and also talk about an alternate picking method that’s helping my speed and accuracy a little bit.
We finish up with a look forward to a couple of cool new things we hope to be doing at TPS as 2021 moves into the summer.
As we say, kinda loose.

Note: Around 57:45 mins, I’m explaining the loop order/pedals on the board. I mean SWITCH not LOOP. So the Tube Screamer is in Loop 1 but it’s on Switch 2. I know I know, confusing! Correct loops below.

Enjoy the show!

Gear in this episode
Dan’s board:
• Schmidt Array SA525 pedalboard

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• Pigdog Dirty Mac (Loop 1)
Not currently available - keep an eye on amplifiers

• Union Tube & Transistor LAB (Loop 2)
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Peasant Tube Boost (Loop 2)

• Kingsley Page Tube Boost (Loop 3)

• Chase Bliss Automatone Preamp MkII (Loop 4)
UK & Europe:

• Thorpy Camoflange (Loop 5)
UK & Europe:

• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk (Loop 6)
UK & Europe:

• Free The Tone Future Factory FF-1Y RF Phase Modulated Delay (Loops 7/8)
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978 (Loops 9/10)
UK & Europe:

• Hologram Microcosm (Loops 11/12)

• Eventide H9 (not connected)
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3

Mick’s board
• Schmidt Array SA525 pedalboard

• Dan Drive Secret Machine (not in a loop)
Find Dan on Facebook and Instagram

• Mythos Argo Octave Fuzz (not in a loop)
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808 (Keeley plus mod) (Loop 1)
No longer available

• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive (Loop 2)
Mainly available used. Also find Bill Finnegan on eBay

• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk (Loop 3)
UK & Europe:

• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II (Loop 4)
UK & Europe: Try the Micro Vent too,

• Free The Tone Future Factory FF-1Y RF Phase Modulated Delay (Loop 5)
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978 (Loop 6)
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3 Atom

Interesting bits and go-to sections
- The totes emosh reunion: 00:00
- Intro playing: 00:54
- And we’re back: 02:21
- What are we doing today?: 04:01
- Dan’s CXM1978 reverb revelation: 07:20
- Today’s amps & CXM Sounds: 08:35
- The CXM Blind Test: 11:35
- Epiphone Casino new pickups explanation: 15:18
- …new pickups sounds: 16:42
- Pickups change how the guitar feels?!:20:00
- An RWRP tangent?: 23:15
- Hologram Microcosm: 28:00
- More microcosm sounds: 31:30
- Mick’s alternate picking ‘discovery’: 34:25
- The notes Mick is playing: 37:54
- A different plectrum action: 39:40
- Mick not playing Strats?: 47:50
- Let’s try it on a Les Paul: 48:44
- Dan has lost his gig fitness: 50:56
- Mick’s pedalboard in brief: 56:15
- Mick pedalboard sounds: 58:25
- Dan plays Mick’s board: 1:04:00
- Wet/dry and stereo?:1:07:10
- Cool things to come on TPS: 1:10:06

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