No Speakers! Can We Go Direct & Enjoy It? – That Pedal Show

Published on May 4, 2018

In this episode our hand is forced. Regular viewers will know that we love our valve amps. Transformers, speakers, glowing tubes… all of that stuff that has made the best guitar sounds of all time, or at least as far as we’re concerned.
BUT! The hammer has come down. We’ve finally sent our neighbours over the edge and That Pedal Shed is to be no more. We’ve been silenced. So do we lose the rest of a rare (and expensive) filming day, or do we try something else?
As it happens we have the Mooer Radar on hand – a digital, IR-based speaker simulator among other talents. Let’s hit it with our Plexi and see what we think. In addition, we have a BluGuitar AMP1 and BlueBox combination. How about we go direct to our audio interface, put on the ol’ cans and see if we can make the best of it.
What unfolds is partly predictable, partly surprising, and partly positive that we might delve into this again one day. That was the surprising part.

Enjoy the video – it is one of the last you’ll ever see from That Pedal Shed. Boo and indeed hoo! (But don’t worry, we have a new, bigger and better home to go to.)

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• D’Addario Pedal Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Analog Man Sun Face NKT Red Dot

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Walrus Audio ARP-87 Delay
UK & Europe:

• Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb
UK & Europe:

• BluGuitar AMP1
UK & Europe:

• BluGuitar BluBox
UK & Europe:

• Mooer Radar
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 1:30
- We have to move: 1:54
- Rewind: 2:55
- We’ve gone silent – Amp1 and Amp2: 5:15
- The sound in the room? 7:13
- BluGuitar, Marshall and Mooer: 7:40
- Phase and latency issues? 8:00
- But why the phase issues - is it AD/DA? 8:36
- Dan’s Biffy Clyro Rig tangent: 9:38
- BluGuitar BluBox: 11:06
- Last ever recording in this room? 12:00
- Marshall/Fryette/Mooer sounds: 12:45
- Mooer bypassed and on: 13:37
- Other sounds in the Mooer Radar: 14:17
- It’s usable, isn’t it? 15:50
- Dan’s not happy at all: 16:45
- I literally can’t play with a sound I don’t like: 17:35
- Can we make it better? 18:30
- What about more gain? 21:25
- Shall we try a hollowbody – Collings I-30LC: 24:12
- It doesn’t sound bad in the headphones: 26:19
- A radically different connection between sound and feel: 28:28
- But hang on, people do this all the time! 29:37
- What about on stage? 30:45
- What are those headphones anyway? 31:50
- Let’s try the Sunface: 32:20
- What if your only experience was via this stuff? 35:10
- The essential feedback loop? 36:45
- BluGuitar AMP1 discussion & sounds: 37:40 (39:22 & 42:28)
- Dan’s Conservatorium tangent: 40:44
- That sounded better, right?! 42:28
- And with more overdrive? 45:45
- Strat love – can there be any? 51:00
- BluGuitar BluBox cabs quick flick: 52:45
- This is the way the world is going? 55:30
- Truly the end of an era: 56:00

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender ’60s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster - watch Dan’s video at
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 -
• Collings I-30LC –

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x head
• Fryette Power Station
• BluGuitar AMP1 (see above)

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