What Are Ambient Guitar Tones Anyway?

Published on 20 Sep 2019

In this episode we dip a tentative toe into the deep waters of ‘ambient’ sounds for guitar. As we discuss, putting labels on music is problematic from the off… but to us ‘ambient’ guitar is about building textures using combinations of delay and reverb, then manipulating those further with anything from modulation to pitch shifting to synthesis to looping etc etc etc… anything you can think of, basically. Soundscapes, textures, ambience, mood.
Covering a whole movement in an hour seems at best foolish, but this is That Pedal Show after all, where our sole intention is to spark some inspiration and questions in your minds for things you might like to explore further. So let’s see if that happens…

If you like the backing track used in this video (we’ve called it ‘Ambiphoria’ - it was made by Fraser our assistant, predominantly with the Chase Bliss Audio Mood and Empress Zoia), it is available from That Pedal Show Store.

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Boss Dm-2w Waza Delay
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• EHX Deluxe Memory Man 1100TT
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• Boss RV-6 Reverb
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• Red Panda Tensor

• Chase Bliss Audio Mood
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• Empress Zoia
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• Keeley D&M Drive
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• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- Welcome… and what are we doing today?: 01:31
- Back in semi-geriatric land: 3:13
- What’s on the board, and today’s amps: 3:39 (4:30)
- What can you do? Textures… 4:54
- Does texture mean loads of delay and reverb? 5:30
- Who’s that on the phone? 6:20
- Let’s get started with delay and overdrive: 6:48
- What can we do with one delay?: 8:30
- Now let’s add another delay…: 10:20
- Now let’s add reverb…: 11:45
- How do ambient guitars fit with a band?: 14:12
- Putting an effect in the loop of a delay:15:34 (17:00)
- Now let’s pitch shift that delay!: 19:55 (20:35)
- What is the Chase Bliss Audio Mood?: 24:05
- This isn’t normal looping: 25:28
- Now we have a loop, let’s mangle it: 27:04
- More Mood exploration: 29:12
- Who’s that on the phone? 31:50
- The 'Mick isn’t thick but he does remember when computers came out' tangent: 32:35
- What is Zoia?: 35:40 (37:30)
- What on earth was that???: 37:40
- Dan builds a modulated delay in 4 minutes…: 39:40
- Some more questions from Mick 43:50
- So who or what is the Zoia for?: 45:08
- Mick laments his busy schedule: 50:25
- Will we learn more about Zoia?: 54:30
- Let’s try to be ambient and jam: 56:13

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender American Original ’60s Jaguar – no video yet

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x with 1960AX cab / Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Matchless HC-30 with Hughes & Kettner Vintage 212 / Celestion G12M Greenback

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