Board To Death! Ep. 34 - Reba Meyers (Code Orange) | EarthQuaker Devices

Board To Death! Ep. 34 - Reba Meyers (Code Orange) | EarthQuaker Devices

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all right well i'm reba from code orange and these are my pedal boards [Music] foreign what i have with me are two boards one board is my touring board which i unfortunately had to slim down a hell of a lot um and then my other board is always just what i'm using to change around when i'm recording or writing or messing around whatever so what i have going right now is yeah i'm going into my touring board first which is all set up you know to use live in a very convenient way and then my uh my fun board i guess you could say which is just straight in series all the way through the guitar i'm using now is my signature which i absolutely love it's esp ltd rm600 i have a rail hammer pickup in the bridge right now which i'm down with i also play emg sometimes but i like to swap it out and then uh my amp is an evh amp 5153 100 watt el34 my favorite amp i've ever played and uh as soon as i heard it i used it on our entire record and i absolutely love it it's insane um in the matching cab with our sick chrome panther decal right there beautiful my signal chain we got it's pretty uh hard to remember honestly because it's constantly changing but first off we have my decimator and my tube screamer which are my just standard go-to tone uh tone pedals which honestly eventually i'll probably move them off my board um and get them out of the way because who needs something you're never gonna click at your feet you know i just i need i use them for my standard heavy tone and it's completely necessary the decimator is the best gate i ever owned ever had it works insanely well and it's super simple so next i have my amt wah i think it's called the japanese wah um i absolutely love this pedal i use it on pretty much every lead that i can and i just love the expressiveness of it and when i think about pedals i think about how expressive they can be and that's the same reason why i want to get rid of the tube screamer and the decimator off my board because what i want on my board are expressive pedals and the wah is the definition of that historically and just it's you know it feels like you're playing it like an instrument while you're also playing your instrument in your hands and i absolutely love that [Music] that wah it just does the trick because you take a solo and it's so dry and sterile with just a regular distortion and honestly i find that i don't even need reverb i don't even need delay all i need is this wah pedal it just adds enough expression um and then you know using the harmonize in conjunction with that that's really been my go-to lately and if i have the luxury of being able to fit a reverb on my board for noise parts i'll use it for all kinds of stuff like that we have a song called spy actually that we play live a lot and there's a lot of noise stuff in the intro of that song and i'll just go insanely hard with the wah pedal with the harmonist and with usually a reverb or delay pedal kind of like sweeping building noise [Music] [Music] um and that leads me to the boss harmonist which is very similar in that regard that it's expressive and it's so simple but you just uh you know it's really great for sweeps and for bends and um noise and just exaggerations of any kind of expressive playing you're doing live and it's also just another type of pedal you can just hammer on it you know i love being able to just like go insanely hard on pedals as if they're part of the show and not just you know there to make a sound or their first for a basic tone um and then i have my possibly my favorite pedal which is this moog uh ring mod it's called the mf ring and i've been using it for a really long time it's really just for noise bursts have a lot of trouble finding pedals that can cut through the insane amount of going on in our band and that cuts through like you it it's resonating through the entire venue i can hear it every time it's turned on and that's what i love about it you don't even know where it's really coming from it just sounds like a blast of noise and you might think it's like a synth you might think it's something else but it's guitar and it's just you know i jack the frequency and the mix up the tone up and uh i used it on a lot of songs that we've recorded i used it on forever for the main uh you know main pitch bend noise and um and you can also use that expressively which is again why i love it basically the wall just i use that to sweep it as opposed to you know bending down and turning the frequency knob which i often do and i've actually made a lot of samples using that like what i'll do is uh turn this off for a minute i'll just kind of hit record and then i'll just sweep the frequency knob and record it and sample it [Music] and yeah for those of you who know code orange that's actually what i did to make that noise on the forever versus that repeats um and then shade layered some of his stuff in there too but yeah um like in context you can use it for all kinds of insane noise [Music] [Music] so yeah i use it a lot in rhythmic senses too again i'm so used to just smacking pedals in a rhythmic way live and i'll do it a lot of times in rifts again if you know the band kill the creator there's this crazy little noise that's what i was just playing um and a lot of times i'll do something and our electronics guy will do something on synth and together it's can be really powerful and you almost again not really know what's real what's fake it's all coming at you from all sides of the band that's what i love about it um there's another part on the song real that um i have everything jacked up pretty high and it's just kind of like a head pretty much we come in with this pit at the end of the song and the mood pedals on it's just bombardment [Music] it's just something that i don't think a lot of people use it for cuts through with a band and it just yeah it just like honestly gets people to turn heads i oftentimes look out in the crowd and i kind of just want people to turn their heads people who are on their phones aren't paying attention um and if you turn that pedal on they're gonna turn some heads so i always like to kind of think about like okay start off with what i think i would want and then if i take it away is it worse you know or like basically my my theories on it is that you want to use as least as you can and when it comes to just a standard tone going from the amp stream of the guitar is ideal but i know for a fact if i turn this tube skimmer off my sound becomes all flubby and that's really all that i use it for i just use it for a little bit of juice so that i don't my chugs don't sound flubby to me that's perfect that's all i need and then same with the decimator it's like without this you know if you have shitty power you need it if you want clean cut-offs you need it usually i actually run another gate but uh the only downside is that sometimes it's hard to hit pinches when you've got a decimator going but as long as you have it dialed right it's perfect so works for me my lead sound is really probably what i use the most as i've been talking about with my amt wah pedal and my harmonious um i use those a lot i always have my harmonic on just in case i'm feeling like i want to mess around pretty much [Music] wow [Music] [Music] pedalboard number two the fun board as i call it which i just made up right now but all right we got the earthquaker pedals which you know it honestly makes me sad that i can't have them on my touring board sometimes but in reality they're for me more inspirational in terms of writing and creating and recording and all that because it's just there's so much freedom within and you can use them in so many different ways that i don't even know if they were intended to be used for who knows but all interpretation so i got my c machine first which is a course pedal basically and i've been using that one that one in the afternoon i've probably been using the longest um used them a lot on like all of our kind of clean songs like bleeding in the blur and stuff like that and then i got the afternoon as i said both amazing petals just have such a lush feeling to them and you can really dig into them and dial them however you want afternoon can get absolutely insane so i love that about it we got the grain orbiter which i got probably before we did our last album and um i think it's probably my favorite phaser i've ever had and it's really hard to find phasers that work good with guitar especially when there's a lot of other effects in the in the chain going on and phaser can just get lost or sound make it sound muddy and i find that i can avoid all those things with the grain orbiter and it just adds like another texture um then we got the disaster transport which is delay and reverb and this one i've actually used a lot live i used to take it with me all the time um if it wasn't so big i definitely would have it on my board right now but i love it it's like it makes it so convenient to have the two switches with the delay a and b so i can have either a ton of delay for something that's maybe just supposed to be kind of chaotic and noisy on purpose but then i can also just have the the a side if i want just you know some delay for maybe a lead or something that's you know more chilled out and uh supposed to kind of cut through clearly then we got the abominable petals uh hellmouth which is probably my favorite distortion i've ever had the only reason i don't use it instead of the tube skimmer is just because it's a bit too noisy to gate but whenever i'm actually recording with distortion i'm always using that it sounds amazing it cuts through really hard i can get absolutely insane feedback with it which i love and it's just badass [Music] and then we got the astral destiny pedal which is i believe a new earthquaker pedal that i've been messing around with maybe for the last couple weeks i know there's an insane amount of things you can do with it that i haven't even gone to explore yet but what i love so far is just the amount of control that i have over my reverb but if you also just want something simple and that sounds good you can just have that and you don't have to go too far you don't have to go too deep it's really easy to just get a really good reverb sound that doesn't muddy up my tone and that's the issue i have with reverbs is that they always muddy up the sound and i hate that but this pedal does not do that and i love that and yeah i've been messing around it has some sort of expression i guess they call it stretch um which i've been doing a lot of just kind of in and outs and it's really expressive and i know i have a feeling that i'm gonna want this on my board just because of that because again the expressive aspect is my favorite part so then we got uh the banana anna pedal if that's how you say it i think it's called the mandala pedal um i absolutely love this pedal it's insane there's nothing like it um and if you know our band you know that we mess around with a lot of glitch effects and all kinds of stuff like that and i've never before this one being able to find a pedal that can kind of recreate that in the way that digital system might but this one does it and it's really rhythmic and it's like it has some amount of control but also some amount of no control which is actually why i like it because it's kind of you can do things accidentally and for a lot of glitchy noise parts it's just like adds this insane chaos factor that nothing else can do and it's just you can hold the the switch down um while doing other things and it'll still be glitching you can play on top of it it's insane the final pedal here is the zvex sonar pedal which is a tremolo pedal but um i actually use it a lot more kind of as a fuzz pedal i've used it for tremolo but i have everything kind of dialed up so that it more just sounds like makes your guitar sound like metal basically like literally like metal so um kind of hard to to explain without hearing it but um yeah it just has a really cool character to it it it's like almost like another distortion pedal in the way that i use it so one of the songs that i can show you more in context uh how i'm using these pedals is a song called cold metal place um on our new album now obviously i'm just using my standard distortion for a lot of that but there's a really insane lead that i love one of my favorite leads on the album on the verse of that song i was kind of playing it a little bit earlier but i'm using the amt wah for that and a lot of times i'll add something on i think i honestly hard to remember a little bit but i might have had the hell mouth on too i did like maybe two layers of it but here's the gist [Music] so my third rig that i have here is my laptop running ableton um a big goal of mine in the future is to somehow live be able to use plug-ins along with my pedalboard right now though i use it as a writing tool i use it while recording um when we were recording our last album underneath i pretty much just had all my pedals and yeah in the box all my plugins and was using we're using them in conjunction with each other and some stuff had already been figured out some stuff i was just doing on the fly um some of the plug-ins i wanted to show were these sound toys plugins now i have probably a bajillion plug-ins but these ones are definitely a go-to of mine are very reminiscent to me of pedals but what i love about them is that they create kind of another digital element that's in contrast to the analog aspect of the pedals which i love and it also helps get guitars to cut through the mix especially with a band like ours that's so heavy and so thick and dense with a full band along with a full you know synth electronic instrument as well and it's really hard sometimes to get leads and delays to cut through if they're not digital so yeah like you could say on a lot of the solos maybe on songs like easy way and sulfur surrounding i was using delays on here but then i would use expressive petals at my feet so [Music] [Music] [Applause] so yeah hopefully you can hear it's just the delay cuts through in a way that i've never heard a pedal be able to do i would love a pedal to be able to do that but and also just the stereo aspect is always amazing to have right now i'm using this crystallizer plug-in i use the crystallizer plug-in and i also use the echoboy plug-in for delays and i'll often use those in conjunction with the phase mistress and maybe just have you know a little more texture to a lead or something petals it's just it's similar to maybe you could say like a song in the lyrics of a song if you hear someone's lyrics to a song you can interpret them in you know whatever way you hear them in your life and that maybe isn't the way that the creator intended them to be um but that's what makes them so meaningful and it helps you understand yourself through what you're using and i see pedals in a very similar way you know half of these pedals if not all these pedals i'm hopefully i'm using them in a way that is personal and that you know my exploration of the pedals and what they sound like and what they can do is completely connected to myself and what i you know want to express and want to explore [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so [Music] you

2021-04-30 12:18

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