The POG was used to create a small amount of sub-octave and a large amount of the +2 octave.
The Poly Chorus provided the doubling or ensemble effect to make the sound much large than it really is. The Poly Chorus is an analog device that has by nature a very limited high frequency response. The output of the POG contains frequencies much higher than the Poly Chorus was ever designed to reproduce. Unable to reproduce these high frequencies, the Poly Chorus distorts in a very unique way.
This distortion added a very high-pitched raspy noise on top of the original signal. With the Poly Chorus feedback increased, the raspiness increased as well.
This rasp reminded me of a sound I heard produced by a real orchestral string section.
One of the finest studios ever built here in Chicago was called Universal Studios. I was very luck to have played guitar on hundreds and hundreds of sessions in their Studio A. This room was gigantic, large enough to hold a full rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums) and a full orchestra including percussion and choir!
I sat right next to the large string sections. After we would record a basic track, the string section would often add a second part. As the strings overdubbed their next part, I would take my headphones off and listen up close to what the strings really sounded like in an isolated environment.
I was amazed at how much upper-end noise and garbage was produced by all the bows rubbing against the dozens of strings. This noise is not often heard in the finished track when it’s masked by other instruments or reverb.
The Poly Chorus distortion reminded me of this “real life” noise.
I used the Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai set for a long repeating delay and reverb using the decay knob.
You will notice in the String Pad effect chain I used a volume pedal right before the Memory Man delay. Using a volume pedal allowed me to slowly fade in each chord producing swells while removing the guitar’s original attack.
I recorded this piece using an Ibanez Jem guitar direct into the computer. No guitar amps were used. If you are using a guitar amp, set it for a very clean, flat or neutral sound.
Below is a screen grab of the Pro Tools session.
Thanks for listening and please experiment!