Effectology Vol. #26 Make your guitar sound like a Pink Floyd Synthesizer
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Posted: 05 November 2012 12:03 PM

Effectology Vol. #26
Make your guitar sound like a Pink Floyd Synthesizer.

In this episode I show how to make your guitar sound like the synthesizers used in the Pink Floyd song
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.

Radio voice
To set the mood I started the piece with an old time radio clip played through headphones.
The headphone was held against the bridge pickup to give it the weird dirty filtered sound.

The wind sound was done using a Big Muff pedal with a dummy plug in the input jack to turn the unit with out having anything directly connected to it.
The white noise sound was filtered by hand using a MicroSynth filter.

Melody Synth

Synth pad

Four note guitar line.
Below is a picture of David Gilmour in Abbey Road Studios recording the epic guitar theme for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.
He used a Fender, Hiwatt and Leslie amp.
I used a Stereo Electric Mistress to capture the slow rotating speaker sound of the Leslie speaker:


Explosive Boom
To create the giant boom sound I used a Big Muff into a volume pedal and Cathedral reverb set for a very large room sound.
The trick is to push the volume pedal to max the second you smack the strings and return the pedal to zero immediately after.
This sends a very short impulse to the reverb creating an explosion sound.

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Posted: 05 November 2012 04:45 PM | Link to this reply (#1)

the micro synth is one of the coolest pedals i own.  i also have the cathedral.  the pog2 and superego are on my wish list.  this is beyond well done.

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Posted: 03 June 2013 05:32 PM | Link to this reply (#2)

I am trying to put together a new pedalboard for synth sounds and the effectology series has been very educative.

So in theory I remplaced the oscillator with a comp+fuzz to make the signal of the guitar form either a square or a sine wave. I need to add an envelope filter, a lfo and a ASDR and maybe ring mod.

Is just that Im tired of keyboard players…

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