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How to get dubStep synth tone out of electric guitar?

Classic answer:

Try the fuzz!


And a couple of other pedals ;)


I am a big fan of dubStep synth tones.

But since my main musical instrument is electric guitar, I was trying to get closer to that dubStep style tones.

And I think I have figured it out!

I have found that a combination of a fuzz and an octaver pedal into slightly overdriven tube amp is a good starting point.

In my case, I have used a combination of Dunlop Octavio and MXR BlueBox Fuzz/Octaver.

But how to get that moving/wobbling FX?

Since I have the Dunlop Rotovibe pedal with allows you to change the vibe rate parameter by expression pedal, I was experimenting with it on top of that fuzzy/octave tone.

Yeah, worked pretty well.

But I wanted even more wildness, movement and excitement.

I have turned on my cutthroat wah after the fuzzes.

Dunlop John Petrucci signature wah is real beast for this.

And since the wah is placed after the fuzz pedals, the wah effect is monstrous.

Wow, this is it!

The only downside of this solution is that you need to control 2 expression pedals at the same time.

It's very important because for me to have a option to experiment with different expression pedal positions on both Rotovibe and Wah pedal.

For me, in the studio it's not a problem.

I have 2 legs and if I am sitting, it's OK.

But for live use it's useless.

If I would like to re-create this tone live, I would probably need to go with digital processor.

But I am not sure if any processor can even do this in this quality.

Maybe the Neural DSP Quad Cortex since it has the ability to create a profile of real analog pedal and it probably has enough processing power for this kind of tones.

  • Do you use and enjoy creating tone like this when songwriting?

  • Or is it useless noise for you?

I am enjoying this tone a lot and finding more and more use cases where it works great in music production.

May the muse be with You!


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