Guitar setup

The guitar sound itself can be the source of inspiration. Fender Strat through an old and loud Marshall amp delivers powerful tones. It has been an adventure to get a tonal variety out of a non master volume amp, ’76 Super Lead.

With 6550 power tubes, instead of usual EL34, a louder clean sound can be achieved before distortion. Different pre amp tubes have been tested but 12AX7 has the punch. The ’76 Super Lead amp also has a modified feedback circuit to give even louder clean tone. The guitar pickups should not be too strong to prevent the signal from getting too hot. With single coil pickups the sound is sparkling.

When distorted sound is needed, the original Pro Co RAT distortion pedal gives a powerful, sustaining overdriven tone with this setup. Ibanez TS-808 is used for a raw overdrive. Eventide Modfactor gives very smooth modulation effects.

main guitar: Fender American Stratocaster
main amp: Marshall Super Lead MK II 100 W, model 1959 (1976)
cab: Marshall 1982
power tubes: Svetlana 6550
overdrive: ProCo RAT, Ibanez TS-808, Boss DS-1, Xotic RC Booster
delay: Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man, Boss DD-5
modulation: Eventide Modfactor
pitch shifting: Digitech Whammy 5
wah wah: Morley Classic Wah
volume: Morley Volume Plus
mike: Shure SM57

Marshall Super Lead MK II

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Svetlana 6550 tubes

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Fender American Stratocaster

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Bass setup

Jean Ruin used Hiwatt DR103 and Ampeg cabs on the first three trio albums. In the summer sessions 2013 he switched to vintage Marshall amps and cabs. He had a stereo double amp setup with two Marshall heads and cabs. Occasionally, he used Ibanez Tube Screamer to achieve more distorted and raw tones. Digitech looper and EBS wahwah pedal was used also for more special sounds. In 2013 sessions Jean started to use a fretless bass as well.

bass guitars: Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Jazz Bass Fretless
amps: Marshall Super Lead 100W 1959 (1974), JCM800 100W 2210 (1986)
cabs: Marshall JCM800 (1984A, 1984B) 400W
power tubes: Sovtek KT-88 (1959), Svetlana 6550 (JCM800)
preamp tubes: Telefunken ECC81, ECC83 (NOS)
overdrive: Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-10
wahwah/volume: EBS Stanley Clarke Wah
looper: Digitech JamMan Solo XT
mics: Shure Beta 52A, Audix D-6

 

Hiwatt DR103 with Ampeg cabs

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Marshall JCM800 & Super Lead

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JCM800 power tubes, 6550

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Marshall Super Lead power tubes, KT88

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 1952 Jaguar bicycle used for additional fx in 2014 sessions.

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Old beat-boxes attached to a bass guitar.

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Drums

Ivan Horder uses a hybrid drum set.

bass drum & toms: Tama Royalstar, Pearl All Birch Shell
snare: Pearl Piccolo Snare
cymbals: Istanbul, Zildijan K, Zildijan A, Paiste Formula 602
pedals: DW
mics: Sennheiser e602-II, e604, e614, Shure BG 4.1, Shure SM57

 

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Recording setup

The recording setup consists of two MOTU 8pre audio interfaces, that are connected to each other via optical cables. In the summer 2013 sessions twelve channels were used: eight channels for drums, two channels for guitar and two channels for bass. 8pres are connected via FireWire to Apple Mac G5 computer. Everything is recorded with sample rate 96 kHz and bit depth 24-bit. MOTU Audiodesk is used as DAW.

The files recorded are saved as OMF files, which enables the project files to be transferred to Windows platform and to Cakewalk Sonar DAW for mixing. All mixing and mastering is done with Cakewalk Sonar and software plugins.

 

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The Studio

Bogdo Ula studio is located in the countryside of central Finland. It is an old barn, that is transformed into recording studio every year. The dry acoustics of the barn suits well for recording. During Anyan Fields sessions the autumn weather was so cold, that Ivan Horder had to wear gloves in his hands while playing drums! After that, all Bogdo Ula sessions have been organized in warm summer days.

 

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