That Pedal Show – Thoughts On Low Volume

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In this episode we are looking at your options for low volume sounds: bedroom tones!
We choose four different routes to playing at low volumes, and endeavour to keep everything under 80dB (measured at around seven feet away from the amps).

We’re using a computer software approach with IK Multimedia Amplitube Max; a small digital modelling amp with the Yamaha THR10; plus a small and big amp on the end of a regular pedalboard. Obviously these aren’t the only four options, but it’s a start!


Gear In This Episode…

• Yamaha THR10 (amp)
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• IK Multimedia Amplitube MAX (software)
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• Fender Bassbreaker 15 (amp)
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• Fryette Power Station (Attenuator/amp)

• Kingsley Page Boost

• Origin Effects Cali76 Compressor
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• Fulltone OCD
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• T-Rex Room Mate Reverb
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• Strymon TimeLine
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• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…

Intro & background: 0:00 - 3:25
• Yamaha THR10 discussion and sounds: 3:25 (then again at 6:12, see below)
• Why are we using a dB meter today? 4:08 - 6:12
• What does playing feel like at low volumes like this? 11:15
• IK Multimedia Amplitube MAX discussion and sounds:12:19
• Small valve amp discussion and sounds: 27:45
• Bigger valve amp with attenuator: 34:30 (attenuator at 39:39)
• Hamstead attenuated and Bassbreaker 15 compared - just for kicks: 46:32
• Thoughts and conclusions: 51:00

Guitars in this episode
• Gretsch G5422TG 2016
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at

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