AM radio sound

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  1. ned911

    ned911 Member

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    Green Day seems to use this a lot on American Idiot, guitar goes from full crunch to sounding like it's coming out of an AM radio.

    What type of pedal produces this effect?
     
  2. themusicboxstudios

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    i'm sure you could do it with some kind of eq. never tried it though.
     
  3. Scrutinizer

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    In a single pedal? I dunno.

    In rack mount: TC Electronics Fireworx has a preset that sounds just like an cheap AM transistor radio. The signal chain is: soft compressor -> resonant bandpass filter (low cut corner freq of about 500 Hz, and high cut corner frequency of about 2 kHz) -> distortion.

    You could probably get close with pedals: compressor -> EQ -> distortion.
     
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    I believe that EQ effect is referred to as a 'notch filter'. I've used it digitally post-production before, but never live.
     
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    we used to use one live all the time. Get one of the cheap Danelectro EQ's. works perfectly. Throw a "frown" on the EQ and enjoy! :D
     
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    The Ibanez will definitely do it. Actually a pretty cool little pedal for that kind of thing. It gets dirty, tinny, too bassy, whatever lo-fi kind of thing you like.
     
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    How about building a box with a cheesy 3" speaker and mic. Send a signal to it from a pedal with a decent output, and there you go. :rotflmao
     
  10. stekks

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    The Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz does this too. Check the video samples by Blues Sarenceno (sp?).
     
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    I play it with my foot foward on my Vox Wah and a Ratt .Sounds pretty close.
     
  12. blue_lu

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    use a normal band eq (like the boss), dial out all the bass and lower mids (everything below 500 Hz) and all the highs (everthying above 1-2kHz).
    Put a fuzz/od (doesn't matter) In front of it - et voila!

    no "special" pedal needed here - they are rip offs imo.
     
  13. Brown Rug

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    use an EQ. turn off the filters and you'll get your AM radio sound. depending on which EQ you use will determine how good the desired effect will be. I use an MXR 10 band EQ and it sounds ok, though i'm wondering if it will sound better with another EQ pedal.
     

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