Steve Stevens Roland GR Synth Sound?

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by dealmaker, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. dealmaker

    dealmaker Member

    Jul 16, 2011

    I LOVE Steve Stevens' synth guitar sound on this rig rundown video - the parts at 28:52 & 29:42 particularly.

    I have borrowed a Godin and a GR55 to play with and naturally I am struggling to find this sound! So can any Roland Synth experts lend me a hand please??!!!

    Firstly - any idea what patch he is using (or even what instrument they are - strings or synths?)- I can't seem to find anything similar on the unit? Anywhere I can download it or anything??

    Secondly - is he outputting his Piezo signal to a separate amp do you think?? Obviously the Godin has two outputs - but the Roland allows you to have a "Guitar Out" and I think output the Piezo signal as part of the sounds overall signal??...or is it better to separate these and have the piezo going to a separate pre-amp of some sort??

    Thanks for any tips or suggestions!
  2. gumtown

    gumtown Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    New Zealand
  3. stratrat2000

    stratrat2000 Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Darkest Africa
    That's a slow synth string pad of some sort going through a phaser (reminds me of the ARP Omni strings - think Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond).

    The GR-33 that he's using in the clip doesn't have the VG-style guitar and amp modelling capability. So it will be straight out into an acoustic amp and/or PA with a little reverb added.

    With the GR-55 It's possible to process the nylon onboard. Keeping it simple is usually the best approach for piezo nylons (plus it saves the GR-55's modest processing for other stuff). I usually keep the natural nylon sound separated out and going through it's own processing.
  4. thawn5150

    thawn5150 Member

    Apr 15, 2013
    Canada Ontario
    Check on Roalnd's web site they have artist patches and one is for Steve for the gr55
  5. hobbes1

    hobbes1 Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Steve Stevens posts over at Huge Racks, Inc. He's very approachable and loves to talk gear. I bet he'd tell you what he used and how he did it if you go over there and ask nicely. He posts under the handle "StevensAGoGo" IIRC...

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