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Gorgasmic 12-18-2012 04:43 AM

Effects for Ethereal Sound?
Looking for any tips on how to produce a very haunting, ghostly guitar tone, something similar to old Lycia.

I just picked up a Digitech RP155 and I've produced some mediocre results by cranking the reverb, but beyond that I'm not sure what other effects I should be messing around with? I keep ending up with something that is too droney and lacking in tone.

ibanezguitars44 12-18-2012 06:13 AM

Delay and reverb

Set the delay with a good bit of repeats and set the time sorta long. Set mix to taste.

For the reverb, you want to have a lot, but not so much it takes over the tone. I usually set the mix around 6 and the decay about 5 or 7.

Basically just turn on a delay and reverb and mess with it until you like it. It's really that simple. Once you get the hang of it you'll be fine.

MattCox12345 12-18-2012 08:27 AM

Chorus, Flanger, Octaver, Whammy, Phaser, Delay and Ring Modulators can make some cool scary tones.

GangsterLi 12-18-2012 08:28 AM

Reverb as delay are the main two but o make interesting ethereal sounds, I recommend looking at using a tremolo or an octave pedal over the top.

I like to use my reverb and delay mixed with my Whammy on the setting where it adds an octave to your parts. I like to use the whammy because the tracking glitches when playing chords and it sounds really different.

When playing ethereal music, I think chords with open strings in them and sevenths work really well. If your guitar has a tremolo bridge, use that; it sounds great

KailM 12-18-2012 09:44 AM

A healthy amount of reverb and delay with subtle modulation (chorus, flanger, phaser, or tremelo) over the top) has always gotten me that ambient, spacy sound. That, and a strong skill in the volume swell technique.

I can make my guitar sound like ghosts having a conversation with each other using nothing more than the aforementioned effects, my volume knobs, and my neck pickup.

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