Quick Slap TonePrint by Troy Van Leeuwen

This TonePrint has a very short delay time and just a few delay-repeats and gives an ambient effect similar to adding a room mike to a "close-miking-setup" when recording guitars. Super-cool to bring this often neglected effect on stage.


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TC: Who inspired you over the years when you were creating your own personal guitar tone? Troy: The first person I heard play guitar was Chuck Berry. I wouldn’t have had any knack for guitar if he hadn’t been around. Jimmy Page was always a great inspiration, not only because of his playing, but also the production things he would do. He could probably play all those songs on one guitar live, which he did, but in the studio he would separate some notes on different tracks. Great inspiration. Mick Ronson was a favourite of mine as well as Robert Fripp and Daniel Ash. But all in all it’s just really important to have a personal sound. The sound that comes from your fingers, no matter what amp you play. At the same time you should be open minded and learn from people that are different from yourself. At Rancho de la Luna (Dave Catchings studio) we learn from each other, and that’s a really important factor.

TC: Have you ever been so inspired by a tone you created that you ended up writing a tune based on that specific tone? Troy: There’s a few things that do that. The one piece of gear that I lean on a lot is a Fender Bassman. It does ‘it’ for me. It’s a ’65 blackface. I can plug it in to any cabinet, I can push it, I can pull it, I can drop it, and it still does what I want. Any pedal sounds good in it. You can plug in everything – digital, analog – and it still sounds great.

TC: Do you work on developing your tone continuously, or do you feel that you have found a fundamental tone that will last throughout your career? Troy: I’m always looking for new things. When I was playing with A Perfect Circle, there was a lot of different stuff going on there, a lot of digital processing. I never got rid of older stuff though, but I’m kind of mixing it up with new stuff. I don’t like to stick myself in a rut, not trying new stuff. Whether it’s different guitars, different amps or interesting pedals and concepts like the TC TonePrint pedals. Otherwise it’s a little bit limiting.

TC: What inspired you when you created TonePrints for the Hall of Fame reverb and the Flashback Delay? Troy: Being a tour musician, there are a lot of limitations. I can’t bring a spring reverb on the road, and tape delays – if they break it’s really expensive. So if you can get something that does that, close enough to what you think it is, people aren’t gonna go ‘Oh my God,he didn’t use that tape delay on stage. I’m not gonna buy their records anymore’. So I lean toward touring with gear that works – newer gear! That’s what I love about technology is that we’re able to not only have newer sounding. The TonePrints for Hall OF Fame and FlashBack will be really great for covering some of my needs for delay and reverb in live situations.

TC: Normally, do you prefer having access to many parameters, or do you like simple pedals with just a few knobs better? Troy: The G-Force in my rack is a pretty in-depth piece. I like using it for tap delays and tap tremolo too and reverbs too. I really like that you can route the effects, put a drive at the end of a reverb to make it sound a little more dirty, I can split the signal into different amps. Not stereo but dry amp and wet amp. And since it is a MIDI capable piece I can change the presets really quick. The stuff I’m good at is providing color and having it very accessable. At the push of one button. And making things easy for me by torturing my tech!

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