That Pedal Show

By Dan & Mick TPS

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Great guitar tones from Dan & Mick: sound better, play more!

Episode Date
Chris Buck Visits TPS

We are delighted to welcome the super talented, humorous and humble Chris Buck to the show.

This is the audioo from the YouTube show 10 Aug 2018:

Chris is a wonderful guitar player from South Wales, UK, whose #1 music project is his band, Buck & Evans.
Chris takes us through his pedalboard that’s most notable for the sheer number of similar-ish overdrives on there! We get an insight into his playing style and technique not to mention a cheeky little Strat/Strat/Strat/Silver Sky comparison.
Massive thanks to Chris for taking the time to come and hang at Schwangri-La. Please check him out on all the usual social meedja!

Pedals in this episode…

• Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Ramble FX Twin Bender Unprofessional MkII/I.V [...]

Aug 10, 2018
Tube Screamers: 808, 9, 10, Bonsai & More
Aug 03, 2018
Simon McBride Pedalboard Build
Jul 27, 2018
Noise! Gates, Suppressors & All That Hum
Jul 13, 2018
Pick’N'Mix: Phonkify, Red Velvet Fuzz, Nigel, Delay Workstation

This is Dan’N’Mick’s Pick’N’Mix from Tuesday 10 July 2018. Watch the video here: 

We start funky with the Tsakalis Audio Works Phonkify – a super versatile envelope filter / octave with nasty and smooth modes. It also has an input for an expression pedal, but we managed to miss that. It would control the frequency range of the of the envelope, giving you wah-like control. Y’know, if you actually plugged it in.
The Chase Tone ’68 Red Velvet Fuzz is a unique BC183 silicon fuzz inspired by that magic era. Extra controls up top mean it’s way more versatile than a traditional fuzz face.
Lounsberry pedals is a new name to us, so we check out the Nigel – a harmonic slab of goodly rock overdrive for which Dan goes all gooey. And finally, how it’s taken us so long to get the Keeley Delay Workstation on the show is anyone’s guess. A dual pedal with 8 different delays and reverbs combinable in a whole bunch of useful [...]

Jul 10, 2018
Six Cool New(Ish) Overdrives

Oh no! Not //more// overdrive pedals surely?! You better believe it – it can be a lifetime’s work to find just the right one and boy are we on that journey. So for no other reason than we felt like it, we assembled six cool new (ish) things and took a swing at them.


This is the audio from our YouTube video of July 6 2018.


In an unusual departure from the norm, what follows is some extra info that we either skirted over or didn’t know in the video. It’s a double-edged sword, diving too deeply into a company’s marketing materials before you plug in and play. Dan and I usually prefer the open-minded ‘what do we actually hear?’ approach, which can and does lead to some reactions that don’t always chime with the official hymnsheet. If we get stuff wrong, we fess up and put it right in a later video. With that in mind… [...]

Jul 06, 2018
The 300 Euro Challenge At Thomann Gear University 2018
Jul 03, 2018
Settling In To The New Place: Mics, Dispersion & A Bit Of Jamming

Forgive us, for this week it’s a bit more millenial-approved, soshal-meedja-addicted naval-gazing self-indulgence with That New Pedal Shed. Or This Pedal Shed, Schwangri-La… or whatever it’s going to be called.
But here’s how this goes. We do all this off camera, tell you fine people about it, and then you ask for a video explaining what we did. So rather than go all through that, we’ll just do it here vlog-stylee, like Zoella or some other modern YouTuber would. But don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you how to get over the shame of wearing the same dress as your ex-BFF to the hella-good-hair guy’s party. Only she can help you with that. We say take a mid-’50s D-18 and do a wicked Taylor Swift cover, dress or no dress girlfriend. //this is getting scary now, stop.//
Okay, sit back and enjoy Dan and I setting up some of our current favourite stuff to see what we can hear in the new room, after one of us was feeling a bit sad that it sounded a bit, um, [...]

Jun 29, 2018
Wet Dry Wet On A Sensible Budget

This podcast is audio taken from our Friday YouTube video at

For our last show in That (Old) Pedal Shed (8 June 2018), we went nuts on a mega wet/dry/wet rig comprising all manner of unobtanium that came to a whopping £30k… or thereabouts. You can watch it here
We had an overwhelming response to that video, and among the chorus of ‘oh my goodness it sounds amazing’ came a cry of ‘how the bejeeesus do we do that on a more mortal budget?’
Thus, Daniel and I got to work straight away in the That (New) Pedal Shed setting up a similarly inspried rig but with much more ‘normal’ stuff. Please note that we didn’t say ‘low budget’ so this isn’t about doing it as cheaply as possible. It’s about a ‘sensible’ budget using easily available, quality amps and pedals. It’s still a pretty penny if you were to just go out and buy it all, but hopefully you have at least some of these things [...]

Jun 22, 2018
That NEW Pedal Shed – Moving In

If you’re looking for useful information on guitar sounds, this is not the podcast for you!

What it is is a glimpse at what it’s taken to get TPS’s new headquarters up and running. Wow. It felt like we were never going to get here… and we very nearly didn’t! It’s been two solid weeks of long days and late nights, and I’m typing this very sentence some 17 minutes before the video is scheduled to go live at midday GMT+1. Which it probably won’t because YouTube is chewing on the processing. But all that aside… just about moved in to the new place. We threw the cameras and lights up an hour before filming… we finished building the shelves three hours before filming, so what you’re seeing is us sitting down and hitting record for the very first time.

Day one, episode one. Don’t judge us too harshly as we [...]

Jun 15, 2018
Awesome Wet/Dry/Wet Tones With Echorec & Space Echo


We thought we’d have a bit of fun and hook up the ultimate wet/dry/wet rig courtesy of three fantastic amplifiers, a couple of all-time classic echo devices and a handful of our favourite pedals.

No agenda, no real learning to be had, just some truly epic sounds and a bit of an emotional connection with the sheer tone!

Massive thanks to for supplying the RE-201 and Echorec 2. We might have accidentally bough the 201 as a moving in present to the new place. Oops!

Please enjoy the episode…


Pedals in this episode…


• TheGigRig Three2One [...]

Jun 08, 2018
Only One Guitar, One Amp And One Pedal?

What if we could only choose one guitar, one amp and one pedal?

Yes, we are approaching the end of an era as we get ready to turn the lights out for good in That Pedal Shed.
But don’t panic. We are moving to a bigger and better space, so before we do we thought we’d make a couple of more lighthearted shows to bid farewell to ol’ place: this week and next.
What, then, if we were only allowed just one guitar, one amp and one pedal: what would we choose to satisfy ear and soul among the endless options?
As it turns out we reckon this could turn into a regular that runs every few months because as we explain in this episode, your current mood, tastes and most recent experiences always have a big impact on the choices. Next week the choices may have been quite different!
Please enjoy the show…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig ABY-Baby

• Roland RE-210 Space Echo (reconditioned by S [...]

Jun 01, 2018
TPS Pick’N'Mick: Mad Professor Twimble, Stone Deaf FX Syncopy & EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids

Welcome to Pick’N'Mix – today we have the Mad Professor Twimble, Stone Deaf FX Syncopy and Earthquaker Pyramids.

No, this is not our new place – we are deep in heart of Thomann Gear University, a gathering of like-minded gear nuts from across our little planet that took place in May 2018. We had a wonderful time and met some great new friends - thanks to everyone at for putting it on!

Three apologies…
• First, sorry we didn’t spend longer on the Pyramids – we ran out of time! You can see more here:
• Second, sorry the pedal cam isn’t better. It was a fast turnaround time with limited options, so we did what we could.
• Third, sorry about the clipping audio in places. We tended to play a little louder than the other TGU18 attendees and we caught the engineers a little off guard from time to time…. Nevertheless we thank them MASSIVELY for their help and diligence in what [...]

May 29, 2018
Roland Space Echoes, Dimension D&C… And Matt Schofield!

In this episode we find ourselves at the Thomann Gear University 2018. It was an event held at the retail giant’s headquarters and store in Germany, where a bunch of us descended for a few days to hang out and make video. We were given the run of the store – literally anything we wanted…

So Dan and I found two blokes from Boss who came armed with a couple of discontinued old gems. Of course.

First we plug in the sweetest Roland RE-201 Space Echo we’ve ever seen or heard, and compare it to the current Boss RE-20. Then we move on to something absolutely unique: the Boss Dimension D and C devices, famed for their classic take on chorus. And then we bumped into Matt Schofield who had a theory about the Dimension D and Stevie Ray Vaughan…

What follows is what went down, so we hope you enjoy it.

Befo [...]

May 25, 2018
Sing! Sing! Sing! With Dan, Mick & Mary Spender

Well this is a bit different! We attended Thomann Gear University during May 2018 and bumped into a lot of friends old and new. One of our dear chums is Mary Spender – find her on YouTube here – and among her many talents is her wonderful singing. So Dan and I decided to take a TPS-sized wrecking ball to that and ask her to sing with us!

This is the audio from our YouTube video of May 22 2018. Watch it here:

What follows is more or less exactly as it happened, in the spirit of trying to get you to sing. Even if you’ve been telling yourself you can’t, you can.
Singing is great for the soul and it’ll make your life better, especially when you do it with other people. Sure, you absolutely will feel silly at first and you might not exactly be Aretha Franklin in the pipes department, but put some time into it and you’ll be amazed what you can achieve. If nothing else, it will really help yo [...]

May 22, 2018
Getting To Know The Orange OR15 Guitar Amp

In this episode we plug in the Orange OR15 for the first time to see what we can learn. Dan has very limited experience of Orange amps; I have a little more – Mick here – but we’re essentially starting from scratch.

This is audio taken from our YouTube video of Friday 18 May 2018 that you can watch here.

CORRECTION: Mick says Orange Music started in Charing Cross Road, London in the late 1960s.
It actually began in New Compton St in 1968 – Happy 50th Anniversary to Cliff and everyone at Orange!

Even if you don’t have an OR15 there are some goodly amp basics in this episode, for example the relationship between gain, master and headroom at 7:44 and delays used in the front or in the loop at 15:02. Full timings below…
Apart from all that, we use a selection of common gain types and a new pedal or two to get some tones going. We hope this kind of approach will encourage you to try stuff and raise some questions [...]

May 18, 2018
Dan & Mick’s 5-Drink German Podcast From TGU18

Willkommen to Thomann Gear University 2018! 

We’ve been invited to Germany by the nice people at Thomann whom you can visit here.

Busses, trains, aeroplanes… lost baggage. But we arrived, and when we arrived we found that the equally nice people at Shure had left us an MV88 i-Mic thingythang as a welcome gift. Let’s see if it works. 

So, we hit Bamburg with an iPhone and the mic, and this is what happened. Cheers y’all. 

Guten tag! 

May 16, 2018
Graham Coxon Extra Bits & An Alternative Pedalboard

An edit of some extra bits we recorded when Graham Coxon came to visit for the main video in March 2018.

This is the audio from a video on our YouTube channel from May 15 2018.

The original, full-length video is here: Also available as a podcast further down our playlist.

One of the reasons for Graham’s visit was that he wanted Dan to put together a separate pedalboard that he could use for various creative projects: he wanted something portable but versatile; different but familiar; capable of inspiration over complication.
So this episode comprises a quick flick through that board as Graham plugs in for the first time, interspersed with some Coxon gems as you would rightly expect. It’s not a full episode per sé, but loads of people have asked for some extra footage from the day. So here it is…

We are massively grateful to Graham for giv [...]

May 15, 2018
Great Vox AC30 Tones With Dan’s Pedalboard

Dan reflects on his recent reconnection with his vintage Vox AC30, following some gig and recording preparation with his band Tin Spirits.

This is the audio from our YouTube show, 11 May 2018 that you can watch here:

Dan is using the AC30 connected to a Fryette Power Station to provide some attenuation, which helps put the amp in a sweet spot in terms of tone, dynamics and feel… but without excessive volume.
Using that as the base tone, we go through his current selection of boosts, OD and fuzz to get all kinds of drive textures, throwing in some modulation and ambience for good measure.
Dan is using the AC30 in its (modded) EF86 channel.
Enjoy the episode!

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Mini Tuner

• Analog Ma [...]

May 11, 2018
Pick’N'Mix: Supro Black Magick, String Theory KE64, JRAD Majestic & Immortal, Fredric Dresden

This is Dan’N’Mick’s Pick’N’Mix where we feature four or five things that are new (to us anyway).

This is audio from our YouTube video of 8 May 2018:

Today we have the first TPS outing for a Supro amplifier, the Black Magick – link below. We turn it up and get it cooking! What follows are four great sounding pedals to get those creative juices flowing.

Enjoy the episode…

Products in this video

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Supro 1695T Black Magick
UK & Europe:

• String Theory EFX KE/64 Overdrive

• J Rockett Majestic OD
UK & Europe:

• J Rockett Immortal Echo
UK & Europe:
Australia:< [...]

May 08, 2018