What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Roland GT-10B.
How did you come across this particular item?
I’ve been using the GT series (GT6, GT8) since 2001 for guitar and vocals.
What is it that you like so much about it?
It’s the best live vocal processor I’ve come across, even though it was designed for live bass! It’s now the heart of my live and studio sound. The design is perfect for creating all kinds of useful signal chains for so many different effects.
How do you use it, and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I plug my mic into it and have preset effects that I’ve created over the years for different sounds I want to make. For example, I have one effect which is designed for beat boxing, another for making bass sounds and another for singing. It’s shaped the way I make music because of its limitations. Unlike using infinite amounts of VST’s in a DAW it makes you think outside the box to get similar results. I’m still yet to find another live effect processor with so many different compressors, limiters, amp modes, distortions, delays etc. that can be placed in any order in they signal chain.
Any other interesting points/stories about it?
It’s changed the way I write music purely because I now have an arsenal of go to sounds which help me emulate different types of instruments that I can then loop to make a track to sing over. Every time I use it I can make something completely new. I believe it’s so powerful that any instrumentalist should have one (if you’re looking to put effects over your instrument). If you don’t care about making bass sounds then the GT-10 is perfect for pretty much anything. If you want endless amounts of bass effects get the GT-10B. It allows you to have a studio produced sound in the live environment. And they are hard to destroy!
When’s the next show?
Currently I’m in Montreal about to play in Quebec City. Then Toronto and then I’m off to Europe for another 15 shows.
Keep up to date with the latest from Dub FX at dubfx.com. Currently on a huge tour through North America and Europe, don’t miss Dub FX heading home to play The Pleasure Garden Festival in Melbourne on December 10th.