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  • Ambient Guitar Startup on a $400 budget!

    I posted a reply to a guy on the Chords Of Orion Youtube channel, and I thought it might be interesting here. So if you are a guitar player, but new to ambient music, and have $400 to spend on pedals and stuff, what should you buy?
    Interesting challenge: as a 40 year guitar player, but who has only been into ambient guitar for 8 months, I'll give my two cents. So, assuming you have a guitar and amp and mic to record the amp (or you go direct to your computer), etc, in other words, we're talking about just the pedal board: then here's my suggestion for what you need:
    1) A volume pedal: go with Chords of Orion favorite Morley Little Alligator: $60 on eBay
    2) Delay: TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay: $220 on eBay. This gives you 3 delays simultaneously. Most ambient players stack delays; it's important. A single delay pedal is OK, but you'll want another soon. (And then another!)
    3) Reverb: Boss RV-6: $110. It's a workhorse with a lot of different reverb engines.
    That's $390.
    BUT
    You still need patch cords to connect the pedals (preferably not cheap-o jobs). And you need clean power. Hopefully some of the pedals come with a separate power cord. Beware of the daisy-chain power. Down the road, you're going to want some kind of looper. I use the Boss RC-300, but it's expensive ($450). You can get a looper for under $100; look for Ditto. It will never end.
    Latest release: whispersinspace.bandcamp.com

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    I like this post. Nice recommendations. Volume pedal, delay, and reverb - all key elements and worthwhile investments. I have a friend that really likes Mooer.

    This site pops up now and then when I"m looking at pedals (I normally buy from Sweetwater, direct from mfg, or Pro Guitar Shop.)

    https://www.cheaperpedals.com/pages/brands

    No idea if Cheaper Pedals is a good company - but they have the cheaper and usually micro sized pedals.
    owner / artist
    relaxed machinery - organic .: ambient :. techno
    http://relaxedmachinery.com
    open creative community: https://ello.co/elloambient

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