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Picture the bored keyboardist: Preset A15 no longer lubricating the creative flow in quite the way it did? Stuck for new sounds, and new ideas?

Look at all those nice effects boxes. Ever wondered what they could do for you? So on, grab a handful and have a go. Don't bother with the chorus, as you've got one of them onboard already - try the delay pedal. What about those single repeats, set at exactly double tempo? They give a bouncing feel to sequency things, which is a trick that Killing Joke use. And if you bring the delay down to 50mS, it gives a slapback effect — Jerry Lee Numan, anyone?

Hit the compressor. That crushes and yet fills out those block chords, making them bigger and fuller.

Now add the overdrive pedal. Roar: instant Keith Emerson! Immediate Mike Ratledge! Holy Ramones (they use synths too, y'know)! Distortion works a treat on butch sounds (make sure the keyboard's turned up high), giving them harshness and aggression. And it warms up FM sounds, changing those tinkly settings into great roaring maelstroms of excitement.

Now do it.



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