Leslie Vibrato TonePrint by Audley Freed

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TC: Who inspired you over the years when you were creating your own personal guitar tone? Audley: Well, nobody. What really did it for me was the AM radio when I was a kid, just hearing hit songs on the radio. That was back when you could hear a lot of different music on one station. For whatever reason we all have spirit, you know, DNA, whatever you want to call it, that always spoke to me even before I realized it was speaking to me. That just made a big impact on me as far as to drawing me in to being interested in music, and once I started playing I obviously got deeper and deeper and deeper into music. I will say that was the thing that initially got me started. It wasn’t just one song that made me go “I got to be a musician”.

TC: What are the main ingredients in your tone in terms of effects (e.g. chorus, flanger, delay, etc.)? Audley: Not too much really. I have a tuner – obviously - and some kind of boost pedal and one more overdrive, like a mild boost, which I might leave on when I switch between a Telecaster and a Les Paul, and a tremolo and a delay. If a gig requires a volume pedal and/or a compressor, I use that, but I usually don’t unless it's required.

TC: Have you ever been so inspired by a tone you created that you ended up writing a tune based on that specific tone? Audley: Well, sure. No honestly, maybe not, because I usually play with an acoustic guitar or without an amp when I’m at home practicing or playing, you can hit your guitar as hard as you like without being plugged in and worrying about the sound. So I rely more on feel, it almost impeaches me to play.

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? Audley: No, I don’t do that at all. I like to play more than turning knobs, that’s just not in my personality.

TC: Normally, do you prefer having access to many parameters, or do you like simple pedals with just a few knobs better? Audley: The simpler the better, that goes for amps and pedals. I’ve tried things with 5000 knobs, but I just can’t do with those. Streamline it. Keep it simple.

TC: How come you signed up for creating your own personal TonePrints? Audley: My good friend Chris (laughs). When I plugged in the delay, it sounded awesome. You can tweak in a thousand ways, but that don’t matter if it didn’t sound good.

TC: In your opinion, what is the single coolest thing about TonePrints? Audley: It sounds good. The flexibility is well and good, but if it doesn't sound good, it doesn’t matter.

TC: How long did it take before you were satisfied with the result? Audley: It went really quickly. With the Flashback Delay & Looper, and the Shaker Vibrato it didn’t take more than 5 minutes.

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