Help me mimic this sound...

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  1. x52dcd

    x52dcd

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    Les Claypool, Bonnaroo 2006. I'm sure a lot of you have seen this clip. Not interested in a discussion on Les or his specific gear - just want another set of ears to help me dissect this so I can reasonably mimic it.

    Jump to the 23:00 mark of the video below - Les goes into a pretty cool synth-ish groove, but it doesn't quite sound like the typical octave>fuzz>filter. Am I hearing an octave blended parallel with fuzz>filter?? Or, assuming there is signal splitting, maybe the octave is before the split so it can be fed into to fuzz>filter as well as blended in?

    http://youtu.be/m77x-hlTEaU

    I ask because I currently do not have a split/blend pedal, and I'm wondering if something basic like a Mosquite would suffice, or if I'd need to go to something with multiple loops like an LS2 or similar. Want to avoid bigger form factors (the sfx split+mix would be great!). I don't have an octave yet either, as I need to research what will work well with my Stingray (leaning toward MXR BOD). FYI, will probably just use my B3K instead of a fuzz so I don't have to add an extra pedal for one sound, and using a Proton for a filter.
  2. JimmyM

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    Whether he is splitting and blending matters not IMHO. I've gotten similar sounds without blending.
  3. vegas532

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    You wouldn't even need a fuzz for that sound. You could pretty easily cop it with the MXR BOD and BEF (in that order).
  4. x52dcd

    x52dcd

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    Thanks for the comments - always find it interesting how we each hear different things! Guess I'll try and grab just an octave and go from there.
  5. HolmeBass

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    Agree that blending is not needed, just set the filter to only be working on the high frequencies and you get an apparent "clean" octave underneath. I also agree no fuzz, perhaps some mild OD at most.

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