Hi Stringers, As promised here is the second part to the article that I wrote on the doubling effect.

As mentioned in my previous article creating the doubling effect in the studio is easily done by playing and recording the same riff into different layered tracks. The aim of this is to thicken and place emphasis on your riff. However, the question arises, how do we recreate this effect live when we only have one guitar player? Here are some tips that I recommend you fellow musicians try out. 1. Keeping it simple, you could try a chained effect. Try chaining a distortion effect with a chorus/flanger to your taste. The idea with this would be to obtain a subtle effect but enriching. So keeping the number of duplicate voices from the chorus effect to 2 or 3 would be ideal. Then add a Stereo PCM Tap Delay set at 4 to 6 taps with a timing set at 30-35ms. Then your output is of into your guitar amp or into your mixer. If you’re willing to experiment then you can add some reverb on top of everything, just a touch will do. 2. Another method would be to use your effect units with 2 amps. Here is what I would do. Line your guitar through your favourite distortion pedal. The output signal from your distortion pedal would then be routed to a four track mixer. Adjusting the channels accordingly your mains left channel from your mixer would then go to a amp which you can use for your dry signal. However, the output from the mains right channel would be directed to chained chorus/flanger, delay and reverb effects. Settings on these effects would be as above in the first method. Now from your chained effects then you go into another separate amp. The beauty about this is you give the sound engineer more control over the doubling effect. 3. In both methods above the delay is fixed. To obtain true doubling one must recreate the effect of delay between leading, matched and lagging signals with the original sound. This method is still a work in progress in my book and would involve electronically keying the delay time from a delay effect unit with a note envelope from your original dry signal. So in essence you have amplitude dependant delay. So the louder you play the longer the delay and the softer you play the shorter the delay. Chain this effect with your distortion effect and you’ve got the doubling effect. If you need any schematics, contact me on the email address tutakml@gmail.com. I hope this helps, feel free to add on! Rock On Stringers! Mike Luwong 1/9/11