Pink Floyd: The Wall. Dave Gilmour’s Tone

Deep, warm distortion in a box.
Deep, warm distortion in a box

RELEASED November 30, 1979, The Wall is one of Pink Floyd’s most successful studio albums, selling over ten million copies in the US alone.  It is one of a number of concept albums produced by the British progressive rock band, largely influenced by frontman Roger Waters.

The album deals with a range of themes, including – most notably – childhood abuse and ridicule, dealing with the passing of loved ones, the pressures of live performance, marital breakdown and self-imposed social isolation.

Gilmour's solos on Comfortably Numb are considered by many to be the among the greatest solos ever written
Gilmour’s solos on Comfortably Numb are considered by many to be the among the greatest solos ever written

With so many complex themes explored in one album, The Wall was an ambitious project from the start.  The song-writing and musical performance of the band was equally as ambitious.  Waters’ lyrics are so deep and strikingly beautiful at times that the listener cannot help but be moved at some point during a listen to the album; David Gilmour’s wailing guitar work and unmistakable tone complement them perfectly.

From the slow, mellow sounds on Mother, through the soulful bending of Another Brick in the Wall to the driving rhythm of Run Like Hell, Gilmour’s playing on this album was breath-taking.

The Wall Era has controls for Drive, Tone and Volume, as well as a 'Mid Boost' switch
The Wall Era has controls for Drive, Tone and Volume, as well as a ‘Mid Boost’ switch

Baroni Lab has crafted a distortion effect unlike nothing before, in homage to the wonderfully rich guitar tone on this influential rock album.  The Wall Era distortion emulates the deep, harmonic feel of Gilmour’s overdriven guitar sound perfectly.

With drive set low, you can give your solos a powerful edge, without over-colouring the original sound.  Cranked up, it approaches a deep, incredibly warm distortion which is perfect not only for the heavier moments of The Wall, but for a whole host of other rock songs as well.

The tone control is equally as versatile.  Not only does it allow for dark to bright distortion, but it also modifies the kind of distortion applied to the signal.  Set the tone all the way to the right and the guitar takes on a bright, scratchy sound.  All the way to the left you have a powerful, dark distortion.

For a little extra punch during guitar solos, there is a pedal-mounted switch on the Wall Era, making it possible to switch between ‘flat’ and ‘mid boost’ modes easily.  Mid boost does exactly what it says on the tin, bringing out the mid levels of the guitar signal, allowing it to instantly cut through the mix in any live situation, without the need to turn up the volume.

Check out the demo below!

http://www.baroni-lab.com

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