Bass Artist: Hansford Rowe

Artist Testimonial

When Will Cady at Source Audio sent me some new gear to try I began using it immediately. But then I did what so many sponsored artists do, nothing. I have always prided myself on being a good endorser; been with Warwick Bass for 27 years. I felt guilty about my tardiness in giving some proper feedback to Source. So here is an attempt at making amends.

I have always been big on pedals. I have had at least 4 or 5 in my career. I remember fondly my Dr. Q from the Gong days. Now I have several very modern, very complex, very capable bass pedals from Source Audio. The one I have truly mastered and therefore can fully appreciate is the Soundblox 2 Dimension Reverb. My knowledge of reverb is French cathedral vast. It began with plates in the 70’s, recording in analog, in proper studios. I, shall I say, progressed to Lexicon in the studio and a wonderful Yam SP90 for stage in the 80’s and since the advent of plug-ins relied on engineers to understand what I mean when I ask for reverb on the bass. If they need details I tell them I only want to notice the effect when it’s muted. This kind of deep technical detail always suffices and brings a smile to their faces. So you can imagine my concern when I realized that there was no vocal interface with the Source Reverb. I would have to turn knobs and press buttons. But my worries quickly subsided when I got a rather nice plate immediately and then realized I also could have it with a slight mod and a bit more level on the second footswitch for solos! Jesus! - some deep engineering going on here.

I have begun applying myself to the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter and, given my new independence, should have it mastered within a year, 18 months max. So stay tuned for detailed analysis and pro tips! I also have Source’s truly unique Hot Hand 3 Universal Wireless Effects Controller which will be awesome (from the vids I have seen on YouTube). More on that when I get Prince Jammy to read the instructions for me.

Seriously, many thanks and due props to Source Audio for making pedals that do so much - so well.

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