Watch the Ring Modulation online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission
The pedal featured in this segment is a Frantone Glacier that was recommended by multi-instrumentalist and fellow audio deviant, Shahzad Ismaily (the bassist from the Full Circle sessions), while working together in Haale Gafori’s band alongside Rodney Holmes and DK Dyson. I just happened to mention I was in the market for a compact sized ring mod that had somewhat of a smoother character with minimal cross talk from the carrier frequency. Lucky for me Shahzad was working with Frantone and was up on ring mods. The moral of the story is: Perhaps the most common introduction to any new effect is by hearing another guitarist play one in a way that makes you say, “I GOTTA have THAT!” But, even better is when someone who you trust their knowledge of all things gear can recommend a specific make and model of your newfound obsession. When I hear about or see an ad for something new, the first thing I do is reach out to my inner circle for any bit of information I can muster before even considering to check it out. So, build your network of players who you trust and ask away. It will save you time and not to mention money. Besides, what’s more fun than talking about gear?
To answer some of the mystery heard in the track I included with the Phaser: Part 1 segment, “In the Cage of Grouis Banks” from Graham Haynes’ Full Circle, there’s a bit of ring mod starting at 2:41. That bell-like timbre is a signature sine wave ring mod tone and what they are most known for. Now you might be wondering how I managed to play that while keeping that phaser induced synth-type pad ringing? If you said looper you are incorrect, but thanks for playing. More on that later, for now let’s hear a ring mod in another light—as a make shift alien talk box!Frantone