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Son of Dave

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Eric S
Oct 17, 2009 11:51 PM GMT

Has anyone heard "Son of Dave"? He is on u tube, plays alone, but uses boxes of some kind to record and play back, segments of music. Does any one have any insight into what he is using? Or is he using a whole series of boxes? Thanks for your input, and if you haven't seen or heard of this guy, you may be suprised by him. Thanks Eric S Sant Rosa

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Oct 18, 2009 8:10 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I hadn't heard of him, but the first song I tried on YouTube was great, thanks! He definitely uses a looping pedal. I have a Digitech JamMan, but I don't know which one he uses. Boss has several models. I couldn't find if he uses a drum machine. Some multieffects units have rhythm/drum capabilities and looping too.

One confusing tidbit is that pedals that are just true-bypass switches so you can have a pedal or pedals isolated from your signal chain are also called loopers.

Oct 18, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I found an interview that said that he was using a "beat box" (drum or rhythm machine) and a looping pedal.

Oct 18, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

He use Akai Headrush looper and Boss OC-2, he makes beatbox rhythm with his mouth, stomp the foot and use some kind of a rattle. Cool songs...

I'm also doing similar stuff, check out my profile or visit

Dec 10, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Son of Dave is not fast Ricci-like harmonica player, he plays only 2-nd and 3-rd positions, he’s not even great beatboxer as Killa Kela. However he does a great performance and he has incredible rhythm feeling. It's not as easy to stomp foot, shake shaker, record rhythmic loops and play harmonica with such great groove. He’s cool.

Dec 11, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

Yes, I can confirm that he is using the Akai Headrush for his looping. Brandon Bailey also uses this pedal. Son of Dave is one of the main reason's I'm interested in looping, although the first time I discovered it was locally here in Phoenix where a street violinist was making awesome post-punk tracks with live looping. He was using the older Line-6 looping station. This is why i'm interesting the Digitech RP155 (and family). They are multi-effects processors that have a built in 20 sec sampler/looper. It's not as versitile as a dedicated looping station (only one loop, one trigger), but it's enough for me to get started in looping,. plus it has so many other effects. It just seems like a great tool to help me find "my" electric sound...

Dec 11, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

I just did some quick online research. It was the Line 6 DL-4 the violin guy was using.

Dec 11, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I think that a looping pedal can be an amazing tool, not only for performance, but for practice as well. It can show you how you're doing with timing and tone, almost instantaneously.

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