"I remember my signal path because I still have it! [laughs] I plugged into a Roland SDE-1000 delay, and then I had an Eventide H3000 SE – I ran stuff from it in stereo and then I compressed it with a DBX 160S two-channel compressor. At that point, I had a left and a right signal, so I had a pair of stacks on each side, with each made up of a Roland JC120 solid-state head, a four by 12 Marshall cabinet and a four by 12 Sonic cab – both of those had Celestion speakers. Also, on each side of the stacks, I had a Fender Concert, a great tube amp with one 12-inch speaker.more
“Onstage,” says Rhodes, “I’ve got a whole rack of my own – a couple of digital delays, including an old MXRDS-2, a Yamaha SPX90 multi-effects processor, and a Roland SDE-1000. I always have the MXR on a very short slap – about 17 milliseconds – just to fatten up the sound a little. I use the SPX90’s stereo delay on the verse of ‘Red Rain’; I have one side of the delay in quarter-note time, and the other side in triplet time. I use the same effect on ‘San Jacinto’, where I play one of the keyboard lines."more
The SDE-1000 is an easy-to-use delay/echo processor producing professional, studio-quality delay effects. With its simple and well laid-out controls, the SDE-1000 is easy to understand without ever cracking the manual. Delay length is displayed in milliseconds via the blue fluorescent display, and is set easily by holding down the +/- toggle button. The Time x2 button allows the user to quickly double the delay time (up to 1.5 seconds). The number of repeats is set with the Feedback control. When pushed past 12 o'clock, the Feedback control can allow the user to drive the signal back on itself as well, albeit not as stylishly as a tape delay--but still very useful for adding spice to a mix. The SDE-1000 also has a good sounding Modulation section with Rate and Depth controls for flanging and chorus. Also present is a button to switch the phase of the delayed signal, as well as four memory presets to store your favourite settings; just hold down to save--just like a car stereo!