• The Animals effects board gear guide

    David’s long relationship with Pete Cornish dates to early 1976. Pink Floyd was just returning to the studio to record Animals and David needed a new board for his increasing amount of effects. Also, the shows had grown bigger and the music more complex. This demanded a board that could sustain the signal with a minimum tone loss and not least, provide Gilmour with an easy access setup without all kinds of messy cables and dying batteries.

    Although the board has been well documented over the years, some of the info is conflicting and sometimes even plain wrong. In this article I will try to document the different versions of the board and hopefully put some rumours to rest.

    The article is devided into three parts…

    “The Board”: Covering all the different stages of the board from 1976 recording sessions, through the Animals and Wall tours to present. Fully illustrated with exclusive pictures!
    “Analyzing the Effects”: A runthrough of all the different pedals built into the board, – when and how they were used.
    “Setups and Settings”: Breaking down each song performed on the tour, listing the equipment used complete with settings for each effect. You can also listen to some clips from the Animals tour to illustrate the different setups!

    Put on Animals or your favourite bootleg from the era and dig in! Please let me know if you find any faults or if you’re sitting on info I haven’t included.

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27 Responsesso far.

  1. I’ve always been intrigued by this board. Of all the Cornish boards, this one has the most “vibe” to it. :) I think that it is the one board that has the most mojo and just screams “70’s” to me. Individually, these effects are ALL temperamental. The difference between one pedal and another, even of the same make and year, can make or break your tone.

    To me, this pedalboard marks a transitional period in David’s gear and his sound. He has finally started to emphasize the sounds that most compliment his style and character. This is the most experimental of all of his boards. It was also quite a learning experience for Pete Cornish, I am sure. An excellent period in Gilmour’s history.

    My obvious favorite board is his current one. The culmination of all of his tonal and experimental efforts. But to my mind, this one board marked the beginning of the true Gilmour arsenal.

    -Ritchie

    [I agree and it’s interesting to see how similar his current setup and tone is to the old Animals/Wall era. – Bjorn]

  2. yaniv297 says:

    Another question man… sorry for that, I though of it now.
    Which delay is used on which songs the OAI tour – the TES or the MXR Rack unit?
    Thank you…

    [No worries :-) Again, I’m not sure… On some songs I think he is using both and I noticed when I saw him live, that he experimented with different delays from show to show. I don’t think there’s an exact answer but I would guess the MXR was the main delay and the TES was used for some of the old Floyd tunes like Echoes. – Bjorn]

  3. yaniv297 says:

    Great article man! already wrote you a comment…
    And a question… A bit off topic Bjorn but I’d love to know which pedal was the main overdrive in the Meltdown Concert (The one in the A great day for freedom and comfortably numb solos) – The SS-2 or the Tube Driver?

    Thank you.

    [Thanks! I’m not sure what pedal he used for overdrives, but I guess the Tube Driver. – Bjorn]

  4. BluesD says:

    Great article!
    Can you send me a wallpaper (1024×768) from the article’s yellow picture?

    [Thanks! Sorry… that’s just a little banner I made in Photoshop. – Bjorn]

  5. David says:

    hi bjorn,

    I have a question for you. I have a black sovtek muff that I bought about a year ago and I was looking into buying a byoc large beaver/muff pedal and I was wondering would it be worth it to buy the large beaver replacing the black sovtek?

    [Definitely! – Bjorn]

  6. wallakoala says:

    hi bjorn, another question for you. How close of a big muff sound can I get with a proco rat? Thanks.

    [I think the RAT can produce some very convincing Muff sounds… not to say G-2. For the best tone, I recommend using it with an EQ boosting the bass and mids (just slightly). – Bjorn]

  7. Ben says:

    “Animals” being my favorite Pink Floyd album, this article is a god-send!! Thanks Bjorn

    [Thanks Ben! Glad you enjoyed it! – Bjorn]

  8. o says:

    Witch song has a “Waters scream” ?
    i cant find one on your web-site…??

    [There’s one right at the end of Sheep… the first line in the last verse. And of course he does it when we play Careful, but that one’s not posted. – Bjorn]

  9. o says:

    You can get alot of great tablatures with the “Guitar Pro” program too..

  10. pinkfloydfan1 says:

    oh wow i just did it

    [Great!- Bjorn]

  11. Brendan says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Great article, thanks alot man, you really know your stuff. Oh, one thing I noticed was you said that David had problems with the board (evident in some clips), you probably already know this but in an interview with Tim Renwick, he mentioned that on the Division Bell tour he would have problems with the board just cutting out and making no sound (he was actually up for a solo and all the lights moved to him and his sound cut out). I’ve always wondered a bit about Tim’s rig but haven’t found much information, however from videos and pictures it looks like he has two Fender heads.

    Keep up the good work and playing,
    Brendan

    [Yeah, I know that interview :-) I think he was using David’s Wall studio board tho… not the Animals board. You can see pictures of the board in the PULSE booklet. Maybe he was using the Animals board in 1987-90. Check it out the effects included in the Wall article. On PULSE, Tim is using a Fender Custom Shop Strat, Takamine and Ovation acoustics, MusicMan (looking like Fenders) and Marshall amps. He also had some additional Roland and Yamaha DDLs. – Bjorn]

  12. Grish says:

    Hi
    Great site!!!
    Btw, do u know where can i find an accurate Echoes tab? I have found some, but most are missing the second art of the song (After the “seagoul” sound)

    I hoope u can help me, since i want to play it with my band!!
    kind regards

    [Most of the tabs out there is just crap. Try the Echoes Best Of book. It’s one of the better. – Bjorn]

  13. Leandro says:

    Nicely done man, as usual….cool information!

    By the way, I sent you an e-mail….

    Leandro

    [Thanks! I’ll answer you e-mail… it’s just so much right now :-) – Bjorn]

  14. pinkfloydfan1 says:

    was listening to clips of your band and im dying to know how to do rogers screams could you ask the dude in your band who does it if he can explain to me how he does it id kill to know

    [It’s done by breathing in with force… – Bjorn]

  15. Yaniv says:

    Great article. Learned a lot from it! Thank you for your effort.

    [Thanks! Glad you liked it :-) – Bjorn]

  16. Anders says:

    Hi Bjørn!

    Another smash hit! Great stuff. I keep getting amazed of how much you can dig out from the archives :-)

    Anders

    [Thanks Anders! – Bjorn]

  17. Pinkfloydfan1 says:

    if this is what you are planning with every pete cornish baord then i can wait to see momentary lapse

    [Ha ha! We’ll see… – Bjorn]

  18. Pinkfloydfan1 says:

    i dont know im pretty convinced its a tele but the sounds so close it the tele sounds warmer but just as big as a strat so im not sure if its just been compressed

    [Hard to tell… lot of “magic” going on in the studio. In fact, story has it that Roger played the main rhythm guitar on the verse sections… as he did live. – Bjorn]

  19. Ernest Peske says:

    Ooooh man, this is great!
    What an investigation, you’re a true FX professor!!!
    You should have a Grammy award for this kind of articles…

    …my Analog Man BD-2 just arrived. Very nice classic, vintage sound. More transparent then a BK Butler TD. Great for playing chords and lead stuff. I think, it’s a good alternative for the SS-2 / SS-3 Cornish pedal and perhaps even more versatile (and less expensive)! David himself should use one!

    Cheers,
    Ernest

    [Thanks! Glad you like the article :-) The BD-2 is great and the modified versions is IMO much more versatile than the TD. Congrats! – Bjorn]

  20. Pinkfloydfan1 says:

    bjorn i was speaking to the man in my local music shop about 1960 era esquires and he said that the pickup selector has 4 selectors instead of 3 the 4th one is the bridge and the neck combined and when i thought about it i tried my strat on the switch and it sounded like the end of sheep but im not sure wether gilmours tele had it but it certainly sounds like it on the end of sheep im trying to compare with my strat but i know its a diffrent sound but its quite clsoe it sounds fat and really big

    [Interesting idea! I don’t know whether David used a Tele on that part… sounds to me like a Strat… but possibly. – Bjorn]

  21. Sylvain says:

    Good job !
    So, as I can read, David’s guitar was directly put through a quadriphonic system on some songs…it was certainly amazing for the audience (moreover, we are in 77 !).
    A+

    [Yes…Of course this wasn’t a new thing, as Floyd had been using the Azimuth Converter since the very beginning. This was a more professional quad system, built for stadiums, and on some of the more dramatic things David’s guitar was fed into the systems. Must have sounded huge! The same effect was done on most of the sound effects and some of Wright’s synth parts. – Bjorn]

  22. Alex Mircica says:

    Brilliant article Bjorn, so much detail for my favourite era!

    Animal instincts is a brilliant bootleg, so raw guitar-wise its also avaliable at http://www.allofmp3.com, though they do charge for it.

    Off to re-sort my effects board out again now damn you!!;-)

    [Ha ha! Thanks! – Bjorn]

  23. Yoda says:

    Very Good works Bjorn !

    It is so a good idea to have put some bootleg samples. Hope you will go on for other famous Tour !

    Thank You !

    [Thanks! There’s lot of stuff to write about! – Bjorn]

  24. Thomas S. Haugan says:

    Once again; congrats with superb job Bjørn!! And that thing with posting bootlegs as reference is a genious idea! :D

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  25. brett says:

    another very impressive indepth article,

    keep up the good work!!

    hey i checked out your Pink Floyd cover bands cover of Echoes on your site, A++

    keep up the good work my norwegian rockers!

    -brett

    [Thanks Brett! – Bjorn]

  26. Ryan says:

    great article man!!

    what is the best sharing site where I can get that “Animal Instincts” boot

    [Thanks! You should be able to find it here. – Bjorn]

  27. wallakoala says:

    Wow…nice article!

    I have a question though…what do you think would be the best alternative to the colorsound powerboost? Would a tubescreamer be a good choice?

    Also, as far as big muffs go, would you recommend getting a green one off of ebay?

    [Thanks! I think the Boss BD-2 is closer to a Colorsound than the TS… The BD-2 has a very nice clean boost and at max gain, a very galssy overdrive… almost fuzz. The TS is more a traditional overdrive, perhaps better suited as replacement for the Tube Driver.
    I would definitely go for a green Sovtek Muff! – Bjorn]