The Pete Cornish Animals effects board

Pedalboard The effects Settings

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (silicon BC109)Guitars
– The Fuzz Face was most likely not used on the album but later on Money, which Floyd performed as an encore during the tour. David would roll down the guitar volume for an OD effect on the rhythm parts and crank it all the way up for the solos. Prior to the Wall tour in 1980, Cornish fitted the unit with a tone circuit adding an extra control knob to the board. Read more about the Fuzz Face.

Pete Cornish Tone Pedal
– Cornish modified a Cry Baby replacing the wah circuit with a Telecaster tone circuit. The pedal sweep adjusted the amount of tone just like turning the tone knob on the guitar. It is not documented why this was included or which songs David used it on.

Electro Harmonix Big Muff (1973 “Ram’s Head”)Guitars
– This classic pedal has always been a favourite of Gilmour. In October ’77 it replaced the Cornish Custom Fuzz and was used on both David’s first solo album and later on the Wall tour. Read more about the Big Muff.

Pete Cornish Custom Fuzz
– This is an early version of the current P-2, which is featured in David’s 2006 board. The pedal is often referred to as P-1 or Cornish Fuzz and it’s basically Cornish’s take on the classic Electro Harmonix ’73 “Ram’s Head” Big Muff.

MXR Phase 100 (script)Guitars
– David did not use this pedal on the album but it’s heard on some early performances in January ’77. The pedal got replaced by a Phase 90 and an EH Small Stone in October 1977.

MXR Phase 90 (script)
– David used the Phase 90 extensively throughout the 1974-’75 leg of the Dark Side tour and on the WYWH album. This one replaced the Phase 100 in October 1977 and a toggle switch was added to switch between the Phase 90 and a Small Stone phaser.

Electro Harmonix Small StoneGuitars
– Together with the Phase 90, the Small Stone replaced the Phase 100. A toggle switch was added to switch between the two phasers. Although the Small Stone has a “Colour” switch (for a wider type phaser) it wasn’t featured in the board but set by default to standard 4-stage phasing.

UniVox Uni-Vibe
– David had been using the Uni-Vibe since January 1972. This is the original UniVox model, only the Cornish board did not include the foot expression pedal. There’s no indication of it being used on the album or the following tour and it was replaced by the EH Electric Mistress in October ’77.

Colorsound Power BoostGuitars
Gilmour started using the Colorsound booster in early 1972 and the unit was later included in his first effects board used on the 1973-75 Dark Side of the Moon tour. The booster was again included in the Animals board just prior to the tour in late ’76 but it was later replaced by a Cornish ST-2 in October the same year.

Pete Cornish ST-2 Treble and Bass Booster
– This is an early version of the ST-2, without the volume control. David used a Colorsound Power Boost during the Animals tour but the pedal was replaced by a Cornish ST-2 in October ’77 and remaining the main overdrive/booster on David’s solo album in ’78 and on the Wall tour in 1980-81.

Cry Baby wah wah
– Gilmour had been using Vox wahs since 1968 but according to Cornish the Cry Babys were “very well built and sturdy and Phil (Taylor) liked them!” (Guitarist 07.95). The pedal was fitted with a custom switch for possible reverse connection for “Echoes seagull sounds”.

MXR Dynacomp (script)Guitars
– The Dynacomp was one of the very first stompbox compressors to appear. Normally, one would place compressors first in line or right after the wah and fuzz but the Dynacomp was placed last in the Cornish board. One reason could be that they had little experience with stompbox compressors and wasn’t too sure where to place it (hence the use of studio compressors, which are added in the final stages of the mix) or it could also be that David rarely used the Dynacomp and only while his signal was clean.

Electro Harmonix Electric MistressGuitars
– Together with the EH Big Muff, the Mistress is seen lying on top of the board during rehearsals for the tour in January. This is a V2 from late 1976, with the green logo, filter matrix and 18V battery or adapter powering. According to Phil Taylor “ It sounded different to the AC powered one”. The pedal was used extensively throughout the tour, notably on Dogs and Sheep. In October 1977 the circuit was built into the board, replacing the UniVibe. Three control knobs and a custom filter matrix on/off switch was fitted on to the front of the board. Read more about the Electric Mistress.

Pete Cornish Volume Pedal
– As the Tone pedal, this is a customized Cry Baby pedal with a volume pot inside instead of the wah.

MXR Noise Gate/Line Driver (script)Guitars
– This is said to have a very smooth gating cutting unwanted feedback. The stompbox has a regular jack output and one XLR (the XLR wasn’t used in the board) and a knob to control the threshold.

Delays
– David’s main delay unit was his faithful Binson Echorec II, which he had been using since joining Floyd in 1968. The unit was placed on top of his Hiwatts. Standing left of the Cornish board was a Morley EVO-1 echo. This was a huge beast with a copper disc rotating in an oilcan. According to David the thing started leaking and was ditched sometime during the tour. David was also getting tired of the failing Binson and he needed a reliable unit for the increasing number of different delay settings. The MXR Digital Delay System rack unit was introduced into his rig sometime during the tour (probably during the European/US break in April) and pretty much stayed as his main delay unit for the next 30 years.