Clean Chorus TonePrint by John Petrucci

John's clean chorus sound is legendary. Having used the SCF pedal for all chorusing duties ever since Dream Theater's debut album, John has very specific demands for his clean Chorus TonePrint: It must have that classic TC Electronic shimmer, and although the Chorus should be very predominant, it shouldn't get in the way of the original guitar tone. John chose the Tri-Chorus mode for this TonePrint as the three chorus lines "masks" the very obvious modulation sound of a traditional chorus. Set Depth and Speed to the 12 o'clock position and crank Mix and Tone to get John's favorite clean chorus tone.


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TC: Who inspired you over the years when you were creating your own personal guitar tone? John: Different aspects of my sound were inspired by different players. The rich and broad sonic landscape of Alex Lifeson's sound had a huge impact on my overall approach to tone while the tight heavy metal aspect was greatly influenced by Hetfield. My lead tones are a culmination of listening to Vai, Satch, Gilmour, Yngwie and Stevie Ray to name a few.

TC: What are the main ingredients in your tone in terms of effects (e.g. chorus, flanger, delay, etc.)? John: Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser and Comp are my staples. If I had to live with just one it would be Delay.

TC: Have you ever been so inspired by a tone you created that you ended up writing a tune based on that specific tone? John: Yes. That happens all the time. In fact, when we were tone testing the new pedals, I wrote something that very moment!

TC: Do you work on developing your tone continuously, or do you feel that you have found a fundamental tone that will last throughout your career? John: I think the fundamental characteristics of my tone have always remained a constant in my head at least. The continuous development or evolution is just a method of trying to create that in the real world. So, yes I am a hopeless tone tweeker!

TC: What inspired you when you created your TonePrint? John: The initial inspiration came from the original SCF pedal and the 2290 - both of which I have loved for many years now. Then it was a matter of asking, "How can we make this even better."

TC: You had access to a lot of tweakable parameters. Did any new ideas for future tones pop up in the process? John: We stumbled upon new ideas and tone directions as a result of going to the extreme ranges of specific parameters. It was actually a very inspiring and eye opening experience.

TC: Normally, do you prefer having access to many parameters, or do you like simple pedals with just a few knobs better? John: Honestly, it can tend to be a bit overwhelming if you get caught up with too many options. I think that in general I like to be able to reach over and quickly dial in what I'm looking for. Having said that, there are times when it can be a total blast to get lost in the deep layers of multiple parameters.

TC: In your opinion, what is the single coolest thing about TonePrints? John: The ability to create and share is just phenomenal. You are no longer tied down to one person's perspective and that totally blows the door of tonal possibilities wide open.

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