Rumours say that an Dan Armstrong Orange
Squeezer (compressor) and an Aphex Exciter were used on
album one. Obviously compression was used frequently on
album one and Communiqué. The engineer of album one,
Rhett Davies, "was in love with Roland Chorus
devices". You can hear Chorus on Lions, and
slightly on some of the other songs.
Live he played a Morley Volume
pedal and a MXR analog delay (green box). The Morley was
used to create the violin sound, f.e. in the intro of Lions
or in News.
Nady guitar transmitter (from
second half of 1979 on)
some notes about sound:
The Morley changes the tone even
when it is full way down, due to its 66K input impedance.
It makes a Strat sound smoother, less harsh, because the
resistance dampens the frequency peak of the pick up.
The MXR delay has an unique
bypass, which means when it is switched off, it does not
convert the impedance of the guitar signal, like nearly
all other effect boxes do, even when switched off. This
means that the capacity of the cable between effect and
amp influences the signal of the guitar (all cables do,
compare the sound with an extreme short ( = low capacity)
and a long ( = high capacity)cable !!). The more capacity
a cable has, the more it shifts down the frequency peak
of a pick up. With a cable of only some centimetres this
peak is about 6kHz, with long cables (total length of all
cables before and after the effect boxes) it is easily
down to 2 - 3kHz, which gives you a much darker sound.
Usually the capacity of the
cable behind an effect box does not play a role, but with
the MXR it does. This is why the guitar sound on live
recordings from this period is much darker than on the
When Mark started to use a
guitar transmitter in late 1979, this again had an effect
on the sound. As you have only a very short cable between
guitar and transmitter, the frequency peak is much
higher. As the receiver converts the signal to low
impedance, the length of the following cables does not
matter. This is why the sound on recordings from late
1979 (on the CD live in Boston or on the Arena BBC
documentary) is much brighter again.