The banjo - this bizarre mutation of a guitar and a snare drum - can be a difficult instrument to record. The main challenge is to find a balance between the very attacky but thumpy sound audible near the center of...
T. Jauernig Electronics, or TCJ Effects
, is a small Wisconsin based manufacturer of hand made pedals that's been around since 2004. They just finalized the New "Amalgam" Smooth Overdrive. The company states that this pedal is very touch sensitive and smooth, working...
Fuzz pedals are a dime a dozen. What separates one fuzz from the next? There are different methods of achieving a “fuzz tone”, but which one sounds the best for my applications? There are boat loads of options and everyone claims...
, sound engineer and music lover, recorded the debut album of Brooklyn indie rock buzz band Parquet Courts
. We asked him a few question about that experience.
US pedal manufacturer Source Audio
is one of the few companies that's been trying in recent years to move the stompbox concept forward rather than... retro
. Their unique Hot Hand
technology (basically a motion sensing remote control system) has brought unprecedented control of pedal parameters directly to the...
Emerging Canadian pedal manufacturer Stomp Labs
released their first pedal Fuzzi-Fier (pictured), which will be part of a hybrid analog/digital line called XPressWay
. This line aims at making stompboxes that can be controlled more efficiently during the performance - rather than...
New to the Heptode
line of guitar effects: The Virtuoso
Phase Shifter. The Virtuoso is a boutique recreation of the original Maestro PS-1A Phase Shifter, as used in the 1970s by keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and guitarists Steve Howe (Yes)...
The Ibanez Echo Shifter
combines true analog sound quality with digital-like flexibility. It features things like a Tap-Tempo
switch, Feedback control, Modulation, and a Depth control. I found this pedal to be a lot of fun and I really dig the vintage aesthetics.
Here are a few short news about new pedal releases:
British hand manufacturer Green Carrots have a new baby: The Pumpkin Pi offers a double dose of Muff love with the IC78 Muff joined with the much...
, a boutique pedal company I was turned onto recently, started a new video series where they hang out with artists in the studio using their gear. This first video features Hartman's Silicon Crystal Valve
and Vintage Germanium...
Blending the complex harmonies of The Beach Boys with the gritty aesthetics of the new millennium's bedroom pop, Sunglasses
add a new chapter to the Brooklyn DIY scene - which they recently embraced after moving from Savannah,...