A lot of guitarists are most familiar with Tennessee pedal manufacturer Visual Sound
for their popular pedal power line, the 1 Spot, but the manufacturer is first and foremost an effects shop with an emphasis on reliability.
Before we get to the company...
At our recent NYC Synth Expo
we put together a mixed Eurorack filled with synths by various manufacturers, including Vermona
, Dwarfcraft Devices
, Synthetic Sound Labs
and also featuring the awesome pedal/drum machine BeatBuddy
. Check out the video where our...
Remember when all recording engineers and pro audio magazines were saying that digital recordings sound awful? Well, we guess that was so long ago that people are starting to actually miss that sound...
A lot of cool stuff can be done using creative pedal routing. A common sonic technique employed by U2's The Edge among others is "The Shimmer," an effect that creates an ethereal string-like reverb under your guitar's regular signal.
For those interested in learning how synths and electronic musical circuits work and interact with each other, KORG's littleBits' Synth Kit
is the ideal place to start. By creating the smallest modular synth on the planet, and making it easily configurable with magnetic connection...
's compression pedals have an incredible reputation, so the release of a new "Limiting Amplifier" (called GC-2
) is certainly an event that should get many guitarists interested.
Synthetic Sound Labs
' Doug Slocum got his start in the synth business in the '70s when he became known for his "enhanced" (i.e. modded) Moog synths. He recently launched a Eurorack line
with a very personal “SteamPunk” graphic approach.
Now here’s a clever pedal that was a blast to demo. Frankly, the Amzel Cheshire Cat Tone Evaporator
is just a great idea in terms of a new way to think about distortion. To visualize how this pedal works, start off by...
Since we now organize the NYC Synth Expo
, we will start covering more synths in this blog.
The modular Eurorack format, in particular, is rather intriguing, and it's becoming more and more popular. The idea of separating the various circuits of a synth to let musicians free...
Just in time to stuff those stockings and with another stompbox, DigiTech
has a new one out that will catch your attention both sonically and visually. In early November, DigiTech launched their new Polara Stereo Reverb
pedal, which not only delivers seven settings...
MXR pedals have been among the best selling stompboxes in the past decade, and the brains behind the US brand - originally based in Rochester, NY, but now owned by California based Dunlop Manufacturing
- must have thought that a little bit of Italian...
If you often find yourself thinking, "I friggin' love delay, but I need EVEN MORE of the same sound over and over," it might be time to look at a multi stage delay pedal. The TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay