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Posted on21 September 2017 9:24 PM GMT

20 Key Guitar Effects Pedal Types - Preferred Compact Pedal per Type

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20 Key Guitar Effects Pedal Types - Preferred Compact Pedal per Type

Following my piece on 20 of the Best Boss Compact Pedals, I decided to do an overview of 20 of the key different pedal types by approximate pedalboard sort order - to see which brands in my opinion fared the best across all 20 categories - in terms of preferred compact pedal per type. This is of course all hugely subjective, but there are several practicality concerns here too, and some pedals perhaps that would be selected almost regardless of any size restrictions. In every slot you have ...

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Posted on21 September 2017 2:17 AM GMT

12 of the Best Analogue Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

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12 of the Best Analogue Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

There’s a lot of players out there who are big fans of ’analogue’ delays (analog in USA). These were originally developed back in 1969 using a new type of Capacitor known as a Bucket-Brigade Device (BBD). Each BBD capacitor can store approximately 200 to 300 milliseconds of signal - and most of these Analogue Delays use a pair of BBDs for a maximum of around 600ms of delay. Deluxe versions of analogue delays typically use 4 or more - as in the case with the EHX Deluxe Memory Man ...

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Posted on21 September 2017 1:15 AM GMT

12 of the Best Tape Delay Pedals for your Consideration

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12 of the Best Tape Delay Pedals for your Consideration

There have been 3 legendary analogue tape-style delay engines that everyone agrees on:

  • Binson Echorec 2 (1961-79)
  • Maestro Echoplex EP-3 (1970 - 1991)
  • Roland RE-201 Space Echo (1974 - 1990)

All those 3 have a significant influence and impact on many if not most of those featured here - which are either direct simulations of those former classics, or pay some sort of lip-service to them. T-Rex have a full-size faithful modern reproduction of the E...

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Posted on21 September 2017 12:14 AM GMT

12 of the Best Specialist Digital Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

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12 of the Best Specialist Digital Delay Pedals for Your Consideration

We’ve already covered the more all-rounder digital delays within the ’Digital Workstation Pedals’ article from a couple of months ago. This piece focuses on more specialist delay pedals - which do one or a few things really well rather than cover all the different delay algorithms possible.

 

There is a tiny undercurrent here of modulated delays, often with 3 modes, and some really spacey effects. Some of these pedals are more vanilla in their approach - the M...

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Posted on18 September 2017 7:46 PM GMT

12 of the Best Spacey Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

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12 of the Best Spacey Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

I’ve already covered off most of the major reverbs in my 12 Reverb Workstations post, as well as some of the more unusual ones in the one on Ambient Delay + Reverb Pedals; I will also be doing a separate post on Spring Reverbs. This article covers the more spacey sci-fi style reverbs - which give you a taste of that otherworldly dimension of deep outer-space.

 

These are all about modulation really, and how they manipulate, move and make those frequencies dance, shimmer ...

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Posted on18 September 2017 6:42 PM GMT

12 of the Best Spring Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

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12 of the Best Spring Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

Who does not love the slight shimmer of a tightly wound steel spring. Those Fender engineers were obviously inspired when they introduced the spring-tank reverbs to their core amps, and for many that early Fender sound is still the benchmark. Some players are still stuck in the 60’s and have to play though an authentic Fender-style amp with proper Reverb and Tremolo onboard. Others - like John Mayer, use a more modern amp, and look to the Strymon Flint to give them that 60’s sounding R...

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Posted on18 September 2017 12:31 AM GMT

20 of the Best Boss Compact Guitar Pedals for Your Consideration

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20 of the Best Boss Compact Guitar Pedals for Your Consideration

I checked out the Boss 40th Anniversary Exhibition on Saturday and attended Rabea’s workshop later in the afternoon at House of Vans, at the back and beyond of Waterloo Station; that overall event has now drawn to a close. I was a little late in deciding whether and when to go and so missed out on the ’That Pedal Show’ live experience earlier in the day. I was also a might peeved I did not get one of the commemorative pin badges they were handing out earlier, but the show was ...

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Posted on17 September 2017 5:08 PM GMT

9 of the Best Guitar Expression and Volume Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Guitar Expression and Volume Pedals for Your Consideration

Like many players, even though I have an Expression/Volume pedal, I don’t tend to use it much. I specifically bought the DigiTech Whammy Ricochet back in the day - as it makes use of a footswitch in place of a rocker, and I really like the TC Electronic ’MASH’ technology which embeds pressure-sensitive sensors into a footswitch to very much make that work like a rocker too. The only downside being with a Wah pedal, where you might wish to have the pedal in half-cocked mode - ...

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Posted on15 September 2017 11:37 AM GMT

Boss MD-500 vs Strymon Mobius - including full list of MD-500 Presets

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Boss MD-500 vs Strymon Mobius - including full list of MD-500 Presets

As some of you readers may know, I was an avowed Strymon fan for a very long time (still am actually) - sporting the celebrated Strymon combination of Mobius + TimeLine + BigSky at the end of my pedal chain. Then came the first upset - in the shape of the fairly recent Empress EchoSystem pedal, followed by the surprise introduction of the Boss MD-500 and RV-500 pedals.

 

As I’ve previously reported, I was a little ’meh’ about the Boss DD-500 and regardless of ...

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Posted on15 September 2017 12:01 AM GMT

Is the iPhone X really worth it?

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Is the iPhone X really worth it?

So, following another fairly hype-laden Apple keynote presentation, it turns out that most of the products introduced were actually pretty decent. For the first time I am sort of interested in the Apple Watch, and I will definitely be upgrading my Apple TV at some stage in the near future. Pricing for each of those items was pretty much in line with expectations really - i.e. £400 and £200 respectively.

 

I found the introduction of the new iPhone 8 versions a ...

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