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Posted on14 October 2017 12:53 AM GMT

9 of the Best Envelope Filter Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Envelope Filter Pedals for Your Consideration

I have already covered off some of the simpler Envelope Filter pedals in my piece on Wah / Auto Wah pedals. All of those featured here are somehwat more feature-rich and add different flavours into the mix like fuzz, phasing and oscillation. I tend to me more aligned to the more compact pedals - so most of these are a little large for my needs, my Boss MD-500 has some superb filter options too and really supplies me with most of the envelope filter functions I need - I also have backup from my Dr S...

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Posted on13 October 2017 11:53 PM GMT

9 of the Best Pitch-Shifter and Harmonizer Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Pitch-Shifter and Harmonizer Pedals for Your Consideration

It’s really cool that Eventide in its PitchFactor workstation pedal - has a big box equivalent to the usual modulation, delay and reverb types. Yet Eventide is alone in compiling / combining such a full range of pitch-shifting and harmonizing effects into one pedal - there really is no other equivalent to that collection of 10 modes - Diatonic | Quadravox | Harmonic Modulator | MicroPitch | H910 / H949 Harmonizer | PitchFlex | Octaver | Crystals | HarPeggiator | Synhonizer. Everyone else has ...

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Posted on13 October 2017 10:52 PM GMT

9 of the Best Ring Modulation Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Ring Modulation Pedals for Your Consideration

Ring Modulation is quite the ’Marmite’ type of outlier modulation. There’s not a whole load of people that love this effect, but those that do really do. I have 3 pedals which do ring modulation - the Dr Scientist BitQuest, the Strymon Mobius, and the Boss MD-500 - all of those are more generalist modulation pedals - while the ones featured below are more specialist.

 

I rarely ever used the Ring Mod mode (Quadrature) on my Strymon Mobius, and although I can ...

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Posted on09 October 2017 1:40 AM GMT

The Four Flavours of Affino Development

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The Four Flavours of Affino Development

When Affino engages in development work there are typically 4 different types of work we are involved in. When someone comes to us with a requirement there are various ways we can go about meeting that requirement. Creating something entirely from scratch, or re-using or modifying some existing part or parts of the system.

 

Once work is underway, it’s not always 100% clear how the final solution will work out. What works well on paper and in planning can often test ...

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Posted on08 October 2017 1:34 PM GMT

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

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

This article completes the fourth part of the quadrilogy which started with the compact pedal overview and was triggered by the 40th anniversary Boss article. If you’re going to go with a large enclosure pedal, you really need it to be of the all-singing and dancing variety, otherwise why would you be sacrificing so much pedal real estate. Traditionally large pedals have meant the big all-in-one workstations - i.e. your classic big box Eventide and Strymon, and now Boss solutions. Technology ...

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Posted on07 October 2017 10:21 PM GMT

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

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

We’ve covered off Key Effects Pedals per Compact and Mini size, and here we go up a category to Medium. When I think of medium-sized pedals, the makers that immediately spring to mind are Strymon, Empress , Carl Martin and Way Huge (Dunlop) - for whom the medium-size enclosure forms the mainstay of their product offerings. All the newer Orange Amps pedals have been of medium size and same goes for Stone Deaf FX, and I guess in the early 70’s - before Boss came along with its ’C...

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Posted on05 October 2017 3:53 PM GMT

GDPR : Explicit Consent and Interest Preferences

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GDPR : Explicit Consent and Interest Preferences

One of the key elements of the new GDPR legislation is that your users / consumers need to grant you explicit consent over how and what you market to them - this means also that you need their permission to store their personally identifiable details and exactly how those details are to be processed. It means you can no longer have a single tick-box for blanket coverage of any and all of your marketing messages.

 

In fact up until now, the pattern has been largely to have 2 ...

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Posted on05 October 2017 12:19 PM GMT

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

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

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of mini pedals and feature right now 6 of that type in my active studio pedal chain (of 35). All of these are exceptional at what they provide, and they all sound great, and are amongst my favourites. Somewhat ironically, of those 6 - one has already been marked for replacement. My much-loved Mooer Blues Mood which is a clone of the celebrated Keeley-modded Boss Blues Driver BD-2 - has somewhat added competition in the guise of the new Boss Angry Driver JB-...

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Posted on05 October 2017 10:00 AM GMT

Boss RV-500 vs Strymon BigSky - including full list of RV-500 Presets

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Boss RV-500 vs Strymon BigSky - including full list of RV-500 Presets

I’ve had the new big box Boss Reverb for longer than the MD-500 modulation equivalent (even though that review appeared earlier) - it needs to be noted that it has a significantly higher learning curve than the latter pedal, and it’s taken me this long to get fully to grips with it and really understand what all (most of) the different settings do.

 

The trickiest part for me was figuring out the assignment of the 3rd CTL/TAP footswitch - which really has a vast ...

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Posted on29 September 2017 2:59 PM GMT

Affino September Breakfast Briefing Follow-Up

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Affino September Breakfast Briefing Follow-Up

We’d like to start by thanking everyone who attended our inaugural breakfast briefing yesterday, and in particular guest speaker James Harley - Head of Marketing at Drewry (pictured presenting above). The three presentations appeared to have gone down well and we received favourable reviews from all who were canvassed.

 

Both Affino 8 and GDPR will remain somewhat fluid until final launch details are fully clear, and we hope to have a follow-up briefing most likely ...

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