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Posted on05 January 2018 11:10 AM GMT

Three Reasons Why you should choose Parajumpers as your next High Quality Winter Parka

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Three Reasons Why you should choose Parajumpers as your next High Quality Winter Parka

For the last 10 years or so we have had 3 key brands fighting for marketplace dominance in the higher echelon winter parka category. Most will already know these brands - Canada Goose, Moncler and Parajumpers. I’ve known them all for a good 10 years at least possibly 20 or more for Goose and Moncler.

 

I think around 7 years ago now I ventured out to buy a quality parka - Moncler had a shop on Sloane street still, and Canada Goose was stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nicks, ...

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Posted on05 January 2018 11:05 AM GMT

Pigtronix doubles down on Compact Analog Guitar Synth Pedals with its new Ringmaster Analog Multiplier

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Pigtronix doubles down on Compact Analog Guitar Synth Pedals with its new Ringmaster Analog Multiplier

The NAMM promo videos are coming thick and fast now, and the second one below sees Pigtronix announce the arrival of the slightly quirkier twin brother to the Mothership 2 - the Ringmaster as the name suggests combines Ring Modulation into the synth mix, but it does a lot more besides - including - Analog Harmonizing, LFO Modulation, Sample & Hold Modulation, Pitch Tracking Ring Modulation and Pitch Tracking Tremolo.

 

The Mothership 2 has been on my wishlist for quite a ...

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Posted on05 January 2018 11:00 AM GMT

Chase Bliss Audio's Joel Korte needs to slow down - Announces 3 New Pedals within a Month!

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Chase Bliss Audio's Joel Korte needs to slow down - Announces 3 New Pedals within a Month!

I came to Chase Bliss Audio relatively late, but in these last few years I’ve picked up 5 of Joel Korte’s pedals - and they are all a pretty permanent fixture within my studio pedal chain. In fact I only acquired the 5th one - the Warped Vinyl MKII in November, so I was a touch annoyed around a month later when Joel announced a new HiFi version of the pedal was coming at the end of December - with wholly redesigned circuit!

 

Then in the first week of January the C...

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Posted on04 January 2018 1:00 PM GMT

Boss is Still Totally Winning the Amp Wars - launches killer Wireless Katana Air 30W

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Boss is Still Totally Winning the Amp Wars - launches killer Wireless Katana Air 30W

After a lull of a several years, Boss is totally on fire these day! Pretty much since starting down the Waza Craft route in 2014. First the pedals, then the Waza Craft Amp Head and Cab, and since then the various Katana Amps that came out of that original product research and development.

 

I’ve been onboard with Katana since they were first announced, and already have the KTN-100 and Mini. I already use a wireless system - in the form of the Line 6 G-10, so I already ...

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Posted on04 January 2018 12:15 PM GMT

12 of the Best Klon Style Pedals

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12 of the Best Klon Style Pedals

I will preface this article by bringing to your notice that if you want to read the very best overview of Klon pedals currently available, then take a look at Paolo De Gregorio’s piece on ’pedals.thedelimagazine.com’ a really impressive and comprehensive feature. For my purposes, I’m not really interested in covering absolutely ...

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Posted on04 January 2018 12:10 PM GMT

12 of the Best Tube Screamer Style Pedals

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12 of the Best Tube Screamer Style Pedals

I believe the Tube Screamer is the most ubiquitous, well-known and most copied pedal ever - pretty much every pedal-maker has their own variety / version of a Screamer - I already have 4 - by 4 different companies and one or two more on my wishlist.

 

My current favourite and ultimate Tube Screamer is the Foxpedal City V2 - which has lots of tone-sculpting options - clipping, EQ-flattening, separate clean boost - it gives me everything I need. It’s not quite the ultimate ...

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Posted on04 January 2018 12:05 PM GMT

12 of the Best Dumble Style Pedals

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12 of the Best Dumble Style Pedals

Unless you have a ready spare £50,000 - £100,000 - few of us will ever own a genuine Alexander Dumble Overdrive Special amp - of which only around 300 were built. There are various sound-alike / clone amps to a degree - like the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme (c £2,000) or Two Rocks TS1 (c £4,400), yet we pedal aficionados prefer to reproduce such tone in more compact enclosures. To be wholly circumspect here, each of the amps mentioned have a variety of tones, and few pedals can ...

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Posted on04 January 2018 12:00 PM GMT

12 of the Best Blues Driver Style Pedals

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12 of the Best Blues Driver Style Pedals

So within my pedal chain I have 4 key low-to-mid-gain overdrives ranging from Klon Style, to Tube Screamer Style, to Dumble Style and onto Blues Driver type - the way I have it each gets progressively gainier, in fact I have a 5th medium gain overdrive - which used to be an OCD, but has now been displaced by the Hamstead Intergalactic Driver. The idea is to have the most suitable pedal in each slot - one that combines superb dynamics, tone, versatility and smart form factor and features.

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Posted on04 January 2018 11:55 AM GMT

12 of the Best OCD Style Pedals

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12 of the Best OCD Style Pedals

I will make lots of disclaimers and provisos at the start of this piece. To my mind there are actually relatively few proper quality intended OCD clones - the Joyo Ultimate Drive, Mojo Hand FX Rook, Mooer Hustle Drive and Vick Audio Tree of Life amongst them. The rest here all have significant overlap and share certain aspects of the OCD tone although not necessarily the whole frequency range / a direct correlation.

 

When I acquired the Hamstead Odyssey Intergalactic Driver ...

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Posted on04 January 2018 11:50 AM GMT

12 of the Best Vox Style Pedals

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12 of the Best Vox Style Pedals

Back in the autumn of last year I realised that while Marshall tones were overwhelmingly well represented within my pedal-chain, I had nothing to represent that other classic UK amp type - the wonderful Vox AC30. The Vox AC30 is one of the few amps that has both stellar clean and distortion tones - best described as ’sparkling’ - both being unique and distinct and brilliantly utilised by The Beatles, U2’s The Edge, and above all - Brian May of Queen. In fact it was the Brian May T...

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