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Posted on03 February 2017 9:54 AM GMT

12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

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12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

So another chapter of the Tone Quest is nearing its momentary end-point. In the ongoing efforts to arrive at the perfect Tone, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time experimenting with and researching overdrives, fuzzes and distortions. Being somewhat eclectic in my tastes, there are a number of the deemed key / core sounds I like. Some players sit squarely within ’Blues’, ’Rock’ or ’Metal’ or just one or two main niches as such - while I like ...

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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 on23 July 2017 1:38 AM GMT

9 of the Best Guitar Synth Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Guitar Synth Pedals for Your Consideration

Following on from the Summer NAMM highlights post and the standout Pigtronix Mothership 2 pedal, I decided to compile a top 9 list of guitar synth pedals. Some of these are a little highfalutin and over-large for my own pedal chain, but all have merit. There are a few pedal makers who dominate the ’Synth’ category of pedals - historically it has been Electro-Harmonix, and they still have the most offerings in this sector, more recently they’ve had to fight off a mini assault from ...

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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 on28 August 2017 12:23 AM GMT

18 of the Best Overdrive Pedals for Your Consideration

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18 of the Best Overdrive Pedals for Your Consideration

This is probably the most hotly contested area of guitar pedalology - which is the ’best’ overdrive pedal you should get - should it be a mid-bump Tube Screamer type, or a more neutral so-called ’Transparent’ version, and should you go with something closer to the original inspiration or something which evens out and tackles its inherent flaws and weaknesses. The guitar world is a strange place - full of staunch traditionalists who persists with ancient tropes despite their ...

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Posted on06 December 2016 1:13 AM GMT

10 Versatile Multi-Channel Guitar Amps for Your Consideration

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10 Versatile Multi-Channel Guitar Amps for Your Consideration

I have so far acquired 3 amps along this tone quest. I rather naively though I could get by with purely solid state - with largely onboard effects - i.e. moddelling. My first acquisition was the 150W Fender Mustang IV V2 - which excels at reproducing Fender’s classic amp tones, but does not quite have the full throttle grunt for harder styles of playing - it’s generally a very good amp with some excellent effects, and very even tone - most will be able to dial in something pretty great ...

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Posted on02 June 2017 1:54 PM GMT

Empress EchoSystem vs Strymon TimeLine

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Empress EchoSystem vs Strymon TimeLine

Up until this point I was a fully avowed and singularly dedicated Strymon follower, being a huge fan of their flagship pedals which I use daily - The Mobius, TimeLine and BigSky. In fact I had been aware of Empress for a while - for their ParaEq, Multidrive and Heavy pedals in particular. Although it wasn’t really until the Empress Reverb that my interest was fully piqued. Both the Empress Reverb and Strymon BigSky are amazing Reverb workstations and each has its pros and cons - while there ...

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Posted on16 August 2017 2:00 AM GMT

9 of the Best Ambient Delay + Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Ambient Delay + Reverb Pedals for Your Consideration

All-in-one ambient pedals are a relatively new thing. I had toyed with including ones like the Mooer Ocean Machine and the Boss RV-500, but I ended up leaning more towards slightly simpler pedals which give you those lovely ambient washes when you crank up the reverb - and fill in the spaces between with elegant musical repeats generated by simultaneous delays.

 

The first of these I experienced were the EQD Avalanche Run and Foxpedal The Wave - which are at the more feature-...

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Posted on15 August 2017 11:19 PM GMT

16 of the Best Mooer Micro pedals worth having

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16 of the Best Mooer Micro pedals worth having

If you are a pedal fan like myself, you will know by now what there are 4 universal full-range pedal makers - i.e. have a pedal for every occasion, we are of course talking of Boss, Electro-Harmonix, MXR and TC Electronic. And while the latter two have a number of mini pedals out, those are very far from being representative of all the pedals available in regular or medium-sized enclosures. In fact the only company that really has a mini pedal for every purpose is Mooer with its Micro Series.

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Posted on22 August 2017 9:55 PM GMT

9 of the Best Modulation Workstation Pedals for Your Consideration

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9 of the Best Modulation Workstation Pedals for Your Consideration

When I got back into guitar, Modulation was not an area I was overly familiar with initially. I understood overdrives, distortion and fuzz, and had a good handle on delay and reverb, as well as a touch of tremolo. For the longest time I thought tremolo was my favourite modulation effect, but I was often confusing that with vibrato, high oscillation chorus or stuttery phaser even. It’s only been relatively recently that I’ve fully got to grips with all the different flavours of ...

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