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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 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

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Posted on21 November 2016 10:03 AM GMT

The Shape of a Guitar's Headstock has a significant impact on Tuning Stability

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The Shape of a Guitar's Headstock has a significant impact on Tuning Stability

Many a owner of a vintage guitar has experienced the difficulty of keeping the guitar in tune. There are a couple of factors here that are critical to tuning fidelity. Firstly, get over the hangup of having to use the original tuners - you really need locking tuners for any reasonable peace of mind. Locking tuners are available in a vast variety of shapes and types, including various vintage-inspired ones, so it should not prove to be problematic to find a near match that works well - not

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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

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Posted on25 February 2017 11:47 PM GMT

The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next

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The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next

So I’ve had the Strymon Riverside since early December last year, and although it is a fine 4-gain-stage distortion pedal which I love and use daily, it’s not without its flaws. I’ve relatively recently also acquired the Elektron Analog Drive, which targets some of the weaknesses of the Riverside, but still does not satisfactorily offer the complete overdrive and distortion solution which I am actively seeking.

 

In truth, what I’m really looking for is an all-in-

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Posted on20 April 2017 6:58 PM GMT

Pedal Chain Delight - Tone Quest Phase One Completion

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Pedal Chain Delight - Tone Quest Phase One Completion

It’s taken a while, lots of trial and error and patience, but I am at a point where I am finally totally happy with my phase one pedal / signal chain. It is essentially a ’vanilla’ chain of classic sounds - overdrives, fuzzes and distortions, and mostly regular effects. It possibly goes a little broader and deeper than some - but generates largely mainstream sounds - covering the whole gamut of genres from barely their breakup warmth to full ferocious distortion - from pop

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Posted on23 June 2017 11:04 PM GMT

Boss goes head-to-head with Strymon with its all-new MD-500 and RV-500 big box workstations

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Boss goes head-to-head with Strymon with its all-new MD-500 and RV-500 big box workstations

As luck would have it, and just as I’m settling into my current pedal chain, and pretty satisfied with my choices, along comes Boss to stir it all up again. Used to be that back in the day, if you wanted big studio quality do-it-all modulation, delay and reverb workstations, then Eventide was your man - so-to-speak. The ModFactor (£373), TimeFactor (£365) and Space (£465) ruled the roost for a while - without any real competition, and those pedals are still amazing at

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Posted on31 January 2010 9:53 PM GMT

The Future of Music Online 2010

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The Future of Music Retail - Introduction

 

2 Significant music-related things happened for me in 2009. Firstly, I signed up for the Premium version of streaming service - Spotify; secondly, I finally succumbed to Apple and bought into the iPhone smartphone. I have several discarded MP3 players and iPods which have somewhat fallen into disuse as I found it a burden to carry around so many devices. The fact that the iPhone comes with iTunes / iPod functionality means that I now always

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Posted on26 April 2017 11:42 AM GMT

Engineering Better Businesses

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Engineering Better Businesses

We are in the business of building businesses - digitized / digital businesses per se, but not necessarily in the way that you might perceive, and certainly not as a fully stand-alone and independent activity. We construct business vehicles and vessels - which still need to be properly manned and skippered. Constructing the system is only the starting point, it needs to be correctly deployed for success. Just as you can buy the most technically proficient vessel to race in the America’s

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Posted on27 March 2017 10:00 AM GMT

16 Weird and Wonderful Guitar Noise Pedals

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16 Weird and Wonderful Guitar Noise Pedals

I’m getting really close to finalising the first proper sweep of my pedal chain - just getting to adding the final 2. Of course the Tone Quest never ends, but it can be broken down into distinct phases, and I’m at a point in the first phase - where I have acquired sufficient numbers and sufficient quality to be able to render any type of conventional guitar sound superbly - using all the different levels of overdrive, fuzz and distortion and all the relevant key modulations, delay,

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