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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 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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Posted on25 March 2017 1:57 AM GMT

Musical Alphabetti Spaghetti

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Musical Alphabetti Spaghetti

This article was partly triggered by all the new material Pitchfork has been recently sharing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer - an album which has long featured in my All Time Top 10 [*T10] favourite albums. Out of this, I started thinking about which artists I spent the most time listening to and were the most influential in my life. I then considered that it may be fun to come up with a preferred / favourite band for each of the letters of the alphabet and

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Posted on25 March 2017 1:09 AM GMT

Successful Re/Solutions Require Precise and Detailed Communications

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Successful Re/Solutions Require Precise and Detailed Communications

My brother and I were recently discussing how we personally dealt with customer services issues from the customer perspective - i.e. as a result of something going wrong during an online / digital retail purchase. In his case a payment gateway had taken his money, but the actual checkout status was simply that the purchase had been cancelled (i.e. 0 transaction value), in my case - something had been ordered but not shown up for delivery for an unusually long period.

 

Both of us are

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Posted on27 January 2017 10:50 AM GMT

NAMM 2017 New Product Highlights

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NAMM 2017 New Product Highlights

So I witnessed my first NAMM Show since getting back on the guitar trail - from the comfort of my domestic lounge of course.

 

It was kind of fast and furious as expected but not quite the volume of videos that were promised. Andertons again leading the way, with sterling efforts from Reverb, Henning Pauly, Phil McKnight and Louis Tone King too.

 

Captain Lee - Mr Anderton himself kind of ’won’ NAMM in being gifted his dream PRS McCarty Guitar - by Paul Reed himself,

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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 March 2017 6:05 PM GMT

Google's Advertising Model and other similar Programmatic Advertising is Now Seriously Under Threat

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Google's Advertising Model and other similar Programmatic Advertising is Now Seriously Under Threat

Most of you will be very aware how in recent days Google and YouTube have come into significant criticism for enabling branded advertising to appear on extreme / extremist sites, as well as extreme/ist advertising to appear in turn against branded content. This includes having your ads show up on politically extremist sites like Breitbart, or otherwise having extremist and insensitive advertising show up alongside your own carefully curated branded content - for instance as a pre-roll ad on one

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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 on10 March 2017 12:41 AM GMT

Drive your Business Forward with the Most Powerful Digital Business Engine

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Drive your Business Forward with the Most Powerful Digital Business Engine

Formula 1 cars are the wonder of the automotive engineering world. Precision-tuned every season and constantly adapted to meet new rules and regulations. Utilising thousands of components working together in perfect harmony under some of the most extreme conditions encountered beyond the surface of the Sun. The engine needs to withstand the most incredible fluctuations, heat and pressure, while maintaining perfect operating conditions over an extended period of duress.

 

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Posted on27 January 2017 10:13 PM GMT

Guitar Pedalology

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Guitar Pedalology

Or - everything I did not know about Pedals when I got back into guitar.

 

You may recall from my ’Tone Anxiety’ blog post that I listed a few hundred pedal manufacturers and mentioned that they were just a drop in the ocean - well, it turns out to be a darn sight more complicated than that. Not only do you have hundreds of these pedal makers, often just one guy in their workshop - in pretty much every country in the world, you also have a huge second-hand market of current

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