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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 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 ...

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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 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 having ...

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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 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 Cup, ...

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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 what ...

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Posted on11 June 2017 9:21 PM GMT

4 cool new Ambient Pedals for 2017

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4 cool new Ambient Pedals for 2017

Four pedals that were barely even hinted at during NAMM 2017 have now very recently come to light. TC Electronic’s updated Hall of Fame Reverb (HOF2), and brand new Pipeline Tap Tremolo, Wampler’s combined Delay and Reverb - Ethereal, and Robert Keeley’s Pitch-Shifted and Arpeggiated Delay - Mesmer.

 

I guess you could quite accurately describe them all as fitting within the Ambient effects category, and 3 of them are largely or entirely tailored to that ...

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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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