Effect PedalAt the moment flanger pedals are rather unpopular- maybe because they have been used far too often in the 80s or maybe because of their distinctive sound.
But not all flange effects are equal and depending on the way of use a flange effect can sound quite interesting. Continue reading “Flanger”

Tipps&Tricks: How to synchronize several delays without midi

Ask the DudeAlthough many delay pedals do have tap Tempo, they lack of a midi input.
This is why it is sometimes difficult to adapt the tempo of the delay exactly to the tempo of a song. Continue reading “Tipps&Tricks: How to synchronize several delays without midi”

How to plan your pedalboard

Ask the DudeAfter you have chosen your very own pedal stock it makes sense to plan your pedalboard so you won’t have to rearrange your pedals for every rehearsal or every gig.
When you only use two or three pedals running on batteries they will be connected quite easily and you will not necessarily need a pedalboard. But in the long run no guitarist I know has been satisfied with two or three pedals. Continue reading “How to plan your pedalboard”

Big pedalboard vs. mini workhorse

PedalboardLately I visited a concert in a small club and there it happened again: the band started with the first song and at the same time one of the guitarists began to fiddle about his pedalboard because not a single tone of his guitar reached the boxes. Supported by his roady he was able to rectify his short-time mutism but to me this is not really the perfect concert opening. After the show the guitar tech told me that exactly the same happened the night before. Continue reading “Big pedalboard vs. mini workhorse”

Innovative boutique pedals

Effect PedalThe market for guitar-effects has grown a lot in the recent years and therefore there has never been a wider range of pedals as today.
While the first boutique manufacturers focused themselves on the modification and the building of clones of old and rare pedals, the next generation of boutique manufacturers found a totally new way. Continue reading “Innovative boutique pedals”

Which pedal should I get? Tonal Recall RKM vs. Rubberneck

This year two of the most remarkable pedals have been released: The Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall RKM and the DOD Rubberneck. A decision between these two pedals is pretty difficult. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get? Tonal Recall RKM vs. Rubberneck”


ReverbSome years ago only very few guitarists used reverb-effects, apart from a discreet spring reverb integrated into an amplifier. But today you can find almost every month a new reverb-pedal put on the market.
Here I would like to present some different types of reverb-effects. Continue reading “Reverb”

Compressor Pedals

Cali76For a long time guitarist got along without compressor pedals or at best used a MXR Dyna Comp, but lately studio-compressors and their replicas became also for the guitar quite popular. Continue reading “Compressor Pedals”


More and more guitarists use a low volume setup while playing their guitar at home. In this case drum computer and loopers are perfect devices for songwriting or practicing.
Here I would like to introduce some different loopers of several manufacturers. Continue reading “Looper”

How to control the parameters of a pedal

Expression-pedals, Midi, CV and Apps

Moog Expression PedalExpression-pedals

The first pedal that could be controlled with an expression-pedal in real time was the Uni-Vibe. The advantage was that you could adjust the swiftness without taking the hands off the strings. Later this function could also be found in Auto-Wahs. In this way the pedal could be controlled just like a real Wah. Continue reading “How to control the parameters of a pedal”

Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound

In many forums all over the world guitarist are searching for the “transparent overdrive”. But what is meant by this and does a transparent overdrive make sense?

Ibanez TS-9 TubescreamerTubescreamer

Tubscreamer and similar overdrives place great emphasis on the mids. This kind of overdrive is appropriate as an additional booster to an amplifier that is already overdriven. By creating haunting mids the sound of the guitar becomes more assertive and will be perceived much more in the context of the band as a whole. Continue reading “Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound”



First of all, a chorus creates an exact copy of the signal. Subsequently one of these signals is, similar to a delay, reproduced delayed. But the delays of the sound are so short that they are not perceived as delays. They only last 2 up to 70 ms. Continue reading “Modulation-pedals”

Power for the pedalboard – how to choose the best power supply

Multi-NetzteilAfter having compiled your pedals and having put them into the right order, the question of the power supply arises. There a several ways which I would like to introduce in the following. Continue reading “Power for the pedalboard – how to choose the best power supply”

Booster as a tone enhancer

Nowadays many guitarists swear by true bypass. As I already told you in the article “Buffer vs True Bypass”, a good buffer or booster has many advantages (especially for large pedalboards).

Colorsound Overdriver

But you can also buffer your signal by using a good booster, which is not only suitable for overdriving a tube-amp but also is appropriate to be used as an exciter and sound-refresher.

An example: The Edge of U2 has got more than one in his huge rack. He uses a Boss Pre-Amp and a Korg SDD-3000 digital delay (preamp) to freshen up his guitar-signal. Continue reading “Booster as a tone enhancer”