Tipps& Tricks: Effect pedal breakdown – first aid instructions

Ask the DudeSooner or later almost every pedal breaks down.
Sometimes it starts with a loos connection or it suddenly gets impossible to switch them on.
In this two-part article I would like to present some useful hints that may help you to revive your pedal. Continue reading “Tipps& Tricks: Effect pedal breakdown – first aid instructions”

EQing a Delay

This is a demo about how to eq a delay, to use the fx loop as a mixer for overdrive pedals and also how to create dirty (distort) delay repeats.

I choose the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail for this demonstration as a deputy for all delays without tone control.

Click here to get further information about EQing delay pedals.

Tipps & Tricks: EQing delay pedals

Ask the DudeOverdrive pedals mostly provide a tone control to adapt the frequencies of the distortion to the amp and the guitar.
Unfortunately, many delays lack this feature or you will at best get a low pass or low cut filter.
Although for delays in particular, it is important to fit into the mix quite well. Continue reading “Tipps & Tricks: EQing delay pedals”

The first batch Problem

Ask the DudeRight after the advent of first rumors, NAAM news and reviews the pedal addict is longing for the releasing day of the coveted pedal.
Unable to wait, the European guitarists are tempted to order the stompbox in the United States before it is available in Europe. Continue reading “The first batch Problem”

MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe vs. Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy Analog Delay Comparison

This is a comparison of the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe with the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy.

gear: Fender Telecaster, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

Which pedal should I get: DOD Rubberneck vs. MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?

The DOD Rubberneck and the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe are two terrific analog delays with numerous features which have been put on the market recently. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get: DOD Rubberneck vs. MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?”

Montreal Assembly Count to Five vs. Eventide H9 Harmonizer

This is a comparison of the Montreal Assembly Count to Five with the Eventide H9 Harmonizer.

gear: Fender Jaguar, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

 

Tremolo effects

Effect PedalTo modulate sound signals by rhythmical amplitude fluctuations was a technique that has already been used in the 1950s and became famous again through grunge music.
Besides the first DeArmond tremolo effect, about which I already wrote in this article, there are many other possibilities to produce a tremolo effect. Continue reading “Tremolo effects”

The sound of the TC Electronic 2290 in a stompbox?

TC Electronic 2290The TC Electronic 2290 might the most legendary digital delay ever.
You can find it in countless studios and racks.
But what is it that makes this device legendary? And are there adequate emulation pedals? Continue reading “The sound of the TC Electronic 2290 in a stompbox?”

MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe vs. Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

This is a Comparison of the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe with the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.

gear: Fender Telecaster, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

Flanger

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: Tape delay sounds without a tape?

Ask the DudeThe charm of tape delays is unique, and their digital emulations are pretty popular.

But what makes this tape echo sound and is it possible to get this sound without a tape echo emulation? Continue reading “Tipps & Tricks: Tape delay sounds without a tape?”

DOD Rubberneck vs. Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy Analog Delay Comparison

This is a comparison of the DOD Rubberneck with the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy.

 

gear: Fender Telecaster, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

Effect History: Multi Digital Delays – Current developments (Part 3)

Effect PedalIn part 1 and 2 I have dedicated myself to the beginnings of multi digital delays and the second generation of this kind of pedals.
Recently there occurred some new developments concerning delays, so I would like to present the latest multi delays. Continue reading “Effect History: Multi Digital Delays – Current developments (Part 3)”

Effect History: Multi Digital Delays (Part 2)

Effect PedalThe next generation

The first part of this series was about the Boss DD-20 and the Line6 DL4.
Both pedals have been the standard for a long time and still they are pretty popular.
But they have been replaced by technically extensive pedals of the next generation. Continue reading “Effect History: Multi Digital Delays (Part 2)”

Effect History: The first multi digital delays (Part 1)

Effect PedalAlmost every guitarist who is addicted to delays is always searching for the perfect delay sound.
Uncountable analog and digital delays are jockeying for space on the pedalboard.
Early 21st century numerous manufacturers recognized this dilemma and started to invent multi digital delays.
Some of them I would like to present in a three-part series. Continue reading “Effect History: The first multi digital delays (Part 1)”

Tube amp, transistor, NuTube

Vox Lil' Night TrainGuitarists are known to be pretty traditional and therefore love tube amps.
Tube amps (mostly) sound quite well but at the same time they are (typically) pretty loud.
And especially in this day and age the use of PA systems is standard everywhere, a guitarist who plays just for fun or maybe even semi-professional will not be able to use a 100 Watts amp head. Continue reading “Tube amp, transistor, NuTube”