Which pedal should I get? Boss DD-7 vs. TC Electronic Flashback

If you are searching for a reasonably priced digital delay pedal, there is no way around the Boss DD-7 and the TC Electronic Flashback. But what features do these two pedals provide and which is appropriate for which propose? Continue reading “Which pedal should I get? Boss DD-7 vs. TC Electronic Flashback”

Videos on YouTube – Why my videos are how they are

Ask the DudeI love to watch YouTube videos about pedals, guitars and amps.
The boundless vastness of the Internet offers to some extend magnificent, inspiring and enlightening content created by great people. Continue reading “Videos on YouTube – Why my videos are how they are”

The fairytale of the bad compression

  Ask the DudeFrequently, I read comments on YouTube that it actually is impossibly to assess a sound of a pedal in demo video because of the compression.
I am in fact unable to understand these comments but nevertheless or even because of this lack of understanding I would like to dedicate this small article to this issue.

Continue reading “The fairytale of the bad compression”

Fluctuating mains voltage = different sound?

Ask the DudeAlmost every guitarist knows this phenomenon: in the rehearsal room the sound of the guitar was absolutely perfect, and the amp has been situated right in the sweet spot. But live on stage, the magic has disappeared. Continue reading “Fluctuating mains voltage = different sound?”

Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup

Ask the DudeOne loves the Tubescreamer, the other hates it. It is impossible to keep everyone happy. While to one guitarist the overdrive pedal sounds perfect, stresses the mids in an optimal way and creates the ultimate range of distortion, the same pedal seems hollow with the bass cut quite too much to another guitar player. Continue reading “Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup”

Fake replicas of effect pedals, amps and guitars

Ask the DudeUnfortunately, our world is not always good. And in the music business also it is valid: as soon as there is something valuable, there will be falsified copies of it. But how can experts identify fakes? Continue reading “Fake replicas of effect pedals, amps and guitars”

How to combine effect pedals – not every combination works fine

Ask the DudeSome combinations of effect pedals are awkward – similar to human relationships: some won’t get along well with one another. Continue reading “How to combine effect pedals – not every combination works fine”

Which pedal should I get: Electro Harmonix Freeze vs. Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal?

During the last years, two pedals have been put on the market which are especially interesting for sound scaping and ambient fans.
In principle, both effects are quite similar.
The Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal, as well as the Electro Harmonix Freeze are so-called sustain-pedals, that are able to record and reproduce single notes or parts of chords via an integrated looper. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get: Electro Harmonix Freeze vs. Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal?”

The perfect delay pedal – Part 2

Ask the DudeIn the first part of “The perfect delay pedal” I declared myself to be an analog delay fan and expressed myself for tap tempo and midi input.

This second part will be about more features, a perfect delay should – in my opinion – provide. Continue reading “The perfect delay pedal – Part 2”

The perfect delay pedal – Part 1

Ask the DudeOften other guitarists ask me, which delay pedal is the perfect one.
Unfortunately, it is pretty difficult to find a precise answer to this simple sounding question. Continue reading “The perfect delay pedal – Part 1”

LoFi aka character sounds

LoFiWhile you are searching for the perfect sound, you will find uncountable possibilities.

But how does the perfect sound sound like? Continue reading “LoFi aka character sounds”

Which effect should I get? The Lexicon PCM 81 or a reverb stompbox?

Although the Lexicon PCM 81 was most famous in the 80s, it still sets the standards for good reverb sounds. Continue reading “Which effect should I get? The Lexicon PCM 81 or a reverb stompbox?”

Strymon El Capistan Trails Mode

Ask the DudeLately someone confronted me with the following question:

Recently, I bought a Strymon El Capistan and I really love it.
But there is one thing, that bothers me:How can I make the repeats of the Strymon El Capistan fade away after switching it off ? Continue reading “Strymon El Capistan Trails Mode”

Why do IC-based overdrive pedals always sound harsh?

Ask the DudeIf you are looking for an overdrive pedal that is able to emulate a slightly overdriven amplifier, you ought to choose a stompbox without IC chips. Continue reading “Why do IC-based overdrive pedals always sound harsh?”