Analog pedals vs. digital emulations

Ask the DudeFrequently the question arises which kind of pedal to chose: an analog one or a digital emulation?

It almost seems to be an article of faith and this is why I would like to illuminate this controversal issue. Continue reading “Analog pedals vs. digital emulations”

Reverb

AmpSome 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

Compressor ShootoutFor 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”

Tips & Tricks: How to get seamless loops

Tips & tricksThe problem that the tempo of the loops created by loopers like the Digitech JamMan Stereo or the Boss RC-2 after a while vary in a certain way, in other words the looper gets out of sync and does not produce seamless loops anymore, has been discussed in many forums. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: How to get seamless loops”

Looper

SDRUM DITTOMore 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”

Effect history (Part 4): The 80s shaped in racks

Effect PedalIn the 80s there was a boom of pedals and some technical progress. Each of the most famous manufacturers (Boss, MXR, Ibanez and Electro Harmonix)) produced his own interpretation of each kind of pedal and all of them have been packed into colorful enclosures. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 4): The 80s shaped in racks”

Effect history (Part 3): die 70er – Revolution der Modulationseffekte

Effect PedalIn den 70ern wurden zahlreiche Effekte entwickelt. Die ersten OP-Amps vereinfachten den Aufbau von Effektgeräten enorm. So konnten auch komplexe Modulationseffekte, wie zum Beispiel Phaser, Chorus, Auto Wah und Flanger Effektpedale umgesetzt werden. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 3): die 70er – Revolution der Modulationseffekte”

Tips & Tricks: Booster as a tone enhancer

Tips & tricksNowadays 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). Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Booster as a tone enhancer”

Ask the Dude: True Bypass vs. Buffer

Ask the Dude“True bypass” – I guess, there is no term that is mentioned more frequently relating to the presentation of a new pedal. What does “true bypass” mean and does it have any advantages? Continue reading “Ask the Dude: True Bypass vs. Buffer”