Things, mini pedal manufacturers should take into account

The times of dish-sized Fuzz Face pedals are over – the trend is towards even smaller mini effect pedals.
But with regard to this mini pedals there are some things, the manufacturers should consider. Continue reading “Things, mini pedal manufacturers should take into account”

Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions part 2

Tips & tricksThe first part of this continuous series was dedicated to general sources of error concerning effect pedals. In this part I would like to focus on some details. Continue reading “Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions part 2”

Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions

Tips & tricksSooner 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 continuous series I would like to present some useful hints that may help you to revive your pedal. Continue reading “Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions”

The first tape delay emulations

Digital DelayFor a long time, the sound of a good tape delay is considered as the ideal delay for guitarists.
On the one hand the sound of a tape delay mostly is more warm and full than the sound of a digital delay on the other hand the tape delay sounds not as dull or wooly like an analog delay sometimes does. Continue reading “The first tape delay emulations”

Why do I not sound like my idol?

Ask the DudeSome guitarists might think “Stevie Ray Vaughan uses an Ibanez Tubescreamer – when I get myself a Tubescreamer too, I will sound like him.” Or “Eric Johnson is using a BK Butler Tube Drive for his lead tone, by using the same pedal I will also create exactly this sound.” Continue reading “Why do I not sound like my idol?”

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”

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”

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”

Analogman ARDX20 vs. Ibanez ADmini

Analogman ARDX20 vs. Ibanez ADmini

This is a short comparison of two analog delay pedals:

The ARDx20 is a boutique delay by Analogman. It is an analog pedal with numerous features: two different settings, effect-loop amm. The Ibanez Admini also is analog and because of its size pretty “pedalboard-friendly”.

Both pedals are based on the old Ibanez AD-9 from the 80s.