Which pedal should I get?

A reader’s question:

Last year (after several years of playing the guitar) I finally bought my first effect pedals: the Walrus Audio Slö, the Earthquaker Devices Westwood and the Ditto looper.
I mostly listen to minimal, indie and ambient and therefore, I would love to create such sounds myself. But unfortunately, I have not made up my mind about a specific sound. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get?”

YouTube recommendation: “fuzz the sound that revolutionized the world”

NewsBecause of Corona we all spend much time at home. Time, that can be used quite profitably by learning something new. For all those, who would like to learn everything about the history of fuzz effects, I would like to recommend the documentary „fuzz the sound that revolutionized the world“. Continue reading “YouTube recommendation: “fuzz the sound that revolutionized the world””

+++ NAMM 2019 News Part 3+++

NewsThe rumor mill is churning….
Here I would like to present a collection of some interesting NAMM Show news. Continue reading “+++ NAMM 2019 News Part 3+++”

Ross Compressor Reissue

Ross CompressorThe legendary, grey Ross Compressor is quite popular at the moment, although probably only few have ever used it.

Initially, Ross effects were pretty unfamiliar.
But as Trey Anastasio (Phish) once discovered the Ross Compressor for himself, it became popular. Continue reading “Ross Compressor Reissue”

Multi Effect Pedals

Effect PedalIn the 1980s many guitarists were pretty excited about the ostensible possibilities of the first multi effect pedals.
But soon they recognized that the quality of the sound of those multi effects did not convince at all.
Although this aspect has changed through the last years, the combination of two effects in one enclosure is much more popular today. Continue reading “Multi Effect Pedals”

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”

Overdrive – Distortion – Fuzz

I guess every guitarist knows the three types of overdriven guitar-sounds: overdrive, distortion and fuzz.

But what is the difference between them? Continue reading “Overdrive – Distortion – Fuzz”

Punchy Guitar-Sound

AmpEspecially in the songs of hard rock or heavy metal bands the guitars sound pretty voluminous and punchy.
One produces this kind of sound by combining several microphones for the recording but notably by doubling the guitar-tracks or by multi-tracking. Continue reading “Punchy Guitar-Sound”

Effect history (Part 5): Retro boom of the 90s

Effect Pedal In the 90s there was a recollection. Grunge killed the dreams of the hairspray-metal bands and thus, also of the effect-industry. For cost reasons and also as a commercially statement many guitarists bought second hand pedals and were satisfied with two or three of them. The previous polished sound became rougher. Continue reading “Effect history (Part 5): Retro boom of the 90s”