New pedals vs. old stompboxes from the edge of the locker

While you are searching for the perfect sound, you browse through forums, read special magazines and follow the manufacturers on Twitter and Instagram. After countless reviews and endless time of waiting after the NAMM product announcement, you can finally try out a new pedal. Just to find out that you’ll have to keep on searching… Continue reading “New pedals vs. old stompboxes from the edge of the locker”

Binson Echorec

Binson EchorecConcerning the categorization of delay pedals, guitarists mostly refer to analog delays, tape delays and digital delay pedals. But one true classic is often overlooked because it is pretty rare and only available in used condition: the Binson Echorec. Continue reading “Binson Echorec”

Analog delay sound

Analog delay pedals are not all equal. By now, there are so many different pedals that you cannot speak of THE analog delay sound anymore. Continue reading “Analog delay sound”

Dark Delays

Supa pussThe dark sound is a very famous aspect of analog delays. Because of their design, analog delays cut the treble to minimize besides noise. As a result, they sound very warm and rich and, on top, they go well together with overdrive effects. Continue reading “Dark Delays”

AnalogMan ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay

ARDX20The AnalogMan ARDX20 is a delay pedal with a completely analog circuit.
Because of its size it is rather less pedalboard-friendly, but especially accompanied by the AMAZEo it becomes an excellent delay pedal. Continue reading “AnalogMan ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay”

The Delay Dude Clutch Momentary Bypass Looper

Clutch 5Delay pedals are an absolutely great invention and in essence I wish to never turn them off.
But sometimes you can emphasize the delay effect by a calculated activating and deactivating.
The only annoying fact about delay pedals that lack a trails function, is, that they fall silent in the moment they are switched off.
This is where the Delay Dude Clutch Momentary Bypass Looper will help restore the affection felt for the gorgeous delay pedals without a trails function. Continue reading “The Delay Dude Clutch Momentary Bypass Looper”

Midi- a musicians boon and bane

Tips & tricksMidi is a way to make instruments communicate with each other and has been developed in the 1980s.
Unfortunately, there is no midi standard yet, which sometimes causes a lot of problems. Continue reading “Midi- a musicians boon and bane”

An overdrive pedal after a delay

Tips & tricksCommonly, you arrange the pedals in a way that the guitar signal first passes the overdrive pedal and is then send to modulation effects like delays or reverb pedals.
But in my honest opinion, it is worth it to change this accustomed layout. Continue reading “An overdrive pedal after a delay”

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”

Stacking delays

Tips & tricksStacking booster or overdrives pedals is pretty common.
But it can also be worth it to stack delay pedals. Stacking can be used in different ways to create special rhythmical delays or to produce ambient sounds. Continue reading “Stacking delays”

Ask the Dude: How to create the sound of the legendary Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

Ask the DudeThe Strymon El Capistan is one of the best digital tape echo emulations.
Nevertheless, some miss the warm character of an analog device and consider that the sound of the Strymon El Capistan is somehow sterile. Continue reading “Ask the Dude: How to create the sound of the legendary Fulltone Tube Tape Echo”

EHX Deluxe Memory Man – Time increase modification

Tips & tricksFollowing the promise of the manufacturer the Deluxe Memory Man provides a maximum delay time of 550 ms.
But in spite of all promises made by advertisement the truth mostly is a different one. Continue reading “EHX Deluxe Memory Man – Time increase modification”