Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions part 3

Tips & tricksRecently, a reader gave me an interesting note regarding a problem, which I would like to explain in detail here.
Pedals that run on battery do not work if you use the wrong cable.
Pedals without a batterie clip don’t mind whether you are using a mono or a TRS cable. But due to their construction, pedals that run on battery only like TS/ mono cables.
Here I would like to tell you the reason why. Continue reading “Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions part 3”

Stereo analog delays

Tips & tricksDelay pedals, analog as well es digital ones are ten a penny.
Mostly, they provide numerous features like tap tempo, modulation and tone pots. But are there any stereo analog delays, too? Continue reading “Stereo analog delays”

Strymon Volante Stereo Image

Tips & tricksAs you know, the Strymon Volante is a stereo pedal and the all playback heads can be arranged freely in the stereo image.
Actually, I have read several times now, that many guitarists like the stereo panorama of the multi head function, but the sound of the single head mode seems pretty one-dimensional compared to other pedals.
In my opinion, there is a simple trick to solve this problem: Continue reading “Strymon Volante Stereo Image”

Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs

Tips & tricksIn the world of guitars, the Fender Stratocaster is still a classic.
No guitar model has been built and copied more often.
To change the sound of a Strat, guitarists mostly think of changing the pickups. But today, I would like to make you learn more about the “sonic” function of the vibrato springs. Continue reading “Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs”

Review: Evidence Audio – SIS Kit for patch cables

Evidence AudioThe Evidence Audio SIS Kit is a patch cable kit for pedalboards. The Kit 10 contains 10 plugs and 3 meters of cable. Thus, you can make 5 patch cables with variable lengths. SIS is the abbreviation for “Screw in solderless”. The technique has been revolutionized by the Evidence Audio construction. Continue reading “Review: Evidence Audio – SIS Kit for patch cables”

Moog Minitaur + EHX POG2 = Moog Sirin?

This is a video about how to simulate the lead sounds of the Moog Sirin by using the Moog Mintaur in combination with the EHX POG2.
The Moog Mintaur is a brilliant synth, which is famous for its perfect bass sounds. But, because of its construction, the range of the Minitaur is limited.
The Moog Sirin is an updated version of the Minitaur and offers a wider range that reaches lead sounds.
But do you have to go and get a Sirin right away? Check out this video and find out…

Underrated effect pedals

Tips & tricksFrequently, you will find effect pedals that do not meet the needs of many guitarists. I think, that application errors or wrong expectations mostly lead to such an underestimation of certain effect pedals. Here I would like to present some examples. Continue reading “Underrated effect pedals”

Tips & Tricks: MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe

Tips & tricksSeveral times I found in guitar forums the comment that some guitarists can`t deal with the mix pot of the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe. It is true: you have to turn the pot into full clockwise direction to get a delay signal which is a bit louder than the clean guitar signal. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe”

Tips & Tricks: Effect pedals – Mark your settings

Tips & tricksOnce found, every guitarist is willing to save the perfect settings of his pedals. There are various possibilities to protect the pots from unintentional adjustment. Here you will find an article about this topic.

But what if you want to alternate between two or three different settings? How can you save or mark the respective settings without fixing the pots? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Effect pedals – Mark your settings”

Tips & Tricks: Wireless?

Tips & tricksEven on small stages it is pretty comfortable, not to get entangled in guitar cables and to avoid the knotting of the cables of all band members.
The alternative to the usual stereo cables is a wireless sound system.
But is this kind of signal transmission suitable for every guitarist?
And, are there any disadvantages? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Wireless?”

Reverse delays

Tips & tricksAlmost since musicians used tape recording, there are also reverse delays. Very early artists like the Rolling Stones or Jimi Hendrix experimented with this type of delay sounds. At those days, creating reverse delays was pretty complicated because the recording tapes had to be cut and played backwards. Continue reading “Reverse delays”

Simple guitar mods – Part 2

Tips & tricksThe first part of this two-part series was about how to get closer to the sound you long for on the one hand and grant the right of abode to the pickups of your guitar on the other.
This part is dedicated to the possibilities, alterations of the pots and capacitors do present. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 2”

Simple guitar mods – Part 1

Tips & tricksThe first part of this two-part series is about how little adjustments of the pickups can cause an improvement of the sound.
The second part will focus on the pots. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 1”

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”