DIY Pedalboard

Tips & tricksAlthough a pedalboard actually is only a basis for effect pedals, it can be so much more than this.
There are numerous manufacturers that offer almost all sizes and variants. But frequently, a DIY pedalboard can be tailored to your very own needs and it can also be much more favorable. Continue reading “DIY Pedalboard”

16-bit Arcade sounds – revival of the 80s

Tips & tricksThe 80s are back on the agenda. Whether fashion or music. And although the music business (as well as the fashion designers) committed some really bad crimes during the 1980s, the LoFi sounds of the 80s game consoles have been permanently engraved in our minds and ears. Far away from the perfect sound, always accompanied by some dirt and a slight tendency to kitsch. Pure nostalgia.
Therefore, in this article, I would like to present some pedals that are able to create such an Arcade sound. Continue reading “16-bit Arcade sounds – revival of the 80s”

Drums without a drummer

Tips & tricksEspecially if you are playing your guitar mostly at home, sooner or later you will reach the point where you start thinking about some kind of rhythmical companionship. And fortunately, there are numerous options for a tactful backing that work without a flesh-and-blood drummer. Continue reading “Drums without a drummer”

Effect pedals for bass players – part 2

Tips & tricksThe majority of effect pedals are made for guitarists and therefore, many bass players fear the contact with the small (and sometimes big) devices that can add a special character to the sound.
In the first part of this two-part series, I already presented some effect categories, every bass player can use without taking any risks. In this second part, we will have a closer look on effects, that require a bit more sensitivity.
So, boys and girls behind the fat strings: go for it! Continue reading “Effect pedals for bass players – part 2”

Effect pedals for bass players – part 1

Tips & tricksThe majority of effect pedals are made for guitarists and therefore, many bass players fear the contact with the small (and sometimes big) devices that can add a special character to the sound.
In the first part of this two-part series, I would like to present some effect categories, every bass player can use without taking any risks. In the second part, we will have a closer look on effects, that require a bit more sensitivity.
So, boys and girls behind the fat strings: go for it! Continue reading “Effect pedals for bass players – part 1”

The impedance of headphones

Tips & tricksIf you are looking for the perfect headphones on the internet, you will frequently find recommendations like: more is always better. But this does definitively not work for every kind of use. Continue reading “The impedance of headphones”

My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II

Tips & tricksSooner or later, every guitarist will start to record his/her own songs. By now, there are numerous nice programs that are able to transform your computer at home into a small record studio.
Furthermore, there is an almost endless assortment of effect plug-ins which allow to modify your sound additionally.

In the second part of this article, I would like to present numerous plug-ins to create more crazy and bizarre sounds. Continue reading “My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II”

My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology – part I

Tips & tricksSooner or later, every guitarist will start to record his/her own songs. By now, there are numerous nice programs that are able to transform your computer at home into a small record studio.
Furthermore, there is an almost endless assortment of effect plug-ins which allow to modify your sound additionally.

In the first part of this two-part article, I would like to present several free plug-ins which are especially suitable for lofi- and ambient sounds. Continue reading “My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology – part I”

Yamaha NS-10 Studio Monitor

Tips & tricksThe Yamaha NS-10 Studio Monitor is still the most famous speaker in record studios all over the world. Although many, while using the NS-10 for the first time, are pretty disappointed. It does not provide the perfect sound that makes every mix sound brilliant. Quite the contrary: the first hearing impression mostly reveals a thin sound with less bass and too many mids. But it also offers some advantages. Continue reading “Yamaha NS-10 Studio Monitor”

Tips & Tricks: Truetone CS7

Tips & tricksWhile, some time ago, multi power supplies mostly were transformer based, Truetone uses digital technology for their multi power supplies. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Truetone CS7”

Midi for pedalboards: Is it only bling-bling or does it make sense?

Tips & tricksTo many guitarists, midi is still a mystery. Although midi is nothing new. Initially, it has been used mostly by keyboarders. Maybe this is the reason why so many guitarists refuse to use midi as well. But besides some disadvantages, even guitarists can benefit from midi. Continue reading “Midi for pedalboards: Is it only bling-bling or does it make sense?”

Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Rig

Tips & tricksFor songwriting, as well as for practicing, every source of inspiration is important. I already wrote about a songwriting pedalboard, and in this second part I would like to add some ideas that might promote creativity. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Rig”

Pedalboard from A to Z – interesting websites about how to plan a pedalboard

Tips & tricksIt sounds so easy: choose the right pedals, put them on a board, add some cables and a power supply and then, go for it. But for there are many sources of error lying in wait, thus I would like to present some websites that will simplify a guitarists life. Continue reading “Pedalboard from A to Z – interesting websites about how to plan a pedalboard”

DigiTech SDRUM midi sync with the Strymon Volante and Korg Volcas

This is a video about how to use the DelayDude Midi Sync Cables for a midi sync rig with the DigiTech SDRUM, the Strymon Volante, Korg Volca Keys and the Korg Volca FM. The bpm of the Strymon Volante have been synced with the SDRUM via midi. The Korg Volcas start and stop in sync and the speed is also synchronized with the SDRUM.

gear: Fender Telecaster, Fender Tweed Champ, Evidence Audio SIS Cables, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

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”