LeafAudio Microphonic Soundbox mk2 feat. Strymon Volante

This is a demo of the LeafAudio Microphonic Soundbox mk2 (https://www.exploding-shed.com/microphonic-soundbox/) and the Strymon Volante. Continue reading “LeafAudio Microphonic Soundbox mk2 feat. Strymon Volante”

Is there tap tempo apps for analog delay pedals?

A readers’ question to the Dude:

For my Telecaster, I use an analog setup: A Mad Professor Sweet Honey Deluxe, a MXR Analog Chorus, a MXR Carbon Copy into a Fender Custom Vibro Champ Reverb.

At the moment, to me, it is pretty difficult to adjust the delay time of the Carbon Copy. Surely, I know that there are apps to tap the repeats manually and then they will be shown on the display. At that point, I can re-adjust the time, play again, tap again and so on.

My question regarding that issue is: Do you know an app that listens while I play a note, and then shows the respective delay time so I can re-adjust the time easily? Continue reading “Is there tap tempo apps for analog delay pedals?”

Planning a small pedalboard

A reader’s question:

I guess, you are well versed in planning pedalboards.
I have a big studio board, which I like a lot, but for it is not even easy to manage the transport.
Now, I want to assemble a smaller and more compact pedalboard.
For overdrive effects I use my amp and the Ibanez Tubescreamer TS 808 and the Vahlbruch Kaluna.
Due to the lack of space, delay and modulation ought to be (as far as possible) combined in one enclosure. I also think midi might be important…
The Boss GT 1000 Core could be one of those which offers all the sounds I know (DD, MD and RV of the 500 series).
But it also has uncountable overdrive effects that I do not need. Nevertheless, is the quality of the delay, modulation and reverb therefore worse?
Do you know an alternative to the GT 1000 Core, or do you think it is ok?
I really like Boss pedals, live on stage and also in the rehearsal room. And especially here, I need a compact pedalboard.
In the studio I use my big pedalboard – mostly analog.
By the way: I am not even a fan of editing, so a small display and a easy handling would be perfect.

DelayDude:

Its always a bit difficult to assemble a compact pedalboard that is also flexible.
The Boss GT 1000 Core might be a solution, but for you already have several overdrive pedals, it would be even better to choose a pedal that is specialized in creating delay- and reverb-effects. The more features a pedal offers, the less capacity can be used for every single effect.
But if you want a multi effect anyway, the Eventide H9 might be interesting for you. It offers midi, is compact and has a superb sound. Furthermore, you can select 4 parameters per preset directly and control them via a pot. After you have successfully completed the programming, it is pretty easy to handle. But it is not able to combine several effects. Thus, it would only act as a delay or a reverb.
As an alternative, you could also choose the Line6 M5. It offers midi as well, sounds pretty nice, is a real bargain, the programming is quite easy and it is compact.
I use the M5 on one of my pedalboards as a supplement. But, similar to the H9, it only offers one effect at the time.
The handling of the HX Stomp whereas seems somewhat confusing to me.

For most combined pedals have a certain focus, it makes sense to think about your preferences first. What is more important to you: a delay or a reverb?

The Boss devices (DD-500 and RV- 500) also offer a reverb and a delay setting. If you are looking for a flexible delay and only need a little reverb, the DD-500 might be the perfect match for you anyway.

And the Empress Echosystem offers reverb besides the numerous delay effects.
For the Boss pedal as well as the Empress pedal offer the possibility to combine two presets, you would be able to get both.

But the only “real” pedal that combines delay and reverb and that can be controlled via midi is the Source Audio Collider. It is a combination of the Nemesis and the Ventris. But for a really distinguished adjustment, you will have to use the app. Anyway, if you have adjusted the basic sound (or use the presets), the pots will be sufficient to customize the sound.

Sound vs. handling

Provided that you are also looking for modulation, things will get a bit more complicated.
Of course, you can use the delay part of the Collider to create effects like chorus/vibrato (modulation of the delay time) and tremolo (modulation of the level), but this is not as easy as with one of the common modulation- effect. In this case, the handling of a multi-effect would be easier. In the end, you have the choice between sound and handling.

If the pedal ought to be compact and extensively equipped at the same time, you won’t be able to avoid menus and a display to adjust your sounds. Or you chose two pedals instead of one. The Collider for superb delay/reverb and a separate modulation pedal. With midi control in addition, this might be a very good option.

It always depends on your individual preferences and needs. For there is always too little space on the pedalboard, I dispense with a modulation pedal and create the vibrato- or tremolo-effect with my delay pedals. And I can also forgo flanger and phaser.
Regarding a compact pedalboard, to me it is generally more important to pare my pedals down to those which are really necessary for my music.
And to be honest, I don’t like menu-diving or the use of apps as well, thus I use the space on my pedalboard for the most important effect pedals.

Mostly, it makes sense to start with a little number of pedals first and add further pedals later. Removing a (unused) pedal from the pedalboard is habitually harder.
For I love delay- and reverb-sounds, I use only little space on my pedalboard for drive pedals (either booster and overdrive in one enclosure or even a single overdrive pedal).
And less pedals on the board will in the end improve your basic sound.

Enjoy planning your new pedalboard!

DigiTech SDRUM in sync with TC Electronic DITTO X4

This is a demo of the DigiTech SDRUM in sync with the TC Electronic DITTO X4.

gear: Fender Telecaster, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

The Ditto only adopts the tempo of the SDRUM when he hasn’t saved a loop yet.
After you have recorded a loop you can’t change the tempo of the Ditto anymore. But the SDRUM sends signals via midi to start/stop the Ditto in sync. If you delete the loops on the Ditto you will be able to feed in a new tempo with the SDRUM. Hereafter you can record a different part in another tempo.

A question regarding the wet output + volume poti mod for the EHX Freeze

A reader’s question:

I have got a question regarding the Wet Output + Volume Poti Mod and the Remote Switch Mod for the EHX Freeze.
Is the volume mod supposed to control the volume of the wet signal or the dry signal or the mix?
And will the function of the original switch of the Freeze remain after the installation of the output for the additional switch? In other words: Could the bass player in my band control the Freeze on my pedalboard from the other side of the stage while I am playing the WahWah? Continue reading “A question regarding the wet output + volume poti mod for the EHX Freeze”

The DelayDude Midi Sync Cable: Now approved by The Pedal Guy!

NewsThe DelayDude Midi Sync cable has been created to synchronize the Digitech SDRUM with the DITTO X4.
Now, The Pedal Guy has checked the DelayDude Midi Sync cable and to him as well, “it works like a charm!”. Continue reading “The DelayDude Midi Sync Cable: Now approved by The Pedal Guy!”

Reverse delay trouble

A readers question to the DelayDude:

For a new song, I used a chord sequence recorded with a reverse delay. I think, in my own case this is an appropriate substitute for an extensive synth sound.
But I recognized that it is pretty hard to control the reverse delay and now, I am not able to reproduce my record exactly. I have the feeling that it does whatever it wants to do. Somehow, the rhythm of the reverse signal varies each time.
I am not sure, if this is problem only occurs in my setup but I tried my best to describe the trouble.
At the moment I am using the reverse delay of the Boss ME-80, might this be the source of error? Continue reading “Reverse delay trouble”

Andy Timmons and the Strymon Timeline

A reader’s question to the Dude:

I am a big Andy Timmons fan and I know that Andy uses a Strymon Timeline as substitute for a dual EHX Deluxe Memory Man. Can you help me regarding the setting? Continue reading “Andy Timmons and the Strymon Timeline”

Which pedal should I get: Walrus Audio ARP 87 or DOD Rubberneck?

Recently, I received the following request:
I moved on from a DOD Rubberneck due to its size, and I am considering a Walrus Audio ARP 87. I would really like a full analog delay in small size, but the Chase Bliss Audio is way above my budget and I didn’t really like the JHS Panther Cub in relation to its price.
Is there any other delay you would recommend? I want something with tap tempo and a small footprint… Continue reading “Which pedal should I get: Walrus Audio ARP 87 or DOD Rubberneck?”

How to remove Velcro

Tips & tricksYou can find it on the bottom of numerous effect pedals, supposed to keep them on the pedalboard: Velcro.
But at the latest, when you want to sell your pedal, it makes sense to get rid of the adhesive straps. Continue reading “How to remove Velcro”

How to adjust the bias of an amplifier

Tips & tricksSome tube amps, like the Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb, do not have a pot to adjust the bias. Several times, I read in forums, that you can simply change the tubes without the need for a further fine-tuning of the bias.
Actually, this is wrong. Continue reading “How to adjust the bias of an amplifier”

Double Delay Time Mod for the EHX Deluxe Memory Man

Tips & tricksThe modification to double the delay time of the EHX Deluxe Memory Man is pretty poular. But it is very hard to calibrate the pedal. You definitely need an oscilloscope. Here is an instruction Howard Davis published some years ago. Continue reading “Double Delay Time Mod for the EHX Deluxe Memory Man”

Analog ping pong delay

Tips & tricksPing pong delay is a popular feature of many digital delays.
But what about analog delays? Is there a way to stack two analog delays to create a ping pong effect?
I would not be the delay specialist, if I would not have take interest in this issue. Continue reading “Analog ping pong delay”

Deluxe Memory Man – how to find out whether the chips are 3005 or 3008

A reader’s question to the Dude:

“Hey there, I just bought a Deluxe Memory Man modded by AnalogMan, how can I tell whether the chips are 3005 or 3008?” Continue reading “Deluxe Memory Man – how to find out whether the chips are 3005 or 3008”

Mod: internal Clipping switch

Paul cochrane TimOn this Paul Cochrane Tim I installed an internal switch for various clipping options.
Now you can choose between the following clipping options:
Symmetric/ asymmetric, LED, MOSFET or silicon. Continue reading “Mod: internal Clipping switch”