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”

Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb – the perfect bedroom/rehearsal amp

Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb Some time ago, 100 Watts amps have been really common, but at the moment, small tube amps are as popular as never before. And there are many reasons, why. Continue reading “Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb – the perfect bedroom/rehearsal amp”

My favorite tape emulations

Because of the numerous requests regarding my favorite delays, I tried to figure out my top delays and I want to start this three-part series with my favorite tape emulations.
The order of the delays within the respective group or video is no ranking for I am unable to tell which of them I like best. Thus, the presentation is according to the alphabetical order of their names.
Check out the reasons why I have chosen these delays here.

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My favorite tape emulations

Many times, I have been asked about my favorite delay pedals and I must confess, that this question is soo hard to answer to.
Nevertheless, after a long time of thinking and trying, I figured out groups of my favorite delays regarding the categories analog delays, digital delays and tape emulations. Continue reading “My favorite tape emulations”

Review: Boss DD-200 part II – special algorithms

Boss DD 200The first part of the DD-200 review was dedicated to the design and the fundamental sounds of the latest Boss delay-creation.
Now, I would like to take a closer look to some special algorithms of this digital delay. Continue reading “Review: Boss DD-200 part II – special algorithms”

Review: Boss DD-200 Part I

Boss DD 200The youngest member of the Boss family is the Boss DD-200. Although it comes around in a compact enclosure, it offers numerous features.

In this first part of the review, you will learn more about the design and some sounds of the Boss DD-200. The second part will be about some special algorithms. Continue reading “Review: Boss DD-200 Part I”

Should I get the Strymon Volante or the El Capistan?

Ask the DudeA reader’s question to the Dude:

“I am torn between the Strymon Volante and the El Capistan.
I have seen your video a million times and am still not sure. I like the rhythmic possibilities you can get with the Volante, the rec level knob which can add some dirt to the repeats, the 3 delay types and the 4s max delay time.
But I am tempted with the warm sound, and the simplicity of the El Capistan.
I want the unit as a main delay (currently have a Boss DD7 which will stay on the pedalboard as a second delay).
Do you think it is worth it to lose that extra warmth for all that pros of the Volante?
Currently, I am playing a Les Paul through a Bugera 5W tube amp.
I mostly play ambient and progressive to blues rock (Huge Pink Floyd fan).
Also, if you have the time, what is your favorite (or favorites) delay pedal(s) and why?” Continue reading “Should I get the Strymon Volante or the El Capistan?”

BOSS DD-200 special algorithms

This is a demo of some special algorithms of the marvelous BOSS DD-200 (http://www.bossus.com/).The BOSS DD-200 is a standalone pedal which is really compact, provides many features and can be extended extremely by connecting additional switches and midi.

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BOSS DD-200

This is a demo of the BOSS DD-200 (http://www.bossus.com/).
The BOSS DD-200 is a standalone pedal which is really compact, provides many features and can be extended extremely by connecting additional switches and midi.

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1×12, 1×10, 2×12, 4×12 – about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of speakers

Tips & tricksIf you own a combo amp, means an amplifier with an in-built speaker, it mostly has a 1×12 or 1×10 speaker.
Looking for a sonic variation, most guitarists start with replacing the speaker of one manufacturer by a suitable model from another brand.
But the alteration of the speaker sizes can also effect decisive sonic changes. Continue reading “1×12, 1×10, 2×12, 4×12 – about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of speakers”

7 questions to Dave Fruehling (Strymon)

7 questions toI love Strymon effects and the Strymon Volante is one of my favorite delay pedals.
Therefore, I am proud to present this interview with Dave Fruehling, Co-Founder of Strymon. Continue reading “7 questions to Dave Fruehling (Strymon)”

Sound like: Balthazar

Sound likeTo me, Balthazar have been one of the major discoveries for the past years. First, I joined one of their concerts as a supporting- act of the Editors and I must confess: I was totally amazed.
The sound as well as the style of this band is unique and hard to describe – therefore, just click here and listen.
In this article, I would like to present the bands’ equipment which is so decisive for their sound. Continue reading “Sound like: Balthazar”

Tape Emulation, analog and digital delay – how do they sound with an overdrive pedal (Paul Cochrane Timmy)?

This is a comparison of three different types of delays all accompanied by the Timmy.
For this demo I used a classic analog delay (Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man), a tape echo emulation (Strymon Volante) and a digital delay (Empress Echosystem).
The Paul Cochrane Timmy is probably the best choice, if you are looking for a transparent overdrive. so, go ahead and find out, how it affects every single type of delay depending on the respective kind of playing (like dynamic playing, modulation, in the mix).
If you are looking for a sonic sneak peak, check out 1:22.

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Empress Echosystem vs. Source Audio Nemesis

This is a stereo comparison of the Empress Echosystem with the Source Audio Nemesis. Take a ride from digital, noise tape to reverse and Echoplex.
Please, use your headphones!

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The Eventide comparison: H9 Harmonizer vs. ROSE delay

This is a comparison of the Eventide ROSE delay with the H9 Harmonizer.
Get thrilled by different types of delays, modulation, reverse delays and the sound of both pedals in the mix.

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