The fairytale of the bad compression

  Ask the DudeFrequently, I read comments on YouTube that it actually is impossibly to assess a sound of a pedal in demo video because of the compression.
I am in fact unable to understand these comments but nevertheless or even because of this lack of understanding I would like to dedicate this small article to this issue.

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Fluctuating mains voltage = different sound?

Ask the DudeAlmost every guitarist knows this phenomenon: in the rehearsal room the sound of the guitar was absolutely perfect, and the amp has been situated right in the sweet spot. But live on stage, the magic has disappeared. Continue reading “Fluctuating mains voltage = different sound?”

Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup

Ask the DudeOne loves the Tubescreamer, the other hates it. It is impossible to keep everyone happy. While to one guitarist the overdrive pedal sounds perfect, stresses the mids in an optimal way and creates the ultimate range of distortion, the same pedal seems hollow with the bass cut quite too much to another guitar player. Continue reading “Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup”

Fender Silverface Deluxe Reverb – Speaker Comparison (Jensen C12N vs. Vintage Oxford)

This is a comparison of two different 12″ speakers which have been (one by one) built into the same Fender Silverface Deluxe Reverb amp.
The first one is a Jensen C12 N Ceramic (current model).
The second one is a Vintage Oxford speaker.
Because I am the DelayDude, I do (self-evident) use a delay for this comparison.

Jazzmaster mit P90, Strymon DIG, Silverface Deluxe Reverb, Fame SC1100 Condenser Microphone, TS202 preamp, EMU 1820M, Cubase.

Synthesizer – more than 80s sounds

moog-minitaur„Synthesizer“ – this word and everything associated with it give shivers of horror to many guitarists and bass players. Instantly, the horrible sounds of the 80s come to one’s mind and the keyboarders actually have never been the popular members of a band. Continue reading “Synthesizer – more than 80s sounds”

7 questions to Mike Piera (AnalogMan)

7 questions to I am particularly pleased to be able to present an interview today, that, to me, is like an advanced Christmas present.
Although he has got a lot of work right now, Mike Piera, better known as AnalogMan, took the time to answer to my 7 questions. Continue reading “7 questions to Mike Piera (AnalogMan)”

Tips & Tricks: Stacking Boost Pedals

Tips & tricksYou are looking for a transparent overdrive pedal?
Your favorite one has too much gain and you are searching for the ultimate low gain overdrive?

Maybe an overdrive pedal is not the best choice for you. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Stacking Boost Pedals”

Kingsley Page V2 featuring Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

This is a demo how to use the Kingsley Page V2 with the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.

gear: Fender Jazzmaster (modern player), Kingsley Page V2, EHX Deluxe Memory Man, Fender Champ, Celestion G12M Greenback, Shure SM57, Cubase.

Legendary overdrive pedals 4 – Fulltone OCD

Fulltone OCDThis episode of the series is dedicated to a modern overdrive pedal which already has become a legend: the Fulltone OCD. Continue reading “Legendary overdrive pedals 4 – Fulltone OCD”

Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots

PotisLooking at the pedalboards of other guitarists, I frequently find the effect pedal pots at 12 o’clock position or even varying marginal from that standard position.
Although even overdrive pedals with only three knobs offer various options – if you are willing to use them. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots”

„Always on“ pedals

Ask the DudeOn many pedalboards you can find pedals that stay on all the time and occasionally the question comes to your mind, if you might have chosen the wrong equipment to create the sound you actually long for. Continue reading “„Always on“ pedals”