SMD vs. THT parts

Ask the DudeToday, more and more circuit boards are assembled with cost-effective SMD parts.
But what are the advantages and the disadvantages of SMD technology?
Why does it make sense to use in some cases THT technology?
And what do the acronyms SMD and THT actually stand for? Continue reading “SMD vs. THT parts”

Review: Erica Synths – Zen Delay Part II

Zen delayActually, Erica Synths are famous for modular synthesizers. But the Zen Delay is a delay pedal that could be really interesting for guitarists.

I got the chance for an extensive testing and here, I would like to present the second of two parts of the review. Continue reading “Review: Erica Synths – Zen Delay Part II”

Erica Synths Zen Delay with a guitar

This is a demo of the Erica Synths Zen Delay.
Initially, it has been designed for synthesizer players. But it is absolutely recommendable for guitarists.
Learn more about the extensive functions, filters and the different modes of this awesome pedal.

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

0:01 tape mode Continue reading “Erica Synths Zen Delay with a guitar”

Review: Erica Synths – Zen Delay Part I

Zen delayActually, Erica Synths are famous for modular synthesizers. But the Zen Delay is a delay pedal that could be really interesting for guitarists.

I got the chance for an extensive testing and here, I would like to present the first of two parts of the review. Continue reading “Review: Erica Synths – Zen Delay Part I”

SUPERBOOTH 2020

Superbooth_2020During the period from April 23 through April 25 it is again time for the SUPERBOOTH in Berlin if the circumstances regarding Corona permitt.
At this legendary synthesizer exhibition, you will find numerous exhibitors presenting well-known and new friends, workshops and concerts.
This year, there will also be new area, exclusively for DIY.
On the outdoor area will be presentations and artistic installations.
I am really looking forward to turn the pots and to dive into the world of synths.
More than 260 exhibitors from all over the world will present their analog and digital devices from the field of music instruments, synthesizers, drum computers, software and effect pedals.

As mentioned above: if Corona allows us to visit the SUPERBOOTH 2020, click here to get your tickets.
And, of course, there will also be the boat shuttle again. This time, accompanied by concerts and DJ sets.

Hughes & Kettner Replex

Hughes and Kettner ReplexThe Hughes & Kettner Replex a not even pedalboard-friendly digital delay which is specialized on a marvelous tube sound.
But the outstanding design, as well as its sound are justifying the size of this true bypass pedal absolutely. Continue reading “Hughes & Kettner Replex”

Empress Tape Delay

Empress tape delayThe Empress Tape Delay is a nearly pedalboard-friendly digital delay. To be precise, this pedal is the light- version of the Empress Superdelay VM (vintage modified), which Empress developed in collaboration with Pro Guitarshop.com. Continue reading “Empress Tape Delay”

Empress Superdelay / Superdelay VM

Empress Superdelay1The Empress Superdelay, as well as the Superdelay VM (Vintage Modified) are both rather moderate pedalboard-friendly, but both versions of this delay offer almost every delay sound, a guitarist needs. Continue reading “Empress Superdelay / Superdelay VM”

Empress Echosystem

Empress EchosystemEvery centimeter, the Empress Echosystem needs on the pedalboard, is worth it. The true bypass pedal offers every kind of sound that delay-lovers can ever imagine. Continue reading “Empress Echosystem”

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!

0:11 digital mode Continue reading “Empress Echosystem vs. Source Audio Nemesis”

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.

0:11 bright digital delay Continue reading “The Eventide comparison: H9 Harmonizer vs. ROSE delay”

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”

Fulltone Tube Tape Echo vs. Empress Echosystem

This is a comparison of the legendary Fulltone Tube Tape Echo with the amazing Empress Echosystem.

0:11 bright setting /tape mode
0:45 dark setting / old tape
1:21 bright setting / Echoplex
2:09 in the mix / multi mode

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

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?”