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”

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”

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”

Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs

Tips & tricksIn the world of guitars, the Fender Stratocaster is still a classic.
No guitar model has been built and copied more often.
To change the sound of a Strat, guitarists mostly think of changing the pickups. But today, I would like to make you learn more about the “sonic” function of the vibrato springs. Continue reading “Tone Tipp – Stratocaster Springs”

Review: Wampler Faux Tape Echo

Wampler Faux Tape EchoAlready, there are 3 versions of the Wampler Faux Tape Echo with the purple sparkling enclosure.
While the third version allows to adjust the subdivisions, the version 1.2, that will be presented in this review, provides the possibility to deactivate the modulation.
The first version came along without tap tempo, but it offered modulation with envelope – thus, the intensity has been controlled via the string attack. Continue reading “Review: Wampler Faux Tape Echo”

Review: Strymon Volante part 1

Strymon VolanteThe Italian as well as the Spanish word “Volante“ means wheel or travelling/flying.
I think, it refers to the magnetic disc of a Binson Echorec, for the Strymon Volante emulates its sounds (as well as further tape echo sounds) in a very special way. Continue reading “Review: Strymon Volante part 1”

DMB Pedals Lunar

LunarThe DMB Pedals Lunar is a moderate pedalboard-friendly analog delay with a design that is in colour pretty uncommon. Continue reading “DMB Pedals Lunar”

Evolution of the pedalboard

pedalboard smallStarting to play guitar, most guitarists dispense with effect pedals.
The guitar connected to the amp is all you need to be happy. Continue reading “Evolution of the pedalboard”