Drums without a drummer

Tips & tricksEspecially if you are playing your guitar mostly at home, sooner or later you will reach the point where you start thinking about some kind of rhythmical companionship. And fortunately, there are numerous options for a tactful backing that work without a flesh-and-blood drummer. Continue reading “Drums without a drummer”

My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II

Tips & tricksSooner or later, every guitarist will start to record his/her own songs. By now, there are numerous nice programs that are able to transform your computer at home into a small record studio.
Furthermore, there is an almost endless assortment of effect plug-ins which allow to modify your sound additionally.

In the second part of this article, I would like to present numerous plug-ins to create more crazy and bizarre sounds. Continue reading “My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II”

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”

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?”

Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Rig

Tips & tricksFor songwriting, as well as for practicing, every source of inspiration is important. I already wrote about a songwriting pedalboard, and in this second part I would like to add some ideas that might promote creativity. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Rig”

Review: Eventide Rose – Part 2

Eventide RoseThe Eventide Rose is a digital delay with some special features.

This second part of the two-part review is about concrete functions like reverse and midi. And, of course, you will get my conclusion about this delightful delay pedal. Continue reading “Review: Eventide Rose – Part 2”

Review: Eventide Rose – Part 1

Eventide Rose The Eventide Rose is a digital delay with some special features.
This first part of the two-part review is about the construction, the sound and the modulation of this delightful delay pedal. Continue reading “Review: Eventide Rose – Part 1”

Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?

Ask the DudeQuestion to the Dude:

“I decided to spend a bit more money for a pedalboard and to buy a Gigrig G2 and, beside others, a Strymon Timeline. I am almost sure, that the analog dry through function makes a decisive difference regarding the dry signal.
Here is my question: Is it true, that modulation effects can not really deal with analog dry through and phasing problems may occur? Continue reading “Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?”

7 questions to Steve Bragg (Empress)

7 questions toAnd another one of my heroes answered to the 7 questions of the DelayDude.
Enjoy the exciting entertaining interview with Steve Bragg.
And learn more about the man behind the innovative and impressing Empress pedals. Continue reading “7 questions to Steve Bragg (Empress)”

Eventide Hamardillo – Harmonic Tremolo Algorithm

HarmadilloJust in time for the Summer NAMM 2019 Eventide launches the 51th algorithm. Namely, it is the Harmadillo, a harmonic tremolo algorithm that so many guitarists have already eagerly expected. Continue reading “Eventide Hamardillo – Harmonic Tremolo Algorithm”

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”

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”

Effect pedal switcher

Custom OrderA pedalboard with many pedals on it offers various possibilities but at the same time, it is pressty complicated to switch between different pedals.
After adding tremolo and reverb to the clean sound of the verse, for the refrain you may want to switch abruptly to an overdriven sound. In this case you ought to be able to switch between three pedals at the same time.
How can switching operations like these be simplified? Continue reading “Effect pedal switcher”

Tips & Tricks: Effect pedals – Mark your settings

Tips & tricksOnce found, every guitarist is willing to save the perfect settings of his pedals. There are various possibilities to protect the pots from unintentional adjustment. Here you will find an article about this topic.

But what if you want to alternate between two or three different settings? How can you save or mark the respective settings without fixing the pots? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Effect pedals – Mark your settings”