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.

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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”

Effect pedals for bass players – part 1

Tips & tricksThe majority of effect pedals are made for guitarists and therefore, many bass players fear the contact with the small (and sometimes big) devices that can add a special character to the sound.
In the first part of this two-part series, I would like to present some effect categories, every bass player can use without taking any risks. In the second part, we will have a closer look on effects, that require a bit more sensitivity.
So, boys and girls behind the fat strings: go for it! Continue reading “Effect pedals for bass players – part 1”

Ambient pedalboard setup

Ask the DudeSeveral times, people asked me, how to assemble the perfect ambient pedalboard.
For this reason, I would like to sketch my very personal design of my pedalboard for ambient and soundscaping sounds in this article. Continue reading “Ambient pedalboard setup”

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?”

7 questions to Christos Ntaifotis (Crazy Tube Circuits)

7 questions toThe Crazy Tube Circuits Echotopia was one of the most unexpected delays I learned to know in 2019. This is why I think, we all should learn a bit more about the man behind the great pedals from Greek. Continue reading “7 questions to Christos Ntaifotis (Crazy Tube Circuits)”

Review: BYOC Crown Jewel Part II

Crown JewelThe Crown Jewel is probably the most versatile overdrive, booster, distortion and fuzz pedal ever invented.
In this second part, I would like to explain some features in detail. Continue reading “Review: BYOC Crown Jewel Part II”

Review: BYOC Crown Jewel Part II

Crown JewelSome of you already know BYOC for their DIY kits for famous effect pedals.
But lately, BYOC created an own overdrive pedal that might be able to set new standards.
The Crown Jewel is probably the most versatile overdrive, booster, distortion and fuzz pedal ever invented.
This is why I would like to present it here. Continue reading “Review: BYOC Crown Jewel Part II”

Underrated effect pedals

Tips & tricksFrequently, you will find effect pedals that do not meet the needs of many guitarists. I think, that application errors or wrong expectations mostly lead to such an underestimation of certain effect pedals. Here I would like to present some examples. Continue reading “Underrated effect pedals”

Timmy V3 Anniversary Overdrive Pedal

TimmyPaul Cochrane is not even an unknown quantity in the world of effect pedals: He is the inventor of the “transparent overdrive”. First, he created the Tim. The more compact version, named Timmy is now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Continue reading “Timmy V3 Anniversary Overdrive Pedal”

Tips & Tricks: MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe

Tips & tricksSeveral times I found in guitar forums the comment that some guitarists can`t deal with the mix pot of the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe. It is true: you have to turn the pot into full clockwise direction to get a delay signal which is a bit louder than the clean guitar signal. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe”

Delay pedals for bass players?

Ask the DudeDelay pedals are a great invention and every guitarist should own at least one. But not only guitarist can benefit from the effects of a delay pedal. Bass players also can venture into a new realm by using a delay pedal. But there is one thing you should take into consideration. Continue reading “Delay pedals for bass players?”

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”

New pedals vs. old stompboxes from the edge of the locker

While you are searching for the perfect sound, you browse through forums, read special magazines and follow the manufacturers on Twitter and Instagram. After countless reviews and endless time of waiting after the NAMM product announcement, you can finally try out a new pedal. Just to find out that you’ll have to keep on searching… Continue reading “New pedals vs. old stompboxes from the edge of the locker”