I did not know that I can use the TC Electronic DITTO X4 as a ….

This is a video about how to use the TC Electronic DITTO X4 as a delay effect by connecting it to the Elektron Digitakt. Check out how to create different delay times like quarters, eighths and half notes. I also present a tape reverse as well as a tape stop effect. If you are interested in a step-by-step instruction, please let me know.

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Sound like: Balthazar

Sound likeTo me, Balthazar have been one of the major discoveries for the past years. First, I joined one of their concerts as a supporting- act of the Editors and I must confess: I was totally amazed.
The sound as well as the style of this band is unique and hard to describe – therefore, just click here and listen.
In this article, I would like to present the bands’ equipment which is so decisive for their sound. Continue reading “Sound like: Balthazar”

Ibanez ADmini

Stomptrap4Yes, the Ibanez ADmini IS a pedalboard-friendly analog delay. Regarding the size of the enclose, which comes around in an Ibanez-typical coloring, this 9V midget keeps the promise. Continue reading “Ibanez ADmini”

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”

Effect pedals for bass players – part 2

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 already presented some effect categories, every bass player can use without taking any risks. In this 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 2”

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”

Fulltone Solid State Echo

fulltone-ssteThe Fulltone Solid State Echo is a transistor tape machine.
For its slightly more compact construction, it is at least a little bit pedalboard-friendlier than the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo.
In contrast to its predecessor, the Solid State Echo is based on the Echoplex Ep-3. Continue reading “Fulltone Solid State Echo”

Ibanez AD9 double feature

This is a comparison of two identical Ibanez AD9 delays.
Find out the differences between these two legends (if there are any?).
Maybe you will find sonic differences between both.
Furthermore, the fans of oscillation will find their very special comparison at the end of this video.

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The impedance of headphones

Tips & tricksIf you are looking for the perfect headphones on the internet, you will frequently find recommendations like: more is always better. But this does definitively not work for every kind of use. Continue reading “The impedance of headphones”

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”

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

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 first part of this two-part article, I would like to present several free plug-ins which are especially suitable for lofi- and ambient sounds. Continue reading “My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology – part I”

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”

Strymon Iridium

NewsAlmost surprisingly, Strymon put the Iridium – an amp and IR cab simulator – on the market.
The Iridium emulates three classical amplifiers: The options called round, chime and punch are no less than the sounds of the Fender Deluxe Reverb, the Vox AC30 and a Marshall Plexi. Continue reading “Strymon Iridium”