Heptode Virtuoso Giveaway Update
Dec09

Heptode Virtuoso Giveaway Update

As many of you know, Pedal Finder is currently running a giveaway for a Heptode Virtuoso, which according to the Heptode website is a “boutique recreation of the original Maestro* PS-1A Phase Shifter, as used in the 1970’s by keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and guitarists Steve Howe (Yes) and Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers), among many others.” I originally was drawn to this pedal when I saw it on Chris Shiflett’s board...

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New Builder: Recovery Hand Wired Effects
Nov18

New Builder: Recovery Hand Wired Effects

(Recovery) Hand Wired Effects is the blood, sweat and tears of Graig Markel who produces hand-crafted, ultra specific tones for our enjoyment. Take a look around his site and you will find effects that dig deeper than the typical call of ‘distortion’ or ‘delay.’ Instead you’ll find pedals like the Bad Comrade that ,”pitch, glitch, slice and dice.’ Or the The Grizzled Mighty that provides,...

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Walrus Audio ‘Harvests’ New Tone
Nov07

Walrus Audio ‘Harvests’ New Tone

Autumn comes quick in many parts of the country and as Albert Camus writes, with it comes, “a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Cold winds from the north and shorter days send a sharp signal to those farmers living in the Midwest that it’s harvest time. Time to grab those late season crops and get them into the root cellar to enjoy over the long, desolate winter. It turns out that your traditional farmers aren’t the only...

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Digitech Polara with Halo Effect
Nov06

Digitech Polara with Halo Effect

Reverb is one of those effects that nearly every board must have. There are a some really great reverbs out there – the standards – that most people agree are the top of the shelf models like the HOF, the blueSky and the Holy Grail to name a few. Now, Digitech is making another run at a reverb that you can’t live without, but this time, they are taking a combined approach with their new Polara Compact Reverb Pedal. The idea behind...

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New Builder: Ogre
Nov03

New Builder: Ogre

Getting your company to stand out in a sea of effects competition isn’t always the easiest prospect. Every designer/builder knows that you need tones that hit an emotional and aesthetic button in musicians in order to rise above the fray. The differences in what divides an effect between two pedals can be little more than an extra volt or as major as an array of circuits. The same goes for the sound that eventually comes out the...

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New Builder: Heptode
Oct28

New Builder: Heptode

Last week we did a pedalboard breakdown for Foo Fighters’ guitarist, Chris Shiflett. We had an easy time identifying all of the pedals on his board, except one. It was a black pedal positioned lengthwise on his board. It had three switches, each accompanied by a colored light (blue – yellow – red). On the side of the box was a giant knob. To us it looked like an expression knob that you might use with your foot to...

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