Bob Mould’s Sky Patch
Apr28

Bob Mould’s Sky Patch

This last week, if you thought about Minnesota musicians your brain was immediately routed to Prince. Since his passing, Minnesota is a constantly trending topic on Facebook as stories and history of both his career and the places he made famous (1st Ave anyone?) drip into the media in an almost IV like rate. And although Prince may be the ‘king’ of Minnesota musicianship, he’s not the only person churning out a...

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MOD Kits DIY: Passive Input Attenuator
Apr27

MOD Kits DIY: Passive Input Attenuator

We live in a time of fortune where effects pedals are plenty and choices are abundant. Not only do we have a nearly unlimited choice of pre-built stomp boxes, but there are hundreds of builders who are willing to do custom work for pay – building you a clone of your favorite circuit, modifying your favorite pedal to make it your more-favortier pedal or even taking your crazy idea and morphing it into your new best thing. But,...

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PEDALpUNK Release Update
Apr14

PEDALpUNK Release Update

Back at the beginning of March I talked about a pedal-sized device from Casa Distortion called the PEDALpUNK! In the simplest terms the Punk allows an extremely easy way to incorporate your physical pedals into your digital recording process. But, it’s really a lot more than that. You can use it as a direct box and even overdrive and amp with it. It’s an ‘in the moment’ method of altering your sound –...

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New Builder: Butcher Pedals
Mar24

New Builder: Butcher Pedals

Back in 2010 a fellow named Jeff Butcher started Maritime Analog. During this time Jeff created a wide range of effects from fuzzes (SSB, Storm Surge and Windjammer) to more utilitarian pedals like ABY’s and everything in-between. In 2015, Jeff decided to pack up the name Maritime Analog and roll out his new identity as Butcher Pedals. The proverbial reset left this builder (located on the east coast of Canada in North Sydney,...

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New Builder: Anasounds
Mar23

New Builder: Anasounds

I actually first saw an Anasounds pedal in a friends Facebook or Instagram Post many months back. It was one of those moments where you instinctively stop scrolling because the image your seeing is so unique and striking. With a deep-brown, wood front and a quarter sized hole filled with a wash of aqua light, the Anasound aesthetic is pleasing and enticing.  Turns out that wooden front is actually bamboo Рa product (I can only...

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McCaffrey Audio: Run Rabbit Run
Mar09

McCaffrey Audio: Run Rabbit Run

Recreating the vintage tones from yesteryear is the goal of many effects builders. In fact, it’s what drives many young electronic tinkerers to pick up the soldering gun and start constructing circuits of their own. But, as most tech-savoy folks know, cloning a vintage effect isn’t as easy as copying a circuit and shoving it in a new box. The problem is that parts just aren’t made the same way anymore. Back in the...

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