EarthQuaker Devices: Avalanche Run
May18

EarthQuaker Devices: Avalanche Run

EarthQuaker Devices is one of those companies with the Midas Touch. Honestly, every time I see a new pedal launch onto the market from these folks I just want it immediately. It’s come to the point where I don’t even care if I read what the pedal does – “just give me the damn pedal!” – because I know I’m going to like it. I’m not the only one who feels this way either. EQD has a loyal...

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Dr. No Effects: 11:11
May13

Dr. No Effects: 11:11

Sometimes a pedal can read less like a contributor to your tonal landscape and more like a concept album. Such was the case when I first started reading about the 11:11 pedal by Dr. No Effects in conjunction with Alain Johannes. Dr. No Effects should ring a bell to anyone who is serious about crafting their tone – they have a bevy of killer effects in their line. If Alain Johannes is a bit of a mystery to you, that’s more...

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Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean
May06

Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean

Tsakalis AudioWorks is a boutique pedal effects company based out of the amazing Athens, Greece. According to their website their goal is to make every guitar & bass player happy by offering 100 percent hand-crafted and handwired effects using high level principles. These high level principles include “Old School” Tube Amp Style Hand Wiring (TASHW), superior selected components and a passion for music and electronics....

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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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