The Digital MOD Duo
Sep23

The Digital MOD Duo

The last week or so I’ve been reading about the new MOD Duo guitar pedal. If you haven’t seen this in your daily reading, it’s a an idea that isn’t really that new. Basically, it’s a digital guitar pedal that would you allow you to change the effects and tones that come out of it through software. The difference between this pedal and others that are on or coming to the market is that this pedal’s...

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The Death of Death by Audio?
Sep15

The Death of Death by Audio?

Many folks who don’t live in or around New York know the name Death by Audio as the pedal effects company based out of Brooklyn. And indeed they are. Coming up with such pedals as the Apocalypse, the Interstellar Overdriver and the Soundwave Breakdown just to name a few. However, Death by Audio is also the name of joint rock club/ musicians work space that Death by Audio – the pedal manufacturer – occupies with others. The name of the...

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Jack White’s Bumble Buzz Pedal
Sep12

Jack White’s Bumble Buzz Pedal

Jack White is a musician that brings a lot of talent to a project. First and foremost he can blend ferocious riffs with warm tones or squeal through melodies with ice-cold casualness as he does in all of his musical incarnations from the White Strips to the Raconteurs to his solo efforts. Beyond his music he has been a producer of others, a music video director and at times stepped in front of the camera himself to play a role. And,...

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Landmine Pedal Company
Sep11

Landmine Pedal Company

Back in the mid 2000’s the internet was buzzing with news of a new pedal company setting up shop in Ontario, Canada. The owner of this new venture was Mike Palermo, a music store owner and guitarist trying hard to find a distortion that fit his needs. Equipped with the know-how and the ambition, he decided to create his own. Calling his new effects business Landmine Pedal Company, he created the LD-1 Distortion Pedal. He stuffed...

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Hotone Pedals
Sep09

Hotone Pedals

Shoving massive amounts of electronics and tone into a small box is 1 part inspiration, 1 part science and 2 parts perseverance. It’s not an easy task — especially getting small pedals to have a full, meaningful tone worthy of putting in your pedal chain. But, the rewards of having a pedal with a great sound and a small footprint is something that many builders work towards when putting together a new design. The single...

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Korg’s MIKUSTOMP Effects Pedal
Sep01

Korg’s MIKUSTOMP Effects Pedal

We’ve all played with those synthesized voices on keyboards. The nasally, choral tones that sound almost like real people signing, but don’t really hit the mark.  Pound on some of the low notes and you can even get a Gregorian chant-type sound that’s fun at parties. But, out there in the world over the past decade there have been companies bringing synthesized voices to a new level, making them more flexible, with...

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