New Pedal: DigiTech Ventura Vibe
Oct13

New Pedal: DigiTech Ventura Vibe

The vibrato, rotary effect is by far my personal favorite effect when it comes to pedals. I know it doesn’t have the same punch as a classic distortion or fuzz and maybe it doesn’t create the same type of dreamy atmosphere that reverb does, but pulsing tonal thrum of a good Leslie replication just speaks to me. Apparently, it also speaks to the folks at DigiTech who just released the Ventura Vibe – an effects pedal...

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New Builder: GMF Music
Oct07

New Builder: GMF Music

Ran into another Kickstarter campaign the other day. This one comes from GMF Music. This builder is out of the West Des Moines, Iowa. The owner/operator is Greg Farres and he has 35 years of domestic and international experience in design and manufacturing of products to support the music industry.  He was the founder of Ultrasound Amps, one of the most respected acoustic amp companies in the market. His designs won the Acoustic...

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TC Electronics Sentry Noise Gate
Sep30

TC Electronics Sentry Noise Gate

The dude in the video below, with the awesome accent, describes TC Electronic’s Sentry Noise Gate as the most advanced noise removal algorithm ever put into a pedal with the power to keep your chain signal as ‘silent as the grave.’ With Halloween just around the bend (although you wouldn’t know it since we already have Christmas decorations adorning every box store from Delaware to California) it seems like the...

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New Pedal: KHDK Ghoul Screamer
Sep29

New Pedal: KHDK Ghoul Screamer

When I was young, I had a very mundane taste in music. My musical world view was the product of commercial radio stations blaring over the suburban outskirts of Green Bay, Wisconsin. As a result, the first album I purchased was Europe, The Final Countdown. From there, I strayed into other safe territory like Van Halen, Duran Duran and Bon Jovi. I was a marketers dream. At some point along the way though, I stayed the night at a...

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Walrus Audio Messner Overdrive
Sep18

Walrus Audio Messner Overdrive

Being first is typically a big deal. It means you were brave (or dumb) enough to try something that others thought either wasn’t worth doing or was too dangerous. Typically, it’s the dangerous thing. Which is why you don’t see , First Person to Make and Eat Ramen with Ketchup and Mayonnaise in the Guinness Book of World Records. You will, however, find activities such as ‘First Person to Swim the English...

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Effectrode Glass-A Buffer
Aug21

Effectrode Glass-A Buffer

The closing track on Pink Floyd’s, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is a moaning driver of a song called ‘Sorrow.’ It’s a song that by many accounts was written almost exclusively by David Gilmour. Various interviews and reports tell us a number of things about the tones on that specific track. For instance, Gilmour ditched the use of his Fender Stratocaster in favor of a Steinberger GL ‘headless’...

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