Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Guest Review: Effector 13 Test Pattern (By Robert Furtkamp)

This is an initial observation and review of a Devi Ever "Test Pattern" fuzz pedal. Basic features are simple: a volume control, an Intensity Knob (which goes from oscilation/feedback at the lowest level and goes to really hard gating and odd at the far end), and a gate on/off switch. Turning the gate on and off opens up the pedal's sound but at the expense of the trademark pseudo-tremolo.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guest Contribution: Kevin Ian of The Common Men and His Rig


Kevin Ian. Vocalist/Guitarist of The Common Men. Post-Punk with shades of Shoegaze, Alternative, Pop, and Post-Rock. Now with the formalities aside, allow me to take you on a guided tour of my rig. As I break down elements of my sound, I will try to give as best I can the background stories surrounding certain pedals.

I am currently going through another reconfiguration of my board. I tend to be fickle in certain areas of my sound, but I can break everything down into dirt and delay. As my rig expands, I may find more of a use for filters and modulation in my actual guitar rig, but space issues keeps me focused for now.

My sound is broken into two distinct rigs: Guitar and Texture. The picture included is the most recent picture I have of my rig. The guitar rig is on the right, and the texture rig is on the left.

Kevin's guitar and texture rigs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Catalinbread Montavillian Echo

The past week or so I have been playing around with this unique little echo pedal. It provides some unique delay tones, runs on 9 and 18 volts and self-oscillates creating some crazy noise, read on to find out more about this delay from Catalinbread.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Builder Interview: Brian of smallsound/bigsound

Smallsound/bigsound has been making waves in the effects community with it's interesting lineup of fuzz, overdrive and just plain undefinable effects. I got a chance to ask Brian a few questions about his business, his inspirations and what the future holds.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bass Demo Added to Internet Review!

I gave Kbithecrowing from the Shoegazers and ILoveFuzz forums my Internet to try it out on bass and he recorded a cool clip showing off the various tones it gets on bass. Video after the break and also the Internet review page is updated if you haven't checked it out yet.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Need a Clean Boost, EQ, Overdrive and Distortion in One Tiny Box?

Well look no further than the upcoming Dr. Scientist Elements distortion!

An unfinished Elements

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Double New Pedal Day Means Even More Reviews Soon!

More pedals for Mike?!
Updated with clips!

ISP Technologies Decimator Review

The Decimator's name is really quite fitting, it truly does Decimate all unwanted noise from your rig. Whether it's a noisy pedal, a buzzing amp or some poorly shielded pickups, that noise is gone.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Future of Effects?

Sure many people out there are into digital modelers that contain a myriad of effects and tones and they work great for a lot of applications. I however, tend to favor this new innovative product produced by Effector 13: The Console Project.