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First Impressions of DryBell's beautifully calibrated Dual Channel Plexi and RangeMaster Style Foundation Preamp Pedal

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I’m delighted to have finally got around to DryBell’s The Engine Foundation Preamp - as I’ve wanted it since I did the launch feature almost exactly one year ago on June 9th 2020 - I’ve just had a lot of obligations and priorities to cover off in the interim. I’m obviously a huge fan of MIAB style pedals and have several of those mostly in the compact enclosure form factor. I am firmly of the opinion that you cannot have too many Marshall-style pedals as each of ...

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I’ve had and loved the Hamstead Odyssey Intergalactic Driver pretty much since the start, and was for a long time considering acquiring the Low-End-Focused Subspace Intergalactic Driver follow-up - which hasn’t quite happened yet. That added a Parallel Dry Path - which made it ideal for bass players in particular. It also somewhat re-voiced and re-engineered the Odyssey to deliver overall more of a bass and low-end / body frequency profile.

 

The Comet is kind of a stripped-...

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I actually see this as an evolution and refinement of the Dedalo FX Beat from Winter NAMM 2020. Of course there is a lot more to the Snare Trap - but the core concept is roughly the same - where you tap in different percussion sounds / voicings to create a beat. I was actually waiting for an official manual to materialise for the Snare Trap in order to gain further insights, but none such seems to be materialising any time soon - so it was now as good as ever.

 

There are several ...

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Readers will know that I’m a huge fan of Marshall-voiced pedals and have quite the number of those in the collection - particularly in compact enclosure editions. I have a real fondness for dual-footswitches and extended feature topologies - and love that this pedal has no less than 8 external controls including 4-Band EQ, alongside a single internal trim-pot to set the Boost Level.

 

I’m not sure of the exact reasoning behind the Room #40 moniker except for the fact that it ...

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Paul Gilbert 2021 Pedalboard Dynamics and Essential Tone Components

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I have long been a fan of the highly convivial Paul Gilbert - with his Racer X Scarified fretboard workout being a particular favourite of mine. Paul is one of the most naturally gifted players out there and can pretty much play anything in any style. He’s a big fan of the Beatles and can play near enough their whole back catalog off the cuff.

 

There’s certainly plenty to admire about Paul - a lifetime Ibanez Artist with a few signature guitars and pedals to his name. What I...

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I’ve been lucky enough to have this formidable overdrive pedal since pretty much the start of May. However, like Thorpy’s Pulse Doppler had to be delayed because of parts supply issues - much the same happened with the production of the Angry Rhubarb. It’s great to finally be able to share this gem with everyone.

 

This is a Single Parametric EQ Overdrive with Pre Drive and Post Drive control over the gain stages. The first realisation here is to start with selecting ...

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12 Essential Compact Edition Boss Modulation Pedals

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It was about time I turned my attentions towards Boss’s excellent individual Modulations, and which of those I deem perennial classics which appeal to me the most.

 

Boss’s parent company Roland famously created the Chorus Effect back in 1975 for its then revolutionary solid state JC-120 Jazz Chorus Combo Amp. That same effect was then evolved to become a stand-alone stompbox - first in 1976’s Boss CE-1 Chorus (Chorus Ensemble). Later derivations included the Roland SDD...

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As a follow-up to the enormously entertaining Maisy Millar Zander Circuitry voiceover Video (which I shall reference at the base of this article) the happy couple have teamed up again to deliver the Perfect First Effects Pedals introductory book for Children - a sort of toddler’s guide to stompboxes!

 

With a cast of 8 cute cartoon component characters, that you can see on the front cover, Alex & Maisy’s ’Wonderful Noise Awaits’ tackles 13 different key ...

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Polarbear Effects' Drowner Fuzz/Crush/Reverb Combination Effector is the Absolute Perfect Shoegazer-Style Pedal

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I’ve known about this one for a while - just haven’t been able to snag one yet - while I am hoping to get one from the next batch whenever that is - while Darko Vadja seems to be sort of suffering from the same parts supply issues that are plaguing most builders - so no word on when the next batch is likely, while these tend to be fairly short runs of just 10 or so pedals.

 

Per the above visual - the controls here are relatively simple - with 7 knobs and 2 x 2-way option ...

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Emilio Massari releases the V2 Edition of his Cornerstone Antique Classic Drive - now with even more Solo Mayer Flavour

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Emilio designed the original version of the Antique, the one with the white knobs, back in 2016. The challenge then as now was how to replicate that well-loved Mayer Tone through a single pedal - where traditionally John Mayer uses a combination of pedals to achieve his core tones.

 

The original foundation of the Antique is a sort of TS808/TS10 circuit which has evolved quite considerably. Mayer typically combines TS10 and Klon to create his signature sound, while Emilio would endeavour...

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