Filter content by area of interest
Amps
Boost and Overdrive
Delay
Distortion
Fuzz
Guitars
Modulation
Pitch
Reverb
Utility
All
All

GPX Blog

3 Dark Stalking Horses from Lichtlaerm Audio - Altar High Gain Fuzz, Gehenna High Gain Distortion and Trugbild Lo-Fi Chorus

Big Muff Style FuzzBrown Sound DistortionChorus and VibratoDistortionDriveEffects Pedal MakersFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionLichtlaerm AudioMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionModulationSilicon Fuzz+-
2020GPXLichtlaermTrio700V3.jpg

My first introduction to Lichtlaerm Audio was courtesy of Henning Pauly - where I caught him talking about Daniel Ringl’s Berlin-made pedals way before Henning’s demo videos were released. There’s actually 4 pedals to the range - including an input-triggered Noise Gate called The Key and The Gate - working somewhat similarly to Fortin’s Zuul, but relying on a loop rather than single input trigger. I’m very well covered in the area of Noise Gates so that is not my ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

TC Electronic Finally Reveals Details for its much teased Plethora X5 TonePrint Pedalboard Multi-FX Unit

Chorus and VibratoCompressorDelayDelay WorkstationDigital DelayDigital ReverbDown-TunerFlangerHarmonizerLooperModulationModulation WorkstationNoise GateOctaverPedalboard and Pedal-ChainPhaserPitchPitch-ShiftingReverbReverb WorkstationRotary SpeakerTC ElectronicTremoloUni-Vibe and VibeUtility+-
2020GPXTCElectronicPlethoraX5700.jpg

We’ve been waiting for the full reveal on this one for a while as the first teaser image for this was Insta’d on the 14th of September last year. There were some expectations that this might feature at Winter NAMM, but it seems it’s only now fully formed.

 

What we have here then is all of TC Electronic’s TonePrint-enabled pedals in a single unit and available across 5 any way configurable slots. This means you get all the different variations of effects from the ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

The Perfect Compact Guitar Pedal Design - 2020 Edition

Guitar Gear Improvements and Prototypes
2020GPXPrototypeX700V2.jpg

Readers of this blog will know that I periodically assemble and consider all the latest pedal technologies and interface innovations to produce a sort of extrapolated idealised composite for how compact pedal design might be improved/evolved.

 

I am constantly looking for more versatility and flexibility - as well as much improved usability and learnability - and more elegant ways to control and display secondary and advanced functions and scroll and activate presets. My very first take ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

DanDrive Pedal Adds 2 More Compact Pedals to the Core Range - the Secret Machine Fuzz and Working Man Fuzz

DanDrive PedalEffects Pedal MakersFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzGermanium FuzzSilicon FuzzTone Bender Style Fuzz+-
2020GPXDanDriveWorkingMachine700.jpg

You should know by now that I’m a big fan of DanDrive Pedal - per my September 2019 overview of the brand. And of course I dearly love my Austin Pride (Germanium/Silicon Switching Texas Square Face Fuzz) and Secret Weapon (Zonk Fuzz) pedals from that overview.

 

To be honest I was a tad miffed when Dan introduced a third John Hornby Skewes Zonk variant - as I had only just recently then acquired the Secret Weapon edition. Dan’s original take on the JHS Zonk was the Germanium ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Walrus Audio Releases 5 Custom Limited Luna Artwork Series Pedals in Collaboration with Andertons

Andertons.co.ukChorus and VibratoDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbEffects Pedal MakersModulationReverbSpacey ReverbTremoloWalrus Audio+-
2020GPXWalrusAudioLunarEdition700.jpg

When Keeley released its XVIII Anniversary Space Panorama Triptych I stated at the time that the artwork was somewhat more reminiscent of Walrus Audio - and surely they (Walrus) should be doing some sort of space-themed panorama across a number of pedals, as several of their pedals already carry that kind of sci-fi theme. I don’t know how related these two events are - but it sounds like someone was listening somewhere along the way and Walrus now has its own ’Luna’ Lunar ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Horizon Devices Tease Forthcoming Flux Echo Compact Stereo Reverb and Delay Pedal

Ambient EffectsDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbEchoverbHorizon DevicesReverbShimmer Reverb+-
2020GPXHorizonDevicesFluxExho700.jpg

I’m still picking off some of the stragglers from the recent NAMM show - and I was waiting for a few more details on this pedal to emerge - where we now at least have a decent reference photo, but no sign of price or availability yet.

 

This looks like a really cool pedal - a 3-mode combined Reverb and Delay with very simple controls. It has 4 knobs - Mix, Tone, Reverb Decay and Delay Feedback - to go with its 3 toggle-selected modes :

  1. Ambient Reverb + Analog Delay
  2. Modulated
...
Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

2020GPX3xBecosProCompression700.jpg

I’ve featured Becos FX on this site a few times now - under Edits (for the CompIQ Stella and CompIQ Mini), so it was about time I dedicated a full article to this Romanian Compressor Specialist - AKA Costel Barac. The occasion here is the release of his most comprehensive and feature-rich compressor to date - looks like a 1590BB style enclosure which features near enough 2 CompIQ Stellas sort of side-by-side with no less than 15 control knobs and 6 switches - and where you can either ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

9 Essential Boss Pedals

Blues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBossBrown Sound DistortionChorus and VibratoDelayDelay WorkstationDigital DelayDigital ReverbDistortionDriveDual-DriveEQMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionModulationModulation WorkstationNoise GateOverdriveReverbReverb WorkstationUtility+-
2020GPX9EssentialBossPedals700.jpg

Of all the pedal brands I collect - I seem to have ended up with significantly more Boss than anything else - with currently 27 Boss Pedals all told. And while it’s not always the case that Boss has the most pedals represented in my active pedal-chain - it just so happens that right now my active Boss pedals number 7 - as follows per pedal-chain order:

  • SY-1 Synthesizer
  • BD-2 Blues Driver Keeley Freak Fuzz + Phat Mod
  • OD-200 Hybrid Overdrive
  • NS-2 Noise Suppressor Alchemy Audio Modded
...
Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Neural DSP has Significantly Evolved and Improved on Pedal Interfaces and Controls

AmpsGuitar Gear Improvements and PrototypesModelling AmpNeural DSP+-
2020GPXNeuralDSPQuadCore700.jpg

I’ve yet to feel the need to switch over to one of those floor amp-modellers - along the lines of the Boss GT-1000, Fractal Audio Axe FX8, Headrush Pedalboard, Hotone Ampero, Kemper Profiler Stage and of course Line 6 Helix - which popularised his sort of thing in the first place.

 

I’ve always felt that the Line 6 Helix and Hearush Pedalboard had a leg up on the competition because of their amazing colourful and intuitive control menus and topologies. In many ways for the ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions

Electro-Harmonix Reveals Further Details for its NAMM-featured Pedals

Ambient EffectsDigital ReverbEffects Pedal MakersElectro-HarmonixLooperOctaverPitchPitch-ShiftingPlate ReverbRack Style ReverbReverbReverb WorkstationShimmer ReverbSpacey ReverbSpring ReverbUtility+-
2020GPXEHXNAMMPedals700.jpg

During NAMM there were some product catalogue leaked images for a quartet of forthcoming EHX pedals - the 1440 (Fourteen-Forty) Stereo Looper, Big Muff Pi Hardware Plugin, Pitch Fork+ Polyphonic Pitch Shifter, and Oceans 12 Dual Stereo Reverb. At the time of the event there were little or no proper details available - while these are now filtering through to dealers for pre-orders and have the proper descriptions attached. With the exception of the Big Muffi Pi Hardware Plugin which has still ...

Stefan KarlssonPopularCommentsRSS FeedContent Subscriptions
Profile
Stefan Karlsson
Stefan Karlsson
Guitar Pedal X
News Navigation

2020 50






































The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next
"In terms of doing an Iridium Deluxe - I would "...
3 days ago
The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next
"Paulo - I think there's two different areas here "...
3 days ago
The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next
"In a big iridium it would be amazing to have "...
3 days ago
The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next
"My selection for a big iridium would have the "...
3 days ago
The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next
"This would be the dream pedal! Nice selection. W"...
3 days ago
9 Essential Boss Pedals
"Cool - David - glad you like it!"
8 days ago
9 Essential Boss Pedals
"I meant "Stefan", obviously. And I have to say my "...
8 days ago
9 Essential Boss Pedals
"Hi Stefam, just wanted to say I followed your "...
8 days ago
Waiting