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Electro-Harmonix originally introduced the Pitch Fork+ at this year’s one and only NAMM back at the start of the year - alongside the 1440 Stereo Looper and Oceans 12 Dual-Channel Reverb Workstation - the latter of which I have. Like many other builders EHX has been impacted by delays in manufacturing, but as I’ve mentioned on this blog several times recently - delayed production can be a real boon to the end-consumer - as the extended production cycle allows for more refinement and...

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Big Ear Pedals Finally Unleashes its Albie Multi-Combo-FX Ambient Modulator Pedal after a year of fine-tuning

Ambient EffectsBig Ear PedalsChorus and VibratoCompressorDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbEffects Pedal MakersFlangerModulationPhaserReverbTremoloUni-Vibe and VibeUtility+-
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I meant to share this article sooner, but my schedule and commitments for last week kind of filled up particularly quickly - there’s just so much going on at the moment with lots of new pedal releases - that I’m a little late with this one. It has however given me time to do some further analysis on the pedal and hopefully provide some more useful insights to those still on the fence about acquiring one of these.

 

This pedal is very much at the opposite end of the scale to ...

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The New Strymon NightSky Time-Warped Reverberator is a Revolutionary Twinkle Starred Sci-Fi Atmospheric Delight - with optional Reverb Tail Pattern Sequencer

Ambient EffectsDigital ReverbPlate ReverbReverbReverb WorkstationShimmer ReverbSpacey ReverbStrymon+-
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OK - so it’s taken a little while to process this all, and I really did not think I would be in line for acquiring another Reverb this year - especially considering how many formidable releases there have been in this genre in the last few months - and with the looming introduction of the Chase Bliss Audio / Meris Automatone CXM 1978.

Early rumours pretty much indicated that it was going to be some sort of Reverb, and there were lots of nods to the Ursa Major Space Station SST-282 - but...

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In some ways you could say that the side-effect of the current pandemic has actually been helpful to Boss on this occasion as it has allowed its engineers to spend more time honing the accuracy of its tracking algorithm, and perfecting the authentic replication of the slightly warmer analog Vintage Monophonic Mode of the original OC-2. As factory production slowed right down, engineers had a little more leeway to further refine and calibrate all those controls and functions to the very best ...

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All you ever wanted to know about the UK's Preeminent Independent Pedal Boutique - Joe's Pedals

Analog AlienBearfoot FXBig Muff Style FuzzBitcrushing and Lo-FiBlack Arts ToneworksBlue ColanderBMF EffectsBoostBoost and OverdriveBuffalo FXCastledine ElectronicsChorus and VibratoD*A*M EffectsDeath By AudioDr ScientistDryBell EffectsEmanating Fist ElectronicsFlangerFoxrox ElectronicsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionFuzzrociousGermanium FuzzGreer AmpsGuitar Gear RetailHungry Robot EffectsIdiotBox FXKlonMalekko Heavy IndustryModulated FuzzModulationModulation WorkstationOctave FuzzOctaverOddball FuzzOscillating FuzzOverdrivePigDog PedalsPitchSilicon FuzzSkreddy PedalsSpiral Electric FXStomp Under FootStone Deaf EffectsSubdecay EffectsThorpyFXThroBakTremoloTru-Fi Guitar EffectsVL Effects+-
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My readers will know that I’ve featured Joe’s Pedals a fair few number of times on this site - in reference to where I acquired several of my own pedals from. My first introduction to said boutique was in search of Marc Ahlfs’ Skreddy Pedals. In fact 5 of my 8 Skreddy’s have come from Joe’s and I would have gotten more had those been in stock when I needed them - such is always the luck of the draw with pedal acquisitions - in that you cannot always get everything ...

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Maverick Inflection #1 : Zander Circuitry Compact Enclosure Siclone Silicon Chaos Initiator Fuzz

FuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzSilicon FuzzZander Circuitry+-
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The precursor to this article goes back quite a while actually to conversations I had with the wonderful Alex Millar (Zander Circuitry) at a number of guitar shows. Those chats as such included discussions on knobs and form factor / enclosure size - and while I’m not laying any claims to influencing the recently evolved Zander Circuitry boxes I still like to think I played some tiny part in that decision making process.

 

This style of article ’Maverick Inflection’ is a...

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So my good friends Andy and Hania of Sitek Guitar Electronics have collaborated with well-loved YouTube Personality and demon metal shredder Joss Allen (GAK, Andertons, Guitar Bros Demos) on his first signature pedal. And just like for its muse and figurehead Nordic Goddess Freya - there are two distinct softer and harder sides to this pedal - which manifest Freya’s extremes of Love and War. Meaning that there are two quite different applications here - as a softer lower-gain glorious ...

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Cooper FX Arcades Modular Multi-FX Workstation : Card Spotlight Series #1 : SYNTH

Bitcrushing and Lo-FiCooper FXGlitchGuitar Synth and SequencerModulation+-
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So far there are 8 Themed Modular Cards for the Cooper FX Arcades to date - and each one is really a separate Multi-FX pedal in its own right - within that specific category. As I explore each of the cards in detail, I thought it would be opportune to share my experiences and whatever tips and preferences I picked up along the way.

 

I was initially in a quandary as to which order to approach these cards in - older series first or more recent ones first? So in the end I decided it would ...

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Roman Belonozhko's Multifaceted Shnobel Tone Daily Driver delivers beautifully textured breakup with alluring high frequency sparkle

Blues Breaker Style OverdriveBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveDumble Style OverdriveKlone and Transparent OverdriveOCD Style OverdriveOverdriveShnobel ToneTubescreamer Style Overdrive+-
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I must confess that this pedal somewhat slipped under my radar when it was first teased / introduced at January’s Winter NAMM show. In fact I only really became properly aware of it when Roman started doing his head-to-head YouTube videos - where he looked to dial-in near-match tones to each of those very well-known classics - per the video references at the base of this article.

 

First Roman compared the Daily Driver (which I will henceforth occasionally refer to as the DD) ...

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You may have noticed that I skipped featuring the last Iterative Julia Release - the one with the new prettier Artwork (above right) as it simply just swapped to top-mounted jacks and soft-touch footswitch. I didn’t consider that a particularly newsworthy event as the changes were largely just superficial - and the circuit really stayed the same.

 

The new Julianna though is a whole new beast - and is actually the chorus I always wanted the Julia to be. Considering how many of ...

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