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End of October Pedal-Chain Update - Episode IX - Imminent Acquiescence

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October has proven to be another fairly significant month - both in terms of new pedal releases / arrivals and my own pedal-chain evolution. I’m also in the midst of a Vick Audio phase - having relatively recently acquired most of the key pedals in that range - including all 5 Tau Series Muff variants - which were all in my chain together for a big chunk of October.

 

There were a number of very significant releases/arrivals this month for me - including the Boss GT-1000 CORE and ...

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Cooper FX Arcades Modular Multi-FX Workstation : Card Spotlight Series #3 : REVERSE

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This time we’re looking at the Arcades’ REVERSE Card - which covers a series of intricate Reverse Delays - with additional controls variously for Pitch, Speed, Direction, Octaves, Modulation and other signal manipulations. As before, the majority of these are very straightforward and straight-laced even in that sense even though somewhat unique in makeup, while others can be a little more quirky.

 

When I think of Reverse Delays, my immediate reference point is Danelectro&...

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Boss Shrinks Down its GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor to a more handy-sized but still Full-Featured GT-1000 CORE Stomp Box

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I’ll jump straight to the obvious here in calling this Boss’s contender to go against current category leader and long-term reigning champ - the Line 6 Helix HX STOMP Multi Effects Processor and Amp Modeller - which interestingly retails for $599 in the USA, but only around £399 on this side of the pond. While starting RRP tag for the GT-1000 CORE will be £615 (vs GT-1000 currently retailing at £799UK/$999USA). In fact prices are weirdly quite disparate between UK,...

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Cooper FX Arcades Modular Multi-FX Workstation : Card Spotlight Series #2 : DELAY

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This time around we’ll be looking at probably the most straightforward and vanilla (but not exactly) of the 8 Arcades Cards to date - while each mode / algorithm has a pretty distinct take on each delay sub-type. Generally the delay sounds here are rich and elegant and beautifully musical - with very distinct timbres achievable by clever application of Modulation and Clock Rate / Resolution in particular.

 

Most of the modes here will be familiar to the average guitarist - with ...

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End of August Pedal-Chain Update - Episode VII - Altitude Ascension

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August was quite a slow month in many ways - particularly for those of us clinging to the last vestiges of hope towards the arrival of a Buffalo FX Reticon Flanger. That now seems a very distant pipe-dream indeed as reports indicate that Steve Painter is suffering from some horribly debilitating condition that prevents him from doing any physical activities for the foreseeable future. He’s not officially responded to any communiqués since June 30th - the last day many of us heard ...

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Cooper FX Launches Next Phase of its Arcades Multi-FX Pedal with a major new batch of units and 4 Key New Modular Cards

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I will start by rightfully thanking Tom for allowing me to participate in this second launch phase and granting me all the access I needed to delve deep under the skin of his highly innovative pedal. If you read my original April 28th Arcades feature you will note that I was smitten by this formidable Multi-FX unit right from the first encounter. I had spent a very considerable chunk of 2019 getting stuck into a variety of glitch style effects and associated multi-fx pedals - including the ...

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The State of the Art and General Suitability of Modular Synth Style Multi-FX Units - Empress Effects and Poly Effects Innovations and Deviations

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This post was triggered by a number of readers asking me for my take on the recent Modular Synth Multi-FX phenomenon. Where I composed a fairly long-form answer for one Joe D - and promised to make that part of a more circumspect review (this one!) where I compared the different approaches of Canada’s Empress Effects and the more recently highly newsworthy Poly Effects of Australia.

 

I myself am very much your typical guitar pedal enthusiast - who deploys a rather insanely complex...

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I’ve come across a lot of queries about these two on various message boards and pedal groups, while no one yet seems to have taken it upon themselves to do a proper detailed head-to-head comparison. I myself had to do this same due diligence a while back - so I thought I would put that process into pictures and words so that it might help others who are having the same deliberation.

 

These are the only two in their category which share the same sort of footprint - and they’...

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Tom Majeski of Cooper FX Perfects the Usability and Intuition Formula with his new Card-based Arcades Modular Multi-FX Unit

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I’ve long been a fan of Tom’s even though the only one of his creations I have to date is the Chase Bliss Audio Edition of his Generation Loss. I long considered his Moment Machine Pitch-Shifting Workstation, before I decided it was probably a little too large for my needs, and I had the recent Outward V2 on my imminent acquisitions list.

 

It’s as well really that I hadn’t hit the trigger sooner on that one, as Tom is obviously being influenced by the same ...

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Josh Smith's Pedalboard Dynamics and Essential Tone Components

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So I seem to have fallen into something of a Josh Smith ToneQuest phase of late. I’ve always been a fan of his core signature tone/s while not necessarily the biggest fan of his musical output per se. His first influence on me was his signature Eventide H9 Rotary preset - which settings I share in this post. I have somewhat fallen into using my own H9 mostly in Josh’s Rotary mode - with a few choice reverbs and delays too, but modulations generally coming from other parts of my ...

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