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Pedal Design 101 - The Boss Colour Chart and 40 Shades of Tone!

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This article is a natural follow up the Pedal Primary Colour Wheel feature I did back in August, and has actually been on the drawing board for a while. I kind of knew the process would be long-winded and time-consuming - which it was, and I wasn’t sure what formation I would be best off using - so it all evolved somewhat organically with the starting point as a Purple to Red Spectrum Transition with a monochromatic scale tagged onto the end. In any case it ended up in this current format...

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Subdecay Releases its 3rd Guitar Synth Pedal - the M3 Monophonic 3 Oscillator Guitar Synth

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Subdecay’s latest pedal underlines the wealth of new synth pedals we have had this year - including examples from Boss, EHX, Empress Effects, Keeley Electronics, Parasit Studio, Pigtronix, Red Witch and Source Audio to name a few - as well as a slew of new releases last year. As much as this is the era of glitch effects and granular synthesis and micro loopers, it also has to be said that there are a very significant amount of new guitar synth pedals out there too.

 

I have had ...

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Electro-Harmonix Unveils 5th Nano Big Muff Pi Reissue - the 1973 V2 Violet Ram's Head Edition

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I think it’s fairly self-evident on this blog that I’m a fan of the Big Muff style of fuzz pedals - having 40+ in my collection to-date and including all the JHS-Modded versions of each of the previous EHX reissues. In fact I’m still waiting to see if Josh will do anything with EHX’s Flatiron Fuzz - what is certain sure is that there will be a JHS Mod of this Violet Ram’s Head in the not too distant future - likely with an added Mids knob and a couple of clipping ...

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Boss's Other Non-OverDrive and Non-High-Gain Drive and Distortion Pedals!

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Most of you should have seen by now my ’Yellow Means OverDrive’ (9) feature which covers off all of Boss’s Yellow OverDrives, and more recently I did a piece on ’Boss’s High Gain and Metal Distortion Pedals’ (9) - so this article covers all those remaining Boss Drive and Distortion Pedals (13) (past and present) which exist between those two extremes.

 

This article is written with a view towards the forthcoming OD-200 Hybrid Drive Workstation which in...

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Boss High Gain and Metal Distortion Pedals Past and Present

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In advance of the arrival of the OD-200 I thought it would be good to do an overview of Boss’s own various Drive and Distortion pedals. In my recent ’Yellow Means OverDrive’ feature I covered off all of those particular Boss pedals, so this article is at the other end of the scale of gain - the High Gain and Metal Distortions. I will then follow up with a 3rd article covering those drives and distortions that sit between these and the 9 OverDrive pedals covered already.

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Source Audio Merges Nemesis with Ventris to Create Combined New Collider Delay+Reverb Workstation

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So Source Audio has made a slightly different move to the one I and a few others expected - I thought we might get a 12+ Mode Modulation Workstation next - following on from the Nemesis and Ventris - and continuing the lineage much like Strymon’s TimeLine, BigSky and Mobius, and Boss’s DD-500, RV-500 and MD-500.

 

But Source Audio have decided to do a combination of the Nemesis and Ventris into the same format - giving you 5 Delay Modes from the Nemesis and 7 Reverb Modes ...

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MXR Expands Compact Fuzz Range with Suitably Sizzling Brown Acid MKIII Style Fuzz

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I’ve featured MXR quite a lot on this site over the years, but bizarrely and somewhat inexplicably to date have only acquired one of those numerous pedals - the Mini Phase 95, actually with the Brown Acid it makes 2! And this just after my fairly recent acquisition of the Pigdog Juju Fuzz - which also happens to be a TB MKIII style fuzz - I think I now have a nicely rounded quartet of MKIII’s with room for a couple more no doubt. Of course I’m an avowed fuzz fan, and I have ...

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Keeley Electronics Unleashes Spectacular XVIII Anniversary Space Panorama Trio - El Rey Dorado Overdrive, Compact Phaser and Delay Workstation

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Keeley are getting to be rather good at these limited special editions as I’ve commented on several times previously. Once again they’ve drawn in painter Phillip Ortiz for this cool space-themed diorama / panorama. I actually noted in my recent Walrus Audio Best of Range Overview that they should do some sort of Space panorama as that’s where much of their pedal artwork sits. If you muted these tones a little or rather duo-toned this, then this is exactly the kind of design ...

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Boss Completes Digital Delay Range Revamp with New and Improved DD-3T and DD-8 Compact Delay Stompboxes

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An exercise which began in 2015 with the launch of the DD-500 Digital Delay Workstation is finally complete, as hot on the heels of the recent medium-enclosure DD-200, we see a significantly updated DD-3T and brand new DD-8 - replacing their predecessors introduced in 1986 and 2008 respectively.

 

The DD-3T gains Tap Tempo capabilities with additional jack for external tap-tempo switch, and former ’Hold’ Mode is replaced with ’Short Loop’. The Direct Out socket ...

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Best of ThorpyFX Pedals - Actually all 10 are Great!

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My first exposure to Thorpy - way back when, was the then monikered Muffroom Cloud Fuzz - a fantastic sounding and really versatile take on the original Triangle version EXH Big Muff Pi. At the time though I was slightly put off by the somewhat over-sized enclosure - which was both significantly longer and wider than my preferred compact enclosure size - so I campaigned hard to have Thorpy bring the box down in size somewhat. This did not look like it was going to happen - and I eventually ...

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9 of the Best Large Format High Gain Metal Distortion Pedals
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