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2 Polyrhythmic Pattern Tremolos - Malekko Goatkeeper vs Subdecay TremCoder

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I had been trying to find an angle on on the very new Subdecay TremCoder when the even newer compact Malekko Goatkeeper arrived on the scene. These are certainly not exactly the same kind of thing - but they both offer a variety of Tremolo Wave Shapes and Patterns - which give your playing style very interesting textural and rhythmic possibilities.

 

At the basic level these are quite different technologies with the Malekko being analog while the Subdecay seems to be digital to some ...

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2 Shepard Tone Effect Pedals - Korora Audio Spira vs Subdecay Octave Theory

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The Shepard Tone Effect is a fairly unique studio effect / modulation created by the magical intersection of octaves and resonant filters - it takes its name from cognitive scientist Roger Shepard who specialised in optical illusions. Wikipedia describes it as a musical illusion where a sound is formed consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the bass pitch of the tone moving upward or downward, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the ...

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16 of the best Guitar Synth Pedals - 2019 Edition

Alexander PedalsBanana EffectsDeath By AudioDedalo FXDigiTechEarthQuaker DevicesElectro-HarmonixGuitar Synth and SequencerKeeley EngineeringMeris EffectsModulationParasit StudioPigtronixRed Witch EffectsSubdecay Effects+-
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There have been a smattering of new Guitar Synth pedals recently - including at the January NAMM show, so I thought it would be opportune to do a round-up of some of my preferred choices - the significant new ones, and some older favourites.

 

I’ve deliberately left out a few of the larger usual suspects here - including the Boss SY-300, Glou Glou Moutarde and Hologram Infinite Jets Resynthesizer - all of which I’ve featured before. Instead I’ve focused more on the ...

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9 of the Best Compact Multi-Drive Pedals

AnasoundsBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBuild Your Own CloneBYOCChase Bliss AudioDistortionDr ScientistDriveDual-DriveDumble Style OverdriveFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionHamstead SoundworksKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionMulti-DriveOCD Style OverdriveOverdriveSide EffectsSilicon FuzzSinvertekSubdecay EffectsTsakalis Audio WorksTubescreamer Style OverdriveVox Style Distortion+-
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I’m known for my 12 Degrees of Saturation Methodology and organising drive/dirt pedals into a specific category. I do however also like multi-talented multi-tankers, and have always had one or two all-rounder multi-drive overdrives in my pedal-chain. In fact of the 9 listed here I have all but the last featured, which also happens to be the most recently released - by Greek Boutique Builder Tsakalis - that pedal is currently only available in Greece - direct from the maker and from one or...

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2018 New Guitar Pedals of the Year

Ambient EffectsAnalog DelayBeetronics FXBitcrushing and Lo-FiBlues Driver Style OverdriveBondi EffectsBoostBoost and OverdriveBossBrown Sound DistortionBufferChase Bliss AudioChorus and VibratoCompressorDelayDelay WorkstationDigital DelayDigital ReverbDistortionDr ScientistDriveDryBell EffectsDual-DriveEarthQuaker DevicesElectro-HarmonixEQFlangerFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGamechanger AudioGated and Velcro FuzzGlitchGranular DelayGuitar Synth and SequencerHorizon DevicesJackson AudioJHS PedalsKlone and Transparent OverdriveLo-Fi DelayLooperMarshall Style DistortionMeris EffectsMetal DistortionModulationMulti-DriveOctaverOddball DelayOddball FuzzOrigin EffectsOverdrivePhaserPitchPitch-ShiftingPlate ReverbRed Panda LabReverbReverb WorkstationREVV AmplificationShimmer ReverbSpaceman EffectsSpacey ReverbSpring ReverbStone Deaf EffectsSubdecay EffectsTape DelayThorpyFXTubescreamer Style OverdriveUni-Vibe and VibeUtilityVox Style DistortionWamplerWMD DevicesZvex+-
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2018 has been a really surprising year for pedals - there have been quite a few unexpected innovations along the way with also some of the usual production delays and holdups. As I write this I am still waiting for my long-overdue Jackson Audio Bloom to arrive - but I expect it will be worth the delay. I would have liked to have seen the Empress Zoia despatched this year too, as sort of predicted though - I feel that it will be pushed into next year - to coincide with Winter NAMM possibly - in ...

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12 of the Best Compact Flanger Pedals for Your Consideration

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I’m one of the relatively few players who still really likes flangers. You no longer see them that often on the typical pedalboard - as mentioned in my previous ’4 Next Level Medium to Large Enclosure Flangers’ a recent casualty to popular whims is the still excellent Chase Bliss Audio Spectre - the only pedal featured here with tap-tempo. I’ve gone with the discontinued but analogue Boss BF-2 instead of the newer digital BF-3 which does have press and hold tap-tempo ...

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4 Next Level Medium to Large Enclosure Flangers

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When I did my 9 Best Flangers overview - it consisted of 3 compact, 3 medium, 2 large and 1 mini pedal. The mini pedal of choice was the Mooer E-Lady or earlier named Eleclady, while there are also the Mooer Jet Engine, and TC Electronic Mini Vortex that are viable alternatives - and that’s pretty much it at that level. At the top end then was the discontinued Subdecay Starlight DLX - which was still available in some outlets and on Reverb.com - while recently sightings of it have become ...

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12 of the Best Compact Phaser Pedals for Your Consideration

Alexander PedalsBossChase Bliss AudioElectro-HarmonixFlattley Guitar PedalsModulationMXROld Blood Noise EndeavorsPhaserRed House ElectronicsSkreddy PedalsSubdecay EffectsTC ElectronicZvex+-
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After writing ’4 Next Level Medium Enclosure Phasers’ I thought it was time to revisit the compact format phasers to see if my take on those had changed since I last considered them. As mentioned, I currently have 3 phasers, the Chase Bliss Wombtone II, the Alexander Pedals La Calavera, and the Mini MXR Phase 95. As far as I’m concerned for quality mini phasers you’ve pretty much got MXR and Mooer - but the real competition is in the compact enclosure category as we ...

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6 Intriguing Compact Oscillating/Tremolo Fuzz Pedals

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I just took delivery of my Abracadabra Audio Ayahuasca Trem-Fuzz today - a collaborative sister brand to Joel Korte’s Chase Bliss Audio - these pedals are very much leftfield Chase Bliss Pedals in all but name really, what sets them apart is very limited edition runs of their so far single Trem-Fuzz pedal. Up until recently it has only really been available to US consumers - but they seem to have opened up their order book internationally recently. As far as I can tell my pedal is part of...

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4 Next Level Medium Enclosure Phasers

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When I did my piece on 9 of the Best Phaser Pedals back in July of last year, the Subdecay Quasar DLX was probably the most feature-rich of those mentioned. Now nearly a year later we have 4 slightly unusual medium-sized phasers all vying for attention within pretty much the same sort of form-factor - and each is really quite different from the other.

 

As I was compiling that piece, it was just a fraction in advance of the release of the Spaceman Effects Explorer. I’ve developed ...

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