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David Byrne pedalboard art

Posted on 01 February 2011 by diode

Came across a picture of this artwork … Awesome! The idea is that you would have to walk across the pedals while walking into the gallery, making random pedals turn on and off with a loop playing through them.

David Byrne in front of Boss pedals

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Audio Damage plug-ins

Posted on 31 January 2011 by diode

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chris Randall from Audio Damage. They make very unique and unusually affordable plug-ins (most $50 or less). The DSP is great sounding and the user interface design is well thought out and executed. Check them out when you get a chance!

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Brad Paisley’s rig damaged in recent Nashville flood

Posted on 11 May 2010 by diode

Ouch! Not like he can’t afford to replace this stuff but some of it will be hard to come by … like the original Way Huge Aqua Puss. Found via twitter

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Minimoog Voyager & Through Zero Flanger

Posted on 12 April 2010 by diode

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Moog MIDI MuRF

Posted on 17 August 2009 by diode

Moog has combined the guitar and bass MuRF pedals and added a full midi implementation in the new MF-105M. At $479 it’s definitely not cheap but it is very cool sounding.

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The new Strymon OB.1 compressor is on my pedal-board!

Posted on 26 July 2009 by surfguitarshredder

The new Strymon OB.1 compressor is quiter, more transparent and better sounding than my old compressor pedals, which have included an old MXR Dynacomp, a Boss compressor, and a couple of BYOC (Build Your Own Clone) compressors.

Here’s the signal path: Strymon OB.1 ;-) > Korg Pitchblack tuner > Fulltone Deja-Vibe > Xotic BB preamp > Xotic AC Booster > Loop-Master > Xotic X-Blender > Fender 65 RI Twin Reverb.

The Loop-Master has a master bypass that eliminates all of the other pedals and wiring attached to it.  Loop one has an Electro-Harmonix micro POG, and loop two has a Boss CE-5 chorus.

The Xotic X-Blender has the Boss DD-20 delay in the loop.  The DD-20 is set to 100% wet, and the echos are added back in to direct signal path with the mix knob.

The whole thing runs off of a single 1-Spot power supply.  The other power supplies are for other pedals (such as a Digitech Talker or a Boss GT-6) that I sometimes add and switch with the Loop-Master.

The OB.1 gets along great with the BB preamp and the AC Booster.  There is less hiss than I had with my old compressor pedals, and the the boost is great.  I can use the flat boost for more gain, or I can use the treble boost for a Brian May kind of tone.  I’m loving this new Strymon OB.1 compressor!

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New OB.1 opto compressor from Strymon

Posted on 15 July 2009 by diode

This new pedal features an opto compressor fashioned after vintage circuits. The OB.1 also has and integrated clean boost with selectable frequency shaping if you are wanting a mid or treble boost as well.

From the site: “Everything you love about studio optical compressors … right at your feet … From beautifully subtle and transparent compression to vintage squash … Integrated foot-switchable Clean, Treble and Mid boost … TRUE BYPASS … Crafted with love in the USA”

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RollerShifter diy custom Line6 Tonecore module

Posted on 01 May 2009 by diode

The Line6 Tonecore SDK is paying dividends today. PsiKTrOn from Belgium did some really creative work to develop a custom tonecore module using the Tonecore software development kit. It’s quite impressive … check out the video below.

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Custom Line6 Echo Park

Posted on 18 March 2009 by diode

Line6 Echo Park delay pedal in a custom enclosure. The pedal has been modified to include “true bypass” and a carling tap tempo footswitch. The power supply was also modified to accept either 9VAC or 9VDC …and it also has BIG KNOBS!

I’ve been using it this way for a few years with no labeling (I finally memorized the controls after a while) and no switch for the analog and tape emulation modes. It has been permanently set to “digital” for a long time.
Echo Park Custom plain

The picture below shows an added toggle for delay mode select (analog/digital/tape). Finished this yesterday.
Echo Park Custom toggle

After I added the toggle, I decided to finish the job and label everything. Done!
Echo Park Custom label 1

Echo Park Custom label 2

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MOTU Volta

Posted on 23 January 2009 by diode

MOTU has announced Volta, an audio unit plug-in that allows control of conventional analog synths via control voltage. The control voltages are generated by your audio interface…just as long as your interface’s inputs/outputs are dc coupled. AWESOME!

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“Volta receives conventional virtual instrument input such as MIDI notes, MIDI controller data or even high-resolution audio track ramp automation and then responds by outputting a corresponding control voltage signal, which the host software then routes to the outputs of any DC-coupled audio interface connected to the computer. The resulting DC voltage can then drive a standard CV input, such as those found on classic modular synthesizers, modern analog mono synths and even popular effects processors such as Moogerfoogers”

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