Check Out Kirk Hammett’s New Signature Overdrive

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This is gonna be fun: Kirk Hammett and David Karon (Washburn) have collaborated on a new overdrive pedal which seems to take its cues from the Ibanez Tube Screamer but with plenty of twists and turns. Interesting to see that it has compression controls too. More info on the Ghoul Screamer here, but here’s the press release:

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Meet The EHX KEY9 Electric Piano Machine

Okay, as a Steely Dan fan but someone who’s too lazy to properly learn how to play keyboard, this pedal is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. From EHX: “Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 pedal emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool “Riders on the Storm” style groove or some hot funk ala “What’d I Say!” Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus. Take if from Mike Matthews who says: “You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!”

For more information, please visit: http://www.ehx.com/products/key9

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Meet The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay

From BOSS.info: Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and much more. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.

  • Studio-level stereo sound with 32-bit/96 kHz processing throughout
  • 12 versatile delay modes from vintage to modern deliver unlimited creative possibilities
  • Unrivaled real-time expression with customizable control settings for onboard and external switches
  • Graphic LCD for easy, intuitive operation while performing and editing
  • Onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
  • Equipped with a built-in Phrase Looper, MIDI, USB, and more
  • Selectable buffered or true-bypass operation
  • Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter

Return Of The DOD Gonkulator!

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First it was the DigiTech Meatbox, now the mighty DOD Gonkulator is back! From dod.com: “Freq out!” The updated DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator (2015) has all of the clangy, robotic sounds of the infamous ‘90’s era original, but with a far more flexible, adjustable, carrier signal control. The adjustable carrier signal allows you to tune the ring modulation giving you the ability to go from slightly-skewed modulation to wildly, atonal chaos. But wait there is more to the Gonkulator than just off-kilter pendulous tones, the Gonkulator is actually two effects in one! The Gonk has an aggressive distortion circuit to further mangle your guitar’s signal. Read More …

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay

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It’s interesting that analog delay seems almost as popular today as it was back when it was the only option, before it had to compete with digital delays, multi-effect pedals, rack units, MIDI-controllable delay stations and all-in-one processors like the Axe-FX. Many players seem to really connect with the organic nature of analog delay at the moment: its rounded down, smoothed off, often more compressed, richly harmonic charms. The MXR Carbon Copy has proven the popularity of analog delay pedals with inbuilt modulation effects, and the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail takes this to a new level while retaining its analog credentials. Read More …

The Return Of The Meatbox

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From Digitech.com: “We meat again!”  We proudly present the DOD Meatbox (2015). Answering the call of low frequency freaks everywhere, the DOD Meatbox (2015) is an updated take on the cult favorite Meatbox from the ‘90s. As a bass subharmonic synthesizer and low-end enhancer, the Meatbox can produce a range of sounds from a slight thickening to a full-on, low-end assault! Use the Meatbox on bass guitars, extended-range guitars, synths, even drum machines and push all the air out of any room. If you’re looking for a new way to move your audience, look no further. Read More …