Cool Gear Alert: Roger Mayer Visage

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In honour of the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix landing in London and changing the world, Roger Mayer has announced the Visage, a new fuzz pedal which lets you reconfigure its internals for 45 different tone options, mirroring the myriad modifications Roger made to Jimi’s gear as the demands of the studio required. “I am constantly asked about our tone secrets and of course there was not one but many with a F1 approach to obtaining the ultimate solution for performance and tone for whatever the situation might be,” Mayer says. “So I decided to manufacture a new cutting edge design with heritage roots and configuration to bring today’s modern players a solution that will offer them many of the same parameter changes and electronic techniques that Jimi and I shared and developed.”

For full details on how it works, head to this link.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Roger Mayer 456

456Ever felt that your digital mixes were just missing something? Something warm and musical and just flat-out real? Well, what you’re probably missing is the beauty of analog tape. There’s something very pleasing to the ear lurking in the particular way analog tape captures sound, and it’s something that’s impossible for digital technology to replicate. And yet, as Roger Mayer observes, these qualities can be captured on a CD, which leads us to the realisation that they can be incorporated within your own recordings too. But how? Roger’s 456, that’s how! It allows you to duplicate the dynamic and harmonic qualities of analog tape even within the digital realm. Here’s Roger’s extensive documentation about what the 456 is, what it does and how it does it. Read More …

REVIEW: Roger Mayer Voodoo TC Octavia

The Octavia is a classic yet mysterious effect, and one that’s particularly hard to describe with the written word. It produces an overtone an octave above whatever you play, but it doesn’t sound like a harmonizer or a 12-string guitar. Instead, imagine fuzz combined with the sound that you hear when you run your finger around the rim of a crystal wine glass, except the pitch of the glass follows that of the guitar. It can be hauntingly beautiful when combined with a clean tone or it can add a harmonic, fixed-wah-like quality to distorted ones.

The Voodoo TC Octavia is Roger Mayer’s latest iteration of his historic invention. The intention is very much the same as when Jimi Hendrix used Mayer’s Octavia on “Purple Haze” and “Fire,” but the Voodoo TC range offers many advantages. Read More …

James Ryan rocks the Roger Mayer Voodoo TC Octavia

Check out this great video of Aussie guitar monster James Ryan showcasing the Roger Mayer Voodoo TC Octavia. I love this pedal! I used it to record a song which I’m currently adding nicer-sounding drums to, and then it’ll be ready to go. But don’t wait for my track – click on the video below and hear the Voodoo TC Octavia now! In Australia, Roger Mayer pedals are distributed by Guitar Toyz.

INTERVIEW: Garbage’s Butch Vig

When Garbage went into hiatus around 2006, nobody expected the band to be gone forever. It really did seem like more of a ‘recharge the creative batteries’ break than a ‘we hate each other and can’t stand to work together ever again’ thing. So when they announced their plans to return, it was not really a surprise. What is a surprise is that their new album, Not Your Kind Of People, sounds like they never missed a day. It does what Garbage – Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson – have always done best, and that’s to sound like themselves. That indefinable quality that makes each Garbage album sound different to the one before it, yet makes them all sound like part of the unified output of those four musicians and the dynamic between them.

“We did not want to reinvent ourselves,” Vig says. “We wanted to embrace the sensibilities of what we like as the four of us. And just basically try to capture what it is that makes it sound like who we are.” Part of that was the realisation that nobody else sounds like Garbage, and that there’s something about having an identity that’s very hard to define and quantify, but that when you find it, you hang on to it. “I think that’s a huge, valuable asset in today’s world, to have that kind of signature sound. So we decided to simply do what we like to do. And that’s the sound of this record. A lot of people said it reminded them of our first album.”

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GUEST POST: Roger Mayer on digital modelling and plug-ins

I recently interviewed a famous producer who said they love to use Roger Mayer’s RM58 limiter, and they mentioned that they wished it came in plug-in form so everyone could enjoy it. But as Roger is one of the pioneers of analog music technology and is dedicated to preserving the full sonic glory of the analog audio signal, somehow I don’t see that happening. Roger has supplied the following application note explaining his discoveries on digital and its deficiencies compared to analog.

DIGITAL MODELLING AND PLUG-INS

By Roger Mayer

The claims and performance of digital modelling and plug-ins have several basic flaws, which are conveniently forgotten in the hype and description of their use.

Information in the original sound source:

The fact is that you are trying to simulate or emulate a sound using a sound source that differs in one or more ways from that which you wish to emulate. Your starting source of information might or probably does not contain within itself the necessary information you are trying to simulate. It is not possible to accurately extrapolate information from any sources that do not contain it.

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MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bart Provoost’s Guitar Effects Report

You regularly visit www.effectsdatabase.com, right? Bart Provoost’s site is one of the most informative on the web for pedal fans like you and I. He was recently on the ground at Musikmesse in Frankfurt and he filed this report. Some incredible stuff here by the likes of Amsterdam Cream, AMT Electronics, Bogner, Carl Martin, Ciocks, Dr. J, Ego Sonoro, Electro-Harmonix, Greenhouse Effects, GWires, JAM Pedals, Mooer Audio, Nux, Palmer Audio, Paul Landes, Roger Mayer, T-Rex, TC Electronics, Two Notes, and Yerasov.

MUSIKMESSE 2012: Roger Mayer TC Series Pedals

If you’re at Musikmesse this year, make sure you stop by¬†Hall 4.0 booth B45 to check out Roger Mayer’s new Voodoo TC Series of pedals. The line includes the Axis, Spitfire, Voodoo Boost, Mongoose, Voodoo Bass, Voodoo Bass2, Voodoo-1, Voodoo Vibe TC and my personal favourite, the Octavia. In fact, I’m on a personal mission to make sure everyone realises how great the Octavia is and promptly adds one to their pedalboard.

The large knob on each TC series pedal can be adjusted by your foot while you play, and it also allows you to really, really zero in on the perfect setting for your particular musical situation. The two Soft Touch Small Diameter controls are Tone (with each one optimised for that particular pedal) and Output, which gives you a range from unit to the required level of boost. The colours are Cay Coral, Matador Red, Dusk Pearl, Coranado Yellow, Colonial Cream and Tropical Turquoise, and they – like the general visual design of the pedals themselves – are inspired by classic USA cars of the 1950s.

There’s plenty more info at Roger’s site.