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  • Devi Ever: FX Announces Big Distortion Sound Machine

    Devi Ever: FX Announces Big Distortion Sound Machine

    Devi Ever: FX has unveiled the Big Distortion Sound Machine, a parallel distortion that combines their Ruiner and Torn’s Peaker fuzz circuits. The company, which is now owned by the same people that run Dwarfcraft Devices, says the pedal was designed for bass guitar but is applicable to guitar or keyboard as well. It is... »

  • JHS Pedals Announces Emperor Chorus and Vibrato Pedal

    JHS Pedals Announces Emperor Chorus and Vibrato Pedal

    JHS Pedals has introduced the Emperor, a true analog chorus and pitch vibrato pedal based on the vintage Arion SCH-1’s chorus topology. The Emperor employs a bucket brigade system, which JHS says allows for a host of vintage modulation tones. The Chorus and Vibrato modes are selectable via a mini switch. Combined with a three-way... »

  • TWA Now Shipping Little Dipper Mk II Pedal

    TWA Now Shipping Little Dipper Mk II Pedal

    After two years of development, TWA has released the Little Dipper Mk II envelope-controlled vocal formant filter. The new version of the pedal, which is based on the classic Colorsound Dipthonizer circuit, adds new control features as well as a fuller frequency response, lower noise floor, and improved tracking. Among the new features is a... »

  • Effects: Straight In or Through the Loop?

    Effects: Straight In or Through the Loop?

    Q: Is it ok to plug my bass directly into my chain of effects pedals and out to my amp, or is it better to run the pedals through the effects loop, and plug my bass straight into my amp? A: I seem to be on a roll with the topics I have limited experience... »

  • Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

    Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap

    Q: Most of the time, I play fingerstyle, but sometimes in the middle of some songs, I change to slap-style. In those situations, I find I just don’t have enough punch to come through. I don’t think that’s a matter of technique or strength. What do you suggest? Do I need a gearbox to augment... »

  • Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Ibanez Teams with Korg for the SR Kaoss Bass

    Here’s something different: Ibanez has teamed up with Korg to introduce the SRKP4 Bass. The 4-string model takes the company’s flagship SR model and equips it with a Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, which has 100 effect programs that can be controlled real time with a touchpad interface. Those effects include a looper, vinyl break,... »

  • TC Electronic Releases Combined TonePrints

    TC Electronic Releases Combined TonePrints

    TC Electronic has added a new twist to their TonePrint technology with the introduction of Combined Toneprints for use in their BG250 and BH250 bass amps. Toneprint is a slot on the amp for onboard effects that can be changed via USB or smartphone app. The company is launching the new effects series with six... »

  • Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Announces Bassbone OD Pedal

    Radial Engineering has updated their ToneBone series of pedals with the Bassbone OD, a bass preamp with two input channels and a built-in overdrive. The new pedal builds on the original Bassbone with several new features in addition to the overdrive such as a mute footswitch and the option to keep the effects loop active... »

  • Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

    Source Audio debuted the latest in their line of bass envelop filters at the NAMM show this year with the announcement of the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter. The Manta is the next generation, following the company’s Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter. The Manta offers 12 filter effects, plus a new edition for the Soundblox... »

  • Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Years after the original was discontinued, Digitech is reintroducing the Bass Whammy pedal. The updated pitch-shifting pedal is optimized for bass guitar tones and retains its classic settings while introducing new true bypass and MIDI operation. Digitech says the Bass Whammy is ideal for 4-, 5-, or 6-string basses and has very accurate pitch detection... »