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  • Iron Ether Updates the Polytope Quad-Voice Detuner

    Iron Ether Updates the Polytope Quad-Voice Detuner

    Iron Ether’s Polytope Detuner/Chorus/Vibrato pedal has gotten an update for 2017. The new version of the flexible pedal has an expression jack input for detune amount or chorus/vibrato depth while the filter is now switchable between high-pass and low-pass. Further, its smaller detuning range is even smaller now, which the company says makes it easier... »

  • Positive Grid Introduces BIAS Modulation Pedal

    Positive Grid Introduces BIAS Modulation Pedal

    Positive Grid has expanded their pedal range with the BIAS Modulation. The standalone pedal has nine built-in effects – Chorus, Vibrato, Flanger, Rotary, Phaser, Tremolo, Pan, RingMod and Autoswell – that can be mixed and matched to create unique sounds. It has intensity, depth, and rate controls as well as tap tempo and LFO controls... »

  • 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... »

  • TC Electronic Announce Four New Mini Pedals

    TC Electronic Announce Four New Mini Pedals

    TC Electronic has released a new line of Mini Pedals, which takes their existing TonePrint stompboxes and retools them to fit into smaller enclosures. The lineup includes the Flashback Mini Delay, Shaker Mini Vibrato, Corona Mini Chorus and Vortex Mini Flanger. Each of the pedals has been reduced to a three-knob interface for adjusting on... »

  • Improving Vibrato Control: A Guide for Bassists

    Improving Vibrato Control: A Guide for Bassists

    If the first step in acquiring control of our vibrato is to obtain a smooth motion that we can turn on or off at will, then the next step is to gain control over the speed and width of the vibrato. Being able to adjust the speed and width of a vibrato is indeed a... »

  • Bass Lesson: Using Vibrato in Your Bass Lines for Better Phrasing

    Bass Lesson: Using Vibrato in Your Bass Lines for Better Phrasing

    Today we’re going to dive in to the topic of using vibrato in your playing in this beginner/intermediate-level bass lesson. Vibrato is key to expression and better phrasing, making it a vital tool of the trade. In the first example in the video below, we’ll play a rock groove in C. Our line is a... »

  • Basic Vibrato on the Upright Bass – A How To Guide

    Basic Vibrato on the Upright Bass – A How To Guide

    Many students have trouble mastering vibrato technically and understanding its usage musically. There are numerous debates regarding vibrato usage in musical contexts, so today we will focus on a simpler matter: how to achieve technical mastery of this skill. From an instrumental point of view, our goal is to have complete control over the width... »