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Dwarfcraft Devices Unveils The Grazer Pedal
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Dwarfcraft Devices Unveils The Grazer Pedal

Dwarfcraft Devices has expanded their effect lineup with the Grazer, which they describe as a granular repeater and glitch machine. “[It] builds sounds by continuously taking tiny samples from the input audio,” they explain. “The sounds range from off-kilter echoes to curious “buffer overload” skips, all the way up to harsh machine glitches.” The Grazer has a Size knob to...

Daredevil Pedals Introduces The Almighty Bass
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Daredevil Pedals Introduces The Almighty Bass

Boutique builder Daredevil Pedals has introduced the Almighty Bass, a driver pedal featuring an original design that they say covers a wide scope of sounds. The pedal, which is hand-wired in Chicago, is described as having an aggressive feel and goes between “warm and deep, bright and fuzzed out, or any flavor in between.” The Almighty bass has a straight-forward...

Keeley Electronics Introduces 30ms Automatic Double Tracker
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Keeley Electronics Introduces 30ms Automatic Double Tracker

Keeley Electronics has introduced the 30ms Automatic Double Tracker. The stereo effect pedal works with bass, guitar, keyboard and vocals and offers an array of studio style doubling effects for creating thick textures. The company cites the early days of recording techniques as an influence behind the design. “Since the early days of automatic double tracking pioneered by Ken Townsend...

Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0
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Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

A piece of the ’70s is being revived with the Gizmotron 2.0. Originally designed in 1973, the Gizmotron is an electro-mechanic device that attaches near the bridge of your bass or guitar and creates a sustained, bowed sound similar to a cello. It contains spinning wheels for each string that are engaged by pressing keys. “The Gizmotron 2.0 allows the...

Radial Engineering Announces the Bassbone V2
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Radial Engineering Announces the Bassbone V2

After introducing the Bassbone OD last year, Radial Engineering is updating the original Bassbone with the Bassbone V2. The second generation device features a dedicated effects loop, a combination power booster-mute footswitch, and a piezo optimized input for upright bass. “We recently launched the Bassbone OD which has gained tremendous attention from many of the world’s most prominent bass players,”...

Devi Ever: FX Announces Big Distortion Sound Machine
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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 the first release under the...

JHS Pedals Announces Emperor Chorus and Vibrato Pedal
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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 switch to toggle between sine,...

TWA Now Shipping Little Dipper Mk II Pedal
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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 Low Boost switch that the...

Effects: Straight In or Through the Loop?
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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 with personally, and so I’m...

Maintaining Your Tone Between Fingerstyle and Slap
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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 the volume when I switch...