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Carl Martin Dual Injection Pedal

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Carl Martin has announced a new dual channel boost pedal called the Dual Injection which is due for release in October 2014.

“Carl Martin took the high quality, transparent boost from the Hot Drive’n Boost, and put two of them into one pedal. Each has it’s own level control and ‘True Bypass’ switch, plus there is another toggle which switches the Dual Injection between Serial and Parallel modes. In Serial mode, you use the Input/Output 1 on the back of the pedal and place the boost wherever you want in the signal chain. In Parallel mode, connect the Output 1 before your Drive or Preamp, and then use the Input/Output 2 on the side of the pedal to connect to your effects loop on the amp.”

For updates keep an eye on carlmartin.com.

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Review: Stephan Forte ‘Enigma Black Opera’

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I first heard French guitar virtuoso Stephan Forte’s music back in 2011 when I was sent his last album ‘The Shadows Compendium‘ to review , since then Stephan has played at Jason Becker’s “Not Dead Yet” guitar festival and has become an Ibanez Artist favouring the 7 string RG Premium initially as his new weapon of choice and more recently I’ve noticed he is using a Prestige version. Stephan is obviously influenced by the likes of Jason Becker, Marty Friedman and Yngwie Malmsteen, some would call it Neo-Classical shred, I don’t particularly like that label however. I would definitely say it has the infleunce of classical composers, demonstrated in the aptly named opening track ‘Short Virtuosity Étude’ which features some incredibly arpeggio sequences, but this is an instrumental Metal album and even heavier than the last album.

Enigma Opera Black is an intense album, heavy and moody with harmony lead guitars, exotic sounding melodies and virtuosic guitar solos which combine his influences. “I like my music to be dark. That’s the main idea behind the concept. I’m on the good side of things, but I’m just seeing it through a darker veil.” On this album Stephan explores the use of extended range guitars using 7 & 8 string models for extra heavy riffs, tracks such as ‘Sector A UNDEAD’ for instance in which Stephan uses an 8 string for the main riff which is juxtaposed with a higher range arpeggiated synth riff. As with all of Stephan’s compositions you don’t have an all out assault for 7 minutes, he likes to use dynamics to build to a crescendo and then break down to quiet sections for added drama. Again this is a nod back to his Classical influences and something he utilizes throughout the album which helps keep your attention.

Half way through the album there is a slow track called Pure which is very reminiscent of Jason Becker, maybe an homage to someone who Stephan has admired for years. It is a very emotive piece uses a combination of clean and distorted lead tones over a mixture of synth and 8 string guitar backing. Another track that immediately caught my attention the first time I heard it is ‘Praying Lord Bhairava At The Foot Of Mount Kailash’, this is probably a track that I would say is a definitive Stephan Forte track, it tells a story in an incredibly dramatic way and has eastern sounding exotic melodies reminiscent of Satriani’s early explorations mixed with chugging metal riffs and cinematic orchestral accompaniment.

Listen to ‘Zeta Nemesis’ featuring Marty Friedman from Stephan Fortes new album, ‘Enigma Black Opera’ below:

http://www.stephanforte.org/

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Jake Bowen of Periphery talks about his signature Ibanez JBM100


I really like the look of Jake Bowen’s signature Ibanez JBM100. I think it helps that I’m a fan of gold hardware on a black guitar, I’m not a huge fan of reverse headstocks however but it does at least give it an extra level of customisation from a standard model. I recently had the chance to see Periphery live and saw Jake in action with this guitar, it definitely looks and sounds perfect for metal. What do you think? Is this something that you would buy?

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DOD Compressor 280 (2014)

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I love simple compressor pedals, it’s hard enough for guitarists to understand compression without a myriad of controls to twiddle. The updated DOD Compressor 280 has just two controls, Comp and Output. Even I can figure that one out! Turn the Comp knob to add the amount of compression you want and adjust the output level to taste.

Like its predecessor, the DOD Compressor 280 (2014) offers independent Compression and Output controls. True bypass allows your guitar tone to remain pristine even when the DOD 280 (2014) is off. This is a big difference from the original, which would color your bypassed tone. The modern 9V DC power supply input makes the pedal more pedalboard friendly.

“The Compressor 280 employs an electro-optical circuit that varies the amount of the pedal’s dynamic compression using a light-dependent resistor and internal LED. At lower settings the “Comp” knob adds a subtle volume-leveling effect that adds a touch of evenness to the guitar’s signal, bringing up the level of low-volume playing and limiting the maximum volume of harder-hit single-note passages and chords. At higher settings the Comp knob “squashes” the initial attack and raises the level of notes and chords as they decay. The Level knob controls the overall volume of the effected signal and can act as a volume boost if desired.”

Check out the DOD Compressor 280 over at the DigiTech website – http://digitech.com/en-US/products/compressor-280-2014

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Strymon Deco Tape Saturation Pedal


Strymon don’t do things by halves, except when they do! One of my favourite pedals is the Strymon Flint which is half Tremolo, half Reverb (check out my demo here). Well their latest offering the Strymon Deco is half Tape Saturation, half double tracker which includes slapback echo and tape flanging.

As always the pedal looks fantastic too, the logo has similar styling to the Flint, very retro (well duh!), I think it would be a nice addition to my pedalboard which is already 50% Strymon!

“Deco’s Tape Saturation smooths out your sound with familiar and delicious tape compression and saturation, while fattening it with subtle tape-driven transparent overdrive. The Doubletracker provides the power to shift your sound in many ways, easily allowing you to achieve syrupy slapback tape echoes, psychedelic tape flanging, and gorgeous tape chorusing sounds.”

Check out the teaser video above to hear the Deco in action.

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TWA Little Dipper MkII – Envelope Controlled Vocal Formant Filter

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I have never personally heard the original TWA Little Dipper but I have a couple of pedals that have vocal formant filters and I think they are great fun and although aimed at a very specific sound can actually be used in many different situations. This type of effect can also lead to inspiring you to explore new ideas so it is great as a riff or solo brainstorming tool.

The TWA Little Dipper® MkII is “an envelope-controlled vocal formant filter based on the uber-rare Colorsound Dipthonizer circuit” which, for this new version has “improved tracking, fuller frequency response, lower noise floor, and a pedalboard-friendly chassis”, over it’s predecessor.

The Little Dipper’s® dual filters will bend and morph your guitar tone into a blabbering, gurgling fury, creating frequency peaks and notches that simulate the vowels and diphthongs of human speech!

You can get a lot of different types of sounds from The Little Dipper as Andy from Pro Guitar Shop demonstrates in the video below. You can emulate talkboxes, filters, phasers, or flangers or even an AutoWah.

The following changes/upgrades have been added to the Little Dipper® Mk II that were not present on the LD-01 –

  • Low Boost switch added to improve performance when used with Bass Guitar
  • Output Level trim (internal) to control overall output volume of effect
  • EXP Jack for external, expression pedal control of Ascension knob
  • S3TM “Shortest Send Switching™” – a relay-based true bypass switching that defaults to bypass if power is lost
  • 5th “diphthong” setting on Inclination switch for additional vocal effects
  • Occultation rotary switch – 7-position switch that offers different timing & EQ configurations for the 2 filters, including shutoff settings for filters 1 & 2
  • Smaller, pedalboard-friendly chassis (Hammond 1590 size)
    Same price as DIP Mk 1

You can read about what each of the controls do in detail on the Godlyke TWA Little Dipper MkII product page, I couldn’t find a website for TWA (Totally Wycked Audio) it seems they are only available through the Godlyke website and costs $299.

As Always Andy from ProGuitarShop.com does a fantastic job of demonstrating this pedal with a suitably funky track:

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‘That Guitar Show’ Kickstarter Campaign

That Guitar Show. A show for guitar players by guitar players. The guitars. The people. The stories. You can help make it happen!

Although the trailer has no content so to speak I like the idea of a guitar show that travels coast to coast meeting guitar players, builders, collectors etc. The goal is to raise $50,000 so that they can produce 5-10 broadcast quality webisodes, with a long term goal of airing on a network, on cable or online (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.). Money raised will fund camera rentals, travel, editing, post-production, lighting, direction, art direction and other production-related expenses.

“That Guitar Show and its producers have a background in the guitar world that allows for unprecedented access to the characters that inhabit the guitar universe.”

As with all Kickstarter campaigns there are plenty of rewards for donations, everything from guitar picks to a 50th Anniversary 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – #149 of only 500 made, although that particular guitar comes at the price of a $10,000 donation!

I think I speak for all guitarists when I say the world needs more quality guitar TV shows so if everyone donates anything from $5 we can help get this show on the road! Use the widget below to click through to the Kickstarter campaign or visit http://thatguitarshowtv.com/.

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EHX Release Turnip Greens Pedal

The new Turnip Greens multi-effect pedal combines two of our hottest selling products, the transparent Soul Food overdrive and lush Holy Grail Max reverb. Beyond simply combining these two great products, we’ve added additional features to make the pair even more potent! This could easily become a go-to pedal for the player looking for a simple yet sweet sounding set up or the secret weapon you never knew you were missing.

I don’t think I’ve seen a drive & reverb combo pedal before, it’s a nice idea for a complete amp in a pedal. Read more about it at EHX.com.

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TrueFire Andy Timmons Electric Expression


I’ve always thought that an Andy Timmons instructional video would be really cool and this definitely looks like a great video for TrueFire.com from Andy covering lots of musical concepts and then putting them into practice. Check out the video above for a full explanation about everything that is included in Electric Expression.

Andy Timmons Electric Expression is available to pre-order from truefire.com. Expected release date is October 1st, 2014.

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New Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo and T2 Reverb Pedal from TC Electronic

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TC Electronic have announced an update to the amazing sounding vintage voiced Alter Ego delay pedal, now called the Alter Ego V2. This is the regular size pedal the same as the original Flashback Delay, not to be confused with the Alter Ego X4 that was recently released. The Alter Ego V2 contains nine of the echo sounds from Alter Ego X4 including faithful recreations of the most sought after echo units such as the Echorec, the Space Echo and the Echoplex. The Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo also sports a built-in looper, TC Electronic’s proprietary TonePrint technology and the futuristic audio-tapping feature, which let’s you set the tempo of your delays simply by strumming your guitar.

T2 is a new Reverb pedal that contains eight new reverb sounds plus the two ethereal reverbs that made the original Trinity Reverb such a hit. “With T2 you get decay for days combined with beautiful swirls of modulation, making it the perfect addition to every ambient guitarist’s pedalboard.” T2 also includes TC Electronic’s TonePrint technology which, combined with the Windows or Mac Desktop or iPad toneprint editor you can create and save your own reverbs (or delays with the Alter Ego V2) and beam to your pedal via your phone or transfer via USB.

Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo and T2 is available exclusively at Pro Guitar Shop in North America.

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