1. History of the Delay Effect - Part 1

    History of the Delay Effect - Part 1
    [caption id="attachment_2824" align="alignright" width="265"]amp-openback The back of a Ray Butts EchoSonic, one of 68 hand-built amps featuring built-in tape echo.[/caption] Delay is one of the essential effects of music. We’ve all heard it before, that well-known echo that has carved innumerable soundscapes throughout the history of rock. Today, we’re taking a look at the history of the popular effect: from its early days as a bulky tape echo machine to its modern inception as a pedalboard mainstay, from analog to digital, the impact of solid state transistors and more.   Continue reading →
  2. MXR Il Torino Overdrive

    MXR  Il Torino Overdrive
    [caption id="attachment_2144" align="alignright" width="300"]Torino The Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps.[/caption] Knob tweakers and tone freaks, your overdrive pedal has arrived. The Il Torino Overdrive, the MXR Custom Shop showroom’s latest addition, gives you smooth, organic grit with the controls you need to adapt its sound to your carefully constructed signal chain. Designed by guest Custom Shop engineer Carlo Sorasio, Italy’s premier boutique amp and pedal builder, the Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps, allowing it to sing with sweet, touch responsive saturation and natural sounding compression. Next, Carlo added a 3-band EQ section so you can finely shape the sound of the overdrive. Finally, Carlo added a BOOST/OD switch to toggle between Boost Mode — a cleaner sound with just the right amount of compression and sustain — and OD Mode — a more aggressive, cranked tube amp sound. Continue reading →
  3. MXR M-288 Bass Octave Pedal Review

    MXR M-288 Bass Octave @ $149.99 When it comes down to it, bass players just don’t get the same love from effects pedal manufacturers as their guitar-totting bandmates and honestly, it makes perfect sense – the main duties of the bass just aren’t a natural fit for some of the more exotic effects out there today. And what is the...
  4. Preview The MXR Super Badass Distortion

    Check out all of our MXR gear HERE! MXR has unveiled the Super Badass Distortion, a 100% analog pedal with a completely new circuit.Designed by the award-winning MXR Custom Badass team, the Super Badass Distortion puts decades of 100% analog distortion at your feet. With a completely new circuit design and specially-tuned EQ section, the Super Badass delivers unparalleled versatility...
  5. MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Pedal Review

    MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion @ $99.99 There comes a point in a musician’s life when he might need something a bit harder in terms of sound. Sure, there are plenty of fans of the clean, jangly country-style guitar but on the other side of that coin you have those that like their riffs with whole lot of kick and...

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