Dec 19 2014

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give Away Winner / Pedal Line Friday

I love it when give away winners send me photos of themselves with their prizes! The Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray give away was a hot give away to say the least. A high end pedal like the Stingray deserves the attention it got, and I’m glad it found a happy home. I would like to again thank the nice people at Source Audio for offering it up to a lucky EffectsBay reader. Please, please, please take a moment and check out their site. They make AWESOME pedals and worth a look!

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray WinnerThe winner, Kevin, was also kind enough to talk about the pedal, and his set up….and make a Pedal Line Friday entry!

Hi Hank,

The package came in earlier this week while I was traveling for business. I was excited to get home and try it out but that was a long couple of days.  I was blown away with the various stickers, t-shirt and of course the pedal itself.

I quickly moved some pedals around on my board to make it fit into the layout.  It is a really nice pedal with a load of functionality.  I can’t believe how easy it is to use;  i know that i will continue to learn things in the upcoming sessions as i get use to the pedal and the amazing depth of customization of tone.

I came home from work on Friday to find that my wife had it plugged into her setup.  I had not had Source Audio on my radar prior to this but it is a line of products I will look more into based on the functionality and inter-connectivity.  Given her use of it I may just have to buy my own.

I included a photo with me posing with the pedal and wearing the t-shirt (fits great) with my treasured 1972 Les Paul Recording.

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Winner - Pedal Board
As promised, I also have a submission for Pedal Line Friday.  My line is as follows:
1) Ernie Ball MVP Jr Volume Pedal
2) Korg Pitchblack Tuner off of the AUX jack
3) MXR Dyna Comp Compressor
4) Source Audio Stingray Multi-Filter
5) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi
6) MXR Stereo Flanger (early 1980’s version)
7) MXR EVH Phase 90
8) Strymon BigSky Reverberator
9) VOX Double Deca Delay

Playing into a VOX VT20 amp with the VFSS Bank footswitch capable of using amp presets.  The board is a PedalTrain 2 with VooDoo Lab power unit mounted to the underneath.

Thanks again for pedal, t-shirt and running the site.  It is always great to see how and what others are using.  With a million different pedals and manufacturers a good resource is a great place to start to find a new tone.

Keith


Dec 17 2014

T-Shirt Wednesday – 12/17 – The Bass Shop

T-Shirt Wednesday - 12/17 - The Bass ShopWow.. it’s been a while since I did one of these. I might start doing this again in 2015. Basically, if you’re a builder, dealer, etc.. and want to do some promotion, contact me, send me a t-shirt. I wear said t-shirt, and talk about your biz. Simple, cheap, easy way to promote what you’re doing! I normally do these on Wednesdays depending on backlog. So if you’re interested.. shoot me a message, and let’s make this happen.

Today’s T-Shirt Wednesday is The Bass Shop. This is a long time EffectsBay.com friend Chad Beeler (also you might be familiar with BassEFX.com) in Seattle, Washington. This guy is pretty much the go-to ‘bass guy’. If you’re interested in effects, amps or instruments, and have questions, he’s the guy. His knowledge will get you on the right path. He’s devoted to all things bass. BassEFX.com, is a shot dedicated to bass effects. The Bass Shop is an online presence dedicated to bass players. If you’re looking for your next bass.. stop here.

Back in April I asked Chad a few questions, thought I’d repost that today.

- Where are you located, and how long have you been in business?  
I’m in Seattle, WA (West Seattle specifically).  We launched in October of 2013.

- Do you have a physical location? Or are you online primarily?  
Online right now, building a presence, and looking to add a physical location sometime this year.

- How long have you been in the “gear” business (past experience)  
I worked as a bass specialist at Seattle Music from 1991-1993 then went on to co-found and run Bass Northwest for 15 years, 1994-2009.

- Why are you focusing on bass related gear only?  
Although there are a number of bass specialty shops, the niche is still under-represented.  I’ve been doing this for a very long time and have a long standing personal relationship with most bass and bass amp builders out there as well as a number of boutique pedal companies.  It’s what I know and I have a lot of customers locally, nationwide, and globally who are excited to see my new shop take root.

- Do you buy used gear? Or are you exclusively selling new instruments?  
I buy some used basses, rely on consignments mostly, and will eventually sell new basses from a few selected bass manufacturers.  Overall, I expect an 80/20 mix of used to new instruments.

BTW, I’m always seeking out consignment basses.  Right now, the split is 80/20 in the consignors favor, and I pay as sold after the trial period. Inventory is on the low side right now, but growing. So definitely contact me if you want to consign your bass.  Here’s a link to all The Bass Shop policies including consignments: http://www.thebassshopseattle.com/pages/policies

- Do you sell amps and pedals as well?  
I operate another website www.bassefx.com  (Bass EFX), which I started in 2010.  It’s doing very well and I will be able to incorporate it into the retail space along with the instruments.  Local bassists are as excited about this and are stoked to have a place to try out the range of bass-oriented pedals I offer.  Amps are different story.  As a retailer, amps and cabs take up a lot of floor space, are a pain in the ass to ship, the margins aren’t that great, and they are widely available on most sites and from most other stores. If I sell and amp or cabinet, it will be one or two manufacturers, period.  I will represent what I like and what I play through, that’s it. But for now, I just want to focus on the instrument. It’s a personal thing for all players and it’s where they need the most guidance, especially if they’re going to drop a big chunk of dough on a new or additional bass.  Also, at my old shop, I was the guy setting up, cleaning, and sometimes resurrecting basses that we took in on trade or consignment.  I take great satisfaction going through this process.  It has allowed me to learn a great deal about the differences, subtleties, and personalities of a wide range of instruments.  My former business partner estimated the number of setups I performed at around 20,000. It’s that kind of knowledge that allows me to help a player find the right instrument. Kind of went on a tangent, but you can tell it’s the instrument that motivates me.

- What are some of your favorite builders right now.. and why?  
I’ve been a dealer for most of them, but I Iike Roscoe, Dingwall, Mike Lull, Nash, and Zon a lot.  These builders have always made great instruments, but in any industry it’s the relationships that matter, and I really like working with these folks.  They represent a full spectrum of the bass, from classic to modern design and the overall feel of these instruments is appealing to me. I should also mention Regenerate Guitar Works.  They are a new builder here in the Northwest and creating some cool Fender-inspired basses, but also a range of higher end proprietary designs.  They are the first “new” manufacturer that I will be working with and I really dig their stuff. But really, all serious builders make great instruments and my personal opinion is based on what suits me.

- Can you help advise on bass purchases?
And with other gear related purchases?  Absolutely.  On both.  But since I won’t be selling amps, I can point you in the right direction and narrow down your choices.  Bass purchases take more knowledge and finesse in guiding a player, in my experience, and that’s where I excel.

- What do you think are some of the most important features when picking out the perfect bass?  
Weight, balance, neck profile, string spacing if it’s a 5 or 6 string bass, and pickup/electronics combination.  If the bass feels good right away, the rest will fall into place as you start checking off the lesser variables.  The biggest consideration for most players, though, is price.

Personal interest

- What did you like to listen to 20 years ago? What do you like to listen to today?  Twenty years ago?  
Lots of Seattle bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers, King’s X, Fishbone, Weather Report, and Soul Coughing.  Today? It’s all over the map.  With Spotify and other music outlets, I’m hearing so much great new stuff.  We have a local radio station, KEXP, that’s totally independent and has turned me on to vast amounts of music. Depending on my mood, it can range from Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar to Metal to Techno to Dub Step to Rockabilly.  I have kids now, so they listen to music I normally wouldn’t gravitate toward:  PSY, LMFAO, Lady Gaga, etc…but I don’t throw them on unless the kids ask…nicely…with the “magic word”. Surprisingly, I appreciate what those artists do.

- Pick one.. active vs. passive?
Passive

- Pick one.. pick vs. fingers? 
Fingers

 


Dec 15 2014

Nice Deal on the Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face

Nice Deal on the Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz FaceThis morning I came an interesting little deal that some of you might be interested in. The deal is for the Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face. A lot of people know about the ‘red’ classic fuzz face which uses germanium transistors, the JH-F1 uses the BC108 silicon transistor.. which replicates what Jimi used on ’69-’70 Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face.

Additionally, it replicates the handwired brown circuit board with no solder mask and circuitry matching to the original specs.

Check out this comparison video. I thought it might be great to talk about the fuzz in comparison with other varieties of fuzz faces:

Now.. let’s talk about the deal. The Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face lists for $214.28, and is usually available for $150, but is currently on sale for only $127.49 at Amazon.com and that includes FREE shipping. Not too bad right? At the time of this post, there were 15 units available at this price, so if this sounds interesting, you might want to jump on it!

If you own the Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face, please comment below and let us know what you think of it!


Dec 12 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 12/12 – Olav Christensen

Today’s pedal line is from Olav Christensen. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 12/12 - Olav ChristensenHi there! I enjoyed your shared pedal line Friday Facebook post on Home Recording Weekly and was inspired to email you a pic of my own! I am actually a vocalist but have recently taken up bass and guitar! In the process of recording my EP, I went completely overboard on pedals and it has become somewhat of an addiction for me! (-:

My pedals consist of 3 Danes and 5 Americans (I am a Dane residing in Brooklyn, NY) Anyway, from top right to left TC PolyTune, Fulltone OCD, Emma Stinkbug, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano and from there to the bottom row right to left Keeley 4 knob comp, Tortuga Martini, Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress and finally the TC Flashback. I have gotten quite a bit of grief for placing the Holy Grail reverb before the Keeley compressor but I am a huge fan of Daniel Lanois’ guitar sound and experimenting with placement led me to trying this out and I absolutely love that ducked reverb that just seems to expand forever!

Not in the picture I also have a Red Witch Medusa and a modded Dunlop Cry Baby! I used to own a WayHuge Ringworm and I kinda loved it but the use for it is very limited I feel! My pedals are sitting on a Gator board which is a little overkill since I do recording in my bedroom almost exclusively! I guess I just like the order it provides.

I play on a Fender Squier guitar as well as a Fender Jazz Bass for which I use the Keeley pedal and sometimes the OCD! I record straight from the pedals into my recorder and then use the plugin called Recabinet in my DAW! You can hear the result here: Alpha, by DVR


Dec 10 2014

Celestial Effects Capricorn Rock Distortion Give Away Reminder

Celestial Effects Capricorn Rock Distortion Give Away!This is a reminder post of this AWESOME give away that’s happening right now. The kind people at Celestial Effects is letting us give away a Capricorn Rock Distortion pedal to a lucky EffectsBay reader! Okay.. that’s super cool, but they event took to the next level — they’re also giving away a Scorpio Super Boost as well. So if you’re selected as the winner of the Capricorn AND you follow them on Twitter AND like them on Facebook, you’ll also receive the Scorpio Super Boost. How cool is that!?!? To enter simply go here.. and don’t forget to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

I also wanted to talk about these pedals. They’re fantastic.. so you definitely don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!!! I figured that some official demos might be the best option. For the Celestial Effects Capricorn Rock Distortion.. check this out:

So the bonus pedal – the Scorpio Super Boost, take a look at this:

As you can see/hear, these are great! Again, to enter – read this post “Celestial Effects Capricorn Rock Distortion Give Away!” Fill out the form, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter… and cross your fingers. The winner could be you! Please help spread the word of the give away, and be sure to take a close look at Celestial Effects, you’ll see all sorts of cool stuff!


Dec 9 2014

ZÜE Engineering – On TIMER

ZÜE Engineering - On TIMERSteve from ZÜE Engineering contacted me a couple of days ago and let me know about a new pedal that they’re launching.. called the On TIMER. Immediately hearing the name, I figured it was a delay. Well.. I was off.. way off.

The On TIMER is a basically a ‘timer’ pedal. At first I didn’t think it would be beneficial, but honestly, after thinking about it.. I can see the application being quite cool. The pedal basically acts as a stop watch (counting up) or provides a countdown indicator with warning flashes, etc.  The pedal has a few applications.

– As a musician in a band, questions about how long the set list is.. or how long the new song is comes up. Normally, I would get my phone out and set a stop watch. The issue, I would normally forget to start it or stop it.. cause my phone is in my pocket, etc. This would be a great tool in the rehearsal space to determine how long the set is.. or how long the new song idea is.

– The primary design is to keep musicians aware of how much time they’re spending on stage. Nothing worse than a band taking too long for their slot, screwing the last band of the night. You can configure this to based on a ‘clock’ or by duration of minutes. If you have 45 minutes to be on stage.. you can set it and know where you are in the set.. or you know you need to be done at midnight for example.

I can see venues investing in this tool for their stages. Could be quite handy for sound guys and keeping things on schedule.

Check out this video:

Here is their official press release (released today):

ZÜE Engineering launches the state of the art On TIMER Pedal for musicians.
ZÜE Engineering has launched a one-of-a kind product the- “On TIMER” pedal that will redefine every musician’s pedalboard.  The On TIMER pedal functions as a clock paired with one of two different countdown timers or a stopwatch.  The On TIMER allows musicians to clearly track and manage their time while performing or practicing.

Chicago, IL – ZÜE Engineering offers the next generation in pedalboard clocks that incorporates the latest technology and a wide variety of features.  This state-of-the-art pedal is designed to help musicians manage time while performing.  The On TIMER is a dual display clock/ timer pedal that shows musicians both the current time and one of several programmable count-up or count-down timers.

Every musician needs the On TIMER pedal to manage their performance, be it singers, bass players, guitar players or keyboardists.  The On TIMER is housed in a beautiful diecast powder coated aluminum enclosure, with a pair of LED clock displays that can be seen clearly during a daytime or dark stage event.  While the top LED time display always shows the current time, the bottom LED time display can run a countdown timer, stopwatch, or dynamic countdown timer based off a firm end time.  This unique pedal is controlled by a pair of ‘soft touch’ footswitches that allow musician’s control of the pedal with their feet.

“We are very excited to introduce the On TIMER pedal.  A lot of time and effort has gone into the creation of this pedal.  We designed the On TIMER from a musician’s point-of-view, so that the end-product is a reliable and quality pedal, fit to travel to every practice, club, or stage.  The On TIMER will change the face of every musician’s pedalboard and be as common as a tuner for musicians. ” –  Steve Cutler, ZÜE Engineering

The On TMER Pedal provides a wide variety of features:
- 12 Hour Clock – The top LED time display always shows the current time.
- Countdown Timer – The bottom LED time display functions as a countdown timer, which can be pre-programmed prior to a performance.
- Finish Time – Finish time is the second countdown timer that calculates a countdown based off a firm stop time.  If a performance must end at 8 p.m. sharp, and the musician starts ‘Finish Time’ at 7:07 p.m., a 53 minute countdown clock starts.
- Stopwatch – Stopwatch is a count-up timer that can be used to time new songs, setlists, or for practicing.
- Convenience – One single pedal shows you the current time of the day and one of three programmable timers.
- Warning Time – Warning Time is a programmable visual indicator to give performers a heads up that you are nearing the end.
- Bright LED Displays  –  The On TIMER features a pair of two-stage LEDs.   The displays are bright so they can be clearly seen during daytime events, and can be dimmed for night events.
- Rugged Design  –  The On TIMER is housed in a powder coated diecast aluminum housing with industrial soft-touch footswitches.

About Us – ZÜE Engineering was founded in 2013 by a group who hail from a wide variety of industries.  The goal of ZÜE Engineering is to bring solutions to market that are both innovative and original.  ZÜE Engineering is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

For more information be sure to check out their website. Let me know what you think by commenting below:


Dec 8 2014

Guest Post – MXR Bass Envelope Filter Review

The following is a guest post by Omer Cordell. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me! A little back story… Omer contacted me and let me know of a video he made showing what the MXR Bass Envelope Filter was all about. Nice video, so I asked him to include a bit more information and I would post it here on EffectsBay! Here is the video first:

First of all, I honestly think that a bassist has not yet experienced the wholeness of the instrument itself without playing his or her bass through an Envelope Filter at least once.

MXR Bass Envelope FilterMXR are known to make top notch effects and the Bass Envelope Filter is no exception. I feel that pedals in general are there to give the player that little extra push in achieving the sound, tone and colour they want and personally, I like using the pedals I have in a subtle way and not overwhelm the signal with an over saturated sound of any given effect I use (currently my pedalboard is holding 14 pedals).

One of the features that I love about the MXR Bass Envelope Filter is the sensitivity button that allows me to control the amount of “envelope filtration” by how hard I pluck the strings, this allows me a great deal of control over how much effect I want the pedal to process and is useful in situations where I combine the Envelope Filter with another effect and don’t always want a full signal saturation.

Overall, I give this pedal two thumbs up and stress that it is a must for any bassist!!

-Omer Cordell
Trailight
www.facebook.com/trailightmusic


Dec 7 2014

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give Away.. and the winner is….

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give AwayI would like to take the time and thank the kind people at Source Audio. They have been a long time supporter here at EffectsBay. I absolutely love their products, and I’ve mentioned in the past, they focus on innovation and pushing things to their limits. If you’ve never heard of Source Audio, please visit their web page, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They post great demos and offer excellent news/tips.

Okay.. Now to the winner. The winner of the Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give Away is … Keith W. of Snoqualmie, WA. Congrats Keith! The pedal will be wrapped up and ready to ship Monday morning. And since you liked EffectsBay and Source Audio on Facebook, I’ll throw in the ‘L’ Source Audio shirt as well!

Normally I don’t stack up give aways right after each other, but this month is a hot month of give aways. For you that don’t know, currently there is a FANTASTIC give away for Celestial Effects right now.. so don’t miss out on that. Details here!


Dec 6 2014

Guest Post – Joyo Digital Delay

The following is a guest post by Dan Thorpe of Guitar Domination. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me!

Joyo JF-08 Digital Delay effects The Joyo Digital Delay is a pedal that cost me just £11.60 off EBay (approx. $18 USD) Yes, that`s a genuine digital delay at a snippet of the price that many of the big manufactures sell them for. That`s all good, but is the pedal actually any good?

Well, the first thing I noticed was how well the pedal is constructed. Most other budget pedals I have purchased over the years have all come housed in a cheap-ish plastic casing. Not the Joyo Digital Delay though. The build and construction is first rate.

It feels solid, and no matter how big your size 11`s are you will really have to give it some stomping to damage the casing. The only way I can see the pedal breaking down would possibly be due to wiring issues which aren`t uncommon (in my experience) with cheaper pedals. I have had no problems though so far.

Feature wise, it`s pretty basic, and has your usual `Time, Repeat, and Level` settings` with a simple one input, one output, 9v battery option or a 9v power supply option.

Okay, so how does it sound? Well, to me it`s simple – it is a rather awesome pedal. The sounds are clear and warm without being harsh and overly bright.

You can create your typical slapback sounds with the time on about 1/5 which will help you get a surf rock sound. Crank up the time and level, play some harmonics and you will get a modern tone not too dissimilar to The Edge.

There is no tap tempo (obviously for the price we couldn`t really expect one) so syncing this delay up to specific times requires a bit more thought.

The best part for me is when we really crank up the repeat setting up to about ¾. This is where the sound of the pedal comes to the forefront. Here we really start to hear it `cycle` and build – allowing you to create some soaring tension before your song explodes.

I love huge sonic soundscapes – the sort of sounds that you will likely associate with bands such as Mogwai, Oceansize and Pink Floyd. The Joyo can definitely do all of those sounds and more.

For the price, everyone should try one on their pedalboard. If you are a huge delay lover, you will find some use for it, and if you are new to delay you won`t do much better for the price.

For some simple delays, a fluttering shimmer or sonic masterpieces this is an astounding pedal. It`s not my primary delay, I prefer tempo synced delays but it`s definitely staying on my pedal board, and for times when I need it, I can`t wait to call upon it.

Dan Thorpe is a guitar teacher, writer and musician from Birmingham, UK. If you want to learn guitar online and get some cool guitar related free stuff, check out his blog at Guitar Domination


Dec 5 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 12/5 – Donna King

Today’s pedal line is from Donna King. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 12/5 - Donna KingHi. My name is Donna King. I have been playing electric guitar since 1982. I am from beautiful East Tennessee, USA and his is my pedal board. The order of the chain that I run these in through the effects loop of my Marshall DSL is this: BBE Sonic Stomp > Joyo Noise Gate > Way Huge Havalina > MXR eVh Phase 90 > Mr. Black Eterna Gold > TC Electronic Flashback > Electro Harmonics Freeze nano > TC Electronic Ditto

*On the front of the amp I run a Boss SD-1W Waza Craft (overdrive) > wireless system > amp with a South Creek Audio brand cable. For those that don’t know this, an overdrive pedal does nothing but muddy the water (so to speak) if you ever run one in effects loop. Believe me this is not a desired sound! To push the amp and overdrive the tubes you have to run it straight to the front of the amp! :)

Pedal Line Friday - 12/5 - Donna King
I find after some experimentation that this is the most effective and best sounding means to run these pedals for me. The reason I like my effects pedals are: The BBE sonic stop just makes everything sound better! It seems that no one can really say why this is but honestly the sonic stop just improves note clarity, and definition of whatever I play. The Joyo noise gate stops any amp hum when I use the high gain channel on my amp. The Havelina fuzz is the best sounding, creamiest fuzz I have ever heard. It’s not Buzzy like some. The MXR eVh phase 90 is just a beautiful sweeping but controllable phaser that plays nice with other pedals! Mr. Black’s Eterna Gold reverb pedal is simply amazing! The shimmer knob lets you dial in some crazy-good  “choir from the Heavens” effect which is quite mesmerizing & beautiful when I play through my amp’s clean channel. The TC electronic flashback delay has every kind of delay sound that anyone could want. I prefer the tape delay or mod delay setting. The electro harmonic’s Freeze nano is perfect when I want to freeze a note or chord I’ve just played and hold it and definitely while I play lead over that held chord or note! It gets me creative really quickly! The TC electronic ditto looper is an easy to use looping pedal that does what it’s supposed to very simply. Loop!

*For powering my pedal board I use a Modtone Power Plant power supply that is mounted under by board with velcro. All of my cables are South Creek Audio brand, oxygen-free copper, shielded cables. In my experience these are of the highest quality and are very reasonably priced and ruggedly made!

Thanks,
Donna King


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