Well.. it’s officially the season of NAMM. All things new and exciting in the world of gear. We’re only days away from Winter NAMM, I get anxious myself to see what new things will be coming out.
One of my favorite builders – Stone Deaf Effects & Amplification just sent me some info about some cool things that they’ll be debuting. Stone Deaf is based out of Manchester, UK (one of my bucket-list cities to visit). I’ve had personal experience with their PDF-1 (Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age uses this pedal), but man, they’re cranking out some cool things for 2016. Take a look at a few of the new upcoming pedals:
The Syncopy is an analogue delay with 500mS of delay. What it lacks in delay length it more than makes up for in playability, versatility and high audio quality and this is because we use high quality analogue chips and very clever filtering to give you nice lush, crystal clear delay tones. We use true bypass relay switching to reduce switching noise, quality burr brown op amps. In addition to this it is Midi enabled which far an expands its playability and control functionality. Many features in a small footprint.
Tremotron is a tremendous pedal, with a fully analogue signal path, Tap Tempo and Wave shape manipulator, true bypass relay switching, quality burr brown Op amps and with midi control that far and expands its playability and functionality. You can store and recall 4 user pre-sets with multiple banks available via midi input. Many features in a small footprint.
The PDF-2…What’s their to say other than its the successor to our very popular PDF-1, with reduced noise floor, adjustable gain knob and dual foot-switch for clean and dirty channels what is there not to love. Its one hell of a versatile pedal thats applicable to many instruments. Analogue Piano, Bass, Drums, Synth and Electric and Acoustic guitars this little beast of a circuit has been used on. On top of these impressive features it now boasts expression input control feature as standard. One of the most useful pedal based EQ, Boost and Distortions on the market. Nothing comparable in the market.
Kliptonite is a dual velcro fuzz and overdrive pedal that splits an op amp based distortion circuit into two halves and mixes them both back in again using the Mirror Mix function on the pedal which is a completely unique design. The mirror mix is unique in that each fuzz and overdrive side of the circuit can be mirrored 50/50, 75/25 or 25/75 and this mixture of each tone can be flipped from one to the other using the foot switch. For example 75% fuzz to 25% overdrive is then switched to 75% overdrive to 25% fuzz.
Gain, Gain and more Gain far beyond this galaxy that is here to stay. Imagine a pedal that can articulate high gain of many high gain amps and imagine a pedal that will send your cleanest of amps in to “Warp Drive” and as if by magic or the force we have it right here. The warp drive is a high gain monster of massive proportions with a built in noise gate that’s as tight as a ducks arse and a powerful EQ to get that ultra scooped out sound if that’s where your aiming or mid focussed tight chuggy magic. You will not be disappointed by its power and chug.In lead territory it excels are producing cutting lead for squeals, pinched harmonics and whammy bends. Combine it with the EP-1 and your in territory never explored properly by a high gain pedal.
What was new to me, is that Stone Deaf is making amps as well. And.. they look pretty badass. They’re Class A amps – SD08 head, SD30 Head, SD30 1×12 Combo and SD50. Very, very cool.
Stone Deaf Effects and Amplification will be at Winter NAMM this year. Make sure you stop by their booth (Stand 1688 in Hall E) if you’re going to NAMM and check these guys out. They’re making a long trip, so say ‘hi’!!!