I don’t know how many times in my life I’ve had the discussion – “Dude.. what would it sound like if we turned on all the pedals”. I’ve done various experiments.. and the answer is always – awful. But, the curiosity is always there, I even have to admit that, even though I know the result. When I saw Juan Alderete and Nick Reinhart of Pedals and Effects post a video where they connect 100 pedals, I was like… “What are they thinking?” But.. I had to watch.
Now, major props to these guys. When I first considered the concept, it was interesting, but my logistic brain kicks in. That means 99 patch cables. That means 100 9V or more power supplies. This is NOT an easy task, just establishing the connectivity. Watching the video, I also appreciated their thought process. We know this is going to sound bad. How can we make it not sound SO bad. Their decision on what pedals to exclude and how to set them had to be thought out. To the novice.. you would think this is fun and easy, but in reality to make this happen, take an amazing amount of effort. So again – Juan and Nick.. way to go!
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Now, the surprise of video – to me – was the final sound. We understand white noise would be the result. But I was expecting a more piercing horrible icepick type situation, but I was quite amazed of the sound. It was like the white noise static on the TV. There are ghost remnants. The sound was very haunting and cryptic. Your brain is trying to pick out the signals, but they are so multiplied and altered, you hear many different things. I was impressed.