Dec 1 2014

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray When it comes to effecting your signal, you’re hoping to create a sound that takes you places outside of the general dry signal of your instrument. By using effects, you emphasize parts, create and build ambiance, etc. To stand out of the mix, to provide intensity. We all know *why* we use effects.  When I plugged into the Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray, I was expecting filter/modulation. We’ve heard it plenty of times. Autowah, phaser, enveloping wobbling effect, etc. Well.. I was utterly blown away by this pedal.

There are some pedals I’ve played that do what I expect it, but there are others that actually open you up to creativity. This is one of those part/song writing pedals. There are so many options with this pedal that I would lead to song parts for me. Fantastic creative tool! What initially caught my attention, were the extremes the Stingray could achieve. Sometimes extreme means un-usable, but they were able to push things so far, yet completely awesome and usable!

The next item that I noticed is the site. The amount of processing power this pedal can pull off, with this small of a footprint, is incredible and within a very sturdy enclosure.

This pedal is both complicated and extremely easy to use. At first, the options are many, but after a few passes, it’s really super easy and efficient. The first item of business.. this pedal has 2 presets.. which is great! You can define individual presets and saving is a snap! You can configure the pedal to go into tap tempo mode as well, where one of the buttons is tempo control.

The Stingray has 12 filter effects that span across different areas of enveloping – Single peak, Low pass, Phasers, High pass and Multi peak. There is an ‘option’ knob that is assigned to a particular option mode – Frequency, resonance, mix, volume, drive and tone. Set the mode.. adjust the level with the option knob. There are also Depth and Speed knobs. The Mod Source is basically the wave pattern – Sine, Square, etc.

With the Stingray, you can go extremely subtle to crazy over the top. The ability to add drive is fantastic too. To me, this is the ultimate filter pedal.. hands down.

I get asked about the bypass of these pedals too. The Soundblox, is quite innovative by allowing you to go from True Bypass to Universal Bypass if desired. The Universal Bypass is their version of a buffered bypass, if you’re wanting true bypass you can set that as well.

Overall, this pedal is crazy good. If you’re interested in a filter pedal.. look no further. Source Audio.. has done it again!

Also, I want to mention that the Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray give away is still happening. Do not miss out on this people! To enter go here: Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give Away!


Jul 18 2011

Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away. And the winner is…

This has been a great give away with a ton of entries. So without further ado, the winner of the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away is George DesRoches of Rhode Island! Congrats George, the pedal will ship tomorrow, please let us know what you think.

I would also like to send out a special thank you to Source Audi0 for sponsoring this give away and letting us take it for a test drive! Please check out Source Audi0 for their other products also follow them on Twitter and Facebook too!

Jul 13 2011

Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away – Reminder

Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away - ReminderHello Everyone. I just wanted to remind everyone that the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger give away is still happening. The guys at Source Audio were kind enough to sponsor this give away so a lucky reader is going to walk away with this great sounding pedal. The give away officially ends on July 18th at 12PM MST. To enter go here:  “Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away!

For those of you not familiar with the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger, you can read our review: “Demo of Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger“. There are two videos and high quality MP3s available for it.

Make sure you get your entry in time, and if you know anyone that might be interested in the pedal, please let them know about it! Make sure you check out Source Audio for their other great pedals. Awesome stuff there!

Jul 5 2011

Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger Give Away!

Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flange Give Away!


Well, I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July. All fingers remaining? Minimal hangover this morning? Bowels not too balled up with various forms of tubular and patty form meat products. Okay, if we’re all good, let’s start off the week’s posts with a doozy!

Last week, I posted a review of the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger. When Will Cady sent that over, he thought it would be fun to put on a give away with that particular unit, and I was super down with that idea! So first, I would like to send out a special thank you to Will Cady and the guys at Source Audio for allowing this give away to happen.

Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger, please give the review a read and listen – “Demo of Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger“. You’ll find breakdown of controls, two demo videos with high quality MP3 clips as well.

I wanted to talk about Source Audio in general. They’ve been a long time friend to and have been putting out some quality gear since 2005. They do an excellent job of demonstrating their pedals with some quality videos. Make sure you stay connected to their blog for these videos and related news. I particularly like their series when they go into details about the guts of their pedals, and the logic behind them. Good stuff.

Source Audio is really starting to get great exposure by the artists using their pedals. You’re definitely seeing them more and more on pedalboards and in effect racks. To see who has been using Source Audio gear, please check out their Artists page. It’s impressive. Also, please be sure to check them out on Twitter and Facebook too!

So how do you win this awesome flanger pedal?  I’m going to select one random entry. I will email that random entry asking for the answer to the question listed below. They will have 24 hours to respond with the answer. If the 24 hours passes, I will select a new random entry and repeat the process until I receive confirmation from the winner.  This is open to everyone. Yes, that means international! Also, one entry per person. Please read that last sentence again… “one” “entry” “per” “person”.

The submission form will be open until July 18th 12PM MST.

First, this is not a requirement, but you should ‘like’ EffectsBay on Facebook. It’s good way to keep in touch with new give aways and posts. Also, please consider joining the official mailing list.

Okay.. here’s the question. What is your favorite guitarist/bassist out there that uses a flanger?

Jun 30 2011

Demo of Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger

Demo of Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod FlangerA while back Will Cady of Source Audio sent me a Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger to check out and demo for Source Audio is really starting to get their name out in the guitar/bass effects world. Their Soundblox and Soundblox pro pedals are starting to find themselves on various boards and backline rigs. Artists such as Billy Sheehan, Adrian Belew, Billy Corgan, Bela Fleck just to name a few. Please check out their artist page for more info! Some serious talent there.

Okay, let’s talk about the Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger. The Tri-Mod Flanger came from the original Hot Hand Phaser/Flanger system in a smaller system. The tri-mod flanger has 11 preset ‘effects’. The presets include:

1. Classic flanger with resonance
2. Delayed subtracted from input, producing a hollow sound
3. Multiple individually varying delay lines summed
4. High resonance, peaks only, no notches
5. Multiple delays, no resonance
6. Multiple delays, with resonance
7. Classic flanger with resonance, but with extra delay network inserted into feedback path
8. A lot of individual delays with resonance and extra delay network in feedback
9. A lot of individual delays with resonance and extra delay network in feedback
10. Classic flanger, hollow sound
11. Delayed signal only, no flanging effect. Meant for pitch modulation, such as vibrato.
– There is also a calibration setting.

My first reaction with this pedal and these pre-sets, you can achieve just about ANY flanger effect you’re looking for. The options were plentiful, and these starting points for initial effect covers just about everything a flanger is known to do. Subtle flange to crazy jet flange with huge sweeps is possible with this pedal!

There are three controls available. These control delay, depth and speed to the preset effect selected.

Delay - Adjusts the amount of time delay used to create the flange
Depth - This is actually a multi-purpose control. Primary function is to control the depth of the flange effect and controls the type of modulation used. Options include Envelope or LFO.
Speed - In envelope mode (see Depth control) it will control the attak of the envelope. In LFO it will control the oscillation.

Optionally this pedal can be used with a HotHand attachment. The HotHand is a like a tethered ring with a accelerometer in the ring. By triggering the accelerometer you will be able alter the effect from your playing hand. The Depth and Speed knobs have ‘HH’ values there. You can control the depth response via the HH and Flail/Pick controls which are part of Speed. The HotHand is sold separately.

For this demo, I again enlisted the help of Jimmy Rolle. Immediately we were both impressed with the insane amount of flange tone/control/effects that are available, and to present them all within a demo video or two is impossible. It would be easy to devote a 5 minute video of each preset effect! For this demo, we broke it down to two videos. One for ‘clean’ and one for ‘gain’ amp settings. All played with a Les Paul Elegant Custom Shop guitar into a Rivera Knucklehead 100w head through a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. Cabinet was mic’d with Shure SM57 and Fathead Ribbon Mic. Nothing else in the signal path between the guitar and the amp.

Below Jimmy is playing on Channel 2 of the Rivera Knucklehead (clean channel)

You can listen to the high quality MP3 clip via SoundCloud

Next up is the Tri-Mod Flanger on the gain side of the amp.

You can listen to the high quality MP3 clip via SoundCloud

As you can see there is a big variety of flanger/vibrato sounds that can be acquired with this pedal, and we just scratched the surface. If you’re looking for a flanger with variety and quality, then you may need to look closely at the Source Audio Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger.

The Tri-Mod Flanger is currently available for $99 at, or you can find a dealer from Source Audio’s website!

If you want to learn more about what Source Audio offers, please visit them on the web, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!


Jun 22 2011

Guest Review of the Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter by Omar Findlay

Guest Review of the Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter by Omar FindlayThe following is a guest post by Omar Findlay. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me!

In this review I’m going to be talking about the SoundBlox Bass Envelope Filter, a new toy from the folks at Source Audio. It’s a funky little effect for your bass if you’re looking for something to spice up your pedal board a bit. This will definitely do the trick, and despite the minimalist interface, it has a lot under the hood.

The BEF has 21 preset envelope effects, which is an offering that other filters lack. The interface contains a minimal number of knobs (4) and each are clearly marked for their functions. The pedal itself takes up a little more space on a board than one might prefer, but it’s a minor thing since there are much larger pedals on the market. The power jack and input/output jacks are easily accessible and don’t get in the way. Time to plug it in and see what it can do!

The effects
The first thing that you’ll notice about the BEF is that it has 21 presets, each of which have a core setting, and are further adjustable with the other three knobs. The effects are categorized by filter setting (peak and notch, single/triple peak, 2/4-pole low pass, phasers) and all have their own unique sounds; he manual explains each effect in detail, which is very handy. The other three knobs allow you to get the exact sound you’re looking for once you’ve found your desired effect; ‘tone’ selects the centre frequency, ‘speed’ sets the filter’s attack and decay, and ‘sweep range’ determines the direction (negative/positive) and width (narrow/wide) of the frequency sweep. Any combination of those three knobs gives you access to thousands of sounds, which you’ll be discovering daily.

Source Audio has made this (and its other pedals) Hot Hand ready, which means that you’re able to plug in an accessory (sold separately) to the unit and manually control the filter sweep with your hand, finger – whatever you attach the ring to – thus making it similar in operation to a standard bass wah pedal. The Hot Hand is very useful because it gives you additional control without you having to adjust the pedal during a performance. Plus, the ring looks cool. What more could you ask for?

Pros and cons
pros: 21 presets, plus the ability to adjust them and get tons of different sounds out of them. This unit is also very easy to use and quick to learn.
Cons: no wet/dry knob (very minor issue).

If you’re looking for a good envelope filter that can do what the others can and more, don’t overlook this pedal. It’s versatile, it looks cool, it’s got 21 presets, a ‘handy’ accessory, and best of all… it costs less than the others but does just as well. Sure, there’s no save function for all the settings you’re going to find, but that’s a small price to pay for something that is very well-designed and very capable.

Thanks for reading

For more information about Omar Findlay, please check out his blog at Omar is also in the band Edo & the Best (Visit them on MySpace and Facebook)

Oct 20 2010

Source Audio’s NEW Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter

Source Audio's NEW Soundblox Bass Envelope FilterOkay bass players… time to get excited. Will at Source Audio just sent me some info on the new Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter (BEF), and it seems pretty badass! Here is the official press release:

Boston, MA – Source Audio, the multiple award winning guitar effects pedal innovators, will be showcasing their new Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter at Bass Player Live in Hollywood, CA on October 23rd.  The BEF is the latest addition to the company’s expanding line of bass effects.

First run models of the pedal have already appeared in the touring rigs of bassists Mike Gordon of Phish, Kevin Walker of Prince/Justin Timberlake, and Jai Dillon of Jason Mraz.

“I’ve had a eureka experience with the Bass Envelope Filter.  It is the first unit with enough control to preserve the low-end without sacrificing clarity.” says Mike Gordon who added the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter to his set-up in addition to the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion for Phish’s 2010 Summer Tour.  His use of both pedals can be heard on performances from the tour found on

“Source Audio has revolutionized the bass envelope filter as we know it today and resurrected the bass guitar.” adds Kevin Walker.  “What I once needed keyboard for, I can now do with my bass”.

The design of the BEF includes 21 different filter sounds including Two Pole Filters, Four Pole Filters, Single Peak Filters, Triple Peak Filters, Peak & Notch Filters, and Phasers that can all be modulated through either watery positive filter sweeps or punchy negative/reverse filter sweeps.  In addition, the interface allows the user to select the frequency range of the filter sweeps as well as the attack and decay speeds of each effect.  Like all Soundblox pedals, the BEF can be optionally controlled by a Hot Hand motion-sensing ring.  Placing the ring on the player’s hand or anywhere on the instrument allows the movement of the player to modulate the filter sweeps of the pedal.

Now widely acclaimed for bringing innovation into the world of guitar effects pedals, Source Audio was founded in January 2005 by former engineers, scientists, and executives of Analog Devices, Kurzweil Music Systems, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Since the 2006 release of its flagship product, the Hot Hand motion-sensing ring, Source Audio’s distortion, modulation and Hot Hand products have been recognized through multiple awards from Guitar Player, Guitar World, Bass Player, and Premier Guitar Magazines.

Street Price for the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter is expected to be $119.  It is available now.  For a limited time only, a wired Hot Hand controller will be included.  For more about the Soundblox effects pedals and to view video demos, visit or call Source Audio directly at 781.932.8080.

The Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter will be available for hands-on demos at the Source Audio booth at this year’s Bass Player Live at SIR Studio in Hollywood, CA on October 23rd and 24th.

Okay, that sounds all fine and dandy, but let’s see how it sounds. Will also let me know about a few videos they did. One basically demos the pedal, and the second video goes into the technical aspects of envelope filters, etc. It was quite interesting.

Here is the Tech Talk video about the Bass Envelope Filter. By the way, Bob Chidlaw is my hero.

I’m hoping Will Cady is reading this post. If so, what’s the deal with your headstock? Meaning the snake-charm-type-thing that’s tied on to the headstock? I feel there is a powerful mojo story there.

Once again, Source Audio is pumping out some great gear, please check out their site for their other effects!

Jun 26 2010

Source Audio Soundblox Multi Wave Distortion

I was psyched to see our friend’s Source Audio having their Soundblox multi-wave distortion pedal demo’d by gearmanndude. This is a pretty awesome sounding distortion box, that incredibly versatile. Check it out:

Jun 15 2010

Premier Guitar – Source Audio Interview at Winter NAMM ’10

So.. Summer NAMM is getting ready.. and many friends/dealers/vendors are heading over. I’ve been asked by several people if will be there, and unfortunately, no. I think I’ll try to make a good effort for Winter ’11, but we’ll see.  Speaking of friends, I noticed that @gearalley tweeted about a Premier Guitar video showing a interview of another friend – Source Audio during the Winter ’10 NAMM. I thought this video was quite good on describing their SoundBlox Pro line.

Jan 12 2010

SoundBlox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion – Warehouse Sessions

Will Cady (@willcady) sent me another email yesterday letting me know after then announced the videos of the SoundBlox Pro Multiwave Distortion (I blogged about it here) by Source Audio , they were getting a few questions on various bass forums about how it would sound live, so they created a series of videos. Below is the first one, if you’d like to see more videos please check out Will’s blog (

It sounded like the bass signal was recorded direct. Will, if you’re reading this was this recorded with open mic or direct? If this is direct, I’m curious how well this will cut through with a full band in live scenario.