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How to Use Pedals with Your DAW

We all love plugins, but if you've invested a good bit of money in guitar pedals, why not use them with your DAW? Many high end pedals beat plugins hands down, and offer a different sound. Radial makes a box where you can connect a line level signal from the recording system; it unbalances the signa...

Chase Bliss- The Future of Effects Pedals

If you have not gotten to experience any of the pedal offerings from Chase Bliss, you owe yourself that treat. They all share the best of both worlds: an analog heart with a digital brain. With the dip switches, expression or CV input, MIDI implementation and the saving of presets, these pedals tran...

Expression Pedals

If a device you are using (whether it's a pedal, synth, or rack-mount processor) has an “Expression Pedal” input, always experiment with it! It can transform a one-dimensional effect into a very useful device. Many older analog devices let you choose only one parameter to control, but most moder...

Gain Stacking Tips- Double Barrel V4

Guitarists or Gain Stackers, If a guitarist can only have 2 gain stages on their pedal board, what do you need? If you need any type of conventional sounds, you need a transparent amp like overdrive, and then you need a mids-heavy punch in the gut. There are many pedals on the market that do this. C...

Printable Effects Units

In the world of studio and live effect products, there's been a new innovation in the last few years! These are units that let the user print, or download, to the unit whatever the user wants it to be. Meaning that by a direct computer connection, or by Bluetooth, phone, or tablet; you can project a...

Switching Systems: Part 1

A new addition to the arsenal available to guitarists and other musicians is the switching system. These systems essentially consist of a number of isolated loops that an effect unit or pedal sits in. Imagine if your signal chain has 15 pedals in it. When you engage one pedal, your signal is still g...

Switching Systems: Part 2

We introduced effect switching systems last time, and noted how you can connect a large number of pedals with little signal loss. This is because when a pedal is engaged, all of the others are taken out of the chain, because each is in its own isolated loop. The other asset these systems bring to th...