Category Archives: Effects

Press Release: Electro-Harmonix Releases The Deluxe Memory Boy With Tap Tempo

Press Release: Electro-Harmonix Releases The Deluxe Memory Boy With Tap Tempo

The Deluxe Memory Boy delivers lush and organic analog tones that are spot on to our original designs, while adding the in demand performance features that deliver new and exciting potential to every musician. Tap tempo has been added to always keep you in sync with the groove. In addition you can choose from five note sub divisions for metronomic variances. Sweet modulations can be set while expression pedal control allows selectable access to four modulation parameters. The Deluxe Memory Boy is all about sweet tone with ultra flexibility on the stage or in the studio.

EHX Deluxe Memory Boy
EHX Deluxe Memory Boy

WNAMM 2010: New Source Audio Distortion Pedals

Some new distortions to check out. Below is an excerpt from the Source Audio press release.

For the sonic explorer, the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion offers 23 distinctive and modern effect types. What makes the Multiwave unique is its use of multi-band processing, which offers a clear distortion with unprecedented note articulation. Sounds range from basic tones to aggressive synth-like, octave heavy, and extreme foldback effects that go far beyond traditional distortions. The pedal is used on tour by artists ranging from Chuck Garvey of moe. to Brad Whitford of Aerosmith to Reeve Gabrels.

Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion
Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion

For the vintage guitar tone enthusiast, the Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion features 4 tube amp and 8 fuzz box overdrive tones in the same powerful control format as the Pro Multiwave. The sounds are organic and enormously customizable via pre- and post-mid control drives and the EQ. Unlike other products, which attempt to digitally clone, model, or emulate vintage gear, the Pro Classic is the result of a five-year listening study and iterative algorithm design process involving over 40 classic pedals and extensive artist evaluation.

Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion
Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion

Catalinbread Ottava Magus II Fuzz Pedal Released

Ottava Magus 2

[press release – visit Catalinbread]

Catlinbread present the Ottava Magus II, octave fuzz effect pedal. Everything you loved about the original, and some really cool new refinements that we think discerning players will appreciate.

The first thing folks will probably notice is the new Saturation control – in a nutshell, this feature alters the playing feel making it more saturated (duh!) and spongy. It also adds some more gain into the mix giving you those “Holy crap – mah amp is fixin’ to ‘splode!” sounds.

The Intensity control has been refined, providing better control over the usable range of sounds.

We also altered the original circuit a bit allowing it to sound more appealing plugged into a completely clean amp, a little more meat, less rasp and an even more articulate octave up sound.

But don’t let these changes worry you! We left all the original’s good stuff alone! No glitching out when your signal starts to decay, and you can still use any pickup you wish and play anywhere on the neck you want. Try THAT with a dentist’s “conversation piece” octave fuzz!

AVAILABLE: Monday, December 21, 2009
MSRP: $179

Catalinbread has a very cool site showing all their pedals. Be sure and check it out sometime.

SFZ Dual-Stage Hybrid Fuzz Updated by Hartman

Hartman Electronics has updated its SFZ Dual-stage Hybrid Fuzz pedal to include external 18VDC power capability. Users can run the pedal using (2) 9V batteries or via 18VDC external power.

Hartman has also made bias control—previously available as an add-on option—standard in the SFZ. All pedals now ship standard with individual, dedicated bias controls for both the Silicon and Germanium fuzz stages.

The Hartman SFZ contains two versions of the classic Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit together in a single pedal.

Have you tried out this pedal?  Let us know what your impressions are in the comments.

Edit: added youtube video

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Hartman SFZ Dual-Stage Hybrid Fuzz
Hartman SFZ Dual-Stage Hybrid Fuzz

DIY Guitar Effect Parts and Kits – Essential Links

image of buildyourownclone kit
image of buildyourownclone kit

I have been recently researching some “do it yourself” guitar effects kits and during my research forum user mcconnachiea posted this great list of links in the forum. Such a good list has to be saved and shared.  Please drop a comment on this post if you have some other favorite fx builder sites or if you want to share your diy effect pedal building experiences.

This huge list of links should be plenty to get your started researching the diy side of guitar effects.




European sites: