byPhil O'Keefe10-25-201210:59 AM - edited 07-22-201308:04 PM
Some of Electro-Harmonix's pedals are more difficult to describe than others, and this is one that definitely falls into that category. Part sampler, part infinite sustainer, and part synth, the Superego Synth Engine is somewhat similar in basic function to EHX's Freeze pedal, but has an extended feature set and correspondingly increased capabilities. Cool, or what? Let's bring on the ego.
One of the most appealing solutions I’ve seen comes to getting audio in and out of mobile devices is the Focusrite iTrack Solo, a box just slightly larger than a guitar stompbox that puts dual inputs and the controls to manage them in a user-friendly array. Especially nice is that the iTrack Solo can work with either an iPad (via the 30-pin dock connector) or the USB port of a computer, and both cables are included.
If you haven’t heard of Apogee, then you haven’t been in the audio business; they’ve been setting standards in digital audio quality, particularly conversion, for 25 years. With Duet, they brought that expertise to a smaller, more prosumer format—Duet 2, a 2-in, 4-out USB 2.0 Mac audio interface, continues that tradition.
This is the third collaborative pedal between TC Electronic and Guitar Center’s resident pedal fanatic, Barry Mitchell. Arena is a variation on TC’s Hall of Fame pedal, but Mitchell was given access to the pedal’s code, and developed four new TonePrint presets at the company’s headquarters in Denmark. Another difference is that Arena is available only through Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend.
Few authors who write about audio and music production are as credible as Winer, who has made a crusade of debunking myths and other fanciful notions about audio on the net and in print. Winer brings this same refreshing style to The Audio Expert—Everything You Need to Know About Audio, producing a comprehensive book suitable for a range of musicians, audio lovers, and seekers of truth in the scientific method.
The Traditional Pro II 50s is definitely weighted toward “traditional,” but also includes some well-hidden nods to modern guitar-making. The volume controls incorporate push-on/push off switches that perform the coil splits, and while the sound is definitely single coil, it’s a little thicker than the typical single coil sound - as you'll hear from the variety of audio examples included as part of the review.
T-Rex is the Danish manufacturer that creates all sorts of effects that cater to innovative and original guitarists. Theiir latest crop of pedals includes releases in four separate categories: delay, ambience, modulation and distortion. The pedals all share the same dimensions, footswitch layout, and price--along with the basic placement of knobs (though there are variations for LEDs and toggle switches). But they differ in the way they shape your signal, so let's take a tour of this quartet of compact tone-shapers.