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Everything posted by Fender&EHX4ever

  1. I've always been a fanboy of EHX because of their daringness to try just about anything: amps, microphones, rackmounts, drum modules... whatever! I am so thrilled that they have jumped into software products now. I downloaded the Mini Synth app for iPad yesterday and played with it a bit last night. Loads of fun. There are obviously quite a bit more features in the app than in the original EH-400, or even the EH-410 (w/ delay): for example - presets, retriggering, reverb, and the ability to slide across the octaves. However, don't expect the app to have the identical sound or response to the original analog circuits. The app is a digital approximation. But as an owner of an original EH-400, I am super pleased to have something different and unique to add to my library of sounds instead of a carbon copy recreation of a predecessor.
  2. My current guitar pedalboard chain starts in mono, but finishes out in stereo: EHX Stereo Polyphase > EHX Super Pulsar > EHX Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai > EHX Cathedral >> 2 1977 Mike Matthews Dirt Road Special amps (each with it's own built-in Small Stone for more stereo phasing).
  3. I wanted to do the same back in 2011 http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/guitar/acapella-29/1706891- I got as far as acquiring a vintage Coronado block neck and a pair of vintage Seth Lovers. I wanted Rhinehart Guitars in Indiana to build the body and assemble the guitar. But that project has fallen to the backburner for now. At the moment I am more interested in Eurorack.
  4. If I'm recalling correctly, I think I bought my Digitech Synth Wah used for under $50 back in 2007. I love that pedal!
  5. I'm also a big fan of the modular synth work in music of The Sea and Cake and Sam Prekop.
  6. Modular synthesis and traditional musicality don't have to be mutually exclusive. But I would agree that there are varying degrees of musicality found all over the internet in modular demos. The eurorack community is certainly not the only demographic I would say this about. Modular synthesis has been in mainstream music for a long time now... Baba O'Riley, On The Run, Bowie/Eno, Radiohead.... Here's a more recent example I stumbled upon:
  7. In either case, both are an easy 10 mn fix with the right tools.
  8. It should not be giving you Alt: Amp1 ON / no amps. That setting should be Alt: Amp1 ON / Amp2 ON So something is definitely not working correctly.... either a bad solder connection, or possibly the slide switch.
  9. I remember that occasion, but I don't think I actually ever heard one in action. Any recommended soundclips?
  10. And any predictions if veteran pedal companies like EHX, Boss, MXR, Digitech, etc. will jump into the fray? My feeling is that it won't be long.
  11. For those who are ready to jump that hurdle, I think the idea of guitarsits standing beside their Eurorack cases and manipulating their guitar signals through complex CV patches is something we are going to see a lot more of. What are your thoughts?
  12. It is old news now that effect pedal companies (Z-Vex, Strymon, Malekko,...) have transitioned nicely over to the growing Eurorack market. https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/vi....php?t=152945& I watched I Dream of Wires back in November on Netflix, and then took the Eurorack dive in January with the Moog Mother 32. I've since assembled my first customized 60HP case. Photos later. The move from effect pedal obsession to Eurorack obsession has officially begun for me. It's a natural progression for those of us who for years were trying to use our guitars to, well, sound like guitars of course, but also trying to sound like synths, or expand our sonic palettes. Having been perusing Muff Wiggler and various sites to get a beginner's grasp of the growing Eurorack community, I find it interesting that Eurorack veterans are always innovating new ways of interfacing with their instruments. Sure, guitarists have been doing the same for decades in varying degrees... new picking techniques, picks, effect treadles, bows, eBows, Kaoss Pads, etc.... But guitarists are rooted in the fundamental philososphy that skill and the visceral experience of playing the guitar supercedes the innovations. Guitarists even use the phrase "knob-twiddlers" as a slightly derogatory description of guys who spend more time with their pedals than actually playing their guitars. But the rise of Eurorack in the marketplace forces the traditionalist musician in us to re-evaluate this statement.... twiddling knobs iIS musicianship with varying degrees of artfullness and skill. So, what if we spin the conversation? Instead of thinking of effects as something that complements our guitar playing, we start to think of effects as instruments unto themselves... think of the guitar as an oscillator and as one of many interfaces used to provide visceral interaction with the electronics?
  13. Another superb article from Phil! I have the original, but of course I would love to pick up the reissue as well, even if only for the more compact size. It really does some great snare and cymbal type sounds.
  14. I listened to it over earbuds today at work. It's a personal sounding album that works much better in the intimacy of closed, cloistered space. I really love it. I'll admit that I hanker for another Bodysnatchers, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, or There There. Ful Stop and Identikit get close. But the album's overall appeal is less adrenaline, and more haunting.
  15. There are about 4 types of Radiohead songs that appeal to me in particular: 1. The rising surgers: Climbimg the Walls, In Limbo, Sit Down Stand Up, There There, Go To Sleep, Bodysnatchers, Jigsaw Falling Into Place 2. The experimental conceptual: Paranoid Android, Fitter Happier, Everything In Its Right Place, Kid A, National Anthem, Treefingers, Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors, Weird Fishes, Bloom, Feral 3. The Classic English Rock melodies: High and Dry, Fake Plastic Trees, Nice Dream, Sulk, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Karma Police, Let Down, How To Disappear Completely, You and Whose Army?, House of Cards, Give Up The Ghost 4. The hypnotic techno-groovers: Optimistic, Idioteque, I Might Be Wrong, Backdrifts, The Gloaming, Where I End and You Begin, 15 Steps, Reckoner, Lotus Flower, Separator My least favorite type of Radiohead song (which I still enjoy) are what my wife likes to call 5. Songs from the Suicide League: Exit Music, Motion Picture Soundtrack, Pyramid Song, Sail To The Moon, Suck Young Blood, Videotape, Codex Daydreaming falls into the 5th category for me, though the textures and ambience really set it apart. By the end of the song it sounds more like category 2. The video complements the song perfectly. Burn The Witch is somewhere between categories 3 and 4. Terrific track.
  16. There are so many pedal brands I have never tried... Strymon, Eventide, Moogerfooger... I have 3 Pigtronix pedals that I really love, but I haven't tried all of their repetoire. I imagine I would love them all. The last few years I've been mostly interested in midi and cv sync capabilities. 2016 for me has been all about entering the insane world of Eurorack modular synthesis, which is also all about interconnectivity and sync capabilities. EHX still make some of the most versatile pedals for those purposes, so my first choice hasn't changed. But I will say that Molten Voltage and Midi Solutions have been indispensible to me.
  17. The Gerry Leonard work on the song "Sunday" stands out for me in particular as being both innovative and beautifully melodic. SRV on "China Girl" is absolutely breathtaking, soulful, and delicious, no matter how overplayed you might feel that recording is. Adrian Belew's solo on "Boys Keep Swinging" is one of the most mangled sonic experiences ever recorded, in the best way possible. My favorite Fripp tracks are probably "Fashion" and "Heroes", and "Beauty and the Beast" . Timeless classics that redefined what a guitar is supposed to do. My fav Ronson track is arguably his most definitive... "Moonage Daydream." The fade out chaos is the stuff of legend. But Carlos Alomar is one of the most underappreciated support guitarists of all time. Bowie's oeuvre would not be the same without him.
  18. Even though the original Small Stone is lacking in features, it is undeniably one of the most iconic phasers of all time, heard on legendary tracks ranging from Billy Joel, to Radiohead, to more current bands like Tame Impala. But because it is so familiar sounding, I would only really use it on a recording in an unconventional way, or to intentionally invoke a retro vibe.
  19. Here is a list of the phasers I am most familiar with, * denoting my current favorites: Morley Tel-Ray PFV (70s version) Mutron Phasor I * Effectrode Phaseomatic Deluxe Digitech XP 300 Modulator EHX Small Stone * EHX Bad Stone (70s vintage treadle version) EHX Bad Stone (early 80s vintage) EHX Polyphase (70s vintage) EHX Stereo Polyphase XO EHX The Worm * EHX The Worm XO EHX The Wiggler * EHX Bi-Filter (rackmount) * EHX Flanger Hoax
  20. Great write-up, layout, graphics, etc! Unfortunately for me, I have no personal experience with any of the phasers listed in the shootout, and so it follows that all of my favorite phasers are left out of the running.
  21. The vintage version of the EHX SoulPreacher has a treble switch that works pretty well. Might be worth a try for the price.
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