Why Do I Need A "Method" For My Cables?

Even if you’re a player that has little interest in the technological side of guitar, there are real sonic benefits to be had by adding even just a little “modern-ness” to your setup. Adding a little bit of technology can open doors to new places – and considering that many of our favorite songs were written after an artist was inspired by a new tone or effect, new sounds can actually be important. 

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What The Heck Is An IR?

The music industry loves coming up with terms and acronyms to describe both new and existing technologies, and it can be daunting to try and keep up with every new phrase that comes along. Just as soon as we guitar guys finally learn what the heck a “DAW” is, another new term pops up that we either have to drop into a search engine or ask the nearest 12-year-old about. 

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Reamping – Why, How, and Why Not?

Reamping – Why, How, and Why Not?

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All Hands Off Deck

In our modern lives we encounter the work of product designers nearly every minute of every day. Every chair we sit on, every door we open, and every button we press started out life as a thought in the head of a designer somewhere, before being made into a product. 

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Wet Dry Wet

It goes without saying that the order in which you set up your guitar effects has a lot to do with the way your rig sounds. If you put a delay effect in front of your amp, it takes on a much more saturated and in-your-face character than if it were after it. 

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Give Your Panda A Bucket

Students usually find that there are a few basic rules to follow when learning any new discipline – most of which are really just refined examples of “best practices” taken from years and years of experience in that field. Chefs learn that a cooked steak needs to rest before being cut on the bias, electricians learn to test high voltage wires with the back of their hands not their open palms, and scientists learn how to test observations using the Scientific Method. 

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Throbber. No, Really.

Even though some designs are simple and have a small number of common components, many classic effects pedals have some interesting stuff going on under the hood, circuit-wise. Some of these pedals rely on unexpected components to help create their signature sound. 

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Transtronic - recreating the past while preparing for the future.

Guitarists like to distort things - like, REALLY distort things – and all of the devices that we used for this task before the dawn of digital guitar products employed diodes and/or transistors to do the job. Even though they can appear quite small when looking at a circuit board, these components are complex and interactive little blobs of electrical goodness that are intrinsically important to the history of guitar music. 

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Helix Hybrid Cabs

In any digital device, there will always be some functions that require a large amount of horsepower to accomplish and others that are far more efficient. If you think about devices that you use every day, typing an email on your computer or smart phone feels quick and responsive because generating text is easy for the processor. Watching a full HD movie is a different story however, because video requires much more DSP overhead to display. 

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