Guitar Effects articles

  • Review of the Boss ME-80
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    Review of the Boss ME-80 - Versatile, powerful, and priced to sell

    07/02/14

    For years, Boss has been one of the leading manufacturers of self-contained guitar multi-effects floor units, and the ME-80 is its latest effort. Less expensive than the flagship GT-100, it's nevertheless a very capable and fully featured unit. The ME-80 gives you access to virtually any kind of guitar effect, a range of preamp sounds, an expressi…

  • Review of the Boss OD-1X OverDrive
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    Review of the Boss OD-1X OverDrive - An Overdrive Pedal with a New Look and Feel

    06/17/14

    The Boss OD-1X OverDrive was one of two new stompboxes the company announced at NAMM 2014 (the DS-1X Distortion was the other). It features the company’s recently developed Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology and promises a superior playing experience to analog pedals. Does it deliver?

  • Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review
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    Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review - Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question.

    05/28/14

    Since the days of the original Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has been building distortion pedals, and one of its latest entries is the EHX Tortion ($179). Way more than just a distortion effect, it also offers a range of overdrive sounds, pleasing clean tones, a boost channel, and you even get amp simulation via its direct out.

  • The Top Digital Reverb Pedals
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    The Top Digital Reverb Pedals - A Look at the Best Digital Reverb Guitar Pedals

    05/15/14

    Indispensable on the pedalboard of any guitarist — right next to the overdrive/distortion — the reverb pedal allows you to add some ambient or to modify the position of a sound in a mix. Naturally, it has kept up with the digital evolution and there are many different models available on the market right now. We asked the Audiofanzine community wh…

  • Palmer Kaputt Review
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    Palmer Kaputt Review - Kaputt

    03/30/14

    With our recent review of the Mutterstolz tube distortion in mind, the Audiofanzine editorial board decided to review some of the other models from Palmer's Root Effects collection. We've already posted our review of Automat, and here we'll focus on Kaputt.

  • Palmer Automat Review
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    Palmer Automat Review - Distautowah

    02/24/14

    On the occasion of our recently published Palmer Mutterstolz distortion pedal review, your favorite website decided to revisit some of the German brand's Root Effects, and here we review Automat, an analog distortion/auto-wah that saw the light of day in February 2012.

  • TC Electronic Ditto X2 Review
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    TC Electronic Ditto X2 Review - The Return of the Same Thing

    02/20/14

    Following up on the success of the original Ditto, which had only two controls, TC strikes again with the X2, featuring more than twice that. Can it give the final blow to its competitors in the not-too-expensive loopers market?

  • Palmer Mutterstolz Review
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    Palmer Mutterstolz Review - Make Your Mamma Proud

    02/13/14

    Back in the day when fluorescent colors were in fashion, amps resembled fridges, all the songs on the radio had a guitar solo after the second chorus, and the Berlin Wall was still standing (Bingo!, the '80s), German brand Palmer made a name for itself among guitar players with products such as the very popular PI-03 speaker simulator in rack form…

  • Impressive Compression
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    Impressive Compression - The Best Compression Pedals for Guitar and Bass

    02/11/14

    For those who have a tendency to hammer their electric or bass guitars with a heavy attack, or can't play consistent rhythm parts throughout an entire song, a compressor might be the solution. A compression pedal might also prove to be very practical in many cases when you want boost the volume of your instrument or add sustain.

  • TC Electronic Hall of Fame Mini Review
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    TC Electronic Hall of Fame Mini Review - Mini Mini Mini...

    12/01/13

    "...must be funny...in a midget's woooorld". It's probably what ABBA would've sung if they had started their career in 2013. Indeed, this year has seen the appearance of a good number of bonsai-sized and more-or-less useful pedals.