The Depths by Earthquaker Devices

The Depths by Earthquaker Devices

In celebration of this years Summer NAMM, and in preparation for the annual Earthquaker day, I wanted to revisit a time to when I flew out to Akron, OH to try out some yet-to-be released Earthquaker pedals. These pedals of course, in true Earthquaker Devices fashion, became absolute mainstays and every time I go and visit those guys, I know that they're onto something great.

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Unleashing the Cinematic Power of the Mercury7 Reverb from Meris

Unleashing the Cinematic Power of the Mercury7 Reverb from Meris

If you're a fan of Pedals and Effects, then there is a good chance you were really into our review of the Ottobit Jr. from Meris, and I am confident that you'll be as blown away with their Mercury7 Reverb! Meris is not your ordinary effects maker. They set out to break boundaries and take pedals where none have gone before. And the Mercury7 is no different. This pedal's fidelity, functionality and compact size break new ground in the reverb world just like the Ottobit did.

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Deep Space Pulsar by Rainger FX

Deep Space Pulsar by Rainger FX

UK based Rainger FX might possibly be one of the most uniformly stylish effects companies out there. We've rocked their straight-out-of-the-lab Dr. Freakenstein fuzz on Fuzz Wars before, and we got to play around with the sweet Dwarf fuzz pedal too. New for NAMM 2017, David Rainger may have come up with something totally unique to the pedal game, presenting the Deep Space Pulsar, a sidechaining pedal!

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Fuzz Wars: EHX Sovtek Big Muffs featuring Weezer's Scott Shriner

Fuzz Wars: EHX Sovtek Big Muffs featuring Weezer's Scott Shriner

This shootout is as nerdy as it gets.  It starts with three bass players (Weezer’s Scott ShrinerJonathan Hischke and yours truly) in a room, talking about gear when they realize there are enough Sovtek fuzzes in their possesion to do a Fuzz Wars. High Fives ensue.

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Throwback Thursday: Recording Rehearsals At Manny’s Studio

 Throwback Thursday: Recording Rehearsals At Manny’s Studio

Back in 2008 or 2009, having been on the road with the Mars Volta, we took a break from touring to work on a new record. During the break we managed to have some time at home for once. As a personal project, I had always wanted to make a “rehearsal” or “live in the studio” record on 24 track tape and release it for free. Opportunity knocked, and someone who owned a warehouse space in Frogtown (a part of Atwater Village in Los Angeles) was having an art showing. They wanted a band to play the showing, so they asked me if I could throw something together and I saw my chance to make a recording, as well as, do a fun gig in a cool space.

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Fender Jazz Basses with Dark Star Pickups

Fender Jazz Basses with Dark Star Pickups

A long time ago, in a bass galaxy far away, there were two basses made for me that had the Fred Hammond Dark Star pickups in them. Here, for the first time, are those basses’ stories. Although those basses of mine are not featured on here, you can hear my friend Oz’s basses which, in fact, sounded better than mine ever did.

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F*$k@D Up Fridays with Joey Karam & The Inductor

F*$k@D Up Fridays with Joey Karam & The Inductor

So sometimes, on Pedals And Effects, we end up with messed up videos. You know the story…video guy has footage, loses footage, says he will look for footage and ultimately, you end up with no footage. After months of digging in the drives, I found some really great videos that, though some may seem incomplete, were really great videos in the making. Think of F*$k@D Up Fridays as a sort of blooper reel day.

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Vintage Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer

Vintage Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer

I have been a huge fan of Electro-Harmonix’s all analog Micro Synthesizer for years, but it wasn’t until the early 90’s, when I played in a band called Distortion Felix, that I purchased my first. The band’s guitarist Manny and I used those pedals all over the two records we did in the 90’s. Although Electro-Harmonix made a Micro Synthesizer for bass (which I also own), I feel like the guitar Micro Synthesizer works like no other. As I have stated many times on Pedals And Effects, no two vintage pedals sound the same and you have to search for ones that sound good to your ears. The guitar one happened to sound better to mine.

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DNA Analogic Bass Dragger aka Sabotage!

DNA Analogic Bass Dragger aka Sabotage!

I have always been a fan of the Beastie Boys since Licensed To Ill. I saw them live, early on, opening for Run DMC. I knew they were on the verge of being huge and influential. They were respected in the rap world, they came from punk rock, and when they eventually started playing instruments on Check Your Head, I became hugely influenced by their direction and fearlessness.

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Throwback Thursday: Throwing a Pedals And Effects loop at Deantoni Parks

Throwback Thursday: Throwing a Pedals And Effects loop at Deantoni Parks

Throwing it back to one of the very first Pedals And Effects posts ever! Can you believe Pedals And Effects is 5 years old already? Revisiting a video I took of a loop I put together during a soundcheck for the main man D (Deantoni Parks) to jam to.

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Earthquaker Devices Afterneath

Earthquaker Devices Afterneath

The pedal designs coming out today are reaching new frontiers. With inventive programming, we are now hearing some amazing advantages digital pedals can offer. With pedals like the Rainbow Machine or Pitch BayEarthquaker Devices brings to the market the pedals that help us achieve otherworldly sounds and textures. The Afterneath pedal is no exception, and if you want otherworldly, this is Earthquaker’s best pedal at doing just that!

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