Los Angeles Stompbox Exhibit: December 3rd & 4th

Los Angeles Stompbox Exhibit: December 3rd & 4th

This weekend is the Los Angeles Stompbox Exhibit hosted by Delicious Audio and held at the Sam Ash in Hollywood, CA! Some of our favorite musicians, effects manufacturers and companies will be there demo-ing the latest and greatest pedals and effects they have to offer. The best part is, admission is free!  

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Demo: Source Audio's Stingray Multi-Filter & Multiwave Distortion

Demo: Source Audio's Stingray Multi-Filter & Multiwave Distortion

It’s always exciting when Nick Reinhart comes through 5starr Sound Labs to demo pedals. Nick has such a unique approach to pedals that is very different from my own. He often utilizes a pedal in ways that may not immediately occur to me. This time around, Nick came through with a couple of Source Audio pedals that have been revamped for today’s touring musician. 

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Interview: Nathan Latona of Tera Melos - Part One

Interview: Nathan Latona of Tera Melos - Part One

Pedals And Effects is proud to welcome Nathan Latona of Tera Melos to 5Starr Sound Labs! As some of you may know (and for those who don't), outside of working on Pedals And EffectsNick plays guitar in the dope band Tera Melos where Nathan takes up bass duties. There's a lot going with their music, and we got to talking to Nathan about the history of the band, how he approaches bass, and how he uses effects in the eye of the hurricane that is Tera Melos

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Demo: Red Panda Bitmap

Demo: Red Panda Bitmap

One of the best companies in the boutique pedal game is Red Panda. They make interesting effects that sound like no other, and they are helping musicians reach new levels in sonic creation! Their designs are smart, their artwork is clean and their functionality is off the charts! The Bitmap is no exception and is one of the most useful and manageable bit crushers Pedals And Effects has come across.

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Demo: HEXE reVolver II

Demo: HEXE reVolver II

Get ready for futuristic sounds and computer chaos with the Pedals And Effects review of the reVOLVER II by HEXE Guitar Electronics, from Hamburg Germany! My friends in the band, Dot Hacker brought this pedal to my attention. Everyone in that band has this pedal in their arsenal and I may or may not have gone into my savings to grab one too.

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Throwback Thursday: Musicians Institute & Putter Smith

Throwback Thursday: Musicians Institute & Putter Smith

Today’s Throwback Thursday is about some really helpful lessons I got when I was at Musicians Institute that I still value to this day. When I was gong to BIT, there was a fantastic teacher name Putter Smith.  He was an upright player and at first, since I didn’t play upright, I thought there was not much I could gain by sitting in on his classes. I thought since I was so busy, I would just skip him on the schedule and head to a practice room and do my Racer X practice. Boy was I wrong.

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Curtis Novak Bi-Sonic Pickups: Part One

Curtis Novak Bi-Sonic Pickups: Part One

Hello! Jonathan here with something a little different; today we're investigating an often overlooked or taken-for-granted element of one's signal path: the pickups. More specifically, this is the first of a few segments focusing on the bad-ass Curtis Novak Bi-Sonic pickup.

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Demo: Malekko Scrutator - Sample Rate & Reduction Pedal

Demo: Malekko Scrutator - Sample Rate & Reduction Pedal

Not often does a pedal come across the Pedals And Effects track that gets bumped to the front of the queue! The Malekko Scrutator demanded we shoot a video as soon as I got it! This pedal is the best designed bit reducing pedal yet! So many reasons but overall, the most synthesizer like bit reducer I have come across and here is why!

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Guitar Gear & Earthquaker Devices present: Juan Alderete in Mexico

Guitar Gear & Earthquaker Devices present: Juan Alderete in Mexico

This past month I had the absolute honor of going to Mexico to hold some clinics on behalf of Earthquaker Devices. We partnered up with the Guitar Gear stores and held three clinics at their Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexico City locations. It was a blast being in Mexico, and meeting so many awesome people. Guitar Gear was gracious enough to film my entire time there, and put together a video of the clinics I did!

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