Supporting the Fire Relief Fund for the Oakland Ghostship Fire

Supporting the Fire Relief Fund for the Oakland Ghostship Fire

Last week's fire at Oakland's Ghostship collective was a huge tragedy for the bay, our country and too close to home for anyone who has ever attended a warehouse party. Being an OG, I don't hit these type of events much anymore but not only have I attended some, but I have performed at the very same kind of warehouse/art loft parties. In an effort to support the scene and honor those lost, I will be auctioning two pedals for the relief fund.  

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Pedal Review: Mantic Effects Vitriol Distortion

Pedal Review: Mantic Effects Vitriol Distortion

For those of you who are not familiar with Mantic Effects pedals, let me warn you, they are not for the subtle and timid sound designers. Mantic Effects is a go for the throat pedal company that creates effects that can transform instruments into sonic weapons! Mantic Effects are really not trying to reinvent the wheel…they have abandoned the wheel for jetpacks!

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Envelope Filter Wars: Fernandes, Mu-Tron, SolidGold FX, Keeley

Envelope Filter Wars: Fernandes, Mu-Tron, SolidGold FX, Keeley

Pedals And Effects coming at you with yet another war series! We got the fuzz wars covered, we’ve only just begun the reverb wars, and now we’re starting up another war on the sonic battlefield, the envelope wars!

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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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