Friedman BE 100 Deluxe: 100 Watts of all-tube Plexi tones, now with added Thump!

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I wrote about the new Friedman BE-100 Deluxe back during Winter NAMM back in January of this year. Now it’s finally out and you can hear it in action in the official video below. Friedman BE-100 Deluxe First off, let’s be clear about one thing: Dave Friedman can wire a mean amp. If you need […]

Summer NAMM 2019: Fender pedal range expanded with 6 new models

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Fender has added six new effect pedals to its range the new Pour Over Envelope Filter, Smolder Acoustic Overdrive, Compugilist, The Trapper Fuzz, MGT- LA Tube Distortion and Reflecting Pool Delay/Reverb.  Reflecting Pool This new Fender stereo delay and reverb pedal is called the Reflecting Pool (affiliate link). The focus here is on both ambiences and rhythmic delays. […]

Catalinbread Limited Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod

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The new Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod is their modded version of an already super popular ‘Plexi-style’ overdrive pedal. This little secret will be out pretty soon with a limited release of only 100 units being made available worldwide. Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod The standard Dirty Little Secret MkIII is one of the […]

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes – Just Another Tubescreamer?

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EarthQuaker Devices already has a highly regarded Tubescreamer in the Palisades pedal range. But the new Plumes is cheaper, more compact and has its own approach to the Tubescreamer circuit. EarthQuaker Devices Plumes The new Plumes pedal is an independent interpretation of the venerable Tubescreamer circuit –  ” More headroom, less noise and much better sound quality.” In reality this means they’ve done away with […]

Maxon OD808-40K: Maxon and Keeley collaborate on 40th anniversary version

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1979 – 2019: Maxon has been able to stay on the market for a full 40 years. After master developer Susumu Tamura lent a hand for the first jubilee version, now pedal guru Robert Keeley gets a chance to add his flair to the OD808 circuit. If you want one of the first 40 hand-signed units, though, be prepared to dig deep into […]

Fulltone CS-OCD-Ge overdrive pedal: The ultimate OCD?

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US pedal maker Fulltone has just unveiled what it calls“the ultimate OCD”: a new Custom Shop model of the OCD pedal called the CS-OCD-Ge overdrive. Fulltone CS-OCD-Ge The new Fulltone CS-OCD-Ge is the latest incarnation of Michael Fuller’s famous OCD drive pedal. This new version is a limited Custom Shop edition and has two MOSFETs, plus two germanium diodes. […]

Boss outs 4 new “premium” 200 Series effect pedals with delay, EQ, drive and modulation

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Boss has just announced a new pedal range, the 200 Series. The series launches with a new delay, an EQ, a modulation pedal and an overdrive. Boss says these pedals are part of a new “premium audio quality”, all with of 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing and 96 kHz sample rate. Coming in the mid-priced market […]

Venn Audio V-Clip: A fully customizable clipping and saturation tool

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Venn Audio has released V-Clip, the sequel to its successful Free Clip plug-in. While V-Clip isn’t free, it’s still very affordable and offers much more than the free version. Venn Audio says that V-Clip is “equally well suited as a creative saturation tool as it is as a mastering stage professional clipping maximizer”. Sounds great […]

Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets: Dynamic drive with added clarity

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The Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets pack is a set of carefully programmed, dynamic patches for the Line 6 Helix family based upon Craig’s famous Quadrafuzz from the mid-80s. Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets If any of you ever owned or tried out Steinberg’s Quadrafuzz plug-in back in the ’90s then you may know it […]

Elektron Analog Drive deal at Thomann – EUR 89 instead of EUR 395!

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Swedish company Elektron is known for its excellent synthesisers and drum machines. The Analog Drive 2016 was their first outing in the direction of the guitar universe. Unfortunately, it was launched with a price of just under 400 euros, which was quite high priced. Now three years later Thomann is selling them for under EUR 90 a pop, […]