While software developers have created some cool guitar apps for the iPad, they’re not exactly easy to use onstage due to the lack of foot controls and the fragility of the typical guitar-to-iPad audio interface. However, DigiTech’s new iPB-10 elevates the iPad’s live performance functionality to professional quality by using the device as a processing engine and command center for DigiTech’s impressive effects, amp and cabinet modeling software and placing it in a durable, roadworthy floor-mounted controller with heavy-duty footswitches, a sweepable control pedal and numerous output options.
As anyone who has ever experimented with lots of pedals can attest, some of the coolest sounds are created by using two identical or similar effects together. Savvy pedal designers have exploited this phenomenon by developing stomp boxes that place two effects in the same box but provide extra flexibility and capabilities that two individual stomp boxes together can’t match. The Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay is a great example of this approach, harnessing the power of two independent delay units to produce effects that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Last month, TC Electronic officially released the new John Petrucci Dreamscape Signature TonePrint Pedal, the first custom pedal to capture the Dream Theater guitarist's signature tones in one small package.
Guitarists in '60s cover bands, rejoice. The UK-based Rotosound has brought back its Vintage Fuzz Pedal, which uses the same circuit configuration as their original 1960s design, with the addition of modern resistors and capacitors.
We caught up with Bruce Egnater of Egnater Amplification at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in January. In the video below, Here, Egnater discusses his company's first foray from the world of boutique amps to pedals.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the new G3 guitar effect and amp simulator from Zoom. The G3 is configured like three compact pedals, each with three knobs for adjusting parameters, a footswitch, buttons for scrolling through effects and a large display.
Guitar World visited the T-Rex booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to check out the company's new offerings for 2012. The new gear includes the multi-featured Gull Wah, the Hobo Drive overdrive pedal and four new Tonebug pedals, including a reverb, phaser, chorus/flanger and distortion (AKA the Totenschläger).