You don't have to be surf-rock legend Dick Dale to appreciate a touch of reverb on your guitar's signal. Even a smattering of reverb adds character and generally makes things sound warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.
Looping pedals are great for rehearsing alone, working out solos over your rhythm parts and even composing. Onstage, they can make you a show-stopping one-man band, building complex loops that can impress your fans. But loopers can be fidgety to use, and the more features they pack in, the more difficult they are to use intuitively and on the fly.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at TC Electronic to check out some new pedals. This video profiles the company's hot new Ditto Looper, Flashback X4 Delay and TonePrint Editor.
Lately, it seems like the stomp-box world has focused on building a better delay pedal, with dozens of contenders offering powerful new effects. While a few traditionalists have steadfastly clung to the analog realm, the most significant progress has taken place in the digital-modeling world with delay units that offer accurate reproductions of tape, analog and digital delay effects, and much more.
Effects are like jellybeans. You can’t have just one — and is there really a flavor you don’t like? They’re all good. But since I must, I have to give you a list of the best flavors of effects this year. Keep in mind, if I could, I’d give you a top 20 list of my favorite stomp boxes of 2012, but I’ll limit it to five because I need to hold your attention and honestly, I’d be splitting hairs with some because there were so many good ones to pick from.
TC Electronic has teamed up with Guitar Center to create the Transition Delay, a new addition to its TonePrint series of pedals. Transition Delay features all the sounds of TC Electronic’s Flashback Delay pedal, with four exclusive TonePrints that were customized by guitarist Barry Mitchell, Guitar Center’s director of merchandise.
Fast, bright, sleek, accurate and polyphonic, the TC Electronic PolyTune chromatic tuner is pretty hard to top. Even so, TC refused to rest on its laurels. First, it developed the ultracool PolyTune iPhone app; now it’s introducing the PolyTune Mini, which provides many of the PolyTune pedal’s features in a box that’s about half the size of the already compact original.
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.
This afternoon at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, TC Electronic introduced the PolyTune, a tiny version of its popular PolyTune tuner. No pun intended, but the new PolyTune Mini leaves a smaller footprint for musicians and can fit on any pedal board. In fact, it leaves more room for other pedals.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario looks at the new Rottweiler distortion pedal from TC Electronic, which features controls for gain, level, bass and treble, along with a voice switch with two distinctly different midrange voicings.