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Boosters need to add depth and solidness to a sound, so finding the right one for you could be tricky. Just in case you need one as soon as possible, you might want to check out our review for the TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster pedal. Spark Mini Booster Pedal Details & Specs Analog circuit, up to 20dB of clean, full boost PrimeTime Technology (seamless switching between two modes: latch and momentary) Compact, lightweight, small footprint – ideal for various pedalboard sizes Standard 9V power supply Aluminum-alloy classic full metal design for durability and long-lasting protection Retailed at $49.97; 8...

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When it comes to pedals, it all depends on preference. For this review, one of our preferred options for delay pedals is Donner’s Yellow Fall Delay pedal, which is a great option for both starters and professionals. Donner Yellow Fall Delay Pedal Details & Specs 3-knob effect pedal made of pure analog, whole circuit delay: 20ms-620ms Aluminum-alloy classic full metal design for durability and long-lasting protection True Bypass technology for zero tone-coloration (bypass switch on/off) LED indicator for working state Power plug requires a 5.5 diameter; adapter needs an OUT-DC 9V-500mA 4.5W Retailed at $35; 8 ounces It can be...

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Without an amp, rehearsals would obviously be a pain. We reviewed an amp or two in our previous posts, but we think you deserve a wider selection. Today, we’re deconstructing the Behringer Ultracoustic AT108, a 20W amplifier designed to meet the various sonic needs of musicians and instruments. Behringer Ultracoustic AT108 Details & Specs 2-channel amplification with a powerful, 20-watt 8-inch dual-cone speaker for wide frequency response Tube-like sound by Virtual Tube Circuitry with “Ultramusical” 3-band EQ for sound-shaping ¼-inch channel CD input; additional mic input with a separate volume control for vocal accompaniment; separate headphone output Robust metal enclosure...

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The e906 is part of Sennheiser’s e900 series, renowned for their uncompromising mic-for-amps quality. Primarily designed and produced for guitar amps, the e906 is also great for percussion and bass, making it a regular option for various musicians and pursuits. Sennhesier e906 Guitar Amp Details & Specs Flat-shaped design for guitar amp-compatibility made of extra-resistant reinforced metal body; shock-mounted capsule Three levels of switchable presence filters Super-cardioid pickup pattern for good isolation from onstage signals; Fast transient response (40-1800 Hz; 2.2mV/Pa sensitivity) Hum-compensating coil Retailed at $198.13; 4.9 ounces The e906’s dynamic quality makes it a dream mic amp for...

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Used mainly to resist feedback, the Woody HC Soundhole Pickup is a great noiseless magnetic tool used to enhance all types of acoustic sounds through single-coil compression. It can instantly mound to any soundhole – no modifications of any sort needed. Woody Hum-Cancelling Pickup Details & Specs Stack technology for full-body acoustic tones Fits 3.85” to 4.1” soundholes; magnetic transducer Available in either maple, black, or walnut colors Includes a 14-ft. low capacitance, studio-quality cable that will plug directly into any amp, console, PA, or direct box Retailed at $59; 8.8 ounces Double potted to effectively resist all sorts of...

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Portability is one strong selling factor for today’s batch of digital recorders. Tascam’s take on it manifests as the DP-008EX Digital Portastudio, mainly marketed for the songwriter but equally useful to the guitarist. Here’s what we know about it. Tascam Digital Portastudio Recorder Details & Specs Multitrack platform hosting up to 8 tracks/channels; audio in and audio out Two built-in high-quality stereo microphone condensers located at the front of the unit for easy recording; mics designed after the top-selling DR series Two input terminals by phone jack for external mics, guitars, or other line-level devices Full +48V phantom power technology...

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Dynamic range, lowest noise, powerful tone processing – for modern day recorders, these are the top three aspects in our criteria. One recorder that caught our eye was the Line 6 Pod Studio UX2. It may not be as aesthetically sleek as other digital recorders you may find in the market, but it’s quality-wise, it’s a strong contender. Read on for our review. Line 6 Pod Studio UX2 Details & Specs 12dB dynamic range with ToneDirect monitoring technology to eliminate latency 16/24-bit recording; 44.1/48 kHz POD Farm plug-in for 18 guitar amps, 5 bass amps and cabs, 24 guitar cabs,...

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Take the power of the classic Big Muff Pi condensed into a lightweight, compact effects pedal and you will have the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. If you need the same uncompromised fuzz, overdrive, and distortion quality, then look no more. Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Effects Pedal Details & Specs Rugged enclosure with a 9.6 DC-200BI EHX power supply Includes a 9-volt battery Three adjustable knobs for volume, sustain, and tone Maximum signal integrity with True Bypass Lightweight at 12 ounces; retailed at $84.99 Electro-Harmonix’s slogan is “effects + inspiration,” which could very well be why they’ve integrated the legendary Big Muff onto...

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You may have probably heard of guitar-shielding or wondered why it’s a thing being done by musicians today. In basic maintenance, shielding is done to preserve the guitar’s quality, usually by having all pickup cavities, nooks, and controls surrounded by grounded electrically conductive metal material. How are shielded guitars going to be different from guitars that are not shielded? Unshielded guitars can pick up a substantial amount of radio frequency interference or buzz from sources like radio stations, fluorescent lighting, light dimmer packs, etc. Shielding will basically prevent your guitar’s wiring from picking up floating stray signals. It will not,...

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The legendary wah sounds from the 60s were created by Fasel inductors. Throughout the years, these inductors were unavailable to people, making it difficult to recreate the sounds. Dunlop, in a dedicated effort to bring them back, incorporated the inductor design onto the Cry Baby Classic – a pedal for all your lush tone and rich sweep needs. Here’s what we think of it. Dunlop GCB95F Cry Baby Classic Details & Specs Sports Italian-fashioned Fasel inductors made of heavy die-cast construction Powered by a 9V battery or optional AC adapter 100k ohm Hot Potz potentiometer Retailed at $119.92; 3.8 pounds...

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