EHX Intros 45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder

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Electro-Harmonix has introduced the new EXH 45000 – a multi-track digital recorder with state-of-the-art features, making it possible to create complex multi-track loops quickly and easily.

Each loop has four mono tracks and one stereo mixdown track. The 45000 records non-compressed, 44.1 kHz / 16-bit CD quality audio direct to a removable SDHC card (4 to 32GB). Each card holds up to 100 individual loops accessed with the optional 45000 Foot Controller (sold separately).

Loop speed is adjustable over a two octave range, and reverse recording and playback are also possible. For convenience, a built-in metronome to a separate Monitor Out and a Headphone Out are also included. Continue reading EHX Intros 45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder

Who Needs Synthesizers? Classic Pink Floyd Synth Sounds Recreated With Guitar Effects Pedals

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Effect guru Bill Ruppert demonstrates the possibilities of effects pedals by recreating the electronic sounds of Pink Floyd’s Welcome To The Machine, using just a regular guitar and EHX effect pedals!

No keyboards, samplers or midi pickups were used. Continue reading Who Needs Synthesizers? Classic Pink Floyd Synth Sounds Recreated With Guitar Effects Pedals

Three New Pedals From T-Rex Engineering

T-Rex, the Danish guitar effects pedal manufacturer, is introducing three new effects pedals at the 2011 NAMM Show.

Here’s what they have to say about the new pedals:

Reptile 2

Originally conceived to offer the killer delay tone and certain controls found on its ‘big brother’ Replica pedal at a more affordable price, the Reptile gets a facelift for 2011. It now features a convenient Tap Tempo function, allowing the user to quickly and easily get in sync in a live setting.

The Reptile 2 also features an enhanced set of Flutter controls, providing great retro-sounding, tape-delay ‘warble’.

Twister 2

We gave the Twister a face-lift based on user feed-back, and it has been completely updated with new hardware and software. The Light / Heavy switch has been removed and the Twister 2 covers a wider tonal range than the original Twister.

The new software update does the trick – by adjusting Depth, Tone and Rate, you can make Twister II deliver both old-fashioned vintage sound as well as a more modern chorus sound.

Tonebug Sustainer

The Tonebug Sustainer joins this growing line of T-Rex pedals built with a simple philosophy in mind: to offer the classic T-Rex tone found in our higher-end pedals, with intuitive, uncomplicated controls, at a price that any guitarist can afford. The Tonebug Sustainer first compresses the signal, and then applies gain to keep your tone playing.

The result is gorgeous, natural-sounding sustain for long-lasting power chords. Your tone is preserved, with no artificial colouring. Features Compression, Sustain, and Attack controls.

Bixonic Expandora Multi-Stage Distortion Pedal Review

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Bixonic Expandora

Bixonic recently released the Bixonic Expandora EXP-2000R, a reissue of the earlier EXP-2000.

The Expandora has more going for it than a great name. It’s established a reputation as a great source for a variety of distorted sounds. It’s been used by Bush, Megadeth, ZZ Top, Bootsy Collins and other artists.

The EXP-2000R retains the look of earlier versions, but improves on them by bringing to the front dip-switches that were previously inside the case. It also adds a switch to toggle between Bass and Guitar settings. As a result, the Expandora is like having eight distortion pedals combined into one.

Construction/Design

The Expandora is housed in a brushed aluminum housing. Some players may not like its “tuna can” design, but it’s a refreshing alternative to the standard pedal block.

The case feels solid and substantial. The overall build quality appears to be very good.

The Expandora runs off a battery or a 9V DC power supply (not included). To change batteries, you have to remove one screw on the back. Continue reading Bixonic Expandora Multi-Stage Distortion Pedal Review