This past week, our feeds have been full of all of the awesome releases from the annual winter NAMM show. As lovers of gear, we were glued to the virtual demonstrations of new products and we were so happy to even have a NAMM this year to talk about. With the many releases announced this past week, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites that you should keep in mind.
Lately, in the guitar world, there has been a lot of talk on IRs and amplifier simulators especially with the release of the Line 6 HX Stomp and the Strymon Iridium. Most of the time, these units are quite convincing and sound nearly identical to the original amp and cab setup. While many of us have just recently heard about IRs in the last couple years, they have actually been around since the 70’s. Let’s look at what an IR is and why it is so cool.
When you’re just starting into building a pedalboard, it’s crazy to look at some of your favorite guitarists boards and think “How does that even work?” or “How did they put that all together?” Let me tell you, that board didn’t just appear. Many guitar players go through multiple boards and many pedals to finally reach the setup they are using now, typically getting more complex with each iteration. But everyone has to start somewhere! And that’s what we are exploring today: the basics of your first signal chain.
Currently, digital delay units can be found in CPU’s to use as plugins in DAWs, and in DSP chips to use in rack units and guitar pedals. I am going to discuss a few techniques used in creating these delay units from a digital signal processing (DSP) prospective, and then talk about my favorite digital delay unit that utilizes these techniques.
If you are here right now, you are most likely looking for the best way to power the pedalboard you are assembling. You’ve come to the right place. Everyone here at Runway has been through this cycle and learned along the way. Learn from our mistakes and what we have found to be the most important features of power supplies.
The sound of the ’80s. That’s what people are gonna say when they hear the words chorus pedal. But chorus really is so much more than that. My chorus pedal is one of my all-time favorites on my board. Chorus, when used properly, is a great accent and can be used in almost any style of music.
So you play in a band and you have been keeping up with our blogs. After reading our What You Need to Know About In-Ear Monitors blog, you are ready to take the plunge. But this plunge can be an expensive and a very confusing one to take. Have no fear! We are here to walk you through what you need to know about building your own in-ear rig and exactly what gear you are going to need.