Signal Chain Basics

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.

Digital Delay: How It Works and the DD-20

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.

November 04, 2019 by Sean Newell

What You Need to Know About Power Supplies

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. 

 

October 28, 2019 by Max Creech

How Chorus Works

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. 

October 14, 2019 by Max Creech

What You Need to Know to Build Your Own In-Ear Rig

in ear signal flow

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.

October 05, 2019 by Chris Dunkley

Analog vs Digital: Why It Matters to the Modern Musician

analog and digital signals

When you venture into the world of guitars and gear, you will inevitably enter the debate of analog vs. digital.

September 26, 2019 by Max Creech

How To Make Money as a Band

So you just started a band with a few of your friends or you have been playing a few local shows here and there and you’re ready to quit your day job but the “Artist” thing doesn’t pay very well yet. My advice would be to not quit your day job quite yet but read this blog to see how you can start making steps in the right direction.

September 16, 2019 by Austin Woodruff

Why Buy High Quality Audio Cables?

The most overlooked part of guitarists’ rigs are the cables. They’re so easy to forget about when we get so caught up in buying the next pedal, or saving up for our next guitar or amp. It is often the case that we will spend $1200 on our guitar, $1500 on our amp, $1500 on our pedalboard, and then buy the cheapest cables we can find to wire it all up. There’s nothing necessarily wrong about this, it’s just that we aren’t letting our rig reach its full potential.
September 09, 2019 by Sean Newell
What You Need to Know About In-Ear Monitors

What You Need to Know About In-Ear Monitors

When deciding what type of in-ears to purchase, there a multitude of options to take into consideration, the first being whether you want universal or custom-molded.
September 02, 2019 by Chris Dunkley

How Does Tremolo Work?

Tremolo is one of my favorite effects to use on my guitar and in post-production. It can be used to add subtle movement to a guitar part or to make the guitar sound like it’s a helicopter and everything in between. It’s astonishing how much you can do with such a simple effect. In this blog, I am going to give a brief demonstration on how it works.

 

June 04, 2019 by Sean Newell