Review: Earthquaker Space Spiral

The Space Spiral ($195.00 street) seems on the surface to be a typical modulated digital delay, but as with many Earthquaker Devices, er, devices, it is something more.

Like their Dispatch Master, the Spiral Delay is designed around what their literature refers to as a “dawn of digital” echo processor. This lo-fi technology gives this unit a more analog murk that sits the delayed signal nicely behind the original. Despite being digital, the sound of the delays are warm and smooth, without any audible aliasing, even when mixed very wet.

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Guitar Moderne NAMM 2017 Report

This year’s winter NAMM was INSANE! Thursday was as crowded as a typical Saturday and it escalated from there. The noise floor was non-stop jet-engine level. I came home with ears ringing and NAMMthrax. Was it worth it? You bet. Three full days was barely enough to cover all the cool stuff. It opened with a terrific concert band doing a modern composition that incorporated either recorded or live recitations from young people (I couldn’t see from my vantage point) about the difficulties of growing up. This boded well for a forward-thinking show and, in fact, there were ample examples of manufacturers leaving the traditional behind to explore new territory.

Other than the upward trajectory of the business evidenced by the crowd, the only trend I noticed was the invasion of the pedal market by Greece and Brazil. As usual, NAMM often stands for “Not Available, Maybe May,” so stay tuned to the manufactures’ sites and guitarmoderne.com for updates, and, if you would like to hear me talk about this year’s winter NAMM, check out Matt Wakeling’s Guitar Speak podcast featuring yours truly.

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JamOrigin MIDI Guitar 2 Out of Beta and Awesome

If you haven’t got JamOrigin’s MIDI Guitar yet, all I can say is, “What are you waiting for?” From the start, it has been an amazing way to use your guitar to control synths, samplers, and all things MIDI—without any special hardware or pickups. With the finalization of Beta 14, JamOrigin has put the icing on the cake, adding the ability to split the fretboard, an awesome sustain pedal, and a new GUI, among other things. I especially like the way the new Deep Expressor effect allows me to turn my guitar into a banjo. Whether standalone, plug-in, app or all three, you need this product.

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Earthquaker Delay Love

Yes, Valentines day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to win a pedal from our esteemed sponsor Earthquaker Devices. They are giving away a Space Spiral Modulated Delay Device in the #EQDatingGame! (I took one home from NAMM and can’t wait to do a video demo).

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Starting Wednesday, February 1st, EarthQuaker Devices will post a new #EQDatingGame question on Instagram (@earthquakerdev). There are five questions total, so tune in each day for a new question and another chance to win! Participants have until Monday, February 13th to post their video(s) answering each question. Only one entry per question, please, for a total of five entries per individual.

Please feel free to share the contest, as well as submit your own entries! You never know . . . you might get lucky. Go here for contest rules. And, check out the hilarious video.

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Programmable Effects Pedal

The OWL by Rebel Technology (£249.00) is an open source, programmable pedal made for musicians, hackers, and programmers alike. The thought of coders being able to create their own effects and put them in a stompbox is very exciting. It will run, among other programming options, Cycling 74’s Max MSP. For non-programmers, it comes with pre-loaded with 40 patches and there is an online library where you can download over 150 more, including polyphonic synthesizers, drum machines, glitchers, phasers, flangers, loopers, droners, delays, reverbs, crushers, shapers, screamers, laughers and more. Without MIDI to quickly access various patches, it strikes me as either a cool studio tool, or a way to add one truly or two unique sounds to your board.

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