Product Preview: Poly Expressive

I saw this at a NAMM recently and it looked interesting but was vaporware at the time. Also, it required wearing an unwieldy contraption on your foot. Since then the folks at Chroma Coda have made some changes to the Poly Expressive concept that makes it more attractive (getting rid of the footwear, for starters). They have also launched a Kickstarter campaign. What do we think?


Post-Production Effects Live With Source Audio and Ableton

Bassist Jayme Lewis shows how to easily program Ableton MIDI clip control of Source Audio effects through direct USB connection. The possible applications for guitar are equally, if not more, mind-bending. Of course, creating these effects is possible with any MIDI controllable pedal, assuming you set up a full MIDI pedalboard. I believe the point here is you can control a single Source Audio pedal directly without a full MIDI system or even the Source Audio Hub.



Is The Mod Duo The Future Of Effects?

I feel like it was nearly five years ago that I first saw Mod Devices Mod Duo (€649.00) at a NAMM show. It seemed like a great idea at the time: a hardware pedal that could host plug-ins. I had just begun exploring the unique sounds I could get using plug-ins on the computer in Ableton Live. These were sounds unavailable in stomp boxes at the time, but since then, more and more boutique pedal manufacturers have released the kind of granular, filtering, and ambient effects that were until now only available in the computer. Still, the Mod Duo offers both freedom from a laptop on stage, and a plethora of pedal style and plug-in style effects in a small footprint. Its open source nature also bodes well for modern sounds not yet available from stomps. What do you think?

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