The ever-inventive folks at Dwarfcraft have come up with four new pedals. The most interesting is the Wizard of Pitch.
What started out as a single stage pitch shifter, a la the Pitchgrinder, the Wizard of Pitch ($225 list) became something brand new. The pedal’s resolution has been cranked up to 32 bits from the ’Grinder’s 8, but has the same lo-fi sound. The “speed” control, when set to zero, will behave like a standard pitch shifter, but as you turn up the speed the output crossfades between wet and dry signals, allowing for moving soundscapes, or, at higher rates stimulating modulation.
The Bender toggle engages a Doppler type effect, in which the pitch falls in conjunction with the input signal’s decay until the end of it’s shifting range, where it starts again.
Engaging the Steps toggle snaps to pitches, rather than sliding, to create almost random arpeggios. When the Bender mode is active, the Speed knob will control the rate of the pitch changes, rather than a cross fade.
The latest news from the holy alliance of Devi Ever FX and Dwarfcraft is the return of the Silver Rose, a dual fuzz pedal that covered tremendous sonic territory. Improvements include swapping out the IC Muff clone for a streamlined version of the Dwarfcraft Devices Eau Claire Thunder. The Super Fuzz’s original circuit creates a wide variety of “old school” tones, from raspy classic rock to grinding, mid scooped doom fuzz. The Eau Claire Thunder picks up the other end of the fuzz spectrum, warm and wooly, but with aggressive distortion on tap as well. The redesigned EQ offers +/- 10db of treble and bass. A clean sound can be blended in with a dedicated volume control. An auxiliary clean output always sends a clean signal out for advanced routing or signal splitting. The first 50 Silver Rose pedals ($350 retail) are available in a white enclosure exclusively from Chicago Music Exchange starting in May. The black version will be available everywhere August 1, 2015. Check out Ben Hinz’s typically anarchic and enjoyable demo. Hinz never lets the hijinx get in the way of explaining the features and making the pedal sound great.
Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and lead work have appeared on numerous recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he has released recordings by other modern guitarists, such as Robbie Aceto, Wayne Krantz, and Leni Stern. His own latest release is Etymology by Burnt Belief, a project with Durant and Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin.
On October 22ndAdrian Belew begins a North American tour with The Adrian Belew Power Trio, featuring Julie Slick on bass and Tobias Ralph on drums. Before leaving Adrian invited Guitar Moderne to his home, north of Nashville, to discuss Flux , the new music delivery system he has labored over for four years. It will be hopefully released in November and will receive full coverage here. He was also kind enough to give a video tour of the gear he will be using on the road and a peek at the “toy” closet that provided many of the sounds for Flux. Enjoy!
The new Nashville Music City Center hosted Summer NAMM for the second year in a row. Though the summer version has become a very guitar-centric show, it normally skews pretty traditional. This year offered a surprise, though. In amongst the usual din of metal, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country licks, a duo took the stage at the sizable Earthquaker Devices booth to perform a set of ultra-modern musical noise. Guitarist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) and bassist Jonathan Hischke demonstrated the unusual, cutting-edge tones that can be extracted from this company’s product line. Look for an upcoming interview with Reinhart. In the meantime, here are some things from the show that might be of interest to modern guitarists.