Sometimes it takes great modern players to demonstrate new ways in which the electric guitar can be used to creatively enhance the song form: Belew/Fripp in King Crimson, David Torn with David Bowie, Stian Westerhus with his band Pale Horses, and now Markus Schneider on his new record Widerspruch, where he intones evocative vocals over glitchy guitar. This Viennese guitarist contacted me and I checked out some live videos, where his cool Hofner immediately caught my eye. I decided an interview was in order.
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As always, Knobs presents an entertaining, beautifully art-directed product demo. Here, he tackles the new Red Panda Tensor, doing a great job explaining a complex, feature-rich, amazing effect that needs to be in every modern guitarist’s tool box.
Rumors of this pedal have been flying around since 2015; it has appeared at the last two winter NAMM shows in various forms; but is only now available as Curt Malouin will release no pedal before its time. A while back we touted the Hologram Infinite Jets Resynthesizer as the ultimate modern guitar pedal, and for sheer variety of non-traditional sounds available in a single pedal it may still reign. But coming up fast is the Red Panda Tensor, with its more board-friendly size, MIDI capability, ease of use, and ease on the pocketbook.
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Yes, it sounds like a band name from the Sixties, but it looks to be a pedalboard-friendly, pitch-shifting glitch pedal from the Japanese Bananana Effects company. It will capture a short loop, has a switch that will let you play it back either momentarily or latched, and a switch that permits you to shift the pitch up or down. You can order it in the states from Guitar Pedal Shoppe for $200 + shipping, or direct from Bananana for $185 +shipping.