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Can I Use Direct Monitoring With an Audio Interface?

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A friendly fellow sent in a wonderful pre-purchase question that I'm sure many other newcomers to the audio interface world are curious about too. It's a fun ride, so please read along as we learn about... Before you even read this, you can rest easy knowing it had a happy ending: "I purchased the unit. Aside from an issue where I had some latency in […]

The Best Flanger Pedals for That Thick, Other-Worldly, Wooshing Effect

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! We modern guitarists are lucky. Flanging used to be a nightmare of manipulating reel-to-reel machines, but today it can be achieved in analog or digital fashion all from a small stomp box situated at our feet. This means we can now use it during live performances, too. Most listeners couldn't tell you what the flanger effect is […]

The Best Phaser Pedals to Sweep Your Frequencies Into Another Reality

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! The phaser is among the earliest effects invented. It was actually invented as a way to emulate the sound of a rotating organ speakers and the phase shifting that comes along with that rotation. The sound you hear when engaging one of these pedals is that of peaks and troughs being swept up and down the frequency […]

The Best Octave Pedals to Thicken Your Tone & Enhance Your Effects

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! The octave effect is exactly what it sounds like it is. You can pitch shift your signal up or down an octave or more at a time so you can use your guitar to play the role of other instruments like a bass guitar, for example. What many don't understand at first is that you can recombine […]

The Best Harmonizer Pedals to Turn Your Guitar or Vocals Into a Small Choir

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! A lot of us can remember a time where if we wanted to harmonize guitar leads, we'd need two guitarists playing at the same time and hope to the high heavens they can stay in perfect unison. Today, we're far luckier thanks to the invention of pitch-shifting and harmonization effects. One guitarist can shred a lead melody […]

The Best Pitch Shifter Pedals to Harmonize Your Leads Like an Ensemble

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! If any instrumentalist can get a lot of use out of the pitch shift effect, it's a guitarist. The uses are endless, from harmonizing one's own lead to filling in for a bassist. Combine it with other pedals like a looper and an entire musical universe opens up before you. And how fortunate we are, because in […]

The Best Chorus Pedals to Satisfy Your Tone's Thick & Dreamy Wishes

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! Sometimes, we need a thicker, dreamier sound to accentuate specific parts of songs. Coincidentally a very common part of a song to use the chorus effect on is during the chorus itself. But many guitar and synthesizer players will use the effect for the full duration of a song. By splitting off the original signal and delaying […]

The Best Looper Pedals to Overdub Your Way Into a One-Man Jam

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! Loopers have come a long way since they first busted on the scene. What started as novelties and practice tools have become unbelievable workstations that can be used to produce full fledged recordings, acting as a multi-track recorder, to helping master instrumentalists build up entire backing tracks over which they improvise and entertain. Although you can find […]

The Best Compressor Pedals to Polish Your Tone & Enjoy the Perfect Sustain

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! If there's any audio effect that's used the most and had the most impact on music, it is by far the compressor effect. It takes the lead so hard that mastering engineers are even going through "The Loudness Wars" over it. It's influence has been monumental. Whether you're a guitarist, vocalist, synthesizer player, or literally anyone else […]

The Best EQ Pedals to Dial Your Tone Into the Sonic Sweet Spot

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Click here to jump straight to the reviews! One of the worst problems plaguing everyone in a band is being able to be heard clearly by the crowd in the midst of every other band member. Perhaps the second worst problem is leaving this up to the sound guy, who is likely plastered and barely paying attention after sound check. The first method you should […]

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