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Pigtronix Unveils the Star Eater Fuzz

Pigtronix Unveils the Star Eater Fuzz

Debuting at Sweetwater’s Gearfest 2022, this all-analog fuzz pedal is designed to provide a wide array of unique tones, packaged in a fun-to-use form factor.


Star Eater is an all-analog, dual footswitch super jumbo fuzz with a foot-switchable booster and variable filter stage, allowing players to easily sculpt a wide variety of fuzz tones. On the fuzz side, newly-available, precision-matched transistor pairs are utilized to ensure that each and every unit is perfectly dialed in to “the sweet spot” that can be so elusive to find in vintage pedals.

A rocker switch provides your choice of Germanium or Silicon color. Downstream from the fuzz, a powerful booster stage drives the filter in Star Eater. Scoop and Bump voicings for the filter can be selected via a rocker switch, drastically changing the frequency response of the Sweep control throughout its entire range. Built to last, Star Eater brings a unique approach and a new standard of performance to the world of boutique fuzz pedals. Runs on standard 9VDC.

Pigtronix Star Eater | Super-Jumbo Fuzz with Filter | Official Demo

The pedal is debuting at this year’s Sweetwater Gearfest. Follow the event on social media for live updates from the show. US MAP: $179.00. Available at select dealers worldwide.

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​EarthQuaker Devices Announces the Special Cranker​ Overdrive

​EarthQuaker Devices Announces the Special Cranker​ Overdrive

An all-discrete analog distortion enhancement device designed to add extra grit and boost without drastically altering tone.


The Special Cranker picks up where the Speaker Cranker left off. It has the same spongy, dynamic, and touch-sensitive character of the original but with more gain, double the output volume (now with a user-friendly Level control), an added Tone control to shape your signal, and a diode selector switch featuring the original asymmetrical Silicon diodes as well as a hot, new Germanium diode option. The More control goes from nearly clean to a medium gain overdrive when at maximum. This control adjusts the bias of the transistor, so you may hear a little noise as you turn the control.

The gain characteristics are dependent on which diodes are chosen. When the Germanium diodes are selected, the Special Cranker delivers a softer, more rounded response with tamed highs and lower output, while the Silicon diodes add a brighter, more modern edge and higher output. Both are responsive to playing dynamics and offer a high-level of clarity. The Tone control gives the user full command over treble frequencies, cutting the highs when counterclockwise and adding a slight high frequency boost when turned clockwise. The Level control adjusts the output from nothing to nearly double at maximum.

Features

  • Gives your signal extra grit and boost without drastically altering your tone and retains all of the natural nuances and character of your amplifier
  • Two distinct clipping modes that are both exceptionally responsive to playing dynamics: Germanium and Silicon
  • Germanium mode delivers a softer, more rounded response with tamed highs and lower output
  • Silicon mode delivers a brighter, more modern response with higher output
  • At maximum gain, the Special Cranker can achieve explosive overbiased tones depending on the output of your pickups
  • Flexible Tone control to give the user full command over the treble frequencies for excellent tone shaping and clarity
  • All-analog signal path
  • True bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching with Flexi-Switch Technology
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Current Draw: 15 mA
  • Input Impedance: ≈5 MΩ
  • Output Impedance: <25 kΩ

USA Retail Price: $99.00 USD. More info at: https://www.earthquakerdevices.com/special-cranker.

EarthQuaker Devices Special Cranker Overdrive Demo | First Look

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Gamechanger Audio Releases the Bigsby Pedal with Fender

A polyphonic pitch shifting pedal with a design capable of reproducing the feel and sound of the classic Bigsby tremolo arm.


The pedal features Rate, Blend, Tone, and Depth controls, plus an Invert switch on the back panel to change the pitch shift direction, while the Detune parameter mimics the imperfections and dissonant properties of traditional mechanical string-bending hardware. The Bigsby Pedal is also equipped with an external Footswitch Input to turn on Latching Mode as well as an Expression Output that allows you to use the Bigsby as a spring-loaded EXP controller for other audio devices. The BIGSBY also offers full MIDI CC and PC control over all parameters, including preset recalling, and clock syncing. These MIDI capabilities make the Bigsby Pedal a versatile tool for any musician.

The new pedal is being released in close collaboration with Fender – the Bigsby brand’s parent company. The partnership began in the summer of 2019 when Gamechanger Audio approached Fender with the idea to create a Bigsby-style pitch-shifting pedal. This idea was born out of a long-standing admiration for the BIGSBY system’s unique feel, sound, and design. Gamechanger Audio’s main goal was to develop a powerful new algorithm to offer Bigsby tones digitally while keeping the pedal’s interface as close as possible to Paul Bigsby’s timeless hardware design.

Features 

  • EXP OUT: This allows you to use the Bigsby as a unique spring-loaded Expression Controller with fully adjustable Depth, Rate and Offset controls – for modulating any expression parameters of other pedals and effects units (via a TRS 1⁄4” jack cable). The BIGSBY Pedal’s Expression Output can be used either in parallel with or independently from the pitch-shifting algorithm.
  • FSW IN: The Bigsby Pedal’s FSW IN connector is compatible with all standard momentary or toggle type footswitches with a TS (Tip/Sleeve) 1⁄4” jack (normally closed or normally open). You can also use a dual-latching footswitch with a TRS jack – in this case, only one side of the footswitch will work. Pressing the footswitch will activate Latch mode. When latched, the Bigsby will hold a constant interval determined by the current position of the Depth knob – this way, you don’t have to hold down the BIGSBY Pedal for long phrases. When in Latch mode, you can still use the BIGSBY’s foot-pedal to make momentary dives and detune effects up to two semitones. Pressing the opposite side of the foot-pedal will flip the pitch shift direction.
  • MIDI IN (3.5mm type B connector): This allows you to control all functions of the BIGSBY Pedal via CC messages and create and save presets onto ten preset slots, syncing the Rate parameter to a specific tempo (with subdivisions), and more.

BIGSBY Pedal Features Overview | Part 1 | Gamechanger Audio

$379.00 USD. Bigsby Pedal Product Page: gamechangeraudio.com/bigsby-pedal.

3Degrees Audio Announces the Bygones Nostalgic Multi-Effect

3Degrees Audio Announces the Bygones Nostalgic Multi-Effect

3Degrees Audio’s first guitar pedal is MIDI-controllable and features real-time digital processing.


The Bygones is intended to provide musicians the tools and precision to share their unique dreamspace holding their own tender memories – a multi-effect intended to unlock the world of nostalgia.

Bygones is a stereo, MIDI-capable, feature-rich lo-fi marvel, offering vintage vinyl noise, tape warping and modulation. The Bygones’ real-time digital processing provides a comprehensive suite of audio degradation algorithms with a wide range, permutability and granular control.

Features

  • Stereo Input/Output – the only Nostalgic pedal available today that allows you to compose in stereo
  • MIDI Controllable – Provides 1/4″ input & output jacks as well as Midi Output for MIDI throughput. Easily daisy chain your MIDI devices.
  • 12 knobs to control 24 pitch, noise and lo-fi parameters
  • 7 user-modifiable presets allow quick and easy storage and recall of unique nostalgia settings
  • Separate jacks for Left/Right, Input/Output allow the Bygones to easily integrate into stereo or mono effects systems
  • Custom machined aluminum case anodized black provides a rich backdrop for backlit, brightly colored knobs, all in a compact form factor

Bygones Nostalgic Multi-Effect retails for $325.00 and can be purchased directly from the 3Degrees Audio online store at www.3degreesaudio.com.

Vs Audio Effects Unveils the Alchemy MKII Chorus

Vs Audio Effects Unveils the Alchemy MKII Chorus

A chorus pedal with vintage tones, analog processing, and tap tempo control.


Adding to the company’s line of boutique effects pedals, Vs Audio effects introduces the Alchemy MKII chorus, designed to offer unprecedented digital control in an all-analog signal path modulation machine. The Alchemy MKII, a versatile chorus whose classic vintage tones harken back to the 80’s, is ideal for the player who demands analog processing in their signal chain. With 6 analog presets, tap tempo functionality, the technology in this pedal bridges the gap between the analog tone many players crave and the modern, digital tweak-ability that they demand. The Alchemy MKII added delay knob will provide greater definition and nuance to everything from hi-fi chorus to ultra-warm modulation. This innovative design also promises a reduction in noise and a wider speed and intensity chorus range.

  • Four knobs to control Mix, Delay, Speed and Depth.
  • 6 editable favorite presets.
  • Tap tempo Control: Set the rate of the LFO.
  • Mono In/Stereo Out Jacks for actual “pseudo-stereo” action instead of “Wet/Dry” stereo.
  • Relay switching (True Bypass).

Vs Audio ALCHEMY MKII Chorus || Official Product Video

Alchemy MKII available on April 11th, 2022 at selected dealers worldwide, with street price of 249.00€. more info at www.vsaudio.com.

Acorn Amps Unveils the Solid State Amp/Preamp Pedal

A full circuit recreation of the mythic Peavey Decade practice amp packed into a pedal enclosure.


The latest innovation from Acorn Amplifiers, the Solid State, is a full circuit recreation of the now-mythic Peavey Decade practice amp packed into a pedal enclosure. The Acorn Amps Solid State incorporates the TDA series class-AB power amp device utilized in the original amp design, giving you the most authentic reproduction available in a modern pedal format. Two separate output jacks allow the Solid State to be used as either a preamp in your pedal chain or as a standalone 10 watt amplifier plugged directly to a speaker cab; they can even be used together at the same time. Additionally, a toggle switch lets you select between sending the signal out before or after the power amp circuit for maximum tonal versatility.

Features

  • Full 10 watt solid-state guitar amp circuitry (preamp and power amp)
  • Low, Mid, & High controls to dial in your tonal frequency
  • Two separate output jacks to use with a speaker cab or normal pedalboard wiring or both together at once
  • Two footswitchable tone modes – Normal and Saturation
  • Toggle switch to send the signal out from two different points on the circuit path as well as a mute switch for quick studio tracking
  • Bi-color LED indicator that lights up green in Normal mode and red in Saturation mode
  • True bypass & powered by 18VDC pedal power

Preorder now at acornamps.com.

Mythos Pedals and Novo Guitars Collaborate on the Air Lane Drive

Mythos Pedals and Novo Guitars Collaborate on the Air Lane Drive

Novo Guitars and Mythos Pedals are proud to release a collaborative two in one overdrive. The Air Lane Drive features two single transistor, hard clipped overdrives circuits that have been tweaked to reflect our sonic tastes. Suite 8 (the Novo side) is a lower gain drive with a pushed low end and extended high end clarity. Suite 9 (the Mythos side) is slightly higher gain with slight bass and treble cut. The MORE! and EVEN MORE! Knobs control gain for each circuit and run the gamut from clean-ish boost to ballsy fuzz like tones.


Internally the Air Lane Drive is built with the highest quality through hole parts. WIMA caps, Carbon comp resistors, and NOS Germanium diodes are part of what makes this circuit really come to life and have the interactive sound players come to expect from a Mythos pedal. There are also internal set and forget master volume controls so you can balance each sides output with any setup.

The first batch is scheduled to be released on March 31st, 2022 for $259. Every batch after the first run will be a new color made to match different Novo guitar finishes. The Air Lane Drive will be sold exclusively through mythospedals.com.