Recent content by BDJohnston

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    NEXG (smart guitar) demo/review

    Enya-Music’s NEXG may seem a novelty at first, but this is a quality instrument with excellent sound. It’s similar to the Yamaha silent guitars, but there are more features and flexibility with the NEXG, besides its onboard speaker system. In respect to playability, the action is very good for...
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    CROWN (non-water Waterphone) with demo

    One of the more unusual instruments is the Waterphone, known for its creepy and chilling sound as a violin bow strokes the metal rods. If you’re unfamiliar with the Waterphone (which resonates due to a water tank in contact with vibrating metal rods), do search for it on YouTube. This is one of...
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    Sonicake's Octaver (demo/review)

    An octaver goes back to the 1960s, originally designed by Roger Mayer for Jimi Hendrix. As applicable for the bass player or keyboardist, an octaver adds breadth, depth, fullness and a hint of eerie edginess to a tone. Certainly, an octaver plays a role in make a smaller band sound much larger...
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    TriceraChorus by Eventide (demo/review)

    Not everyone likes the sound of chorus, but when applied sparingly, it can give depth and thickness to a tone. But enough pandering. Eventide has a solid reputation for producing studio-quality effects, and the TriceraChorus may be the most versatile chorus available, ranging from iconic 80’s...
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    529X - Best in Class Power Supply

    A short demo... this can power a Line 6 HX Stomp or Boss GT-1000!
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    Band-in-a-Box 2022

    PG Music updates this every year. This is a short demo using one of the new 'styles' for a short composition:
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    Jamming with TL Pedals (demo, not a review)

    A short composition combining 4 TL Pedals
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    MTN-Bass (Mostortion pedal for Bass) review/demo

    The MTN-bass is a spin-off of the popular MTN-10 (improved Mostortion) for lead/rhythm guitar, with eight adjustments to make it bass-friendly (and to work within that frequency range). The possibilities of this amp-like drive/distortion pedal are beyond distortion, however. With the gain low...
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    Amp Rescue (Lounsberry Pedals) with demo

    There are a few ways to describe the effect of the Amp Rescue, and it depends on whether you’re playing a clean or dirty signal. When playing clean, it’s as though a ‘flatness’ is removed from the signal and replaced with a clean chime, or even a bell-like response. The notes ring out quite...
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    Hagerman DRIVE (Muff-style silicon)

    I don’t mind fuzz pedals, but I don’t use them often. I’ve demoed them, used them here and there, but frequently had to do some EQ adjustments or add some type of treble booster, etc., to really get the notes to sound more defined and harmonically rich. Hagerman Amps’ DRIVE is a different and...
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    Hagerman Amps ONE WATTER (review with 2 demos)

    Hagerman designed a low watt amplifier for the primary purpose of a practice amp, in order to avoid using and burning up a larger stage amp at home. I can expand on that premise to suggest that many times bands leave gear in a particular location, to prevent having to haul amps, cabs, etc., back...
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    REACTIVATOR by Hagerman Amps (pedal review/demo)

    I now realize why Hagerman Amps calls its latest true bypass pedal Reactivator – “it’s alive… it’s alive!” This is a low to moderate gain pedal, a two-transistor/two-triode overdrive, but its tube driven components maintain that ‘warm’ and realistic amp sound, which the demo video exemplifies...
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    Orange Bass Butler (review/demo)

    There are some well-received bass pedals and preamps on the market, and the Bass Butler by Orange ranks toward the top – and for good reason. If you want your bass tone to flourish, and particularly if you want that punch (necessary for rock and metal), this preamp delivers. In a nutshell, the...
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    Studio monitor recommendations and condenser mic recommendations

    I use Kali Audio's IN-8s (there's a new model now out). No complaints. I have not compared these to others (in the same price range), but I've never heard anything bad about them... always near the top of the list for the price.
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    HEAVY pedal to make hi-gain amps more Brutal

    Not a review (which I've done on this pedal), but demonstrating how to make hi-gain amps more brutal, with more bite... aggression... and detail to cut through the mix.