Modulation – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

modulationModulation effects are those that change over time. Parameters of the effect are tied to a Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO)

If you don’t know a Low Frequency Oscillator is, think of a clock and a light bulb . When the hand is on the 12 the light is all the way Off, as the hand moves past 1 the light begins to turn on; when the hand is on the 6 the light is all the way On and starts to turn off again as it moves past 7 back to Off at 12. This cycle repeats indefinitely, and you usually control how fast the clock spins. This is basically what is happening internally with each of these effects.

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Little Miss Sunshine from Skreddy Pedals

Little Miss SunshineThe Skreddy Pedals Little Miss Sunshine Phaser pedal is a vintage style optical phaser that creates a warm and smooth-sounding effect, with plenty of rich swirl.

Skreddy Pedals is a less-talked about company that has been delivering quality pedals since 2004. You can hear Skreddy Pedals by listening to Billy Corgan, Al Di Meola, Joe Perry, and Phillip Orr. Continue reading “Little Miss Sunshine from Skreddy Pedals”

EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser Pedal

grand orbiter v3The Grand Orbiter V3 from EarthQuaker Devices is a four-stage phaser that uses an OTA-based circuit to make it a 100% analog pedal which features a three-way switch that allows you to choose from three different modulation ranges.

Grand Orbiter V3

Rate 1 is a slow sweep mode, Rate 2 turns off the LFO and lets you use the Grand Orbiter as a fixed resonant filter, and Rate 3 is a fast sweep mode. The Grand Orbiter also features something called Flexi-Switch Technology, which is a relay-based, true bypass switching style that allows you to do two different things with the same switch. Continue reading “EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser Pedal”

TC Electronic Helix Phaser Pedal

tc electronic helixThe TC Electronic Helix Phaser Pedal is a modern style digital Phaser that has been designed to give you all of the sounds from the past and help you invent new tones for the future.

The first thing to take notice of with this pedal is that it includes “Toneprint,” a feature introduced by TC Electronics back in 2011 that allows musicians to connect the pedal to the internet and download hundreds of settings and patches that were created by their favorite artists. Continue reading “TC Electronic Helix Phaser Pedal”

Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals

best budget guitar phaseIf you’re searching for a new Guitar Phase Shifter Pedal, here’s a list that’s sure to help you to get started.

Before we zero in on the best budget guitar phase shifter pedals, we’ll first take a look at their actual significance. The Phase Shifter, or Phaser, is an often overlooked effect that sounds very similar to a Flanger. The Phaser can be heard on many historic recordings by Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Waylon Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. Continue reading “Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals”

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal

electro-harmonix nano small stoneOperated by two simple controls, the Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter is completely analog, and features a four-stage phase shifting design.

The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal is a compact-size reissue of the classic Small Stone Phaser pedal and produces the same sound that made the classic 1970 Small Stone famous. It is a completely analog phaser that features a very smooth phase sound made possible by it’s four-stage phase shifting design. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal”