The Squaver P1+ from Sonicsmith is a semi-modular, audio-controlled analog synth pedal, this single-oscillator, three-voice monophonic audio-controlled synth (ACS) is the closest you can get between the performer’s instrument/voice to analog synth sound. This “+” version expands on the former Squaver P1 by giving it a variable gate, wider sweep PWM and a smoother ENV, it expresses the instrumentalists’ performance to an analog synthesizer according to its frequency, amplitude and articulation.
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This is such an innovative idea and we haven’t seen anything like it on the market before so I was excited to have a play. I will admit I am not keen on the appearance of the Guitar Wing, when its attached to my Gibson it makes me cringe slightly and I can’t help but compare it to the Guitar hero toy guitars, but this is purely down to personal vanity. So what is it?
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ideas, the Personalised Guitar Pick Holder is a sweet leather wallet for your plectrums to live in. I tend to throw my picks in the case or put them in my pocket (never to be seen again in most cases) but this little holder comes with a stainless steel keyring that is now attached to my guitar case zipper but could also be attached to your keys or belt, wherever is most convenient.
Fuzz is that dirty thick growl a guitar will make that most people would associate with rock and roll, it gives the impression of a broken amp and is created by using pedals like the Terminal Fuzz. The Terminal Fuzz is based on the legendary Shin Ei Companion FY-2 fuzz from the 70’s but offers more control with dials to regulate the output volume level, treble to reduce or add bite, the voice dial controlling the upper and lower midrange and most important of all, fuzz control.
When we first tested out Singular Sound’s original BeatBuddy, we were really impressed with the product and had a lot of fun with it. So when presented with the chance to review its baby brother, the BeatBuddy Mini, we were interested to see what Singular Sound was offering with its new pedal at such a dramatically reduced price.
Teenage Engineering has recently expanded its range of tiny Pocket Operator Synths with Cheap Monday bringing out three new models the Arcade, Office and Robot, expanding on the three models they launched last year. They have worked in collaboration here with clothing brand Cheap Monday with regards to the design and like last year’s models they are all battery powered and have an RRP of £49.
I have been keen to review the K Board from Keith McMillen Instruments for quite some time as an owner and fan of their previous keyboard the QuNexus. When I received the K Board I did think I had been sent the QuNexus again as the display looks very similar being the same size and with the same layout but upon closer inspection I could see the control buttons on the left hand side had different functions labelled. For those who have never used either a QuNexus or a K Board the device is designed to be portable with dimensions 325mm(L) x 84mm(W) x 11mm(D)
There is a lot to be said for simplicity and that is what makes the Red Witch Pentavocal Tremolo a great little pedal, the is a Pentavocal Tremolo pedal is tremolo with 5 different “voices” to play with, you can choose the frequency response by turning the rotary selector to the desired setting. You start with delicate shimmering tones all the way through to deep pulses that make your insides throb.