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  • Interesting Arturia B-Stock - Origin and More

    Interesting Arturia B-Stock - Origin and More

    Our good friends at Arturia hooked us up with some B-stock items this week. B-stock is a manufacturer refurbished piece, or a demo unit and includes a warranty from the manufacturer. The best part is the lower price tag! Let's take a look at what we have ready to ship.

    Origin - $1999.99

    The Origin is one of Arturia's most famous synthesizers. It brings the analog and digital world together in one sleek user interface. Arturia is very well known for accurately recreating the world's most revered vintage synths in their V-Collection software. Just like in the V-Collection, they programmed amazing recreations for the Origin. Within a few presses of a button, the user also has access to build a massive, fully-modular synth patch system. The hardware equivalent of this would be an entire wall of synth modules that costs thousands and thousands of dollars. We have the desktop version in stock, but it can also be rack mounted by taking of the wooden panels on either side.

    MicroBrute - $259.99

    The MicroBrute is a performance-based analog synthesizer that pays homage to the MiniBrute. This 25-key monster packs a lot more than it shows. It has all of the classic synth controls (LFO, four Oscillators, Envelope, Resonance, etc), and also has a few extra features. For starters, it has a built-in sequencer that allows the user to save 8 patterns of 64 steps. This sequencer has a Tap Tempo and a Rate control. It is also clockable via external gear and even your DAW! As you can see if the upper-right corner, it includes two small patch cables that connect control voltages to different parts of the synth via Mod Matrix. This is a feature unheard of in this price range. We have longer patch cables available so you can connect the MicroBrute to other analog gear.

    Spark - $349.99

    The Spark is a drum controller that is both easy to use and extremely powerful. It has over 100 drum kits built in, a step sequencer, FX pad with selectable parameters and much, much more. Check out Arturia's video:

    We have lots of B-stock from Arturia, PreSonus, Focusrite and more. Give us a call or check out the website for details!

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474, or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • Check Out Our Fresh Batch of Used Guitars!

    Check Out Our Fresh Batch of Used Guitars!

    Another new shipment of used instruments has just arrived! These are certified used instruments that come from our reputable supplier. Each shipment is different and includes a variety instruments of many makes and models. Here are some of the highlights of this latest shipment.

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    Just in time for Halloween is the Peavey Walking Dead Rockmaster electric guitar featuring  artwork from the very popular show. It has just one humbucker pickup, one volume and one tone knob making this guitar is solid and simple as well as stylish and affordable.

    Keeping with the simple yet stylish theme is the Samick LN20FR Electric Guitar. It features a beautiful quilted maple top over a solid mahogany body. This guitar is equipped with a single humbucker pickup by the bridge and a single volume knob making for an unadulterated guitar tone. Along with a floating bridge and great appointments this guitar is not lacking in features despite it's simple design!

    Another stand-out guitar from this shipment is the Ibanez AEB20E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar. This is just an all over awesome looking guitar with a vintage violin gloss finished flamed sycamore top and beautifully stained mahogany sides and back!

    This Recording King ROH-05 acoustic guitar has their very memorable red sunburst with matte finish and iconic headstock. This guitar has vintage style from its finish down to its vintage tuning keys. With its classic sound it is a great guitar for singer songwriters.

    The Cordoba Requinto 1/2 size nylon string acoustic guitar is a small, but great sounding instrument. This guitar is built in the traditional style giving it a rich sound despite its size. With mahogany back and sides and a red cedar top this guitar still is quite warm-sounding.

    Check out these guitars and more at our downtown Appleton location or on our website. These guitars will move quickly and cannot be guaranteed to be in stock.

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

     

  • New Alesis PA System Bundle!

    New Alesis PA System Bundle!

    Alesis has just released their PA System in a Box Bundle. This is a super affordable solution for anyone doing live entertainment. There are two versions of this recent release. In this article, we will cover both, as well as show you another PA system that is more portable than the others.

    PA System in a Box - $249

    The PA in a Box features a 4-channel powered mixer, two 10-inch 2-way passive speakers, and two 20-foot speaker cables to connect it all together. Each of the four channels on the mixer includes a microphone preamp with gain control, high and low EQ control, unbalanced line level inputs (either TS or RCA), and an effects send level. The effects send level brings the send over to the built-in delay which gives the user dictation over the delay level, time and feedback. In the next section, there is a 3-band EQ on the master output to fine tune all signal coming out of the mixer. Alesis also included line inputs in the master section so you can play backing tracks from a mobile device or other media player. Also included is an SD card reader and USB input for the same purpose.

    The passive speakers are lightweight and can easily handle the 280 dynamic watts of powered mixer. Each has a 10-inch woofer so your performance can really pack a punch if need be. Just plug in the included cables, and you're ready to go!

    PA System in a Box Bundle - $349

    Similar to the PA in a Box, the Bundle version includes a mixer, speakers and cables. However, this version also ships with two speaker stands, a microphone and a microphone cable. Just purchasing stands on their own can cost more than $100, so this is a great deal!

    The included microphone and cable complete the set and has you ready right out of the box. The microphone is designed for speaking, featuring a dynamic capsule and an on/off switch. This really is the affordable all-in-one solution for public speaking and live performance.

    Alto Mixpack Express - $499

    For those looking for something a bit more portable, then the Alto Mixpack Express is for you! Having many of the same features as the Alesis PA Systems (except for USB and SD card reading), the Mixpack Express is a great solution for people on the go. This system also includes two 10-inch speakers that latch to either side of the mixer. One speaker has a handle and the back, while the other has two casters. Once put together, the Mixpack Express can roll around just as easy as luggage!

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to call us toll-free at 855-269-0474, or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • 10 Overlooked Studio Upgrades

    10 Overlooked Studio Upgrades

    Upgrading gear can be a lot of fun. There's something special about a brand new mic in front of that singer, or a flashy new preamp or converter in the rack. However, it's the little things that tend to make the biggest difference in your recordings. In this article, we'll show you 10 upgrades that aren't very extravagant, but can really improve your workflow and sound like a new preamp cannot.

    1) Cable Ties and Labels

    This is, by far, the cheapest way to upgrade your studio. It doesn't sound like much (and it's not), but organizing your cables so you can clearly see which cable goes to which mic and input will save you lots of headaches and make the session much more fun. It also adds a sense of professionalism. If a client see you messing with cables and inputs because you don't know what goes where, it might make them second guess your work during the entire process.

    The ties will also keep your place neat and clean. If you're like the thousands of engineers out there doing this at home, you may have pets that like to play with cables. Keeping them tidy is an effective method to combat this.

    2) Cables

    There's nothing worse than getting frustrated over bad cables in the middle of a session. A great way to upgrade your sound is the cables themselves. When you compare the stability and sound of a cheap cable to something like Mogami or ProCo Evolution, the investment becomes very apparent. Over the years, The Mogami and ProCo Evolution cables will outlast any others and sound incredible from the very beginning.

    3) Monitor Pads/Platforms

    Monitor pads and platforms are a very practical way of separating the monitors from your desk. The desk will vibrate with the monitors causing phase cancellation. This phenomenon will ruin the frequency response of your monitors and not give you an accurate representation of what you are mixing. With pads and recoil stabilizers, the vibrations can't make it to the desk as easily. This is also very true with subwoofers. Auralex makes a SubDude, a very cushioned subwoofer platform that is tailored for use with sub-frequency rumble.

    4) Room Treatment

    Room treatment goes hand-in-hand with monitor platforms. If your room is treated right, you will be able to control the reflections and bass build-up so that phase cancellation does not affect your mixes. Read all about room treatment in this article.

    5) Cloudlifter

    This is probably the most fun of the overlooked upgrades your studio needs. We've all had issues with low gain mics like dynamics and ribbons. In terms of low gain and harshness, the cloud lifter is the answer to both. Check out this video by Cloud:

    6) Headphones

    Headphones can be quite a fun upgrade as well. Whether you are using them for mixing, tracking, or just monitoring, they can make quite a difference. The best headphones I have used for tracking and mixing have always been closed back. While tracking, closed back headphones cut out a significant amount of click track bleed. Drummers also tend to like them too because it isolates their ears better from the kit so you don't need to crank the headphone amp and blow their eardrums or your headphones. My favorites for both mixing and tracking are the Audio-Techinca M40x's for their super flat frequency response and their isolation properties.

    7) Stands/Drum Rim Mounts

    Not nearly as fun to purchase are stands and drum rim mounts. However, they are a necessity. Many of us have had the issue of using a large diaphragm condenser on a stand that probably weighed the same and then toppled over. This is a case where upgrading at least one mic stand to something really well-build and heavy is a must. Konig and Meyer make great quality stands in Germany. These don't cost too much more than the cheaper stands, and they last a lot longer! The 21070 model microphone stand would be a great upgrade.

    Drum rim mounts can make a huge difference as well. Most drummers prefer them because they don't get in the way of their cymbals and they offer more discreet and precise placement of your tom and snare mics. Many drum mics like the Sennheiser e604 and e904 come with them. If you have tom mics that don't have them, they mount very easily and can be adjusted by height and angle. Check out our selection here.

    8) Power Conditioners

    When engineers begin to acquire more gear, power conditioners become a fundamental item. Even just starting out, you need to power your computer, interface (if not bus powered) and monitors. If any more gear is added, you will run out of outlets. But power conditioners are more than just outlet expansions. They filter out electrical noise and makes your audio cleaner. Power conditioners also protect your gear from electrical surges, much like having insurance on your gear without a monthly payment. ART's new power conditioner, the PS8-II has a user-determined delay and powers on in sequence so not to harm any equipment sensitive to power transients (i.e. studio monitors).

    9) Patchbay

    When you reach a certain level in your mixing career, gear starts to pile up. Going behind the rack and moving cables every single session, sometimes multiple times, really starts to drive you crazy. a great way to organize signal flow and speed up your workflow is by using a patchbay. These days, most people are using TRS patchbays to connect gear quickly, or XLR patchbays to keep microphone cables organized and easily switchable. Patchbays will save you so much time so you can get back to making great music.

    10) FaderPort/Control Surface

    A good use of a control surface is what sets the professionals apart from the amateurs. By good use, I mean automation. And lots of it. If you ever get a chance to look at a professionally mixed session, you will see that volume (and many other parameters) on nearly every channel is automated. With a control surface, it is so easy to ride a fader and sit everything exactly where it needs to be in every part of the song.

    If you don't have a lot of space, the Presonus FaderPort is the perfect companion. It is compatible with every major DAW and is super compact. The fact that there is only one fader forces you to focus on the one track that you are automating at that particular time. If you have the space and if one fader isn't enough, there are other great options including the FaderPort 8. This gives you control over 8 channels at a time with the ability to scroll to other tracks. It is complete with transport controls and session navigators so you can mix hands-on instead of clicking a mouse.

     


    This is our list of 10 Overlooked Studio Upgrades. As always enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. Be sure to check out our other articles here. If you have any questions for comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474, or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • The Best of Auralex for the Home Studio

    The Best of Auralex for the Home Studio

    Auralex is a brand well-known in the recording industry. With 40 years experience under their belt, the company has meticulously engineered a line of products that can transform even the most reflective rooms into professionally tailored studio spaces. Today, we will take a look at some of our favorite from Auralex and explain why they work so well.

    Wedgie Studiofoam Kit - $129.99

    The first step toward a better sounding room is absorbing the sound at the first point of reflection from your monitors. Auralex's Studiofoam is a great way to do that. They recommend you start by placing foam directly behind the monitors to control phasing between the original sound and the sound bouncing off the wall behind them. The other two most important areas are the wall that the monitors are facing toward and the area in which the first reflections on the sides hit the wall. This Studiofoam kit comes with 24 of their 1' x 1' panels, so you have plenty of them right out of the box to take the first step toward a better mix area.

    LENRD Bass Traps - $169.99 to $329.99

    Controlling the bass in a room while also being able to make it translate to other listening mediums is one of the biggest challenges faced as a mixing engineer. Auralex designed the LENRD bass traps to cut down the tails of sub frequencies and make an overall flatter response in the room. These, in combination with the Studiofoam will take your studio to the next level. A great way to get both and save money at the same time is to invest in a Roominator Kit. The Project 2 comes with 8 bass traps and 24 Studiofoam panels!

    ProPad Monitor Isolation Pads - $149.99

    What many engineers these days are missing during the mixing process is mid-range. Not only because many lower-priced monitors are tuned that way, but because their desk is sucking all of it out. Out of personal experience, the result is honky and weirdly-resonant mixes during the car test. Auralex combats this phenomenon with their ProPads. These 3-layered isolation pads completely decouple the monitors from the desk, bringing clarity back into the mids. When you put these under your monitors, they will sound much more accurate. And so will your mixes!

    These are our three favorite products from Auralex. With over 40 years of experience, they never fail to deliver on quality.

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • Fresh Batch of Used Guitars - Great Deals

    Fresh Batch of Used Guitars - Great Deals

    We have a new batch of used instruments in! As usual it was a good mix of instruments and brands. There are some great acoustic guitars in this group as well as some ukuleles and travel guitars. Here are some examples:

    The Breedlove Pursuit Concert E Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a very sweet and focused sounding, very comfortable guitar to play. Not only that but it is gorgeous!

    Speaking of Breedlove guitars, the Breedlove Discovery Dreadnought CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar is another fantastic looking guitar! It has the typical Breedlove attention to details build and a nice full tone. Best of all it has an affordable price tag.

    We even have a nice option for lefties! The Takamine GD51LH Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar has some wonderful appointments for this price including nice tuners, a bone nut, and a bone split bridge. This guitar also has a full tone to it.

    The Cordoba Mini M is an excellent choice for a travel guitar. This guitar has a full width guitar neck and plenty of volume for a small guitar. This make it a good choice for practicing on the go.

    The Alvarez AG610CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar has one of the coolest burst finishes! Called a Shadowburst finish this guitar will turn heads. Alvarez guitars make some very affordable long lasting guitars and this one is no exception.

    Check out these guitars and more at our downtown Appleton location or on our website. These guitars will move quickly and cannot be guaranteed to be in stock.

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • Focusrite/Novation - September Deals!

    Focusrite/Novation - September Deals!

    Focusrite/Novation have some great Back-to-School deals going on that you have to see! Whether you're a musician going back to your dorm studio or have a project studio and are waiting for great deals, now is the time. Let's take a look at what they have to offer this month.

    Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) - $179.99 ($20 instant savings)

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    For years, the Scarlett Range from Focusrite has been the pinnacle of home studio and portable interfaces. They recently had an update with cleaner preamps, higher grade converters and lower latency. The new generation, although an upgrade from the previous version, is still priced the same. Now you can save $20 on the 2i4. Don't forget we have FREE SHIPPING too!

    Scarlett OctoPre - $349.99 ($50 instant savings)

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    Are your 2/4/8-channel interfaces not enough? Recording instruments like a drumkit, or even an entire band at one time typically requires a lot more than 2 or 4 inputs. Many audio interfaces these days have ADAT I/O which allows for up to 8 more channels per ADAT port. The Scarlett OctoPre is the best sounding and most cost-efficient way to expand your channel count. There is also a Clarett OctoPre which uses the same preamps and converters in the Clarett Range. Each channel is also equipped with insert points for outboard gear and Focusrite's "Air" mode that models the transformer sound of the classic ISA preamp. The Clarett OctoPre is on sale for $599.99, $100 in savings!

    Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic - $499.99 ($100 instant savings)

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    Looking for more than just preamps? The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic has the same natural-sounding preamps, but with compression available on every channel! The compressors are inspired by the famed Focusrite Red 3, a favorite of mix engineers like Chris Lord-Alge. Now, for only $499.99, you get 8 preamps, plus 8 hardware compressors. You will not find any other piece that sounds this good with this many features!

    Impulse 49 - $249 ($50 instant savings)

     

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    Novation's Impulse is the controller suitable for any DAW. The Impulse 49 and Impulse 61 are both on sale for $50 off! This fits perfectly on many desks and is built like a tank. The Impulse line can integrate and speed up your workflow like no other controller can!

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you didn't see a deal you need here, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • 6 Secrets to a Better Electric Guitar Recording

    6 Secrets to a Better Electric Guitar Recording

    Getting a great guitar recording isn't always easy. We put some of our best tips together that will help you get the sound of the pros.

    1) New strings

    New strings will make a huge difference in the clarity of your guitar tracks. My personal favorites are Ernie Ball Power Slinky Cobalt strings. Before I record, I change my strings a day or two beforehand and let them break in and stretch. If you change strings right before a session, they will go out of tune very quickly. Which leads me to another point: tune after every take! Many people do not realize the importance of this. No matter how much time it takes in the studio, it will make the end product come out much better. Tuning will be worth every agonizing second.

    2) Practice, practice, practice

    I know this is stating the obvious, but you would be surprised at how many musicians come into the studio and either can't play what they wrote or don't know the music. Before you go into the studio, make sure you can play through everything cleanly and that you know the music inside and out. Tone is also a very important aspect of practice. Much of a guitar player's tone comes from how they strum. If you learn the music with good technique, the tone will develop at the same time.

    3) Amp Tone

    When recording an actual guitar amp, get the sound correct at the source. Spend as much time as you need making your amp sound the way you want it to before it ever gets a microphone put in front of it. Obviously, it will sound better right away. But it also helps performance. If you love the sound on the way in, you can focus less on the tone of the amp and focus more on playing to the click.

    4) Mic choice

    Other than the instruments and players themselves, microphones make the biggest difference in the signal chain. It is important to get a microphone that will sound good on it's own, yet also fit into a mix well. Some of my favorite guitar cab microphones are the Audix i5, Sennheiser e609 or e906, Aston Origin and Heil PR30. The placement of the microphone is just as important as the microphone itself. The closer you put the microphone to the center cone, the brighter the sound. Inversely, the further from the center you place the mic, the darker the tone.

    5) Reamp

    Many guitar players like to use a wide mix of delays, reverbs and other effects that leave a long tail and bleen into the other notes. Massively long reverbs are very popular in post rock. There are two ways to go about using their pedal effects in recording. Either they play everything perfectly, or record using a high quality DI box like the Radial JDI and then reamp. Many prefer the latter, as it takes off a lot of the stress of becoming a one-take-wonder. While recording directly in, they can comp their best takes together (even if they record just three notes at a time) and then send it through the amp and pedals for the perfect performance.

    6) Mixing tricks

    EQ

    Guitars typically don't take heavy additive EQ too well. This is why the best engineers spend the time to get the tone right at the source. However, there are some EQ tricks that help a guitar fit nicely into a dense mix. By filtering the low end up to about 100Hz and the high end down to about 10-12kHz, you can really clean up the track and help it focus. Then, you can proceed to notch out any offensive frequencies by just a few dB. If the guitars need to stand out just a bit, 8kHz is a great frequency to boost a little bit.

    Compression

    Compressing electric guitars may sound like an odd concept to some people. Especially those who use loads of gain. Distortion shaves off transients, cutting the dynamics almost completely. So if there are no dynamics, then why compress? Simply put, compression is not just about controlling dynamics. You can get some cool tone shaping without using EQ. To get snappier guitars, I use the stock PreSonus compressor plugin in Studio One. My settings are as follows:

    Attack: 30ms

    Release: 30-50ms

    Hard Knee and bring down Threshold until about 10dB of reduction

    I then take the blend/mix knob and adjust it to taste. If the mix is 100% the guitars will have a pumping effect and it can be distracting. I just blend it in until I get the snap of the first note to come forward, and the rest of the notes sound natural.

    Thanks for checking out our tips on making a better electric guitar recording. If there is a particular instrument you would like tips on, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • Walrus Pedals - Coming to Pixel Pro Audio

    Walrus Pedals - Coming to Pixel Pro Audio

    Over the last year or so, we have been getting further and further into the world of guitars. Our primary focus has been and will always be recording gear, but we love expanding our guitar and guitar accessory inventory. We've been looking into a few pedal brands and Walrus Audio caught our attention. Next week, we will have our first shipment of Walrus pedals! Let's take a look at a few we'll be getting in stock.

    ARP-87 Multi-function Delay - $199

    First off, it's difficult not to look at these pedals. They are so artistic and it puts a good picture in your head of the mural a full pedalboard could create. All of their pedals are made in the USA, forged of high-quality components. This particular pedal is something special. It has all the typical delay functions as you would rightfully expect, but it's something more. It's not enough for me to just tell you. Check out this video:

    Deep Six Compressor - $199

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    The Deep Six is a guitar pedal inspired by the world-famous 1176. The 1176 is probably the most versatile compressor ever placed into a gear rack. Now guitar players have that kind of versatility at their soles before even hitting the amp. The best thing about this compressor is the ability to blend the dry signal with the compressed signal. This is a feature every compressor should have. I, among many others, prefer to slam guitars with a slow attack and then blend it in until it just makes it snappy enough to bring out articulations and add some life into the track.

    Julia Chorus/Vibrato Pedal - $199

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    As you may have guess from the name, this is a hybrid pedal, combining the ambiance of a rich analog chorus and the pulse of variable vibrato. As with the compressor, this pedal has a blend knob between the dry signal and the two effects. Again, you have to hear this for yourself. Check this out:

    Stay tuned for more from Walrus Pedals. We are very excited to bring them on board!

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to call us at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton!

  • New Acoustic Guitar Pedal - ZoomAC-3 - Sound Samples Within!

    New Acoustic Guitar Pedal - ZoomAC-3 - Sound Samples Within!

    Zoom just delivered their new AC-3. The AC-3 is an enhanced direct box specifically designed for recreated the natural resonance and string characteristics of the guitar plugged into it. A common problem with average direct boxes is that they can suck the energy out of an acoustic guitar, leaving behind a dull and lifeless signal. The AC-3 combats that issue with a huge variety of colorful solutions. Let's take a look.

    1) High-Quality Preamp, Compressor and EQ

    Great sound starts at the front end. Zoom put a very high-quality preamp in the AC-3 to help recreate the harmonics of your acoustic guitar, classical guitar, upright bass and more. Following the preamp is the smoothest compressor and EQ circuits Zoom has ever designed. The compressor is a one-knob solution for total ease of use. The EQ is a 3-band parametric with Bass, Mids, and Treble control to dial in your tone perfectly. Taming the low end or adding some sparkle never sounded better on an acoustic pedal.

    2) Acoustic Guitar Modeling

    On the input, there are 16 different styles of instruments. From models like a dreadnought and jumbo acoustics to resonators and upright bass, it will be difficult to find one that doesn't match one of these styles. Furthermore, Zoom has integrated 15 more specific "Target Models" to choose from. These models include some Martin D-series, Dove, Hummingbird and so on. Not all source guitars will have options for the target guitar. In which case you can select the off position. However, I have noticed that this can give your acoustic guitar a pleasant color that you can further shape your acoustic tone with if the target option is not available.

    3) Built-in FX and Tuner

    In total, there are 10 other built-in FX (beside compression and EQ) and an on-board tuner. The FX include two choruses, tape echo, analog and digital delay, three different reverbs, tremelo and a synth pad. I was surprised at how much I like them, especially the pad. I am very much a purist when it comes to guitar tone, but I am astounded at the sound coming out of this pedal. I could say it all day, but it wouldn't matter if you didn't hear it for yourself. As promised, below are sound samples.

    For these samples, I used a guitar that I am not particularly fond of because I wanted to see what the pedal could do to make it sound prettier. It was a single cutaway acoustic that has a focus in the lower mids. In this first example, I plugged straight into the DI input on the audio interface I was using. No effects were used on the way in or in the software.

    In the next sample, I ran the guitar through the AC-3 with no compression EQ or other FX and then straight into the interface. Levels were matched within 1dB. I can especially hear the difference in the picked notes. The DI was very tinny and plain (like most DI's), but the AC-3 added the natural acoustic smoothness to the top and cleared up the strums in the chords.

    In the third sample, I used compression, EQ, Reverb and the synth pad. I actually really liked the shine on this version. I would definitely use this tone in a mix!

    As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping anywhere in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton! Be sure to check out our other articles here.

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