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Lyle Zaehringer

Lyle Zaehringer

At the University of Iowa, Lyle majored in Computer Science, but his most prized possession was a key to the school's Electronic Music Studios. With his home studio he has produced music and provided sound design for film, radio, and podcasts. Lyle's current musical obsession involves integrating electric guitar signals into his modular synthesizer. He is a software developer by trade and finds it fulfilling to use that skill to help build better healthcare systems. He lives in an old house in Iowa next to the Mississippi River with his wife and their retired racing greyhound, Yeti.

ARTICLES

TWA Great Divide 2.0 Analog Synth Octaver Review

November 17, 2013
A fantastically musical synth/octave pedal.
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Pedal Switcher Shootout

September 17, 2013
We compare pedalboard switching solutions from OneControl, Decibel Eleven, Musicom Lab & EC Pedals Custom Shop.
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Electro-Harmonix Next Step Talking Pedal Review

September 13, 2013
An exciting wah alternative in an innovative package at a great price.
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Mission Engineering VM-PRO Buffered Volume Pedal Review

September 12, 2013
A superb volume pedal with many cool extras—including compatibility with vintage pedals and active pickups.
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Roland Cube Lite and Cube Jam App Review

May 14, 2013
Roland leverages the power of mobile devices in an attempt to create a more perfect practice amp.
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Z.Vex Loop Gate Pedal Review

March 13, 2013
The Loop Gate combines the relatively simple and familiar principles of noise gating and effects loops in a way that opens up huge new tonal possibilities.
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Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp with Bluetooth Pedal Review

December 5, 2012
A multi-effect stompbox with downloadable effects and amp simulations and BlueTooth technology.
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SolidGoldFX Apollo Tap Tempo Phaser Pedal Review

October 31, 2012
We review the tonally-versatile phaser that''s packed with features like tap tempo with a multiplier switch.
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Big Joe Stomp Box Company Phaser Pedal Review

September 18, 2012
The phaser conveys a purist mentality, vintage style, and tour-ready toughness.
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SubDecay Starlight Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The genesis of the flanging effect—at least as a term and production technique—is pretty well known at this point. As the story goes, Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend developed
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Red Witch Synthotron Analog Synth Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
For guitarists who dig the electronic sound of a synthesizer, guitar synth pedals can combine the best of both worlds—the psychedelic glow, glitchiness, and fat tones of a synth’s
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Death by Audio Apocalypse Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
For all the ominousness that the year 2012 portends for some, it’s a wonderland out there for stompbox nuts—a veritable land o’ plenty, especially if you dig fuzz. One
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Dwarfcraft Devices Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas Pedal Review

February 10, 2012
There’s a passage from horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House that beautifully summarizes what it’s like to witness an extraordinary and radical guitar moment. “The
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DigiTech Whammy DT Pedal Review

October 25, 2011
With the Whammy DT, Digitech builds on the simplistic, rugged design of the original while rearranging the control set a bit.
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Catalinbread CB30 Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
With the CB30, Catalinbread attempts to stuff the legendary class-A tone of the Vox AC30 into a small, dark green stompbox.
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Pigtronix Tremvelope Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The analog, optical Pigtronix Tremvelope invites tremolo fans to look deeper into what the effect can deliver.
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Catalinbread Naga Viper Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Catalinbread uses the Rangemaster as square one for the design of the Naga Viper—a treble boost with a little something extra.
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Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Electro-Harmonix has packed much of the punch of the original into the company’s Nano-sized package for guitarists with limited pedalboard real estate.
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