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Beyond Blues - Sept. '16 Ex. 1

Fat envelope filter and sample-and-hold effects make the Spatial Delivery V3 a veritable factory of percolating, sweeping, yowling, and vowel-y freak-out sounds.

Huge range of traditional to blown-out envelope and sample-and-hold effects. Easy-to-program presets are invaluable.

It would be cool if you could scroll through presets with the footswitch.

$199

EarthQuaker Spatial Delivery V3
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There are pedals that can get you out of a rut and there are pedals that squeeze your noggin like Silly Putty across some alternate musical dimensions. The EarthQuaker Spatial Delivery V3 tends toward the latter category. On one hand, it’s a cool-sounding envelope filter that can be used in most traditional applications of that effect (Jerry Garcia, Bootsy Collins, etc.). But it doesn’t take much prompting to go from sort-of-groovy to mind-melt. And in this version there are six presets which enable you to traverse its crazy-wide range of sounds by switching on the fly.

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Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana chatting with rig designer Bob Bradshaw.

Our columnist tells the story of his visit to a recording studio, interviews an Indonesian guitarist, and releases some of his prejudices about a rack-system-style rig.

Last month, I had the opportunity to do a recording session at a professional studio, or more precisely, the best recording studio in my city. As an amateur musician, I only brought my Marshall 6101 combo, Les Paul, and ’70s fuzz wah. The owner and engineer of the studio had said that I could use all the equipment in the studio, especially the rack system that was available there.

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Guitarist Michael Hedges transcended genre with his incendiary two-hand technique, oddball instruments, and plethora of unique tunings. And his creative cover arrangements, from Sheila E. to Zappa, are in a world of their own. On this episode, we hear from his family, friends, and scholars who share what Hedges’ music means to them, and what’s in store for Hedges fans.

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