The essence of eight echo machines gets distilled into a single, super-varied stompbox.
With eight effect modes in a single pedal, Keeley’s ME-8 Multi Echo is a time-manipulation toolbox par excellence. It can range from warbling ADT to vintage and modern delay to a handful of reverbs that can serve the most fickle delay and reverb chameleon. And though stuffing so many functions in a compact enclosure creates challenges, this box is a contender for the echo-flavors-per-pedalboard-inch championship crown.
Table for One, Party of Eight
The Keeley Multi Echo’s small footprint means multiple functions for the tone knob, so unless you like figuring out a pedal’s intricacies on the fly, it’s not exactly a plug-and-play experience. A little investigation of how functions change depending on the effect is time well spent. The effect selector rotary knob provides eight echo-mode options: ADT (automatic double tracking) modern, ADT vintage, tape echo, analog delay, digital delay, room reverb, chamber reverb, and hall reverb. The time, depth, and blend knobs function more-or-less conventionally for each selected effect.
The tone knob’s function varies from mode to mode. In ADT vintage and analog delay mode, the tone knob functions as a rate control. When digital delay is selected, the tone knob controls repeat subdivisions—ranging from quarter notes to dotted and triplet eighths. In room reverb, tone controls an added distortion effect—a tip of the hat to Phil Spector’s “room compression” technique. Smartly, Keeley added a quick-reference guide to these functions on the backplate of the ME-8.
Structurally speaking, the ME-8 feels very solid. The circuit layout is compact but predictably crowded given all those functions, and there’s no room left for a 9V battery. The single output is mono only. Sorry stereo echo lovers!
Delays for Days
The ADT mode is essentially Keeley’s 30 ms Double Tracker—an emulation of the process that EMI/Abbey Road and Beatles recording engineer Ken Townsend devised to eliminate the process of manually doubling vocals. Townsend’s ADT was effectively a very short tape delay, and that texture is replicated nicely here. The Modern ADT has a little more headroom in the time department (an extra 20 ms, to be precise), but for my money the vintage ADT is where it’s at.
Adjust the tone control (which, in this case, adjusts the rate of modulation) and you’ll hear layers of chorus-y flutter that would be equally at home mated to a Johnny Marr arpeggio riff or a John Lennon vocal. By itself, the ME-8 is quite transparent in the ADT applications. Placing overdrive before the delay and modulation can make the output sound a bit boxy, however. That seems to attest to the breadth and richness of the ADT mode’s harmonic spectrum as much as anything else. But if you’re an effects-heavy player like myself, you may want to explore a delay setting with a little more headroom.
Other delay-altering choices are just as effective for modifying what are, across the board, very nice fundamental delay voices. Digital subdivision will please any Edge or late-model Gilmour fanatic. The analog delay’s dynamic modulation adds a chorus-like wave that enshrouds repeats and varies in intensity depending on your attack. It’s very expressive in live applications and killer for creating mood-shifting post-rock expansiveness or for adding shimmer to an already excellent BBD simulation. Both the tape and analog delays range from 50 ms to 950 ms of delay, while the digital can achieve up to 1000 ms.
Just like the ADT and other delay settings, the ME-8’s reverbs are often striking for their combination of transparency and color—particularly given the very non-transparent nature of its analog inspirations. During a rehearsal session, I set the ME-8 to room reverb and left it on for the duration. I experienced much less (perceived) volume drop and tone suck compared to a lot of the reverb boxes I regularly employ. The room setting has a very cool slapback quality to it, which works well for vintage-minded players, and the tone-knob-controlled distortion present in the output is a cool-enhancing texture. It can add mushiness to higher frequencies—particularly in live settings—but could be a very interesting color to work with in studio situations, especially if you’re chasing down ’60s atmospherics.
Perhaps the only complaint I can levy against the Keeley ME-8 is that you can’t blend the effects. For a stompbox that’s filled with so many cool features and great sounds, it’s a bit agitating that you can’t use any of them together. Several moments of inspiration sparked by the ME-8’s cool sounds found me wanting to trade the compact size for a little extra functionality. Still, for $199, this is a wickedly powerful session or gigging tool that can enable considerable pedalboard streamlining or serve as the cornerstone of a stripped-down selection of pedal essentials.
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The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
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The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
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Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
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This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
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Belltone P-90 Foil-Tron Pickup
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
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