pedal building

State of the stump: Our columnist built this dub-inspired oscillator inside the shell of an old walkie-talkie bearing Radio Shack's Realistic brand name.

How a walkie-talkie, a tiny city of circuits, and Shrinky Dinks became a mind-blowing dub box.

My phone has become a repository of gut shots and glamour shots of my pedal builds. Once a year or so, when it gets full, I dump the photos onto a hard drive for safe keeping. Every time I do, it turns into an all-day trip down memory lane. I go back—all the way back—to when I first started building pedals, and I look at my progression from then until now. I find it so rewarding to have a visual journal of all the work, love, and intention that I put into them. It's a representation of my learning journey and a reminder of how many friends I have made along the way.

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EQD dishes deep, dimensional reverbs in an elegant package that won’t mire you in menus.

 

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Pros:
Intuitive, streamlined control layout. Cool pitch-bending capabilities. Unique modulation tones.

Cons:
Some digital artifacts at long reverb settings. Could use one more-conventional reverb voice.

Street:
$199

EarthQuaker Astral Destiny Reverb
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Streamline your stage or studio rig and increase your tone options at the same time with one of these speaker-simulation pedals.

For any player who is less than enamoured with the idea of repeatedly hauling a heavy cab to a gig or studio session, and the effort involved with cabling and mic placement, the addition of a cab sim pedal to your 'board could be a gamechanger. We've rounded up a sampling of 10 options to help you minimize your footprint while maximizing your efficiency and tone.
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