Take a walk on the wild side—or an interesting float trip through deep space—with the dark magic of a ring modulator.
They're not exactly subtle, they can make your guitar sound like, well, not a guitar anymore, and maybe they shouldn't be engaged with young kids or pets in the room, but ring modulators can take your guitar to places you've only dreamed about—and further. For a sampling of what's available out there, we've rounded up 10 to consider climbing aboard.
This updated version of the ’90s original still brings all the clangy and robotic sounds to the table, but is now equipped with true bypass and a more flexible/adjustable carrier signal control.
Featuring an asymmetrical hard-clipping distortion circuit followed by an octave/ring mod effect based on the classic Green Ringer, this box offers up crunchy overdrive to fuzzy octave insanity.
This 16-step version of the original Ringtone boasts features such as MIDI sync, tap-tempo control and sync, expression-pedal friendliness, and eight user-programmable memory locations.
This all-analog oscillator provides space travel in a small package and features expanded control voltage (CV) capabilities that permit interactions beyond the simple stacking of effects.
The Vitruvian takes its cues from the principle of cross modulation and was designed to be easy to dial in and forget, even when making changes in key.
This all-analog, dual-harmonic pedal features independent true-bypass circuits for octave-up fuzz and a unique collection of ring modulation, octaving, and phasing for bone-chilling sounds.
Complex modulations with interactive parameters are on tap with the Ring Thing’s articulate pitch shifting, preset tuning, and selectable waveforms.
Incorporating an advanced 32-bit microcontroller, which adds presets, expression, and MIDI capability, this pedal’s ring mode combines a ring modulator with a sample-and-hold LFO.
A direct descendant of the original Moog modular synths, the MF-102’s ring modulator can conjure effects from subtle trem to rich distortion along with sweeps, swoops, and whatever else can be dreamt up.
Which one do you prefer?
Rhett and Zach unpack the big news for secondhand guitar sellers and buyers: Sweetwater has launched their new Gear Exchange. How does it compare to Reverb, Craigslist, and Marketplace? To find out, Zach takes the site for a spin and buys a pedal. He calls the process both “very easy” and “normal.” They discuss the pros and cons of the various used-gear outlets and share tips for not getting got when buying gear. Plus, Zach grew a mustache, Mythos Pedals is moving, and he talks about his forthcoming line of Strat pickups inspired by Hendrix’s reverse-stagger setup.
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The Royale was designed to deliver loud and vivid clean tone with a responsive, tactile low end.
Designed to offer massive headroom, the 50-watt Royale Head lets you indulge in smooth clean tones at even higher volumes on stage without any breakup. Select between class A and class AB modes, with its variable mode switch, so you can choose between gushing Supro tone or a punchier, tight midrange response.
Introducing the Royale Head & Extension Cabinet | Supro
The Royale 1x12 Extension Cabinet features the custom Supro BD12 high-power driver, offering the same mid-range punch and clean articulation as the Royale combo but with additional stage volume. More info: suprousa.com.
Royale Head | $1,499.99
Royale Cab | $669.99
D'Addario Foundation's education project sets out to help schools throughout the country and kicks off with an online auction.
The D’Addario Foundation will host a virtual auction from November 9 to November 30, 2022, with the overarching goal of raising $30,000 for the D'Addario Foundation’s Immersive Music Challenge.
Inspired by a new study published in the Journal of Youth Development, the D'Addario Foundation recently launched the Immersive Music Challenge. This ambitious project will help school districts and charter systems throughout the country boost academic achievement by implementing effective, multi-day-per-week music-based mentoring programs that include training, administration, and evaluation. The D’Addario Foundation has invested in an incredible team of consultants that include school superintendents, public health experts, and data analysts to ensure sound results. In addition, D’Addario is actively seeking corporate partners to support the establishment of these programs and champion their success.
Thanks to the generosity of D'Addario artists and industry partners including Gibson, PRS Guitars, D'Angelico, Taylor Guitars, and more, one-of-a-kind items & experiences are up for bidding. Some of the items include:
- Evans Drumhead signed by Anderson Paak
- ESP Mirage Deluxe '87 Signed by Bruce Kulick of KISS and Grand Funk Railroad
- Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar
- D'Addario bass string set signed by Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats
- PRS S2 McCarty 594 Singlecut
- Virtual Lesson with Marty Schwartz
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Xotic Effects unveils an updated version of their classic boost pedal.
Xotic’s RC Booster pedal is back to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The RC Booster’s original design was a customer favorite due to its versatile clean boost, active treble, bass, gain and volume controls. This classic reissue will join their regular pedal lineup permanently.
• Transparent boost pedal for electric guitar
• Up to 20dB of boost for adding volume or sending your amp into overdrive
• Treble and bass EQ controls with +/-15dB range for fine-tuning your sound
• True bypass switching removes the effect from your signal path when disengaged
• Powered via 9-volt battery or optional AC adapter (sold separately)
• 9-18 volts
The first 1000 pedals will contain a special limited edition packaging with special items and actual guitar picks from Andy Timmons, Paul Jackson Jr, Dean Brown, Kirk Fletcher, Allen Hinds, Chris Duarte, Scott Henderson, Oz Noy, Michael Thompson, Yuya Komoguchi, Toshi Yanagi.
RC Booster with limited edition packaging street price is $172.00. More info: xotic.us.