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State of the Stomp

Pedal geeks are on an eternal quest for more stompbox lore. Design, function, history, and the latest technology—it’s all covered here by a rotating cast of experts that includes Ben Fulton, Kevin Bolembach, and Gregg Stock, Pete Celi, and other wizards from Strymon.

ARTICLES

State of the Stomp: Debugging Your Pedalboard on the Gig

August 7, 2019
Tips for finding and fixing issues with your stomp system on the fly.
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State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

July 26, 2019
Don’t just embrace chaos—court it! And sonically leave the planet.
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State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

June 3, 2019
Our expert discloses a few secrets of life … and gear!
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State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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State of the Stomp: Some Things About Sound Waves I Think Are Cool

April 9, 2019
Thinking about sound helps harness its properties. Saddle up!
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State of the Stomp: What You Really Missed at NAMM!

March 22, 2019
An insider’s view from pedal world at this winter’s show.
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State of the Stomp: Let’s Remember to Be Kind

February 18, 2019
Sharing, not being overbearing, keeps the gear world a big friendly place for all.
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State of the Stomp: How Much Is Your Art Worth, Dude?

December 19, 2018
Demystifying the cost of boutique pedals.
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State of the Stomp: Save Your Dreams, Slay the Dragon

December 4, 2018
A lesson in how to adapt, survive, and thrive.
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State of the Stomp: In Defense of Version 2

November 8, 2018
Why pedal makers keep trying to build a better mousetrap.
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State of the Stomp: My Design Un-Basics

October 9, 2018
A pedal builder explains how what’s under his lid gets into a box’s enclosure.
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State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
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State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
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State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

July 3, 2018
Out-of-the-box techniques can put you in the right creative space.
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State of the Stomp: FAQs From Pedalworld

June 13, 2018
Philippe Herndon replies to readers about digital emulation, “magic ears” designers, truth in advertising, and knowing when an idea is fully hatched.
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State of the Stomp: Musing on Two-Amp Rigs and Stereo Effects

April 30, 2018
Is a “wet/dry” rig stereo? Is there such a thing as “true stereo” and does it work onstage? The debate rages on.
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State of the Stomp: Breathing Room

April 2, 2018
The search for time and space—to create.
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State of the Stomp: Reflections on an A/DA Flanger

March 7, 2018
What a great vintage stompbox can tell a contemporary pedal builder.
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State of the Stomp: Will Analog Die?

January 22, 2018
What if we live in a simulation—a digital emulation of the world?
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State of the Stomp: How’d You Hear About Them?

January 2, 2018
If net neutrality dies, will small businesses—like pedal makers—survive?
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