October 2020

 

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 industry experts.

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Close Your Wallet and Open Your Mind

August 20, 2020
That epic new sound you’re seeking might already be on your pedalboard.
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Prepare for Takeoff on the Modular-Synth Spaceship

July 27, 2020
Looking for the otherworldly? Here are some devices and concepts that point the way.
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Got Noise Issues? It Could Be Your Pedalboard's Power Supply

April 22, 2020
All 9V blocks are not created equal. Here's what to look for to avoid hiss, hum, and crackle.
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Don’t Tell Me How to Music

March 31, 2020
Why you should give yourself permission to not care … or to care deeply about what nobody else cares about.
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How Pedal Buyers and Builders Can Help Save the Planet

March 5, 2020
Spurred by Australia’s wildfires, stompbox maker Aisha Loe (of Loe Sounds) takes a mindful look at effects and ecology.
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How to Build a Flight-Friendly Pedalboard

February 17, 2020
It's not as obvious as you might think. Here are the questions you gotta ask when planning your travel rig.
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The World Is What We Make It, So Make it Something Good

December 29, 2019
Oliver Ackermann (Death By Audio, A Place to Bury Strangers) shares his mantra for better music, better pedals, and a better life.
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State of the Stomp: It’s All About Wonder and Liberty

December 17, 2019
Columnist Philippe Herndon on gear, freedom, and finding joy in making music.
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State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
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State of the Stomp: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

September 30, 2019
Build a genuine relationship with your amp and your pedals.
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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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