Tag: guitar pedals

  • Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

    Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

    A rundown of a few of the best effects pedals I like to use with my keyboards and synths, and why pedals can be fun to play around with.

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  • 5 Pedals Ideal for Playing Blues Guitar

    5 Pedals Ideal for Playing Blues Guitar

    Looking to infuse your guitar playing with the whining, whimpering and screaming tones of your blues heroes? Here’s a tonal menagerie of pedals to help!

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  • Kaki King Will ‘Never Go Back to a Pedalboard.’ Here’s Why

    Kaki King Will ‘Never Go Back to a Pedalboard.’ Here’s Why

    In the above video, featured in our free online course, Digital Pedalboards with Kaki King, our instructor, guitarist and composer Kaki King, shares her reasons for making the switch to a digital pedalboard, after years of touring around with a full rig of hardware. Here, she’s using Apple’s MainStage 3 software with a MIDI trigger pedal…

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  • What Is the Doppler Effect?

    What Is the Doppler Effect?

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. If a tree falls in the forest and there’s initially no one there to hear it — but someone, alerted to the event, suddenly runs toward the…

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  • Let’s Get Weird: Crazy Pedals for Crazy Guitarists – Distortion

    Let’s Get Weird: Crazy Pedals for Crazy Guitarists – Distortion

    Distortion, or dirt, as us cool guys call it, is not only used in loud garage rock. In fact, it’s used in every genre of music under the sun. It’s that crunch on the guitar, that huge, fuzz sound, the broken amp effect. There are three major types of distortion: fuzz, overdrive, and distortion, as well…

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  • Let Kaki King Walk You Through Her Live Electronics Setup

    Let Kaki King Walk You Through Her Live Electronics Setup

    In Kaki King’s brand-new, free course for Soundfly, Digital Pedalboards, she takes us through why she decided to make the switch to a digital pedalboard, how she makes use of this new, more compact electronics setup, and some helpful tips for how to customize the tech for our own use. Kaki’s setup involves only five pieces of gear.…

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  • Using Effects to Transform the Sonic Contours of Your Electronic Drum Pad

    Using Effects to Transform the Sonic Contours of Your Electronic Drum Pad

    Musicians today use audio effects for literally everything. Guitarists, keyboardists, vocalists, saxophonists, you name it. Effects play a huge role in defining your personal sound to achieve the exact, desired impact no matter what instrument or genre you play. Yet, in my experience, drummers tend to be wariest of using effects processing in a live setting.…

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  • Bang for Your Buck in a Box: A Rainbow of Great Guitar Pedals Under $200

    Bang for Your Buck in a Box: A Rainbow of Great Guitar Pedals Under $200

    With the explosion of boutique guitar pedal manufacturers in recent years, there’s never been a better time to get that certain sound under your stage toes. But it’s also in the nature of specialty pedals to be, well, specialized. In addition to being less versatile, they also tend to be a bit more expensive. Here…

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  • Learn to Use a Digital Pedalboard Alongside Kaki King

    Learn to Use a Digital Pedalboard Alongside Kaki King

    New course announcement! Today, we’re launching a brand-new, free course with one of our absolute favorite guitarists on the planet (we are not alone), Kaki King, and no, it’s not a course in guitar shreddery. In this course, Digital Pedalboards with Kaki King, we take a deep dive into how and why she uses the Apple MainStage 3…

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  • Tone Timeline: Using Delay as a Secondary Instrument

    Tone Timeline: Using Delay as a Secondary Instrument

    When it comes to playing an instrument, especially in a live setting, there are hundreds of different sounds you can create through the use of effects pedals. One of the most popular and versatile effects is delay. Dozens of major brands have produced stompboxes with settings and delay variations such as analog, digital, tape, tap…

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