Guitar Effects

  • Last year, music gear maker Boss cut the instrument cable for its impressive portable guitar amp: the Katana Air. Now the company has put premium amplifier technology and guitar effects into a pair of wireless headphones.
  • The Spark amp from Positive Grid is paired with a voice-activated mobile app that opens the door to real-time practice and learning tools, and allows players to jam along to tracks from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
  • ​Back in 2011, a digital amplifier was released that could accurately recreate the sounds of any other amp. Four years later, a Remote gave players the ability to switch Profiler models using their feet. And now the two have been merged into one with the introduction of the Kemper Profiler Stage.​
  • ​Five years ago, Fishman's TriplePlay controller gave us the opportunity to wirelessly tap into an almost infinite world of digital sounds on our laptop. Now the firm has unveiled a new version called the Connect that offers a similar experience for iPad users, though it's not wireless this time.​
  • What if you want to activate an effects pedal but you're on the other side of the stage to your pedalboard? Aviate Audio is this week showing off the Airpatch at Summer NAMM in Nashville, which offers wireless stomp control using a single button attached to the guitar.​
  • Music gear maker Boss has announced a new effects pedal that puts a massive 121 synth sounds at the feet for guitarists and bass players, without them needing to install special pickups or understand complex programming.
  • ​In 2013, David Packouz sampled some beats played by a top drummer and put realistic percussion at the feet of guitarists. That drummer-in-a-pedal got a baby brother a couple of years later, and now Singular Sound is aiming to shake up the looper space with the Aeros Loop Studio.​
  • ​Three years ago, Yamaha launched a new line of acoustic guitars sporting technology originally developed for its pianos. The TransAcoustic guitars could breathe concert hall warmth into the driest of rooms. A bunch of new models were released in January, and we snagged one of them to try out.​
  • Pedal Pods are standalone modules that sit under a stomp, with built-in cabling and adjustable power. Pods lock with other Pods to form bigger and bigger pedalboards.
  • ​Earlier this month we had a look at some of the music gear highpoints of 2018. Though this showed that hardware and software innovation continues apace, there's nothing like a taste of oddness to serve as a reminder that gear makers can still think way outside of the box.​
  • Singular Sound has updated the BeatBuddy Mini, a little stomp that puts a realistic sounding virtual drummer at your feet. The Mini 2 now has a new button designed for comfort when playing barefoot.
  • ​Vibrato systems are designed to temporarily change the tension of guitar strings to create subtle pitch variations or monster dives and sweeps. The Pitch Pilot gives players pitch control of individual strings instead of having to divebomb all of them simultaneously.​