Leah McFall - Capturing The Voice

Leah McFall - Capturing The Voice

Leah McFall’s incredible voice has led her on an extraordinary journey, from her local Church choir in Newtownabbey to touring with Jesse J and will i am (by way of Ronnie Scott’s and The Voice). She debuted at Wireless festival in 2013 and followed up with numerous hit singles and record releases. We caught up with Leah preparing to go on tour to promote her latest EP: MPS You’ve had an amazing rise to musical...
More free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

More free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

This month’s free library update for the Hotone Xtomp includes a classic compressor, rare chorus effect, yet another 4x12 cabinet emulator and more… Xtomp is Hotone’s clever pedal the ‘becomes’ different vintage and classic pedals at the touch of a button. Find out more here    The new patches in detail: Lucky Strike Kick it on if you’re feeling lucky. Lucky Strike is based on the famous...
Come and meet us at Musik Messe

Come and meet us at Musik Messe

The Musicpsych team will be making the annual pilgrimage to Frankfurt to participate in the wapping Musik Messe (Music Fair). We will be joining our German partners, B4, to bring Strymon, Hotone, Bigfoot Engineering and Blue Microphones to the show. Visit us in Hall 9.0 at booth G44 - come and get hands-on with the gear, or get a demo from one of B4’s product specialists. The Musik Messe will be open from Wednesday...
Revolverheld’s Kris Hünecke on his guitar rig

Revolverheld’s Kris Hünecke on his guitar rig

Revolverheld are a phenomenon; all four of their albums reached the top ten in their native Germany and they’ve produced countless hit singles. Originally hailing from Hamburg, they were recruited into the prestigious Pop Academy before being picked up by Sony BMG. We caught up with guitarist Kris Hünecke to discuss gear, guitars - and unplugging them all... MPS The band has been playing shows for 15 years now, can you...
Introducing Strymon Sunset

Introducing Strymon Sunset

Strymon have announced Sunset; a brand new two channel overdrive pedal. It includes six different circuit types which are found in countless iconic overdrive pedals that have shaped the way musicians, and music has evolved. Sunset gives you the best of the best classic overdrive circuits, custom voiced for instantly gratifying control over a huge range of sought-after tones. We studied six circuit types found in many truly timeless...
Five more free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

Five more free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

Hotone have topped up the ever expanding Xtomp library with five additional sounds including emulations of classic distortions, overdrives compression and time based effects. Full details can be found below. If you’re new to Xtomp, check out Hotone’s little chameleon that “becomes” classic pedals & amps from a huge library of emulations of vintage and classic units. The patches:   Purple Plexi...
Hotone Xtomp gets more free sounds

Hotone Xtomp gets more free sounds

Hotone have added another seven free sounds to the Xtomp library. (Xtomp is a chameleon pedal that ‘becomes’ vintage and classic amps and pedals when you load in patches from your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet). This month’s offering includes emulations of a classic Marshall amp head and cabinet, Ross compressor, Vox overdrive, British Plexi amp and more… Download the app update here   The sounds...
Blue Microphones update the Essentials Series

Blue Microphones update the Essentials Series

Blue’s best selling range of studio condenser microphones has received an update. The Essentials Series now features Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL. Taking their most popular microphone line and evolving it further, Blue advances each mic with a new streamlined build and refined sonics, along with a 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad. The enhanced Essentials Series provides the flexibility to track a...
Headphones with built-in amplifiers

Headphones with built-in amplifiers

Blue Microphones used the winter NAMM show in Anaheim to launch two new pairs of high-end headphones: Sadie and Ella. Blue have used the design language established by Lola and MoFI and, equally importantly, the groundbreaking idea of putting headphone amplifiers in the headphones. Both Sadie and Ella have onboard amplification which means the quality and volume of your audio will no longer be limited by your device...
The man with 60 guitars…

The man with 60 guitars…

Bob Wootton is a guitarist from London who has an enviable (and we mean enviable) collection of guitars and accessories. He came to our attention due to his innovative integration of Xtomp into his set-up. There aren’t many guitarists we’ve met who have such an amazing grasp of the technologies that drive their creativity, so naturally we had to interview him... MPS Tell us about your trajectory as a musician?...
New gear from Hotone

New gear from Hotone

The annual NAMM show in Anaheim California is a key date in the music industry’s calendar when the world’s musical instrument designers and technology brands come together under one roof. Unsurprisingly, many brands chose NAMM to announce new products and Hotone is no exception. They have hinted at a slew of new products to be launched at the show. We will of course bring you more details as soon as we have them, but...
Hotone Xtomp gets 16 new sounds

Hotone Xtomp gets 16 new sounds

Hotone have continued to grow their Xtomp library throughout 2016 and this final update of the year adds another 16 free sounds to the list. They include models of Hiwatt® amp heads, Marshall® overdrives, Electro-Harmonix® delays and a slew of other inspired amp and pedal emulations (you can find a list of the new additions below). If you’re new to Xtomp, it’s basically a chameleon pedal into which you can...
Tap tempo added to Hotone Xtomp

Tap tempo added to Hotone Xtomp

Hotone have added Tap tempo to Xtomp with their latest update. This means you can tap in the speed of all your time based effects such as delays. This is available as a free update to the Hotone app for iOS and Android - but remember to update your firmware as well as the Xtomp app; this is vital to maintaining full functionality of your Xtomp. Go to the app's "Settings" page and click the "check update" button. Click here for more...
Strymon Riverside: In-Depth

Strymon Riverside: In-Depth

Rob Chapman and Lee Anderton put Strymon’s new hybrid analogue / digital overdrive pedal through its paces. If you want to hear exactly what Riverside can do, check out their extended video review below. Strymon Riverside is now available to buy in Europe and the UK. Use our dealer locator to find your nearest retailer
Strymon Zuma is here

Strymon Zuma is here

Strymon’s Zuma is now available to buy in the Europe and the UK. The first few units are at retailers now, joining Zuma’s little brother, Ojai. Zuma is a power supply for guitar pedals which can deliver 500mA of low noise current to nine pedals simultaneously. Ojai is the scaled down version which can supply five pedals. Visit our dealer locator to find your nearest dealer.   Find out more about Zuma and...
Bigfoot Pedals: What they really sound like

Bigfoot Pedals: What they really sound like

Guitarist Magazine put together this no-nonsense four minute demo of Bigfoot pedals. Each one is hand build in England with absolutely zero compromise on components. They really do need to be heard… In order, you’ll hear the Octo Puss Prime (fuzz-octave pedal); King Fuzz (err.. fuzz pedal); Thunder Pup (classic overdrive); and Octo Puss (octave pedal).   Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  ...
Watch Strymon Riverside in Action

Watch Strymon Riverside in Action

Pete Celi works for Strymon as Sound Designer and DSP engineer, and he also knows his way around a guitar. In this extended video he takes us through the brand’s new drive pedal ‘Riverside’. He explains what Riverside is all about (dual analogue and DSP based drive) and gives us an idea of how the pedal behaves at different gains with different settings. If you want to find out more about what Riverside really...
Another 10 free sounds for Xtomp

Another 10 free sounds for Xtomp

Each month, Hotone release a new collection of pedal and amp emulations for Xtomp (a pedal that “becomes” classic and vintage units by loading patches in from its library). This month sees the library growing by another ten free patches. These include simulators of an Orange® AD30 amp*, Maxon® AD80 Analogue delay*, Voodoo Lab® Micro Vibe*, and Hiwatt® SE4123* 4x12 cabinet - and more. Check out the full...
New Acoustic Guitar and Bass preamps from Hotone

New Acoustic Guitar and Bass preamps from Hotone

Hotone have created the “Performer series” to provide musicians with pre-amplifiers to boost the signal from their instruments and mics for PA systems. They take the form of pedals rather than desktop of rackmount units. The A Station is a combined microphone preamp and DI box, so you can run acoustic guitars, and pretty much anything else through it on the way to your amp. It has a three band EQ and a notch filter for...
More free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

More free sounds for Hotone Xtomp

Hotone have stuck to their commitment to deliver brand new sounds for the Xtomp library every month. October brought some particularly exciting patches, including emulations of the DOD* FX86 Death Metal™ pedal, Fulltone* Full-Drive MOSFET™, MI Audio* Crunch Box™, MXR* M101™ and many more. On the amp side, there is Back Twin, modelled on the legendary Fender* ‘65 Twin reverb™ Eddie 2x12, which...
Ryan Bruce test drives Xtomp

Ryan Bruce test drives Xtomp

Watch Ryan Bruce’s short video review of Hotone’s Xtomp, the stompbox that ‘becomes’ vintage and classic pedals by connecting to a smartphone app.
Strymon Announce Riverside - Multistage Drive pedal

Strymon Announce Riverside - Multistage Drive pedal

The latest creation to come out of the Strymon laboratory is a little different to their previous work. Riverside is a multistage drive pedal which is inspired by the numerous analogue and vacuum tube units that were analysed by Strymon engineers during its development. What is Riverside? Riverside has an analogue front-end, backed up by the DSP wizardry that has has earned Strymon its reputation over the last ten years. It is designed...
Blue Mics Essential Series on special offer

Blue Mics Essential Series on special offer

The Blue Essential Series is a range of three large diaphragm studio microphones; Spark, Bluebird and Baby Bottle. For a limited time only all three are on special offer from selected retailers. Spark Normal price: £184.99 // €149.99 Campaign price: £129.99  // €214,99 Bluebird Normal price: £299.99 // €349.99 Campaign price: £219.99 // €249.99 Baby Bottle Normal price: £359.99...
Blue Microphones Spark Review

Blue Microphones Spark Review

If you want studio quality recordings without the complexity and cost of studio gear, the Blue Microphones Spark might be worth considering. Watch this review by Geekanoids if you are recording music or tracking podcasts:   Spark will be on special offer at selected retailers from October 2016. Find your nearest dealer     Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  
Hotone XTOMP - The Latest Free Sounds

Hotone XTOMP - The Latest Free Sounds

Each month, pedal manufacturer Hotone release a new collection of free sounds for XTOMP. XTOMP is an ultrathin effects pedal stompbox that simulates multiple iconic classic, vintage, and modern pedals through its growing effects library (currently over 300 models!) XTOMP uses an iOS app to manage all your effects and transfers them to your stompbox via Bluetooth. We have collected September’s free patches which range from...
Introducing Hotone Djent

Introducing Hotone Djent

Hotone’s latest pedal is a hi-gain distortion unit which is well suited to metal-styled overdrive. Djent joins the rest of the Skyline range and shares the same compact footprint and lightweight chassis so it’s small but tough enough to withstand the road! Watch the video below to get an idea of the what Djent is capable of. Djent is now available in the UK and Europe priced at £69.99 // €84.99 Click...
The new Hotone Cab

The new Hotone Cab

Hotone have added a new pedal to their Skyline range. Cab is a smart way of getting that big cabinet sound, without carrying around the big cabinet (or three in this case). Cab can be switched between a 1x12, 2x12 or 4x12 simulation and the results are pretty impressive. The video below gives you an idea of how diverse the three settings are. Cab is now available in Europe and the UK priced at €84.99 // £69.99 Click...
“I was always drawn to Telecasters” - Beau Holland

“I was always drawn to Telecasters” - Beau Holland

Beau Holland is a guitarist and musical director currently touring with Keane’s Tom Chaplin. He’s got quite a CV and has worked with acts as diverse as Lauren Aquilina, to Foxes to The Selector! He’s also toured relentlessly throughout his career and shared stages with the likes of Bastille, Weezer and Foster the People. We caught up with him as he geared up for rehearsals for the upcoming tour with Tom... MPS...
IMPORTANT: UK Strymon External Power Supply Recall

IMPORTANT: UK Strymon External Power Supply Recall

URGENT PRODUCT RECALL INFORMATION AFFECTING UK CUSTOMERS ONLY. A batch fault has occurred on Strymon UK external power supplies shipped during the period 10th-30th August 2016. The fault is potentially very serious and could affect any UK external power supplies (UK only) shipped with Strymon products from UK dealers during the period 10th-30th August 2016. It also potentially affects UK external power supplies...
Djent distortion pedal

Djent distortion pedal

Hot on the heals of the recent announcement of Cab, Hotone have created a brand new mini-stompbox inspired by Djent (if you’re new to this genre, it’s metal with a charactieristic high gain distorted guitar sound). The eponymous pedal is also called Djent and you can find more detailed information about it here. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about pricing and availability but Hotone assure us that...
The definitive Xtomp review

The definitive Xtomp review

Xtomp is not your average stompbox, it needs a bit of an introduction to understand its full potential. Thankfully, Henning Pauly of EytschPi42 has paid some serious attention to looking into Xtomp in minute detail. If you are considering investing in Xtomp but want to understand all the ins and outs of the unit, look no further than Henning’s hour plus review. He takes us through the process of setting it up, selecting...
Introducing Hotone EQ-V

Introducing Hotone EQ-V

Perhaps the smallest EQ in the universe is now available to buy in the UK and Europe. EQ-V is (as you might expect) a five band EQ contained within a micro-stompbox, following the same form factor as the rest of the Styline range. You can find a full audio demo below. EQ-V is priced at £70 / €85 Click here to find your nearest retailer   Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  
Strymon Ojai now available

Strymon Ojai now available

Strymon’s brand new power supply “Ojai” is now available in stores across Europe and the UK. It enables you to deliver completely steady power to up to five effects pedals simultaneously and is built with the kind of quality and attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Strymon. Each power output is individually isolated with it’s own dedicated regulator and transformer - delivering 500mA of current...
David Julien: the voice of The Voice

David Julien: the voice of The Voice

David Julien is a singer-songwriter who’s shared the stage with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Leona Lewis and Rick Parfitt. He’s perhaps best known as the frontman of the Kitsch Lounge Riot band - but he also writes and records vocal lines for producers across many different genres. We caught up with David to ask him what drives his work both creatively and technologically... MPS You are a songwriter and producer as...
Hotone Announce “Cab”

Hotone Announce “Cab”

Hotone have just announced a new addition to their Skyline range of stompboxes. “Cab” is a guitar amp cabinet simulator which delivers emulations of three different cabinet models: 1x12, 2x12 and 4x12. You will also be able to control the low cut off (where the bottom end extends down to) and of course the level of "Presence". We will publish the full product details in September, including pricing and availability...
Xtomp test drives

Xtomp test drives

Hotone’s new micro multi-effects pedal has hit Europe - and guitarists are starting to put Xtomp through its paces. We’ve pulled together this collection of video reviews, demos, jams and test drives for all those who are interested to hear what it has to offer… What is XTOMP? It's an ultra-thin effects pedal stompbox that simulates multiple iconic classic, vintage, and modern pedals through its growing effects...
Introducing the Blue Bottle Mic Locker

Introducing the Blue Bottle Mic Locker

Blue Microphones have taken their flagship valve microphone - the Blue Bottle - and created a locker of four interchangeable capsules which comprises a range of modern and classic tube microphone sounds that you can walk into any studio with. It’s priced at £4999 / €6399, but this quality and versatility is never going to come cheap... You can find full details of the Blue Bottle and all four included...
Hotone’s two new Wah Pedals are now available

Hotone’s two new Wah Pedals are now available

Hotone created a micro-Wah pedal back in 2015 (Soul Press) and it became an instant best seller. Now two new variations have joined it: the Bass Press and Vow Press. They follow the same concept; a compact  Wah / Volume / Expression pedal all rolled into one, but Bass Press is optimised for (you guessed it) bass guitars, and Vow Press swaps out the Expression mode for a unique “Volume-Wah” mode. Bass Press...
Bring me the Horizon

Bring me the Horizon

Bring me the Horizon have a very interesting history. The Sheffield Metalcore act formed back in 2003 when members were still young teenagers. Legend has it they tricked their way onto their first tour supporting The Red Chord, nailed their first demo in two weekends, and made alcohol consumption a unique part of their stage-craft… They have since recorded five full studio albums and gained a massive global following, netting...
Hotone’s new overdrive pedal is here

Hotone’s new overdrive pedal is here

Guitar pedal designers Hotone have added a new overdrive unit to their Skyline range of micro-stompboxes. Golden Touch emulates the sound of a classic overdriven tube amp and includes the aptly names “warmer” button to make the sound, well, warmer! It joins the other two overdrive pedals in the Skyline range (“Grass” and “Blues”) Golden Touch is priced at £60 // €75  Click here to...
Lush’s Emma Anderson on the guitars and pedals she’s using on tour

Lush’s Emma Anderson on the guitars and pedals she’s using on tour

British band Lush have evolved musically more than most. Their early days saw them labelled as 'shoegazing’ while their highly successful final album is more frequently described as Britpop. Now, eighteen years after the band split (after the tragic suicide of drummer Chris Acland) Lush have reformed, not just to play their old material, but to write, record and tour an entirely new EP called Blind Spot. We caught up with...
Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers

Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers

Since 2007 The Hoosiers have scored two top ten albums and numerous hit singles. British students Raymond Sharland and Irwin Sparkes met whilst on football scholarships at the University of Indianapolis. Their interest in doing things a little differently has earned The Hoosiers a strong fanbase to the extent that they crowd-funded their 2013 album “The News From Nowhere” so they could produce their best work without...
Xtomp is finally available!

Xtomp is finally available!

Xtomp is a super thin multi-effects pedal for guitar. It emulates hundreds of classic and vintage pedals, and you can use a smartphone or tablet to control the sound or switch between presets wirelessly Xtomp has over 300 presets ranging from well known, classic pedals to rare and hard to find effects. It’s basically all of your effects in one tiny stomp box with the convenience of an app to control all your parameters. Xtomp...
Right Said Fred interview

Right Said Fred interview

As well as their well documented success as a band, Right Said Fred have had an impressive career on the big and small screen, as well as a series of hits in the dance music and remix charts in Europe and the U.S. They continue to release records and tour as Right Said Fred and this is where we caught up with guitarist Fred Fairbrass, who hit us up recently about Strymon’s BigSky and Mobius...   MPS Across your...
Hotone’s Ravo multi-effects pedal is now available

Hotone’s Ravo multi-effects pedal is now available

Hotone’s Ravo is a tiny multi-effects pedal with over 130 effects onboard. It went on sale earlier this year and has been enormously popular with guitarists who want tonnes of effects options but don’t want to break the bank (pricing is about €159 / £130). We found a couple of movies that we thought showcased the pedal nicely - so if you’re looking for a super-versatile pedal with loads of effect types,...
London Grammar's Dan Rothman talks us through his rig

London Grammar's Dan Rothman talks us through his rig

London Grammar took the British music industry by storm back in 2013 with a debut album that went Platinum both at home and abroad. Having met at Nottingham University a couple of years earlier, the trio were quickly signed to Ministry of Sound and attracted the attention of producers from Faithless and Sneaker Pimps before releasing their first EP. We caught up with guitarist Dan Rothman to discuss his musical influences and...
In the control room at Snap! Studios

In the control room at Snap! Studios

In an era where large recording studios are in decline, Snap! Studios are bucking the trend. Clearly a studio’s output is only as good as it’s engineers so we caught up with resident Tom Leach who lets us into some of his production secrets and explains why, in a studio jammed full of AMS & Lexicon reverbs, there’s a place for Strymon’s Flint in the control room... MPS You’ve worked with some pretty...
Catching up with The Wakes

Catching up with The Wakes

The Wakes are a Glasgow based band with an appetite for confronting inequality and injustice in Scotland and beyond. Musically they draw on influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Billy Bragg. We caught up with bass player Chris Cruickshank to discuss politics, gigging, guitars and gear... MPS You have gained a reputation for challenging fascist politics through music, is protest an important creative force for you?...
Strymon Deco picks up a MIPA award

Strymon Deco picks up a MIPA award

Each year in the lead-up to the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt 100 music magazines vote for their critical choice of the leading musical instruments and equipment of the last year. This is the MIPA awards. This year Strymon’s Deco won in the incredibly crowded Guitar Effects category - beating other finalists from DigiTech and Electro-Harmonix. We’d like to congratulate the design team at Strymon and thanks to the...
Roisin Murphy’s guitarist Alistair McNeill shares his musical persona

Roisin Murphy’s guitarist Alistair McNeill shares his musical persona

Alastair McNeill is a guitarist who’s worked with a pretty eclectic collection of artists - ranging from spoken word innovator Scroobius Pip, to multi-media art project YILA, to indie pop outfit Aloosh. He’s currently performing with Mercury music award nominee Roisin Murphy on her ‘Hairless Toys’ tour. We caught up with Alastair on the road... MPS Roisin Murphy’s music covers quite a range of musical...
Strymon Generalissimo

Strymon Generalissimo

In a long overdue move Strymon have introduced a Eurorack module which will make modular synth fans extremely happy. The Generalissimo is a four head tape echo with a whole lot of extra features packed in, including a Sound on Sound Looper, Spring Reverb, Clock Multiplier and Self Oscillator. Despite being announced at the NAMM show back in January, Generalissimo is still in the design phase so the specification isn’t completely...
Darren Hodson: Lulu to Nashville; Gibson to Gretsch

Darren Hodson: Lulu to Nashville; Gibson to Gretsch

We were lucky enough to bump into guitarist Darren Hodson (Lulu, Rumer, The Southern Companion) to get him to take us through his pedalboard and impressive guitar collection. He also draws one of the most incredibly refreshing and touching portraits of being a jobbing musician. If you want understand more about the real world of a gigging guitarists, read on... MPS Who are you working with at the moment? DH I’m about to start...
Guitarist and Violinist Tadhg Walsh-Peelo on touring with Gabrielle Aplin

Guitarist and Violinist Tadhg Walsh-Peelo on touring with Gabrielle Aplin

Tadhg Walsh-Peelo is something of a prodigy. He entered the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin on a scholarship at the age of 15 and has since pivoted from Classical violin to folk-contemporary in a career that has taken him on tour with Gabrielle Aplin, sharing the stage with John Mayer, numerous BBC Radio One sessions not to mention Glastonbury. We talk about guitars, never selling your gear, and accidentally supporting...
Hotone’s tiny “Fat Buffer” and “Q-Box” stompboxes are now available

Hotone’s tiny “Fat Buffer” and “Q-Box” stompboxes are now available

Hotone’s Skyline range of pedals has become a ‘catch-all’ collection of tools and effects which cover pretty much the entire spectrum of a guitarist’s needs. Their tiny stature and reasonable price tag has made them a favourite among players over the last couple of years, but the latest two additions to the range couldn’t be more different from each other... Fat Buffer is a tool for making up volume...
Singer-songwriter James TW

Singer-songwriter James TW

James TW is a rising star of the British singer-songwriter scene. Island Records recently added him to their roster and he remains one of their youngest artists. He’s breaching Spotify’s Global top 50 and sharing stages with some impressively big acts. We caught up with James to ask him what’s next...   MPS You have been generating quite a bit of excitement recently, can you identify an individual turning...
Guitarist Ben Jones in profile

Guitarist Ben Jones in profile

We recently crossed paths with Ben Jones. He’s a Musical Director and Guitarist whose staple studio work includes Jimmy Napes, Mary J Blige, Nate James, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Rowland among others! When we got talking we started to get a clearer picture of the breadth of his career so far... A frequent performer at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz venue, he’s played with Natalie WIlliams’ Soul Family...
Hotone announce two new micro wah wah pedals

Hotone announce two new micro wah wah pedals

Back in May of last year, micro-stompbox designers Hotone brought out a tiny Wah Wah pedal called Soul Press. This three in one wah, volume and expression pedal proved to be a hit with the budget (and footprint) concious guitarist so Hotone took the initiative and created two new ‘Press’ class pedals. Debuting at this year’s NAMM show, Vow Press and Bass Press joined Soul Press to create a new range. Both...
On the road with Scott Stapp (Creed)

On the road with Scott Stapp (Creed)

Yiannis Papadopoulos is a prodigal guitarist. He has picked up some the guitar industry’s most prestigious accolades in recognition of his virtuosic solo work and he also plays with Creed frontman Scott Stapp. Beyond this he records solo guitar music which is his current passion. We talked to him between rehearsals to find out more about what inspires him... MPS Who are you working with at the moment?  YP A couple of...
Strymon announce Ojai & Zuma

Strymon announce Ojai & Zuma

When Strymon do things they do them well. The latest from their California workshop come in the form of Ojai and Zuma, 5 (Olai) and 9 (Zuma) output power supply units. Strymon describe them as “high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low-noise outputs—each with its own dedicated regulator and custom transformer”. They are Strymon’s first foray into the world of power distribution and (as is their...
Jack Steadman & Blue Mics Kiwi

Jack Steadman & Blue Mics Kiwi

Jack Steadman is Bombay Bicycle Club’s front man. The British band had it’s big break back in 2006 when they won a competition to play the opening slot at that year’s V-Festival. Since then their rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric. They won the NME’s coveted Best New Band award in 2010 beating The xx, Mumford and Sons an La Roux to the top spot; They were nominated to play the closing musical...
Xtomp is coming…

Xtomp is coming…

Welcome back to the Musicpsych blog! We’re looking forward to another year of music making, guitars, stompboxes and pedals. We’re happy to start the year off with a bit of news about a brand new pedal from Hotone. We announced Xtomp a few months back and we’re pleased to report that it will be shipping across Europe this month. Xtomp is a multi-effects pedal which is controllable with an app on your smartphone....
Brand new overdrive and EQ stompboxes

Brand new overdrive and EQ stompboxes

January is always an exciting time of year for guitarists. The annual NAMM show take place in California and is an occasion which sees all the major player of the guitar world under one roof. This year Hotone have taken the opportunity to announce two brand new additions to their well established ‘Skyline’ range of stompboxes. Golden Touch is an overdrive effect which emulates the sound of vintage tube amplifiers,...
2015 in twelve interviews

2015 in twelve interviews

It’s been a busy year on the Musicpsych blog. We've been lucky enough to do interviews with some of our favourite artists, all of whom have their own unique story to tell. Our aim is to look into each artist's own musical history, what inspires them, and their relationship with the instruments and technologies that drive their creative practice. Here’s a selection of the interviews we published this year: Robbie...
Suede’s Richard Oakes in profile

Suede’s Richard Oakes in profile

Back in 1994 Richard Oakes had a very tough act to follow. He was recruited to Suede by the remaining band members after the abrupt departure of lead guitarist and co-songwriter Bernard Butler. Many commentators believed that Butler’s departure would be the end of Suede but the then 17 year-old Oakes impressed the band so much that they thought a recording of him was actually an early demo with Butler playing. He joined the...
Add Tape Delay & Bit Crushing to your FX rig

Add Tape Delay & Bit Crushing to your FX rig

Earlier this year Hotone announced several additions to their range of micro-guitar pedals. The good news is that Ravo, Tape Eko and Krush are now available to buy across the UK and Europe. Read more... Ravo is a multi-effects pedal which doubles as USB-audio interface - so you can connect it to a computer and track into your recording software. It has 130 effects presets loaded in as well as a drum machine and a 30 second...
Rudi Dobson: Recording at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Sarm West

Rudi Dobson: Recording at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Sarm West

Rudi Dobson has made a name for himself as both a musician and an engineer. He has played keys on tour with the Bee Gees, Billy Joel and played with Paul Simon. As an engineer he’s had the good fortune to work in some of the finest studios in the world - during the era of the super-studio where huge consoles and synced tape machines defined the craft of recording. We caught up with Rudi to find out what it was like to work...
Allan Salmon: Taking Michael Jackson’s Thriller out on the road

Allan Salmon: Taking Michael Jackson’s Thriller out on the road

We are fortunate enough to rub shoulders with musicians across many disciplines: from no-nonsense rock and roll to musical theatre to electronica. However, London-based guitarist Allan Salmon spans an unusually broad cross section of musical arenas. As a recording and performing artist he’s played for stadium-pop acts such as Rhianna; jazz and big band pianist Jamie Cullum; dance duo Phats and Small; soul legends...
Neil Zaza: The guitarist’s guitarist

Neil Zaza: The guitarist’s guitarist

Neil Zaza has taken mastery of guitar instrumentals to incredible lengths. His solo work stretches back over three decades and demonstrates some truly awesome playing. Neil’s back catalogue is an exploration of technical, melodic virtuosity. As a soloist he’s released four instrumental albums, among them Sing which included the global hit single “I’m Alright”. The music of Beethoven and Mozart has become...
Strymon Deco x Moog Voyager

Strymon Deco x Moog Voyager

Matrixsynth.com is a place where you can often find different technologies being combined in the interest of creating great sounds. We found this ten minute video (uploaded by GeoSynths) putting one of the finest analogue synthesizers in production today, the Moog Voyager, through Strymon’s Deco tape saturation pedal. Strymon’s pedals have attracted a substantial following beyond the guitar community. We often...
Introducing the Hotone Ravo - multi-effects guitar pedal

Introducing the Hotone Ravo - multi-effects guitar pedal

Ravo is the latest guitar pedal to come out of the Hotone labs. It furthers the brand’s mission to miniaturise digital effects without compromising on sound quality. Ravo is a multi-effects pedal processor with 130 onboard effects across 8 modules. It comes ready loaded with 100 presets, with space to save 100 more of your own. There’s a drum machine onboard with a further 100 drum patterns to jam along to, and helpfully,...
Dave Kilminster on playing with Prog Rock royalty

Dave Kilminster on playing with Prog Rock royalty

There are some gigs that are coveted even by musicians who are used to rocking stadiums; touring ‘Dark side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’ with Roger Waters could well be among them. Fortunately for us Dave Kilminster has done just that, and it doesn’t end there. He’s also played guitar for (among others) John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson - the last of whom credited him with inspiring him...
Hotone announce three new stompboxes

Hotone announce three new stompboxes

Hotone have made three new additions to their Skyline family of micro-stompboxes. Krush, Q-Box and Fat Buffer were announced at the Music China trade show in early October.    All three new units have the same compact body, unique appearance, low power consumption and three discrete controls. However they couldn’t be more different in sound and usage: Krush is a bit-crusher effect - downsampling is increasingly popular...
Blue introduce “Lola”

Blue introduce “Lola”

About this time last year Blue Microphones announced something interesting. It was interesting firstly because it wasn’t a microphone, it was a pair of headphones, and secondly because it was a completely new approach to headphone design. The Mofi headphones have an onboard amplifier (in the same way that many studio monitor speakers have built in amps making them ‘active’). They also have a unique headband...
Ruben Roeh: Playing guitar with Joachim Witt

Ruben Roeh: Playing guitar with Joachim Witt

Ruben Roeh’s versatility as a guitarist is demonstrated by the range of music he plays. From being a regular with Krautrock legend Joachim Witt - to touring with Hamburg based punk band Strom & Wasser, Ruben is certainly an adaptable musician. Having started learning violin as a child he quickly switched to guitar, ending up at the prestigious Hamburg School of Music. He later taught music himself at the school while running...
Kevin Armstrong talks about life on stage and on the road with Iggy Pop

Kevin Armstrong talks about life on stage and on the road with Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop has generated some stories in his time. These days he’s diverting most of his energy into performing - but that doesn’t make life on tour any less eventful. We were hugely fortunate that Iggy’s guitarist, Kevin Armstrong, came back to talk to us about life on the road with arguably Detroit’s most infamous son. Kevin played with Iggy in the 80s and rejoined him for his latest tour last year. We took...
Gig Rig video interview with James Bay talking through his brand new pedalboard

Gig Rig video interview with James Bay talking through his brand new pedalboard

As you might have noticed we ran an item on British singer-songwriter James Bay last week. He had recently started using Strymon’s BigSky and Flint on stage, and had them both built into a new Gig Rig-powered pedalboard. Daniel from the Gig Rig hit us up to share this interview he filmed with James when he delivered the board. It demonstrates not only that James is a super-nice guy, but a pretty damn good...

"The Bee Gee's on Diazapam" 'All We Are' talk Glastonbury, Strymon and creativity through isolation

“The Bee Gees on diazepam” is a phrase that has stuck with Liverpool-based band “All We Are”. They somehow manage to balance upbeat and down-tempo, wrapping it up in some beautiful and catchy tracks. They released their eponymous album (All We Are) back in February and have been touring pretty extensively ever since. We caught up with guitarist  Luís Santos to talk about how surroundings influence...
James Bay: The rising star of UK songwriters

James Bay: The rising star of UK songwriters

You’d be hard pressed not to have encountered James Bay’s music over the last year. He won the coveted BRITs “Critics Choice” award in 2015 (previously won by Florence and the Machine, Adele and Sam Smith) and he has dominated playlists with hits such as “Let it go” and “Hold back the River”. His debut album “Chaos and the Calm” went straight to number 1 in the UK charts...
Guitar and Bass Magazine review Skyboard Junior

Guitar and Bass Magazine review Skyboard Junior

In case you missed it when it was annoucened back in May of this year, Hotone launched the Skyboard Junior which was designed as a companion to the Skyline range of micro stompboxes. It can accommodate five pedals - and in keeping with the spirit of the range it is extraordinarily light and compact.  Read the review here   Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  
Artist profile - Lucy Rose

Artist profile - Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose has had an incredible few years. Since being signed to Columbia Records she has shared a stage with Neil Young, Damien Rice and toured with Bombay Bicycle Club and played her way across Europe, the U.S and Asia. She was also named one of the two rising stars at Glastonbury last year by The Independent alongside Royal Blood. We were excited to hear that she has Hotone Octa and Komp as part of her rig... This impressive...
Watch Pro Tools Expert review Blues Mofi headphones

Watch Pro Tools Expert review Blues Mofi headphones

The guys over at Pro Tools Expert have been living with a pair of Blue Mofi headphones. James from PT Expert put this mini video review together to describe his experience using them in the studio. Blue Mics can no longer really be described as a microphone manufacturer. Last year the Californian innovators announced their first foray into the world of headphones. Mofi was their debut and it certainly turned a few heads...
Danny Short: Composing for theatre with Timeline and Mobius

Danny Short: Composing for theatre with Timeline and Mobius

We love to find Strymon pedals being used in interesting contexts, which is why we were pleased to hear from Danny Short who’s creative life is currently centered around musical theatre. Danny is an extraordinarily versatile guitarist. After training at the Royal Academy of Music he carved out a career as performer (supporting Elton John) and composer with credits on numerous TV shows and theatrical productions. He has also...
Everything Everything: Heavenly pursuits

Everything Everything: Heavenly pursuits

Everything Everything have really caught the attention of the music critics. Their capacity to balance experimental and accessible has earned them shortlistings for the Mercury Music Prize and three Ivor Novello Awards. They can comfortably mix guitars with laptops, fusing glitch with psychedelic rock. The band cite an unusually eclectic spread of influences, ranging from Radiohead, to the Beatles to Destiny’s Child and R.Kelly....
Delay tactics - Benjamin Damage and Timeline

Delay tactics - Benjamin Damage and Timeline

We mostly cover guitarists and guitar-player culture at Musicpsych.com but every now and then something (or someone) gets in touch who is doing something interesting - not with guitars…. The “50 Weapons” label was set up by Berlin electronic music duo Modeselektor to release no-nonsense techno, and Ben Damage is one of their star finds. When it comes to fearless beat-making and stripping sound back to the barest...
Ross Chapman talks Duesenberg, Strymon - and how a new amp changed the game for him...

Ross Chapman talks Duesenberg, Strymon - and how a new amp changed the game for him...

Ross Chapman is used to playing big gigs. As well as touring with singer songwriter Conor Maynard and British pop-band Union J, he played the support slots on Take That’s recent  arena tour and Maroon 5’s appearance at iTunes Fest. Ross’s obsession with guitar effects was driven by the wave of influential millennial rock bands; Muse, Incubus and the Chilli Peppers. He has applied this attention to his sound...
Timeline and Big Sky Jams

Timeline and Big Sky Jams

The guys at BassTheWord.com have put together a couple of movies to demonstrate Strymon’s powerful Timeline delay / looper pedal, and the super-flexible Bigsky reverb pedal with Bass Guitar. These guys know their way around Bass and the two movies really demonstrate how delay and reverb can be creatively applied - not to mention some pretty skillful playing. Both of these videos were...
Simon Johnson: From being mentored by Micky Most to playing Montreax with Lana Del Ray

Simon Johnson: From being mentored by Micky Most to playing Montreax with Lana Del Ray

Simon Johnson and the guitar go back a long way. He got a lipstick-red Washburn when he was ten years old and, inspired by Hendrix, Clapton and Deep Purple, took his first steps towards becoming a professional musician. He signed with Rak Records and cut his teeth working alongside legendary producer Mickie Most. His career since then has taken him in the studio and on the road with the likes of Lana Del Ray, James Morrison, John...
Big Sky - Everything you ever needed to hear

Big Sky - Everything you ever needed to hear

In case you were in any doubt about Big Sky, blogger and Dorje lead guitarist Rabea Massaad (Bea) has created a series of demo videos. These are awesomely detailed movies, as well as a thorough review-styled introduction, Bea has taken the time to go through each of Big Sky’s twelve reverb types and tweaked the parameters in each so you get a really good feel for how each type behaves. Each movie is embedded below, or...
Al Doyle - Hot Chip // LCD Sound System // New Build

Al Doyle - Hot Chip // LCD Sound System // New Build

Although he’s probably best known as part of Hot Chip, Al Doyle was instrumental in LCD Soundsystem and, more recently, collaborated with fellow Hot Chip member Felix Martin in New Build. However, Al isn’t just a guitarist he also plays bass, keys, percussion – and flugelhorn… We caught up with him to learn a little more about his musical journey and some of the technology that has propelled him along the...
Bigfoot Engineering

Bigfoot Engineering

We are delighted to welcome Bigfoot Engineering as the latest member of the Musicpsych family. Bigfoot pedals are handbuilt in the UK and each unit represents founder Rhys Stubbs’ total preoccupation with sonic perfection. As a guitarist and an audio engineer, Rhys is fastidious and obsessive about all things audio. If you’re unfamiliar with Bigfoot Engineering, it is a boutique British pedal manufacturer which currently...
Blue Hummingbird now available

Blue Hummingbird now available

Blue announced the latest addition to their microphone range at the NAMM show back in January 2015. The “Hummingbird” is a small diaphragm condenser mic with a twist (literally). In addition to having a very compact body, the head can rotate 180 degrees; a lifesaver for any engineer working in a cramped environment or with loads of stuff about (think drum kit…) Hummingbird is now available to buy in Europe priced...
Soul Press - micro Wah Wah pedal

Soul Press - micro Wah Wah pedal

Having perfected the tiny format stompbox Hotone have now set their sights on the mighty Wah Wah pedal. Soul Press follows in the same (teeny) footsteps of the Skyline range by delivering incredible sound quality in a very small pedal. It isn’t just a Wah pedal, it is also a Volume switch and an Expresssion controller in one - all you need to do is toggle between the three modes. We first brought you news of Soul Press...
Roto Stompbox - from Hotone

Roto Stompbox - from Hotone

Earlier this year Hotone announced that they had designed a rotary speaker emulator and housed it in one of their super-compact ‘Skyline’ series pedals. Well, these little guys have arrived in Europe and are available to purchase from music stores from this week (find your nearest dealer here) priced at £64.99 / €84.99. As with the rest of the Skyline range, they are deceptively powerful relative to their...
Hotone's micro-pedalboard is here

Hotone's micro-pedalboard is here

Hotone’s Skyline micro-stomp boxes have proved that small (tiny!) can sound amazing. They’ve become popular in the guitar community with many players opting to get multiple pedals because of their small footprint and low price tag. In response Hotone created Skyboard Junior; a pedalboard designed specifically for the Skyline range. It can accommodate up to five pedals, has its own 9V power supply (no need to cart...
Tom Longworth - Robbie Williams' lead guitarists talks about his rig

Tom Longworth - Robbie Williams' lead guitarists talks about his rig

Tom Longworth’s resume is pretty impressive. Having previously session’d for Charlotte Church, Natalie Imbruglia and Gabrielle Aplin, he’s currently touring with Robbie Williams. Tom started off as a gigging musician in the late 90s, and quickly graduated from playing in his own band to rocking stadium gigs with A-list stars. We caught up with Tom to find out (among other things) why he played an Ibanez Les Paul...
The Gig Rig - living and breathing guitar pedals

The Gig Rig - living and breathing guitar pedals

"I was out with a friend watching a band and this guy had a beat up amp, old Strat, a couple of pedals he had to kick to get working right, and if God played guitar, he sounded like this ...Truly incredible. I knew my approach was all wrong so I stripped everything out and went back to basics" Some years ago Daniel Steinhardt had a vision: to create the ultimate pedal switching system. After years of gigging as a professional musician...
Join us at Musikmesse 2015

Join us at Musikmesse 2015

Musicpsych will be at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt for the first time this year. If you are planning on attending the world’s biggest music show, you can find us in Hall 4.1 on stand E22. We will have gear from across our four brands including the new Hummingbird small capsule microphone from Blue, the Strymon Deco and Multiswitch, and one of the first public appearances of Hotone’s multi effect hybrid...
Blues Scale Tutorial - part two

Blues Scale Tutorial - part two

Once again we join Musicpsych collaborator Henning Pauly for the concluding part of his video tutorial series on perfecting the blues scale (if you missed the first installment you can find it here). This will help guitarists to master the essential art of creating great solos… Once again, join Henning in his studio for lessons 4, 5 and 6...  Lesson four - Pentatonic Basics - Horizontal slides   Lesson five - Pentatonic...
Blues Scale Tutorial - part one

Blues Scale Tutorial - part one

Henning Pauly is a long time friend of Musicpsych. He has spent some time creating a series of video tutorials helping guitarists to master blues scales - with a view to playing more accomplished solos. We have published the first three movies below, and you can find the second three here in just a few days time. Right now, join Henning in his rather impressive guitar lab as he walks us through the basics of pentatonic scales (don’t...
Gary Bromham talks to Musicpsych

Gary Bromham talks to Musicpsych

Gary Bromham is a producer, mix engineer and guitarist who has worked with some truly legendary artists - Bjork, Sheryl Crow and George Michael to name but a few. But he hasn’t just limited his credits to stadium-fillers, Gary has also turned his hand to dance-floor production and remixes for pop and underground artists across a wide range of genres. As well as mixing and technical production, Gary’s other passion is...
Big Sky Video Review

Big Sky Video Review

The guys at The Gig Rig have created a video review of Strymon’s Big Sky. These guys are really passionate about their gear so there’s always some interesting insights to be picked up…   Check out more from The Gig Rig on their YouTube channel Find Musicpsych on Facebook Follow Musicpsych on Twitter
Strymon announce 'Multi Switch'

Strymon announce 'Multi Switch'

Since launching Deco last year, things have been rather quiet from the Strymon laboratories. But the annual NAMM (North American Music Merchants) trade show in California saw the announcement of a brand new thing... ‘Multi Switch' was developed as a means of giving access to the full functionality of Strymon's Mobius, Timeline and Big Sky pedals. For example, with its three footswitches, Multi Switch opens up control of many...
Strymon Deco  hear the sounds

Strymon Deco hear the sounds

Clearly, we at Musicpsych were among the most excited people to hear about Strymon's tape saturation pedal when it was announced last year. The truth of it is, tape saturation is quite a specific effect - and one that you don't find many guitar pedal manufacturers focusing on. But as we all know, Strymon is no ordinary pedal designer. It seemed natural for the team to create a Deco; an effect that recreates the nostalgic sonic artefacts...
Hotone change direction

Hotone change direction

  Although they’re relatively new kids on the block, pedal manufacturers Hotone have balanced competitive pricing with genuine pursuit of innovation. Until now, the buzz-word has been ‘micro’ with the Skyline series of stompboxes and the Nano amp heads striving to squeeze the best sound possible from almost implausibly small hardware. But Hotone’s latest offering takes their engineering innovation in...
Blue announce the Hummingbird microphone

Blue announce the Hummingbird microphone

This aptly named condenser microphone is not only pretty compact [170MM X 27MM X 27MM] but it features a cleverly designed rotating head which can move through 180 degrees. As you can imagine this opens up a plethora of mic-placement applications in difficult to reach places, not to mention making it simpler to rotate the pick-up direction without moving the microphone stand. Of course (despite it’s small stature) Hummingbird...
Hotone announce Soul Press

Hotone announce Soul Press

Hotone have launched yet another pedal at the start of 2015. This time it’s a multi-purpose wah, volume and expression pedal all rolled into one tidy (and tiny) unit. The aptly named ‘Soul Press’ is a clever little unit that saves space as well as upholding Hotone’s reputation for squeezing a great tone out of tiny components. The ‘wah’ mode is modelled on the classic Dunlop Crybaby, and with...
RJ Thompson Interview

RJ Thompson Interview

At Musicpsych we are fortunate enough to rub shoulders with great musicians who also really understand gear. RJ Thompson is a prime example of a talent who’s knowledge and experience spans both worlds. He has toured with Gabrielle Aplin, Sandi Thom, The Proclaimers, Midge Ure, Madeleine Peyroux, Deacon Blue and Ultravox, and released two critically acclaimed albums and two EPs as a solo artist. But his interest in gear (Stomp...
Roto - the new rotary speaker emulator

Roto - the new rotary speaker emulator

It’s been a flying start to the new year for Hotone. They’ve kicked off January (although we saw a sneak preview at the China Music show back in October) with another addition to their Skyline range of micro-stompboxes, this time it’s a clever little rotary speaker emulator called ‘Roto’ - which kinda does what it says on the tin...   As well as the usual rotary speaker controls that you might...
Hotone unveils the Mojo Diamond

Hotone unveils the Mojo Diamond

Mojo Diamond is the latest addition to Hotone’s range of micro amp heads. It is inspired by the legendary Fender Tweed* era of guitar amps, originally conceived in the 1940s and revived in the 1990s.   Mojo comes with loads of useful features including a three band EQ, FX loop and an external input for feeding in your MP3 player or laptop. Just add the 1/4 Jack headphone output and you've got the perfect creative practice...
Joel Peat from Lawson

Joel Peat from Lawson

Lawson have enjoyed a pretty spectacular rise to success over the last couple of years, their debut album reached number three in late 2012 and since then they’ve managed to split their time between touring and producing a much anticipated second album. Fortunately for us, lead guitarist Joel Peat found enough time in his hyper-busy schedule to talk to us about playing the Troubadour, never selling your gear, and literally...
On tour with Iggy Pop...

On tour with Iggy Pop...

  We bumped into Kevin Armstrong last year and he had a fascinating story to tell (see Musicpsych July 2014). His musical career has connected him to some of the greatest alumni of the 20th century - Bowie, McCartney, Morrissey & Tom Jones to name but a few. When we got back in touch with Kevin he gave us the heads-up that he’ll be playing with Iggy Pop on his 2015 tour. This means dusting off the vintage Tele and...
Wally Looper Performance

Wally Looper Performance

  One of our favourite artists, Ryan Robinson, put together this performance comprising loops layered in realtime with his Hotone Wally.      Find out more about what Ryan's up to: www.ryanrobinsonguitarist.co.uk twitter.com/ryanrguitarist facebook.com/ryanrobinsonguitarist
Hotone EKO review

Hotone EKO review

  The respected guitar magazine Tone Report have reviewed Hotone's EKO micro delay pedal. It's always good to read a balanced review written by a guitarist who has certainly put pedals or two through its paces in their career. Find out what this reviewer thought of EKO here
Gus Robertson x Musicpsych

Gus Robertson x Musicpsych

Gus Robertson is probably one of the busiest guys in rock and roll; he’s also an all-round nice guy with a solid gold humorous streak. He talks to Musicpsych about gigging with Paul Simonon, ditching his pedal board and playing his own after party… You seem to be one of those musicians who really lives up to the rock and roll work ethic. You have multiple projects on the go including Rotten Hill Gang, Razorlight,...
Device Squad pick Wally out...

Device Squad pick Wally out...

The guys over at Device Squad have a knack of finding the good stuff. They got in touch to ask us about Hotone's baby looper 'Wally', which they were keen to take for a spin. They were so impressed that they included it in their rundown of travel instruments: that is portable, fun and great sounding.   Check out their full rundown: www.devicesquad.co.uk/#!travel-instruments/c24rt Find out more about Wally: www.musicpsych.com/docs/products/Wally.shtml...
Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson

A few weeks back the Musicpsych team was fortunate enough to be contacted by Ryan Robinson. He is a session player, solo performer and also a composer creating music for a variety of media. Ryan is currently guitarist with Nick Heyward (former front man of 80’s New Waver’s Haircut 100) and had hit us up to say he was working with some of Hotone’s stomp boxes for a string of festival gigs over the summer, as well...
Stephen Barlow

Stephen Barlow

Not so long ago we had a call from Stephen Barlow, fresh from a session at the legendary Real World studios (Peter Gabriel's spectacular residential studio in Wilshire) where he’d been putting Strymon’s Timeline through its paces. Stephen has racked up a pretty impressive CV, having played with acts as diverse as Pixie Lott, Union J and Alexa Goddard to Dawn Penn, Kele le Roc and Wretch 32… We were keen to hear...
Kevin Armstong: Artist focus

Kevin Armstong: Artist focus

  There aren’t many professional guitarists who can claim to have worked with as many musical icons as Kevin Armstrong. In a career spanning 35 years he has clocked-up miles with some of the most influential artists of the era as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and musical director. His credits include the likes of Thomas Dolby, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey and Sinéad O’Connor  - not to mention...
Purple Wind - full demonstration

Purple Wind - full demonstration

To coincide with the announcment of Hotone's two new Nano Legacy amplified heads, we hunted out some reviews of the miniture amplifier heads Hotone already have on the market. This video review - shot in Tokyo earlier this year - gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Purple Wind amp head. Let us know what you think over on our Facebook page.   
BigSky Reverberator focus

BigSky Reverberator focus

One of Strymon’s most popular pedals is the BigSky Reverberator. No surprises why, it is incredibly versatile and sounds amazing on pretty much every setting. We thought it was worth sharing these movies that Strymon put together a little while back because they demonstrate beautifully the breadth of what BigSky is capable of. All sounds recorded direct using a Damage Control tube preamp. No additional effects were used....
Hotone announce new micro amp heads

Hotone announce new micro amp heads

A few weeks ago at the Musik Messe show in Frankfurt, Hotone unveiled three new members of its Nano Legacy range of heads for guitarists and bassists. Their distinct design and tiny form factor have been turning some heads…   First up is the Thunder Bass head (pictured) which, they tell us, is based on the Ampeg SVT. As you can see from the picture it’s pretty tiny, but kicks out a respectably massive sound. In...
Ross Chapman x Bluesky

Ross Chapman x Bluesky

Ross Chapman is enjoying a pretty exciting touring schedule at the moment. He has been working with a variety of artists including Union J and Conor Maynard. Later this year he's going to be performing with the multi-talented up and comer, Mikki Ekko. Ross got in touch with Musicpsych a few weeks back to ask us about Strymon Bigsky. He had been using Bluesky and was looking for a new partner to join his Timeline and Mobius. He kindly...
Hotone Stomp Box Performance by Scott McKeon

Hotone Stomp Box Performance by Scott McKeon

Blues prodigy Scott McKeon puts the new range of Hotone stomp boxes through their paces. Each pedal is demonstrated one by one in a single brilliant performance by Scott and his trusty Gibson SG.  The video demonstrates each different effect in turn of the Hotone Grass, Blues, Trem, Choir, Chunk, Fury and EKO FX pedals.  It is a fab opportunity to get an idea of exactly what each one sounds like in the hands of a...
Robbie McIntosh x Blue Snowball

Robbie McIntosh x Blue Snowball

Robbie McIntosh is genuinely a guitar legend. Having been a member of the Pretenders, he has also sessioned for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and John Mayer. Robbie is quoted in this February 2014's Guitarist Magazine recommending Blue's Snowball microphone:  "I did the bass at home, an old Hofner hollow body through a Fender Deluxe Reverb with a Blue Snowball USB mic just standing in front of the amp. It's one of...
Strymon BigSky wins award!

Strymon BigSky wins award!

SonicState are clearly fans of all Strymon's pedals, but BigSky has won a special place in the hearts of the editors and the readers. Having been voted one of the top five pedals of 2013 by a reader's poll, SonicState awarded it the top spot in their best pedals of the year. This is just part of what they had to say: "The Strymon Big Sky, is in our opinion, one of the company's greatest achievements yet. Not only is studio...
Introducing Hotone 'Verb'

Introducing Hotone 'Verb'

Hotone have been hard at work again! They have brought their uniqe industrial design to a brand new reverb pedal called 'Verb'. This brand new stompbox for guitarists and bassists is a workhorse reverb which can also pull a few neat tricks. In addition to wet/dry and tone controls it has a 'SHIM' button which adds a breathy air to the reverb algorithm.   Verb will be among the pedals we're giving away in the weeks leading up...
Meet the Strymon Big Sky

Meet the Strymon Big Sky

Twelve different studio-class reverb machines in one, including effects new to science!Choose from an incredible range of Rooms, Halls, Plates and SpringsIn addition, thrill to the proprietary radical Strymon creations: Swell, Bloom, Cloud, Chorale, Shimmer, Magneto, Nonlinear, Reflections300 (!) user-programmable presetsSelectable Speaker Cabinet emulation for direct-to-PA gigs or recording applicationsPress-and-hold Infinite Sustain...
Introducing HoTone!

Introducing HoTone!

HoTone is a hot new range of pedals. Newly available, Musicpsych is HoTone's exclusive distributor throughout most of Europe. You can find out about the range of pedals on the HoTone section of musicpsych.com and their range of amplifier heads here. If you want to hear a sneak preview, check out this video from Japan who were lucky enough to get HoTone a little before us:  
Scott McKeon and Strymon

Scott McKeon and Strymon

Scott McKeon guitarist, singer and songwriter has added both the Strymon Flint and Timeline to his pedal board. Here's what Scott had to say.. 'I've just added the Strymon Flint & Strymon Timeline to my board, and they are my new favourite pedals. I love the way they have taken the best of old school analogue gear and modern technology and fused them together in a very organic, musical way. The Flint reacts just how I want a...
Sound on Sound Mobius review

Sound on Sound Mobius review

Sound on Sound are well-know for giving music music gear a serious run for its money. When they were sent a Strymon Mobius they had nothing but praise for its super-powerful processing capabilities and incredible sounding effects algorithms. Here's a quick taste of what they had to say:   "The Strymon Mobius could conceivably replace a raft of pedals in a guitarist’s live rig, adding programmability and its clever pre/post...
Hotone competition terms and conditions

Hotone competition terms and conditions

These terms and conditions (the "Rules") apply to the Hotone pedal (the "Competition"). By entering the Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.   The Competition is organised by Musicpsych Limited and registered in England and Wales (Musicpsych Ltd).   There is one prize to be won. The prize is a Hotone effects pedal. To enter the competition you must Like Musicpsych Ltd’s Facebook page.  ...
Styrmon Mobius loved by reviewers...

Styrmon Mobius loved by reviewers...

“GLORIOUS,” “DIVERSE” AND “SHOCKINGLY ACCURATE”: A CHORUS OF PRAISE FOR THE STRYMON MOBIUS MOD PEDAL The Mobius mod pedal provides the richest, thickest modulation effects our mod-obsessed engineers could muster. Not just a juicychorus pedal. Not just a colorful flanger pedal. Not just an orbit-inducing phaser pedal. Mobius delivers a refined collection of historic mod effects, updates them with...
The Foals x Strymon

The Foals x Strymon

The Foals have added Strymon units to their touring pedal boards. Both guitarists (Jimmy Smith and Yannis Philipapkis) now have Timeline's in their armoury and the blueSky reverbarator has also become indespensible!  "I really can't say enough good things about the timelines. They’ve replaced every other delay on both the guitarsts’ boards! Amazing." (Reuben Gotto - Tech Manager) Oxford band the Foals are currently...
TimeLine all over Frequency festival!!

TimeLine all over Frequency festival!!

German Hip Hop Reggae act Cro were using their new TimeLine at the recent Frequency festival. In fact headline act Noel Gallagher's High flying birds were also seen with their TimeLine's! Cro's first video for the song “Easy” hit the million mark on YouTube in just a few days and has currently more than 20 million plays, still rising. His Facebook page has reached over 900,000 likes in no time. Almost all German and...
Strymon used in London 2012 opening

Strymon used in London 2012 opening

We were delighted to see a sneaky little El Cap trying to hide on the pedal board of Paul McCartney's live performance at the opening ceremony of London 2012. We are very reliably informed that there were many more Strymon pedals in use during both the opening and closing ceremonies! 
Gilmourish.com reviews Lex Rotary

Gilmourish.com reviews Lex Rotary

Rotating speaker cabs have been a part of David Gilmour’s sound since 1971-72. Gilmourish.com, a site devoted to Gilmour’s music, albums, tours, and gear, recently put our Lex Rotary pedal through its paces. Check out the review! “The Lex Rotary was designed with a painstaking focus on details and the complexity of a rotary cab and look no further people – this is as close as you’ll get to...
Get studio sound on your iPad with Snowball, Yeti

Get studio sound on your iPad with Snowball, Yeti

Blue Microphones is very excited to announce that, with the new iOS 4.3 update, Apple’s camera connection kitnow allows the Snowball and Snowflake USB mics to be used on iPad! Now you can get Blue’s studio-quality audio on your iPad with any recording app, including FiRe, GarageBand, Blue FiRe and more!  Yeti and Yeti Pro, which require more power,...
TimeLine wins Premier Guitar award

TimeLine wins Premier Guitar award

We’re very excited to announce thatTimeLine has received Premier Guitar’s coveted Premier Gear award! We’re also extremely proud that it has received 5 out of 5 stars in their recent gear review. Here’s what they say: “At this point, most guitarists familiar with Strymon are accustomed to having the company knock their socks off. In the last couple of years, this Southern California-based group...
Strymon FLINT coming soon....

Strymon FLINT coming soon....

The magical combination of tremolo and reverb is the earliest example of a perfect guitar effects marriage. Our new Flint Tremolo & Reverb pedal delivers three classic tremolo circuits, along with three completely unique and complimentary reverb types. You get the classic ’60s Spring Tank Reverb, the inventive ’70s Electronic Plate Reverb, and the nostalgic ’80s Hall Rack Reverb. Pete Celi, our Lead...
Blue joins MusicPsych!

Blue joins MusicPsych!

April 21st, 2012 – Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, announce the appointment of MusicPsych Limited as their exclusive pro audio and MI distribution partner for both the UK and Germany.   MusicPsych is an emerging leader in pan-European sales fulfillment, working directly with dealers in multiple territories to offer exceptional levels of customer service. Founded by Chris...
Lorenzo de Feo joins the long list of Strymon devotees!

Lorenzo de Feo joins the long list of Strymon devotees!

Lorenzo De Feo is a Cambridge based session guitarist he’s currently touring with X Factor winner Matt Cardle. Amongst his busy touring schedule Lorenzo can be seen all over the country performing with a variety of acts, as well as finding time to produce new artists such as Ethan Ash & Dave Seccombe. Lorenzo is the proud owner of a TimeLine and Blue Sky and "can't live without them" Thanks Lorenzo....another...
Steve Lukather converts to Strymon

Steve Lukather converts to Strymon

  "how much I loved the reverb. It has been very hard for me to find one I loved.. until you brought the Strymon one to me! A serious thank you for all the stuff and cant wait to use it! It is in europe now and I will see it in a week and USE it."Steve is currently touring in Europe and using the Blue Sky and Lex on all dates. We wish him a succesful tour...not that he nededs our blessing!! Steve Lukather is an American...
Aziz Ibrahim loves his TimeLine

Aziz Ibrahim loves his TimeLine

Aziz Ibrahim, Stone Roses and Simply Red fame loves his Timeline... The Strymon Timeline is a dream come true. One of those pedals you wish exhisted but no one ever made or could make. The Timeline is beyond my dreams, not only does it deliver all the quality delay sounds I've ever wanted with preset storage but sounds I never imagined with all the control and full midi implementation needed to take your sonic...
TimeLine firmware update V1.14

TimeLine firmware update V1.14

  Strymon have released a firmware update for TimeLine. All that is needed to update is a computer and a MIDI interface. All current TimeLine users should apply this update. The following changes are included in V1.14 • Tap subdivisions are now always applied when TAPDIV is set to something other than quarter notes. Delay time is always displayed in quarter notes. • The TAP LED now changes to amber color if TAPDIV...
Strymon article in Premier Guitar

Strymon article in Premier Guitar

Gregg (our Senior Analog Guru) contributed a helpful article about noise in guitar rigs to Premier Guitar for their freshly released September 2011 issue. Check it out! My wife Jinna, who contributes lots and lots of artwork for Strymon, also helped us out with a cool little illustration for the article :)
Interview with pedal guru Jon Graboff

Interview with pedal guru Jon Graboff

Interview with pedal steel guru Jon Graboff Jon Graboff has been very busy over the years, recording with artists across genres and across the planet. Possibly best known for his work with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, he has also recorded and/or toured with the likes of: Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, David Byrne, Carrie Underwood, Joan Osborn, Yo La Tengo, Ben E. King, Harper Simon, Phil Lesh and others. Recently we had a chance...
TimeLine lands in Europe

TimeLine lands in Europe

Check out this amazing new product from the engineers at Strymon. You should find demonstration units in most European dealers. Check the "where to buy" page on our site,  a full dealer list. You can see why Strymon call it the "Inspiration Machine." TimeLine provides you with twelve different delay machines, each with extensive control over sonic character and feel. Tweak to your hearts content and save up to 200...
Lex Arrived in Europe!

Lex Arrived in Europe!

You should find this amazing Rotary available in all European Strymon stockists. Born to Revolve. When we decided to create a studio-class pedal that faithfully recreates the classic, unmistakable sound of the most sought-after rotating speaker system, we prepared to study every nuance and finest detail. The Strymon sound design labs have been filled with those signature, swirling, three-dimensional sounds, as we painstakingly...
Guitar Player interviews Terry

Guitar Player interviews Terry

A couple weeks ago Barry Cleveland from Guitar Player stopped by and interviewed our very own Terry Burton. In this Guitar Player video, Terry goes over the technology behind our gear, and talks about El Capistan, Lex, and TimeLine. Check it out. Thanks Barry for stopping by!
Yosuke Onuma

Yosuke Onuma

We recently heard from Yosuke Onuma, one of Japan’s foremost jazz guitarists. He’s been using blueSky Reverberator and Ola Chorus & Vibrato, and they’ve found a permanent home on his pedal board. In the past he’s used rack reverbs running through the engineer’s soundboard. He jumped at the chance to switch to blueSky. “blueSky sounds so good! And it’s so easy to use.” Yosuke is...
Dinosaur rockers need tape echo too!

Dinosaur rockers need tape echo too!

The guys over at Dinosaur Rock Guitar recently took an in-depth look at El Capistan dTape Echo. We’re happy to report that they were very impressed! Here are a few quotes from the review: “Having an El Capistan is as if you went out and bought all the best vintage echo machines, and you can run them anywhere from pristine, to road-worn.” “The El Capistan is a real treat that is guaranteed to put a smile the...