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Pedalboard for Marshall dsl40c  — May 11, 2017

Pedalboard for Marshall dsl40c 

Having a new amplifier is a blessing but it also requires you to rethink how you use your pedals. I had to rely on many pedals to get the sound I wanted but now with just a few “eessential” pedals I am more than happy with the sound I am getting. 

MXR CAE404 for the wah 

Mooer baby tuner 

The classic tubescreamer 

Xotic SP compressor 

OKKO dominator for leads and high gain 

Mooer spark chorus (not used too much)

Mad Professor delay (very cool)

TC hall of fame reverb 

And out of the switcher : the MXR EQ and the Xotic EP Booster 

The JOYO SWITCH has been reviewed many times and it does the job. Easy to edit and very reliable. Maybe in the future I will change it but so far it covers my needs.
It all goes in front of the amp because I am not using the amp’ dirty channels. I use it on clean and play with the gain a bit to push the TS. If I need more volume I would go to the Crunch channel.
Hope you like it and if you have any questions please let me know 

Solid state amps — May 4, 2017

Solid state amps

Your sound coming out of a solid state amp would be very close to the valve amps if they are manufactured after 2015. Before that the DSP were not able to perform well due to the poor capacity of sound processing. Nowadays Fender, Blackstar and Marshall are competing very hard to get as close as they can to their original valve models.

Truth — May 2, 2017


Walking to work and thinking about what is happening in the world these days, it came as a flash, what is actually happening?

Since I was a child my parents owned the truth. Even if things were obvious, they were always right and to my disgrace I was always wrong. There was no space for discussion.

In my teenage years, I was certain of many things that were true but nowadays those ideas are long gone or don’t matter to me anymore. Were they true? So many people telling you what to do that the noise blocked my will to find if what I was seeing around me was right or wrong. Education, history, parenting, philosophy, friendship, they were all just posting in opposite directions. 

As for today, even if you read or actually see something happening you can hear the media and politicians telling you that’s not true. Everyone own their own truth, it’s a with-or-against-me situation and an endless discussion arises to the point of becoming nonsense and the truth somehow is set aside. Reality is no longer real. Our perception is clouded and distorted. 

Truth is no longer important but who speaks louder and who likes to listen to the madman who screams. 

New pedalboard setup  — May 1, 2017