Wall of Sound
All you can think about is how much your legs are hurting. You have been standing here for well over an hour and a half, and the heat of everyone packed in around you is starting to annoy you. As you turn and grab the barricade that separates you from a few men trying to be intimidating, there is a change in the air.
And then it happens.
Suddenly everything is dark. Suddenly everyone is shoving. Suddenly everyone is screaming. Then, a bass drum thunders through the PA system, and suddenly you are hit with a wall of sound.
Walls of sound are cool
Everyone knows that a good ol' kick in the face distortion-tastic drop tuned open power chord is a thing of beauty. EVERYONE! Musicians are happy to play their DS-1s and MD-2s and Metalcore pedals all day long regardless of the circumstance because they sound awesome! This entry is about the other effects that you never get to hear about. Have you ever heard such a weird noise come from a guitar you wondered what setup was being used? Here are a few unique pedals that are a little more outside the box than a Zvex Fuzz Factory.
Death By Audio Robot
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I don't think that my guitar is as cold, heartless, and machine-like as I would like." If that is the case, the Death By Audio Robot is perfect for you! It takes your normal sounding guitar and turns it into an 8-bit gritty mayhem machine of doom. Check out this demo HERE.
Death By Audio Octave Clang
While we are on the topic of Death By Audio, here is another great pedal! It's called the Octave Clang; it has that same robot-y feel of the Robot, but it has a very bell-like and very "clangy" feel. One of the coolest things this pedal does is that, when set correctly, it can give off an almost synth tone, plucking bass notes in addition to higher strings. This is a really cool take on an octave fuzz pedal. Check out the demo HERE.
Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer
This pedal is super cool. To use it, you first need to tune the pedal into whatever key you are playing. In the demo below he plays in G, and it's like tuning a string with another string using the wavelengths of the sound to "calibrate" the pedal. Once you have your key set, when you play a G (assuming it's set to G) it's going to sound normal, but everything that is away from G will sound almost techno-dissonant, clashing with the G. Once you hit the filter switch in the center of the pedal, the bass frequencies are boosted and separated from the normal tone, giving you some pretty unique effects. Check out the DEMO.
Mad Professor Golden Cello
To conclude, here is a more traditional pedal but one that brings fantastic lead tones. The Mad Professor Golden Cello gives you super smooth fat tones. It has a Joe Satriani-y feel to it. With the built in tape delay, you can get some great, long, ambient feeling tones. The lead tones that you can crank out with this are pretty special; I've seen many reviews describing it as "THE TONE". Check out this DEMO.