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Pete Celi’s Premier Guitar Article – A History of Doubletracking

Posted by Ethan

Our own Pete Celi is at it again—tracing today’s popular guitar effects such as flanging, echo, and chorus to the early days of tape recording studios.threepedals_WEB

In his recent Premier Guitar article, “State of the Stomp: A History of Time (-Based Effects),” Pete elaborates on how, starting in the 1950s, savvy engineers created new audio effects by experimenting with double-tracking:

“(Flanging, chorus, and echo) originated as double-tracking effects, used to create the impression of two parts when in fact only one part was performed. They all work by creating a replica of a signal, and then mixing the original and the replica together with slight timing differences between the two.”

Throughout the article, Pete sketches out a progression of these time-based, double-tracking effects, exhibiting enormous respect for both the engineers and the vintage equipment that helped create these new sounds.  While he admits that sound technology has come a long way over recent decades, Pete understands that, while it is his job to push guitar effects forward, it is crucial that he also admires the special nuances and unique characteristics of these early, tape-based, double-tracking effects:

“Nowadays we have enormous computing power available on a single chip. Still, when creating modern double-tracking effects, we often invest much effort in replicating the sound and soul of the . . .  time-based effects painstakingly developed by the recording engineers of the ’50s and ’60s.”

For the full story on how these double-tracking effects developed, read Pete’s full article here.

El Capistan gets Premier Gear award from Premier Guitar Mag!

Posted by Terry

As you may have seen in the November issue, El Capistan won the Premier Gear award from Premier Guitar Magazine. We are extremely honored.
… both about the award and that they did an additional write up in the current December issue of Premier Guitar. How cool of them!
Read it here:

Premier Guitar loves El Capistan!

Posted by Ethan

We’re very honored that Premier Guitar has deemed El Capistan worthy of their Premier Gear moniker, and extremely proud that it has received 5 out of 5 stars. They call El Capistan “one of the most ambitious and clever applications of DSP we’ve seen in a stompbox.”

Read the review!

Win an El Capistan dTape Echo!

Posted by Ethan

Congratulations to Scott H. of Boulder Creek, CA! The El Capistan is yours. Thanks to everyone that entered, stay tuned for the next contest! :)

Enter to win an El Capistan dTape EchoYes, that’s right. You have a chance to win a brand new Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo. No purchase necessary to enter or win. The winner will be chosen randomly from the list of qualified entrants. Hurry, the contest ends September 1, 2010. Ok, go!

The rules:

  • Click the ‘Like’ button on the top of our Facebook page or on our Facebook link below.
  • Enter the contest form below.
  • That’s it!

The prize:

El Capistan
Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo pedal!

The terms:


Enter the contest:

Congratulations to Scott H. of Boulder Creek, CA! The El Capistan is yours. Thanks to everyone that entered, stay tuned for the next contest! :)


El Capistan – a preview

Posted by Ethan

Coming soon, El Capistan dTape™ Echo.

El Capistan

Stay tuned for the dTape™ technology white paper, sound samples and videos. More info on the sound, tonal flexibility and the range of controls coming soon.

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