Posts Tagged ‘tape echo’

Les Paul: The Original Doubletracker

Posted by Michael

Les Paul and Mary Ford - The original doubletrackerYesterday, we piggybacked off of Pete Celi’s Premier Guitar article and, with the aid of the Omega Studios and David Goodermuth, demonstrated how a reel-to-reel tape machine can be used to double-track a song portion and create a flanging effect.  Today, we’re going back to double-tracking’s original innovator, Les Paul, whose experimentation with multi-track recording and early tape effects such as slapback echo (which he achieved by using two tape decks and mixing the playback from one deck with the recorded signal on another deck) opened up new sonic possibilities and pushed the boundaries of popular music.

In fact, as you’ll hear in this video, many folks who had heard Les Paul’s music at the time were under the impression that his music was reliant on “studio magic” and could not have been created by just one or two people.  Well, call it studio magic, but Les Paul had the skills as both a musician and a sound engineer to create recordings that were vastly ahead of their time.

Enjoy this awesome time capsule of Les Paul and Mary Ford showing off their chops as musicians while demonstrating their groundbreaking, multi-track recording techniques.




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.




Frippertronics – A Retro Look at Sound on Sound

Posted by Michael

Although it was not the first account of experimenting with sound-on-sound tape looping, Frippertronics, the brainchild of guitarist Robert Fripp (and fellow artist Brian Eno), remains an important breakthrough in the practice of live looping.

Remember, you can enter the El Capistan’s Sound on Sound Mode by setting your TAPE HEAD switch to SINGLE and your MODE switch to C!




Artist Feature: Sound on Sound with El Capistan

Posted by Angela

El CapistanA few weeks back Hugo did a blog on Sound on Sound with El Capistan. I thought it would be fun for this Artist Feature to take a look at what you have been doing with Sound on Sound. Check it out below.

What better way to start off than to double up the looping! Here is Dennis Kayzer looping with TimeLine and adding in some fun Sound on Sound loops with El Capistan.

BigMachineWriting takes us on a musical decaying journey. Enjoy :)

Elias Checco put together this fun reggae jam with the added bonus of Mobius in the mix.

And you don’t have to just play guitar, check out this funky bass loop by Arthur Wouters.

Westlenz gets loopy!

Krayuns shows in 15 seconds how to drastically change your Loop

iamneff posted this loop

And then two hours later post of the same loop

Do you have a video or song featuring El Capistan Sound on Sound? Please share below.

 




Vintage Guitar is giving away an El Capistan dTape Echo!

Posted by Ethan

Enter to win an El Capistan at Vintage GuitarLooking to add some vintage tape echo sounds to your rig? This month, our friends over at Vintage Guitar magazine are giving away one of our El Capistan dTape Echo pedals.

Head on over to the Vintage Guitar website, register to be a member of their site and to enter to win. Good luck! :)

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Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes

Posted by Ethan

Nate Walcott's pedalsNate Walcott is an arranger, composer, keyboard player, and trumpet player. He is a member of the band Bright Eyes, and also plays in Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band.

Nate recently sent us a few photos of his live setup. He is utilizing a blueSky reverberator in his Hammond pedal board, and an El Capistan and Ola Chorus & Vibrato in his Rhodes pedal board. He will also be adding a Lex to his setup over the coming weeks.

In addition to his time with Bright Eyes, Nate has also toured with Lullaby for the Working Class, the Autumn Defense, Rilo Kiley, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In the studio, he has contributed arrangements to artists such as Maria Taylor, Pete Yorn, Cursive, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Rachael Yamagata, and The Concretes.

 

Here’s a video of Bright Eyes performing Jejune Stars live at Lollapalooza, August 5th, 2011:




El Capistan Sound on Sound looping tips

Posted by Ethan

El Capistan dTape EchoIf you have an El Capistan on your pedalboard, you’ve probably spent some time having fun with the Sound on Sound mode. This mode is a complete recreation of a sliding head style mechanical tape loop system. It’s not a standard digital looper, so there are some pretty cool possibilities here.

I’ll be going over a few tips and tricks that you can use to make the most of this tape-style looper.

 

How to enter Sound on Sound mode

To enter Sound on Sound mode, select Single tape head Mode C. When you enter Sound on Sound mode, the machine is already recording, just like a real tape echo machine. El Capistan Sound on Sound mode is like having a tape-based looper inside a pedal.

 

How to splice and bulk erase your loop

You can instantly “splice” your own custom tape length in real-time. Press Tap once to set your splice ‘in’ point, and press Tap again to set your splice ‘out’ point. You can do this as you play or after you’ve recorded material to the loop. Pressing Tap a third time completely erases the tape and resets back to the original loop length.


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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: http://digital.premierguitar.com/premierguitar/201012_1/#pg147




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!




Huge Racks Inc is giving away an El Capistan!

Posted by Ethan

Win an El CapistanOur friends over at Huge Racks Inc are giving away an El Capistan dTape Echo! Head on over to their site and enter to win. Registration to their forums is not required but suggested!

Giveaway ends November 1!

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Pete Thorn El Capistan video demo

Posted by Ethan

Pete Thorn, guitarist for Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cornell and Don Henley, recently put together a very cool El Capistan dTape Echo video demo. He’s only had the pedal for a day or two and already managed to whip together this excellent demo. Check it out!




blueSky and El Capistan – drippy, shimmery music video

Posted by Ethan

Hey everyone… You may know me as the Strymon marketing guy, but i’m also a guy that spends way too much time writing songs and making videos. Here’s a piece I put together the other day that starts out with an old Univox drum machine running into both blueSky and El Capistan. The knobs slowly get cranked up all the way to create a wash of drippy shimmery drum machine echos.

I decided to turn this drum machine effects noise fest into a more involved piece, so I added piano, guitar, drums, vocals and some synths. El Capistan is also used heavily on the Roland Juno-6 and Yamaha DX21 synth parts. Hope you dig it.




Strymon Tech Corner #2 – Build your own expression pedal

Posted by Terry

Recently, I ended up with a broken crybaby wah. I was already lucky enough to own a 70′s thomas organ crybaby which I love, so sacrificing this second newer crybaby for a project seemed like a fun idea. Since the crybaby chassis is extremely rugged and I like the action of the pedal, I set out to turn it into an expression pedal for my El Capistan. This article assumes that you have experience soldering and using basic tools like wire strippers, etc. Of course, always observe proper safety precautions and wear safety goggles while working on any type of electronics.

crybaby wah sitting on green felt
Here’s my wah on the workbench.
crybaby wah pedal with back cover removed
First, opening up this box couldn’t be easier. Just remove the 4 thumb screws from the back plate and remove the plate.
crybaby wah pedal with electronics removed
Then, unscrew the two jack nuts from the input and output jacks and also remove the single screw holding the PCB (printed circuit board) to the chassis. Unplug the cable connector, remove the PCB and set aside.
crybaby potentiometer and switch with wires desoldered
Connect your treadle pot to a standard 1/4″ TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) jack according to the schematic in tech corner #1. Desolder all wires from the pot and switch and set aside.
crybaby wah pedal with original electronics removed and re-wired as an expression pedal
The “sleeve” of the jack is ground, so first connect that to the pin of the post closest to the footswitch. Then, connect a 1k resistor to the wiper (center pin) of the pot. Connect the resistor to the “tip” of the jack. Lastly, connect the pin of the pot closest to the jack to the “ring.” You’ve got an expression pedal!

Watch the youtube video for a walkthrough of the build process and an El Capistan demonstration with our completed diy project:

Happy shredding,
-terry

*All product names used in this article are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Strymon or Damage Control, LLC.




Godspeed You! Black Emperor / El Capistan

Posted by Ethan

David Bryant from Godspeed You! Black Emperor just sent us a few photos of his El Capistan at The Pines recording studio.

links: >> the pines recording studio >> godspeed you! black emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor




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! :)

 
 






 
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