Critter & Guitari – ETC Video Synth

Critter & Guitari are the geniuses behind the idiosyncratic devices such as the Organelle and Bolsa Bass synthesizers, the Kaleidoloop sampler, and the Rhythm Scope video synth. Recently we dropped into their colourful Brooklyn studio to check out their latest offering: the ‘ETC’ video synth. Playing live can be a tricky business, and more and more artists… Continue reading Critter & Guitari – ETC Video Synth

Lastgasp Art Laboratories – Cyber Psychic Oscillo Filter

For this instalment, we’re taking a look at the Cyber Psychic Parametric Oscillo Filter from Lastgasp Art Labratories. The Cyber Psychic is special beast, as it makes use of an internal oscillation system. I’m not going to pretend to fully understand the technical explanation of how the process itself works, but here it is for… Continue reading Lastgasp Art Laboratories – Cyber Psychic Oscillo Filter

Twisted Electrons – Octopus (Eurorack Module)

For this post, we turn our attention over to Twisted Electrons, purveyors of fine noise devices such as the wonderful TherapSID synth, which makes use of the coveted Commodore 64 chip. Every time they release something new, my bank manager wakes up in a sweat. We’re going foray into the Eurorack world and take a look… Continue reading Twisted Electrons – Octopus (Eurorack Module)

Dwarfcraft Devices – ARF

Dwarfcraft Devices are one of my personal favourite manufacturers around at the moment. Not only do they make some pretty great standard effects boxes, they also routinely foray into other areas of electronic goodness, throwing some oscillating madness into their pedal designs, and even putting out their own unique Eurorack modules. This approach ticks all… Continue reading Dwarfcraft Devices – ARF

Dr. Scientist – BitQuest

I’ve never been a big fan of multi-FX pedals. I’m not sure whether it’s the usually crappy, plastic design, the boring generic sounds, the over-complicated menus, or a combination of all three, but they rarely ever inspired me as a guitarist, and they certainly don’t get the creative juices flowing when it comes to other… Continue reading Dr. Scientist – BitQuest

Pladask Elektrisk – Gjengangar v2

The Gjengangar (a name which I am not going to even attempt to pronounce) is a handmade effects pedal from a tiny boutique manufacturer in Bergen, Norway. Their name is Pladask Elektrisk. Ever since I stumbled upon Pladask Elektrisk’s creations, I’ve been keen to get my hands on one to try out, and after battling the… Continue reading Pladask Elektrisk – Gjengangar v2

EarthQuaker Devices – Arpanoid

EarthQuaker Devices are one of the most well known brands in the world of unusual effects pedals, and for good reason. Harking from Akron, Ohio, not only do they have an awesome name, they also build a large selection of different boxes that do all kinds of interesting things to your instrument’s signal. One of the most curious… Continue reading EarthQuaker Devices – Arpanoid