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Source Audio introduces more motion-controlled effects pedals at winter NAMM 2008

Source Audio introduced its new Soundblox guitar effects pedals at this winter NAMM show 2008. After creating the first effects system enabling guitarists to control proprietary Wah and Phaser/Flanger effects using hand and body motions, Source Audio was committed to bringing the same level of creativity to the new Soundblox guitar pedals. The company unveiled new effects that can be modulated with the Hot Hand Controller, available separately in either wireless or wired configurations, or driven either by an LFO or Envelope Follower.
A case in point is the Soundblox Multiwave Guitar Distortion pedal that gives guitarists 21 modern distortion effects. Based on new algorithms, these cover a wide range from essential electronic sounds to aggressive synth-like, octave heavy and extreme foldback settings that go beyond typical emulations of existing distortions. Guitarist Chuck Garvey of moe., the first to use the Soundblox Multiwave Guitar Distortion enthused, "I love the Soundblox Distortion! It's a chunky, creamy, tweaker's dream. The high gain is dense with lots of sustain. In addition to the fuzzy, over the top sounds, you can do killer chicken pickin' with clear compression and zero gain, OR choose from the synth-sounding, octave-up settings that recreate clavinet and other amazing sounds. Super flexible and easy to use."
In the multi band mode, the Multiwave Distortion also divides the input signal into multiple frequency bands, which are then separately distorted before being recombined. This enables guitarists to play complex distorted chords while each note can be heard with exceptional clarity. Several notes can be allowed to drone simultaneously while a separate melody is played on top with different notes feeding back at the same time.
Based on the Hot Hand Wah Filter and Hot Hand Phaser/Flanger effects systems, the Soundblox Tri-Mod Guitar Wah pedal, the Soundblox Tri-Mod Guitar Flanger pedal and the Tri-Mod Guitar Phaser pedal each offer 11 different effects that feature the same high quality sounds as their predecessors.
The Tri-Mod Wah, Phaser and Flanger guitar effects pedals can be further modulated using the Frequency, Depth and Speed controls for additional sounds. The Frequency control sets the filter sweep to lower or higher frequencies. Depth drives the effect with either an LFO or Envelope Follower and controls the depth of each modulation source. Speed controls either the attack and decay time of the envelope or the speed of the LFO.
If the Hot Hand motion Controller is used, a subset of controls on each Soundblox guitar pedal adjusts the Hot Hand controller to suit an individual’s playing style.
All Soundblox guitar effects pedals feature state-of-the-art 56 bit DSP co-developed with Analog Devices and crystal clear 24-bit A/D D/A converters for exceptional sound quality..
Soundblox guitar effects pedals for motion control
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