June 4th marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of PedalsAndEffects.com, and I couldn’t be happier with all it has brought to my life. The site is a labor of love that gives me a chance to share my passion for pedals with all of you, and it’s become a valuable creative outlet for me as well. [...]
Vibrato pedals have become a staple on my pedalboards. The Shaker Vibrato by TC Electronics is a really smart pedal in that you can hit their website and download a setting I created for it. You can also go into the pedal’s digital section and actually customize your vibrato pedal. Just go to this link: [...]
Juan Alderete talks about one of his most expressive pedals, the Boss VB-2 Vibrato.
Juan Alderete explains about how reverb and chorusing work.
Another jam from The Mars Volta European tour 2012. C on drums and Matty Bitt on keys. We sound like a Ramsey Lewis record. Thanks to my Fender Jazz 32″ and Ernie Ball flats for bumping the funk. – Juan Alderete
Maxon, a Japanese company, makes a wonderful, musical compressor that I love to use in the studio. It is of very good quality so I can use it in recordings and the studio. It doesn’t enhance your sound like some compressors, rather it compresses and limits your output to make for easy recordings that sit [...]
I have used the Boss CS-2 compressor/sustainer since Racer X. I was always in awe of how Eddie Van Halen used harmonics in his playing and I wanted to get those same harmonics as musical devices for myself. I would try compressors back in the 80′s but they would always just squash my sound and [...]
I like this Heil bass mic. It really does great with the low end frequencies. I hope that if you play bass or bass synthesizers, you check out this valuable tool. It makes all my pedals and effects sound like they should in recording. – Juan Alderete
First of all, I want to thank everyone who has shown interest in Pedals And Effects. I know many of you have posted questions about basses, pedals and other related topics in the comments section, on Facebook and via Twitter. Questions and suggestions are the key to making Pedals and Effects engaging, informative and useful [...]
Sometimes, when The Mars Volta soundchecks, we get on some improvised ideas to just warm up. At this Toulouse, France souncheck, I was messing with a sample I made on my Line 6 DL-4 and was trying to manipulate it to get it in time so Deantoni and I could jam and explore. I first [...]
Monocase is one of the most forward thinking companies in the industry. They are constantly making their products better and they listen to the users of their products. They make the smartest bags/backpacks/gig bags in the business. They shot this video of me because they wanted to pick my brain about what I thought of [...]
Some might assume that touring can be boring at times. I do not think it is possible with bandmates like Deantoni Parks and Marcel, aka Chino. Here we are, backstage in Lisboa. We were getting excited to play our first show in Europe in over a year. Deantoni got so excited, he took to the [...]
Ampeg bass amplification is essential to my bass sound. I have always loved how the amplifiers sound with the bass right into it but because they are such powerful amplifiers, the have enough headroom to articulate the effects that I use. Ampeg, in my opinion, makes the best bass amps and I do think that [...]