- Spring Cleaning 2021
Days are getting a bit longer & warmers. Time to clear out the shelves at SBS HQ.
Check out these discounted effects and accessories on our webstore.
Domestic USPS shipping or curbside pick-up available.
- Favorite Music 2020
2021 Is on the horizon. Here is some of the music released this year that helped us through 2020.
- +/- – 06/19/20
- AB – South Shore
- Animal Hospital – Fatigue
- Anjimile – Giver Taker
- Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
- Boris –NO
- Emma Swift –Blonde on the Tracks
- Fu Manchu –Fu 30. Pt.1
- Geoglyphs – Earth Science Fiction
- Jason Isbell – Reunions
- Mrs. Piss –Self Surgery
- Mute City –Data Breach
- Mylets –Object Permanence
- Noveller –Arrow
- Old Man Gloom –Seminar IX: Darkness of Being
- SEA – Impermanence
- Throwing Muses – Sun Racket
- Travis – 10 Songs
- Waxahatche –Saint Cloud
- Weather Weapon –WW2020
Thankful to have music to turn to during the rough patches and joyful moments.
- New Webstore!
We launched an online store! Seeing as though we can’t meet up in person for effects consultations or host builder events and sound tastings we needed a way to get you your new favorite effect. Or a book about effects or other effect/music related goodness.
Only a teeny tiny bit of our inventory has been added so far. We’ll be adding more so be sure to check back often.
There is an option to pick-up the pedal in Allston, if you are in or around the Boston area. Or you can have the pedal shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S.
Stay warm, stay safe, and make some noise!
- Time Shadows
Here’s what EQD has to say on the Time Shadows; “Both sounds are wildly different from each other and yet share a perfectly designed harmony to be completely complementary and suitable for every style and genre of music. The EarthQuaker Devices side transforms whatever you play into the sound of a jazz space bazooka! It’s a pitch-morphed fuzz delay filter with so much attitude that you are actually intimidated. It takes the input signal, blows it out with the power of digital distortion, blends it with a polyphonic sub octave, feeds it into a delay, then spits it out into a highly resonant envelope-controlled lowpass filter. The Death By Audio side is a multi-delay filter remorphinator that goes from icy shimmers to cosmic space caves of bouncing repeats.”
- Stompbox Books
Ever since the Sixties, fuzzboxes, wah-wahs, phase shifters and a vast range of guitar effects pedals have shaped the sound of music as we know it. Now there are two books celebrating these devices and the community of guitarists who are using and collecting them. Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Guitarists and Vintage & Rarities: 333 Cool, Crazy and Hard to Find Guitar Pedals are the first books to treat guitar pedals as objects of art—showcasing prototypes and singular models very few have seen before.
These companion volumes showcase highly-detailed photographs of the actual effects pedals owned and used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Alex Lifeson, Andy Summers, Eric Johnson, Adrian Belew, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ed O’Brien, J Mascis, Lita Ford, Joe Perry, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Vernon Reid, Kaki King, Nels Cline among many. While Stompbox focuses on the pedals owned by these guitar legends, Vintage & Rarities shifts the focus to enthusiastic collectors and archivists, offering a remarkable look into the world of pedal connoisseurs.
Essential reading material for gear nerds, pedal collectors, guitarists, music historians and bedroom rockers, these lavish coffee table books meld visual aesthetics with encyclopedic detail. They make the perfect gift for the music and/or design lover in your life.
Expected to arrive Mid December 2020.
Email us for more info.
- Support Small Business, Support the music.
2020 has hit hard. Small businesses and musicians are struggling, as are many, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are shopping please consider supporting independent companies in your community.
Friday November 27th through Monday November 30th we are offering 15% off select pedals from builders such Catalinbread, EarthQuaker Devices, Keeley, Oldblood Noise Endeavors, Red Panda, and Zvex.
We also have some demo units, used pedals, and discontinued versions that are being offered at additional savings.
Below are links to other music related resources to show you support to musicians, venues and the staff and crew that bring all of us our favorite music.
Stay safe, make noise,
Adam & Jen
An Expressive Double Filter Fuzz
What does “expressive double filter fuzz” even mean? Well, there are two filters pushed by a fuzz that opens up to more control via an expression pedal jack.
PRE (P) controls the amount of FUZZ pushing into the filters. More volume pushes the filters to open up faster.
FILTER 1 sweeps the first filter from a gulpy, swallowed up sound to a fly buzzing in your brain grind. You can turn this filter OFF via the TOGGLE, allowing the FUZZ to hit FILTER 2 unobstructed.
FILTER 2 (F2) sweeps an envelope filter. As one moves the F2 pot clockwise, he/she/they can hear the “vocal/vowel quality” of the filter change. With more volume from PRE, the envelope opens faster.
VOLUME (V) controls the output level.
When the left MOMENTARY FOOTSWITCH is fully depressed and held down, the frequency range of the envelope filter (F2) immediately changes. Think of a wah going from toe-down to heel-up via a footswitch.
The EXPRESSION PEDAL overtakes the PRE (P) pot and allows one to control how much fuzz hits the filters. Almost turns the pedal into a wah that changes the vocal quality and funk/feel of the overall sound. Get weird with it!
The Electronic Audio Experiments Hypersleep is a solid-state analog reverberator. It evokes the immediate acoustic reflections of metal and tile, but with a darker timbre and a ringing, fluttering decay—forgoing epic atmospherics in favor of liminality.
At the heart of the Hypersleep is the unusual and obsolete MN3011 bucket brigade device. Unlike other BBDs with one input and one output, the MN3011 uses an array of staggered delay outputs to produce a smeared-out echo. Feeding this echo back upon itself produces a reverberant texture. The reverb length can be modulated via the onboard LFO for atypical chorus and vibrato effects, or the haunting sound of a room changing size in real time. As always, careful signal conditioning ensures that Hypersleep is friendly to any instrument or line level signal source.
Level – overall effect level, gracefully overloads at higher settings (Note: labeled as Drive on some units)
Space – delay time of the BBD, simultaneously controlling six taps on a single delay line
Mix – blend of clean and effected signals, from full dry to full wet
Feedback – increases the decay time of the reverb, will self-oscillate at extreme settings
Rate – modulation rate, from imperceptibly slow to nearly audio rates
Depth – modulation depth, from subtle vibrato to warped pitch bending
Additional features include buffered bypass soft-touch relay switching, 9V center negative power (180mA current draw), top-mounted jacks.
All Hypersleep units carry a lifetime warranty tied to the original owner.
Bypass: Relay switching with FET-input op amp bypass buffer
We recommend a regulated, isolated power supply rated for 200mA minimum. Our pedals do not accept batteries. Use of an incorrect power supply may cause permanent damage.
- Sales Tax Holiday 2020
Saturday August 29th & Sunday August 20th is a Sales Tax Holiday in Massachusetts!
It just so happens we have a whole lot of effects available should you want to pick-up some new sounds.
- Remote Consultations
Are you ready t0 discover your new favorite pedal? Until we can safely meet-up in person let’s meet online to help you find your sound.
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