Tone Loss Got You Down? We’ve Got Your Solution

 

Have you ever plugged your guitar into your pedal board, through a long cable and into your amp and felt like you lost some high-end from your tone? If so, your tone might benefit from the addition of a buffer pedal to your signal chain. Plugging directly into the amp through a short guitar cable gives the “purest” tone you can get. But once you add longer cables and patch cables and pedals to your signal chain that’s when you start losing high-end clarity.

Why A Buffer Pedal?
Nearly every guitarist that uses long cables or lots of pedals can benefit from the addition of a buffer pedal. But a buffer is often overlooked or just misunderstood by many guitarists. In short, all guitar cables and patch cords have capacitance. When you add this to your signal chain it’s like rolling down the tone knob on your guitar. We’re not too good on the science behind this (I switched from Electrical Engineer to liberal Arts for a reason) but we can still hear it with ours ears. Basically a buffer pedal can help you get your sound back to the “pure” tone when using just one short cable.

Where Do To Use A Buffer?
Anywhere you have long cables and/or lots of patch cables. The 2 most obvious choices are before and after your pedal board. A buffer in each of those locations will minimize your signal and tone loss at those 2 locations in your signal chain.

Dr J Armor BufferWhy We Like the Dr Armor Buffer
The Armor Buffer has 2 buffer circuits: one designed to use in front of your pedal board and one designed to be used after. The Dr J Armor Buffer will buffer your signal while in the pedal board and again while it’s going to your amp. You can use both buffer circuits or just one or the other. Plus, even though the Armor Buffer looks big in this picture, it actually has a nice small foot print. It’s not as small as a micro pedal but it is smaller than a standard Boss or MXR pedal.  Dimensions are (H x W x D) 38 x 96 x 88mm or 1.5 x 3.75 x 3.5 inches to be exact.

Another Reason to Like the Dr J Armor Buffer
The Armor Buffer also has a Boost circuit built into it. This is good for boosting your signal through your chain and hitting the front end of your amp a bit harder. If you have vintage pickups with low output you can use the boost circuit to emulate a higher output pickup or you can use the boost to give your clean tone a bit more bite. Remember, the boost circuit doesn’t color your tone, it just adds up to 20dB to your signal or you just get the sound of hitting the front end of your amp a bit harder.

The Dr J Armor Buffer is designed to preserve your tone.

Click here to learn more about the Dr J Armor Buffer.

John Bendy : Osiamo/Mooer Artist Update

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John Bendy was born in Brooklyn, New York October, 5 1980. He started playing guitar at age 10 and his first gig was a school talent show at age 12 after just 2 years of playing. Since then there have been hundreds upon hundreds of gigs and late night jams.

Early in the 2000s John was taken under the wing of blues masters Bill Perry and Popa Chubby. He also shared the stage with the Bendy Pastorius Group of which he was a founding member along with his brother Mike Bendy on bass and Julius Pastorius on the drums since 2007.

John played guitar on Chrissie O’Dell’s 2010 release “If I Had a Dime” which charted extremely well on blues music charts around the nation. Also in 2010 John started playing with the Hipster Assassins featuring Felix Pastorius and Mike Bendy on bass, Chris Ward on saxophone, Michael Purcell on piano and Kenny Growhowski on drums. The band would go on to have a two year Monday night residency at New York City’s Zinc Bar where John was able to share the stage with such luminaries Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and Roy Hargrove.

2013 found John in Felix Pastorius’ The Social Experiment (1313) as well as the group Bendy Effect which he leads with his brother Mike.

Here’s a short YouTube playlist where you can hear some of John’s inventive guitar work. We’ve had him perform in our booth at NAMM, Brooklyn Guitar Show and have had the pleasure of catching him live numerous times at the 55 Bar and the Zinc Bar.


The story continues in 2014 and beyond. If you get a chance go see John play live.

John uses the Ana Echo, Hustle Drive, Ninety Orange, and Trelicopter, from the Mooer micro series.

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Meet Shem Creek Music Center’s Scottie Frier

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How long has the store been in business?

Shem Creek Music has been open since 2004.

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Scottie holding Dr J Green Crystal & Mooer Shimverb

How long have you worked at the store, Scottie?

Shem Creek Music was the first place I pulled into when I moved to Charleston fresh out of high school in 2008. I was the kid they couldn’t kick out of here since then, they hired me in 2010 to help out, then in 2011, began managing the store.

Why are Dr J and Mooer pedals doing so well at your store?

Osiamo offers several great pedals, but we have had the best success with Mooer and Dr. J pedals. Those pedals sell themselves. Let a customer play one and then ring them up later, it’s been that easy for us.  Great pedals.

How does the future of music stores look?

Music stores that have adapted to the changes with online sales and Guitar Center/Sam Ash/etc. have done so by pushing their service, as well as lessons and repairs. Lessons really fuel a music store. The lessons should sell the retail, and the retail should sell the lessons. That’s how we feel a successful store should run. If more stores take this model as well as competing with Guitar Center/online prices, music stores will have a very bright future.

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Shem Creek Music Center’s Mooer pedal display

What is the biggest challenge for your store for this year and beyond?

Our biggest challenge is getting the greater Charleston area to come to our store and not go to a big box or online store. This is also a blessing for us, we do more repairs than anyone else in Charleston, as well as lessons. Our customers are usually our best salesmen. People come in every day with a “Bruce sent me” or “Bob told me you guys were the guys to go to.” I make damn sure that when they come in, they leave not only satisfied with their products and services that we offer, but also happier that they came in. You want customers to WANT to come back, not just need to. Our biggest challenge is catching that “average Joe” who just saw a GC commercial with a big sale, and he goes there instead of trying the local guy first. However, in Charleston, SC, there are stickers all over town with the saying “Be Local, Buy Local.” We’re very fortunate to have a town that really supports and goes the extra mile for small business like us. In return, we do the exact same for our customers.

Thanks for reading our blog. If you’re interested in learning more about our Dr J and Mooer pedals you can click over to www.OSIAMO.com and see what we have to offer; if you’re a music store and are interested in dealer opportunities send us an email at dealers@osiamo.com and we’ll get right back in touch with you. If you’re already one of our dealers we’d love to feature you in an upcoming blog too. Get in touch with us!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

The Mooer FireFly M6 : A Pedal Board that Fits in your Glove Compartment!

Osiamo Music Group and Mooer Audio are excited to announce the update to the popular Firefly pedal board. The Firefly – already the world’s smallest pedal board – now holds 6 Mooer pedals firmly and securely in place. It’s a small ergonomic gem. The Firefly features 6 form fitting slots,  a heavy duty polymer shell to withstand the abuse of being stepped on for many years, a removable lid and  a DC cable with 6 ends to power all your pedals with one power supply.

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Did we mention it can fit inside your glove box?

Image a pedal board with 6 true bypass micro pedals that weighs less than 6 lbs! Small enough to fit in a backpack; easy to carry from house to car to stage. Go straight to the gate on your fly dates. No need to check the Firefly at the airport just carry-on with you. And don’t forget, Mooer now has 54 models available with more to come! Imagine the sound and tonal possibilities.

 

 

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Kool Fact 1 : Customize your board for any gig with pedal swapping,

Kool Fact 2 : Say 6 is not enough, then chain 2 M6 boards together for 12 pedals!

 

tonynataliziomooer_01_700x5Join our the growing number of guitarists that are building micro boards for their fly dates and gigs were a backline is provided. We’ve quite a few artists making the switch because of the many benefits:

  • high quality, true bypass Mooer pedals
  • affordable, all Mooer pedals less than $98!
  • light easy to carry
  • nearly endless tonal possibilities
  • full 1 year warranty on all Mooer pedals

 

Not Band_Silhouette_01to name drop but a certain Guitar God from the most Iconic 80’s Pop/Rock band just picked up a loaded Mooer M6 for a Brazilian “fly date.” Stay tuned for a complete review!

 

Well 1000 words ain’t worth one video review so check out the informative video from Neal! He does a short demonstration of just one of the many possibilities available to you with Mooer micro pedals. His pedal choices: Repeater, Mod Factory, Soul Shiver, Solo, Funky Monkey and Sweeper. In all, 16 effects plus overdrive in a board that weighs less than 6 lbs!

Comment on this post with your 6 choices for a Firefly M6 would be and Neal will use his favorite suggestions in his next Firefly demo.

Let us help you find your tone and sound with Mooer pedals.

 

 

Meet Bigfoot Engineering’s Rhys Stubbs

(watch the video to see Rhy’s demo of his new Trouble Booster)

Who designs Bigfoot Engineering’s pedals?

Bigfoot Engineering Ltd. was founded in 2009 by Rhys Stubbs, a guitarist, recording studio manager, and electronic engineer. After working for the Wimbledon based company Vortexion, originally popularized by Joe Meek, he spread his creative wings with a venture of his own. His one-off custom built studio consoles, outboard, guitar amplifiers and effects pedals proved to be in demand and have inspired the current range of Bigfoot Engineering products.

Why Bigfoot Engineering Products?

Bigfoot are building effects pedals that have the sonic integrity of tube/valve amplifiers, characterized in particular by frequency response, breakup, compression, and touch sensitivity. You can hear it, and you can feel it too.

Bigfoot-Engineering-printedWhere are Bigfoot pedals made?

Made in England, every Bigfoot product exudes quality, originality, and rock solid reliability. The future of this company is set to be an exciting one. This is one Bigfoot you can expect to see a lot more of.

Are Bigfoot pedals handmade?

Yes, with regards to the manufacturing, it is almost all done in-house here at the workshop. This means that we can keep quality control to our exacting standards throughout the entire manufacturing process.

Bigfoot-Engineering-enclosuTo begin with, we machine the enclosures and enamel the graphics by hand (but we don’t cast the aluminum boxes here). The circuit boards are manufactured for us by a company in Hertfordshire, England, and we populate and solder the boards here ourselves by hand. We then bolt in all the panel mount components and hand-wire all the off-board components. Once all the soldering is completed here by hand, the last stage is to mount the dials and feet, and even the packaging is silk screened here by hand. Finally, every pedal is tested by us with a guitar and an amplifier before being dispatched.

In addition, all design work is undertaken in-house, including R&D, prototyping, PCB and layout design.

Are Bigfoot pedals true bypass?

Some are true bypass and some are buffered bypass, see product pages for details.

Who plays Bigfoot?

  • Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs)
  • Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), hailed as his favorite pedal*
  • Marc Ford (The Black Crowes/Ben Harper/Gov’t Mule)
  • Stephen Street (producer/engineer for Blur/Graham Coxon)

*source: http://www.mi-pro.co.uk/news/read/best-of-british-a-guide-to-the-uk-s-top-mi-brands/018732

Want to learn more about Bigfoot?

Click here to go tour the Bigfoot pedals on our site.

Year of the Bull! Smaller and Lighter Effects from Taurus

Osiamo Music Group is proud to announce the arrival of the Taurus MK2 Pedal Series!

The trend in effects pedals is smaller and lighter and Taurus has come through BIG TIME with a brilliant redesign of their popular and successful Silver Line that reduces weight, saves space, autodects 9VDC polarity and doesn’t compromise sound tone and features.

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Let’s check out the New Line-Up, click on the images to learn more about each pedal:

Abigar Multi Drive MKII

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The Taurus Multi Drive provides an unprecedented range of bass drive – from gentle murmur up to extreme mad bull low, mixed with diesel like engine sounds. Sounds too scary for you? Stay cool; its wall-breaking sound won’t destroy your amp ‘cause you’re always in the driver’s seat for the ultimate control. Dynamic Drive – our special feature – keeps even most distorted sound of your bass, full of attack and pulse so very important for the sound of the instrument. The Taurus Drive won’t let the all classic tube lovers down ‘cause of its main characteristic feature of warm tube alike sound.

Taurus Compressor-Limiter MKII

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The Taurus Compressor-Limiter controls the dynamics of your instrument. Imagine, that its effectiveness is as powerful as a bull itself. The Taurus Compressor-Limiter allows for modification of dynamics by two main features: limiter or compressor. Taurus has built the compressor based on transparency and on the quality of passive sound optical components. That means there are no side effects to your sound. No hum, noise or any distortion whatsoever.

Zebu Reverb-Delay MKII

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The Taurus Reverb-Delay has excellent memory. It will store and repeat all you can play – as many times as you need to and for as long as you need. It will echo what you play. It will follow the sound leaving natural reverb, or it will do both. The Taurus Reverb-Delay is a fusion of two stereo effects: delay and reverb. It allows for any given mix between the two effects with or without the original sound of your instrument. This effect features high quality 24 bit DSP processor.

Taurus Octaver MKII

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The most natural-sounding, best tracking, Octave pedal ever made! Other polyphonic Octave pedals sound cold and synthetic; Dexter delivers multiple-Octave voices, with amazing tracking, while leaving the character of your Guitar/Bass intact! Bass notes can be made to sound dark and menacing, while even the highest notes are “Chipmunk-Free.”

Taurus’ unique DSP algorithm adds a note one Octave above and one Octave below the original signal. Dexter’s Range knobs allow you to control the frequency range of the upper and lower Octaves; you can tailor Dexter to your specific instrument, for optimal results. Individual output controls, for High and Low Octave signals, are also provided. Of course, Dexter is True Bypass.

Using the various controls, Dexter can deliver sounds that include Bass Synths, 8 String Basses, 12 String Guitars and incredibly huge Organ effects. Your imagination is the only limit.

Vechoor Multi Chorus MKII

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The Taurus Multi Chorus is a unique conductor that makes even the thickest strings sing. Such a choir – bass guitar and a lyrical monster “singing” so sweetly and powerfully, that you will love to play it. The Taurus Multi Chorus mixes its three voices together creating an unusual polyphonic space that will expand your sonic palette. It will take you by surprise with its smooth, rich and colorful sound.

But that’s not all! The Taurus Multi Chorus is not just a multi-chorus; it also offers a perfect flange effect. Just switch between an “A” and “B” positions, it’s that easy!

Jaco, Trujillo and Me!

Robert Trujillo, John Bendy, Rawn Randall, Mike Bendy at Winter NAMM!

Robert Trujillo, John Bendty, Rawn Randall, Mike Bendy hamming it up at Winter NAMM!

(Editor’s Note : Happy Birthday wishes to Robert Trujillo’s – 10/23)

The story spans over 30 years and this is all true; Me, Jaco Pastorius and Robert Trujillo.

The first time I saw Jaco play live was at Avery Fisher Hall in New York in 1982. I would never quite be the same.

The last time I saw Jaco was at the 55 Bar on Christopher St in NYC in 1986.

I was taking lessons from guitarist Mark Barasch. My main teacher, Steve Logan was on on the road with David Sanborn. Steve recommended Mark thus placing me in his West Village apartment once a week not far from The 55 Bar.

55 BarOn this particular night I just finished a late lesson and thought I just pass by to see who was jamming. Yikes! it was Jaco playing in a trio setting. I have completely forgot the other musicians. It may have been Kenwood Dennard on drums and Hiram Bullock on guitar. I know Hiram because my teacher/sensei/guru Steve Logan played with Hiram as well. Come to think of it, it probably wasn’t Hiram because he would have been out on tour with Sanborn as well.

Here I was a few feet from one of my 2 bass heroes. (Yes, Stanley Clarke was the other.) I am up close and personal with Jaco and to my utter dismay he is playing through a combo amp with a blown speaker and not sounding like the Jaco I know.

On the break he went outside and as if if in some sort of surreal comic book now here I am speaking to my fallen idol. “Hey man, can you get me a better amp?”, he says. I didn’t know him and had never spoken with him before except maybe once on the West 4th St basketball courts. Now my mission was clearly laid out for me.

FIND JACO AN AMP!

jpastorius_1I ran back to Mark’s place. I just played through his Polytone Minibrute III, not great but it’ll get the job done. I run full speed the 5 or 6 blocks to Mark’s apartment. I ring the buzzer. There’s no answer. I ring again and recall Mark saying he had his own gig that night.

Now what…I think to myself – I’ll buy an amp from Matt Umanov Guitars (just a block away). This is for Jaco and I gotta save the day. It’s after 9pm and Matt is closed. I walk back to The 55 with my gig bag on my back.

I failed my mission. The cats are back inside jamming. Shamed, I can not go back inside.

Fast forward 6 or 7 years to 1992.

I’m living in LA and working for Mike Tobias, the greatest luthier on the planet. I meet one of our top endorsees, Robert Trujillo. He’s a super nice guy playing for Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. I organized a series of clinics in the LA area with Rob and some of his band mates. These clinics are being held at various Guitar Centers. Well here we are at our first event in Lawndale and the boys start playing a grove that turns into a sixteenth note high speed barrage of noise. Much to my chagrin the predominantly male audience whips themselves into a frenzy and a mosh pit forms. Sweat forms on my brow as I imagine the 100s of thousands of dollars worth of damage that is about to ensue. (Please don’t mention ‘sue’!)

I stopped the performance and begged for order and narrowly escape the evening with my life and my job. I also fall in love with a Guitar Center lady who would break my heart 7 weeks later. But that’s a story for another blog.

Fast forward again to the Winter NAMM 2013 convention in Anaheim. Twenty plus years later and Mr Trujillo has gone on to work with Ozzy Osbourne and a little band you may have heard of called, Metallica. I hadn’t seen Rob since but here he comes with an entourage walking into the Osiamo Music Gear booth. We greet and catch as much as his many fans around him would allow. Then he says too me, “Do you want to play it?” I say, “play what?” Just then the very talented Osiamo endorsee bassist Mike Bendy appears with THE HOLY GRAIL! It’s Jaco’s bass. Rob had purchased it some years previous and now here it was being delicately placed in my unworthy hands.

How did it play?

Rawn Randall with Jaco's Bass, the Bass of Doom

Rawn Randall with the “BASS of DOOM’!