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  1. 02/04/2020 15:18

    Assembling a pedalboard can be a daunting task. To begin to put order to this chaos and achieve the cleanest possible sound you need to consider your signal chain, and what is happening to your guitar signal in what order. Your signal chain starts with your guitar and ends with your amplifier, and for everything in between there are a few tips to pedal placement that will help you find your sound.

     

     

    Tuner - Tuner first means your tuner is reading the cleanest possible signal straight from your guitars pickups, placement after other pedals which alter your signal can result in inaccurate tuning.

     

    Compression - A compressor evens out the peaks and dips in ones signal, reducing the volume highs and bolstering the lows, resulting in a much more consistent and even sound. Compressors are best utilised at the start of a signal chain, sending a much smoother and more consistent signal to pedals further down your chain.

     

    Filters - Filter Pedals, like Wahs and phasers boost certain frequencies in your signal whilst dampening all others , resulting in a more restricted but “biting” tone placement is subjective, Wah/Phaser placed before the overdrive is thinner but more expressive, filtering through and boosting a narrow range of frequencies leaving the guitars natural harmonics intact(think Hendrix or Steve Vai’s use. Wah after the overdrive is far more full sounding, but has less of a dynamic range, as harmonics added by a distortion pedal will be added to the frequencies the Wah is cycling through

     

    Dirt - Distortion pedals come in several forms: Overdrive, Fuzz, Boosts etc. but all serve a similar function-to “clip” your signal by pushing it past its maximum threshold thus adding sustain and overtones to your signal. Distortion on a pedalboard is best placed before Time and Modulation based effects to grant a clearer signal to your amplifier. I would recommend running your distortion pedals from lightest to heaviest, as the distortion pedal closest to your amp in the signal chain will have the most pronounced effect on your sound whilst “stacking” multiple pedals.

     

    Pitch Shifting - Pitch shifting pedals replicate the signal being passed through them and raise or lower it by predetermined intervals, usually 1-2 octaves below or above the original signal. Pitch shifters like the POG2 or Digitech Whammy sound glitchier and more robotic when placed after distortion, and track cleaner when placed before, so placement is dependent on its intended use.

     

    Volume - Volume Pedals, noise gates and Tremolos come next, these pedals alter your signal by manipulating your signals output level. Placing them before your Time based effects allows your reverb/delay to continue to swell and taper out after you have cut your signal with your volume pedal instead of coming to a dead stop.

     

    Modulation - “Wet” effects like Chorus and Flangers  disturb your guitar signals pitch , splitting your signal and playing both back at different wavelengths. These are best placed before your time based effects to have a much more pronounced effect on your live signal.   

     

    Time - Delay pedals, reverb pedals and loopers come last in your chain, as you want them to affect your full signal, adding repeats to a fully distorted signal rather than distorting a delayed signal, which creates a much noisier and cluttered sound. Loopers are best placed last in your signal chain so that they record and reproduce your entire signal, allowing you to change your sound when inputting a new layer to your loops.

     

     

    With all of this in mind, there is no real right and wrong when it comes to pedal placement, just some guidelines to start you off. Experimenting with Delay before distortion or a Phaser placed at the end of your signal chain can produce some interesting results.

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  2. 09/08/2019 17:48

    Congratulations nº 11


    Our raffle winner this time was ticket number 11.

    They're taking home a innovative Katana Air Gutiar Amplifier, this little amp sounds amazing and it is wireless! Just plug the transmitter into your guitar and you are free to rock out without worrying about tripping on cables.

    Keep tuned on our social media and website to know about our next raffle!

  3. 13/06/2018 17:00
    Music Minds Rough Guide to;  Choosing a Child's Guitar
     
    It's a common guitar store scenario, parents wanting to get their child started on guitar, but faced with the array of options on display, or online, they're often left bewildered by choice. So here's our quick guide to getting it (hopefully) right.
     
    Guitars come in three main varieties, each with pros and cons. The most common type children start with are Nylon strung CLASSICAL GUITARS. The main benefit of these is that they're cheap, not too noisy, and the strings are soft for little fingers. They also come in a range of sizes to suit all ages of kids. Many schools will specify these for group lessons, for the above reasons. The drawbacks of Classical guitars are that the necks tend to be quite wide, so are more of a stretch for young hands, they are also intended to be played with the fingers, having a very soft sound, so may be discouraging to kids who want to rock out a bit.
     
    Next up, and currently very popular, are Steel strung ACOUSTIC GUITARS. These have narrower necks which are easier for kids to wrap their hands around, and are designed to be played either with the fingers, or with a plectrum (pick). These are the instrument used by current popular players like Ed Sheeran, and are more likely to make the sound your child wants to hear, therefore encouraging them to stick with it. The only disadvantages being a slightly higher price tag, and that the steel strings are a little harder on the fingers, though with a properly made guitar, this should be a minimal discomfort.
     
    The third option is the ELECTRIC GUITAR. Many parents wrongly assume that these are noisy, or in some way unsuited to a beginner, but nothing could be further from the truth. The electric guitar can be far quieter than any other, as you can't turn down the volume on an acoustic instrument. Almost all modern amplifiers have a headphone socket too, making practice almost silent. This can be very encouraging for kids who are shy or embarrassed about people listening to them practice. The strings are also under less tension than on an acoustic guitar, making them softer on the fingers, and the necks are nice and narrow. Electric guitars can also produce a wide variety of sounds, which often helps keep kids interested. The only disadvantage is the need to have an amplifier to plug into, but these are not necessarily expensive, and these days, many are multi-functional, having auxiliary inputs for phones or computers too.
     
    Whichever option your child is drawn to, at Music Minds, we can offer a choice of quality products to suit your budget, and expert advice to help you get it right.
  4. 19/05/2016 19:34

    So you want to buy your first guitar ? But you don’t know where to begin because there are too many choices. It’s very easy to get lost with the different sizes, shapes, colours, or you can even hesitate between an electric or acoustic guitar. Don’t worry just breathe we are here to help.

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  5. 09/03/2016 16:13
    Every month Music Minds gives away a Prize in our raffle. This month we gave away a beautiful hand made Seagull semi acoustic guitar worth € 910 . Congratulations to the winner . Pop into music minds any time and see what we have up for grabs.Good luckRead More
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  7. 02/11/2015 16:04

    The folk guitar with a warm sound, introducing the Alvarez AF60CE

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  8. 31/10/2015 17:36

    The mini amp with a massive bite!

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  9. 29/10/2015 16:27

    A high quality Baritone Uke at a very good price.

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  10. 01/10/2015 11:44

    The authentic feeling of an acoustic piano, right at your fingertips

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