Moog Minifoogers!

Moog, Minifoogers, Moogerfooger,

Moog is jumping into the downsizing game, with the release of its new line of Minifoogers.  These are the slicker, smaller, tighter versions of Moogerfoogers, which have long been at the top of my want list. Moogers are sort of like the Cadillac of guitar pedals; powerful, large, and a bit pricey. Now that the classic sound shapers are stuffed into a mini package, at a mini price, I’m not sure how long I can hold out!

The Minifooger family –  MF Drive, MF Boost, MF Delay, MF Ring, and MF Trem are all 100% analog, true bypass, hand assembled, and cost under $200. They can be controlled with an expression pedal or CV.

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen demonstrates:

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals

The MF Drive is a filter-based overdrive pedal employing a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to picking dynamics. The panel features a bi-polar tone control and sweepable filter that work dynamically with input gain to offer each player unique and customizable sounds that retain the core timbre of their instrument. A filter Peak switch shifts harmonic content to the filter’s cutoff position, adding new tonal creation and dirty wah performance possibilities not found in other drive pedals. MSRP: $179.

The MF Boost is a selectable topology boost pedal that allows the player to switch between an “articulate VCA” signal path and a “colored OTA” signal path. Each is tailored to deliver boutique amplifier sound and responsiveness from any guitar/amplifier combination. The design also imparts natural compression to an input signal, which brings out note articulation and significantly increases the performance of other effects pedals. When paired with an expression pedal, the MF Boost can be used as a tone enhancing volume pedal, sweepable-gain boost pedal, and VCA. The expression pedal input also provides access to higher gain values not available on the panel. MSRP: $149

The MF Delay features 35mS-700mS of completely analog delay time. At shorter settings, repeats are fast and bright for creating classic slap-back and plate sounds. At medium and long settings the repeats become darker and naturally trail into reverb-like state. A Drive circuit allows the player to adjust the tone and feel of the MF Delay as well as overdrive the Bucket Brigade Delay line, and the input of a guitar amplifier for bigger sound and feel. Also, the expression pedal input is switchable between feedback for expressive swells and delay time for tape delay and chorus/flange effects. MSRP: $209.

The MF Ring is an analog ring modulator that is based on the world’s best selling Ring Mod, the Moogerfooger MF-102.  Its refined frequency range and tone voicing circuit add new-musical elements to ring modification, making it easy to dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines. The expression pedal input provides hands-free control of the Freq parameter for sound sweeps, pitch shifting effects, and playing between two scales on the fly. MSRP: $159

The MF Trem is an analog tremolo pedal designed around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This design creates a wide range of effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Players can create classic optical tremolo, hard tremolo, rotary effects and more that react dynamically to harmonic content. A variable Shape control interacts with Tone and Mix to craft subtle swells and gallops to rhythmic percussive, and swirling effects. When pushed, the MF Trem can also approach the beginnings of phasing and chorus. The expression pedal input adds control of the Speed parameter for hands-free swells and rotary effects. MSRP: $189

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals are available for preorder from all authorized Moog dealers now. We will begin shipping the first units from our Asheville factory in October, 2013. For more information about Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals got to: MINIFOOGER.COM

Sound City Soundtrack: Grohl+Homme+Reznor’s Mantra

Sound City, Reel to Reel, Dave Grohl

Have you seen Dave Grohl’s film Sound City yet?

The soundtrack is coming out March 12th. It features a ridiculous cast of music legends, including Sir Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana, who debuted their track “Cut Me Some Slack” at the Madison Square Garden Hurricane Sandy Benefit last year. Dave has been playing shows all over the world with different configurations of the loose collective he calls the Sound City Players, which will be making a stop at SXSW March 14th. Grohl is also the keynote speaker of the festival this year.

Watch this sweet behind-the-scenes video of Dave banging the skins, while Josh Homme slappa da bass and Trent Reznor tickles the ivories, as they record the epic 7+ minute ‘Mantra.’ The result is, predictably, a little bit Foo, with a dash of Queens, on a bed of Nails.

This is just the instrumental in its glorious birthing stage. The finished version has vocals on it.

Listen to Sound City – Reel to Reel in full  here.

Order the Sound City Soundtrack

Watch Sound City the Film

QOTSA Frontman Josh Homme in the Studio and Live with Pearl Jam

Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, QOTSA

News of the next Queens of the Stone Age album has been floating around lately – Dave Grohl is on it, as well as former bassist Nick Olivieri and Trent Reznor. Now we can catch a glimpse into the QOTSA studio via this mockumentary “Secrets of the Sound,” directed by Liam Lynch. Keep your eyes peeled for the custom microphone made from a human ear, “so it sounds like you’re hearing it.”

Josh Homme also appears on Pearl Jam’s Christmas gift to Ten Club fans. “In the Moonlight” was originally recorded during the sessions for Binaural, but was only released on the PJ rarities collection Lost Dogs. This live version features JHo harmonizing with EdVed:

Now continue waiting with baited breath for more QOTSA…

Dave Grohl: Coolest Dude Ever?

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Sound City

Dave Grohl recently announced that Foo Fighters was going on hiatus. Not too worry, what this has meant in the past is that Mr. Grohl just needs to get a bunch of other projects out of his system. To prove my point, Dave went and drummed on the new Queens of the Stone Age record and MADE A MOVIE.  Just to prove that he’s the best at everything, basically.

And so without further ado, here is the long awaited trailer to the much talked about Sound City, a film Dave directed about the legendary studio where Nirvana’s Nevermind was recorded, featuring commentary from rock royalty like Krist Novoselic, Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, Tom Petty, Rivers Cuomo, Frank Black, Rick Rubin, the list goes on and on. Watch this:

Sound City will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. You can pre-order a DRM Free Download for just $10 and get immediate access to “super sweet stuff to tide you over until the film is available on 2/1/2013” at http://buy.soundcitymovie.com/

Also, LOTS of preview material here: http://soundcitymovie.tumblr.com/

And now, for all you pre-orderers out there, a few words from Dave himself:

Hey there….

    Thanks for scraping up your hard earned dough and buying the movie

direct from our site! We’re stoked! Hope you love it as much as we do….

 

     Ummm………Holy shit! I made a movie!

 

    I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good

old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s

right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell

the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our

heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I

don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become

what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.

 

     From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I

swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John

Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie

Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor

schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc

etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest

man on earth.

 

    And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what

to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg

party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so

dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.

 

    But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..

 

   What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really

play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it

about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its

hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire

the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk

growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can

do this too…..”

 

    That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human

feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.

 

    I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I

hope you do too. 

 

    Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get

together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!

 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you………Dave