Distortion Pedals Abilene TX

In short, this rectangular black metal box contains two entirely independent distortion circuits that are fed by an internal splitter that separates them into high and low frequency bands; after their individual distortion treatment, the two bands are mixed back together at the output, to the user’s taste. Read on for more detailed information in the following article.

Aardvark Bros Music
(325) 692-9663
1558 S 14Th St
Abilene, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Deatherage Music Co
(325) 672-6012
1025 N Willis St
Abilene, TX

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Hippykritz Music
(325) 793-0333
3109 S 14Th St
Abilene, TX
 
Caldwell Music Co.
(325) 677-2471 , (325) 673-3507 (fax)
221 Grape St.
Abilene, TX
 
Holze Music Co
(254) 776-8429
1210 Lake Air Dr
Waco, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Les White Music Co
(325) 669-2071
3601 Santa Monica Dr
Abilene, TX

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Caldwell Music Co
(325) 677-2471
221 Grape St
Abilene, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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N Tune Music
(325) 677-2471
221 Grape St
Abilene, TX
 
Dallas Melody Etc
(972) 235-0880
205 W Main St
Richardson, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Rock N Roll Rentals
(512) 447-5305
1420 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
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Instrument Rental: Yes
Hours
11:00 - 6:00 Mon - Fri
11:00 - 5:30 Sat

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First Impression: Roger Mayer Metalloid Dual Path Distortion

Ever since the dawn of the distortion pedal, manufacturers have taken a single-path approach to the job of generating filth. Meanwhile, in the studio, producers and engineers have long used dual-path techniques to record big guitar tones: the signal is split to two amps, or one amp and one DI, where different frequency ranges are EQ’d and treated independently before being blended back together to create the desired tone. Inspired by his days in the studio with Jimi Hendrix in the ’60s, as well as his work as a designer of high-end recording systems in the years that followed, Roger Mayer has applied this dual-path approach to a first in the pedal world, the UK-made Metalloid Dual Path Distortion ($319 retail/$269 street). http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/Stories/Metalloid.jpg

In short, this rectangular black metal box contains two entirely independent distortion circuits that are fed by an internal splitter that separates them into high and low frequency bands; after their individual distortion treatment, the two bands are mixed back together at the output, to the user’s taste. On the top face of the Metalliod, each band has its own Drive control to govern the distortion content, and an EQ control that’s individually tailored for its frequency range, and which determines the tonal emphasis within the band. The front edge of the enclosure carries controls for Mix and Output level. Here we also find the input jack, one jack for hard-wired (true bypass) output, two for buffered outputs, and a jack for 9V converter input, while a sliding panel on the driver’s-side edge conceals the easy-access battery compartment.

How do we approach this new concept in distortion generation? Mayer tells us, “Look at the Metalloid as two distinct distortion units side by side, acting on different parts of the guitar’s notes, then mixing them back together to form one sound. For example, the Low Band can control the bass string riffs for a tighter cleaner sound, while the High Band can be set for solo work as you move up the neck.” Tested with a Stratocaster, a Telecaster, and a Les Paul into a TopHat Club Royale MkII, I found the Metalloid worked brilliantly at doing exactly this: creating a big heavy-rock sound with firm, piano-like lows with just a hint of hair, married to sizzling, saturated highs. Reversing the settings makes for grungy low riffs with clear, jangling top strings, and there are countless gradations in between. Also, however you set each band, the balance between them that you select with the Mix control adds a further stage of tone shaping. At higher Drive settings the distortion character is gnarly and filthy, with a jagged, asymmetrical edge that really cuts through. With this knob anywhere past two o’clock it’s not for timid souls, but lower settings reveal a pedal that easily crafts blues and classic-rock lead tones in addition to its heavier distortion (the user’s manual suggests several starting points for different styles). All in all, the Metalloid demands extended experimentation if y...

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