Strymon Big Sky Review

Bring out the big guns It’s one of the perks of writing these articles for Dawsons that we get to try out a lot of different gear. Loads. At any given time we have a list as long as your arm of new and exciting bits of musical equipment that we need to, for want… Read More

Strymon Blue Sky Review

Vibrant reverbs from boutique American pedal brand Reverb is perhaps the simplest guitar effect of all. By emulating the effects of space and air on our guitar tone, we can add instant warmth and depth to a dry sound, giving it life and sustain. Indeed, hearing a clean electric guitar through a nice amp, with… Read More

The Rise Of The DAW Controller

Platform-specific controllers leading the way If you use a computer-based studio, chances are you’re using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). DAWs are the software packages you use to see visually what’s being recorded, the different settings and parameters you have in place, and the timeline onto which you lay out your song structures. The bigger… Read More

Pigtronix Infinity Looper Review

Serious looper with plenty of tricks up its sleeve The American pedal brand Pigtronix has a wonderfully bizarre range of gear, ranging from the Echolution 2 delay pedal, which boasts more knobs than a butter-measuring convention, to a quite intimidating (but fantastic sounding) PXEMT tremolo pedal which looks like it requires an in-depth knowledge of industrial engineering. They also do… Read More

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Review

American-made compressor/boost pedal brings the sustain American pedal brand Pigtronix has long specialised in the esoteric. Big enough to warrant a place on many a pro pedalboard, yet small enough to fly under the radar of many ‘regular’ players, the New York-based manufacturer has slowly carved itself a niche by offering slightly off-the-wall pedals to… Read More

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah Review

Pedalboard friendly funk machine When it comes to current pedalboard trends it seems that size does indeed matter. We have seen a huge increase in the prevalence of diminutive stompers over the last few years, from the TC Electronic mini range to Electro Harmonix’s marginally larger Nano series. Players have been won over by the… Read More

Doppler Labs Here – Future Sound?

New project aims to give you volume control on life itself At a gig recently a friend commented about how he had a hard time hearing what was being played. See, my friend wears a hearing aid normally, and had recently been fitted out with a special digital set to help improve the overall balance… Read More

Akai Advance Review

Controller keyboard to rule them all? The marketplace for USB controller keyboards has never looked so flush. There are controllers for every budget, size or musical requirement, and the competition for attention is fierce. Akai, veterans of the genre, have proven over the years that they can meet the demands of the modern musician with gear… Read More

BOSS RV-6 Review

Classy new reverb pedal promises ambience aplenty BOSS has released a brand new iteration of what is, certainly in our eyes, a classic stomper. The BOSS RV-6 takes the already excellent RV-5 reverb pedal and propels it toward new frontiers of textural sonic adventure. The RV-5 offered six of BOSS’ lush reverbs in a stereo effects pedal. The included reverb types were… Read More

Fender American Standard Range

Aspirational axes for the working musician Fender’s American Standard range are the gold label, premier league guitars of your dreams. It’s the guitar your mate’s dad had when you were 14 and starting out, and you weren’t allowed to play. It’s the guitar the player in the big band plays when they’re raking in mega coin… Read More