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Mac and PC Editor Software Beta Released November 15 2015

Now available: a standalone control app for both Mac OS and Windows! Using the the software, you can control everything in 6Appeal with a Ableton-style GUI. You need a MIDI interface or a MIDI equipped soundcard and two standard MIDI cables.

See more here: http://www.spicetone.com/pages/6appeal-editor-and-firmware-update

6Appeal Editor download

Editor for Windows (tested with Win 7, 8, 10 64bit): 6appeal_090b_win.zip

Editor for Mac OS (tested with Yosemite, El Capitan): 6appeal_090b.app.zip 

Download the editor manual: 6_APPEAL_-_Editor_Manual_0.9.pdf

Firmware

To work with Editor, 6Appeal firmware has to be 1.1.0 or higher. If you still have (original) 1.0.0 version in your box, please update.

Download the 6Appeal firmware: 6Appeal_1.1.0.zip

Here's the Win driver you need for update: dfuprog_driver_win.zip

NB! If you buy a new 6Appeal box, it will already have the latest software, so you can immediately start using the 6Appeal Editor software.

You can change and save all parameters in real time, name, save and recall your presets, operate sequencer and LFO... Many users were asking for the app for a long while. Sorry guys it took so long! It's still a beta version, so please excuse us if there are some bugs - in that case, notify us by emailing customer@spicetone.com.


Paolo Angeli Full Concert with 6Appeal October 16 2015

We are proud to present our friend Paolo Angeli playing a full concert with his fantastic custom made guitar and our 6Appeal hexaphonic pedal in Sesc, in São Paulo, Brazil.

6Appeal is mostly used for clean multichannel routing of the pickup signals from his prepared Sardinian guitar. The guitar was initally developed for Pat Metheny - read more on Paolo's website.

Besides working as a breakout box for clean signal, 6Appeal is used for fully harmonic distortion, obtainable only with a multichannel distortion device. May we suggest you enjoy the whole concert, but if you really want to hear 6Appeal distortion immediately, check out this video:

Did you notice how 6Appeal lets Paolo play these amazing harmonic overtones, which remind of throat singing (Tuvan Khoomei)? Just wow!

Or some more common distortion use here (from 2 minute):

 Go to Paolo's concert! See his tour program on his website.

 


Polydistortion in Indie and Metal Rock July 13 2015

We have a great addition to our team. Our trainee Sander Sinijärv studies electronic engineering in Tallinn Technical University AND plays guitar, both by himself and in local metal bands. Here are two demo videos that present hexaphonic / multichannel / polyphonic distortion provided by Spicetone's 6Appeal pedal.

The first demo is more on indie / pop rock side. 6Appeal set to modulate controls (drive and volume mostly), resulting in luscious vibrating harmonics. The sound reminds a polyphonic synthesizer set to arpeggiato or sequencer mode. It's all played in one take, using Roland GK-3 on a Schecter Ultra III guitar and 6Appeal polyphonic distortion pedal. The signal goes in stereo into two tube amps, and is picked up by trusty SM-57 microphones.

The second video takes us to the rock, metal and blues territory. Sound setting has more treble in it, cuts more, but is still full of rich harmonies that only polyphonic distortion can provide. It would also sound great, if you'd pair it with drums or drum machine, or live double it with bass lines from Roland GR-55 or other V-Guitar series stuff.

 

SUMMER SALE OFFER valid until 31 July 2015

If you don't have a 6Appeal yet, now it's the best time to obtain one, because we have a summer sale offer + we include a high quality 6 inch 13pin cable for free! All in all you save 67.80€ (non-EU customers save around 62$). Just buy the 6Appeal without cable and use the coupon code July15 in the checkout.


Paolo Angeli with 6Appeal distortion July 01 2015

One of the greatest avant garde / folk / jazz of our time, Mr Paolo Angeli now uses 6Appeal as the center distortion piece of his multichannel guitar setup.

The guitar itself is utmost original work of art. From his website:

On 1993, he was fulgurated by the encounter with Giovanni Scanu, the old guitar player from Sardinia, who died at the age of 95 and from whom he learnt the forms and the modules of the ‘canto a chitarra gallurese e logudorese’.

From this ‘fighting meeting’ between extra-cultivated avant-garde and popular tradition came his Sardinian prepared-guitar: an orchestra-instrument with 18 cords, an hybrid between guitar, baritone, violoncello and drums, gifted with hammers, pedals, some propellers at variable speed. With this singular instrument, constructed by the craftsman Francesco Concas, Paolo elaborates, improvises and composes unclassifiable music, suspended between free jazz, folk noise and minimal pop.

We don't have his new recordings with 6Appeal yet, but you can see 6Appeal used by Mr Angeli already, if you go to his concert (see tour dates here).

But you can already enjoy his playing here:

 


Our Guitar Effect is Rocking on 5 Continents Already May 20 2015

Do you know a hex player from Africa or Antarctica? 6Appeal is are already in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia but not yet in Africa and Antarctica. If you know anybody who'd be interested, link us:)!

Photo: On Friday, Taivo was assembling yet another patch of 6Appeal in our Tallinn laboratory.

 


Multichannel Guitar: Standard Godin Synth Access and GK-3 Divided Pickup November 28 2014

We invited our friend Mart Pauklin over to shoot some quick demos. Thanks Mart! Only standard gear used, no boutique hand made pickups or strange pickup positioning.

First of all a jolly Fernandes guitar with a Roland GK-3 pickup system attached. No permanent modification need, not a scrath on the guitar. And the positioning of the pickup is standard, close to the bridge. The sound a is rather thin in that position, but this is not the end of the world! Just plug it to our 6Appeal analog distortion/overdrive, and switch on our Root Boost circuit that adds tons of fundamental harmonics.

So, a divided pickup (hex or hexaphonic pickup) is not only for MIDI syntheziser and so on, but it also opens up the gates to multichannel guitar processing! In this video, the strings are panned in stereo; you don't have to pan it so hard, but this time I did just to make the difference.

 And now for Godin electric guitar with standard built in RMC pickup (piezo bridge).

What you need for this sound: a "synth access" Godin guitar with RMC bridge pickups or any guitar with non-destructively mounted Roland GK-3 divided pickup and 13 pin preamp (hexaphonic pickup), 6Appeal pedal by Spicetone, a soundcard with stereo input and any DAW that can run a convolution reverb plugin. We used these fantastic very real sounding impulses by Gregor Hennig (Studio Nord Bremen; http://www.grgr.de); Vielen Dank Gregor! I did cut off the very low and high and applied a limited plugin; also, Youtube compresses the sound quite a bit; but all in all no gimmicks or secret processing tricks. Multichannel guitar is here to stay!

 

 


Fantastic Metaphors:) November 26 2014

It appears we've made the Mercedes of Hex Fuzz Boxes. Really impressive way to make a compliment here on Carvin Forum:

http://tinyurl.com/qdzeclu

We are flattered! Thank you!

PS Hopefully it's OK that I copy the original text:

"There's a reason Roland's GR-D hex distortion is being blown out for $99. The GR-S is a steal at that price to me, but many think of the D as the far weaker twin of the two.

But, you say you want SERIOUS HEX DISTORTION done the RIGHT WAY? Are you addicted to the BEST? Do you get to screen your credit card bills before your wife sees them???
Look no further:

http://www.spicetone.com/products/6appeal-polyphonic-overdrive-for-hexaphonic-guitars
http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21507-spicetone-releases-the-6appeal-polyphonic-overdrive

Impressively pricey at $595, but built by crazed artists chasing rainbow ponies in the clouds.
From Estonia, no less.

Features a fully analog signal path of fuzz tones with hex string separations and processing. For the right person, this is IT, MAN!

It brings a tear to my eye for the sheer artistry of the effort. It's like reconnecting with your high school buddies to work up a version of Free Bird that takes you weeks to get right only to play it once at a back yard barbecue with your wives admiring and your kids holding their ears.
Beautiful."


Boutique hexaphonic pickup in action November 18 2014

Mr Mart Pauklin jamming with hexaphonic analog distortion effect pedal 6Appeal (by us, Spicetone), using an ESP Viper equipped with a handwound hexaphonic pickup by Luthier Halvo Liivamägi.

It's a direct recording through a MOTU soundcard. Panning and cabinet models are applied in DAW (Ableton Live).