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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.


Hit It - Fairlights (6Appeal hexaphonic distortion MIDI synced demo) September 26 2014

"Hit It" by Fairlights (Enda Bates)

Spicetone's 6Appeal hexaphonic distortion, routed to DAW and synced to a drum track with MIDI from computer. 

Gear List
Godin LGX electric guitar with RMC piezo-style hexaphonic pickup
Spicetone 6Appeal (breakout box mode)
Motu Ultralite multichannel soundcard
UAD Stereo Reverb + Delay plugins
Time Freezer VST plugin

Description
The track uses three presets on the 6Appeal. The first one is a fairly full-on distortion setting with the Gain and Tone turned up full. The strings are panned across the stereo field with the low strings quite central, and the two middle strings panned about halfway left and right. The melody is played solely on the top two strings which are hard-panned left and right to give the impression of two distinct melodic lines, with a rhythmic backing from the other, more centrally panned strings.

The rhythmic pulsing in the opening is created by tapping the back of the guitar neck with the right hand while holding a chord with the left. In the first half of the track, the melody is played on the top two strings using hammer-ons and pull-offs (as the picking hand is occupied tapping the neck).

In the second half of the tune a new, modified version of the initial preset is used. This has a tremolo effect on the lower three strings which mimics the tapped pulsing effect from earlier but using modulation, which now frees up the right hand for strumming and picking. This was done using LFO2 which is tempo-synced to the drum machine track using MIDI clock from the DAW.

Finally, the end section just uses a clean preset with the same stereo spread. Apart from the 6Appeal, the only other effects are simple things like some stereo delay and reverb. The one exception is the Time Freezer plugin (which is very similar to the EHX Freezer pedal), thats used to create a sustained drone from the top three strings towards the end of the track. No amps or amp modelling was used.

 

The same with a promo video (and with Youtube compression, sorry):

 


6Appeal in Breakout Box mode - 13pin Guitar to DAW September 25 2014

Just a short test ride, how to use 6Appeal as active breakout box for a 13pin guitar. This means you route each string separately out from your guitar, into your soundcard (or mixer) and are free to apply panning and do crazy postprocessing.

This time I used 6Appeal's analog distortion, but one can just turn down Drive and Level, turn up Dry and thus output really strong clean signal (with adjustable Gain).

For connectors, yep, 6Appeal uses TRS outputs, so there's one output for a pair of strings. If your soundcard has TS inputs, you have to use insert adapters or insert cables to route the signal. I've got MOTU 828, so I used TRS to double TS cables (insert cables) that costs me 30 bucks - and these are gold plated Klotz cables.

For the signal: we have a Schecter Ultra guitar with Roland GK-3 pickup (V-Guitar divided pickup), that goes to 6Appeal with a 13pin cable, and from there to soundcard.

For effects used: standard Logic Pro X stuff - different guitar amp model on each guitar string, some reverbs, delays, rotary speaker for high E string and subbass for lower E and A.

The tune that I play so sloppily is "Pachka sigaret" ("A Package of Cigarettes") by Russian band Kino.


Hexaphonic Nylon Overdrive August 11 2014

Update: we were three days late of the official launch date, so we could finish final testing - but 6Appeal is live, launched, public and ready to ship!

Second of all, wow, what a bluesman can do with nylon strings and hexaphonic overdrive! Check out the video. it's a Godin Multiac Nylon with 6Appeal. Maybe you can see that next to Mr Aapo Ilves there's a box of 6Appeal cases - we have started the assembly already and currently in pre release testing.

6Appeal is on the gate already, waiting to get on the road to you. Check out the user manual for details:

6Appeal User Manual (version 08) (PDF)

 


Folkrock July 29 2014

 

First song: "Why My Chest is Full of Hopeless Hopes" - lyrics by Latvian poet Eduards Veidenbaums (1867-1892), translation by Margus "Contra" Konnula.
Spicetone's 6Appeal hexaphonic overdrive pedal used by folk-punk singer Kristel Mägedi.

Second song: "When a Vicious Tempest Tears up Your Life..." - lyrics by Latvian poet Eduards Veidenbaums (1867-1892), translation by Margus "Contra" Konnula.

By the way, the guitar (Schecter Ultra) is equipped with Roland GK hexaphonic pickup. Both songs recorded with Hohner Orgaphon 41MH tube amp; in the second song, amp's spring reverb is used, and the beginning is smoothed with some delay in DAW. Besides SM57's on amp, we used a three Rode NT series mics, to get natural vocal and room ambience.

 


More about Veidenbaums:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduards_Veidenbaums


More of Kristel Mägedi:
https://soundcloud.com/kristel-m-gediX

 


Poetry Krautrock Live July 12 2014

Juhan Liiv (1864-1913) - lyrics

Kristel Mägedi - vocal
Kiwanoid - guitar
Aapo Ilves - vocal

6Appeal got a heavy all evening live testing on 10 July 2014, Liivi muuseum, Rupsi, Tartumaa, Estonia, during poetry seminar/minifestival Lätete pääl ("On the Sources").


Multitalented artist Kiwa is playing a Fender Squier with Roland GK divided pickup into Spicetone's 6Appeal effect pedal that is plugged straight into a mixing desk. A pair of active PA speakers. Vocals are amplified with Shure Beta 58A mics. A the rage is recorded with Yamaha Pocketrak W24 pocket recorder that has buiilt in XY mics (no signal from mixing desk used). Video recorded with a cheap Sony camera. 6Appeal both drives and modulates the guitar sound. Mixing desk's effect section is off. The signal path is all analogue until it enters the Pocketrack recorder.

 


Big Muff vs 6Appeal July 02 2014

Tested our 6Appeal versus legendary Big Muff by Electro Harmonix. Tried to dial in as similar sound as possible, the only difference being hexaphony (polyphonic distortion). Ain't saying one is better than other,  but there sure is a big difference in terms of harmonic content. Amp's reverb is turned to zero but you still might hear it a bit. I play clean-Muff-6Appeal sequences. Not a guitar hero or sound master, sorry:) The guitar is a standard Godin electric with built in divided piezo pickups with 13pin output. The signal is analog all the way until MOTU soundcard.

Here's the Hohner Orgaphon 41MH. It has 2x10" Eminence Deltalites and a 1x12" cab with Eminence Delta.


Estonian Kitarr Magazine June 18 2014

Estonian only guitar magazine Kitarr interviewed (thanks, Kris!) us and superb Rainer "Herzog" Jancis (Metro Luminal, Felis Ultramarinus, Ükskõik, Modern Ethic) checked out our pedal. Here's a nice video demo. I'm alway impressed, how 6Appeal sound when played by a real musician. Chellos and arabic instruments, jeez... Anyway, here's the video (thanks again, Kris!):


Dancing with Wolves May 14 2014

Rein, Spicetone's main driving force, did some home recording:


BBC session by Kessu February 14 2014