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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:

 


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.


6Appeal Makes a Great Companion for A Singer/Songwriter September 19 2014

A real world proof that 6Appeal hexaphonic overdrive can really fill the background for a solo singer to stand out. I mean, acoustic guitar would be great, too, but it never really fills the stage. It's one take, except a brief solo.

The Song: "If Your Soul is Tender", music by Kristel Mägedi, lyrics by Latvian poet Eduards Veidenbaums (1867-1892), translation by Margus "Contra" Konnula.

There's some post processing effect on Kristel's vocal and a very brief guitar solo recorded afterwards (Thanks, Eero!). All the modulated vibe and tremolo comes from 6Appeal.

Spicetone's 6Appeal hexaphonic overdrive pedal used by folk-punk singer Kristel Mägedi. The guitar is equipped with Roland GK hexaphonic pickup. Hohner Orgaphon 41MH tube amp. A bunch of mics.

And the guitar is a Fender Squier, equipped with GK3 pickup.


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

 


Ready to Launch! Last chance for discount! July 23 2014

We received the first sales batch of finished cases. The PCB-s and other components are ready. We will finish some tiny things on controller software this week. Assembly and final testing will start next week. We are launching 10 August the latest. Now it's the last chance to preregister, to earn 15% off plus a 6m long high quality 13pin to 13pin cable. The preregistration will probably close 27 July!

And here's our designer Alar Kriisa posing with 6Appeal.

Anyway, here's Alar performing with his band in a major TV show. 6Appeal wasn't stage ready when the video was made - but it would fit nicely with blues.


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.

 


First Video of 6Appeal in Action May 29 2014

Upgraded a brand new Squier with Roland GK pickup in "wrong" position, where there's real sound. No intention to use it for MIDI tracking, though I should give it a try. The song is a rather common A minor jam I invented on the fly ("Spring is too Quick") is the title:P

The guitar still needs some intonation work and I didn't bother too much on getting the mics right, not to mention my sloppy playing. It's Hohner MH41 tube amp, 210 with diy 112 cabinet, two Shure mics. And 6Appeal hexaphonic overdrive.

Three layers - cleaner track, some soloing with high resonance filter settings (sustain on low volume), and some modulations to spice it up. Electribe for beat and Cort Action for bass.

Yours, Vahur from Spicetone