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
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 email@example.com.
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.
Mr. Matthias Grob, a music tech guru and guitar hero visit us in our laboratory! Matthias lives in Brazil, so having him here was really something I'd never have expected a couple of months ago:)
Matthias is the inventor of Paradis Polydistortion, Echoplex digital, the earliest looper, Firewire guitar, many excellent VSTs and other stuff driving inspiration in musicians all around the globe.
Sure we introduced him to our hexaphonic 6Appeal pedal, and gave one of these to his enjoyment. We also got lot of interesting stuff from him:)
We spent fantastic time of exchanging information, idea, experiences on polyphonic / hexaphonic guitars, software and hardware development.
This might lead to cooperative projects, and it definately has already created a solid fundament for global partnership to help each other in development of the most interesting and innovative product for pioneering musicians!
And we took Matthias to Käsmu and other places in coastal areas. Sorry for the wind!
See more about Matthias:
Our trademark is finally registered! It's been protected for more than a year when we applyed but the whole process too while...
Our friend Joel from Cycfi is almost ready with super exciting hexaphonic guitar pickup system (see http://www.cycfi-research.com/). This is as innovative as you can get with electric guitar technology!
He's also got a 6Appeal pedal:
"We share a common ideal: Hexaphonic processing is the future!" Joel says.
We're looking forward to build a guitar with brand new XR series pickups!
Good news: we got a better deal with a door-to-door delivery service, and offer now free shipping for 6Appeal hexaphonic distortion pedal!
Intel Edison, Rein & Taivo @SpicetoneFX
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!
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).
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.