January 23, 2024

Mastro Valvola LEM: Why would I buy this pedal?

A realistic evaluation.

YouTube is full of pedal demos by pro players who get paid by (or get free products from) pedal companies. These players create best-case scenario videos for unique pedals and make them sound great, but the little boxes are often a disappointment when you plug them in at home. That’s where this series of articles comes in. I bought the Mastro Valvola LEM at full price and don’t get paid by the company for reviewing it. Even when I’d love to write sonnets for this thing, I’ll do my best to hide my giddy enthusiasm and give you an honest take on LEM so you can evaluate whether or not it’s for you.

What is LEM?

Mastro Valvola’s LEM (Lysergic Emotions Module) may be a multihead, digital delay. Or it may be a musical circus on acid. Its eight programs use forward, reverse, pitch shift, bitcrush, filters, vibrato and/or glitch to create harmonious, rhythmic delays. You play something and something that sounds nothing like it comes out.

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January 20, 2024

The news you need to know for the week of January 20, 2024.

My human-curated roundup of this week’s news.

Gabriel and blurred clouds. My photos available from Envato.

Congressman claims UFOs may be extradimensional angels. Well I guess that’s as plausible as any other theory.

Serial dater sues 27 women for negative reviews.

Fact: Only one jockey has ever won a horse race while dead. Bet that was an interesting winner’s circle.

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January 18, 2024

Hologram Chroma Console: Why would I buy this pedal?

A realistic view.

I too love the pedal demos where you witness exactly what a box can do in the hands of a paid pro. But what about you and me? We buy pedals based on those demos, but are often disappointed when we can’t get that box to sound anything close to what we saw in the video. Or we discover what looked like simple-to-use ain’t so simple. Chroma Console is definitely one of those pedals. Since I bought the Chroma Console and am not being paid by Hologram, hopefully I’ll present it here in a realistic light to help you determine if it’s for you or not.

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January 12, 2024

The news you need to know for the week of January 13, 2024.

My human-curated roundup of this week’s news.

71-year-old bank robber released from prison and pulls another job. Who says seniors aren’t productive.

Tyromancy: Predicting the future with cheese via Jason Kottke. Mine does that. It usually tells me to throw it away or I’d get sick.

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January 6, 2024

The news you need to know for Jan 6, 2024.

My human-curated roundup of this week’s news.

Centenarian says key to longevity is Dr. Pepper.

13-yr-old Blue Scuti (Willis Gibson) becomes the first human to beat Tetris.

Twitch to ban people pretending to be naked. But it’s still fine to pretend to be a serial killer?

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