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Born To Be Weird: Top 10 Products To Transform Your Sound!

Published: Mon August 24, 2009  News Feed

Have you got the will to be weird? Do you want to sound out of this world? Here's a quick guide to some products that'll give you mad sound fx, sci-fi noises and just plain weirdness! Whether you play guitar, bass, keyboards or sing, these effects will help you to sound... FAR OUT! Enjoy!

Born To Be Weird - Top 10 Out Of This World effects!


Dr Karl Von Funkenstein

Moog Theremini Theremin new for 2014

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Moog Theremini Theremin

Not just great for some good vibrations, the theremin is the ideal instrument for ultimate weirdness...no wonder it was "the" instrument of choice in the 1950's when a sci-fi or horror flick needed to conjure some sort of weird or scary vibe! The Theremini is a brand new Theremin, reinvented for 2014!

The Moog Theremini has pitch correction to enable beginners to play instantly while a visual read out assists in learning how to master this unique instrument. More...

eBow Plus

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E-Bow Electronic Bow For Guitar

The Energy Bow is a totally unique guitar accessory. It's not just an effect like the many plug-in devices on the market. The EBow does its work on the string itself by producing an energy field that vibrates and sustains your guitar string...

Direct String Synthesis™. Infinite Sustain is just the beginning. Powered by a 9-volt battery, the EBow is held in place of your pick, giving you instant access to violin, cello, flute and horn sounds as well as unique sounds of its own. The EBow lets you play as fast as your left hand can scurry through a lick.  More...

DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator

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DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator Pedal

The aliens have landed! Far-Out oddness... Ring Modulators offer some of the most unusual, challenging effects you can imagine. They can be often very "un-musical" but with some creativity you can achieve great sounds.

The voice of Dr. Who's arch-enemies The Daleks was famously achieved using ring modulation. Many acts who go for creative, insteresting sounds, such as Sonic Youth, Mars Volta and Incubus (who used a Gonkulator) have also featured Ring Modulators on record. If you have the true will to be weird, the DOD Gonkulator could become one of your most prized possessions! With added bonus of you being able to pass for a Dalek!

Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder with Reflex-Tune

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Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder with Reflex-Tune

Wouldn't it be great to sing with some aliens? Unfortunately, if we ever find life on Mars it's unlikely they'll be much bigger tha bacteria, so it's highly unlikely they'd have vocal chords! And looking further in the universe, who's the say that if there's life out there, they'll be musically inclined? Finding band members here on Earth is hard enough!

So, you best hope is to be your own space man (or woman!). This crazy Electro-Harmonix pedal will change your voice in ways you never thought possible, and sounds like LOTS of fun, too!

Image: Boss SL-20 Slicer Effects Pedal

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Boss SL-20 Slicer

This innovative, groovy pedal literally slices your sound and can turn guitar, bass, keyboard or even vocals into a pulsating groove instrument!

On less radical settings, you can get a very choppy, percussive tremolo, pretty much like the fabled Vox Repeat Percussion as used by Spacemen 3.

The SL-20 is one of those rare effects, that actually offer something you've never heard before, and is full of possibilities. For the creative artist, this is a fantastically fun effect to experiment with!

Digitech Whammy V FX Guitar Pedal

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Digitech Whammy V FX Guitar Pedal

You'll get fabulous, weird and exciting sounds out of this legendary pedal. The Whammy is widely used by some of the world's greatest guitarists, such as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Jack White (White Stripes) and Joe Satriani.

And it's easy to see why! This pedal offers so many different sounds, it's hard not to feel inspired when you're playing it!

And what do you get? Smooth pitch bends, rich detuning, accurate dive bombs, and fast tracking harmony shifts, making this pedal extremely versatile. The new Whammy has added the versatility of MIDI control, making this timeless effect flexible enough for any situation. The new "Dive Bomb" Preset gives the effect of a Floyd Rose whammy bar pushed all the way to the body of the guitar. More...

MXR Blue Box

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MXR M-103 Blue Box

This unassuming little box shovels out enough low frequencies to scare a blue whale. It takes your guitar signal, fuzzes it up, then duplicates it two octaves down.

Despite being such an esoteric effect (or because of that!) the Blue Box is a classic effect, used by everyone from Led Zeppelin to Sonic Youth!

You control the output and the mix between the dry signal and the effect. Using it 100% wet is quite an experience, but more recognizable sounds appear as you dial In more dry signal. The Blue Box is known for having a chaotic personality that can make each session a totally unique experience! More...

Image: Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone Guitar Effects Pedal

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Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone Guitar Effects Pedal

Boss have once again innovated the fx pedals market, with their new Multi-Dimensional Processing technology, as showcased by curious and quite unique pedal.

It creates an harmonically rich sound, with previously unattainable range of tones, all very musical and usable, but that certainly sound out of this world...  More...

Fender Classic Series Phaser pedal

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Fender Classic Series Phaser Pedal

Phaser is one of the oldes and most classic guitar effects, that can be very subtle or, if you use it at fast settings, sound very extreme and weird!

The Fender Phaser is one of the best phasers around, delivering some classic tones. And, thanks to its swirling, multi-coloured lights, it looks quite trippy too, almost like... a tech device created by aliens! Pretty far-out...

This pedal is ideal for awesome wacky, unusual sound shaping! More... 

 Image: Boss TE-2 Tera Echo Guitar Effects Pedal

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Boss TE-2 Tera Echo Guitar Effects Pedal

Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space! Boss make yet another appearance on our list, with this amazing pedal that offers a new take on delay and reverb effects.

Like the MO-2, the TE-2 Tera Echo also uses the new Multi-Dimensional Processing technology. This pedal creates some out-of-this-world ambient sounds, and is very atmospheric. It allows you to freeze the sound as well, and thus create some rich soundscapes.

Like all the other pedals on this list, it's a great tool to unleash your creativity and let you express yourself in new, unique ways!


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