When it comes to achieving the greatest guitar tone possible, it really comes down to three simple things; your instrument, your amp and your pedals. Assuming you’ve found your axe and amp of choice, the best tools you have for authoring your signature tone are your pedals.
That said, in an effort to help you find your unique tone, we wanted to share the advantages of having digital pedals in your arsenal and how the AMPLIFi Remote app, paired with the AMPLIFi FX100 or AMPLIFi amp, might be a good fit for your musical needs, major or minor.
Most hard-wired, analog pedals are built to do one thing (and one thing only). While they might perform that single function extremely well, you’re really quite limited in your options and end up creating a Frankenstein-like pedal-board-of-peril as a solution for versatility. So, rather than dealing with a patch cable cluster, digital pedals like the AMPLIFi FX100 or either of the AMPLIFi guitar amps are a great way to give yourself the widest range of tone options, all in one happy place.
Vintage analog gear has likely seen a fair amount of beer-soaked stages and tends to have traveled some hard miles. This wear and tear can accumulate, making your machine and its tone less than reliable. In contrast, because digital pedals are specifically constructed to accurately emulate the heyday of these analog tones, you’re sure to get a much more dependable, consistent tone.
Also, as you bounce around from gig to gig, your pedal board can take a beating and those sounds you took forever to “dial in” can get twisted and tweaked. However, with digital pedals that allow you to easily recall presets with the push of a button, your sounds can be ultra consistent for every gig you play. Of course, although your sound might be digitally dialed, whether the dive bar sound tech cares to make the rest of the band sound good is a whole different story!
Achieving some of history’s greatest sounds often relies on aged technologies and archaic functions and/or moving pieces. Take the Leslie speaker for example; the sound is as sweet as it gets, but the moving parts that make up the sound are a maintenance nightmare! The same goes for guitar pedals—some of the older pedals use extremely intricate parts and circuitry to achieve their tone and the fragile nature of this construction means the durability is suspect.
Solid-state digital pedals are rock stars when it comes durability because they can achieve comparable tones to these relics (i.e. the DL4 pedal that emulates fragile tape delay machines) but with absolute workhorse durability.
In addition to all of these perks, digital pedals typically come with inputs, outputs and/or adaptors that allow you to connect the pedal with today’s most current recording technologies. Yes, USB and FireWire outputs are very common on digital guitar pedals, allowing you to record directly to your computer. Good luck getting that out of a vintage analog pedal.
Guitar purists might want to act too cool for school when it comes to digital pedals but let’s be honest—they offer comparable tone, but with superior durability, consistency and added connectivity. So, it really goes without saying – all of these sweet features make digital pedals and the AMPLIFi Remote app a solid option for today’s modern musician.