UniVibe sounds: EHX Ring Thing Vs Fulltone DejáVibe

The Ring Thing by Electro-Harmonix does a lot of things beyond ring modulation. I’ll compare it’s rotary phaser sound to the Fulltone Deja Vibe, a faithful recreation of the original UniVibe. Please let me know if you have any questions about these pedals.
I’ve owned these pedals for several years and I know them well.

Some additional thoughts: I should have reduced the blend on the RingThing to demo a more subtle sound. Sorry about that.
I still prefer the sound of the DejaVibe and I have continued to use that on my board. The foot controller is the big bonus to me as it’s really easy to dial in the speed. I also like the less colored sound it produces, it layers in a nice texture without overtaking my rig.

If you want a Univibe pedal I highly recommend the DejaVibe. If you want a fun toy that can make a bunch of cool sounds get the Ring Thing. The Ring Thing is SUPER cool. For example, I made a demo of it’s wicked octave fuzz settings: https://youtu.be/Mdj1YHNkKJs

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Electro Harmonix Ring Thing:
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1S4UfbI

Fulltone DejáVibe:
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Boss RC-2 looper:
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PedalTrain Pedal Board:
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Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Power Supply:
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Thoughts on learning the Sitar after leaving my lesson.

My teacher was extremely generous today and my lesson ran for an extra half hour. We spent that extra time playing Alap and going over super important small details.

It was one of those lessons that makes you feel like you are starting over again! I have so much to learn about the sitar. It’s been an amazing journey for me so far and I am so happy to study and learn this instrument.

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Octave Fuzz Hack! Getting an octavia tone from the EHX RingThing.

I’ll demonstrate how to hack your EHX Ring Thing to turn it into a really great sounding Octave fuzz. But, is it as good as the Roger Mayer Octavia?

I LOVE my Roger Mayer Octavia but the Ring Thing provides a ton of other cool sounds. I wanted to experiment to see if I could find a way to hack the Ring Thing to get some of those Hendrix Octave Fuzz tones we all love while still being able to toggle the Ring Thing presets for other wacky sounds (did you know it also does a great Whammy style pitch shift too?)

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing:
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1S4UfbI

Roger Mayer Octavia:
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Boss Blues Driver:
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I am also using a Boss RC-2 looper:
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I bought a Sitar! Ravi Shankar Style

While traveling to visit family I found this used sitar for sale in a local music store. It’s Ravi Shankar style and was made by Hiren Roy. I’ll keep this at my parents house to practice on when I visit family. Now I need to get back home more often!

Sa is tuned to C#.

Sitar taan at 170 bpm!

I was really determined to play this Taan at 170 beats per minute. I’ve been stuck at 160, so today I slowly worked my way up to 170 with many failed attempts. Here are the last three minutes of my practice where I struggle with and eventually hit the 170 goal.

…180 is the next milestone. My teacher wants me to eventually play all taans for this gat at 200bpm.

A taan is sort of similar to playing a riff in western music.

I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.

Sitar Practice: Increasing taan speed. 06.01.2016

My guru wants me to play as fast as 200 beats per minute. I’m working up to that goal and practicing my newest Taan. The gat is in Raga Yaman.

A taan is sort of similar to playing a riff in western music.

I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.

Sitar Practice: Paltas and Alap 5.28.2016

In this video practicing paltas and the opening to Alap. I’m planning to document my sitar practice on a regular basis.

Paltas are melodic patterns to train your left and right hand using the notes of the Raga you are practicing. I’m working on raga Yaman.

Later I practice my opening to the Alap portion of Raga Yaman.

I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.

How many tones can a Blues Driver make?

I gave myself a challenge: 1 hour to write a song and shoot a video that demos 4 unique tones created by a standard Boss BD2 Blues Driver. Thoughts? Leave a comment.

Recorded in Logic.
• Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Boss Blues Driver BD2
• Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3 
• Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings!

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Practicing Sitar: Raga Yaman, Alap

I have been taking sitar lessons since 2012. I have been slowing learning to play Alap for about 2 years. It’s really hard!

This is a video to document where I currently am with my progress and to get feedback from others.

I hear so much in my playing that needs improvement but people ask to hear me play all the time so I thought I would record something short.

I am playing a Barun Ray (Hiren Roy’s son) sitar.

Thanks for watching! Please feel free to comment.

Pedal Trio: Ring Thing, 90’s Russian Big Muff, Moog Flange

I was organizing my gear and came across my 90’s Russian built Big Muff Pi. I stopped using this pedal about 4 years ago and I thought it was time to revisit it. I paired it up with my new Moog MF flange and the EHX Ring Thing to see what it would inspire. I like what happened!

Each track was recorded in one take, for better or worse.

Signal Chain: Guitar, Ring Thing, Big Muff, MF Flange, Amp.

• For the “Bass” I used the octave down setting on the Ring Thing going into a driven Big Muff.
• The Rhythm guitar I used the MF Flange with a slow sweep, a lot of depth and the vocal switch on.
• For the solo I turned everything on and set the Ring Thing to be an octave up.

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Recorded in Logic.
• Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
EHX Ring Thing
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• Moog MF Flange
• Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
• Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings!