Technology

TechTalk Q&A

TechTalk

The Source Audio engineers publicly answer all your effects pedal questions. Tufts graduate and guitar super-hero Jesse Remignanti together with MIT grad and vintage gear enthusiast Bob Chidlaw have over 50 combined years of experience in stompbox-ology. Whether you need info on a particular Source Audio pedal or have a general question regarding any time-based, pitch/frequency, or distortion/overdrive effect, Jesse and Bob have the answer.

Motion Controlled Effects

Hot Hand

The Hot Hand® system is a patented technology that uses micro-machined motion sensors to translate movement and position into control signals for use in guitar effects. The system provides an unprecedented level of control and expressiveness and offers the artist a new way of manipulating effects. This technical paper describes the details of the Hot Hand® system.

Classic Distortion

Classic Distortion

Meet the minds behind Source Audio effects pedals — Chief Scientist, Bob Chidlaw and VP of Engineering, Jesse Remignanti talk in depth about the development of the Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion in the first installment of our new video series, Tech Talk. The video examines the 5-year listening study involved in the crafting of this powerful pedal and gives an in-depth overview of its many features and applications.

Bass Envelope Filter

Bass Envelope Filter

Bob Chidlaw and Jesse Remignanti, the engineering minds behind Source Audio pedals, talk about the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter. Installment number two of the Tech Talk series examines, in depth, the though process and inspiration that led to the creation of Source Audio’s dynamic new envelope filter. The videos also examine some of the basic principles of an envelope filter and how those principles are integrated into the Soundblox BEF.

SA601 Chip

SA601 Chip

While the micro-machined motion sensing technology used in Hot Hand does the job of monitoring the artist’s gestures, it is the SA601 chip that performs the equally important job of complex signal processing within the main control box. Co-developed with Analog Devices, Inc., this proprietary chip uses state of the art system-on-chip semiconductor circuit design techniques and continuous time data conversion technology. This technical paper provides more background and details of this chip.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

SA601 Chip

Good sounding DSP code — science, art, or black magic? This paper looks at some of the issues involved in implementing audio effects that sound great and respond well to control

Multiwave Distortion Technology

SA601 Chip

A series of new techniques brings new sounds to the most essential guitar effect. This paper explains the technology behind the Soundblox® Multiwave Distortion product.