Craft new sonic landscapes with FX pedals

Get creative and inspired from 200+ tips and ideas and artist and maker interviews…
Your ultimate guide to 800+ effects pedals and their creative use, clearly organized in effects types, with artists and pedal makers ranging from guitar masters to creative sound artists sharing their secrets and tips.
“Pedal Crush is simply the most comprehensive look at guitar pedals I have ever seen.” - Tape Op Magazine

PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making

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    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making
    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making
    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making
    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making
    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making
    PEDAL CRUSH - Stompbox Effects For Creative Music Making

    Description of the book

    The definitive book on stompbox effects

    PEDAL CRUSH is the ultimate guide to effects pedals and their creative use. If you run a guitar, bass, keyboard, or other instrument through stompboxes, PEDAL CRUSH will open new doors for you in ways you never imagined.

    • Over 800 Pedals
    • 50 Interviews with artists and pedal makers
    • 200+ Tips and tricks to get the most out of your pedalboard
    • Foreword by master guitarist (and pedal crusher) Steve Vai
    • 376 colorful pages printed on high-quality certified-ecofriendly paper
    • Hardcover format (9.8" x 9.8" / 25 x 25 cm)

    PEDAL CRUSH is a trip into the expansive, eclectic, and mesmerizing world of effects pedals. These addictive little boxes have long since transcended their modest beginnings, maturing into truly creative tools for every kind of musician.

    This book examines the stompbox phenomenon as a means of creative expression and personal sound shaping. Bursting with color photos and illustrations, it systematically covers over 800 pedals – from vintage to cutting edge, from the essential to the exotic, from popular classics to boutique wizardry. PEDAL CRUSH also dives deep into techniques, tips and tricks, pedalboards, software, and more. If you have a crush on pedals, this book will document your love affair like none other.

    Interviews with artists

    Discover secrets and tips from artists
    As in our two previous books, you’ll meet inspiring people ranging from known guitar masters to creative sound artists - all sharing their secrets and tips. Get inspiration from artists like Amulets, Andy Martin, Andy Othling, Anne Sulikowski, Datachoir, David Torn, Dub FX, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Gaz Williams, Hainbach, Jennifer Batten, Joe Barresi, Kid Koala, Lara Somogyi, Lisa Bella Donna, Lisa Molinaro, Matt Johnson (THE THE), Michael Britt (Lonestar), Nels Cline (Wilco), Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos), Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Sarah Lipstate (Noveller), Scott Hansen (Tycho), Simon the Magpie, and Anders Trentemøller.

    Get up close with pedal makers
    You’ll also learn the stories behind your favorite pedals, as we’ve interviewed some of the pedal creators and brands who have shaped the scene: Alexander Pedals, Beetronics FX, BOSS, Chase Bliss Audio, Death By Audio, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix, Empress Effects, Fairfield Circuitry, Gamechanger Audio, Glou-Glou, Hologram Electronics, JHS Pedals, Keeley Electronics, Meris, montréal assembly, Mu-Tron, Rabbithole FX, Red Panda, Reuss Musical Instruments, Spiral Electric FX, Strymon, TC Electronic, TheGigRig, and ZVEX.

    Details of the content

    Get new ideas within minutes
    We all know the feeling of staring at our pedalboards and wondering where our next idea is coming from. With all these pedals, where’s the inspiration? Right here. Reading PEDAL CRUSH, you’ll gain clarity and expanded knowledge of effects pedals and their creative possibilities. You’ll get new ideas within minutes to perfect your sound and explore new sonic territory – but beware: our readers say that once you dive into this book,  it’s hard to put it down again.

    200+ tips take you towards new sonic territory
    Getting into the zone and making great music becomes so much easier with PEDAL CRUSH. Over 200 creative tips and techniques will immediately take your pedal game to higher ground and into new sonic adventures. The tips and tricks range from simple things like how to order your pedals, to creative ideas like alternative gain staging or how to create spatial glitches with gated reverb.

    Save money by knowing more before you buy your next pedal
    Buying pedals is a gamble: too often we get a new pedal, plug it in, and just don’t get the creative charge we were hoping for. With PEDAL CRUSH, you can minimize your buyer’s remorse by really getting to know what’s out there, what your options are, and how different effects might work nicely together. Buy a beautiful and helpful book that you can share with friends and bandmates, and make up the cost in just a few successful purchases rather than costly failures.

    Created by acclaimed authors and pedal experts
    PEDAL CRUSH is written by Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper (of the famed KNOBS series of video tutorials) with help from a team of great advisors,  journalists, and editors. Additional texts and content contributions came from Alex Maiolo, Dan Orkin, Peter Fernando, Stefan Fast, Andy Martin, Brian Wampler, Kristoffer Høeg, and others. PEDAL CRUSH is edited by the Atomic Words team of Mike Metlay and Diana Smethurst. 

    The perfect companion on your coffee table or in your studio
    With 376 colorful pages in hardcover format and a Foreword by guitar hero (and pedal fanatic) Steve Vai, this book is a must-have for anyone with a crush on guitar pedals.

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    Meet the Artists

    Dive into their inspiring stories, discover their unique creative processes, and witness the masterpieces they've brought to life.

    • Steve Vai

    • Ed O’Brien

    • Noveller

    • Dub FX

    • Nick Reinhart

    • And many others...

    Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and producer who has awed fans of all genres for decades with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship. At 12 years old, he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani, and at 18 he began his professional music career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. During his more than 30-year career, he has toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Alcatrazz, and Whitesnake. Vai holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute, and was voted the tenth “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” by Guitar World magazine. In 2018 he received the BOSS Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the music world. With more than 60 albums and three GRAMMY Awards, Steve Vai is one of music’s true originals.

    Ed O’Brien has been quietly astounding listeners for well over 30 years. As a guitarist and backing vocalist in Radiohead, he’s been responsible for many of the atmospheric sounds that permeate award winning albums such as OK Computer and Kid A. His recent work includes a solo album, and a fascination with the songs of birds and how they’re being lost in the noisy modern world. While maybe not as obvious as those of lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Thom Yorke or lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien’s contributions to Radiohead have been called “the band’s most consistent secret weapon.” Besides receiving numerous awards throughout the years, Radiohead was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019.

    Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of composer Sarah Lipstate. Since 2014, she’s released records on various labels including her own imprint Saffron Recordings. Sarah has collaborated with renowned musicians including Iggy Pop, JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Manorexia), Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Noveller has toured with St. Vincent, Wire, Radiolab, the Jesus Lizard, and Iggy Pop, for whom she currently plays guitar. Guitar pedals are at the core of her sound.

    Dub FX is Australian-born looping artist and songwriter Benjamin Stanford. He started his musical career singing in an alternative rock and rapcore band Never or Now (orignally known as Twitch), and then moved to Italy to begin a solo career. He creates hip hop, reggae, and drum and bass using live looping and effect pedals along with his voice. Through the years Benjamin has released several albums and collaborated with artists around the world, as well as starting his own label, while still appearing at worldwide festival venues releasing his raw vocal energy and energized beats.

    Nick Reinhart is a legendary figure to guitar pedal enthusiasts, thanks to his role in many YouTube videos on the Pedals And Effects channel. With a wildly inventive outlook on live performance, he’s part of Tera Melos, and releases experimental solo albums. He’s worked with Zach Hill and in their band Bygones, contributed to bands like Big Walnuts Yonder with Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Nels Cline (Wilco), and played with Portugal. The man, David Binney, Tim Lefebvre, and Justin Brown.

    Matt Johnson (THE THE), David Torn, Nels Cline, Anders Trentemøller, Jennifer Batten, Kid Koala, Tycho, Lisa Bella Donna, Hainbach, Lara Somogyi, Andy Martin, Simon The Magpie, Amulets, Datachoir, Andy Othling, Lisa Molinaro, Joel Korte (Chase Bliss Audio), Anne Sulikowski, Ruban Nielson, Gaz Williams

    Have a look inside!

    Below you can have an exclusive sneak peak into the book: PEDAL CRUSH. Prepare to be captivated as you enter the world within these pages. Take a moment to begin your exploration and uncover the enchanting magic that awaits you within the pages of this remarkable book.

    Key elements of the book

    Your ultimate guide to effects pedals

    The ultimate guide to 800+ effects pedals and their creative use. No matter your instrument, PEDAL CRUSH will open new doors for you and your pedals in ways you never imagined.

    200+ tips and ideas

    Organized in effects types, you also get 200+ tips to new sonic territories with creative ideas like alternative gain staging or how to create spatial glitches with gated reverb.

    Get insights and inspiration

    Meet inspiring artists and pedal makers ranging from known guitar masters to creative sound artists - all sharing their secrets and tips.