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6APPEAL discussion

If you happens to own or have considered to own our hexaphonic distortion pedal 6APPEAL, please let us know your ideas about the device:

  • what do you like most?
  • what do you dislike?
  • what do you think the device lacks most?

Spicetone is considering a new hexaphonic processing module, which hopefully will enlarge also 6APPEAL functionality. We appreciate your input about possible implementation ideas.

Desirable Hexaphonic Effects

What are the types of effects which may have most value when implemented as analog hexaphonic modules?

Please leave you ideas/comments below. Feel free to think every kind of signal processing as an effect, not depending on complexity of the implementation. For instance, let’s consider string panning in stereo field also as an effect. In line with phaser, tremolo, reverb… Also whatever kind of modulations – envelopes, LFOs, etc. No limitations, a true brainstorm – nothing is wrong!

Spicetone is considering a new hexaphonic processing module – your input may have exceptional valuable for the final implementation.

History

Below are posts from our old website – this is a kind of company history.

Feel free to read them, just not all links work there and some links point to old revisions of documentation, software and so on. The posts category is “history”.

Mac and PC Editor Software Beta Released

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Now available: a standalone control app for both Mac OS and Windows! Using the the software, you can control everything in 6Appeal with a Ableton-style GUI. You need a MIDI interface or a MIDI equipped soundcard and two standard MIDI cables.

See more here: http://www.spicetone.com/pages/6appeal-editor-and-firmware-update

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6Appeal First Impressions by Shawn

There’s an excellent overview in VGuitar Forums. Many thanks Shawn!

I couldn’t resist copying it to our blog, though of course it’s better to read it in the original source here.

I’ve been able to spend a few hours with this now, & figured I’d share my initial thoughts.  

6Appeal First Impressions
« on: October 10, 2015, 11:29:15 AM »

Learning the Unit & my First Preset:
I read the manual about 10 times before I “got” it.  No exaggeration – I have a highly annotated and dog-eared copy of the manual.  The way all the features work together is beautifully engineered, logical and highly intuitive.  The UI is unique, however, and has a learning curve.  Over time, you get to appreciate reading a lot of info at a glance, but this will take time and a healthy set of grey matter/memory.  (Having grown up in San Francisco in the ’60s and ’70s, I’m not sure I have the latter…)  

I spent most of my time thus far in “Menu 1”, the basic sound sculpting menu, learning the features & making a preset for jamming with my buddies.  The unit allows you to defeat the tone knob (Menu 1.10), and doing so creates a fuller sound that was more appealing to me.  I used a Peavey Wolfgang with nice hot pups and a set of 9s.   I suspect that lighter gauge strings like 9s may warrant defeating the tone stack.  

As much as I love hex distortion, you don’t want to overuse it.  Fortunately you can turn on processing of your mag pup signal (Menu 1.10).  Then you can mix a bit of your processed mag pups in via the Mono pot.  

THAT was an exciting discovery – the mix of hex distortion + some mag pup distortion to fill it out sounds fantastic.  

Since I was driving it from a GK3 mounted close to the bridge of my guitar, I used BOTH Root Boost circuits (Menu 1.7 & 1.8 ).  At the time, I was at home doing this at low volume…   

A note on the manual – it uses a notation of “0On_16Off” when describing Root Boost and Output Boost settings.  the “0” refers to the mono channel and the “16” refers to hex channels 1-6.  Thus, to affect your mono/mag pups and your hex processing, you would use the setting 0On_16On (red). 

First Jam:
I’ve been playing with my friends for years, using various gear & software, including a GR-55, a VG-99, tube amps, Amplitube, etc…  This was the first time my drummer said, “THAT thing is BADASS!”

You can’t really get a feel for this unit until you *feel* it live, at playing volume.   Continue reading “6Appeal First Impressions by Shawn”

Paolo Angeli Full Concert with 6Appeal

We are proud to present our friend Paolo Angeli playing a full concert with his fantastic custom made guitar and our 6Appeal hexaphonic pedal in Sesc, in São Paulo, Brazil.

6Appeal is mostly used for clean multichannel routing of the pickup signals from his prepared Sardinian guitar. The guitar was initally developed for Pat Metheny – read more on Paolo’s website. Continue reading “Paolo Angeli Full Concert with 6Appeal”

Polydistortion in Indie and Metal Rock

We have a great addition to our team. Our trainee Sander Sinijärv studies electronic engineering in Tallinn Technical University AND plays guitar, both by himself and in local metal bands. Here are two demo videos that present hexaphonic / multichannel / polyphonic distortion provided by Spicetone’s 6Appeal pedal.

The first demo is more on indie / pop rock side. 6Appeal set to modulate controls (drive and volume mostly), resulting in luscious vibrating harmonics. The sound reminds a polyphonic synthesizer set to arpeggiato or sequencer mode. It’s all played in one take, using Roland GK-3 on a Schecter Ultra III guitar and 6Appeal polyphonic distortion pedal. The signal goes in stereo into two tube amps, and is picked up by trusty SM-57 microphones.

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Our Guitar Effect is Rocking on 5 Continents Already

Do you know a hex player from Africa or Antarctica? 6Appeal is are already in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia but not yet in Africa and Antarctica. If you know anybody who’d be interested, link us:)!

Photo: On Friday, Taivo was assembling yet another patch of 6Appeal in our Tallinn laboratory.