Cranes Music Blog

  • An Interview with Killswitch Engage

    Coming from the melting pot of Massachusetts Metal and Hardcore in the late 90’s, Killswitch Engage started out as a supergroup of local musicians with a passion and drive to create their unmistakable sound. It’s a powerful, tight, uncompromising heaviness born from the Heavy Metal that proceeded it, seasoned with incredible passages of melodic relief.  It was a sound labelled as The New Wave of American Heavy Metal or Metalcore.

    Fast forward seventeen years, seven albums, countless world tours, millions of record sales and Killswitch Engage have become one of the most influential bands in modern Heavy Metal.  They continue to create incredibly relevant, influential music and whilst photographing/talking to them at the Newport Centre show recently, it was evident why.  After all of this success, they still have an energy and a passion for their music, keeping them amazingly humble and hungry to create and perform.  I had the pleasure of interviewing two…

  • New Arrivals | Blackstar HT Effects Pedals | Pt.2

    Welcome to part two of the Blackstar edition of our "New Arrivals" blog!  If you remember, we have just acquired a great treasure trove of classic and contemporary fx pedals and in this two part special, we'll be chronicling the collection of the valve driven HT BlackStar FX that have just arrived in-store.  So for part two, let's briefly break down the Blackstar HT-BOOST and HT-MODULATION we now have in Cranes.

     

    HT-BOOST

    The power of two extra hot valve stages added to your amp? You may have come across other battery powered pedals that have boasted (or boosted.. sorry, I couldn't help myself) something similar, but they've probably cut at your dynamics and tone. That's why adding the purely valve HT-Boost to your set-up gives you a pedal that's designed to drive your valve amp hard! It has a 'Boost' knob designed to control the amount of gain given to the guitar's signal, with lower levels that offer a boosted clean tone, making your amplifier…

  • New Arrivals | Blackstar HT Effects Pedals | Pt.1

    We have just acquired a great treasure trove of classic and contemporary fx pedals! In this two part special, we'll be chronicling the collection of the valve driven HT BlackStar FX that have just arrived in-store.

    If you were wondering what the HT stood for, it's High Tension voltage. HT is used in traditional amplification, giving the circuit the headroom of true valve design, cleaning up the signal efficiently, operating at 300 V HT. An amazing note worthy aspect of these HT pedals is the silent switching between settings. A mechanical switch moves physical contacts into place creating that noise of mechanical movement. Blackstar heavily researched this matter to create their soft switching and buffered bypass signals, giving absolutely silent switching in high gain applications. So for part one, let's briefly break down the Blackstar HT-Delay and HT-Distortion we now have in-store.

     

    HT-DELAY

    Freddie Mercury once asked "who wants to live…

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