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About Buzzfox - a new way to buy effects

This page explains how to use our website. We also have information about leasing the unique software that Buzzfox Inc. has created.

What is "comparison listening"?

Screen shot of a Buzzfox interactive pedal movie. Nearly all the product pages on our site (like the Big Muff Pi pictured at left) have an "Interactive Pedal" Flash movie that allows you to hear the pedal at the settings you choose.
You can see the interactive pedal of any product by clicking the Listen to itListen to it link. The Listen to it link shown here will open the Big Muff interactive pedal in a new browser window.
To get a complete understanding of how the pedal is changing the guitar sound, you can turn it off by "stomping" it, just like a real pedal. To stomp, simply click the pedal picture (you'll see the red indicator light dim to show that the pedal is now bypassed) and then click the guitar to play the riff and hear the "clean" sound.

This requires Flash 5, which is a quick download and well worth the effort. The plugin installs easily, always works, and Macromedia won't spam you.

We recommend using Internet Explorer for your browser, since it caches Flash files in a way that makes the interactive pedals work much faster.

How does this work?
We created the sounds by playing a recording of a guitar riff through the pedal. We adjusted one control, recorded it again, adjusted the control and made another recording, over and over... until we had a sound at every setting that you see in the interactive pedal. We tried to record sounds for each pedal that capture the range of tones that are possible. Of course, there are many more settings (and tonal possibilities) than what is shown here, but you can accurately compare different effects to each other to find the tone you seek.

The sounds you hear are recordings of the real pedal in action, not simulated software versions. Also note that the sounds were recorded using direct input, not by a microphone in an amplifier. You are hearing the true performance of the effect, which is not colored (or improved) by the sound of an amp.

How do you use the interactive pedals?
Every interactive pedal is made up of these parts:
One or more controls (knobs, switches, sliders).
Effects pedals have many different knob and switch styles, but for simplicity's sake our Buzzfox imitations use the same style of control for each product. A knob control on a real pedal can be turned to an infinite number of positions, but our Buzzfox controls are labelled with points to show where we set the control for the sound recordings. The Tone control at left has five points, and the knob always stops at one of those points.
A guitar.
Click the guitar to hear a sound. The sound will load and then begin playing, and when it's done the guitar pick will stop playing. If you've already played a riff with the current control settings, the sound will play immediately (if you're using Internet Explorer). The guitar image doesn't depict the actual instrument we used.
A shoe (for stomping).
The shoe appears when you move your mouse over the pedal picture.
The pedal.
You can stomp the pedal - even in the middle of a sound - to toggle it on and off. The indicator light near the pedal indicates whether it is activated or not. When you stomp in the middle of a sound, the pedal switches to the clean sound (or vice versa) and continues playing.
Settings to control how the interactive pedal works.
There are two sound qualities: Best Sound and Fastest Loading. Every control defaults to Best Sound, which plays the sound files in near CD-quality audio. The Fastest Loading setting works much more quickly if you are using a modem, and the sound difference is only significant with distortion type pedals.



How can I start listening to pedals?
First, use a compatible browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape, but not Netscape 6. On a Windows PC, we recommend the use of Internet Explorer because it caches every sound you've listened to, which means you can get a lot more listening done. Internet Explorer also works better with Buzzfox on the Macintosh, but does not cache sounds.

Second, you'll need the Flash 5 plugin. If you have a new computer, you probably already have it.

Third, find your favorite pedal and take a listen!


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