Magazine article Guitar Player

SOUND ADVICE: Billy Testifies to the Benefits of Gear, Auto-Tune and Turning It Up Loud

Magazine article Guitar Player

SOUND ADVICE: Billy Testifies to the Benefits of Gear, Auto-Tune and Turning It Up Loud

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"It used to be you'd go to a music store and there would be half a dozen pedals. Now there's half a dozen rooms of nothing but pedals," Billy Gibbons says with a laugh. "But I think today, in the hands of a skilled user, there's no end to what sounds can be dreamed up. It's now reached a level that a certain sound can be so inspirational, it can actually create the germination of a new song.

"And there's some really good stuff out there. Now you can even do it on an iPhone. I suggest you get online and check out Korg Gadget. It's an application you can actually put on the phone. Talk about a world of gear at you fingertips! It's modeling amps, it's drum machines, it's synthesizers. It's really interesting, and pretty user-friendly. I think that In a week's time you'd be up and running.

"Regarding gear, how important is it? I don't know if gear is so important. It's what gear does that's important. …

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