A few of our favourite things

A few of our favourite things

Building guitar rigs at Nice Rack Canada is an enjoyable way to spend every work day, but occasionally things get dialled up a notch, or 3.

A fantastic client recently came to our shop with a few boxes full of his favourite audio tools, wanting them built into a comprehensive guitar rig that could answer any of his creative urges.

Fat Bottom Sunday

Fat Bottom Sunday

Nice Rack Canada recently shipped this Fractal Audio AX8 pedalboard system to a “Praise & Worship” Bassist in Connecticut. There’s going to be some fat bottom Sundays in the “Constitution State”.

Stacked

Stacked

Nice Rack Canada recently built this stacked double pedalboard system for a local client who is a connoisseur of harmonics.

This system combines some of the best in modern music engineering with the grass roots of guitar effects…


Tasty Tone

Tasty Tone

“Many pieces of guitar gear enter the market, and often leave just as quick. There are certain well designed & built items that sound amazing and hold their market position very well. This system features some of those stalwart items.”

Red & White 151

Red & White 151

Just in time to commemorate 151 years of colonial settlement, Nice Rack Canada built this colour-centric ensign of tone…

DJ Sara Simms

DJ Sara Simms

“We were recently contacted by Toronto based DJ Sara Simms about putting together an effects pedalboard to be incorporated into her Traktor rig.

Sara has history as a jazz guitar player and loves classic sonic colours for guitar being applied to new means of creativity. 

Given the transport logistics for a DJ and set up & tear down time, we needed to design a broad palette in a small footprint that would integrate as seamlessly as possible with a DJ mixer…”

Robert Keeley Visits

Robert Keeley Visits

Last week we received a visit from Robert Keeley to our shop. We're honoured to have such pedal royalty grace our premise…

I Hear Things

I Hear Things

“Nice Rack Canada recently built a 2 Board Pedalboard System for Windsor/Toronto based project “I Hear Things” guitarist Andrew Barlow.

Every client provides us with new challenges & inspirations. In this instance building a system for a person with an extensive engineering & fabrication history helped us push boundaries and into some new prototyping.

The system is split into the “Controller Board” & “Audio Board”...”

Axe FX III

Axe FX III

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We're a little busy today exploring the latest addition to the Fractal Audio line up!

Since day 1 at Nice Rack Canada we've been working closely with Fractal Audio products to deliver the best in tone & logistic functionality to our customers.

We are your "1 Stop Shop" for all Fractal Audio matters in Canada...

D#

D#

With great players comes great opportunity for rig builders. This pedalboard system for The Guess Who's Derek Sharp is one of those instances.

Derek contacted us looking to have a series wired fly weight rig put together for his various gigging adventures all over the planet...

Dusty Chesterfield

Dusty Chesterfield

Toronto based producer / writer / sideman / guitarist extraordinaire Dusty Chesterfield recently visited our shop for a chat about pedalboards and making his work flow easier & better sounding.

The results are pictured here...

Swine Tone

Swine Tone

First pedalboard system of 2018 by Nice Rack Canada is out the door and helping it's owner get down to some serious rocking...

MasterMind LT/7 + H9 + Brothers

MasterMind LT/7 + H9 + Brothers

The last pedalboard system build of 2017 by Nice Rack Canada is done and delivered to it’s owner.

We managed to pack a mountain of tone flexibility into this 27” x 17” system, MIDI Controlled Buffered & True Bypass system...

AX8 + TriplePlay

AX8 + TriplePlay

This pedalboard system is an infinitely configurable system on a "per preset" basis. From one preset to another the user can choose from hundreds of studio quality amplifier models, speaker cabinets & effects in the AX8. By adding a Fishman TriplePlay in parallel with the modeling platform guitar rig, the user can double their parts on any virtual instrument they choose. 

Retro-Sonic

Retro-Sonic

Nice Rack Canada is a strong proponent of protecting, enriching & expanding the domestic  music electronics manufacturing industry. We’re building up a collection of demonstration pedalboards in our shop where visitors can interact with a variety of well made Guitar Effects & Amplification devices by Canadian builders.

The latest addition to our CanCon section is Ottawa based effects maker, Retro-Sonic. Coming out of the nation’s capital with a selection of 7 different designs. These guitar effects are sonically sweet & priced to compete head to head with any import. The line recalls the finest of vintage effects in a robust construction at a wallet friendly price tag.

If you haven’t had a chance to have a listen to these world class tone machines yet, book yourself a visit to Nice Rack Canada as soon as you can. 

Chase Bliss Audio

Chase Bliss Audio

A few months ago, Nice Rack Canada had a chance to meet the owner of Chase Bliss Audio at an effects pedal show.

We were immediately impressed with the Audio, MIDI, and System Integration aspects of the designs, and the staff at Chase Bliss Audio are some really nice people too!

The MIDI functionality of the pedals is a necessary & forward looking shift in pedal design. Nice Rack Canada is always seeking new avenues for creating value for our clients in the systems we build. Chase Bliss Audio’s functionality fits perfectly with our quest.

Raindogs

Raindogs

Nice Rack Canada recently got a phone call from RainDogs guitarist John Cook, looking for a particular type of compressor for his guitar rig.

We had a chat about his slide guitar based criteria for slow attack, optical compressor that would allow for full note bloom before compressing.

John wanted to get our opinion on some expensive imported units that had internet forums abuzz.

In our conversation we were able to tell John that one of the best examples of this type of compressor is made by Tribute Audio Designs in Peterborough, Ontario.

John came by for a listen test of the Fresh Squeeze compressor and within a minute he was ready to purchase the pedal.

All You Need

All You Need

Nice Rack Canada recently completed this Axe FX II modeling platform build for a recreational player. 

Without a fixed catalogue or criteria for use we engineered a system that offers the user a great deal of flexibility in amp & effects choices with a super easy & expeditious interface for programming and control.

The audio configuration is endlessly reconfigurable with the click of a switch with pristine, studio quality audio and dynamic performance from any of the amp models in the Fractal Audio Systems Axe FX II.

One Control

One Control

One Control recently partnered with Bjorn Uhl, pedal design mastermind behind the Bearfoot FX and Mad Professor brands.

Bjorn created a vast array of micro effects for One Control's "BJF Series FX".

Our friends at One Control's North American distribution, SF Marketing asked us to build them a pedalboard showcasing One Control's Programmable Switcher, the Crocodile Tail Loop, their Micro Distro Power Solution and the BJF Series FX.