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The Keymaster intuitively impedance-matches inputs and outputs, and with its two effects loops, enables you to connect and combine gear in new, creative ways. Marcus Leadley asks: are you the Gatekeeper?

Pigtronix’s Keymaster is one of those devices, which, in itself, doesn’t process sound. As a universal signal-routing device, what it does instead is enable you to get a whole lot more out of the gear you already own. You can convert mic or line-level signals to instrument level – balanced to unbalanced, and visa versa. You can get any signal into a group of guitar pedals (or other processors) and then back out again. Or, as it happens, into two groups of guitar effects; there are two unbalanced pedal-level effects loops – both with true-bypass switching. And you can either alternate between loops or crossfade between them to create a blend of effects. This crossfade can be controlled by an expression pedal, so the creative potential for both live and studio situations is huge. And once you’ve processed your signal, it can exit the device at mic level using the XLR out, or at line level via the balanced/ unbalanced ¼-inch connection.

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Make a track today! That's the focus of the May issue of MusicTech as top producers reveal their secrets and top tips to starting, arranging, mixing, finishing and mastering your music. If you've ever needed inspiration, had trouble taking a tune beyond its initial ideas, never known how or when to stop, or needed a pro mastered sound, this is the issue to get! On top of this massive set of features there's a huge studio interview with the legend that is Gary Numan, 1.22GB of free samples and all the latest modular synth and music production news.