Alberta researchers create guitar pedal with a molecular sound

Alberta researchers create guitar pedal with a molecular sound
Dustin Cook
First posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 08:08 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 07:54 AM EDT
Two Alberta chemists have created the first commercial application of molecular electronics — a guitar pedal made with a molecular device to help musicians improve sound quality.
Rick McCreery, a University of Alberta chemistry professor and senior researcher at the National Institute of Nanotechnology, said the initial goal was to find out what would happen if molecules were part of an electronic circuit.
Molecular electronics is the study and application of molecular building blocks to fabricate electronic components.
His team made an electronic junction device with two contacts, like any other electronic, but with molecules in between that carry electrons.
Then Adam Bergren, a senior research officer at the institute, came into the picture.
An amateur guitarist outside of the lab, he was looking for a way to modify guitar pedals for a better sound.
"Seeing how those circuits worked, I realized that putting in this molecular device would be an ideal way to achieve a sound that I wanted," Bergren said.
So they did just that.
The molecular junction device they created and the pedal — which was designed by Bergren — are now manufactured in Edmonton and the two have created their own business, Nanolog Audio, currently selling their limited inventory of this new product.
McCreery said the molecular junctions make a big difference to the harmonics and provide a warmer sound than what you typically get with silicon, which is the standard material in consumer electronics.
Bergren said the most unique part of this new commercial product is the sound can be adjusted and tuned by changing only one nanometer worth of molecules.
McCreery said this commercial application demonstrates a molecular device is practical and can do something that is very difficult with silicon. He said they hope to expand on its uses and audio equipment is just the beginning.
"Guitar pedals are a serious business, but there are much bigger things that are potential uses of molecular electronics," he said. "Such as high-speed application, chemical sensing, detecting light and generating light."
National Research Council of Canada Research Officer Adam Bergen plays his guitar in a lab at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, in Edmonton on Monday July 10, 2017.
The Nanolog guitar pedal.

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I wouldn't mind trying that, looks interesting.
My family is full of guitar players, how much do these things cost and where are they sold?
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So does that mean we can expect a Nuclear Double Kick Pedal for a drum set that will drum atoms at the molecular level in the near future?
Curious Cdn
I'm a singer (a serious one).Can I buy an Atom's Apple yet?
At about two minutes in this video you will see a masterful use of the guitar pedal!

Lol, I started out on rockin ronnie back in the early 70s, he can play. And yeah, he can use the pedals very well.
I loved the way he used to play three songs at once.

I run "asio" effects through the computer ( synths drums keys bass vox and guitars - no latency) and can get "better then tape" quality sound. I use a zoom g9.2TT all tube pedal into a crate tube amp for live stuff.

But then on the other hand sometimes just an acoustic/vox can be a buzz all by itself.