nicely done mh...
I generally like Mike Hermans' videos because he plays into a clean amp so I get a better indication of how the pedal will sound through my own rig. There's always a long section at the end where he twiddles the knobs with no backing track. Having said that, some (not all) of the music he creates is amazing for a pedal demo, more often with modulation pedals though. In addition, there have been many times that I've used his demos as guitar lessons.Wow. I shouldn't have worn such a flimsy flame suit.
I thought it was generally accepted around here that Mike Hermans makes great YouTube pedal demos. His writing, playing, production are often lauded. Maybe I'm thinking of someone else.
Anyway, one of the reasons I like this demo is that he shows us what the pedal sounds like in a band mix, on different settings, solo, layered, different styles of music, etc.
I also like that after the produced material, he goes through different settings with one guitar just plugged into a clean amp giving me a real good idea of all the different sounds that can be made with the pedal. This goes on for at least five minutes, Gearmanndude-style.
But the real reason I think this pedal demo is so cool is because he is demoing a super-high-quality clone (it is ARC Effects after all) of one of the coolest pedals ever, the "Tall Font" Russian Big Muff--sound of The Black Keys.
Of course this is all just my opinion. These things are subjective dontcha know.
So fast forward to the segment where it's just the pedal. Some people like to hear things in context, some don't.The guitar playing in this video is fine and all, but I didn't care for the drum machine in the background. When I watch a pedal demo I don't want to hear anything else but guitar and pedal. The drum machine in the background takes away from appreciating the pedal being demo'd... Pedal demos don't need any kind a background accompaniment in my opinion. Unless they are trying to distract the viewer or compensate for something.