My Dream Pedal Board

Without further ado, the Unofficial February 2017 Dream Pedal Board!

Ambisonic Delay

  • Includes a 2D/3D expression pedal to create panning effects on the fly.
  • Multiple Echo patterns. Different filters for EQ, Reverb, etc.
  • Multiple input/output jacks. For example, front overhead, main overhead, left, right, back, left side, right side. Learn more about ambisonics at Wikipedia. Ambisonics is like Surround Sound.
  • A surround sound delay pedal (and reverb pedal) would be awesome.  Even just listening to delay and reverb in stereo with a couple good speakers really creates an amazing mood.

Old-school Tape Delay

  • I love the TC Electronics mini-delay and the Nova Delay pedals.
  • But, I always dreamed of an old-school, tape delay.

Ambisonic Reverb

  • Much like the ambisonic delay, perhaps they would be integrated.

Universal Pedal Control

  • A little “remote” control that you could put on your guitar so you could cue up lots of awesome effects on the fly
  • Similar to having the clutch and gas pedals to the steering wheel like in a Lamborghini

Rotating Pedal Decks

  • Many pedals would be a lot thinner and would be stacked on a rotating carousel.
  • For example, instead of having to replace pedals, you could have multiple overdrive pedals in one deck. Then, you’d just spin through the carousel to the box you wanted

Universal Power Adapter

  • The adapter would sense the voltage/amp requirements of the pedal and adjust on the fly.
  • The adapter would provide clean, high-quality, filtered current

Pure Gold Cables

  • Yup.

Optional Flying Carpet

  • The carpet would very safely fly you around, even while you played guitar.
  • The pedalboard could “link up” with the carpet
  • Very comfortable to sleep on.

Optional All-Wood Casings

  • Pedals and the pedalboard would be available in durable, non-flammable wood cases.
  • Wood looks beautiful.
  • Check out these beautiful wooden guitar pedals.

In Conclusion

Maybe the dreamboard will exist one day in the future.  The ambisonic style delay would be awesome.  Also, I’d love to see more wood-cased stompboxes.

Disclaimer: I love my current pedalboard. Of course, I’d like to add a couple more items and make some tweaks.

Check out some pedalboards available in the year 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal Review

The very wonderful and beautiful red and silver TC Electronic Hll of Fame Reverb Pedal

Want beautiful, lush reverb? Want to add an extra dimension to your playing and tone? Consider the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal.

The Hall of Fame (HOF) reverb pedal will thicken your rhythm playing with extra ambient depth. Add extra decay and FX for extra sustain with solos and lead lines.

TC Electronics creates beautiful time-based effects (reverb and delay).  The Hall of Fame Verb, the Nova Delay and the Flashback Mini Delay deliver the goods.  I also tried out the T2 reverb pedal, which also sounded wonderful.  But the HOF reverb settings seemed to sound a little more natural when I tested it with an acoustic guitar.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of TC's Hall of Fame Reverb

ProsCons
Beautiful toneSlightly pricey
Stereo and MonoIf you are considering getting a TC Electronics multi-effect unit, this pedal might be redundant.
10 different reverb profilesIf you want multiple, far-out reverb options (besides TonePrint) check out the T2 or maybe something by Electro-Harmonix. The HOF consists of more classic reverb styles.
Battery-powered optionIf you want a very classic spring-sounding reverb, you probably need real spring reverb. I just use the spring reverb on my amp.
TonePrint
The Tone know allows you to slightly EQ the reverb
True Bypass

Hall of Fame versus T2 versus HOF Mini

Basically, I recommend the HOF for most people.  If you want more experimental sounds, check out the T2. If you want a smaller, slightly more economical pedal, get the mini.

All three use the same AD/DA converters. Both the T2 (Trinity 2) and the Hall of Fame have the TonePrint option which allows you create your own reverb or use custom-made presets from TC.  The Mini doesn’t include space for a 9 Volt battery.

TonePrint

The presets on the Hall of Fame cover all the classic reverb sounds. TonePrint opens a whole world of ideas.  At some point I’d like to play around with an extra spacey, edgy Print. For people who want to push the tonal envelope, TonePrint holds promise.

The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.

Johnny Hiland, HOF pedal,and the Neon Blues TonePrint

Tested Applications

Pedalboard

I’ve been using the Hall of Fame on my board for about 3 years. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the TC Electronic sound.  Per the suggestion of a fellow musician, I keep the pedal on continuously for ambient warmth. (Room setting with 1/4 Decay, 2/5 FX, Tone set to warm). For solos and more dubbed-out sections of songs, I’ll either use Hall or Cathedral for a longer bigger delay.

Also, with certain live setups, I’ll try to get the reverb and delay on a second, stereo channel connected to a DI. It allows the sound person to mix both a mic’ed amp and a direct sound.

On occasion, I’ll set up two amps.  This sounds great! You can literally play anything with a stereo delay and reverb and just sit there and say wow.

Acoustic Guitar

A few years ago, I reworked my acoustic guitar setup for live shows.  Basically my old setup consisted of a Roland MicroCube Bass Amp.  The Roland works well and sports battery-power which allows you to play anywhere.

The new setup raised the ceiling on sonic possibilities.  I currently use a PA speaker connected to the Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp with the reverb in the FX loop. The Fishman feature optional battery-power, an effects loop and an XLR output. It was the cheapest, high-quality solution for me because I already had a PA with self-powered speakers.

Mobile Mixer

Last summer, when busking with a viola player friend, we use a battery-powered mixer (by Behringer) connected to 2 Bass MicroCubes.  The TC Electronic reverb added extra depth to the sound.  We stopped using this setup because the viola sounds better going directly to the amp, even though the guitar sounded better with the mixer.

YouTube Demo

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame VS Boss RV-6 Reverb

Another Reverb Comparison

This video compares the Strymon, Neunaber, MXR, Boss,  and TC Electronic reverbs. Thanks to Ryan Lutton.

 

Best Bass Compressor Pedal Recommendations

Looking For The Best Bass Compressor Pedal?

No effect pedals single-stompboxedly shows more love to bass players than a compressor.  Compression pedals can change dullness into warm, punchy, sparkling sound.

Turbo-charge your bass rig with compression. You can better drive the band. Everyone gets richer, groovier music.

Please read below for five excellent choices.

Why Use a Compressor Pedal For Bass?

With the bass, not all of your notes may be felt or heard in the mix, especially in the lower frequencies.

  1. A compressor helps by smoothing out the dynamic range.  In other words, compression can boost the quieter notes  and dial-back the louder tones, giving a more consistent and level sound.  With mixing and mastering (and some live effects pedals/racks), artists and engineers use multi-band compression for even greater sonic possibilities.  Multiband allows you to change the compression parameters for different ranges of EQ. (Just so you know, many compression pedals sound great without explicit multiband compression)
  2. Using compression alters the attack, or punch, of the individual notes. Bass lines can project more rhythm and groove, and lock in tighter with the drummer and/or percussionist.
  3. When you boost the decaying tail of note (by compressing or squashing the signal), you create greater sustain. Plucked string instruments like the bass, the guitar, mandolin and the upright doublebass all of have quick decay.  On the other hand, bowed instruments and horns can hang on notes for a long time. Boosting the sustain allows you to increase the vocal-quality of certain melodic lines.
  4. Many compressors, especially with tubes, act like preamps and can warm up the tone of the instrument.

In summary, more consistent dynamic levels and warmth usually help the ear to enjoy a particular melodic line.  Combine that with extra attack at the beginning of notes, and your bass lines will be more easily heard and felt by fellow musicians and listeners.

Best Bass Compressor Pedal Comparision Chart

NameDescriptionReview
Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/SustainerOur top choice!Read Review
MXR M87 Bass CompressorAnother excellent option.Read Review
TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass CompressorSuper simple and awesome choice.Read Review
Aguilar TLC Bass CompressionExcellent compression tone.Read Review
Markbass Compressore Tube Bass CompressorImpressive!Read Review

1. Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer

I am always on the hunt for a great compressor pedal for my Fender Jazz. I love rounding out the bottom with great pedal tones. That’s why I was very excited when EH announced the Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer Pedal last year. Rack mount compression units are now a thing of the past thanks to this pedal. EH packed this little piece of gear with some good-quality.

After playing with it for an hour or so, I realized that it’s the best compression pedal at its price on the market. Bass players that are new to using compression should invest in this effects unit. It is small, so it is not too cumbersome. It also is easy to manipulate. There are only two knobs on it, volume and sustain.

I like pedals designed this way. They do away with fancy bells and whistles and just give you great tone. Companies that focus on designing gear that just does one thing very well instead of a bevy of different things moderately are my preference. This pedal can squash the sound, unlike any other compressor pedal I’ve heard at this price. You can also give your bass tone just a light attack if that’s what you want.

Like all other EH pedals, the Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer Pedal comes included with a 9V power adapter. The Bass Preacher packs a lot of power and tonal variance in a small and affordable package.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!


2. MXR M87 Bass Compressor

Dunlop creates some of the best guitar and bass products in the world. They make great strings, cases, and effects pedals. I recently had the opportunity to run my Music Man through their MXR M87 Bass Compressor. I like to test compressors using this bass because it can be quite noisy. The latest compressor from the Dunlop has a lot to offer. Here is what I found when I tested it.

CHT – CHT is a proprietary technology from the company. The acronym stands for Constant Headroom Technology. The feature ensures that your signal will always be clean by never letting it top out.

Five knobs – There are five different knobs on the pedal designed to help the player sculpt their tone. Having these many parameters available to adjust is something that you only see in rack units. You can achieve the exact tone that you want using the release, attack, output, input, and ratio knobs. This is one of the most powerful compressors ever to be put into a pedal. The MXR M87 is one of the first five-knob compressors to be put into a pedal.

Led screen – The LED screen at the top of the pedal tells the player when it is nearing the threshold. I found this to be a very useful visual tool to help me get the exact kind of compression I needed. It helps you get the attack you need without making it clip.

This is a forward-thinking bass compression pedal. Many people have been asking for something like this for years. You can unlock the full dynamic range of your bass with the MXR M87 Bass Compressor.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!


3. TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor

Compression is a great way to get your bass signal to be less noisy and help it sit in the mix. The problem is, not every bass player has the room in their rig to for a rack unit. That is why TC Electronic makes the TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Bass Compression Effect Pedal. TC Electronic makes some of the best rack compression units. I wasn’t surprised when the pedal version was excellent as well.

For those that are a fan of the System 6000 Processor that TC Electronics makes, this is the compression pedal for you. It uses the same technology as that compressor. The response on this compressor has been painstakingly designed to be suited perfectly for the bass guitar.

Another favorite aspect of this pedal is how simple it is. There is only one knob on the pedal. This knob determines how much compression you want to use. Simplicity does limit how much you change it on the fly when playing live, but compression isn’t a pedal where that’s utilized much.

The company has included their TonePrint technology in the TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Bass Compression Effect Pedal. TonePrint allows the owner to connect the pedal to their PC or Mac via USB. Once they have done that, they can edit different parameters of the compression until users get the exact attack and response that they desire. The coolest thing about this technology is that you can even download and save compression settings that were designed by some bass guitar masters.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!


4. Aguilar TLC Bass Compression

Compression can be a necessary evil when playing bass live. The dynamic range of the instrument sometimes make soft notes too quiet, and louder notes may have too much volume.

This problem is why compression exists.

Unfortunately, not every bass player can afford to take a studio compression rack on the road with them. Aguilar, one of the most famous bass cabinet companies in the world, recently introduced the Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal. I had a blast playing through it. Here are a few of things that I found.

Size

I’m an effects enthusiasts. My pedal board is crowded. The diminutive size of the TLC Bass Compression Pedal was a welcome feature. I found a way to fit in snugly in my pedal board without having to disrupt the gain structure of my signal path. Despite its size, it is still very durable.

Range

This pedal has almost the same ability to modulate tone as a rack unit. There are four separate knobs. One for level, threshold, attack, and slope. Each one of them has a distinct effect on the signal when used. You can crunch down highs and boost lows with the Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal.

The Instrument In – The instrument in makes it possible for you to run from your amp to the pedal without using adapters. Not many compression pedals have an XLR in.

The pedal has a 1/4″ out. It is powered via 9V battery or 9V adapter. I found that the tone was cleaner when I used the power adapter.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!


5. Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor

The Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal is an Italian made pedal that packs some useful and very thoughtful features. I recently used this compressor pedal and here are some of its features and benefits.

Impressive Sound

The first thing I noticed about this pedal is that it has almost no noise. I had to put it through its paces and see how it reacts, therefore, I set it to high compression setting and the noise coming from it was very low. This tube pedal adds a nice thickness to the mids and produces very smooth and clean sounds. I did not experience any loss of lows and my low-end tones sounded big and full. The upper-end tones sound kind of dark and the useful highs are not rolled off.

Under normal compression and use, the tone is clean and articulate, but it sounds muddy under heavy constant compression. I was able to also get a smooth and remarkable range in tone by trying out the different threshold and ratio settings that the Markbass Compressore has. This pedal features a full range of controls that are all very effective.

No Distortion

The Markbass Compressore handles instruments level signals thrown at it very well without distorting. Therefore, you can use it as a peak limiter. However, its signal dips and swells when you hit the pedal with a strong spike over the threshold. To avoid this, play with less extreme spikes or a higher threshold.

Tube Compression

Unlike in other tube compressors where the tube only serves as a gain stage, this pedal’s tube also performs compressions.

The Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal is thoughtfully designed and produces great sound. I would recommend it to all guitarists.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!


What Are The Best Bass Multi Effects Pedals?

I typically like to play bass as clean as possible – maybe adding a touch of compression and that’s about it. But, there are times when adding some effects is good too! A bass multi effects pedal is a great option for this because it gives a lot of options for experimentation. Take a look below at our picks!

1. Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects

After owning the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal for over a year, by far, my favorite thing about this pedal is that it can stand up to a lot of abuse. That’s rare for things that belong to me so I want to start out by saying that if you are a bassist who shares my problem with treating your things like the gas pedal on an Indie 500 car… you will love this model.

This feature is really cool. The Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effect pedal lets me hold out a low note while I continue to play over it. This adds a whole new depth to your music and layering like this really sounds great live. It can be the difference in being “that band” and that band whose name they actually remember.

If this pedal is missing something… I couldn’t tell you what that is. With 23 knobs and 3 built-in foot switches, you can do a little bit of everything without the need for menu-surfing.

Whether you are a fellow stomper or just a fellow bassist looking for something to take your sound to the next level, the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal is a great choice that will stand up to your best critic… even if that critic is your own foot.

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2. Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal

There is no way to adequately describe the awesomeness of the Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, so I will just call it great. I thought it was great because it wasn’t difficult to learn how to use it. I was a first-timer, and I wanted to grab something that wasn’t going to drive me completely crazy. This rig has a cool design as well as a display that I could easily read and understand. The construction of it is solid and sturdy, not flimsy like some of the other products I’ve seen out there. I needed equipment that I could abuse just a little bit.

I watched some other people operate it before I tried to operate it myself. Once I started with it, I found it very difficult to stop. The unit seemed to have an endless amount of effects, and they were all high-quality enough for me. It’s great for someone who likes to experiment with different sounds. It was killer as a plaything for me. I spent over an hour messing with it when I first got it. I actually have to force myself to quit tinkering with it at times.

The product has many positive aspects to it. One of them is its user-friendliness. Another plus is its abundant number of effects. I didn’t particularly like the price, but I thought the quality fell in line with it. One has to sometimes pay a little bit extra to get the right quality for a specific project.

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3. Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator

I am always a little hasty about trying new things. Being from the old school, this is especially true when it comes to my 8-string. However, I needed to fill in for a cover band’s bassist where a different tone would make or break the performance so I thought I would give the Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator a go. The first thing I noticed about the pedal was that it was really easy to navigate and that was important. This band was made up of friends of friends… and I am always a little anxious to get on stage with guys have been playing together for years – and I’m the new guy. So that easy navigating worked well with my nerves.

At home, I noticed that it was very responsive and versatile. Versatility was more important playing with a cover band than anything. I normally keep it simple when I play on stage – so the versatility of capturing the sound of an original band in a cover band is clearly something that must be considered when you are buying a pedal for that specific reason.

The tone held up great all through the show and I liked it so much that I have even began to work it into a few of my own shows. While I will always be the old school guy at the local bar, at this great price, sound and navigation… I just may be coming around to the 21st century.

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4. DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal

As with most multi-function pedals, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal comes with pretty standard features: tuning, rhythms, an often bewildering array of effects, presets, and parameters…

The difference with this pedal is that it is actually easy to use, like all DigiTech products I’ve used.

Where it differs a bit from other pedals is the addition of the so called Expression Pedal, which can be assigned to control three parameters to vary the effect as you play.

Those effects come in two models, cabinet and amp, so you can go from the studio to gig (where a more punchy sound is useful) without the need for another bit of kit.

The pedal feels rugged and durable, as it’s mainly made from metal, and the bright LCD panel is both large and readable. At first sight, the lack of knobs and buttons is a bit off-putting, especially if you’re more used to equalizers and arrays of knobs to control effects, but it’s refreshing.

In fact, the simple user interface, very well explained in the manual, actually makes the pedal easier to use.

Thanks to the clever electronics, with the AudioDNA DSP processor at the core, there’s also almost no hum, and less lag than you sometimes get from low-priced effects processors.

All in all, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal is a great addition to any musician’s home studio or gig bag. And for the price, it offers the most comprehensive array of effects and rugged durability in its class.

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5. VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal

When it comes to signal chain effects, it can be all about the guitar players. Bass players also want cool sounds. The VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar provides just that to amateur and professional bassists. The Stomplab is the bass version of the popular guitar multi-effects unit.

I played with this floor unit for about 3 hours in my home studio. After that, I came to realize that the VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar is a great product for the beginning bass player that is new to effects. It gives a ton of options so that they can find something that they like and tailor it to their tastes.
The sounds on the 2B are categorized by musical genre. There are 11 different options including jazz, metal, and two different kinds of funk. Once you choose the category that you want, you can edit it from there using the digital interface. The sound can also be controlled via the expression pedal that is hardwired to the pedal. If you need a tuner, it has that too.

The digital interface makes it pretty easy to edit each sound and save it so it can be recalled live. There are 100 presets to get you started. Each preset has 61 different parameters that can be edited. It runs on an AC adapter or 4 AA batteries. I think it sounds a little better with the AC adapter. This is a lot of pedal for the low price this pedal comes at.

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Great Best Cheap Reverb Pedal Options

If you are looking for a great reverb pedal but are a little concerned about spending too much money, these are some great options. It goes to show that you don’t need to break the bank in order to get great reverb tone!

1. Behringer DR600 DIGITAL REVERB Digital Stereo Reverb Effects Pedal

Behringer is a renowned manufacturer known to produce some of the most affordable yet high-quality guitar effects. For some time now, I have been contemplating on trying out their DR600 effects pedal and it is only a few weeks ago that I got the chance to do so. Here are the features and benefits of the Behringer DR600 Digital Reverb Digital Stereo Reverb Effects Pedal.

The DR600 is housed in a standard Behringer plastic casing and design. This type of casing is something you will notice in most pedals manufactured by Behringer and is also part of the reason why their products are affordable. This pedal has a classic large on/off stomp button, a status LED, and two In and Out jacks. The DR600 also features a top-level circuitry and an impressive array of surprisingly advanced components. The only drawback to this pedal as you might have guessed is the plastic casing, which obviously cannot bear with heavy stomping and use that other pedals with sturdy metal casings can.

When it comes to controls, the DR600 Digital Reverb pedal has four knobs. These control knobs are Mode, Time, Tone, and Level. The Mode knob selects a specific type of reverb (Modulate, Room, Gate, Hall, Plate, and Spring) that you will be using. Time controls the length of the reverb or echo. Tone adjusts the brightness of the reverb effect, and Level determines the volume of the reverb effect.

Performance wise, this pedal impressed me a lot as it is at par with pedals costing double its price. The quality of the audio is crystal clear, and the control knobs are self-explanatory and easy to use.

Overall, the DR600 Digital Reverb is a great pedal and you should consider buying it.

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2. Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

I love using guitar reverb pedals. The really good ones provide you with a wide range of special effects and the really great ones with varied fx as well as impressive sound. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal belongs to the latter – a wide range of fx and control over the same as well as producing really impressive sound. I absolutely love this guitar pedal. This is one of the best guitar pedals available especially at this price point. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal is definitely value for money.

In addition to the amazing price point and equally pleasant sound, some of my Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal’s best features includes the durable, sturdy build. The Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal is a metal box, complete with durable sturdy knobs. In terms of size, this guitar pedal is not too small and compact. Neither is it too large and bulky. Instead, the size is a happy medium – portable and light enough without feeling like I’m using a toy and not a really a professional guitar player.

Due in large part to the variety of fx offered and the near perfect sound it produces, the Caline USA CP-26 Snake Bite Reverb Guitar Effects pedal’s smooth sound is great for both recording and performance alike. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, this guitar pedal is awesome sauce.

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3. Biyang RV-10 3-Mode Reverb Pedal

The Biyang RV-10 3-mode Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal Stereo-designed TRI Reverb is a powerful and easy to use reverb pedal. This pedal comes loaded with three reverb types. These reverbs are Room, Spring, and Hall. I recently got to try out this pedal and here is my review.

As I mentioned above, the Biyang RV-10 is a very easy to use pedal. All you need to do is plug it into your amp or guitar, switch it on, and voila, you are good to go. You can then select the reverb type you want to use in your performance, then select the blend of wet or dry you want your tone to have, and the depth or time of the reverb you want. This pedal has a pretty good dialed-in tone that you can use to balance and fine tune your sound instead of using an EQ. The pedal also has an A/B mode switch that you can use to work on your tone further.

When it comes to sound, each of the pedal’s reverb types delivers a nice usable reverb sound especially on the “B” setting. In a chain, the Biyang RV-10 plays nice and is quiet with no artefacts or unwanted noise. The Spring reverb offers a different flavor from the Hall or the Room reverbs and is also not overly springy, which makes it quite good. The Room reverb has much less depth than Hall reverb, but both of them sound nearly the same. Overall, all the reverbs are smooth and clean and blend well with your tone to give it more thickness and depth.

The Biyang RV-10 is a simple, straightforward, and nice sounding reverb and I would highly recommend it to you.

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4. Donner Surge Rotater Reverb

If you are like me, your pedal board is probably already filled to the brim with pedals. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t always looking for a new reverb pedal, though. The Donner True Bypass Surge Rotater Reverb Effect Guitar Pedal is the perfect choice for guitarists that play in a live setting. It is small enough to be practical while still providing the player a lot of tonal options. You will love it even more when you see the low price.

There are three different types of reverb on this pedal; spring, room, and plate. Each of them is equally powerful. I found that the spring reverb did a great job of emulating the sound you get from a Fender tube amplifier.

There are three different parameters that you can use to edit each version of the reverb sound. The two most important are the reverb and decay. The reverb knob decides how much of the reverb signal will be mixed in with the dry signal. The decay knob indicates how long the reverb will last. It can almost serve as a delay effect if used that way. Finally, the tone knob adjusts the frequency range of the reverb effect.

Play a lot of dark rooms while you are on tour? Don’t worry. The pedal comes with LED lights that indicate which mode you are in. This makes it easy to toggle with your foot while you are playing on stage.

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Some Cool Analog Multi Effects Pedal Reviews

I have never been a huge fan of the more modern multi-effects pedals. Sure, they are cool and have a lot of options for tone. I just find that some of them can fall a little flat (especially the cheaper ones). This is mainly because the tones are usually digitally created. However, there are some excellent analog multi effect options that we checked out. Take a look at these:

1. Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo

The experience I had with the Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo was amazing. I was looking for something with some cool effects, and this delivered perfectly. I can’t say anything bad about it. It was lots of fun,and its cool design made it even more enjoyable. What I liked most about it was that it was simplified and not too complex. A lot of FX stuff is crazy hard to use. This is something that both the beginner and the experienced person can enjoy. I’m going to have to go ahead and give it a thumbs up. It was one of the best purchases I have made in a very long time.

I mostly use it when I practice, but I intend to take it in when I finally do land a job. I’m an aspiring artist right now. I’m not there yet, but I would love to be. I had funny playing with all the effects and pushing each one to the limit. This product went far beyond any expectations that I had for it. It’s an awesome piece. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for something that is not too costly and can put out some sounds. My favorite part was playing around with the metal muff sound. Amazing clarity and sharpness on every one of the sounds. Total awesomeness.

Again, I can’t say that this was negative in any way. Delivery is impeccable. It’s lightweight, easy to use and it rocks. I would advise all band members to grab one of these today because it will turn out to be a spectacular investment.

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2. Keeley Super Mod Workstation

I am not generally a fan of all-in-one, multi-fx pedals jam-packed with a host of features. As such, when I learned of the Keeley Super Mod Workstation, I was beyond skeptical. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did try it and found features that I not only liked, but loved. Here’s a breakdown of my experience with the Keeley Super Mod Workstation.

The Keeley Super Mod Workstation comes with two independent banks, each with a total of eight effects that can be simultaneously or independently run. The special effects featured on each bank are different. Both the first and the second bank have the same harmonic tremolo, classic phaser, rotary speaker, and digital delay. However, the first bank differs from the second, having a funky filter, and Keeley’s proprietary 30ms Double Tracker. The second bank add a chorus/vibrato, two spacious reverb modes, and a flanger to the bag of fx tricks.

With only a slight learning curve for using the Keeley Super Mod Workstation morph controls, the overall control setup is straightforward. The controls allow me to control the banks independently using the level knobs. I can change the speed (labelled as Rate) and depth (labelled intensity) options available for each effect. The morph control option allows me to modulate the tremolo, delays and reverb, and flanger, to get exactly the sound it is I am looking for.

Even with the most impressive effects in the world, if the sound produced is not great, then the pedal would have been a waste. As intimated earlier, this was what blew me away about this pedal. The sound was rich, and the added controls allowed me to get the sound I desired. At the end of the day, this is all that matters.

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3. Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5

The Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a sleek, compact, and powerful rig. This rig has an all-analog SansAmp circuitry that makes it possible for it to be directly plugged into a mixer or a PA. The Tech 21 RK5 is packed with awesome features that include powerful effects such as reverb, delay, and tempo, an OMG overdrive, and a powerful boost. I had the opportunity to try out this rig and here are some of its features and benefits.

The Tech 21 RK5 is well-built and very easy to use. In fact, its design is so thoughtful that you do not have to go through the hassle of setting up when you arrive at a gig. All you need to do with this rig is to plug and play.

Some of its other features include:
– Boost that kicks in up to 21dB of pre-amp gain.
– The reverb is based on the Boost RVB pedal. This reverb recreates the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb without canyons of doom, clattery pings, and other sounds that annoy.
– The rig has a SansAmp tube amplifier emulator that has been preset for tones that are clean with Level, Drive to adjust the overall amount of overdrive and gain, and a 3-band active EQ.
– The RK5 can be used on its own to boost the gain of an amp, or independently to boost DLA and/or SansAmp functions.
– It is very easy to tap in the delay tempo you desire courtesy of the dedicated Tap Tempo switch.

I enjoyed using this rig. Therefore, the Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a great rig for you too.

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4. Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects is a pedal that combines three popular effects by Electro-Harmonix into one unit. These effects are the Holy Grail Plus reverb, the Stereo Electric Mistress flanger chorus pedal, and the Micro POG octave generator. I recently put to test this pedal and here is my review.

The Epitome is packed with a ton of effects and tweakable elements that work to make some of the best sounds ever made by a guitar. This pedal has three effect sections. These sections include the Micro POG section, Stereo Electric Mistress section, and the Holy Grail Plus section. You can use any of these sections independently to produce great sounding tones or combine all of them together to achieve the pedal’s full potential. Among the combinations that I tried and that really impressed me is that of the spring reverb from the Holy Grail Plus and the octave from the Micro POG. The resulting tone had a nice 12 string guitar effect. Also, turning up the tone of Hall reverb and adding the Sub Octave achieves a sound similar to that produced by a giant pipe organ. Turn up the Rate knob and then throw in the Stereo Electric Mistress and the pipe organ-like tone sounds like it is running through a Leslie speaker.

I also liked the fact that the Epitome can do stereo. Connecting this pedal to two combo amps gives a very nice sounding sound that can even tempt you to add more amps.

After trying out this pedal, I can say that the fact that it has three fully-featured Electro-Harmonix effects packed into one unit is reason enough for anyone to buy and use it.

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Build Your Own With These Cool Fuzz Pedal Kits

Are you a guitar player that also likes to dabble in electronics? Maybe you have always wanted to try building your own fuzz pedal. Luckily, there are actually kits out there that give you everything you need. All the parts are just ready to solder together and create your very own fuzz. Take a look at these kits to get you started:

1. Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a geek, which is why the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit caught my eye. For those who don’t know, Mammoth have made a bit of a name for themselves in the effects pedal kit industry over the years, and the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit is a fine example of their range.

From the outset it feels like a solid piece of engineering. For a start, the pedal box is chunky brushed aluminium, which won’t appeal to everyone’s sense of aesthetics, but if you like your hardware solid, then it fits the bill.

The kit includes all the components that you need, and if you want to specify colors for the switches and knobs, then Mammoth can, within reason, accommodate your wishes via a simple email or order comment.

The instructions for building the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit are clear, bearing in mind that (like all geeks) I know how to handle a soldering iron! It’s best to have one with a variable heat setting because there are big parts (that take a while to heat up) and delicate electronics to solder.

The effort, though, is worthwhile, as the resulting sound is a versatile fuzz distortion from murky to bright. Considering the price of most pedals, these kits give musicians a way to get decent effects at a reasonable price, and at a high level of build quality.

Plus, if you take the time to build effects units like the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit, you will gain an understanding of how they work, as well as having the satisfaction of being able to stomp on the box thinking ‘I made this’.

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2. Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit

Made by Mammoth Electronics, once assembled the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit boasts a professional yet stylish die cast aluminum enclosure as well as quality plastic knobs. And speaking of assembly, reviews I read indicate theses kits are relatively easy to build and include everything you need to build the completed circuit.

The fuzz pedal apparently preceded the more commonly known booster pedal and serves the purpose of cranking up the tone of the guitar sound in order to mimic a slightly overdriven tube amp. Some say the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit was designed to sound like the reedy, raspy sound of the saxophone.

Unique to the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit is a feature on the pedal that allows you to toggle between blending the fuzz either one or two octaves down, potentially leading to a very intense gated fuzz affect, meaning the sound slowly tapers off or dies out which, basically, sounds cool. The Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit also has a right boost knob which allows a volume boost, which one user described as resulting in a brighter, gnarlier sound.

Current research prices the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit at $66.00, a very reasonable price for such a reliable and easy-to-use enhancement for any guitar.

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3. 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz Guitar Pedal Kit

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY Kit offers huge, smooth, classic fuzz sounds. I had been contemplating on trying it out for a long time and it is only a few days ago that I got the chance to do so. Therefore, I saw it fit to do a review of this pedal kit. Here are some of its features and benefits.

As mentioned earlier, the Blender MK II produces an all-time classic fuzz. With its analog circuitry, this pedal is able to create smooth fuzz effects that do not compromise the quality of your dry tone. With the guitar’s volume knocked back, you are able to achieve great chord work and super-saturated lead tones.

This pedal comes with either AC176 (PNP) or AC128 (NPN) germanium transistors. You can mix the AC176 transistor with other negative ground circuits on your power daisy chain when setting up the kit without having to worry about the circuit being damaged. What makes this pedal really impressive is the fact that you can add other components to transform it into a more powerful fuzz pedal. For instance, by swapping a couple of components, you can build yourself a fuzz pedal with a much deeper and bassier tone.

The circuit board of this pedal has extra pots mounted on it that can be used for simple enclosure mounting and minimal wiring.

It is best when you get the Bender MK II Fuzz pedal that you use it in conjunction with a charge-pumped daughterboard or a Power Pump. Use the charge-pumped daughterboard if you are using PNP transistors.

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY kit offers great performance and can be customized to a fuzz pedal you desire. Therefore, I would highly recommend it.

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We Love These Best Analog Flanger Pedal Options

When you are looking for a great flanger effect, I like to recommend analog or at least something that sounds as analog as possible. We took a look at a bunch of different pedals and came up with these awesome analog flangers available. Take a look!

1. Tomsline ATR-3 Twister Analog Flanger Pedal

The Tomsline ATR-3 Twister is an analog flanger pedal with two different sound modes of “freeze” and “normal.” It has a good range of speed control and is easy to transport to multiple gigs. The Twister is a quite responsive and dynamic pedal that can be used for a variety of genres, such as hard rock, blues, and many others.

Compared to some other guitar pedals, the Tomsline ATR-3 Twister offers more effective solutions to different guitar sounds. One of its best features is its overdrive function, which has a low-to-medium kick that adds extra power to lead guitar parts. It also has just the right trace of grit that enhances any power chord. The pedal comes with a good number of overdrive settings that easily adjust with just a turn of the dial.

Along with the gritty tone of some overdrive settings, the Twister is versatile enough to give a clean sound to any style of music. It has a rhythm guitar channel that’s exceptionally dynamic and responsive. The pedal’s gain setting has a wider range than some comparable guitar pedals, and its reverb setting also has a clean, pleasing sound when used in the right songs. Its delay channel is responsive, and this is especially helpful when jamming or writing original songs. The Twister is reasonably priced and available from several different online sellers. Some music stores selling a lot of electric guitar supplies also carry the Twister, and it’s recommended to give it a try.

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2. Mooer Eleclady Classic Analog Flanger

I have been using pedals manufactured by Mooer for quite some time, and I can say they have earned their spot in the mainstream market. Though it is well-known that Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits, the truth remains that justice has been done to them making the pedals worth checking out and trying. I recently tried the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger and here is what I can say about it.

The Mooer Eleclady is designed on a similar design to that of a classic Electro-Harmonix. This pedal has been well-designed and looks great aesthetically. It has a toggle to switch between filter and flanger matrix modes, a standard control for Rate, as well as mini pots for Color and Range. This pedal runs off a Boss-style 9V adapter, has a true bypass switch, and a status LED.

When talking about the best sounding Mooer modulation effects, I would say the Eleclady takes the title. This pedal produces a warm chorus effect at moderate settings and a metallic flanging effect with the Color and Rate settings. I noticed that the Eleclady is not best suited for pairing with a distorted signal. Therefore, it is best that you pair it with a clean signal for the best sound. However, this does not mean that you should avoid distorted signals altogether. When paired well with a dirty tone, this pedal can produce jet flanging effects as well as some nice swooshes.

This pedal is also packed with other awesome features that you would find in the Electric Mistress. Therefore, because of its great quality of sound and thoughtful design, I would highly recommend the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger to you.

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3. Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger

Maxon is a brand known for producing some of the finest pedals available today. I have been fortunate enough to try most of them and I can say that they are pedals to adore. Among their finest pedals are the nine series. I recently used the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger and here is my review.

The Maxon 9-Series Flanger features a well-built analog circuit and produces less noise, something that results in better dynamics, higher resolution, greater transparency, and more detail. This pedal also has a hardwire bypass that is designed to preserve the unaffected signal’s integrity. Its overall quality is good also. The 9-Series Flanger pedal has a 9-volt DC input that works with Boss-type adaptors, a hearty die-cast zinc case, ultra-bright LED that dims when battery replacement is needed, and smooth pots. Replacing the battery is also easy as the battery compartment has been designed to snap open and shut without the need of using tools.

The controls of this pedal are symmetrically placed. This makes them easy to access. These controls are Delay Time, Width, Regeneration, and Speed. I used this pedal with a variety of rigs. Some of these rigs were clean while others distorted and I can say I loved how the Maxon Flanger fared on. The quality of the tone produced was good, something you could only expect with high-dollar flangers. The Maxon 9-Series produced perfectly defined and unaltered sound without the faint, telltale ticking heard on other flangers.

Truth be told, I have tried a number of flangers, and none impressed me the way the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger did. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any guitar player.

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When you are looking for a great flanger effect, I like to recommend analog or at least something that sounds as analog as possible. We took a look at a bunch of different pedals and came up with these awesome analog flangers available. Take a look!

1. Tomsline ATR-3 Twister Analog Flanger Pedal

The Tomsline ATR-3 Twister is an analog flanger pedal with two different sound modes of “freeze” and “normal.” It has a good range of speed control and is easy to transport to multiple gigs. The Twister is a quite responsive and dynamic pedal that can be used for a variety of genres, such as hard rock, blues, and many others.

Compared to some other guitar pedals, the Tomsline ATR-3 Twister offers more effective solutions to different guitar sounds. One of its best features is its overdrive function, which has a low-to-medium kick that adds extra power to lead guitar parts. It also has just the right trace of grit that enhances any power chord. The pedal comes with a good number of overdrive settings that easily adjust with just a turn of the dial.

Along with the gritty tone of some overdrive settings, the Twister is versatile enough to give a clean sound to any style of music. It has a rhythm guitar channel that’s exceptionally dynamic and responsive. The pedal’s gain setting has a wider range than some comparable guitar pedals, and its reverb setting also has a clean, pleasing sound when used in the right songs. Its delay channel is responsive, and this is especially helpful when jamming or writing original songs. The Twister is reasonably priced and available from several different online sellers. Some music stores selling a lot of electric guitar supplies also carry the Twister, and it’s recommended to give it a try.

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2. Mooer Eleclady Classic Analog Flanger

I have been using pedals manufactured by Mooer for quite some time, and I can say they have earned their spot in the mainstream market. Though it is well-known that Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits, the truth remains that justice has been done to them making the pedals worth checking out and trying. I recently tried the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger and here is what I can say about it.

The Mooer Eleclady is designed on a similar design to that of a classic Electro-Harmonix. This pedal has been well-designed and looks great aesthetically. It has a toggle to switch between filter and flanger matrix modes, a standard control for Rate, as well as mini pots for Color and Range. This pedal runs off a Boss-style 9V adapter, has a true bypass switch, and a status LED.

When talking about the best sounding Mooer modulation effects, I would say the Eleclady takes the title. This pedal produces a warm chorus effect at moderate settings and a metallic flanging effect with the Color and Rate settings. I noticed that the Eleclady is not best suited for pairing with a distorted signal. Therefore, it is best that you pair it with a clean signal for the best sound. However, this does not mean that you should avoid distorted signals altogether. When paired well with a dirty tone, this pedal can produce jet flanging effects as well as some nice swooshes.

This pedal is also packed with other awesome features that you would find in the Electric Mistress. Therefore, because of its great quality of sound and thoughtful design, I would highly recommend the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger to you.

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3. Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger

Maxon is a brand known for producing some of the finest pedals available today. I have been fortunate enough to try most of them and I can say that they are pedals to adore. Among their finest pedals are the nine series. I recently used the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger and here is my review.

The Maxon 9-Series Flanger features a well-built analog circuit and produces less noise, something that results in better dynamics, higher resolution, greater transparency, and more detail. This pedal also has a hardwire bypass that is designed to preserve the unaffected signal’s integrity. Its overall quality is good also. The 9-Series Flanger pedal has a 9-volt DC input that works with Boss-type adaptors, a hearty die-cast zinc case, ultra-bright LED that dims when battery replacement is needed, and smooth pots. Replacing the battery is also easy as the battery compartment has been designed to snap open and shut without the need of using tools.

The controls of this pedal are symmetrically placed. This makes them easy to access. These controls are Delay Time, Width, Regeneration, and Speed. I used this pedal with a variety of rigs. Some of these rigs were clean while others distorted and I can say I loved how the Maxon Flanger fared on. The quality of the tone produced was good, something you could only expect with high-dollar flangers. The Maxon 9-Series produced perfectly defined and unaltered sound without the faint, telltale ticking heard on other flangers.

Truth be told, I have tried a number of flangers, and none impressed me the way the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger did. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any guitar player.

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4. Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger

When you’ve done your time in the music circles then you should be familiar with the flanger effect. Digitally it is easily achieved at the turn of a knob, but back in the day when it was first conceived, one had to manually vary the speed of audio to produce such a resonating effect. The Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger is a modern modulation pedal that allows you to generate the right amount distortion without having to resort to studio presets that limit your creativity.

If it is recreating the rich and natural flanger studio effect that you seek, then this is the device for you. With the ‘add-on’ on board controls you will find yourself entering a whole new world where sound knows no borders. The DIVE button, for example, helps you to tap into negative feedback flanging, which at the same time explores different variations of surround sound as there is an underwater sound configuration as well.

During my exploratory years as a fledgling Hip Hop producer i never used to understand what depth meant, until someone tweaked a button and all of a sudden my world seemed to roll over on it’s back and capitulate to defeat. Depth matters the most when it comes to certain sounds, like bass and delay, and as i would learn the hard way, with the flanger as well.

Other features to look out for include the True Bypass Footswitch and the Main light-up knob that adjusts overall chorus effect level.

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4. Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger

When you’ve done your time in the music circles then you should be familiar with the flanger effect. Digitally it is easily achieved at the turn of a knob, but back in the day when it was first conceived, one had to manually vary the speed of audio to produce such a resonating effect. The Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger is a modern modulation pedal that allows you to generate the right amount distortion without having to resort to studio presets that limit your creativity.

If it is recreating the rich and natural flanger studio effect that you seek, then this is the device for you. With the ‘add-on’ on board controls you will find yourself entering a whole new world where sound knows no borders. The DIVE button, for example, helps you to tap into negative feedback flanging, which at the same time explores different variations of surround sound as there is an underwater sound configuration as well.

During my exploratory years as a fledgling Hip Hop producer i never used to understand what depth meant, until someone tweaked a button and all of a sudden my world seemed to roll over on it’s back and capitulate to defeat. Depth matters the most when it comes to certain sounds, like bass and delay, and as i would learn the hard way, with the flanger as well.

Other features to look out for include the True Bypass Footswitch and the Main light-up knob that adjusts overall chorus effect level.

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Looking For The Best Cheap Fuzz Pedal? Look Here!

When you are looking for a great flanger effect, I like to recommend analog or at least something that sounds as analog as possible. We took a look at a bunch of different pedals and came up with these awesome analog flangers available. Take a look!

1. Tomsline ATR-3 Twister Analog Flanger Pedal

The Tomsline ATR-3 Twister is an analog flanger pedal with two different sound modes of “freeze” and “normal.” It has a good range of speed control and is easy to transport to multiple gigs. The Twister is a quite responsive and dynamic pedal that can be used for a variety of genres, such as hard rock, blues, and many others.

Compared to some other guitar pedals, the Tomsline ATR-3 Twister offers more effective solutions to different guitar sounds. One of its best features is its overdrive function, which has a low-to-medium kick that adds extra power to lead guitar parts. It also has just the right trace of grit that enhances any power chord. The pedal comes with a good number of overdrive settings that easily adjust with just a turn of the dial.

Along with the gritty tone of some overdrive settings, the Twister is versatile enough to give a clean sound to any style of music. It has a rhythm guitar channel that’s exceptionally dynamic and responsive. The pedal’s gain setting has a wider range than some comparable guitar pedals, and its reverb setting also has a clean, pleasing sound when used in the right songs. Its delay channel is responsive, and this is especially helpful when jamming or writing original songs. The Twister is reasonably priced and available from several different online sellers. Some music stores selling a lot of electric guitar supplies also carry the Twister, and it’s recommended to give it a try.

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2. Mooer Eleclady Classic Analog Flanger

I have been using pedals manufactured by Mooer for quite some time, and I can say they have earned their spot in the mainstream market. Though it is well-known that Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits, the truth remains that justice has been done to them making the pedals worth checking out and trying. I recently tried the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger and here is what I can say about it.

The Mooer Eleclady is designed on a similar design to that of a classic Electro-Harmonix. This pedal has been well-designed and looks great aesthetically. It has a toggle to switch between filter and flanger matrix modes, a standard control for Rate, as well as mini pots for Color and Range. This pedal runs off a Boss-style 9V adapter, has a true bypass switch, and a status LED.

When talking about the best sounding Mooer modulation effects, I would say the Eleclady takes the title. This pedal produces a warm chorus effect at moderate settings and a metallic flanging effect with the Color and Rate settings. I noticed that the Eleclady is not best suited for pairing with a distorted signal. Therefore, it is best that you pair it with a clean signal for the best sound. However, this does not mean that you should avoid distorted signals altogether. When paired well with a dirty tone, this pedal can produce jet flanging effects as well as some nice swooshes.

This pedal is also packed with other awesome features that you would find in the Electric Mistress. Therefore, because of its great quality of sound and thoughtful design, I would highly recommend the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger to you.

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3. Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger

Maxon is a brand known for producing some of the finest pedals available today. I have been fortunate enough to try most of them and I can say that they are pedals to adore. Among their finest pedals are the nine series. I recently used the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger and here is my review.

The Maxon 9-Series Flanger features a well-built analog circuit and produces less noise, something that results in better dynamics, higher resolution, greater transparency, and more detail. This pedal also has a hardwire bypass that is designed to preserve the unaffected signal’s integrity. Its overall quality is good also. The 9-Series Flanger pedal has a 9-volt DC input that works with Boss-type adaptors, a hearty die-cast zinc case, ultra-bright LED that dims when battery replacement is needed, and smooth pots. Replacing the battery is also easy as the battery compartment has been designed to snap open and shut without the need of using tools.

The controls of this pedal are symmetrically placed. This makes them easy to access. These controls are Delay Time, Width, Regeneration, and Speed. I used this pedal with a variety of rigs. Some of these rigs were clean while others distorted and I can say I loved how the Maxon Flanger fared on. The quality of the tone produced was good, something you could only expect with high-dollar flangers. The Maxon 9-Series produced perfectly defined and unaltered sound without the faint, telltale ticking heard on other flangers.

Truth be told, I have tried a number of flangers, and none impressed me the way the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger did. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any guitar player.

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When you are looking for a great flanger effect, I like to recommend analog or at least something that sounds as analog as possible. We took a look at a bunch of different pedals and came up with these awesome analog flangers available. Take a look!

1. Tomsline ATR-3 Twister Analog Flanger Pedal

The Tomsline ATR-3 Twister is an analog flanger pedal with two different sound modes of “freeze” and “normal.” It has a good range of speed control and is easy to transport to multiple gigs. The Twister is a quite responsive and dynamic pedal that can be used for a variety of genres, such as hard rock, blues, and many others.

Compared to some other guitar pedals, the Tomsline ATR-3 Twister offers more effective solutions to different guitar sounds. One of its best features is its overdrive function, which has a low-to-medium kick that adds extra power to lead guitar parts. It also has just the right trace of grit that enhances any power chord. The pedal comes with a good number of overdrive settings that easily adjust with just a turn of the dial.

Along with the gritty tone of some overdrive settings, the Twister is versatile enough to give a clean sound to any style of music. It has a rhythm guitar channel that’s exceptionally dynamic and responsive. The pedal’s gain setting has a wider range than some comparable guitar pedals, and its reverb setting also has a clean, pleasing sound when used in the right songs. Its delay channel is responsive, and this is especially helpful when jamming or writing original songs. The Twister is reasonably priced and available from several different online sellers. Some music stores selling a lot of electric guitar supplies also carry the Twister, and it’s recommended to give it a try.

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2. Mooer Eleclady Classic Analog Flanger

I have been using pedals manufactured by Mooer for quite some time, and I can say they have earned their spot in the mainstream market. Though it is well-known that Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits, the truth remains that justice has been done to them making the pedals worth checking out and trying. I recently tried the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger and here is what I can say about it.

The Mooer Eleclady is designed on a similar design to that of a classic Electro-Harmonix. This pedal has been well-designed and looks great aesthetically. It has a toggle to switch between filter and flanger matrix modes, a standard control for Rate, as well as mini pots for Color and Range. This pedal runs off a Boss-style 9V adapter, has a true bypass switch, and a status LED.

When talking about the best sounding Mooer modulation effects, I would say the Eleclady takes the title. This pedal produces a warm chorus effect at moderate settings and a metallic flanging effect with the Color and Rate settings. I noticed that the Eleclady is not best suited for pairing with a distorted signal. Therefore, it is best that you pair it with a clean signal for the best sound. However, this does not mean that you should avoid distorted signals altogether. When paired well with a dirty tone, this pedal can produce jet flanging effects as well as some nice swooshes.

This pedal is also packed with other awesome features that you would find in the Electric Mistress. Therefore, because of its great quality of sound and thoughtful design, I would highly recommend the Mooer Eleclady, Classic Analog Flanger to you.

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3. Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger

Maxon is a brand known for producing some of the finest pedals available today. I have been fortunate enough to try most of them and I can say that they are pedals to adore. Among their finest pedals are the nine series. I recently used the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger and here is my review.

The Maxon 9-Series Flanger features a well-built analog circuit and produces less noise, something that results in better dynamics, higher resolution, greater transparency, and more detail. This pedal also has a hardwire bypass that is designed to preserve the unaffected signal’s integrity. Its overall quality is good also. The 9-Series Flanger pedal has a 9-volt DC input that works with Boss-type adaptors, a hearty die-cast zinc case, ultra-bright LED that dims when battery replacement is needed, and smooth pots. Replacing the battery is also easy as the battery compartment has been designed to snap open and shut without the need of using tools.

The controls of this pedal are symmetrically placed. This makes them easy to access. These controls are Delay Time, Width, Regeneration, and Speed. I used this pedal with a variety of rigs. Some of these rigs were clean while others distorted and I can say I loved how the Maxon Flanger fared on. The quality of the tone produced was good, something you could only expect with high-dollar flangers. The Maxon 9-Series produced perfectly defined and unaltered sound without the faint, telltale ticking heard on other flangers.

Truth be told, I have tried a number of flangers, and none impressed me the way the Maxon 9-Series Analog Flanger did. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any guitar player.

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For people that have a bit of a smaller budget, there are some excellent cheap fuzz pedal options out there. We looked at a bunch of different ones and came up with the following recommendations. While they are lower cost, they still sound amazing and will make a great addition to your tone!

1. Donner Guitar Stylish Fuzz Traditional Rich

The Donner Guitar Stylish Fuzz Traditional Rich Guitar is an aluminum-alloy based classic fx pedal. Due to its compact size, its often referred to as a “mini” pedal. This Donner Guitar Stylish Fuzz Traditional Rich Guitar pedal is easily portable thanks to its small size and light weight. The pedal weighs only about 240g, case included. Below, I share the features I like most.

One of the main features of this pedal that I particularly like include the variety you get through the control knobs. The pedal comes complete with three knobs — tone, level, and gain — which gives you a lot of control over the sound you get from your guitar. Although simple and straightforward, this guitar pedal, by way of these three knobs, provide a lot of control over the way the sound comes out. You can increase or decrease how much of an effect is placed on the final sound output in a similar way to a much larger, fx-rich pedal.

I also love the size of this pedal. The pedal is light, small, and compact. So much so, that judging from the looks of it, you would never guess that it offers up as much variety as it does.

The Donner Guitar Stylish Fuzz Traditional Rich guitar pedal is an inexpensive guitar pedal when compared to other amps in its class. It continues to pleasantly supersede our expectations. This little guy proves that a guitar pedal packed with special fx need not be expensive, or cumbersome.

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2. Behringer Super Fuzz SF300

When you hear the word cheap, the first thing that comes to your mind is poor quality and performance. As much as this is true, there are products that are really cheap but offer exceptional performance. I bought the Behringer Super Fuzz SF300 and decided to give it a try and see how it will fare. Here are some of its features and benefits.

It was designed to recreate a host of heavy fuzz tones that are similar to those of the 1960s and 1970s rock. The casing of this distortion pedal is made of plastic material, which decreases its durability and also the price significantly. It has one large on/off button, a LED status indicator, one Out jack, and one In jack.

The SF300 has four control knobs. These knobs are Bass, Treble, Gain, and Level. The Level knob adjusts the level of distortion infused into your sound, Gain adjusts the level of distortion, Treble offers you control over higher frequencies, and Bass offers you control over the lower frequencies. Also, there is a three-way Mode switch on this pedal. This switch allows you to choose between Gain Boost, Classic Fuzz (Fuzz 1), and Grunge (Fuzz 2). Each of these modes allows you to further shape your tone by giving you a different tonal foundation.

When it comes to performance, this distortion is very good for its listed price. It is easy to use and practical and its sound is versatile and powerful enough to be used for a live gig. With that said and done, the Behringer Super Fuzz SF300 is a great pedal and I would recommend it to beginners.

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3. Biyang Fz-10 Fuzz Star

So, a few days back, I laid my hands on the Biyang FZ-10 Fuzz Star. And as someone who has had experience with other fuzz boxes, it will only be right if I review the FZ-10. Therefore, here are some of the benefits and features of this pedal.

It can be powered by either a Boss-type power adaptor or you can decide to use a 9V battery instead. This pedal is housed in a standard MXR-sized powder coated case.

The FZ-10 is a true bypass pedal. This makes it better when it comes to the quality of the audio being produced unlike in buffered pedals because true bypass helps the signal along the chain. This pedal is quiet when engaged thanks to its German WIMA capacitors, but gets a little bit noisy when the Gain is turned up to the maximum.

The Biyang FZ-10 Fuzz Stars has simple and well laid-out controls. The control knobs on this fuzz box are Fuzz, Tone, and Volume. Apart from the control knobs, the FZ-10 has a toggle switch that you can use to access Warm, Bright, and Normal modes. When I used the Normal mode, the resulting tone was overdriven, saturated, and with a lot of sustain; in other words, I got a Muff type of tone. The Bright mode gave me a slightly brighter and clearer tone that is great for chords, searing type of leads, and rhythm work. The warm mode, on the other hand, created a darker tone with less treble and that was quite smooth.

After using this pedal, my verdict is that it sounds sweet especially when combined with a Reverb or Overdrive pedal and for its price, it is a great pedal.

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4. Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz

When the word satisfaction is used as a name for a product, the first conclusion I always draw is this must be one great product. A friend of mine told me about the Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz pedal and immediately I developed the urge to try it out. After using this fuzz pedal, here is what I can say about it.

This is a two knob fuzz pedal. This pedal is built into an Electro-Harmonix diet cast enclosure that is nano-sized. This pedal’s circuit is based on the old Jordan BossTone and has two silicon NPN and PNP transistors. These transistors help in creating a signal that is clean and undisturbed. This fuzz box has two controls. These controls are Volume and Attack. The controls are also simple and easy to understand. The Attack control knob adjusts the overall amount of fuzz and the input gain. The Volume control knob, on the other hand, sets the overall output level. I loved the response of the Attack knob when adjusting the setting. The higher I adjusted the setting, the amount of fuzzy overdrive increased producing a sound that has heavier amounts of drive and fuzz. Turning down this knob gave me a raspy, heavily saturated fuzz tone.

The overall sound of the Satisfaction is fuzzy, raunchy, and bright. It does not have too much bass, it is not gated, and has decent sustain.

So with all said and done, I would conclude by saying the Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz is more than satisfactory. You will be impressed by it too if you love the classic Sixties-era fuzz tone.

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4. Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger

When you’ve done your time in the music circles then you should be familiar with the flanger effect. Digitally it is easily achieved at the turn of a knob, but back in the day when it was first conceived, one had to manually vary the speed of audio to produce such a resonating effect. The Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger is a modern modulation pedal that allows you to generate the right amount distortion without having to resort to studio presets that limit your creativity.

If it is recreating the rich and natural flanger studio effect that you seek, then this is the device for you. With the ‘add-on’ on board controls you will find yourself entering a whole new world where sound knows no borders. The DIVE button, for example, helps you to tap into negative feedback flanging, which at the same time explores different variations of surround sound as there is an underwater sound configuration as well.

During my exploratory years as a fledgling Hip Hop producer i never used to understand what depth meant, until someone tweaked a button and all of a sudden my world seemed to roll over on it’s back and capitulate to defeat. Depth matters the most when it comes to certain sounds, like bass and delay, and as i would learn the hard way, with the flanger as well.

Other features to look out for include the True Bypass Footswitch and the Main light-up knob that adjusts overall chorus effect level.

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4. Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger

When you’ve done your time in the music circles then you should be familiar with the flanger effect. Digitally it is easily achieved at the turn of a knob, but back in the day when it was first conceived, one had to manually vary the speed of audio to produce such a resonating effect. The Hotone SFL-1 Lush Analog Flanger is a modern modulation pedal that allows you to generate the right amount distortion without having to resort to studio presets that limit your creativity.

If it is recreating the rich and natural flanger studio effect that you seek, then this is the device for you. With the ‘add-on’ on board controls you will find yourself entering a whole new world where sound knows no borders. The DIVE button, for example, helps you to tap into negative feedback flanging, which at the same time explores different variations of surround sound as there is an underwater sound configuration as well.

During my exploratory years as a fledgling Hip Hop producer i never used to understand what depth meant, until someone tweaked a button and all of a sudden my world seemed to roll over on it’s back and capitulate to defeat. Depth matters the most when it comes to certain sounds, like bass and delay, and as i would learn the hard way, with the flanger as well.

Other features to look out for include the True Bypass Footswitch and the Main light-up knob that adjusts overall chorus effect level.

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Best Cheap Multi Effects Pedals Under 200

Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean that you cannot get a great multi effects pedal. These awesome pedals bring both the convenience of having a ton of effects at your fingertips and at a great price. Take a look at our picks below – all of them under 200 bucks:

1. Boss ME25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

For quite some time I had always wanted to try out the Boss ME25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and recently I got the chance to do so. One thing I can say about this pedal is it is packed with a ton of awesome and powerful effects that impressed me a lot. Here are its features and benefits.

The interface of the Boss ME25 has been set up in a simple and straightforward way that is easy to figure out for someone who has not used it before. This pedal allows you to save up to 120 effects that you have created in a computer.

To say the truth, I was skeptical when I first got this pedal. My expectation was not to get amazing quality effects but just some decent ones. After trying it, I have to admit that the Boss ME25 sounds fantastic, its wah is extremely effective, its distortion and overdrive channels sound amazing, and its chorus sounds great. All in all, the effects of this pedal do not sound too digital, they are full sounding, and extremely versatile. I, however, noticed that it is a little harder to get good distortions and overdrives. But by equalizing through the preamp and using the Superstack button, I was able to get unbelievable sound.

When it comes to durability, I can say that the ME25 is very durable. This is because it is made of a high-quality metal that assures you many years of usage. Also, this pedal offers convenience and reliability because you can plug it directly into a PA without the need of an amp. Therefore, I would recommend it to any guitarist.

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2. VOX STOMPLAB2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

There are a few pedals out there that can leave a lasting impression on a player, and recently I got the chance to try out one. The pedal I am talking about is the Vox Stomplab2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal. Here are some of its features and benefits.

The Vox Stomplab2G boasts of an onboard tuner with 120 memory slots. Of these memory slots, 100 are presets and the remaining 20 can be used to edit and store your own tones. This pedal has a single output that you can either use with a guitar and an amp or a set of stereo headsets. Another impressive thing about this pedal is that it can use four AA batteries or a 9V adaptor for power. This means that you can play with it even in places where there is no outlet to plug your adaptor.

There is a rotary switch on this pedal that can be used to access the factory presets and the user memories. This switch also selects banks. The Vox Stomplab2G has 11 banks. 10 of these banks contain a single user preset each. The remaining bank contains 20 user presets. You can also use the two foot switches on this pedal to scroll up and down the presets in each bank and load them immediately. The presets on the factory bank are Hard Core, Metal, Hard Rock, Rock, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Blues, Pop, Jazz/Fusion, Ballad, and others. Also, this pedal offers ring modulation, U-Vibe and tone, acoustic simulation, octave, various wah effects, and compression options.

The Vox Stomplab2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal is packed with a ton of useful effects and produces high-quality tones. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any guitarist.

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3. Zoom G3X

The Zoom G3X Guitar Effects Pedal combines the power of a multi-effects processor with the ease of a stomp box board. The intuitive design gives users the flexibility they need to find the exact sound they want for their productions. If you’re looking for a simple, functional addition to your guitar rig, the G3X is your best bet.

If you’re the kind who plays everything from soft tunes to heavy metal, the Zoom G3X is the ideal processor to sort out a wide range of tones and tweak them whenever necessary. The pedal gives you complete control over amp modeling and individual effects. While you may encounter the odd noise after connecting it to your computer using the USB, you could simply use it with the amp. This will nullify any noise, thanks to the zoom noise reduction (ZNR) feature.

The Zoom G3X makes editing so simple; you can easily use the stomp-box mode to make any changes you want. The global button can also be used to change the master volume and signal flow direction. The pedal’s effect can be assigned just as easily. And thanks to the auto save function, all recent changes are saved conveniently. The company also allows users to upgrade the firmware directly from their site.

The G3X is made to handle extended use without any glitches. The foot controls are robustly built for smooth switches between patches. You can therefore expect years of solid performance devoid of lag or freezing. While the pedal is solid, it also looks great thanks to the impeccable finish. But if you’re skeptical about the smooth sailing, you’ll be glad to know that the Zoom G3X also comes with a battery port.

The G3X is more about simplicity than it is about pure science. The possibilities are arguably limitless, and the sound quality is great. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another rugged, easy-to-use and functional pedal for its price.

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4. DigiTech RP500 Integrated-Effects Switching System

Nobody wants to go on stage then be faced with the hassle of having to set up complicated devices. All a guitarist needs is a simple and straightforward device. When talking about simplicity in pedals, none beats DigiTech RP500 Integrated-Effects Switching System. I recently bought and used this simple to use yet very powerful pedal and here is my review.

As I already mentioned, the RP500 is pretty simple to use. All you have to do when you arrive at a gig is take it out of the bag and plug in the power supply and your guitar and you are good to go. This pedal has 100 built-in effects that sound really great. You also have the ability to create thousands more presets using various combinations of gear.

The sound of this pedal is also amazing. It does not produce a lot of buzz or hum and creates a great sounding tone when ran through an amp. The RP500 has built-in amps and cabs, which you can use, or alternatively, you can bypass them and use an amp’s pure tone instead. Also, its effects are easy to balance and do not distort your tone.
The quality and durability of this pedal also impressed me a lot. The pedal is made of strong material that can take years of hard use. In fact, another reason I bought this pedal was to cut back on having to buy so many pedals that all end up broken.

I usually play different genres of music from Blues to Rock to Metal and I can say the DigiTech RP500 Integrated-Effects Switching System allows me to switch between styles with a lot of ease. Therefore, I would highly recommend it to any serious guitar player.

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5. Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100

The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 is a floor pedal that is packed with a ton of powerful effects. This pedal also has impressive new features such as the ability to wirelessly receive streamed audio from any device that is Bluetooth enabled. Also, you can access some features of this pedal through the AMLIFi Remote iOS app. I had the chance to use this pedal and here are its features and benefits.

The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 as mentioned above incorporates modern technology to offer some unique new features. For instance, you can use your paired Apple device via the AMPLIFi Remote app to control and edit all parameters of the FX100. Also, you can share your tones with the online Line 6 community through this app. This pedal also comes equipped with 100 preset sounds. These sounds are arranged in banks and the banks can be changed by pressing two footswitches at once. To select the four presets, all you have to do is press four footswitches simultaneously. Also, the treadle and the tap tempo can both work as a wah and a volume pedal.

The FX100 has six control knobs. These knobs are Drive, Treble, Reverb, FX, Bass, and Mid. These knobs can be used to tweak the basic parameters of any preset. Also, there is a large master volume knob that you can use to mix the sound of your guitar and any other streamed audio.

The AMPLIFi FX100 is packed with a ton of nicely programmed presets, effects, array amp, and cabinet models that sound really great. I would recommend this pedal for use for practice because of its ease of use.

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