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Malekko Heavy Industry Omicron Fuzz, Tremolo, Chorus, Chicklet Reverb, Vibrato, and Phaser Reviews

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Malekko Heavy Industry Omicron Fuzz, Tremolo, Chorus, Chicklet Reverb, Vibrato, and Phaser Reviews


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Chorus
Nice for sonic warmth and lively stereo-like imaging, this pedal houses an MN 3007 BBD IC chip. The MN 3007 bucket brigade chip brings a bit of distortion and some lovely analog artifacts into the signal. The chorus sounds full and wide, controlled by the Speed and Depth knobs. This pedal sounds the most analog of the bunch, and isn’t scared of introducing some saturation into the mix.

Buy if...
you want a warm, fuzzy yet lively chorus with plenty of analog character.
Skip if...
you don’t like the artifacts the bucket brigade circuit introduces.
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Street $140 - Malekko Heavy Industry - malekkoheavyindustry.com




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Chicklet Reverb
The Chicklet Reverb is controlled by two knobs: Mix and Dwell. When you dial up the Mix knob, you get more of a quick slap-back echo effect. With the Dwell knob, you add a more spring type of splash—mixing the two gives you a nice and deep sounding feel. It’s like a quick delay modified with a spring decay. Speaking of decay, this pedal is designed so the decay fades out naturally if the pedal is switched off during play so you don’t get the tail cut off—a welcome touch, though it’s the only one of the bunch that isn’t true-bypass because of this feature.

Buy if...
you are tired of carrying around a big spring tank and need a small unit that will do the job nicely and give you big room sounds without degrading your tone.
Skip if...
you don’t care for the quick slap-back echo from the mix knob or demand true-bypass.
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Street $120 - Malekko Heavy Industry - malekkoheavyindustry.com




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Vibrato
Like the chorus pedal, the Omicron Vibrato also has the MN 3007 BBD chip to give it a nice, full, analog sound. With the Depth knob you can dial in a subtle rotating speaker swish all the way to warbled modulation that starts to pitch shift and get into some dizzying underwater sounds. Unlike the chorus, this unit does not distort when you kick it on, but it has similar sonic warmth.

Buy if...
you are looking for warm, swirling rotating speaker effects that can take you into a warbling Twilight Zone.
Skip if...
you don’t like the pitch shifting modulation effect when you crank the depth knob.
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Street $140 - Malekko Heavy Industry - malekkoheavyindustry.com




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Phaser
This Phaser is not a subtle effect—it has a rather pronounced pulsing “wow” depth. The pedal is controlled with Color and Speed knobs, as well as an internal trimpot to adjust the frequency content. The inner trimpot coarsely filters which frequencies get phased. All the way to the left is like a low-pass filter, and to the right is high-pass. The Color knob also affects the phased frequency, although a bit more subtly. I found myself wishing for a Depth knob or similar to tame the depth of the phase sound.

Buy if...
you like a strong phased sound with pronounced depth and the ability to tweak the frequency response of the phased signal.
Skip if...
you are after something more subtle with less phase depth.
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Street $120 - Malekko Heavy Industry - malekkoheavyindustry.com



The Verdict
The Omicron series are a solid, great sounding set of analog quality pedals. For the size, pricing, and quality, these really stand out and will appeal to those of us who are looking for vintage sound at an affordable cost. Sometimes complexity within the guise of simplicity is just what you need.

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