Reviews: Effects

Quick Hit: Red Panda Bitmap

July 24, 2016
Pedestrian meets provocative in this flexibly glitchy box with expression-pedal control.
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Matthews Effects Astronomer Reverb Review

July 21, 2016
This two-mode shimmer ’verb makes dramatic onstage texture shifts a breeze.
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Chase Bliss Audio Spectre Analog TZ Flanger Review

July 11, 2016
A sophisticated analog flanger in a standard-sized stompbox.
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Quick Hit: Providence Heat Blaster

June 30, 2016
The Japanese pedal-builders' latest is a 3-knob distortion with dynamics for days.
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SolidGoldFX Horizon Compressor Review

June 15, 2016
An optical compressor that goes way beyond a gentle squeeze.
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Quick Hit: Ethos Clean-Fusion Preamp

June 9, 2016
Despite its compact size, this dual-footswitch box offers superb flexibility and surprisingly tube-like tones.
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Keeley Multi Echo ME-8 Review

June 3, 2016
The essence of eight echo machines gets distilled into a single, super-varied stompbox.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar

June 1, 2016
This potent evolution of the original Pulsar generates tasty vintage tones and extraterrestrial textures.
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Ringside at the OD Rodeo: 5 Dirt Pedal Reviews

May 31, 2016
This roundup of kickin' overdrives showcases classic sounds and new directions in grit.
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3Leaf Audio Wonderlove Review

May 30, 2016
A classic enveloper filter reimagined.
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Quick Hit: Cusack Reverb SME

May 29, 2016
Access a wormhole’s worth of quality reverberations with only four knobs.
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Pigtronix Echolution2 Ultra Pro Review

May 16, 2016
An ultra-powerful digital delay with modulation, pitch shifting, distortion, and real-time control.
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Quick Hit: Strymon Dig Dual Digital Delay

May 15, 2016
This powerful, ’80s-inspired stompbox spawns echo tones that transcend eras.
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Quick Hit: Keeley Sojourner Fuzz/Reverb Machine Review

May 12, 2016
Beautifully integrated fuzz and reverb conspire in a bubbling-over box of shoegaze delights.
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Quick Hit: Grace Design FELiX Preamp

May 4, 2016
An investment-grade preamp that offers powerful EQ controls, dual channels, and a flexible interface.
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Myco Bepa Review

May 2, 2016
Channeling classic tube amp tones, Myco Pedals unveils their first overdrive for bassists.
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Quick Hit: Malekko Charlie Foxtrot Review

May 1, 2016
This cross between a sampler/looper, a delay, and a pitch shifter is one of the most wonderfully bonkers new pedals in ages.
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Quick Hit: Soldano Supercharger GTO

April 27, 2016
Soldano’s much-loved beast-in-a-box overdrive makes a triumphant return.
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Line 6 Helix Review

April 25, 2016
A powerful pedalboard-style modeler packed with great tones and clever features.
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T-Rex Replicator Tape Echo Review

April 24, 2016
Compact and crazily expressive tape echo might be the most fun you’ll have with delay since you left your Echoplex by the dumpster.
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