Mad Professor Tiny Orange Phaser
Download example 1
Speed at 11:00, Resonance at 3:00, Mix at 7:00; the deep end of the pedal.
Download example 2
Speed at 11:00, Resonance at 3:00, Mix at 4:30; the lighter side of the phaser.
Guitar by Randall Davis. Recorded with a Fender SSH Strat and a modified Epiphone Valve Junior stack featuring an Eminence Red Coat 12”, through a Shure SM57 and into a ProSonus Audiobox interface.
Mad Professor has been quietly responsible for some of the most nuanced, usable effects to come out of the boutique scene in the last few years; the Tiny Orange Phaser in no exception. Much like their other pedals, things are kept clean and utilitarian, with three white knobs atop a shimmering orange body. The Speed knob has a respectable range, from slow and floating at its leftmost point to shimmery vibrato at its rightmost—the manual suggests parking the knob at noon for “classic” phase sounds, and I found this spot to be a common stopping point. The Resonance knob adjusts the peaks of the phase effect, allowing you to get a little more “sharpness” and cut out of the effect—note that this pedal is midrangefocused to give the effect more cutting power; if you’re looking for a greater range of tonal versatility, you’ll definitely want to test this before purchasing.

The Mix knob is the most unique feature here—turning the knob to the left rewards you with deeper, lusher phasing, while turning the knob past noon and to the right provides a more subtle, organic effect (parking the Mix knob at noon effectively turns the effect off, the utility of which I still don’t grasp). No matter which setting you find the mix knob on, the Tiny Orange Phaser has a full, vocal quality to it, almost like a good wah. Very tasty.

I would have liked to see a little more variation in the Resonance control and more phase depth. Of course, I’m still having daydreams about my singular encounter with Moog’s 12-stage phaser, so take that as you will. Those points aside, if you’re looking for a way to add some smooth and subtle movement to your lines, check out the orange offering from Finland. – AM

Buy If...
you want a nuanced effect to add movement to your signal
Skip If...

you don’t want the midrange focus
MSRP $398 - Mad Professor -