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Reviews: Effects

Quick Hit: Ampeg Opto Comp

May 21, 2018
Three knobs and an optical circuit brew up mellow analog compression that fills out tone rather than choking it.
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Quick Hit: Lovell Shakey

May 11, 2018
Myriad subtleties lurk within this lovely-sounding pedal named after Neil Young’s filmmaking alter ego.
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Land Devices HP-2 Review

May 8, 2018
This fine Harmonic Percolator derivative leaves you wondering why the circuit remains a relative secret.
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Quick Hit: Fender The Bends Compressor

May 3, 2018
Need some squish? The revered company’s new compressor combines flexibility with features.
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Source Audio Ventris Review

May 1, 2018
A powerful dual reverb that packs big blendable voices that feel like vintage treasures—or keys to infinity.
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Meris Polymoon Review

April 30, 2018
Take a spin in an ambient washing machine.
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Massive FX G.O.A.F. Review

April 20, 2018
Massive FX pairs an octave-up effect with the rare and splendid Buzzaround circuit to create distinctive and potent fuzz.
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Quick Hit: Gamechanger Audio PLUS

April 18, 2018
Old-world piano design drives a forward-looking sustain pedal that opens up unexpected sonic possibilities.
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Pigtronix Mothership 2 Review

April 16, 2018
Badass synth tones from a petite pedal.
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Subdecay Vector Review

April 6, 2018
Analog dirt tones and digital control equal a crunchy to fuzzy to metallic distortion jack-of-all-trades.
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Tech 21 SansAmp GED-2112 Review

April 4, 2018
A partnership with Rush’s legendary bassist results in a dual preamp unit that earns his mark of approval and brings big, analog bass tone.
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Magnetic Effects Midphoria Review

March 30, 2018
Fixed filter tones are just the beginning in this very versatile cocked-wah-style effect.
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Universal Audio OX Review

March 26, 2018
A direct-recording tool that’s 50 percent load box, 50 percent modeler, and 100 percent awesome.
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Quick Hit: Red Hawk Effects Raven

March 22, 2018
A Brazilian take on ’60s Fuzz Faces serves up some gorgeous germanium and silicon sounds at an incredible price.
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Quick Hit: Neunaber Iconoclast

March 19, 2018
Space constrained? This compact simulator delivers many realistic speaker sounds for practice, performance, and recording.
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Matthews Effects The Chemist Review

March 15, 2018
Clever switching options and multiple modulation and octave textures make this compact pedal a sound laboratory.
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Cusack Music Tap-A-Delay Deluxe Review

March 6, 2018
A compact digital delay stuffed with unusually creative echo-manipulation tools and a delectably analog voice.
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Quick Hit: Mythos Pedals Chupacabra

March 5, 2018
The fine line between overdrive and fuzz is brilliantly blurred in this inspired take on the sound of vintage Texas boogie.
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Miura Guitars M2 Review

March 2, 2018
This no-frills, simple-to-use bass compressor makes it a breeze to incorporate the effect most low-enders really shouldn't be without.
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Yellowcake Lida Machine Review

February 22, 2018
A double-headed filter pedal full of compelling tones.
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