November 2018

Reviews: Effects

Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Review

July 26, 2018
This sophisticated “amp in a box” boasts countless cool tones and phenomenal build quality.
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Spaceman Mercury IV Review

July 19, 2018
Spaceman’s magical tone masseuse has a way of making everything sound just plain better.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic AEON

July 12, 2018
A more affordable ticket to infinite sustain.
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Quick Hit: Lounsberry Amp Rescue

July 6, 2018
An amalgamation of overdrive, treble booster, and cleverly designed gain staging.
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Dwarfcraft Grazer Sample Slice Repeater Review

June 26, 2018
Granular delay—now without a computer.
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Quick Hit: Pigtronix Octava Micro

June 24, 2018
Amazing oomph and wonderfully weird ring-modulator tones somehow cram in next to classic octave sounds in this tiny treasure.
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Quick Hit: MXR Classic 108 Fuzz (Mini)

June 21, 2018
Searing silicon Fuzz Face sounds in a mini enclosure with a buffer to boot!
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Dogmatek Arctic Wolf Review

June 18, 2018
Explore a sophisticated phase shifter with unconventional options.
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EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids Review

June 15, 2018
There’s no end to the adventures in flanging made possible by this deep, DSP-driven modulator.
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Quick Hit: L.R. Baggs Align Series Reverb

June 12, 2018
A compact ’verb for acoustic players that bridges the gap between hall and plate.
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Quick Hit: Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge

June 8, 2018
To misquote Timothy Leary: “Cut the cord, turn on, play wherever you want.”
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Quick Hit: Dusky Mandorla

May 22, 2018
A great amp builder builds a boost that—surprise—feels like a seamless extension of your amplifier.
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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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