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Reviews: Effects

Bass OD/DI/Preamp Pedal Roundup

May 8, 2017
We test four versatile and feature-laden bass stomps from Gallien-Krueger, Providence, Two Notes, and Tech 21.
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Quick Hit: Boss EV-30 Dual Expression Pedal

May 5, 2017
A clever foot controller that saves space and enables sonic insanity.
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Mooer Ocean Machine Review

April 26, 2017
“Ocean” is the perfect metaphor for the watery soundscapes you can create and manipulate once you combine the four effects.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic Rusty Fuzz

April 24, 2017
A budget route to big silicon Fuzz Face-style flavors.
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Quick Hit: Jonny Rock Gear Moby Depth

April 16, 2017
Montréal builder Jean-René Gosselin serves up a convincing spring reverb emulator with some intriguing twists.
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Spaceman Titan II Review

April 13, 2017
A deviation from fuzztone convention brings explosive and inspiring results.
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Quick Hit: Emma Electronic Okto-Nøjs

April 10, 2017
The tasty combination of octaver and fuzz is taken to new highs—and lows—with this Danish design.
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Quick Hit: LunaStone The Pusher

April 2, 2017
This rock-solid boost offers more than its one-knob setup might suggest.
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MXR Phase 95 Review

March 24, 2017
Chewy-to-subtle phase effects abound in this flexible, compact new modulator.
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EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral Review

March 8, 2017
Digital delay and modulation mix to create uncommon echo concoctions.
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Quick Hit: Nexi Industries ’70s Distortion

February 27, 2017
A distinctly modern design meets the iconic tones that defined classic rock.
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Joe Gore Gross Review

February 24, 2017
We explore an almost infinite distortion generator that beckons you to experiment.
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Quick Hit: BAE Hot Fuzz

February 23, 2017
Tone Bender- and Rangemaster-inspired circuits unite in one mean, malleable box.
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Quick Hit: Rock Stock Skyline Reverb

February 20, 2017
A close look at an unusual take on the spring-reverb recipe.
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DigiTech Whammy Ricochet Review

February 17, 2017
A clever new Whammy pedal—minus the treadle!
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Daredevil Red Light District Review

February 9, 2017
You can tease high- or low-gain delights from Daredevil’s latest dirt machine.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic Tailspin

January 29, 2017
A preposterously inexpensive analog vibrato that sounds and feels fantastic.
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Quick Hit: Foxpedal Defector Fuzz

January 27, 2017
A fun-to-play, redesigned take on classic Muff-style filth.
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Wren and Cuff Sonder Chorus/Tremolo Review

January 25, 2017
A tremolo-and-chorus combo becomes more than the sum of its parts.
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Ernie Ball Ambient Delay Review

January 17, 2017
Expression pedal, delay, and reverb combine in an impressively practical and potent effect.
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